Feeling Accomplished

It’s been awhile since we have written a blog post, but honestly, we have been swamped.  Every single day we have been sorting and pricing items.  We have boxes upon boxes of stuff everywhere.  For a good while, we didn’t have much of a kitchen or living room to even use.  We had my parents over this past weekend for Father’s Day and sadly we didn’t even have a surface to set our food down on.  My goal for the past couple weeks was to at least finish sorting and pricing all the donations that we had on the main floor of our home, and last night, we met this goal!  What a relief!  Now we have to find a place to put all the boxes! haha  This is what our hallway and living room currently looks like.  This pile of boxes doesn’t look like much in the pictures but it’s seriously a lot of stuff. It’s only a tiny fraction of what we still have left to go through. As you can see, the cats are liking the “climbing obstacles” that we have set up for them, and the fact that we have our coffe table back.

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Our next task is to move down into the basement and start sorting and pricing items down there.  Eventually we will be moving into the garage and continue this exciting task.  Once we get into the garage, I’ll be happy to share a picture of the adventure that is ahead of us.
Besides all this sorting and pricing, we have been busy with many other things.  We printed and folded 150 copies of a letter we wrote to our friends/family.  Then had to stuff and seal the envelopes, make the mailing labels, buy stamps, etc. This past Sunday, we shared an addition 200 copies of these letters with our church family, which meant going to church early to stuff all the mailboxes for the members.

Also, we have been purchasing items we will need for the event and trying to get things situated and planned for what we will need and how things will be set up.  We handed over the task of planning quantities of foods/drinks to my dad, and he has been working with Four Men and a Grill (the folks we have preparing the food for the event), to get this part of the event taken care of.  Our kitchen and extra freezer looks like we are starting to open up our own restaurant or something.  All the cases of bottled waters, sodas, packs of brats, hot dogs, etc.  It’s starting to turn into an obstacle course of trying to figure out how to walk around our house. Watch out for the boxes, random items, soda/water, and don’t forget our random 4 cats that like to run around our feet.

Life has been beyond chaotic the past few months and the next 2-1/2 weeks will get even more chaotic, but I keep trying to remind myself that in the end it will all be worth it.  All this hard work will pay off when we officially bring our children home and have our family complete!  Honestly, the end result is one of the few things that keeps me pushing on.  I am a very stubborn and determined individual.  I love challenges and I will work my tushy off until I achieve my goals.  I may be tired and cranky the next few weeks (poor Jason haha), but soon I’ll be back to my fun and bubbly self again.  Watch out world, Christi has a goal to achieve!

Speaking of goals, this year I set a goal (with Jason) to pay off a few debts we’ve had sitting around… mainly my gazillion school loans from my two degrees.  Last year I paid down 1 of my 7 loans, and just this past weekend I paid down my 2nd loan!  What an amazing feeling that was for me once I clicked “submit payment” online.  My goal is to have 2 more school loans among other things paid off by the end of this year! I cannot wait.  I am one of those weird people who actually enjoys paying bills.  I feel a sense of accomplishment knowing we have the funds to pay our bills and being able to “check off” those bills from my spread sheet every month.  Jason and I are very fortunate that we have our jobs and can rely on our paychecks.

Okay, I think that’s enough blabbing for today.  We’ll be back soon with more updates, so stay tuned!

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Light at the End of the Tunnel

From:  Thursday, April 13, 2017

We’ve been having a lot going on the past few weeks.  I met up with a friend of ours who is helping us plan our fundraising event.  We have a lot of great ideas, and talking about everything is pretty exciting.  We were put on hold on further planning due to waiting on available dates from the church for us to host this event.  Luckily we just received these dates and can not move forward. This is awesome news for us. We will be meeting with a bank tomorrow to set up an account for the adoption.  Once the account is set up, we can order credit card readers for the fundraising event to help make things easier.  Oh, and to top things off, we reached out to an adoption agency last week! We are anxious to move forward; there is so much to be done.  This is becoming more real, now!

