We got the best news last Wednesday....as we were approved by Korea for our placing agency to work with us!! Even though I couldn't see any reason they wouldn't there was a teeny voice inside saying, "well..what if they said no. Then what?" But thankfully, that wasn't the case. I had followed up on Tuesday and the agency sent a message to Korea. The next morning we received an email with a note saying Korea approved us and apologized for taking so long (3 weeks). We received some more paperwork to complete, some of which we already did for our homestudy agency and I am clearing up which of those do and do not need to be redone. Many of the documents we need are already done, so I am hoping this round of paperwork will be pretty quick. I printed all the documents on Wednesday and now we are just trying to get through them as quick as we can. I have contacted our insurance and am waiting to hear back. My goal is to be done with all of it before the new year. And since I have 2 weeks off, we should be golden. We got a few done last night, which I feel really good about.
I am anxious to share our news with our friends and family. Most of them have no idea about anything we have gone through, just immediate and close friends (and of course the family who gossip!!). I was waiting to hear our official approval and now that we have it I am just trying to figure it all out. This has been something we have wanted for so long, I want to put some thought into our announcement!
I have also been thinking about some ways to fund raise and whether or not it's a good idea. I feel guilty asking for "help". Here are a few of my ideas....yard sale (asking friends and family to donate items to sell), opening an et.sy shop (which I think I would enjoy a lot and it would give me some fire for my creative juices), maybe coffee (need to look into that, but I have seen other people do this). What do you guys think? Any other ideas? I need to do some more researching.
This weekend was my niece's 4th birthday party. I can't believe what a little lady she is. She is such a smart and artistic bean. Hubby and I helped my twinnie out as she was quite stressed so we stayed behind to cook soup (chicken noodle and french onion) and decorate. Fun! Hubby found these round, colorful lanterns and we hung streamers (pink and purple) and Hubby bought a dozen balloons. I think I was most excited about the entrance way....I cut streamers and placed them in a pattern hanging down in the hall. =0) My twinnie snapped some photos, I'll see if she can send me some.
|Me and Big C on her birthday, December 7th|