Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Want to help change a life? Win a beautiful rosary too? UPDATED
But the second reality is that international adoption is not cheap at all. No one I know has $25,000 cash lying around. While we are in a better situation than we could have expected financially, we could really use help with the pre-travel expenses associated with this adoption. For example, sic needs to renew his passport ($110). We need to pay for all these documents to get apostilled ($3-10 a document, and there are what, 20 documents?). Paying to Fed Ex materials to this country so that they will actually GET there in less than three months ($200-300?). Paying for super special fingerprints for the USCIS ($720--yes, you read that right). We will make it happen. We've nearly paid for the home study and promise trust (that's over $4000). But could we use help? Oh yes, we can, trust me. We're pretty frugal folks--one older minivan for the family, lots of clearance back rack clothes shopping, well-versed in bean-based dishes, and vacations involve camping because it's cheap--but pinching pennies only goes so far.
We're running a giveaway to help raise these necessary funds. If you are led to help Alex (this is in the end for him! and even $5 is MUCH appreciated), put some money in the chip-in here, which goes into our paypal account:
Every person who donates money between now and October 21 will be added to our prayers. We will also use random.org on October 22 to choose a person to win a $30 credit at my sister-in-law Becky's Etsy shop, Roses for Mary. She hand-makes REALLY lovely rosaries out of clay and glaze--look at her shop feedback! People are truly delighted with these. A $30 credit is enough to buy one of the fanciest rosaries or 2-3 of the simpler rosaries or chaplets. Your selections must be limited to stock on hand. But here are some current samples:
They would make great Christmas presents, even if you aren't into rosey rosaries (and not all of them involve roses). So bookmark her store already! :-)
Also, if you aren't into rosaries (I know there are non-Catholic readers and friends out there), we'd be happy to give the winner a $30 Amazon gift card instead.
Please keep Alex in your prayers, and please spread the word about this giveaway via fb, Google+, twitter, your blog, email, or ye olde phone. It's humbling to ask for money...but for my son? I'd do much more than this.
UPDATE: Wow, folks. Thank you so much for your generosity, on just the first day of our begging.... We absolutely promise to make good use of this, and probably in the next 2-4 weeks. Thank you so much, and Alex would thank you if he knew (maybe? maybe? there's a stirring in his heart that something is happening?). The giveaway continues to run through Oct 21.