It’s official: Nazar!
I’m thrilled to announce…
No wait, not thrilled.
Over the moon?
REALLY, REALLY REALLY EXCITED!!!
Yeah, really, really, really, really excited to announce that:
We are hosting Nazar for Christmas!!!!!!!!1!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1111!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This sweet little face is coming soon to my house:
I wonder what he will be like. I can’t wait to buy little boy clothes and stuff.
Of course I have no idea what size he will wear. He’s a 7 year old boy, so probably size 6 or 7? He doesn’t look big in this picture, but it’s so hard to tell from a headshot.
We’re waiting to find out his adoption status and if he has any siblings, just in case. The facilitator said she would know in a few days. (In Ukraine they don’t separate siblings, so you have to adopt them all or adopt none.)
And you know it’s Ukraine…they are so crooked and unstable when it comes to this info. His adoption status could be wrong. The only way to find out 100% for certain is to file a petition to adopt with the state department of adoption in Kyiv. But I’m getting way ahead of myself. We’re just hosting him. He should be cleared for hosting, he is as far as everyone knows or he wouldn’t have been on the photo list. Praying hard for no surprises like with Karina!
The prospective dates for hosting are December 21st through January 13th. It varies by a few days depending on the plane tickets, and they don’t purchase them until the last minute. A lot goes into organizing these trips!
My internet village certainly helped save Tanya’s life this summer by generously contributing to her hosting fees. We gathered the entire $2,700 in less than a week!
I don’t want to become someone who asks for money all the time. Blame it on the orphans. LOOK AT NAZAR’S FACE!! Killer cuteness.
Here’s the deal: We put all of our pathetic savings toward his deposit because we’re reckless like that. The deposit is $1,000. We don’t have a penny more and they won’t let us pay for it with credit cards. ;)
The total cost of winter hosting is $2,700. We need to raise $1,700 by early November. (I don’t have the exact due date yet.)
I like to break it down–this makes it seem more doable. If 68 people give $25 that will fund it! That’s really not too many people.
I’m also considering doing some other kind of fundraiser besides just donations, but it’s hard to find something to organize that will be profitable in just a month. We don’t really have a big community we’re involved in here, in our town.
We’re already approved, we’ve already done the background checks and the home safety check and everything! All we need is $1,700 and for Nazar to get his visa and passport.
I made a chip-in account in case anyone has extra money they’d like to contribute! The chip-in goes to my paypal account and I’ll write a check (and even post a picture of it!) for the amount to send to Guglielmo’s Hope, the non-profit behind the host program.
The chip-in uses flash, so it might not be visible on mobile devices.
Here is a link directly to our chip-in page if for some reason you want to visit it.
I’ll keep the chip-in at the bottom of my blog entries. Feel free to share blog links or the chip-in link on Facebook or elsewhere on the internet if you so desire.
You can also make a tax deductible donation to the organization directly through their paypal link, or by mailing a check. The info and the paypal link are on their website, here. Just note that it’s for the Amos Family. (There is more than one Nazar on the photo list!)
And finally, if you want to host it’s not at all too late to sign up! The photo listing is still being added to. They are in Ukraine right now interviewing kids and putting them into the gallery!
You can sign up to view the photo listing here.
The sign up form is just to protect the privacy of the kids a little, it doesn’t commit you to anything. There are going to be more than 100 kids on the photo list in the next few weeks. Right now there are only kids from two orphanages on there along with the kids from last year who are still looking for families.
The Facebook page is here. They provide a lot of support for host families, including a private facebook group where you can share pictures and ask questions, a 24/7 translator call list for emergencies, and back-up families in case your child is not working out with your family. They also provide an online seminar for host training that answers every question and gives you every tiny detail you’ll ever need to know!
The language barrier with the kids isn’t as big of an issue as you would expect thanks to the Google Translate app! You type in English, the app speaks to the host kids in Russian. It’s amazing what technology can do. We also learned a whole bunch of Russian words and phrases very quickly. My kids still speak Russian words randomly!
Our experience hosting Tanya was rough, but not typical. Most families that hosted this past summer had a wonderful time with their kids. However, it was all worth it for us because Tanya found her family. We’re ready to try again and hopefully have a different experience this time! Even if it is hard or stressful I would gladly give three weeks of my life in trade for a child’s entire future, you know? Kind of puts it in perspective. But Nazar looks like a sweetheart, I bet he will be awesome. Can’t wait to find out!!!!!!
How will I ever wait through the next couple months until Christmas?