Today is Alina's birthday. She is 11.
No one sang "Happy Birthday" to her in bed. No one is making her a triple decker cake with the frosting color of her choice. No one is preparing to take her to the dinner of her choice. Most likely she has no idea that a mommy and daddy are fighting tooth and nail to bring her home.
I say "most likely" because it is possible that they have been told yesterday or today that we are in fact coming. This is because we FINALLY received DCFS approval of our home study. This is what took quite a bit of fighting.
We now wait for our i171h. As soon as this is in our hands, we will send our dossier and wait for an appointment.
If I had my druthers, I would have them home already, but God is God, and I am not. Everything is unfolding according to His plan.
While we wait, we still need money for airfare and in-country stay. The adoption itself is covered. The generosity of others has blown me away. I have adopted 6 children already. Until this adoption, we funded the adoptions ourselves. We sold investments, sold coins, and readjusted lifestyles. God showed us that he had blessed us with the resources and this was how he wanted us to allocate them. This time, God is showing us something else, changing us in a different way. Until now, we have always been the helpers assisting others. We now are the ones being helped, assisted, supported. God is showing us His glory through the generosity of others. Friends we've only met briefly but love deeply have shown us that our children matters, our obedience matters, and that they believe in us and our growing family. Two separate fundraisers blessed us with over $16,000. This pays for all the adoption fees and court costs. Since we are leaving later than intended, the Euro-cup soccer thingy is over and airfare costs have dropped. I believe we only need $15,000. (only need. lol My Father is mighty and it is ONLY)
So I've decided on another giveaway.
A donation of any size enters you for a chance to receive this retired Lladro valued at nearly $500 called "Thank you, Santa!"
Thank you so much for supporting us and praying for our children. God is doing a great and mighty work in our lives and I am humbled to be given such a gift.