Over the past 13 months, our life has felt a bit like a really, really long hurdles race. You remember doing this as a kid, right? The hurdles event is unique compared to other races because it’s not just raw speed that counts, but also precision and timing that matter. As we have progressed through this process, there has been one hurdle after another: another piece of paper to sign, another training to complete, another class to attend, another book to read. Day after day has required another hurdle to jump over, hopefully with the right timing.
Well, we are happy to report that after a lot of running and a lot of hurdles, we have finally jumped over our last major one! As of this week, we have immigration paperwork in hand. We have plane tickets. We have accommodations in-country. And, thanks to a very successful Both Hands Project, to which many of you gave generously, and two generous organizations awarding us grants in the last couple of weeks, we now have enough money to travel. There are no more hurdles between us and meeting C and J!
A hurdles race is not won or lost on any single hurdle. Every single hurdle has to be jumped over in order to complete the race successfully. So while each one felt good, having gotten through all the legal, organizational, and “official” pieces is a huge relief.
Now of course - and to continue the metaphor - we are not done running yet. There are still challenges of in-country processes, legal proceedings, language barriers, and the dynamics of changing family relationships that lie ahead. To be honest, it feels a little like finishing a hurdles race and then getting on the starting line for a marathon. But in a process this long, we've got to celebrate these little victories with you.
Finally, we'd like to bring clarity to our financial status. As it currently stands, we have all the money we need to travel. Praise God! However, for those who are still interested in supporting us through donations, there are still several post-adoption processes and costs (including reports, other adoption legal documents, etc.) that are not yet covered through our fundraising efforts. Any money received up to $4000-$5000 from this point on will go directly to those costs.
Thank you for all your love and support!
WE LEAVE IN NINE DAYS!!!
-Brian and Ann