We’re Adopting! A LOVEly Fundraiser

Yes, we’re adopting from China! If you didn’t read about it yet and want to know more, click here.

It’s no secret that adopting internationally isn’t cheap. When our agency sent us the total estimated cost, I gritted my teeth. At that moment I knew that we would have to be willing to put ourselves out there in order to get this done. The total estimated cost? Take a breath. Around $25,000.

That’s a lot of moolah.

Now, I hate just asking for money. (Does anyone actually like asking for money??) I’m not going to do that, not until we’re really desperate anyway, ha! I also hate seeing a huge amount like $25,000 and waiting forever to feel any kind of accomplishment.

So, here’s what I’m thinking. Instead of just saying, “Hey! We need to raise $25,000, please help!” I’m going to take this one baby step at a time (shout out to Dave Ramsey for that idea!).

So forget I told you that we need to raise $25,000. Instead, I want you to hear that we need to raise $200. That is the cost of our application processing fee. Doesn’t that sound so much better? I think so. Immediately after that, we will owe $2,500 to the adoption agency.

But let’s just focus on the $200 for now.

Time for fundraising!

This week, I decided to get my craft-on and whip-up some of these sweet paper garlands, just in time for Valentine’s Day. I decided to put some photos of them on Instagram like this one:

Style #1

And before I knew it, I was totally sold out and then some! I had to go buy more paper to fulfill all of the extra orders! I can’t tell you how overwhelmed with gratitude I am!

Thank you, thank you, thank you to all of you who made this happen. 

If you purchased a garland and want to pay via PayPal, you can do so below by clicking the DONATE button, it’s just an even $10 per garland .


Donate Button with Credit Cards

Thanks again and Happy Valentine’s Day!

What do you think, should I make more for Easter??


4 thoughts on “We’re Adopting! A LOVEly Fundraiser

  1. You’re buying a kid with other people’s money! You’re clearly capable of saving up for something you WANT… but not a lil muffin from China. It’s just not that important to you — or worthy of spending your hard earned money on! But you’ll do it with other people’s cash.

    Love that you don’t care that you’ll be spending $25k to support crime/corruption/human trafficking in China — YES! Even the special needs kids!! — literally paying for somebody to steal/swindle a beloved kid so you can buy them!!

    Funny how my bible is missing the page where Jesus says it is cool to buy human being in his name!


    • Unfortunately Dee, the Chinese government is not giving orphans away for free. What a beautiful dream it would be to live in a world where we wouldn’t have to pay money to take in an orphaned child! That would surely be amazing! Sign me up for that!

      And to clarify, we will save and use as much of our own money as possible. Yet, we will not be able to raise $25,000 in the amount of time that we have to do so. It seems to me that people love to contribute money to a good cause. I know that I do. My husband and I have supported many families on their road to adoption. And I’m confused, are you suggesting that we don’t really WANT a child from China? If so, let me assure you that our child is DEEPLY WANTED. But I know that you probably won’t take my word for it. That’s ok.

      I hope that none of our money goes to supporting human trafficking. I do know that the majority of it is going to very good causes and that is the best I can do. If you have a solution to the orphan problem that completely evades the possibility of corruption, please use your energy to lobby our government to do something about it rather than attack families like mine who are merely trying to do what good we can do with the power we have.

      I’m not going to sit around and let children remain in orphanages simply because there is a possibility of corruption. That is cruel. I agree that it’s not the best solution, but right now, it’s all we have and that’s good enough for me.

      I really admire your passion on this subject and I hope that you will use it to make a difference. Just remember who the enemy really is, it’s not me.


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