Monday, January 1, 2018

Financial Update

Hi All, 

Happy New Year!! Michael & I pray that you all had a wonderful and safe time ringing in the new year with the ones you love! We kept things pretty quiet just playing games with family, resting up before the craziness begins. Michael's going to check in with our adoption agency tomorrow to see if they have any news and we'll update you all as soon as we know anything. As I mentioned in my last post, we are the next family to travel, but we don't know what that means at this point. Our thought process is that we will be traveling in January or February, but we'll see. The bags that we are taking down to the orphanage have arrived, so we figure that is a pretty good sign that we are close to going. Please be in prayer that we will at least find out when we will be traveling soon! This not knowing is driving us crazy plus it's really hard to plan when you don't know if you are going to be in the country or not. On top of that, we just entered into January which is the most stressful month of the year for me and my mom, so please be in prayer that we can get a lot done before Michael & I travel or that people will come out of the woodwork to help my mom get W2s as well as 1099s out the door. Thanks for the prayers friends! We really appreciate it & all of you!!

I also have to apologize! People have been asking for a financial update and I am only a couple of MONTHS late in getting this information out there! With the puzzle fundraiser and some last minute grants, our adoption is FULLY FUNDED!!! PRAISE THE LORD!!! The only unknown at this point is purchasing our plane tickets which could be pretty expensive, but we received a grant to help us cover part of that expense and our hoping we can cover the rest between what we have in savings and/or with our credit card. So hopefully, we are good to go as far as our finances are concerned! Thank you all that have given financially or been in prayer for us! We couldn't have done this without you! Michael & I cannot wait to introduce our babies to you, so you can witness firsthand what your sacrifices have meant for our family!! I have included pictures of the completed puzzles for the kids. The pictures are not very good, but we'll post better photos once we get them framed for the kiddos. 




Well, I think that's it for now! Hope you all have a great start in 2018!

Love, 
Michael & Carey 

Monday, December 18, 2017

Christmas Miracles

Merry Christmas from the Granicas!

I apologize that it has been so long since our last post! Many people have been asking for updates on how the adoption is going and we haven't had anything positive to share, so we decided to hold off until we had some good news! That day has finally arrived! Michael and I heard from our agency on Saturday and we're the next family that will be traveling to Liberia to bring our babies home! HALLELUJAH!!! It sounds like our agency is waiting for an email and then we move onto the next phase, which she hopes will happen after the holidays! EEK! We should be heading to Africa sometime next month! As soon as we get more information, Michael & I will definitely pass it along, so everyone can be praying for our trip!

In other news, my little brother sold his house in November and has been really searching non-stop for a new place, but nothing has panned out. He was starting to think that he was going to have to rent a place until a house came on the market that met his requirements, but I am happy to announce that his offer was accepted on a beautiful home in Blaine today! Eek! We are so excited for him and can't wait to have our first family gathering at his new place, especially since our family will finally be complete!

God is so good you guys! A friend just mentioned yesterday that she could see us traveling and my brother moving in January and now it is actually happening! Crazy! Please be in prayer for my mom. January is the busiest time of year for our business, which is only going to be compounded by my being out of the country and my brother moving. Thankfully, we have some amazing friends that have offered to help my mom out in any way that they can and I know she'll be taking them up on that.

That's it for now! I will post more as soon as we hear anything!

Love you guys!

Merry Christmas!
Michael & Carey




Thursday, November 9, 2017

Prayers Appreciated

Hey Everybody,

Michael & I could really use some prayers right now. On Tuesday, we received an email from our agency stating that they were still waiting on our case histories for Melvin, Marie and Favor, so it would be another 30 to 90 days before we would receive our court date. Michael & I both felt that something was off because of how quickly things have been moving lately, so I decided to contact a friend in Liberia to verify what we were being told only to discover that our case histories are done. Our agency lied to us again! Needless to say, the last couple of days have been bumpy as we've tried to ask God for direction on how to handle this without jeopardizing our adoption. Well, I cannot go into any details, but God is starting to shake things up & we are just asking for prayers that our agency will do the right thing & that God's will will be done. Our hope & prayer is that this will shake things up so that many families will be able to bring home their children for Christmas! What better gift to give a child than a family at the holidays!

Thanks friends!

