Okay, so I've been promising some exciting news for a week or so now, not wanting to be hasty in putting together the details. But our God is one incredible God, and I can't put this off any longer!
The point we've been at for a few months now is needing to raise the $7200 that needs to accompany our dossier submission. There are more needs down the pike after that (anywhere from $6k-$12k more), but that has been the need at hand.
Sadly, I've been negligent in keeping the sidebar tally of provision updated as gifts would come in. In November, some friends sent us $100, hoping to help speed up the process (which overwhelmingly blessed us, as they're in their own process to adopt two kiddos!). Then we had the Read For Orphans, which ended up raising $1770!!! Again, above and beyond what we had hoped for or expected. I babysat for a friend for a few hours, and she insisted on paying me $100..."yes, you have to take it-it's for Karis, not you." Humbly blessed. We've made almost $100 from our Just Love Coffee store. Amazing. Yet, still so far from our $7200.
So we have waited, and prayed. And prayed and waited. And although it was far from our timing, we have seen God provide miraculously in a matter of 3 days.
We have some family members who are exceedingly generous, and they told us many months back that they had an account to which they would contribute several hundred dollars each month towards our adoption. On the 28th of December, they gave us a check for $3000. I am not kidding you. That very same day in the mail, we were surprised and blessed beyond measure. Some dear friends in Montrose (and this will get it's own post, b/c the pictures and note are priceless!) did a "Cookies for Karis" sale right before Christmas. $1100, from selling homemade Christmas cookies! Some other wonderful friends in Montrose sent $500. A family member in NY heard about our car accident, and felt led to help us out by sending $1000. The next day, we received a note and a check from a precious woman we have never even met, but is a friend of a friend...she gave $400. The next day in the mail, some close friends in Anchorage sent us $500.
Are you seeing what I'm seeing through my myriad of tears?
$6500, all in the space of three days.
There are simply no words to describe how grateful and humbled we feel to be a part of this miracle that God is working for a beloved girl we love like crazy though we haven't yet met. See what God is up to to bring her home? It boggles my mind.
So what does this mean?
Our dossier will be headed out of here shortly-can I hear an AMEN?!?
We had two documents that had to be state certified/authenticated, and they should arrive back from Juneau on MONDAY (well, looking at the time-today)!
I am holing myself up in the office with the gate across the doorway and making copies like a madwoman Monday evening (well, hopefully I'll be more organized than that!), as we need three complete sets of our dossier. Then off to our agency this week!!! Dossiers get reviewed at our agency on Mondays, then 2-3 weeks for translation/authentication/blah blah blah. So my best guess is that by FEBRUARY our dossier should be landing in Ethiopia!!!