I'm SO excited about those of you doing this with me!! Leave me a comment if you're doing the Advent for Orphans calendar also so I can enter you for our giveaway!!
We are so amazed at the loving kindness of our community and our amazing God who shows us time and time again that He is with us and He is sovereign over all things! When we first started planning Ruthie’s benefit with the Celebrate Ruthie team, we knew just a few things – we wanted God’s heart for adoption to be central, we wanted to truly celebrate Ruthie and of course, we needed to raise funds for the adoption. By His grace alone, all of these things were done and through out the entire luncheon, we just felt His sweet presence.
We shared a few videos on international adoption to shed light on the real issues that orphans face and also about the viewpoint of living within a family of adopted children. We were so blessed to have two amazing guest speakers – Susan Lee, who shared from the perspective of an adopted child. She shared not only her personal testimony, but so eloquently shared the heart of God and the gospel message to us. And David Hurlburt, a parent who has adopted (and is in the process now!) and also as an orphan care advocate, shared his powerful testimony and challenged us about our role in the orphan crisis. Ahh.. our hearts were so full from all of this!
THANK YOU to the Celebrate Ruthie team – for hosting this event, for dreaming big for us, for loving us so well. We hope we can one day do for others what you have and continue to do for us. Thank you to our corporate sponsors for supporting us in such a big way. Thank you to the many volunteers who spent days preparing with us. There was so much behind the scenes work – truly none of this could have been done without you. It was truly like a wedding, a celebration nonetheless! And of course, our family and friends – your prayers, support, and love have encouraged us so much in this journey. There are no words to express our gratitude. We are so thankful to be bringing Ruthie into a community filled with such love.
From the Luncheon for Ruthie (donations, corporate sponsorship, silent auction, and pledges), we raised over $18,000. We are so blown away by this number as it is almost double what we had set as a very high goal. Your hearts are amazing. Thank you. God is so good :*). We are one step closer to bringing Ruthie home!
Thank you again for being with us at every step of this journey. We love you!
Our adoption process is moving along! After months of paper work, drafts, and revisions, our home study was finally approved and sent off to our placement agency. The home study is part of our dossier which will be sent to China’s CCCA governmental agency for approval. Our I-800A application has been sent to USCIS to determine our eligibility to adopt. Now, we just wait and pray! One step closer to being united with Ruthie :).
We are so blessed by the outpouring of love and support for this adoption. Our friends are hosting a luncheon benefit in November to help us offset the costs of the adoption and also to raise awareness about special needs and international adoption. They are planning a silent auction, sponsorship highlights, a guest speaker, and much more! Our local sponsors, volunteers, and of course our family and friends have been so generous and supportive. We couldn’t be more excited and thankful for this wonderful opportunity!