Friday, July 14, 2006

Yard sale and an update on wait times

The yard sale went really well. We raised over $700!! And we have enough stuff left over for another one! We're planning one for September or October. A local business was generous enough to let us use their parking lot in the middle of town, so we'll get tons of traffic!! I'm still working on my thank-you cards, but thanks to anyone and everyone reading this that have supported us in any way. I can't send cards to everyone that has supported us emotionally, because so many have. And we're so grateful and blessed for that.

Now, the bad news. The current wait time for a boy in Vietnam with our agency is 4-5 months from getting on the list until a referral. Then it's another 4-5 months to travel. So we're looking at 8-10 months, minimum. The wait could get longer, but won't get shorter. There's NO way we're traveling this year. We'll be lucky to have our referral by Christmas now. We're both so upset and down about this. Every day gets harder. I'm trying to look at the bright side that at least we'll have more time to save up. And tell myself that I know this just means Dylan isn't ready for us yet. But that doesn't make the wait easier. The hard part is going to be spending Christmas without my baby. I'm defnitely not looking forward to that. And I'm frustrated because I really just want the exact number I am on the list for a boy and I can't seem to get it! They keep telling me I'm #58 (there's been ONE referral in the 4 weeks we've been on the list). But a lot of those are wanting girls. The wait for girls is 18-24 months, as opposed to my 4-5. I guess that's one thing I have to be grateful for. Of course, it makes me wonder if I should go ahead and start our second adoption NOW since the wait is so long. (Don't worry, even if we COULD afford that, they won't let us start another one until we've been home with Dylan for 6 months.)


HawkOwl said...

I wonder why there is so much more demand for girls? That's kinda weird.

I think I can relate to how you're feeling even though I have a totally different set of issues... All this waiting is so tedious and so not constructive, it's hard to stay positive about it.

If there is anything you can start doing towards the next adoption, I would definitely work on that now. You're task-oriented so I think you'd feel happier if you could be doing something concrete.

((( big hugs )))

Jennifer said...

I am ready for the next yard sale. We started cleaning. I have a desk and I will help you get that one from my mom's. I have a media cabinet and possibly another media type storage shelf. I am trying every day to talk Andrew into adding more stuff to the pile. Maybe a computer monitor- and of course, I don't want to leave out the clothes I forgot to bring you last time and the beautiful YELLOW silk flower arrangement. I think this whole fundraising effort is a favor you are doing me! So, maybe I should be thanking you! see you soon, I hope

Waiting For Baby! said...

WOW! Congratulations!!!! That is amazing. What other fundraiser idea's have you come up with?

My husband and I are contemplating doing a "beef and beer" fundraiser. A woman I learned the idea from made I believe five or six thousand from that.