I'm sure many of you are wondering where we are now in the process. We've now turned in all our paperwork for our dossier. It will be certified, authenticated, and then translated. I guess then it will go to China--ha, from China, then back to China again!-- and we'll have dossier to China!! I'll let you know when that official date happens.
I also have to tell you what has transpired here the past few days. We have been blessed big time!! It all began when we got up Friday morning and received an email from our agency saying they hadn't heard from us in awhile, wanted the rest of our dossier documents and about $3,000 as the next fees due. While these documents had been done for some time, we didn't want to turn them in knowing we just didn't have the money. We were working on some fund-raisers and were hoping our first grant would come in time before the next fees were due. We were waiting on our I-800A to come back anyway. I guess our agency knew it was due back anytime now and they wanted to finish up our dossier. Naturally, I was feeling a bit concerned about where this money was going to come from.
As you know, Lindsay has also joined our fund-raising team. I seriously and carefully considered whether or not to say anything as I REALLY didn't want her to feel any pressure. This is not in her hands, but His.
I did feel led to contact her and just find out where we were as I knew she had a few things in the works. I needed to know our options and where to go from here. She said someone had already pledged $1,000 and would do some more checking into things. She was delighted that I'd shared with her what our agency had asked for. Said that people told her she worked better under pressure anyway. I have to tell you--this is one amazing young lady!! Although my husband had read the email from the agency and knew what they wanted, he then had to go to the dentist. While he is away, in only a few short hours, when I talked again to Lindsay, she had the entire $3,000 pledged from this one individual. I was in tears. It is hard to put into words just how I felt. That someone who didn't really even know me..........would do that for us, for our daughter!! There just aren't words enough to thank them for their love and generosity for an orphan and their forever family!! I mean, what can I say except THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!
Not only that--if that isn't enough in itself!! She also has our next fee of about $2,700 coming due already pledged. Isn't that just awesome?!!!
Though none of us knew it--HE HAD A PLAN!! Valerie has been and continues to be there for us when we need her, but isn't it also AWESOME that He sent someone else along just at the right time to help with the fund-raisers?!! Isn't that just like HIM?!! At the perfect time, He sent Lindsay our way too! His timing is perfect! Now we have a team!! Valerie had a huge part to play in getting us where we are in our adoption process today and continues to help with the blog, and for that she deserves a HUGE THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU too!! We are feeling ohhhh sooooo blessed and doing some really happy dances here this week!! Won't you join us in celebration?!!