Blessings,
Michael & Carey

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Almost There!!

Hey ~ 

Just wanted to share a quick update! We received an email from our adoption agency & they wanted us to know that the Liberian government is sending a social worker tomorrow to meet our kiddos! He/She will also interview the orphanage manager to get our children's case histories. After that, the government social workers will meet with our kids' biological father & then write up the case histories, so they can be reviewed & signed by the Deputy Minister handling adoptions. 

They are telling us that this process can take up to 90 days, but we aren't worried. God has been moving things along so fast & we believe with all of our hearts that He will have our kids home by Christmas. Once the case histories are complete, our case will be forwarded onto our agency's lawyer. The lawyer has already met with our kids' biological father to explain what adoption means & their father has already signed the relinquishment papers. At this point, we would travel to Liberia & head to court to meet with the judge. Once the adoption decree is issued, we start the ball rolling at the Embassy & our kiddos will have their medical exams, etc. Once the children's visas are issued, our contact at the orphanage will handle the required exit letters with other Liberian government ministries. Eek! I cannot tell you how excited we are! 

On top of this good news, we also received another grant last week of $2,500!! So, we only have $1,500 to go & our program fees are all paid!!

Please keep us & our kiddos in your prayers! We still have a number of things to get worked out before we leave for Africa!!

Thanks friends!
Michael & Carey 

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Exciting News!

Hi Ya'll,

Hope you are all doing fabulous & enjoying this beautiful fall weather! It's a gorgeous day here in Minnesota! A lot of you have been asking for an update & I finally have some time to fill you all in on what's been going on.

As many of you know, our dossier was sent down to Liberia in August. We were under the impression that it was with the government waiting to be processed, so a friend of ours contacted someone she knew that worked in the government to check on the status of our case. It turns out that the person our friend knew is the one that oversees the whole adoption process! Is that amazing or what? God continues to blow our minds! Anyway, our contact did some checking & it turns out that our dossier wasn't with the gender (Liberian government) at all. It was being processed/held at the orphanage where our kids are at along with 5 other dossiers. After some discussion, we received word that all of the dossiers were going to be delivered to the government, so we have just been waiting for confirmation that this happened. As soon as we know for sure, we will post another update & let you all know, but please keep this in your prayers! God has really pressed on our hearts that He will have our kiddos home by Christmas & we are standing firm in that promise. Will you stand with us? We are asking for everyone to pray that our dossier was delivered to the gender & is being reviewed so that we'll receive our invitation to travel soon! Thanks friends!

On another note, Michael & I have some exciting news to share on the financial side of things! Here's a quick breakdown.
  1. Ragini Project fundraiser grant wrapped up at the end of September & we raised $570! A HUGE thank you to everyone that shopped on their website & helped us out! We cannot thank you enough! Michael & I are planning to use these funds for travel expenses since we hope to have our program fees covered soon.
  2. On October 3rd, I received an email from Laurencia's Victory stating that we had been chosen for a grant in the amount of $3,000. God is so good! That means we only have $4,000 to go before our program fees are completely paid off! Michael & I can't even begin to wrap our heads around everything that God has done! It's simply mind blowing!
  3. As many of you know, Michael has been working under a contract for the last 4 months. On October 3rd, he received a permanent job offer that included a 10% raise & benefits, which is phenomenal! This will definitely help us provide a better life for our kiddos! His last day with the staffing company is October 19th. Woo hoo!
  4. Lastly, Michael & I are launching a puzzle fundraiser starting today! For those unaware with how this works, we purchased 3 puzzles (one for each child). When you donate $5 or more, we will write your name (or family's name) on a puzzle piece. Once all the pieces are claimed, we'll frame the puzzles so that our kids will always know the names of the wonderful people that helped bring them home from Africa & how incredibly loved our kiddos are. You can purchase one puzzle piece for a specific child or you could purchase one for each child. It's completely up to you. We can accept donations in a couple of different ways. If you live close by or we see you on a regular basis, we can pick up donations in person. They can also be mailed to us via check or electronically through our PayPal or go fund me page. Please contact us if you need our address or PayPal account information. You can find a link to our Go Fund Me page on our blog. If you have any questions, email us at togethermc@gmail.com. 
Thanks friends! We are so close to the finish line! 

Blessings, 
Carey & Michael