The Final Countdown

Courtney and I are in the process of adopting a child from Uganda.  What?!?!  Yeah, I know.  Here’s a little bit more of our story if you’re just joining in on the fun.

First of all, to all of you who have already donated to our adoption fund through our Adoption Puzzle Fundraiser – thank you so much.  Words cannot express how grateful we are for your support.  If you have no idea what an Adoption Puzzle Fundraiser is, click here to learn more about this.

Secondly, we have completed our four home study visits with our adoption social worker.  Now she and her team are working on writing up our home study report that we will send off to United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to obtain approval for us to adopt internationally.  This home study report will also be sent to the Ugandan government once we get the OK from the US government.

We first posted about this fundraiser on July 2 with the goal of selling 550 puzzle pieces at $20 each to raise $11,000.  Based on stories that we heard from other families raising support for adoptions, we expected this fundraising effort to take several months.  The thought of that sounded terrible to me, since asking for money is awkward, and I don’t want this blog to be full of requests for donations.

In less than one month, families, friends, and strangers from all over the world have shown their support for us, and 513 puzzle pieces have been purchased!!!

For all of those that have purchased a puzzle piece (or 20), Courtney has already started writing your names on each piece.  The pile of pieces is pretty cool.


It has only been about 5 weeks, and we are already 93.3% of the way to reaching our goal.  When we started this fundraiser, it only took one week for 130 puzzle pieces to be purchased, so I know it’s possible that this could happen just as quickly.  Then we will stop posting about puzzles and money, and start posting about funny stuff about life and our marriage…

Our anniversary is next Thursday (August 8), so prepare yourself as we recap the highs and lows of our 4th year of marriage.

If you are reading this, you are in one of two positions:

1) You have not yet donated to our adoption fund, and you really want to support us.  Here’s a link to our PayPal account, where you can purchase as many puzzle pieces you want for $20 each.  Then your name will be written on a puzzle that will hang in our child’s room.  It’s a great and simple way to share in our story.

2) You have already donated, but you want to share our story with all of your friends so that they can donate, too.  You can do that by clicking the Twitter and Facebook links at the bottom of this post.  It’s pretty neat getting emails from people saying, “Hey, I saw your blog on [so-and-so]’s Facebook page, and I wanted to help support you!”

Recap: only 37 puzzle pieces remain – we are so close!  Here’s how you can donate online via PayPal, or shoot me an email – – and I can provide you with our address so you can mail a check.

All in all, you are all awesome!  We are so excited to share stories to our child about all of our friends and family that have donated to support this adoption.

Thank you!


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