Thursday, March 31, 2011
Taxes done!! Fund raising
On Tuesday we got our taxes done................finally!! We will get back $5,000. This will pay for part of our Home Study for the last 3 boys.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Our agency charges $7,000 for a HS. Plus we pay the fees for fingerprints/back ground checks etc! So I had wished for a bigger refund. But precious Lord I will make this work! Some can't believe we pay this much, but it is a private agency that we've used over 30 years, it's always been expensive, but they get the job done for us!~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Next year we would get a refund, for Paul & Julius, Lord willing. That would re-pay most of their adoption loan. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We still have to borrow for the last 3. We have put adoptions on our charge cards, our Home Equity etc. As long as we can afford the payments I think this is o.k.; because we have no auto loans and our house payment is only $700 a month. The only big debt we have is real estate. We have properties we were going to sell to pay off debt and then the market crashed!! That is why I personally don't think there is a wrong or a right way to fund an adoption (within reason!). We had thought we had "planned" our future finances to help us, but nothing on earth is guaranteed. Things that were assets 10 years ago are no longer assets!~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ So now we try to raise $4,000 to $5,000 for airfare to bring the boys home. It depends on if the plane is summer rates- which are $500 more than Tom's first fare of $899.99 in winter. Tom & Hope fly over to pick both boys up. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We have the money for the hotel.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Then we need $2,000 for the rest of the next home study. $13,000 for their program fees. Around $1,200 for the I800A. Then $1,440 for the I800. Plus airfare two trips $6,000 to $7,500. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We have the money for hotel both trips.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Please keep us in your prayers! With God all things are possible! Right now they look insurmountable. But we can do it one dollar at a time! :o)~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ God Bless you all for your love and prayers!! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~And to those who have donated already- Words cannot express our thankfulness! (((HUGS))) We LOVE you too! p.s. blogger won't let me make pragraphs!!! UGH!!