Saturday, July 28, 2007
We can't stop staring at them! Sigh...isn't he perfect?!
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
In the meantime, our trip is getting closer! We can't wait to get our hands on Eli and spend some quality bonding time with him for a week. As excited as we are, we are also trying to prepare ourselves for the fact that he is not coming home with us after this trip and we have to hand him back to his foster mother at the end of our visit. How do we prepare for this? This just may be the hardest thing we have to do. But, we are so blessed to have the opportunity to spend this precious time with him and, no matter how hard it will be to hand him back, it will all be worth it.
Monday, July 23, 2007
Ever since I was a young boy, say around 10-12 years of age, I envisioned myself and my future wife adopting a child. I also envisioned that child being of a different race than myself. Pretty intuitive for being so young, if I do say so myself.
Growing-up, I would hear stories from my family or on the news about children you were abandoned or alone due to some tragedy or circumstance outside the control of their parent(s), and it would simply break my heart thinking about them living in orphanages and foster homes. It broke my heart they may never be afforded what I was afforded, mostly having a family. I felt helpless as 10-12 year old to do anything for these children. Yet, I knew when I got older I would have the ability to make a difference in at least one child's life by adopting him or her.
Adopting is something I've wanted to do most of my life. Therefore, I find it only fitting that Steph and I were led down this path. This has been in me since I was 10 years old. Now as an adult, I finally get to fulfill that vision; I finally get to make a difference in a child's life . . . my son's life, through adoption. I find Steph and myself completely and utterly blessed. Thank you, Eli!!!
Sunday, July 22, 2007
We still have a long way to go with both the process of Eli's adoption and with raising the rest of the money we need. We will be doing everything we can to raise the rest money needed to complete our adoption. So far, we have managed to raise money by cutting back on spending, through our garage sale, selling items on Amazon.com and eBay, extra jobs, donations from friends and family, and more. We are also planning on having another fundraiser in the fall through someone we met at our garage sale who sells Signature Home Styles items. We will provide more information about that when we have more details.
So, when it is all said and done, our adoption costs will total approximately $30,000-$35,000. Okay, you can pick yourselves off the floor now! Of course, the next question we always hear is "Why does it cost that much?" Well, adopting a child is very complicated and there are many, many, many people and agencies involved in the process.
So where does all the money go? The biggest chunk of change goes to our attorney in Guatemala. We signed over power of attorney to him so he acts on our behalf for all of the legal proceedings in Guatemala. From this money, he also pays our foster mother a small stipend, provides formula and diapers for Eli, and covers Eli's monthly medical check-ups and vaccines. We also pay a fee to our adoption agency for coordinating the entire process. Other fees include our home study, immigration and visa fees, passports, dossier certification and authentication, courier and postage, travel costs, and more. As you can see, it adds up quickly!
So why are we telling you this? Because adopting is a huge undertaking and the financial piece adds greater depth and understanding to our journey. Many of you have asked how you can help. What is most important to us, above all else, is that we have your love and support. That is what matters in life and what we value the most.
If you would like to help us financially, however, there are several things you can do.
- Like I stated before, we will be having another fundraiser in the fall. We will be working with a local consultant who sells home interiors. She has offered to donate all of her proceeds from the sale to our adoption fund. We will be having a home party and a book party. Click on the following link to see what sorts of items are available: http://www.signaturehomestyles.com/. We will post more information once we have some details and a date set for the party.
- We are also collecting items to sell on eBay and Amazon.com (books). If you have any items you think are of value and you would like to donate, leave a post and we will contact you to work out the details.
- If you do a lot of online shopping, please sign up on www.igive.com/BabyShank. A small percentage of your online purchases will be donated to our adoption fund. It is very easy and does not cost you a thing. Click on the link for more information.
- We have also added a link on the top right hand side of the site so that you can make a monetary donation. You can donate using a credit card or a paypal account.
Monday, July 9, 2007
Right now we are focused on getting ready for our trip! We are brushing up on our español and losing a lot of sleep due to our excitement. I guess we are in training for all the sleepless nights to come!
Sunday, July 8, 2007
We had a garage sale fundraiser this weekend and raised $1100!! We can't believe it! And, we still have some items left that we are going to sell to Once Upon a Child and list on eBay. We could not have done this without all of the donations we received from family and friends and the enormous amount of help we received setting up and running the sale. We cannot thank everyone enough for all of the help we received to make this fundraiser a success. We are completely humbled by every one's generosity.
Monday, July 2, 2007
Sunday, July 1, 2007
Mindy said that the foster mom is very kind and loving. The foster mom described Eli as "muy lindo," which means very cute/handsome. She also said he is a good baby and we are very blessed. Eli saw the doctor recently and is up to 10lbs!! The foster mom actually said he was 10 kilos, but that would mean he weighs 22lbs. Impossible! So, we are guessing the doctor said 10lbs. We hope or else we have a monster size baby! We sent 3-6 month size clothes in his care package and he just fits into this size now. We figured he would still be in this size in August. I guess we need to buy some bigger clothes to take with us on our trip. Needless to say, Eli's foster mom said he is eating well (gordito!) and sleeping about 3-4 hours.
Eli has been with his foster family since he was 2 days old and they call him Oscarito (little Oscar). How cute! The foster mom has 3 children: two daughters, 20 & 16 years old, and a 10 year old son. She said she was excited to meet us and already knew we were coming to visit in August. She also said she sent us an e-mail on Thursday, but we never received it. We will be sending her an e-mail today.
It is such a relief to make contact with the foster mom and to know that Eli is healthy, well cared for, and loved. We hope to spend some time with the foster family while we are visiting so we can get to know them better, as we are intimately connected to them through this journey.
Stay tuned.....we should be receiving updated pictures of Our Little Pea this week. Very exciting!!