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Now that I’ve shared a breakdown of our past and expected future costs in our adoption journey, I’ll offer some details on how we’re paying for it all. There are so many great ideas out there on how to pay for adoption, and I’ve been gleaning from those ideas as well as looking to people who are fundraising for charities. While we have the option of a loan for a large portion of the cost, we really don’t want to start our family under the burden and stress of debt. We have a long way to go, but when I generated this goal thermometer (thank you, http://www.entropyfarm.org/software/thermo/ ), I find myself greatly encouraged by the distance we’ve come.

Later, I’ll create a more detailed goal thermometer which will show every milestone. So far our milestones have been:

July 2012: Sold Hubby’s horse – $5,000

April 2013: Tax Refund/Savings – $3,000

May 2013: T-Shirt Sales – $30

May 2013: Sold my horse – $3,000

Milestones I hope to add in the next few weeks include EBay sales (selling all of the horse gear we no longer need) and the latest fundraiser I started – a 50/50 raffle. In the next couple of months I hope to add more milestones from a Thirty-One fundraiser scheduled for July, possibly a garage sale (or Craigslist sales), and I’m ever hopeful that our grants will be approved.

The numbers can be so overwhelming, if you allow them to be. If you are considering or are pursuing adoption, don’t let those numbers overwhelm you! We really didn’t know exactly how much this was gonna cost when we started. It wasn’t until we filled out our grant applications and had to create a budget and expense report that our eyes were fully opened. We had grossly underestimated the numbers. In one way, I’m glad we underestimated because we jumped right in without second-guessing our decision. On the other hand, I do think we missed out on some time and opportunities to fundraise (and missed some grant deadlines) that we would have been taking advantage of had we known what we really needed to raise. Regardless, I know that we will meet the goal in time (and who knows when that time will be? Only God.) because God ALWAYS provides where He leads.

And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Now to our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen. (Philippians 4:19, 20 NKJV)

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Fundraising Milestones – Part 1

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