Sunday, August 14, 2011

On the move!

It has been a long time, and I have been no good at this blogging business! A lot has happened since my last post. My interim position for metro was originally supposed to be just while a teacher was on maternity leave. She decided not to come back to work, so I was offered her position through the end of the school year. It was a financial blessing as this made the paycheck a little bigger, but it also extended my commitment to teaching in metro with a 3+ hour-a-day commute. I didn't have any spare time to work on the dossier or fundraise, but I was able to save the money needed to apply for our USCIS approval, get all the paperwork notarized and apostilled, and pay for the first half of the country fee when we submitted the dossier. So when school got out in June, I began working on the dossier. I got it all done in about three weeks, with the exception of a massive run-around caused by one of the doctor's offices! I did ALL of this with two kids in tow! I am so proud of my "dossier diva super troopers"!
Our dossier was officially completed and apostilled on my birthday, July 12th. I couldn't think of a better present! It took a couple of days to get everything copied and organized, but everything was submitted to Bethany on July 15th. They approved everything and sent it on to the national office the following week and went went on a little vacation in Gatlinburg... boy did we need it! We spent the least we could, but enjoyed relaxing at the pool and going to Dollywood.
Our dossier arrived in Lithuania and was immediately sent to the translation team. It should be translated some time this week! Then it goes to Adoption Services of Lithuania who already know it's coming and are waiting. I hope this means that we will get a referral very soon... maybe by Paulius's 5th birthday on Sept. 22nd. We pray that we can complete the adoption before Christmas!
Now I am back in to major fundraising mode. I tapped out the adoption funds with the dossier, so we have to come up with the remaining $5000 country fee and $750 post placement agency fees that must be paid with the referral acceptance... so I am in crunch mode! Right now I am just going through the house and selling everything that we no longer need. I am posting to eBay, Craigslist, preparing children's consignment clothes again and getting ready for a yard sale! I am also hitting the grant applications pretty hard. I really wish I had time to do this before now, but the teaching job and dossier prep, along with taking care of two kids has consumed my time. The kids are back in school now, so I am devoting my days to fundraising! I know that grants can help us with our travel fees, and may be the only way we reach the amount that we need!
I am also continuing with my crafts and selling them. I have gotten a few orders for my shirts that I make and I hope that they keep coming. Bryon is also going to try to get more "on call" shifts so that he has a chance to make some extra money. I have also taken a couple of dog-sitting jobs for a neighbor while they have gone on vacation. I honestly didn't think they should pay me, but they insisted, so I told them that it would go towards the adoption.
Finally, we have started moving the office downstairs so that we can get Paul's room ready. We have to come up with some storage solutions for all my scrapbooking and craft stuff, but I am so excited about decorating a boy's room! It is starting to feel REAL! Like this may finally happen! I just want our son home so we can get to know him and he can get to know us and start to settle into our family. Please keep those prayers coming. Pray for funding, pray for Paul, and pray for us as we prepare for Paul's homecoming.

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