Tonight Chris has a night job cleaning, so here I am dreaming, praying, and researching adoption...again! :) It's all I do. Lately, I have been having dreams about our little baby. Very specific ones. It gives me hope, but it also makes me sad because I want that baby with us now. I want to share with everyone it's name (the name God has already given us). I want to share pictures. I want to lavish it with kisses. I just want to hold it and call it "mine". At our Micah Fund meeting, one of the women in our interview told me to praise God for this baby as if it is already here. That has helped me tremendously in trusting God because I know in my heart, this baby is already here, and is coming home to us.
Tonight, I started doing more grant work. It is such a daunting process to me, but I only have a few more to do, and it brings us closer to our baby. It also lets me feel like I am doing something in this adoption, instead of just sitting here. :) Here is a recap of the grants we are/have working/worked on:
Katelyn's Fund-Got denied a $3,000 grant. God is still good!
Match Fund-Received a $1,000 grant. Woohoo!
Micah Fund-Received an unknown grant. We are trusting it will be the perfect amount to "complete" our adoption.
Gift of Adoption Fund-Waiting to hear back still; praying it is soon. Grants range from $500 to $7,500. The average grant award is $3,500. Pray!
God's Grace Adoption Ministry-They contacted us waiting to hear back from one more reference. They should be able to review our application at the end of this month. Typical grant amounts range from $1,000 to $4,000 with an average of about $2,000. Pray!
Help Us Adopt-We are currently filling this application out. Grants range in the amounts of $500-$15,000 depending on individual situations. We will not know back from this one until June 15. Kind of a bummer, but they meet only twice a year. Pray!
Shaohannah's Hope-We are currently filling this application out. Just a little more paperwork and we will be done. Pray!!
Our Creator's Hope-We are currently filling this application out. Grants range from $1,000-$10,000. Application must be received by March 15, thus reviewed shortly after that. Pray!
See how doable all of this is? I feel so confident that God is going to provide for us through these grants. If not through them, I know He has another plan. It will just be amazing to look back on it all when we are holding that precious little babe in our arms.
So what can you do to help? Pray, pray, pray! Pray for these grants to go through soon, and in our favor. Blessings to all of you!