We, at this point really need a miracle to pull it off. We need to raise $3000 and fast. We're expecting a refund soon for something. Our homestudy fee is $1700. Our registration fee is going to be $1600. Shortly, we'll have a $1000. So, we need $2300 more to get really flying on this stuff. They are asking us when we'll have our dossier done. These kids need us way more than I originally had thought. Now, we know we are bringing Irina with us on the second trip to help pick up the little kids. She is a huge help & this will also give her some closure. That is another post for another day. See, our son will not be able to walk. We are checking w/ all our docs what will need to be done to get him wlaking. He has the determination, that's for sure! So, we will need help for sure. I will most likely carry Little Bit in a baby carrier on me. She doesn't weigh but about 20 lbs. No big deal. Irina will most likely work w/ the little girl while I also push the little boy in a stroller since he can't walk. All the while, Warren will be doing the heavy lifting of luggage & keeping track of all paperwork(vital). To make things easier, I believe we will all wear the same clothes that pick up trip--LOL.
Getting the cart before the horse though. I checked today and am printing off passport apps. We're going Wednesday to get passport pics done. Warren, me and Irina. They are costing less than I thought so that is wonderful b/c more funds then go toward the homestudy. We are just $700 shy of our homestudy goal & I know we can reach it soon. These kids are definitely depending on us. The sooner we can get Little Bit home, the better. She qualifies for early intervention here & the programs will really help her grow & do amazing things. Roman(that is what we have decided to name the newest Boyd boy!) will most likely need surgery to get him up & walking and plenty of PT. We already have a team in place so it will not be hard for them to get things in the works for him before he comes home. Vascular stuff is new territory but we have some of the top docs in the nation here. Not too worried. The other little girl we recently found out is not speaking yet the way she should be. We know first hand the experience w/ Nik how vital language is. We now know where to go, how to go about getting help she needs, etc. So, the sooner the better. Time is of the essence for sure.
We had another wonderful working angel at the bank. One of the ladies there gave us a donation to our adoption fund. She was actually the first to donate b/c one of the first to know so we could set up the fund! Thanks so much.
There are so many wonderful people helping us to help get the kids home. It is becoming more & more real each day. As Warren and I sat on the couch last night, we sat there taking it all in. Looking at the pictures of the future Boyd kids & trying to decide on names. Usually, we keep their birth names. That is not possible this go around. Well, it is but they'd hate us later in life for it--LOL. So, we both wanted a strong name for the little boy as he has such a strong, fighting spirit. His new name will be Roman. If you see the picture, you see it fits him to a tee & it is so dog gone close to his birhname, we went with it. The girls are tougher. So many great girls' names. But, need to find the ones that will ultimately fit the personalities of our little girls. Warren came up w/ a few as did I. Nothing we are ahhing over though so giving it more thought. So, we finally decided on one of the 3 kids' names. Not bad. Don't know about anyone else, but whether you have a birth child or adopt a child, naming them seems to be such a fun time. It becomes real that these little children will share a life with you and become part of who you are. Very exciting to think about it.
Just wanted to thank all the angels among us during this adoption adventure. We have a long way to go but looking forward to meeting all our angels along the way and paying it forward. I can never thank the many people involved in our process. Too many to name. Just know we will never forget you and when it is our opportunity, we will indeed pay it forward. Below is a picture of our kids from a trip we took to D.C. over the summer. We think their names fit them. How about you? Hope Roman will like his name. Now, to work on the other two names. Suggestions welcomed!