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A huge thank you to all of those who sent messages on our recent adoption news. It makes the journey easier knowing we have people who are supporting us.
I have (once again) updated our adoption timeline to reflect the journey so far and the steps that we will be taking next.
Right now it seems like every little step is taking longer than anticipated. We are currently at the point where we are ready to send in our official contracts but at the same time we also need to include a large payment to our agency. Thankfully we do have the money but getting a money order in US dollars for such a large amount proved very hard to acquire.
Many people asked if we ended up losing money in the agency switch and the truth is; yes.
Money is a touchy thing to talk about when adopting because we do believe this is something God has called us to do and we do believe He will provide the finances (which He has every step of the way so far). But I also believe that one way (and there are many other ways) people can support others through the adoption process is by helping out financially, it’s the whole reason we started Once Was Lost.
I’m not sure if it’s pride or what it is exactly but we aren’t the type to just sit around asking for donations, we want to do something or sell something (haha, like our furniture, our house is starting to feel emptier . . .). And let me just say, I am so grateful that I am a teacher and have the opportunity to substitute teach -that has helped tremendously! But the fact is, in approximately 6 months we are going to need to send another large cheque to our agency and this last payment has wiped us out so we have a long way to go.
I’ve been selling mixed media canvases for the last year or so, mostly on Facebook to local friends but I’ve decided to open up an Etsy shop to hopefully reach a wider audience. I just started adding some canvases and have a few more ready that I need to put up and hopefully we can get a little closer to the payment amount that we will need.
Here are a couple that I have in the shop right now:
On a side note: I set up a Facebook page for my blog yesterday. I’ve been meaning to make one for awhile so I didn’t always share my blog posts on my own timeline, I’ll also be sharing some of the canvases I have for sale, if you are intersted in staying up-to-date feel free to join the page.