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 

Friday, September 1, 2017

As Promised!!

Hey Everybody,

Michael & I have some amazing news to share!! We are so honored to be selected for a second grant, but this one is a little different than the ones we have received in the past. Basically, this grant is a fundraiser. Any purchases made on their website (www.raginiproject.com) throughout the month of September will come to us! Amazing, right?

This organization (The Ragini Project) was started and run by a family that adopted a little girl from India in 2014. Like us, they felt God was calling them to adopt and they jumped in without knowing where the funds were going to come from to pay all the fees! But, they were faithful and God provided. Unfortunately, the 22 months that it took for them to bring their daughter home was filled with stress and worry, which is something we are very familiar with. The whole time Sara kept thinking there has to be another way. God calls His kingdom to take care for the fatherless, so why is it so hard? Shortly after they brought their daughter home, God shared with Sara how they could purchase items from countries all over the world created by artisans trying to support their families to sell on their website with all the proceeds going to families in the adoption process! How amazing is that!?! Talk about being the hands and feet of Jesus!!

So if you have been sitting on the sidelines waiting for a fundraiser that could have a huge impact for us while supporting artisan families around the world, then this is the fundraiser for YOU!!! These are unique handmade items that cannot be purchased at a store for very reasonable prices. With your help, we could easily receive a grant of $1,000 or more! Christmas is right around the corner, so think of those people that are hard to shop for and check out the website to see if there is a treasure that would be special to them!!!

If you cannot help us financially, PLEASE be in prayer for us throughout the month of September. We only have $7,250 to go before we have our program fees completely paid and then all that is left is coming up with the funds to travel. We are SO close!!! Our goal is to have all the funds in the door so that we will be ready for travel as soon as we receive our invitation to travel & bring our kiddos home for good!!!

Thanks friends! Michael & I are so grateful for the support and prayers that we have received over these last 4 years! I know it has been a long journey, but you have stuck it out with us & we are finally nearing the finish line!!

Blessings,
Michael & Carey

Saturday, July 8, 2017

DOSSIER IS DONE!

Hey Everyone!

Just wanted to give a quick update that our dossier is finished!! Hallelujah!! The beast is going in the mail to our agency is less than an hour along with our the first half of our program fees! GOD IS AMAZING!!

So here's what is next.

  • Our agency will review the dossier to make sure that we didn't miss anything or that we need to make changes to the documents that we are sending in. 
  • Once they have reviewed it, then it will be submitted to the Liberian government and we begin the waiting game. Our case is placed in line (so to speak) and how quickly we move through the line depends on the government. Normally, things move slow in Africa, but we've heard through a few friend that things have picked up a bit in the last few months.
  • After they review our case & approve us, then we will receive a court date and an invitation to travel to Liberia. 
We are SO excited friends! So much has happened in the last four months that we just cannot wrap our heads around it all! God is so amazing and faithful!! 

So here are our prayer requests...
  1. We are asking for prayer over a dossier! I know that this might sound a little silly, but stick with me here. We have put in a ton of work to collect all of the necessary documents and would hate to start over, so we are asking for safe travels as it heads to our agency and then down to Liberia. 
  2. That our agency can review the dossier quickly and that there will be no major changes or missing documents that we have to collect. 
  3. God's perfect timing will be done in bringing our kiddos home! Our family has a time frame that we would like to see, but we also know that God has a perfect plan for our family and we just need His patience and guidance as we move forward from here. 
Thank you!!

Blessings, 
Michael & Carey