Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Why Ethiopia?

There really is not much to report on the adoption front. We have been on the wait list for 1 month and 23 days, but who's counting :) We are so excited to be at this point in our journey! I know the waiting will get harder the longer we do it, but for now we are enjoying being out of our hands! Now that the paperwork is complete and we are in waiting stages, we have begun to focus our energy on raising the rest of the funds needed for the adoption. I am going to copy a post from our Written On Your Heart blog below. No need to reinvent the wheel, right?

As most of you know, my husband and I are currently in the process of adopting a baby from Ethiopia, and we are excited to say that we have worked through the mounds of paperwork and are now waiting for our referral and to bring our child home! The financial considerations are significant and will cost us around $35,000.

We have been blessed to use the proceeds from Written On Your Heart to help us with the expenses. Thank you to all of you that have been so generous with your orders! We have received so many emails from families that have adopted, are adopting, or have a heart for orphan care and it has been such an encouragement for my family.

We are excited to announce another way that we will be able to raise funds to help bring Baby home. Our agency, America World Adoption, has a program called the "Eternal Family Program" which enables family and friends to contribute toward the cost of our adoption. If you feel led to partner with us financially, America World will accept contributions on our behalf and will provide a letter or email to you which will substantiate that the funds have been received by AW. Regarding tax deductibility, America World suggests that the amount claimed as a tax deduction, should be discussed with a tax professional.

You can contribute either by check or credit card. Checks can be made payable to America World Adoption Association or just AWAA. Both the check and the included “Eternal Family Program” form should be sent directly to America World Adoption Association, Attn: Accounting Dept. 6723 Whittier Ave., Suite 202, McLean, VA 22101. Credit card contributions can be made online at and the “Notes” section should be used to identify both the Eternal Family Program and our family.

Thank you for considering partnering with us financially. We understand that not all are led to give financially, but we do ask everyone to join us in prayer through this process. We cannot wait to bring our child home.

Thank you again for supporting Written On Your Heart and our family! We appreciate each and every one of you!

And for those that have asked, why Ethiopia?, watch this video. This says it so much better than I ever could!

Happy Wednesday to all of you!