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 


Sunday, June 25, 2017

GOD DID IT!!!

Hi Everybody,

Michael and I have some FANTASTIC news to share! If you remember from our last update, we needed a little over $9,000 in order to pay our first invoice which was half of our program fees. Yesterday, a friend at church passed us an envelope with a note and a check for $5,000!! GOD IS SO GOOD!! We cannot thank God or this family enough!! That left us with about $4,000 to come up with. In talking with family today, we realized that between the four of us that we could cover the rest! Yahoo!! God did it!!

So what does this mean..

We're hoping to put the finishing touches on our dossier this week or the next at the latest. Once we have it together, then we give everything to our agency and they submit it to the Liberian government. Then we wait in line (so to speak) for the government to review our case, grant us a court date and invite us to travel to meet/bring our kiddos home! This is really happening folks and we are overjoyed to say the least!!! God is so amazing!! Praises to Him!

Please keep us in your prayers as we finish the dossier and continue to raise funds for our second invoice as well as travel expenses!

Thank you! We'll update again when the dossier has been submitted!

Blessings,
Carey & Michael

Monday, May 22, 2017

So Much Fabulous News...

Hey Everyone,

I apologize for the late post, but so many amazing things happened last week and I couldn't wait any longer to share them with all of you!!

Two weeks ago, our agency informed us about some financial deadlines that were rapidly approaching & we were caught a little off guard. Michael & I knew that the funds would come due, but thought it would be a little later in the process. Thankfully, God has been preparing us for moments like this one. Instead of panicking, we contacted everyone we knew & asked them to pray over our financial situation. Less than 24 hours later, we received an email from our agency stating that we actually had 3-4 weeks to put the funds together instead of a few days! Hallelujah!!! On top of that, some of our family & friends have graciously blessed us & we've already raised over 10 percent of the funds that we need for our first payment! God is so good!!

On May 15th, Michael & I officially accepted the referral for Melvin (10), Marie (8) and Favor (5)!!! WE ARE PARENTS!!! I cannot tell you how excited we are! But that's not all. Less than 24 hours later, I received a message from Michael saying that he just received a job offer! WHAT!?!?! That's right my friends! He starts his new job on June 5th & it's everything we have been praying for! Only a few miles from our home, Michael will get a nice pay bump to help provide for our kiddos and benefits! God is so faithful my friends!! This has been a very long haul with the adoption & Michael's job hunt, but God is bringing it all together & we are so incredibly grateful!!

So what's next...

We need to save, raise or receive grants for the remaining $9,000 that we owe on the first 1/2 of our program fees. While working on that, Michael & I are also putting together our dossier which is a crazy amount of paperwork that our agency needs to submit to the Liberian government, so they can review it & approve us to bring our kiddos home! Once we have been approved, we will receive a court date & an invitation to travel to Liberia to meet our babies! At that point, the other 1/2 of our program fees will be due, but our hope is to receive grants to cover that portion. We will travel to Liberia & have been told to plan for up to 3 weeks in country. Once everything is official, then we can bring our kids home & begin our new lives together! Hallelujah!!! I know explaining it this way makes it sound so easy & quick, but the truth is that we still have months to go in the process! What's so encouraging though is that we have never been this far in the process before!

Here are some areas that we could use prayer for...

  1. God's protection over our children!
  2. For the remaining funds to come together quickly so we can submit our dossier & get in line (so to speak) for our court date. 
  3. That we will be able to pull all the pieces of our dossier together within the next few weeks.
  4. And that Michael will be able to get the time off to travel at his new job.

I think that's it for now my friends. Time for this girl to get to bed!

Thank you all so much for your unwavering support & prayers! They have meant the world to us! Please keep them coming as things continue to come together!

Blessings,
Carey & Michael





Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Almost PARENTS!!

Hi Friends,

We have some exciting news to share! First, our home study is done & we have been approved for 3 children! But that's not all! By the end of the week, Michael and I will officially be PARENTS!!!! Eek! I can't believe I am typing those words right now!! We have been waiting for this for so long and are beyond excited to finally know who are babies are! God is so good!

So, here is what happens next. This week we will receive more information about Melvin, Marie and Favor. After we've reviewed it, then we sign an agreement with our placement agency and we will be officially matched! =) I'll also start submitting grant applications to get the ball rolling on some potential funding options and begin working on our dossier which is a crazy amount of paperwork that will be submitted to the Liberian government and other various agencies.

Next week, we have a wonderful family friend that is hosting a LipSense fundraising party for us! If you are interested in making a purchase, you can find a catalog at https://issuu.com/confident.beauty.cassy/docs/us_beautybook and email your order to katesprettypouts@gmail.com with a note that it is for our fundraiser. If you would like to donate instead, you can do so at our Go Fund Me page or at https://adopttogether.org/families/?fundraiser=granicasadopt. 

Thank you all so much for your thoughts, prayers and support! Please keep the prayers coming, especially for our kids!

Blessings,
Carey & Michael