I'm going to share some of the cost of adoption. I know that it is very private information, but I also know that God will help us $1 at a time and many people who aren't familiar with adoption would like to know how they can help and what the money would go towards. So here's the financial update. We have already submitted and paid for the first agency fee of $2,950.00. I'm sure some of you are gasping for air right now, but we were blessed in the last couple of months in many ways that made it possible for us to pay this fee without taking out any loans. Preston got into the free GA-PreK program so that saved us a lot of money monthly in daycare and preschool fees that we were paying. We had also paid off both of our vehicles before we started the adoption process. On top of that, Preston and Parker's Nana buys their clothes through another family. So with all of the things combined and a little help from Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace we made the first payment. Praise be to God! Those of you who know me well also know that I am a "miserly-mom" and plan out meals and finances pretty well. I am queen of coupons, so if you see me in the grocery store you may want to get in another line because it takes a while to ring up all of those coupons!
The next financial obstacle we have is the Dossier Fee. The Dossier is the compilation of documents that we have spent the last 6 months working on. It's the biggest "homework" project we've ever done! We aren't finished with it yet, but we are trying very hard to get it done by the end of December. It's a very complicated process of getting papers notarized, sending things to different government offices, etc. The approximate fee to file this is close to $900.00.
Please know that we feel very honored to be adopting our baby daughter from China and I write the blog to share a bit of our lives with you. If you have any creative fundraising ideas, please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or post a comment by clicking on comment below this blog entry. If you are interested in helping with any of the fees feel to contact us via email.