If you read our previous post, you know that our last few months have been particularly hard. When we had finally made it to the point where we could accept a referral, Ethiopia unexpectedly shut down the processing of international adoptions. It was a sudden, blanket suspension. No one really knew what was going on, how long it would last, if it was final, etc. Then, some movement for families that had already been matched, but no real indication of what it meant for the rest of us. Tim and I wrestled, got angry, got sad, got confused. We looked at other countries and settled on India as a possible next step (which would involve big setbacks). In mid-June, we sent an email to our agency asking for some straightforward advice: should we start the process for India, or wait it out? They advised that we stick it out with Ethiopia. So we told them we would, and added that we were now open to either siblings or to a single child. We settled in for the long haul.
Five days later, our agent left a message mentioning some “fairly good news.” We assumed perhaps there was a new statement from the Ethiopian government. Tim called her back. Then he called me.
“Well, they have a baby boy for us”.
“What? Wait. Like, they have a baby just for us right now?”
“Yes. Apparently his file came to them around the same time as the email saying we were open to taking one child. He’s 5 months old, and healthy.”
“Wait, what?” [insert pause for genuine disbelief]
“I know.” [I could hear his smile]
It has taken a while for this to even begin to sink in, but needless to say, we are beyond excited! It will still be months before we are able to go and get him, but we now know there is a beautiful baby boy waiting for us in Ethiopia.
Here’s the deal. The referral came WAY before we were expecting it…and that means the bills are coming earlier, too. We now have ONE week to raise almost $20,000 in order to make Daniel our own. Less than a month. We are officially calling in reinforcements! If you are able to pitch in even the smallest amount to help us get to that goal, we would be incredibly grateful! Or if you know someone who has a heart for adoption who might be interested in supporting us, we’d love it if you could pass on our information. We fully believe that with bits and pieces from our beautiful village of friends and family, we can pay that bill and move on toward bringing our son home.
There are a few ways you can contribute:
- You can donate on our GoFundMe page: https://www.gofundme.com/founds. The organization does take a small percentage as a fee (8%), but it is an easy way to give online.
- You can donate through our AdoptTogether page. This online option is tax deductible, and takes out a smaller percentage (5%): https://www.purecharity.com/founds-family-adoption
- You can send us a personal check if that is easiest and you don’t want anything taken out. Just let us know and we’ll get you our address!
Whether or not you are able to contribute financially, we value your partnership in so many ways. In the coming months of waiting, and then in the transition period that follows, we’re thankful to know we have so many people surrounding us with words and actions of encouragement along the way. Thanks for the ways you are a gift in our lives.