In case you missed it – we have begun the process to adopt a child from Uganda!!!! You can read more about how we came to this decision here.
Adoption is expensive. Like stupid expensive. There is a finance page in the adoption information packet that makes us both want to die. I have had multiple undiagnosed panic attacks while looking at this page. Dustin’s hands get seriously sweaty when he looks at it. We turn into unstable psychos whenever we discuss the finances of this adoption.
The thing that we’ve argued the most about is whether or not we would have to do fundraising. In a perfect world we wouldn’t have to. It sucks to have to ask people for money. It’s not fun. People get awkward. It’s vulnerable. The more we talked about it though, the more it became not so much about asking people for money but asking them to be a part of this story. Our kid’s story. So, we’ve settled on a fundraiser and we’re both pretty excited about it.
We’re doing a puzzle fundraiser. It works like this:
1. We bought a 550 piece puzzle. Do we have 550 friends? I don’t even know and I can’t even think about that.
2. We are going to sell the puzzle pieces for $20 a piece. You can buy one for yourself, your spouse, every member of your family, etc. You can click the PayPal link to purchase one or you can email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) for our address and send a check via mail.
3. When you purchase a puzzle piece, we will write the name of the person(s) on the cardboard side of the puzzle. Once every piece of the puzzle has been bought, we’ll put it together and hang it up (the name/cardboard side up) in our kid’s room.
I can’t even wait to get to read the names to our kid and tell him/her that these are all the people who loved you before we even knew who you were. These are all the people who stood beside us and helped us bring you home. These are all the people who are a part of your story. So cool, right!?
In the name of transparency, so you’ll know why we’re asking for money in the first place, and exactly where your money is going; here is the layout of part of that God awful finance page mentioned above. In the next couple of months we will have to pay the following:
Application Fee: $250.00 (PAID)
Home Study: $1,775.00 (PAID)
USCIS Fee: $890.00 (PAID As of 7/4!!!)
Acceptance into Program: $3,500.00 (PAID as of 7/15!!!)
Home Study Completion: $3,500.00 (PAID as of 7/26!!!)
Dossier Completion: $3,500.00
Travel Approval: $3,250.00
For a total of: $16,665.
As I’m typing this, no joke, my heart is pounding and I literally just said to myself, “Don’t hyperventilate.” Gah. What is wrong with me!?
So, our goal with this puzzle fundraiser is to sell every piece for a grand total of $11,000. We’d be honored and humbled to have you be a part of this story. Want to help us bring a kid home from Uganda!?
Click here to purchase a puzzle piece or make a donation. If you wish to make an additional donation above the $20 price of a puzzle piece (first of all, that is awesome!), simply put the desired donation amount in the box and proceed to process your payment.