As far as the next steps in our adoption...I described those briefly in the previous post. With our dossier out of our hands now, the next few steps don't involved us other than waiting and praying.
These are the fees coming up in a very short amount of time, approximately 6 weeks from now:
$3,500 Airline Tickets (two adults plus baby)
$1500 In Country Expenses (Hotel/food with a longer trip to two different regions, etc)
$460 Visas for 2 children
Once we return from the trip, these fees will be due:
$6,000 (final program fee)
$720 USCIS for second child
$100 FBI Clearance Update
Currently we have $1212.65 in our Reece's Rainbow fund.
We need the funds for the first half of Phase 3 to go to our RR fund because they are easier to access quickly when it is time to book our flights and before we leave on Trip 1. (Airfare and lodging estimates are subject to change as summer gets closer so anything above and beyond our current goal would be a buffer and a blessing. Unused travel funds will be saved and used towards next set of fees.)
Based on the estimates above, that adds up to $5460 needed. So, to round it up, we are aiming for our RR Fund to read at least $5,500 by June 1st.
$4287.35 still needed
(And then by the end of June, we will need an additional $6,820 for the remaining fees due then).
Looking back, I never imagined we would be able to raise over $15k in only 4 months. It has been hard, exhausting and time consuming but through all that, God has provided every $ and we are so grateful to everyone who has generously given to make it possible. Please keep sharing, praying and consider investing in the lives of two children!
PLEASE pray that the grants we have applied for come through. That would be a HUGE blessing!
12 days left to finish off 4 more states in our 50 States Challenge Game, (at which point we will draw for the Mother's Day Prize winner. Donations and entries into the game get us closer to traveling the 5000 miles to go meet our children!