We are also celebrating some movement in our own adoption process! Our American Girl Doll raffle has been a success and we have sold 95 tickets as of this very minute. We initially said that we would add a second doll to the giveaway if we sold 150 tickets, but we've decided that if we sell five more tickets to get us to an even hundred we will add a second doll!
We want to do this in celebration of God's faithfulness in providing for us to meet our most recent goal - and then some! A majority of the $2000 we needed when we launched our raffle came from generous friends who chose to support our general adoption fund, rather than contribute to the raffle. So even though we didn't sell the amount of tickets I was hoping for, the Lord provided in other ways. I'll admit, adding a second doll is a little selfish on my part because I love giving gifts so the thought of making two little girls (and their mommies!) so happy was a big motivator here! Plus as I saw each donation come in, I would think, "Oh I love them! I hope they win!" This way I'll get my wish for two of you, at least!
Here's what's so exciting to us about surpassing our $4100 goal: all donations now go to fund our REFERRAL FEE. The fact that we're starting to fund our referral fee is huge to us for two reasons:
- The referral fee is the biggest fee yet - somewhere in the neighborhood of $8,000 to $9,000. We'll have nearly a year (in theory) to raise/save this money, but it's still a daunting number! Which is why it feels so good to already be adding drops in that bucket.
- The fact that we're now saving for our referral fee means that the next step of the process is our REFERRAL! And our referral means that we will know who our son or daughter is! I can't believe we are ready for that step! It makes me positively giddy! (Thus, all the exclamation marks!!!)
I promise that another post is coming with details explaining our next steps and what a "referral" even means, but I didn't want to bog down this post with that stuff.
So, five more tickets to go! The raffle closes at midnight (CST) on Wednesday November 30. We will use Random.org to choose the winner(s) and announce the winner(s) here on December 1st! Just click that little "Donate" button underneath the picture of the American Girl Doll. Here----------------->>