What a roller coaster! We get monthly updates from our adoption agency and, boy, this last one was a hard one to take. When we first decided to adopt from Ethiopia (October, 2011) the wait time from dossier (paperwork) submission to referral (assignment of a child) was about 4 months. When we turned in our dossier (May, 2011), the wait time was estimated to be 9-10 months. Well, we got an email two days ago saying that it is now over 14 months and they are expecting that time to increase even MORE in the up coming months. It broke my heart to read that because not only is that hard for us families that can't wait with excitement to meet 'our child', but it means more time in the orphanage for the over 5 million orphans in Ethiopia alone. And see, they are not excitedly waiting for a family. They are disparately waiting. And so my heart hurts. Not only longing for my 'new baby' to come 'home', but for allllll the many orphans sitting and wondering if they are to ever receive a new home with a family to call their own. It's got me thinking and praying about the whole situation quite a bit, but one thing I know - time to step up our fundraising (and penny pinching) efforts - so that when we do come up on the wait list, we are ready to jump on that plane (two round trips) and get that baby home! So, that being said, I want to start by saying a BIG, HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who has given sooo generously of their time, talents, money for our family. I have repeatedly been blown away to hear about people praying for us along this journey, donating to our garage sale, purchasing food from the various fundraisers, hosting Pampered Chef Shows, participating in the fundraisers, donating money out of their own pockets to see us be able to take this on. Every single day I take time to be grateful to you all who have poured out your support. It AMAZES me beyond words.
I want to tell you, also, about the several fundraisers and donations you can make now, if you pray about it and feel led to give. Also, I wanted to make you aware of specific prayer requests that we would love to receive as well. The other day, I posted on facebook about the news of the delay in wait time, and I could seriously FEEL myself being lifted up in prayer just a few minutes after posting. I haven't felt prayers like that since our daughter was in the hospital shortly after she was born. Now, that I know is monumental for us.
Thank you all so much,
The Thomas Family
Just Love Coffee: $5.00 to us for each bag of coffee (various amounts for other items - check out the new mugs!) sold www.justlovecoffee.com/
TheThomas. This fundraiser is on-going until we travel to Ethiopia to bring our child home.
Lifesong for Orphans: Make a tax deductable donation. We have been told that they will continue to accept donations in our name up until we travel to bring home our child. Make checks payable to ‘Lifesong for Orphans’. In memo section: ‘THOMAS #1855 ADOPTION’. Send to Lifesong for Orphans PO Box 40 202 N Ford Street Gridley, IL 61744.
Gazelle Gadget Fundraiser: We are hosting an online gadget drive through Gazelle and would love your support. You can visit our drive webpage at http://thomasadoption.gazelle.
com. A gadget drive is a new way to fundraise that turns your used electronics (laptops, cell phones, MP3 players, digital cameras & more) into cash to support a cause. Contributing to our drive is simple. Just visit our drive webpage, find the value of the gadgets you would like to donate, and send them to Gazelle (shipping is free). The value will go to support our adoption from Ethiopia. If you would like to donate, please go to Thomas Adoption Gadget Drive (http://thomasadoption. gazelle.com) to learn more about our drive and track our progress. You will receive a confirmation of your donation by email, and we will be notified as soon as you make your donation.
We are currently having a That’s My Pan! Fundraiser. You are more than welcome to browse the products online atwww.thatsmypan.com BUT you must contact Jennie to place your order. Jennie will be able to get you your items for cheaper than the prices listed online (including S&H). Please contact Jennie for a price list and, if you would like to order, please send her information via email.There are many products that would make SUPER Mother’s Day or Father’s Day or Wedding Gifts. All orders and payments are due by May 1st. If you live further away, we can ship it to you or find other means to getting it to you.
PRAYER REQUESTS- Finances to continue to come through and successful fundraisers.
Patience and a peaceful heart for our family as we wait.
For the 147 million orphans in the world (5 million in Ethiopia alone).
- Jaden working on recording his first album (all proceeds earned to go toward the adoption). He is working hard. He has begun the recording process but it is taking longer than anticipated. Please pray that he will be encouraged in the process and be able to find time to get significant work done on it and that we can have a completed album soon!