Sunday, March 29, 2015

Adoption Timeline(ish) & FUNdraising ideas!

Photography by Art of Her 

Welcome!  Our last blog post went into detail about how we came to decide now is the time for us to begin the adoption process.  Since then, we've done a ton of research, asked a lot of questions, and read some incredible blogs from adoptive parents.  Below is a timeline(ish) of what the process is going to look like:
  • Dec 2014 - decision to begin adoption process :)
  • Jan-Feb 2015 - research adoption agencies and "interview" several to find the right fit. 
  • Feb 2015 - chose Nightlight Adoption, specifically because of their Nicaragua program
    • We choose Nicaragua for a variety of reasons which we will blog about at a later date. 
    • Decided we are looking for a boy or girl, ages 2-6, with the potential of adopting a sibling pair.
  • March 2015 - sent out initial paperwork to begin the Home Study which will take anywhere from 3-4 months
  • July - September(ish) 2015 - finalize Home Study and US reviews to approve us as an adoptive couple.
  • September(ish) 2015 - send additional documents to Nicaragua for review.
  • ?? 2015 - ? - This is where the real waiting game begins.  We could be called in weeks or years with a "referral" for a little one (or ones).
    • Once contacted we have 2 weeks to make a decision and make our way to Nicaragua.
    • We will then spend 3 months in Nicaragua getting to know our little one (or ones) and finalizing the adoption!!

As you an imagine this is a fairly pricey endeavor we've set out on, so we've come up with a few different ways our family, friends, loved ones, and anyone else who has a heart for adoption can get involved:
  1. Check out our fundraising page where you'll find a fun twist.
  2. Do you like coffee?  Just Love Coffee roasters supports adoptive families by donating a portion of their sales.  You need to order through our "storefront" and we get $5 for every 12oz bag of coffee sold!!
    • You can set up an automatic delivery (or "subscription) too.
  3. Rummage sale anyone?  Or perhaps some spring cleaning?
    • We are having a rummage sale in June 2015!  Do you have anything you've been meaning to get rid of that you would be willing to donate to us to sell?  Let us know!
  4. Casino Night - details to come!! Think dressing up, poker, raffles, etc. 
  5. Projects!  Take a look at the pictures below of some of the things we have worked on together. If something catches your eye and you would like to have it in your home - let us know and we can talk timeline and price.
    • We can bring life to other ideas you may have as well...
    • Ash enjoys painting indoors and refinishing furniture too!
    • Basically we can customize anything you see below to fit what you would like!
Refinished this piece.
Can do other
Made this bar table and chairs
from several different pieces.
Custom barn door.
Can do other quotations.
"I love you to the moon and back"

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