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Another week down means a little bit farther in our adoption process. Last week we had a great Skype meeting with the director of our agency which has really made this all feel a quite a bit more real (as well as help us to realize that this could all happen a lot quicker than we were expecting).
We were also able to get our passports renewed last week, which of course means: new passport photos:
We are continuing to work on paperwork this week as well as doing some fundraising. I posted a little ad on Facebook that I would be willing to do some photo sessions to fundraise for our adoption and the response was overwhelming (in a great way!). This week I’ll be busy taking a lot of pictures!
Also, I put a little thermometer on the side of my blog to share how much money is needed and how much we’ve already raised. This week was a good week for fundraising/donations (a special thank you to someone who gave above and beyond this week -you know who you are!).
On a side note: not to judge anyone but one thing I have become aware of through the last two years in this process is that often the people that are the most willing to give are the ones who have the least. The ones that are struggling themselves are the ones willing to sacrifice the most. It reminds me so much of the story of the poor widow in Mark 12:
Jesus sat down near the collection box in the Temple and watched as the crowds dropped in their money. Many rich people put in large amounts. Then a poor widow came and dropped in two small coins.
Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I tell you the truth, this poor widow has given more than all the others who are making contributions. For they gave a tiny part of their surplus, but she, poor as she is, has given everything she had to live on.
I have heard so many times that you can know where a persons passions and loyalties lay by looking at their bank account and what they spend their money on. The story of the poor widow is something I am reflecting on in my own life a lot these days.