Saturday, January 28, 2012

An Awesome Adoption Progress Day in the life of the Rougeux family!

January 27th was an awesome day in the Rougeux household!! We got 2 pieces of exciting news in one day and I wanted to share the exciting news with you all here!!

Well it all started when I went to check the mail in the afternoon and found an envelope with this label on the front...

And in case you don't know what's in that envelope, let me explain...

As you may remember from a previous post, we had filed with immigration in early December and had completed our biometric fingerprinting with them on December 27th. So, for the past month we've been eagerly checking the mail every day for THIS piece of paper. It's a form called the I-171H and it's our approval from immigration to bring a child to the US for the purpose of adoption! And now that we've got this little piece of paper in our hands...

We.Are.WAITLISTED!!!!!!

Of course, it happened on a Friday and so we should get more details on Monday!

Excited doesn't even begin to explain it!! Matthew and I were talking last night and I was telling him that the closest thing I can relate this feeling to was the anticipation I had when I was pregnant with Ainsley!! That feeling of "Omigoodness-this-is-really-going-to-happen-and-I'm-really-a-mom" feeling. Only instead it's an "Omigoodness-this-is-really-going-to-happen-and-we're-going-to-be-parents-to-three-kids" feeling!

However, we are also freaking out. As you can see by the little fundraising thermometer on the right sidebar we haven't even come close to what we need for our funds for the adoption. I've been working quite a bit of overtime, but unfortunately, one of our cars needed new tires and new brakes, so most of what I've made thusfar got redirected towards that. We are optimistic and excited though. We plan to put our entire tax refund towards our costs, and I will continue to work overtime to earn some money to put towards it. We are so grateful that God has provided different means by which we can earn money to put towards the costs.

So as exciting as it was that we got waitlisted, we got a cherry on top when we received an email from an awesome organization that comes beside adoptive families to help them through the process called Lifesong for Orphans stating that we now officially have established an account with them that will allow us to receive TAX-DEDUCTIBLE donations to our adoption!!

Did you read that people?!?!

TAX-DEDUCTIBLE!!!

We understand that many people are uncomfortable writing checks directly to us, but now if you feel God leading you to donate towards our adoption you can do it directly to our Lifesong account and receive a tax-deduction for your donations!! Lifesong will then disperse the funds as we need them, directly to whomever needs to be paid for the eligible expenses.

There are several ways that you can donate through Lifesong.



(1) You can donate online from a credit or debit card via PayPal. This is a great option that is easy to do from home. Just click on THIS LINK and you will be taken to Lifesong's Donate page. When you scroll down the page a bit you will see this:
To make a one-time donation you can click that orange "Donate" button.However, this next step is VERY IMPORTANT... when you click the orange "Donate" button a new page will open. On that page you will see a light grey window at the top that has 2 areas in which you can type. Above the first, longer area, it says "purpose". In that window you MUST designate the donation towards us. Otherwise the donation just goes to the Lifesong organization itself. To designate your donation to us you must type: "Preference: Rougeux #2607 adoption" Then above the second small area it says "amount" and that is simply where you put how much you would like for your donation to be. Here's an example:
(2) The second way you can donate to our account is by giving monthly donations to be automatically withdrawn from your checking account. You can choose that option on this page. This may be a good option for many people who may want to take an active roll in our adoption, but don't have the ability to give a one-time gift. However, you might not notice $10 or $25 dollars deducted from your bank account each month. You have the option to give $10, $25, $50, $100, or $250 per month via this account. Once again, when choosing this option you MUST type "Preference: Rougeux #2607 adoption" in the window that says "gift preference" for the donation to be applied to our adoption.
(3) The final way you can donate to our adoption through Lifesong is through a good ol' fashioned check sent via snail mail. Please take note: The check itself MUST be made out to "Lifesong for Orphans". On the MEMO LINE of your check you MUST write "Preference: Rougeux #2607 adoption" for the funds to be designated for our adoption. Like this:

You can then send the check to:

Lifesong for Orphans
Attn: Rougeux #2607 adoption
PO Box 40
Gridley, IL 61744

Needless to say, it was a good day and we are super-duper excited to finally feel like things are moving again after over a month of just waiting.

But now we know the REAL wait begins... the wait that we know is the hardest...

just waiting for a phone call...

waiting for an email....

waiting for pictures to come through our inbox of two sweet kiddos...

But wait we will...

because it's worth it...

because they are worth it....

because adoption is worth it all...


"God sets the lonely in families..." Psalm 68:6

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