On the adoption front. Not much new news here. Just got the revised fee schedules for the new kiddos. Definitely need to kick the fundraising up a notch & into high gear. I know it is near Christmas so that will be near impossible. But, I'm up to a challenge. As Michael Jordan has said: "I can accept failure, however I can not accept not trying." So true. Where there's a will there's a way. Anyhow, getting stuff accomplished slowly. I had my medical checkup today. For those new to adoption journeys, this is all part of the process. Though it was scheduled anyhow, it serves more than one purpose this go around. See, in order to adopt, you have to prove you are medically healthy & mentally healthy. Ridiculous, I know. I see it to a point but the rigorious screening we adoptive parents go through is more tense than a CIA questioning session. If just half the parents had to go through this screening process & gather docs like we do, I think they'd think twice--LOL. Was extra nice to doc as I handed her forms for 9 members of our family to be filled out by her w/ all our medical history on it. Thank God we have a wonderful doctors at Wake Urgent Care & that they know our kids inside & out. Yes, even the one that can't feel pain & comes to them w/ a nail in her knee! They are very accomodating & when you have children w/special needs, you need that indeed. My kids know every part of that building sad to say. They know the "trauma room" and the regular appt. room and the sick room and the x-ray room. Yes, they've been to them all. We also see many specialists as well every so often. 4 of my kids go to a neurologist, a 5th will soon. 2 of the new kids coming will have to go to a neurologist as well but not for FAS. We pretty much have every specialist covered. Not as bad as it sounds b/c all our kids are stable & only have to go every few months. Plus, since multiples go, we can schedule all at once. At the dentist, we have them spilt 2 of 5. We'll do 5 & 5 when the new ones come home. Just keeps it easier that way. Gee whiz, off on a tangent.
So, adoption status update. Yes, still adopting 3 kids. Yes, we are still sane. Yes, medical forms are in to doctors. Yes, homestudy app is in the mail! Registration stuff being filled out today & tomorrow. Slowly but steady stears the ship. Our biggest obstacle right now is honestly finances. So please, please do pass this site along. I will also be doing gift card drawings this week as fundraisers. Stay tuned for that one! First and foremost though is if anyone would like to buy magazines for a gift or for themselves for that matter, do send them here & have them click on the right-hand sided link. Takes you right there to our page. Great shopping for sure. More fundraisers to come after the first of the year. But before Christmas, we will do a giftcard one this week! So, if you need to shop, that would be a great gift to give. Now we have a ways to go but I figure we're not far from our first thousand. And for having an emergency appendectomy happen, some normal kid stuff, and a sick mom this past week, we're not doing so bad. So, here's the tally:
Magazine Fundraiser: $20(our part of it)
Donation Bar: $ 50
Private donations $225
Selling things: $ 70
Leftover PPR: $125
Grand total: $806!!!
We are that much closer to getting the kids home. Now, 2 of the children have a $10,000 grant with them which helps immensely. However, we are still way, way far away from the $30,000 needed total to bring them home. So $20,000 away really. We will be applying for some grants but there is absolutely NO guarantee that we would even get one. So all this has to be done on a total leap of faith that the money will come from fundraising and such. I know we can do it. As I explained in a previous post, adoption costs are much different nowadays and you can't borrow money like you used to. Any suggestions or ideas, I am all ears. One kind sir has offered his travel frequent flyer miles to us for trip one. He said it should be enough for 2 international round trip tickets. what a blessing!!! If it all works out. Some fo those transfer of points are tricky. But, we'll do what we have to to make it work. I know there is a Holiday Inn and a Hilton Inn in Sophia where we will have to stay part of the time. Just very few nights. Some business travellers I know get points to these hotels & if you don't use them, well,we'd love to have them. Just get in touch. Every little bit helps to save on trips. So, that is basically where we are. Need to fundraise, need to fill out papers. The beginning stages of adoption process are SO boring. Worth it, but indeed boring. Keep you posted. I do promise a Max transformation soon and one post about alphabet soup (dx's). Also, I may just add pics for fun. Love to show off the kids here & there. Oh, and just wait till Christmas time! I'm a picture hound and since we're not going to be here, they'll be tons of pictures. Okay, so I can't wait. Just a few random pics for now: