Monday, 26 September 2016

Moving Forward!

I feel like it's high time for an update post, since things are progressing and everyone keeps asking us what is going on. So without further ado, here is where we are at.

We are finished our homestudy!

This has been ongoing since May and it feels awfully nice to finally be finished it. I realize that not everyone knows what a homestudy is and what goes into it, so I plan to write a post with some more info and give you an inside scoop of what we went through.

To sum up the last few months, we have completed the mandatory training and the homestudy, and have also raised enough money to pay for an adoption. Which means we are adopt ready and could technically accept a match at any time! This news in itself is pretty darn exciting.

The only hitch is that we haven't really advertised much yet, so that is what we are working on now. We have to put together a profile that we can then give out in book form or post online, for prospective birth mothers to see. The birth mother will choose us, so we need to make sure we are visible to her through many different avenues.

We are currently working on writing up our profile, which is one of the hardest things I've ever written. There feels like there is so much pressure to write the right thing, so we are slow at getting this finished. Once it is done, we can then post it to some online sites that are designed to show birth mothers profiles of waiting families. Our profile will also be given to our agencies in book form to be shown to birth mothers who come in looking to make an adoption plan for their baby.

Which brings me to our next item on our to do list, signing up with our agencies! We have chosen two to sign up with, JFJ Hope Centre Adoption Services in Mississauga and Beginnings Family Services in Hamilton. We figured being signed up with two agencies might up our chances of being found by a birth mother.

So there's the update, we are busily filling out paperwork and working our way towards being an active waiting family. Exciting!

Friday, 9 September 2016

Truly Humbled

I am writing this post way sooner than I ever thought I would be, but I am happy to share with you all that we have reached our fundraising goal. Yes, you read that right and yes, you can be totally amazed.

We had such a successful first fundraiser, bringing in almost $2,000 with our yard sale, and were busy planning future fundraisers that would hopefully bring us closer to our goal with each one. But God had other plans and those plans included a very generous gift from an amazingly sweet and generous donor. We are so incredibly humbled and shocked, we never in our wildest dreams thought we would reach our goal this fast.

Because of this change of events, we will not be holding any more fundraisers, other than the ones already in motion. Our awesome friend Vicky is currently promoting a babysitting fundraiser that she will follow through with and that money will go towards our fund as well.

We were told to be prepared to spend somewhere between $15,000 to $20,000 on our adoption and our goal was to raise between $12,000 to $15,000. We figured we would be able to swing the rest, seeing as it wouldn't be needed all at once. Our biggest concern was having the $12,000 retainer that is needed once we are matched through our agency. We wanted to be sure that money wouldn't be holding us up when the time comes that a birth mother chooses us.

I am pleased to announce, that as of today, our adoption fund is currently sitting at $19,310. We have been blessed beyond measure and the amount of love and support that has been poured out onto us has totally floored us. As the title of this post says, we are truly humbled.

Thank you just doesn't seem good enough to say right now, but it's all that can really be said. Thank you to every single one of you who has helped us reach this goal, whether it was by praying, donating money or donating time, we couldn't have done it without you.

*Our generous donor would like to remain anonymous and we are respecting that. Please don't ask us questions concerning them, just celebrate with us that we have reached our goal.*