As I sit here, I'm not really sure what I want to write, but feel like I need to. We have had a wonderful couple of weeks of progress and I wanted to make sure I share and say thank you. First, let me start by saying thank you to everyone who has supported us by sharing all of our facebook posts and emails and have gotten so many people to share in our journey and to be a part of our raffle! It has been overwhelming to watch people we have never met be willing to share their money with us to bring our baby home and follow in our journey. I really can't tell you what that means to us, I'm feeling more than blessed with all of this. When we started this journey, we believed we were on the path that had been set out for us, and we believed that if we followed where we were being led, then God would give us the resources we needed to finish his plans. We have had a few detours in the plan, and we have lost more money than I can think about without wanting to cry, but truly, He is providing for us, and it is through people that are willing to open their hearts to us, whether they know us or not. Right now, we have about $12,000 left to pay for, which includes the travel expenses and orphanage donations (which is really the only money I will very happily give), and more fees to our government and China. It's still a little overwhelming, but definitely in the "doable" range, and getting closer and closer to doable every day!
In addition to this raffle and the upcoming online auction, we found out just yesterday that we have been approved for a matching grant of $3000 through Lifesong and our church. What an awesome blessing!!!! What this means, is that people can donate (tax-deductible) through our Lifesong account and whatever is donated up to $3000 will be matched. So, if we get $3000 in donations, we will have $6000....wow, awesome.....I will put this information on the bottom of this post if you would feel led to donate to our account. Truly, what we need the most is for everyone to keep praying. We feel it, I promise, and can say that I really feel like prayer is the ONLY thing that is holding me together through all of the ups and downs of this process!
So....we still can't post pictures of our little one....but I can tell you that we have hit a couple very important milestones in the process, and we are making progress, little by little. We have gotten our PA, which means that China has given us pre-approval and they will review our file in regards to this specific child to see if they will approve us (there really is no reason we can see they wouldn't, but it's still up to them). We have also gotten LID, which means they have all of our paperwork, and it will be translated and the full review will be done. We don't really know how long that will take, since they have a new system and there's no "normal" now. it used to take 2-4 months, and we are of course hoping for a quick as possible!! We still have a chance to get her home before Christmas, so that is our prayer right now. As soon as our next approval comes (LOA), then you will see some beautiful pictures right here!
One other update...we have been praying about the second of our little ones, and feel like right now isn't the right time. We don't know for sure if we will be called back later, but if we are, we will go to get her. We plan to focus on Lainey and getting her settled and all of the potential medical care she needs, and getting her adjusted to having a family.
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