Wednesday, January 8, 2014

it's all about the money, money

Here's the deal, that title up there ("It's all about the money, money") is absolutely false and should not be used as your life's motto. If you are into the prosperity gospel or telling people that money is your biggest assett, that probably is your motto, but I'm going to tell you right now that it's going to leave you empty.

Soapbox speech complete.

This post will be all about the money. Adoption money, to be exact.
This image is from Dave Ramsey's page, by the way.
Let me start with adoption grants. I have spent COUNTLESS hours filling out multiple-page grant applications, only to receive the inevitable "We regret to inform you..." letter from every single adoption grant-making organization to which we have applied. To put it another way, we are now ZERO for eight. We have received NOTHING from grant organizations. This makes my hourly wage regarding grant paperwork in the negative, meaning I could have made more money dropping potatoes in a fryer than I received for my work filling out all of those multiple-paged fill-in-the-blank worksheets.

It hurts just a smidge more that I know we were finalists in the running for a Lifesong matching grant. I got a phone call on my way to our fundraising dinner in December, in which the liaison was gathering information for an upcoming board meeting where members were to decide who received a matching grant. I gave her more information regarding our adoption (it had changed quite a bit, since she was still thinking we were adopting the twins). She told us to have people at our fundraising dinner make checks out to Lifesong for Orphans in case we received the matching grant; that would allow Lifesong to match every penny we collected at the event (up to their predetermined amount).

So we did, and I was hopeful that we'd receive the grant. Then boom: Rejection email. DANG IT! Don't worry if you made you check out to Lifesong, though. They are still helping us gather the money and sending it to us or our agency when an adoption-related bill needs to be paid. AND you still get your tax deduction. (No hard feelings to Lifesong...it is what it is.) But we did get rejected.

Nonetheless, we still received $10,000 from our adoption fundraiser, and I am working hard to get the step-by-step process down on paper to share with others. That's not to say we did it all perfectly or did it all ourselves, but we did learn quite a bit that we can share. 

So I guess it's fine that we have been rejected over and over again. As I put it in another, more positive way, God is creating a way to show Himself in a big way.

He has, and He continues to do so. Our AdoptTogether page now has almost $5,000 in donations, with about $2,000 of that coming within the last 2 weeks! (End-of-year giving has paid off in more ways than one!) If you are adopting, this has been extremely easy to set up. I recommend it, and if you have any questions about it, feel free to ask.

Now if only we could get rid of the extra--unoccupied--house and recoup some of the $800 in mortgage money we've been paying every month since June! Someone please buy this cute extra house! It really is nice! Desperation requires that I use a lot of exclamation points!!!

We still need quite a bit more to complete the adoption, but with the Congo process moving a bit slowly, it looks like we have still have some time to gather and save funds. So that's what we will continue to do.

(We also have a few other things in the works that we are not quite ready to share. Could be exciting!)