I went to bed last night wracking my brain for how we were going to raise the money for this adoption. We do not want nor desire to go any further into debt for this, but at the same time know that we are doing what God wants us to do at this time in our lives. I am not one of immeasurable faith. I would say I am about average. Maybe a bit more of a worrier than some, but not more than most women that I know. (We do tend to worry a lot as women.) I know that God takes care of us and that He would provide in this as well.
I have worked hard on scouring the internet for ideas and resources ( a lot of which ended up being "loans" for adoption, not what we want ) and did find some really good ideas. Some, however, have been used so much by others that I didn't want to reinvent the wheel, so to speak. But we are going to do a yard sale (can't ever have too many yard sales!) and I plan to apply for a couple of grants. We didn't get any last time but you never know. Also I put the call out on Facebook for help and ideas and was touched by the responses I got.
And sure enough, God came through in yet another way. This morning when I came to work I had an email from a colleague who will donate some print services for T-Shirts that we'll be selling. Another friend donated his time and created a really cool logo for us that will be printed on the shirts. It was really an answer to prayer. So keep an eye out. The shirts will be on sale from this site shortly!
And... because God never stops at just one good thing, I wrote to our attorney today about retaining her services. Even if we do take placement from "special needs" program or from out-of-state she will be needed to guide us through and do our finalization. And we still want to work with her as a "back up". Of course the cost of retaining her concerned me. Lawyers aren't cheap! Lo and behold she isn't charging us a retaining fee, just the fee for court certification.
Hello?! Are you listening? Look at what God can do. Don't underestimate His ability to work through YOUR circumstances. Things will still be tight for us. We'll still need to work hard to save and raise money. But today I am not discouraged but encouraged. And... one more thing... I got my first donation on our little Chip In/PayPal button! God is good! Yay!
LORD, I have heard of your fame;
I stand in awe of your deeds, O LORD.
Renew them in our day,
in our time make them known;
in wrath remember mercy.