Update from Latvia!

We’re on trip 1 of 3 required to finalize the adoption of the 2 children we are adopting from Latvia.  We arrived in Riga, Latvia June 28 and then traveled to the children’s region/town on July 1st.  The children have been with us since then and we have a court hearing tomorrow to approve them to travel to the U.S. on visitors’ visas.  In 2-3 months one of us adults will return to the region for another court hearing and then there will be a trip a couple of months after that to have the U.S. Embassy medical exam for the children and interview at the Embassy.

Our financial needs are still great for remaining adoption fees and travel expenses (we’re estimated $25,000 still needed for the flights for trip 1, 2 and 3 in addition to agency fees and lodging and more).

We still have a matching grant challenge where you can give a gift through our Lifesong account and it will be matched dollar for dollar (and is tax-deductible!).  And this week we are the featured family at Give1Save1Europe’s website SO PLEASE SHARE THIS LINK WITH EVERYONE YOU KNOW THIS WEEK!  We’d be very grateful as we’ve only raised $30 of our goal through the site so far:  http://give1save1europe.blogspot.com/2013/07/new-week-welcome-brandt-family.html

To give:

Option #1:  Go online towww.lifesongfororphans.org/give/donate. Select “Give to an Adoptive Family.” Complete the online form and “Fill in Family Account Number” with #3647 and “Family Name” with Brandt. Please select “Adoption Funding” for your Gift Preference and select “Family Specific” for your Adoption Gift Preference. (Note: Paypal charges a fee of 2.9% + $.30 USD per transaction. Your gift will be decreased by this amount.)


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