We continue to pray for a miracle. We have social media fundraising bringing in zero so far this month. Trying to put together a dinner but struggling to find a public spot open to us at no cost.
We get multiple messages from the boys asking us when... when will we come? It's hard for us here, but I am seeing, as difficult as this is for us, is far more difficult for the boys. The tone of their messages has changed over this past month. I hear the concern from them as another birthday approaches for the older brother. I keep encouraging them to pray. To trust God as His timing and plan is perfect. That God's knowledge and understanding far exceeds our own.
But on our side... we are stuck. We cannot move forward with finances. We owe both our home study agency and the child placing agency. We recognize everyone's budget is tight. We also recognize that most, even those who have a heart for adoption, struggle with reconciling our need to adopt the boys who are teenagers. So many have stated to us, their questioning how long the boys will even require a family.
I have done my best to share my belief that family is forever. That even thought the boys are indeed teenagers, they are both delayed emotionally and academically. They really are not equipped or prepared, at this point, to live successful, independent lives. Also, it is my belief that families are a life long commitment, not there until we turn 18 and then then we leave, never to return. Families are where we all turn to share our joy, and our sorrow and burdens of this life. They are where we spend holidays and where we eat Sunday dinners after church., They are who we celebrate birthdays and graduation and accomplishments and religious holidays with. And for this family.... "family" is where we cheer on the Green Bay Packers, complete with team apparel, taco dip, and apple ale. When you wrap it all up together its what most of us call "home." And HOME is exactly what we are trying very hard to give these boys.
Our financial need is $40K. No donation is too small as we trust God will multiply what is given to meet our exact need. Every penny will go to bringing these 2 boys into our family. Funds that remain after the boys needs are met will be donated to another family in process of adoption.