This weekend, we celebrated our son’s 6th birthday (his 5th birthday in our family. We brought him home from Russia in December 2008). It was exciting to give him cupcakes that were safe for him (and yummy with chocolate!) on his restricted diet (for health probs). We had fun with my parents visiting us, too. Wonder what my sweet boy wished when he blew out his Lego candles?
Celebrating Colin’s birthday, my thoughts turned to 2 little Latvians who have birthdays coming up this summer and I can’t help but wonder….Will we be able to celebrate either of their birthdays with them this year? They have had many more birthdays apart from us and I’m hoping & praying we can love on them for this year’s birthdays but it’s all unsure right now. I’m “wishing” (well, make it more like hoping & praying!) that we can celebrate their birthdays with them this summer in either Latvia or the U.S.
We are waiting waiting waiting…for our USCIS approval which is what our submission to court hinges upon. Our dossier would be translated more quickly if we already had the approval; as it is the translation will not be rushed because we are still waiting on our USCIS approval. Once our dossier (and USCIS approval) is translated & submitted to court, our next step will be receiving the referral of L & E which we then will accept.
Fundraising Update: We had an on-line auction which helped us with our dossier fees. We still have items for sale (local & anywhere if interested! https://www.facebook.com/BrandtFamilyAdoption2013) While our auction didn’t raise as much as we’d hoped, it did raise about $2,300 (minus a check that bounced which we’re still hoping the buyer will make good on). We are thankful for the money we raised!
We’ve been blessed with some generous gifts from friends in the last few months which also helped with our dossier fees. We were able to pay for our dossier fees through the blessing of our auction, gifts, tax refund and tightening our belts even more in the past 2 weeks.
It is very tight here (financially) but we are thankful that we’ve made it to this stage of our adoption journey & are hopeful that God will provide what we lack for the remaining stage (court and facilitator & translation & driver fees in country plus travel, lodging & food for 3 trips to Latvia).
We are hoping to receive a matching grant and/or grant soon which will help with our remaining expenses. Right now, we estimate at least $24,350 to $29,350 more in fees & travel related expenses.(We have already paid over $10,000 in homestudy & adoption related fees). Some of this estimate is variable (depending on what time of year we travel for each of the 3 trips). Some of it is more of a set-fee (about $14,350 remaining in-country fees).
Hope we’ll have good news to share soon but for now please pray for us during this waiting time and for the 2 children waiting for us in Latvia. They do know we’re trying to bring them home but I’m sure it is all confusing to them as they wait on an unknown timeline…
If you would like to give (before we find out about matching grant), check out the tab at the top of our blog, http://familyofmyheart.wordpress.com/to-give/
Thank you for your prayers & encouragement during this difficult waiting time!