Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Bye Bye USCIS Application!

Today our I-800 application was sent off to USCIS!!  All four boys accompanied me and they were super excited.  A rather large weight has been lifted from our shoulders and now we just wait.  The folks at USCIS will receive our application before noon tomorrow (November 27th) so hopefully we will receive an Immigration Officer sooner rather than later.  Our prayer is that our USCIS approval does not take 60 or 90 days, rather, it takes just a week or two.  Would you join us in prayer on that matter?

With another milestone completed, that also means we will have more payments to make.  Just to break it all down for inquiring minds it is as follows:

$3,900 - Our first agency fee to CAWLI.

$1,400 - CCCWA fee.  CCCWA stands for:  The China Center for Children's Welfare and Adoption.  This is located in China.  

$750 - Document processing fee.  Through the generous donation of $440 from Grace Church back in July, we now only owe $310 for document processing!

So we need to earn/save $5,610

We currently have saved $335.48 in sales from Chicken Momma's Change and $643.52 from our yard sale and coupon book sales.  Add that together and we have $979 saved towards the $5,610 leaving us with needing $4,631 by the time we have USICS approval!

That being said, we will be applying to every grant known to man, Eric is working as many hours as he is given, and my Etsy shop is always open!  We also have a pretty amazing fundraiser coming up in January which is still in the process of being organized.  People local to our location will really have a great opportunity to participate for less than $5!  Stay tuned!

In the meantime, thank you to those of you who have donated, participated in various fundraisers, and for your prayers and encouragement.  We would not be where we are if it had not been for the generosity of others.  One person in particular made it possible for us to even be able to cover our USCIS application fee and we are still humbled by your gift.

So as our family celebrates Thanksgiving on Thursday, we know that we are blessed beyond measure and have much for which we can give thanks.  

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