This blog follows us as we add to our family through international adoption from Poland, not Peru. (It's a long story, so feel free to read through the blog.)
We spent seven weeks in Poland in the summer of 2015, arriving home on August 28th. We are happy to answer questions you have and would love to be an encouragement, so please feel free to email us from our contact page.
A friend bought us some food items (imported from Poland) from a local store for us to try. We have not tasted everything yet (the cabbage and beat salad sounds um, interesting), but I can tell you that the chocolate was delicious! I think the Strawberry Cream Filled Chocolate and the Hazelnut bars were the favorites here, but they were all pretty good. All of these items came from Big Lots, so if you have a store near you, maybe you can try them too.
I also tried my hand at making home made pierogies this week. Store bought pierogies are not my favorite dish, and I was not thrilled with the flavor of eating even the home made ones after I boiled them. The filling is delicious though, and as recommended in the recipe, I did try frying them in a little olive oil and dipping them in sour cream. They are definitely good that way - isn't everything better fried? And since I used olive oil for frying them, you know they are healthy, right?! :-)
(I know these are not the prettiest pictures: I was trying to get dinner on the table and just snapped a couple quickly,
without spending a lot of time on getting the right angle, lighting, etc.)
We have had some folks ask how they can help with our adoption expenses. Here is the answer to that questions, along with where we are on the financial end of things.
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We are currently working and saving towards the rest of the overseas fees and travel expenses and are in need of a little over $3,000 to be completely funded. (For a general listing of expenses related to our adoption, you may visit our Financial Goals page.)
If you would like to donate towards our adoption expenses, you can do so through Lifesong for Orphans where we have a fundraising page. There are two ways to give. Funds can be donated online or via check sent through the mail, and donations will be accepted until the adoption is complete or she is in our home.
1) Checks can be made payable to "Lifesong for Orphans". In the memo section of the check, you must note the family account number and our family name to assure that it goes to the correct account. Our family account number is 4122 and the family name is Foster. Checks can be mailed to Lifesong For Orphans, PO Box 40, Gridley, IL 61744. 100% of the money that is donated via mail will go directly to our adoption.
2) You may also give online. Go to www.lifesongfororphans.org/give/donate. Under "gift preference", select "adoption funding", and under "adoption gift preference", select "family specific". Our family account number is 4122 and the family name is Foster. Please note that if you choose to donate online, Paypal does charge an administrative fee that will be taken our of the total donation amount.
(In following IRS guidelines, your donation is to the named non-profit organization. The organization retains full discretion over its use, but intends to honor the donor's suggested use. Individuals donation of $250 or more or yearly donations totaling $250 or more will receive a tax-deductible receipt. Receipts for donations less than $250 can be requested. Lifesong is a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization.)
If you have not given, would you consider it?
Every Dollar Makes A Difference!
If you have given already, thank you. Please know that we are grateful for your sacrifice.
On March 3rd, we received a pink paper from immigration. This made me nervous because to date, no approval notices had been on pink paper. Sure enough, I opened it to find that it was a request for more information regarding our case. :( I was frustrated by this, feeling like this was going to be another delay in the adoption process. I emailed our agency and patiently impatiently waited for a response.
Back track to earlier in my day...
Something which really stuck out to me in my morning devotions that day (March 3rd) was that I needed to trust God in all areas. Faith/ trust is necessary for pleasing Him. When I received the "pink slip" from immigration, I could hear the echo of my devotions with the question, "Do you trust me?" I confess that I struggled with this and argued with God about why having the approval now is how this should work. After several minutes, I let go and chose to trust Him with the timing of this approval.
One hour later...
To my surprise, the email I received back said that it was already taken care of : Jana had been in communication with the immigration officer during the previous week to clarify some confusion regarding some of the referral information, and we were told to disregard the notice. She was not even sure why they bothered to mail it. Yay! (There is a big "thank you" to Jana who was working for us behind the scenes before we even knew there was a need for it.) It is interesting, isn't it? It is like God knew already how it would turn out and only had that "request for information" sent to us to test me and show me that I needed to remember Who is in control here.
Six days later...
I am happy to say that we have our provisional approval! It came in the mail today, and guess what the approval date was. March 3rd!! Really?! While I was stressing out over getting a seeming delay with the information request, God knew that was the very date the approval was given. Again...maybe He wanted to see if I would trust Him? We were told to expect this to take four to six weeks, and we received it in four weeks.
With the exception of the week we received our official referral and worked on I-800 forms, we have spent the last three months waiting for approvals from immigration. Now we can move on to the Article 5, which we are told we should have next week.
An update on our prayer requests from this post...
The rest of this process goes as follows: we get the Article 5, then the final approval from the Polish government, then everything goes to the local court. We mentioned last month that the judges may or may not issue travel dates quickly, and we were told today that it seems that lately the judges have really not been in any hurry to move forward. Once our information gets to the local judge, we could be given travel dates in a couple weeks...or six months. We are praying specifically for early May travel dates, and we would appreciate you joining us in specific prayer concerning this. (Our original desire was to travel by our daughter's birthday which is is a few weeks. As often happens in the adoption process, things took longer than we hoped, so that is unlikely.) We do not have control over the timing, but we know Someone Who does! :-)