Some big changes are coming to our little family. Big changes.
The first huge change is moving. We are planning to move this summer to be closer to my family. I've been almost 600 miles from my family since I finished college 15 years ago. I've enjoyed my independence and never planned to move back. But, kids change everything. There are tons of reasons to stay and tons of reasons to move but I really want Sara to be near her family and that trumps the rest of the list.
My parents and I are working on a housing situation since rental options in the middle of no where are pretty limited. I have almost finished the process to transfer my teaching license to NY. (Although I'm open to lots of employment options.) I've met with a Realtor and am cautiously optimistic about selling my house here. I've been looking for jobs but it's still pretty early to get serious about anything. Please pray with us for a great job (I love the one I'm leaving here) and that we will at least break even on the house.
A big bonus of moving is access to free babysitters---aka the grandparents! I have been blessed with amazing sitters for Sara after school and on her days off. I would not be able to make it without them. I also have respite care through a local agency but Sara will not stay with them. (The emotional impact was not worth a few hours away.) My parents adore Sara and she loves them. They are pretty much the only ones I can leave her with without major tears and trauma. (Although my dad learned at Christmas that she doesn't really like to go out without mom.) Knowing that I will be able to run to the store alone occasionally or go to the doctor without a shadow is very relieving to me. I'm glad that we've had these two years together to establish our little family but it's time to accept some help. This mom is tired.
Now that I've admitted I'm exhausted, it's time to announce something else. I might just be crazy but I'm planning to start another adoption once we are settled. I have my eye on a little one but I'm hoping and praying she doesn't have to wait that long for a family. (You know those prayers. Dear God, please help me find her a family quickly. If not, please let my agency have her file in the fall. Because I want her to have a mom. Soon. But I really want to be her mom.) I swore I would never go back to Sara's country but I think adoption is like labor. It doesn't seem to bad from this side of things. It was hard but totally worth it. Sure. I'd do it again.
Sara has adjusted so well and is becoming so independent. She loves babies and I think will do really well with a younger sibling (once she learns to share mommy). I've had people asking me for the last two years when I was going to adopt again. Reading this little girl's file and really thinking about what life would look like with another one makes me think that the time is near. As long as the transition to our new home and life goes well, I really think we'll be in a position to start a new adoption in the fall.
I have set up a Future Adoption Account and will change some of my advocacy and fund raising efforts in order to be as financially ready as possible when I can finally commit and start a home study. (I know I won't save enough for the whole adoption by then but I'm hoping for enough to get me started.) I'll be adding a small amount out of each pay check to the account. I'll also be putting in any money that I make from selling items that we won't be moving. (I love online garage sale sites!) I'll be using my Swagbucks points to get paypal gift cards which I can transfer to the account. I'll also be adding some money from Scarves and Skirts for Sara and Avon for Adoptions. And once my car is paid off in the new few months, that account is really going to grow!
I will continue to use Scarves and Skirts for Sara to raise money for friends who are adopting. When I sell items, I usually charge twice what the yarn cost me plus shipping costs. (There are a few exceptions.) I keep half of the money from each sale to cover my costs. Up until now, the other half has gone to an adopting family or waiting child. Starting with any new orders, I will give 25% of the price to the current family or child and put the other 25% in my future adoption account.
I will also continue to use Avon sales from Avon for Adoptions to help adopting families. I have always donated my 20% commission to adopting families. Starting March 1, when a family is holding a fund raiser, they will get 15% of each purchase and I will keep the other 5% for my future adoption fund. If there is not an active fund raiser going on, all 20% will go into my savings account.
I realize this is probably a lot more technical information than a lot of you wanted but I really strive to be honest and forthcoming about all of my fundraising efforts--whether they are for myself or someone else.
Those are the two big changes that I'm ready to vaguely announce for our little family. Who knows what other changes our future holds. Stay tuned.