Sorry it's been awhile since our last post. We have been busy collecting orders for the Valentine's Day fundraiser and working out the last kinks in our homestudy report. I am happy to report that the kinks are worked out and we should have it in our hands next week :) This means we can submit to USCIS!! Woohoo!! And thanks to a very generous donation we have the funds to do that.
I also want to thank everyone who ordered goodies from our sister-in-law, Melinda, for the Valentine fundraiser. I don't have an exact total yet, but it looks like she raised right around $700 for the boys adoption fund! Thank you Melinda!! And now she is busy making lots of chocolate goodies to deliver/ship all over in the next day or two. And her husband, Mike (Joel's brother), is busy eating lots of "leftover" chocolate :)
Over the last couple of weeks, we have seen God use others to provide for our boys. It is amazing! We had someone donate $2000 through our church, then someone else gave our pastor $200 for us. Then we had someone donate to the boys via Reece's Rainbow and then someone from Switzerland sent a card with a donation for the boys! All this, along with the Valentine fundraiser, has encouraged us so much!! Some might say that in the grand scheme of things, a couple thousand isn't very much. I DISAGREE!!!! We are now under $25,000 needed total. Yes that's quite a bit, but not to God!! And not when we started out needing $35,000!! All the little donations add up. I am so thankful that people are donating what they have to give, even if it doesn't seem like much to them or others. Every donation, big or small, is such an encouragement to us, and such a great blessing. God is providing! In His way and in His time!