Tuesday, August 13, 2013

"Logged In" and moving forward

We found out Monday that were "logged in" the Ethiopian court system last week. This essentially  means that our case has been filed with the court, a step that will "get the ball rolling" legally. But very slowly...

In Ethiopia, the courts close for the "rainy season"and the Ethiopian New Year (September 11). The courts will be closing next week (which is later than usual) and should reopen the first week of October. Once courts re-open, the preliminary hearing for our adoption will be held in court. Assuming everything goes favorable, we receive a court date and then travel to Ethiopia to meet our little ones and attend court to legally adopt them.

Before traveling to court, we have close to $4000 of agency/adoption related fees to pay. We will also, of course, be purchasing plane tickets for the two of us to travel when the time comes (hopefully late October/early November).

To offset these costs, we have a Puzzle Fundraiser. We purchased 2 puzzles with a Bible verse for Yosef and Genet:

Here's how it works:
$20 buys 1 piece of each puzzle (2 total) 

On the back of each piece purchased, we write your name and add it to the puzzle. The completed puzzles will be placed in clear frames with the names visible on the back.  Each of our children will have theirs to hang in their room as a reminder of God's promise, love and provision.   

The puzzles after 1 week: 72 pieces total

We appreciate those who have sponsored pieces and encourage you to share
with others on social media and help us spread the word!

Ways to purchase
1) Make a donation to our Lifesong for Orphans account (tax deductible) 
Checks must have our account number (#2634) on the memo line and be mailed to:
Lifesong, PO Box 40, Gridley, IL 61744

2) Stop by the Vanderbilt BCM office (students) or mail your donation to
Thorntons, 6009 Penbrook Drive, Franklin, TN 37069

3) Use our Paypal button to make the donation (located on the right side of this page)
This will add your donation directly to the adoption account.

Let us know of your purchase so we can add your piece to the puzzle. 
Thank you so much for walking with us through this phase of the 
adoption journey to bring Yosef & Genet home!

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