Monday, October 17, 2011

We're Approved!

We heard from our social worker today, and we are finally offically approved!! Woohoo! Now, we have to put together a photo book and submit an autobiography so that the other agencies will have a "picture" of our family and it will also be shown to the child once we accept a placement.

We can now begin looking for a child on various websites and if we see one we are interested in, we can let our social worker know. We can also register with to get on their list of prosepective parents, as well as other local agencies' lists.

So, now...more waiting!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Final Garage Sale

Held the final garage sale this weekend in Birmingham and raised another $1000, making a grand total of $3800! We are so thankful for all of our friends and family who have supported us through this fundraising effort--especially our parents who each organized a garage sale, which is no small feat! They organized, collected, and priced items, advertised, and helped during the sales and spend lots of time and energy into it all! We've also had several friends (and even some strangers) who have TOO generously donated money to our fund! We are so blessed to have you in our lives! We have to say, though, that if we never have another garage sale in our lives, it will be too soon! We are garage saled out! Although, the outcome was well worth the hard work!

Update on where we are in the process...still not officially approved. Emailed the social worker two Wednesdays ago and she said that it is in the team review process, which is where all the other social workers review the home study, and they will vote to approve it once all have reviewed it. I will be emailing the social worker again tomorrow for yet another update! We'll keep you posted.

Sunday, October 2, 2011


We have just completed our second yard sale fundraiser! Yeah! The first one was held in Tupelo, two weeks ago, where we raised over $800! This weekend, we held one in Franklin on Friday and Saturday and raised over $1800!!! So, we are off to a great start in raising money to cover our adoption fees! Thanks so much to all of the friends, family, and neighbors who have helped us earn this money, so far! We could not have done it without your help and support! Todd and I enjoyed meeting all of the neighbors that came out to support us as well! We are blessed to live in such a wonderful neighborhood and to have such amazing friends and family!

We do have one more yard sale coming up in two weeks in Birmingham. My mom and sister are hard at work gathering items to sell. It is not a small feat! Todd and I are exhausted from this weekend, but gearing up for the next one! Stay tuned for an update!

Also, we heard from our social worker last week on Monday. She has the home study report back on her desk. Her supervisor reviewed it and did not note any concerns (I should hope not!) and she just has to correct some errors. It should be any day now. We were really hoping to have heard something by Friday, but no such luck! We'll keep you posted!