I am so excited to say that our dossier is finally complete! It has been a long road of getting the paperwork we needed, having it notarized, having it certified by the Secretary of State, and then having it authenticated by the Chinese consulate. I will be making all the copies needed today, and then preparing to mail it off to our agency next week! I will say, it's going to be hard to put all those important papers into the hands of USPS, and I will be SO happy when our agency lets us know they have received it. It's hard to get across how crazy putting this dossier together has made me :)
We also got more good news today. Asher's heart is completely fixed after his surgery in August of last year and he doesn't even need regular medication. That is wonderful news and it's so great to hear!
So, what are the next steps? Getting those all important papers sent to China. How do we accomplish that? By paying our second agency fee of $2,350 and paying the CCCWA (China Center for Children's Welfare and Adoption) their fee of $775. That is a total of $3,125. Right now, we have a little over $400 to apply to this total. We need help! I don't know where it's going to come from or when, but I have faith that God will provide because He has called us to this journey. I know it won't be coming from any of the grants we've applied for. If we are blessed to receive any grants, we won't know for another 90 days and they won't release the money to our agency until it's time for us to travel. Around $2,600 is what is standing in the way of us having our dossier logged in to the welfare center in China so we can begin the months long wait for approval. Every day we wait to get the money we need is a longer wait for Asher. I want my son to come home! I want to make sure he is healthy! I want to show the world this precious child of God and how blessed we are to be his family! Will you consider helping us with this? Will you consider sharing this need with others? We are extremely humbled and completely relying on God's provision. Pray with us friends. This is such a long, difficult journey, but SO worth it!