Work has been busy for both of us.  I had a huge deadline at work this week and Jason was asked to work 10hr days.  Yay for overtime pay!  We’ve been in the process of paying down some of our debt, plus of course, saving for our adoption, so every penny from overtime helps.  I won’t bore you with the details, but it has been nice having items being checked off our “to do” list.  We still have so much more to do, but I think we can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel.

We are following Holy Week this week, so things may be a bit quiet around here until after Easter. We have church services tonight (Thursday), tomorrow for Good Friday, and again on Sunday for Easter.  Happy Easter to you all!

Feeling Overwhelmed

From:  Wednesday, April 5, 2017

We’ve been doing a lot of research about adoption, ways to raise money, what’s needed to apply for grants or loans, etc. There are so many things going through our minds. It’s hard to take a step back and just breathe and move forward slowly, one step at a time. We fully understand that adoption is a long process, but it’s so hard to move slowly when you have been wanting a family for so many years.  Our biggest worry is money.  Obviously the majority of new parents fear about finances; how will you provide for your child?  For us, it’s more about, how will we be able to afford the costs of adopting?  Seeing the numbers for adopting is eye opening and very overwhelming.  Trying to hold on to faith and trust that God will provide.

Many may be wondering why we are waiting before contacting an adoption agency.  We’ve been in the middle of house projects and we would prefer to have most of the inside stuff done before we go through a home study. We want things to be ready and safe for a child to come into our home.  We have a checklist of items that need to be done before we can successfully pass a home study. So that’s what we’re working on for now.  We will hopefully meet with an agency soon (we are fairly sure which agency we will be going with).  From what we have read, once we meet with the agency, we have to go through an orientation class, fill out a ton of paperwork and get ready for the home study.

So besides our house projects, we continue with getting things ready for our adoption fundraiser/rummage event.  I contacted our church secretary, so now we wait for available dates for the event.

We have many busy days ahead of us, so keep checking in for updates.

One Week Down, Many Weeks to Go

From: Friday, March 24, 2017

Last week was a big week for us. We decided to officially announce to our friends and family our plans to adopt and start a family of our own. We were surprised by all the positive feedback, prayers and offers to help us in any way we may need.

Jason and I have decided to host a fundraising/rummage sale event this summer to hopefully help raise some funds for our adoption.  It is so crazy how expensive adoption is, but we are very determined to follow through with this new adventure.  I have been busy spending my time looking up individuals that run their own small businesses (i.e. Scentsy, Tupperware, Norwex, etc.), asking for either a raffle donation basket and/or for them to set up a table and fundraise that way.  Also, we plan to have a 50-50 raffle and a bake sale.  We even asked our nieces if they would like to set up a lemonade stand and offered for them to keep half the profit. Figured this could be a good learning experience for them, too. Needless to say, but this should hopefully be a big event.  We are so lucky that a friend of ours has offered to help us with the planning process.

We have already been blessed with donations from Christi’s boss and a few of our friends.  This is a small example of the donations we have received, and actually a lot has been donated even after this picture was taken.  I had the fun job last night of carrying all these bags and boxes down the stairs into our basement so it will be easier for us to start pricing the items. I had to have gone up and down the stairs at least 25 times, if not more.  After so many trips, my legs were throbbing so I called it a day and stuffed the remaining items into our kitchen.  Haha Guess what I get to continue doing this weekend. You guessed it; continue moving the rest of the bags down into the basement.

Another thing we asked our friends/family was to have folks write letter of recommendations for us so we are ready for when we meet with an agency.  It has been wonderful reading the kind words everyone has to say.  We are overwhelmed with all the love and support we have been receiving, and we’re only a week in on this journey!

I talked to our pastor last week about the possibility of us using our churches gymnasium for our fundraiser/rummage sale.  He said he would bring it up in the next meeting and let me know.  We received great news that we have received the approval!  What a relief. Our pastor said that he has to talk to a couple more people and then get back to us about available dates.  Now we just need to set a date and continue with the planning.

Our weekend will be filled with lots of pricing of the items we have received already.  Plus, continuing to go through our own personal items to create piles of things we can sell.  Honestly it is so freeing going through our entire home decluttering and re-organizing. I highly recommend everyone to do this throughout the year.

I guess that’s all the updates I have for today. Have a great weekend everyone!