Have you been keeping an eye on the fundraising thermometer? Amazing, isn't it?! In one month, we are more than half way to our first goal, and if we keep going at this rate, we will meet it by the middle of February! This first $1,000 will allow us to be presented as a ready and waiting adoptive family while we continue to save the money to pay the legal fees. We would love to pay that first fee and go active with our agency the first week of June, right after Brooklyn turns one. Only four and a half months to go! (Where does the time fly???)
But along with a growing sense of excitement, a bit of anxiety is creeping in. We received some news from our adoption agency on Friday afternoon. Our caseworker was looking into a few things for us, and she had a meeting with the agency director and discussed our situation with her. The director decided that in order to be presented us as a waiting family, our income must be stable enough that we are no longer receiving unemployment. This was a bit of a blow for me. It was not a complete surprise, but it hit me harder than I expected.
Although Andy does odd jobs and architecture contract work (anyone out there need an architect?) to support us right now, there are slow weeks where we receive unemployment to help us stay on track with our mortgage. The director is concerned about what would happen if that money was not there. We know the answer is that God would provide...He always has. But we also understand her position, and we respect it. They need to do everything possible to ensure that children are being placed in stable families. And although we are stable in real life (right? ;), we must also be stable on paper. (I'm holding back here -- the sarcasm could be crazy! LOL)
Andy was laid off a little more than two years ago. It has been a hard road, but also a very meaningful one. We have learned so much. But we would really appreciate your prayers regarding his job situation. We know that God has a plan in all of this, and we want so much to patiently wait and see what He has in store. We want to continue to stand strong in the knowledge that God has led us to be available for one more little one. He has already done so much to affirm this as we step out in faith and obedience, and we MUST trust that He has this issue under control also. But I am only human. And 2+ years of unemployment and fluctuating income is wearing on me. So I appreciate your prayers for us. :)