We were so encouraged by the constant flow of friends, family and even strangers who came out to YoLo last Sunday. For three hours people filtered through to buy frozen yogurt on a cold and rainy Sunday afternoon. Who does that? Apparently YOU do.
Something else super exciting happened last week. We finally made it on the official waiting families list for our adoption agency! In addition to this, we are also NEXT on the list for a referral. This means that we should be expecting our agency to call us in the next few weeks with information about the child they will match with us. Adoption, we are learning, is never neatly laid out in front of you. So, even though we are certainly moving forward, there is no certainty that this will happen soon. We are not trying to be pessimistic. We just want to give you a realistic view of what is ahead of us to guide your prayers for us and this little one. With all of that said, we are celebrating this progress right now!
To celebrate finishing 10 months of paperwork and being on the waiting families list…we ate some steak.
A BIG thank you to the Ross family who gave us an Angus Barn gift certificate about 8 months ago. We decided that we would save it for the day we got on the waiting list for this kiddo. The certificate has been sitting in our coupon bowl ever since then and many times we have wanted to use it. Well, we used it last night and it was AMAZING! The date couldn’t have gone any better.
Thank you so much Ross Family!
(Brad, Jean, Alex, Avery, Anson, and Asbury)
Thanks everyone for reading our update!
Drew and Cassie
We are having our first fundraising event!
@ Yo Lo
10110-104 Green Level Church Rd.
Cary NC 27519
Sunday, April 22nd
from 1:30 to 4:30pm
A portion of the proceeds will be donated to our adoption fund!
There will also be an opportunity to support us by purchasing…
some homemade artwork
Last week we officially sent in all our documents for the dossier to be once again Sealed by another government agency. This process is almost hysterical. There are so many seals, stamps of approval, notarizations and signatures on these papers that the actual documents themself are hard to read.
After sending in our documents to the U.S. Embassy in Washington D.C., we received a voicemail from our agency stating that we are missing something. Ok, seriously? How could we be missing something? We have been going at this for 10 months and we’re still needing something else?
I have to just pause here…. and laugh….
Since we already sent our paperwork to the U.S. Embassy in DC, this makes it extremely difficult to get any additions or amendments done to our dossier. This morning turned into a ridiculous run around. Drew must have made 25 calls within a 40 minute period. He was talking like a mad man, trying to figure out how this could have happened and what we need to do to take care of it. After 12 emails, 13 calls to the Courrier, 5 calls to our agency, 2 emails and a voicemail with our Homestudy agency, we think that everything will be ok.
When all the madness settled down, Drew had a meeting to go to. Before he left, I thanked him for all the work he did for us this morning. As he was leaving he turned around and said, “It’s Family”… he smiled, closed the door and walked out to his next venture. I nearly cried (again) when that word came off his lips. We are learning what it means to be a family. Learning that we would do anything to make it ok. No… we don’t have a picture or a name, but we love that child so much we would do anything to bring them home.
Isn’t that family? You would do anything for each other, and when you’re missing something, you’ll run around like a crazy person to make it all ok.