We also have received $3600 dollars so far for the adoption costs which is close to the amount we have needed for this first portion of the process! We are so thankful for the provision of the Lord through His Body! We love having this testimony! I will post a schedule of the fees and what we have already paid as soon as possible. The next large portion of money will be due when we send in our dossier. The total we will to send at that point is $7050. Later this month we will need to send in $830 with our I-600A. To look at the Ethiopia program information and fees on our agencies website, you can go to www.awaa.org and click on the Ethiopia under programs.
Our whole family is going out to Southern California on June 8th to spend a week with family and friends, going to Sea World and Disneyland, and culminating in Nathan's graduation from The King's College and Seminary in Van Nuys with his MDiv. Then Nathan will return home for a few weeks and I will travel to Reno with my parents and our kids to spend three weeks with family there. Nathan will return for the 4th of July and my birthday (July 5th) and we'll be back in Knoxville on July 7th. While we are gone, we will be working on our education requirements for the adoption. We need to take an online Hague accredited course on adoption and read six books each on adoption and parenting. The cost for the class is $175. We are thankful we both love to read as this will make this requirement enjoyable as well as informative.
While we have been working on our home study we have also been collecting our documents required for the dossier which are quite extensive, but we are close to completing that as well. By the time we receive our U.S. approval (1-3 months) we will be ready to begin the certification process for our dossier.
For anyone interested in learning about Ethiopia and the situation there in regards to orphans, there is an excellent and heart wrenching book called There's No Me Without You. I have not been able to make it through a chapter without crying. There are almost 5 million orphans in Ethiopia at this time due to the Aids epidemic and poverty combined. This book puts names and faces (it has pictures) to those incomprehensible statistics, and has only confirmed in my heart that we must do something to show God's heart for these people. It is amazing to realize that my heart will forever care and pray daily for the people of Ethiopia and her children. He is already putting a love in our hearts for our daughter and her people that is overwhelming! We appreciate everyone's prayers and gifts very much--may the Lord continue to go before us as we take each step forward in this journey.