Since our packet is off for US approval – we are playing a bit of catch-up on the adoption front now. Here is what we’ve been looking at:

Grants – we are applying for 3 different grants – and gathering the information necessary for these. Two of the three, we cannot officially apply for until we have a referral – but we want everything ready so it goes quickly from there. Most grant teams only read and award grants maybe 4 times a year – so there is still a bit of a lag/delay. We are praying for enough in grant funding to cover most of our travel expenses since most of the other fees will need to have been paid by then. 

One of the grants we are applying for (Caring Connection through Bethany Christian Services) asks us to include the names and addresses of 10 people they can send information to about donating to the grant fund. If you are willing to let us give them your name and address, please send one of us an e-mail, text or private message. It is not committing you to making a donation, but it is adding you to their mailing list. 

Education – We are reading books and gathering videos and information for our required education. I have been reading a collection of letters written by Korean birth mothers to their children. I am learning so much about the adoption culture and why these mothers have made this difficult choice. I’m pretty sure there will be a full post about the book when I am finished. We are also continuing to learn more about the process, what travel will look like, and trying to learn a bit of basic Korean. (Not very successful on that one yet… thankful for Google Translate. )

Events – We are working on a couple events – My family is working on a smoked pork meal/fundraiser in June. (For those of you who have heard and have always wanted to come to “Meatfest” here is your chance! More details as soon as location is firmed.) I am also hoping to do a silent auction (online and at the meal) so if you have any items, or connections please let us know!  The Garage Sale is still going to happen, but I am currently leaning to doing it a little later, after we have a referral. One of the post-referral grants is a matching grant, and I am thinking it would be a good fit for the garage sale. We’ll just need to wait for the official acceptance and materials from the granting organization to publicize. Also, the cold weather just hasn’t had me in a garage sale mood…  We still have some space if you have items to get rid of though!

Finally, we have been Counting our Blessings – I was telling Thomas the other day how blessed I felt by the continued support we have received – from people asking how things are going, asking about events and the garage sale, the continued shopping support – especially at Amazon, and the gifts. Since we opened the specific accounts for our adoption funds, there have been deposits every week. We still have a ways to go, but we are getting there! Thank you for choosing to be a part of this journey in whatever way you can, we appreciate each of you!