You guys won’t believe this.
With your help and Rosie’s lemonade stand fund raiser we’ve raised $1,119 out of $2,500 since Thursday for K’s summer hosting opportunity!
I fell asleep last night anxious that we wouldn’t get the rest of the money in time. I mean how could it be possible for us to get $2,500 so quickly? The last thought on my mind as I fell asleep around midnight was a prayer that if we were meant to have K this summer it would all work out. For some reason the story in the Bible about having faith the size of a mustard seed came to mind.
He replied, “Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”
But does that actually apply to my real life? It seems fairy-tale like.
I was exhausted from the tour of chicken coops yesterday–we had quite a few people come to our house to view our chicken coops and ask questions. It was over 90 degrees out, no shade, and very humid. I was sunburned and worn out from standing outside for five hours in the heat. I accidentally fell into a deep sleep right away without time to even finish fretting over K and the hosting costs.
I’d fallen asleep with my phone laying in my hand. About twenty minutes after midnight my phone buzzed as I got an email. It jolted me awake and I peeled my eyes open, squinting in the sudden brightness of my phone light to see what the email said.
I read it quickly and then had the simultaneous reactions of bursting into tears and disbelief.
The email was from the director of the organization bringing the Ukrainian orphans to America for the summer. She said someone in Connecticut had just contacted her pledging $1,500 on our behalf. I have no idea who it was.
That means in three days we raised enough money to bring K here for the summer. THREE DAYS!
This whole experience has kind of blown me away. I’m speechless.
It can’t be a coincidence. There’s just no way. K is definitely meant to spend the summer with us.
To talk finances, since so many of you all have contributed already….
(Thank you so much! I wish I could reach through the internet and hug you!)
We have $1,119 to add with the $1,500 pledge. ($749 from the chip-in and $220 from Rosie’s lemonade stand!) We have the $2,500 total to bring K here! Our names are on the embassy list, they are buying her round trip ticket and getting her visa!!!!
That leaves $119 extra. But unfortunately we’ll need to pay for the mini-homestudy in order to be sure she’s coming to a safe home. They estimate it will cost $350. I’m going to contact a local agency tomorrow to find out what the actual cost will be for our area. I’ll update tomorrow when I find out.
Assuming it’s $350 we’ll need $231 more to cover it, so I’m leaving the chip-in open for now in case anyone was planning on contributing and didn’t yet. (I wish we had the money in our budget to just plunk it down, but we don’t. I hate being poor!) I’m certain now after managing to miraculously gather the whole $2,500 we can figure out how to get the mini-homestudy done.
The only thing left after that will be the background checks Tyler and I need. I don’t know yet if those cost money, or how much. Or maybe they are included in the mini-homestudy? I’ll find that out as soon as possible too. Hopefully they don’t cost a lot.
Rosie is so very excited about hosting K this summer. As soon as I told her this morning she immediately had me looking up Ukrainian phrases and has already been practicing them. We need to find out if K will speak Ukrainian, or mainly Russian, or both. I read it depends on what region she is from. I also found out that the Ukrainian government will not give permission for her eye to be fixed while she’s here. That’s very disappointing. We do have permission for her to have an eye exam and to get glasses, just nothing more. I’m hoping they will be able to give her corrective glasses that will help if it’s a lazy eye. If it’s strabismus I’m not sure glasses will help.
Tyler is insistent that we can’t adopt her and doesn’t even want to bring it up. I’m trying not to worry about this, because if we are meant to adopt her then I guess I should have faith it will work out as it should and Tyler will be excited about it. He is excited about hosting her, but I know the finances of adoption terrify him. He is shocked that we got the money to host her so quickly. You never know what will happen. Maybe she will meet someone else while she’s here and they will want to adopt her.
I know putting her back onto the plane to Ukraine in August is going to be heart wrenching. No matter what happens, if someone wants to adopt her or not, she HAS to go back to Ukraine. There’s nothing we could do to keep her here for longer. If she’s going to be adopted by someone they’ll have to spend about a year doing paperwork and stuff, traveling to Ukraine for 10 days, etc. It’s a big, long, confusing, overwhelming process.
But like I said, not going to think about that right now. I want to focus on getting the home study and background checks done so that we can give K, Rosie, and Ada an amazing six weeks together this summer. We can send her back to Ukraine with the best memories of being loved on. I can kiss her goodnight for 42 nights in a row. She’ll have lots to tell her friends when she gets home, and plenty of memories to give her hope that she is loved. In the very, very least Tyler has asked me if we can host her every summer. (He’s such a sucker, just you all wait until she’s here!)
It sucks so bad that she has to go back, but what’s the alternative? If we never host her at all then she’ll never have known what it’s like to be in America or be part of a family, but what will she do instead? Just sit in the orphanage all summer. Better to have loved and lost than to never have loved at all, right? (For her and for us.) It’s not fair, but then again nothing about being an orphan is fair.
Those are my thoughts for now. I almost got up at 1 in the morning and wrote this blog entry last night. I’m so excited to tell you all. :)