Adoption ~ Garage Sale Fundraiser

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A little adoption update for you today!  {If you haven’t read our story of how we came to this adoption journey, read here}


This week started out a little rough.  For the past couple of weeks, we’ve had two birthmothers looking over our profile, & on Monday, our agency called to let us know neither of the birthmothers chose us.  Obviously, we knew that was a very real possibility, but it is so hard not to get your hopes up.  After continually reminding ourselves that God is in control & has this journey all mapped out for us & knows exactly what baby He will miraculously place into our family, we realized after a couple of days, we needed to pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off & continue on.

We are still in the middle of completing our home-study which includes paperwork, physicals {exciting, right?}, fingerprinting {kind of makes you feel like a criminal}, begging friends to say nice things about you in referral letters, lots & lots of reading & this coming week, our first of four face-to-face meetings with our social worker.  We also continue to wait & pray for a birthmother to choose us through our agency.

One of the most daunting parts of adopting is of course, the cost.  There are several factors that cause some adoptions to be pricier than others {for example: domestic vs. international, infant vs. older child}.  In our case, we have our agency fees, home-study costs, birthmother expenses {not all states allow adoptive families to pay birthmother expenses, but the state in which our agency is located does} & attorney fees, which will bring us up to $28,000 – $34,000, not including our travel expenses once the baby is born. It’s a little shocking I’m sure, I know it was for me when we first started looking into adopting a couple years ago.

God has definitely blessed us greatly & we have been able to save up a good chunk for this over the past two years in addition to being overwhelmingly blessed by a couple of unexpected gifts recently.  But, I believe God has many, many lessons He is teaching us through this process & one of them is humility.  Asking for help, financial or otherwise, is extremely difficult for both Caleb & myself, as I’m sure it is for a lot of people.  After crunching the numbers for what seems like the hundredth time, we need to raise about $5,000.

One of my first thoughts when I realized we didn’t have quite enough cash lying around for this adoption was that we needed to have a garage sale!  Honestly, I know it’s little odd, but I really enjoy having garage sales.  I always have a pile of items we no longer need or want & can certainly dig through the house & find many more items to add to it.

So, here’s how you can help.  If you are in the Holdrege vicinity and you have some things you would like to part with, we’re taking donations to sell at our garage sale, October 5th & 6th. {weather permitting}.  We’d be more than happy to pick up your donations or you can drop them off at our house.  Just comment on this post, email me at a_o_wright@yahoo(dot)com or call/text 4zero2-65eight-3361 to arrange a time to pick up or drop off.  We’d like to have the items here by September 30th if at all possible in order to have time to prepare.   If you’d like to spread the word through your own blog, Facebook or email, we would be forever grateful!

5 thoughts on “Adoption ~ Garage Sale Fundraiser

  1. Amanda I have some things I have been setting aside for donations…I will try and bring them by next time we are in Holdrege!

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