Monday, December 08, 2008

Help bring home our daughters!

For our first adoption, we did not seek any financial assistance, although we were given gifts by many different people which was a tremendous blessing! God had blessed us with the majority of the resources we needed for our adoption through the sale of our house in Michigan when we moved to Missouri.

Things are a little different this time around. Although we are in a better place financially with both of us working, it is always a challenge to come up with $20K out of pocket--and usually relatively quickly! :) We also would like to be able to keep some savings at home for the girls' medical needs. If you haven't read their profile, Dana is diagnosed with cerebral palsy (CP) and a convergent squint. We are unsure if she will need surgery but she will most likely need a good deal of therapy, and possibly some braces for her legs. Eve is diagnosed with a palate deformity and hip dysplasia. We anticipate needing surgery for her palate. Thankfully, we have very good insurance that will cover a lot of the girls' medical needs, but we would like to be prepared for payments towards our deductible and copays and all of those other "out-of-pocket" medical expenses that seem to arise, so we're trying to leave some money in savings for that. In addition, we will need to purchase a new (to us) vehicle. We currently have a station wagon that seats 5--but there will soon be 6 of us and 4 (FOUR!) in car seats!

All that to say that we would love your help in bringing the girls home. Small amounts add up to become big amounts very quickly. Would you consider foregoing a cup of Starbucks once a week and donating that $5 to the girls? All donations through Reece's Rainbow are tax-deductible and will go ONLY towards the girls' adoption expenses, so if you're looking for a good way to get those end-of-the-year contributions in, this might be it! LOL

I also know that there are many of you who would love to help but are unable to financially. Believe me, we covet your prayers tremendously! And if you have a blog and would be willing, please consider placing the button for the girls on your blog to encourage others to pray for us as well.

The code for the girls' button is below. If you have any questions about how to put it on your blog, please let me know in the comments and I will do my best to help.

The code will produce this on your website:
Dana and Eve
Grab This Button


Diana said...

I wish I were in a position to help you out financially. I would in a heartbeat if I could! But, unfortunately, I know all too well how those medical expenses add up. We're also STILL trying to pay off our own adoption.

But, what I can offer you, though, is information about Shriner's Hospital for Children. Both your girls will easily qualify and all services are provided FREE of charge. So is all necessary medical equipment and any therapies they provide (speech, OT, PT, etc.) You can request an application on their website, but you can't send it in until after you bring them home and the adoption is final. They have been such a blessing for our family!! Even if you have to travel several hours to get to one, it's worth the trip.

Courtney said...

Thanks, Diana! Trust me, I understand wanting to help and not being able to! There are so many families I would love to help bring their children home.

I have looked into Shriners for Dima--they have a speech program. But it's only for kids up to age 6, and they have to get in at least 6 months before they turn 6 so we missed that. I love Shriners and access to so many resources is one of the reasons I love being in a major metropolitan area. We have a Shriners not too far from us, but they're currently building a new one even closer! I don't know when it's scheduled to open but I'm hoping we'll be able to get in there.

Debbie said...

The girls are adorable! I pray that the Lord rains financial blessings on you as you seek to add the girls to your family. I sure wish you were in Colorado! :-)

Rachel said...

These little girls are precious! I found your blog off of Reece's Rainbow. I will add their button to my blog and will pray for you as you bring them home.

Tami said...

I grabbed your button and put it on Sunflower Seeds. I can't help financially right now (I'm still not working), but we'll keep the button on there and pray, pray, pray! :)

MamaPoRuski said...

I am grabbing your button too! I am also praying for God to supply the vehicle needed for the kids, carseats, equipment, snack bag, emergency supplies, school stuff... So glad you are going for these girls! Praying for more than enough!

Waitingonmyua2 said...

Wow Courney! I just found out about your new journey when I was visiting the Reece's Rainbow site. (As you know I have a brother with DS, so I like to check in there once and a while.) I will help a little bit at a time, won't be much probably, but it might be enough for a couple of loaves of bread and a few fishes! hint hint I also placed your button on my blog. I'll be praying for you!!!!