Today is the official day of Summer and I'm so happy for summer break. I ended up having a long term sub job and I haven't had anytime to post. A few weeks ago we had our first fundraiser. We received a lot of donations for a huge yard sale. We were so thankful for all the families that donated. Our garage was looking like a scene from 'Hoarders'. Larry and I woke up at 5am to start putting everything out. Jayden and Keeyan also woke up early and didn't complain. We had people start coming at 6:30am and they didn't stop until 12:30. We were surprised because we live a little ways out and didn't think we would have so much traffic. We made enough to cover the cost of our I600 and fingerprints!! It was definitely worth all the work. We had a lot of clothes left over so I'm going to sort through them and put them in a consignment sale in July. I'm hoping to make a few more hundred there. I'm still trying to think of other ways to raise some more money. I think the cost of adoption is what keeps so many people away. It is so expensive and a big sacrifice. Another way to think of it though is how much do we spend on a car loan? It is easy to spend a lot and what do we have to show for it. It doesn't last forever and will depreciate in value. Whereas bringing our child or children to our family will increase our family in ways we don't realize and it will last forever!!
We are on our last interview for our homestudy!! Saturday will complete the interviews. We have 3 total and I've been trying to get the paperwork ready. The kids medical checkups are done. Larry and I have ours next week. We are waiting for our background checks. The Homestudy should be all ready by mid July. Once we have our homestudy we can apply for the I600a from the government. I'm hoping we have everything ready by then to send in our Dossier to our Agency. FYI the Dossier is all the documents required by D.R. of Congo to adopt. Once they receive it they translate it and we are waiting for a referral!! It will be nice to have all the paperwork done for the first part and then we start the waiting game.