I feel a HUGE sense of relief as we finished a stack of paperwork. Paperwork that involves twenty-one pages of questions for Nathan and me each. Questions asking about everything from how we discipline to who our favorite teacher was growing up. It is amazing the amount of information they need to see if we are fit to adopt this little boy. Information that no one requested before we had any children of our own. We finished it all. We requested letters from doctors and transcripts; we were fingerprinted and have gotten passports. It has taken hours of work, and we are only at the beginning.
We have been so blessed by friends, acquaintances and family that have helped so far. Over the past two months, we have had people give over six thousand dollars toward our efforts to bring Hamilton home. We have a long ways to go, though.
One of the fundraisers we are starting is a quilt fundraiser. I am working with a friend to make a signature quilt. For each person who donates $10 or more, we will sign your name on the quilt. We think this will be great "welcome home" present for this little man. Every night, he will go to bed covered in a warm blanket that reminds him of the many people who helped rescue him and give him a safe and loving home.
There are lots of people who have already given more than ten dollars. We will put their names on the quilt, but we would love to put lots more. This quilt will have all the names of people who have worked together to bring Hamilton home. Ten dollars is not a lot, but if only three thousand people gave ten dollars, or fifteen hundred people gave twenty, we would have our goal. A lot of people giving a little can make a REALLY big difference in the life of one person.
We are so thankful for all who have prayed and helped so far! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!