Tuesday, July 3, 2012

it's gone. Thank you.

If you no longer see the 'chip in' widget, your eyes have not deceived you.  It has been suspended.  You may see that it says we have REACHED our goal for our Brittany's Hope grant. 

Did you see it?  Did you? 

It's amazing!  On the week of a holiday, we have reached our goal and have turned $1,000 into $2,000.  Because of how this grant works, you will not see the result in our Reece's Rainbow account.  Rather, our adoption agency will send a bill to Brittany's Hope and the funds will be released.  The part of the remaining agency fees and such will be covered with that money - money that YOU helped raise.

How to thank everyone for their blessings so far?

I don't really have an answer...except to say THANK YOU, from the bottom of our hearts.

There is still one more opportunity for matching funds.  We are $2,005 away from that matching grant, and $2805 away from being FULLY and COMPLETELY funded.

I want to explain that the second matching grant is coming from a friend of an extended family member.  It was this grant that I was afraid to accept, in part because the guidelines were more stringent.  $2500 in 30 days; all or nothing.  I also know that because I would have (sort of) direct contact with this person, it would be more embarrassing if I could not do it.  Not like sending an email to Brittany's Hope, or some other place to ask for an extension.  It would be like approaching your aunt or uncle to say you had failed. 

With the encouragement of others, we agreed to jump off that high ledge and try for it all.  The Brittany's Hope grant AND this matching anonymous donor through a family member. 

It's the day before Independence Day; we leave in eighteen days to meet our future son and begin the process (in his home country) to redeem gain his independence.  I wish we had grand plans and fun things to do.  We don't.  Not this year.  A simple celebration with a cookout at home, watching fireworks over the roof of our house, wondering what it will be like when we have two children.

No matter what else, we need to match that grant!  Please help us do that!  $2,005 is a lot of money, I know.  We have a widget that Jon put in our blog - a thermometer that helps you see how we're doing.  It doesn't update automatically, but Jon promises to update it at least once per day! 

Meanwhile, please pray for us.  Please pray for our future son.  Please pray for our upcoming trip.  Share, donate, and share some more. 

Most of all, thank you so much for helping us reach one goal!  For all the details of the giveaway, and to leave a comment to enter, click  here .

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