Monday, August 22, 2011

FAQ 2: How much is your adoption going to cost?

**UPDATE 9/12/11- After completing our orientation to Generations and going through the costs line-by-line we have realized that the final cost of the adoption will probably actually be between $28,000-$30,000... Not a huge difference, but we thought we'd cue you guys in!**

So I am back with our second "FAQ" in my little series. To see question 1 go here.

Question: How much does an adoption from Uganda cost?

Answer: Our adoption of 2 children will be roughly $26,000.00.

Yes, that's a lot of money.

Yes, we're kind of freaking out about it.

In reality though, it's going to be OK. It's kind of like being pregnant and birthing a child. It seems so dauting when it's in front of you, and then when you look and see how many people have done it before you... You kind of have to hit yourself and say

"Stop whining, and do what you have to do to get your baby (or babies in our case) home."

The truth is, there are a lot of things we, and seemingly everyone else in this country, spend our money on that is nothing but a waste. We have more stuff than we know what to do with, we have a house that's twice as big as our nation's average household size was 40 years ago, etc... It's all about priorities... and for a while, Ugandan orphans are at the top of our list of priorities!

So what are we going to be doing to get this money together?

*First, we are going to SPEND LESS MONEY! A novel idea, huh? 2012 will be the first year of our marriage that we're not going to be taking a family vacation, except to travel to Uganda of course! We've canceled our cable. We've cut back on our grocery budget, eating out, etc... There's not a single facet of our life that we're not cutting back on.

*Well, I've already mentioned in previous posts that I have picked up some overtime. I plan on doing that some more, in small doses, over the next year or so. Before I did it last time I underestimated the emotional toll it would take on Ainsley, and although she had a great time with her Aunt, after it was all done she had separation anxiety from me worse than she's ever had. After a couple of weeks she seems to mostly be back to her old self, but I'm not going to put her in that position again.

*We are having a HUGE yardsale THIS WEEKEND! We have had a TON of families donate a TON of stuff and this coming saturday is the day! In this process, we too, are purging a TON of our own stuff.
Simplifying + De-stuffing + Raising money for our adoption = Good stuff!

*We will be applying for grants as soon as we get approved for our agency (hopefully this week!) And then there are many grants that we can't apply for until we have gotten our referral.

*More fundraisers! This is where I need YOUR help!! Yes YOU! The ones reading this! What kind of fundraising ideas do you have? I've thought about selling the 31Gifts stuff,

I've heard of flower bulb fundraisers, I've seen some awesome ministries in Uganda that teach impoverished women a trade like sewing and bead making that they then provide for fundraisers.

Leave me a comment here on this post and let me know which fundraisers you think would be best or if you have any additional ideas let me know!! We are willing to consider anything!

*Donations... You know what that means ;)

*Finally, prayer. We know that God loves orphans. We know that God has called Christians to adopt. Therefore, we believe that God is going to provide for this adoption, in some way.

Hope you all are having a great Monday!


Anonymous said...

Regarding donations: how is that done? Is there a specific way to donate in a tax deductible fashion?

Kay Lynn said...

Hi Julie,

I have enjoyed reading about the adoption process. I believer you're doing a great job :) GOD will make a way where there seems to be no way. Love that song by Janet it often to remind you of the blessing he's about to give your family! If I think of anything outstanding I will be sure to let you know. In the mean time you need to include your address for anyone wanting to make donations....that might give you a better gage on how much work you need to put into the fund raiser. Don't do anymore than you have have alot of balls in the air right now :)

Love, hugs and prayers,
Kay Lynn

Tasha Via said...

Hey, there is a site called easy fundraising ideas .com. The idea is awesome. People donate $20 toward your "cause" and they will get a $50 gift card. I can't remember what percentage of that you take home, but my brother and sister-in-law have raised over $300 with it in just about a month or so!

I hope your yard sale is a success! Ours have been a HUGE help toward our financial goal:)

Julie said...

@Anonymous and Kay Lynn,

We will have an account that can accept tax-deductible donations as well as a pay-pal account in the near future. We had to get through the application process to be able to do those things though so we're working on it! Stay tuned!! Thanks so much for your interest in our adoption!!


Please pray for the weather this weekend! We're praying hurricane Irene far from the triangle until at least Saturday evening!

xoxo, Julie

Amy Baggett said...

Hey Julie,

I recently looked at It is an online tutoring program that offers free tutoring to military families. You have to pass a test in the subject area(s) you want to tutor but it looks very flexible with no commitments.

Amy (Summers) Baggett

cari said...

Said a quick prayer for lots of sunshine for Saturday!
We just finished with a cow plop fundraiser and a tshirt one. Both brought in more than $5000.
God always provides when we are obedient! He will give you everything you need!