Saturday, September 17, 2011

Great First Fundraiser!!

We are so pleased with our first fundraiser!!!  WE RAISED $1,190.66!!!!  We prayed for beautiful weather, lots of donations, a great turn-out, and lots of sales. God answered all of our prayers and blessed us with a great day! We raised a little over the exact amount needed to complete our Dossier. The INS fee with fingerprinting cost $890 and to have our documents translated into French is $250. So we need $1,140 in order to send our Dossier to Haiti (along with the $4,000 agency down payment) and that's just what we raised! 

We would like to thank all of our friends and family who so generously donated to our cause and those who continue to give us kind words of encouragement. We are planning two more yard sales in the Spring (one in Hendersonville and one in Louisville, KY). Please keep us in mind for future item donations!

And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. Phillippians 4:19


Friday, September 2, 2011

Our Adoption Cost.....

Recently I was reading about adoption on the internet and I came across this statement: "While becoming a parent is rarely free of expenses (even pregnancy and childbirth can be relatively expensive if there is inadequate insurance), adoptive parents often are faced with initial costs that can seem challenging."  This seems like a bit of an understatement, however we know this is God's will for our family and that He will equip us for the calling.  

We wanted to share the breakdown of our adoption cost. It's amazing how quickly it adds up...

Agency Fees (www.newlifelink.org): $11,000
Home Study (application, 2 initial visits, post-placement visit and background cks) $1,946 
In-country fees: $100
INS fees: $890
Notarization/Authentication: $10
Translation Fees: $250
Visa/Passport for child: $400
Psychological Evaluation: $150
Marriage/Birth Certificates: $26
Travel First Trip: $2,000
Travel Second Trip: $2,000
Total Estimated Adoption Cost: $18,772

We sincerely appreciate donations toward this large hurdle.  Reminder: we are having a yard sale with all proceeds going toward our adoption on Sat, 9/17 at my sister's house in Hendersonville.  Please let us know if you can donate items or even baked goods.  Please also consider donating by PAYPAL using the DONATE button or email me at kasmitchell@hotmail.com and I'll give you a mailing address.  


"Once our eyes are opened, we can't pretend we don't know what to do. God, who weighs our hearts and keeps our souls, knows what we know and holds us responsible to act." Proverbs 24:12

God calls us ALL to help orphans. He does not call us all to adopt; but he DOES command us all to care for the orphans in the world.

Stacey