Well, we got the final confirmation today that Hannah's orphanage will not be waiving or reducing her orphanage fee. When we began this process we had very high hopes that this fee ($5700-$5900) would be waived, so this is a big blow, but God knew it wouldn't and we have faith in His plan.
We are having a huge garage sale this Saturday to benefit Hannah's adoption and we would really appreciate prayers for blessing on that day and for good weather. We have been so incredibly blessed by the many donations of items from family, friends, and even people we've never met before! The kids are excited to help out and will be selling lemonade and cookies as well. The large amount of donations is amazing but also means we have a lot of work ahead of us in getting things ready for the sale. I'm doing my best not to be overwhelmed, so prayers for that would also be very much appreciated.
We also still have our puzzle fundraiser happening. We've had 20 of the 300 pieces sponsored already and it would be great to have more to put together!
We have an appointment on May 5th with our social worker for Asher's 6 month update and for a homestudy update for Hannah's adoption. After that report is complete, we will be sending it to immigration for approval there. Those papers along with our Adoption Petition will need to be notarized here, certified in Indianapolis, and authenticated in Chicago. Once that's done, they will be off to China and we will wait for approval! It's crazy how much faster this adoption is going compared to Asher's but it's good because I'm impatient by nature :)
Although we've had some tough days lately with finding out Asher will never see out of his right eye and a few bits of unfortunate news about Hannah's adoption, we know God has this and we are resting in Him.
Thank you for your prayers and support as we continue to move forward!