Well, my big contribution to our adoption today was typing up another letter to send to Kevin's place of employment. This time I included an actual sample of what I need the requested letter to say and a picture of a certain little girl along with the SASE and W2 form. I didn't bother to ask for the letter to be notarized because Carla from AAC says we can use a cover letter instead.
Really, I believe this time will be the charm. The lady working on it from Human Resources was so nice when I spoke to her on the phone -- I think she'll do her best to get it right.
I haven't heard from our home study provider this week. I know she was hoping to have the home study done mid-July and that I held her up a bit waiting on Kevin's medicals. But I did fax them to her a week ago so . . . as far as I'm concerned it should be signed, sealed and delivered by now :) :) :)
I also started reading about a very interesting fund-raising idea mentioned on my friend Tammy's blog (http://dziagwaincrease.wordpress.com) I've been racking my brain trying to come up with some amazing (or even somewhat inviting) way to get other people involved in our adoption mission in a monetary way. I've come up with less-than-innovative ideas like jog-a-thons and wondered if anyone I know would be interested in parting with any of their hard-earned dough in exchange for watching me huff and puff around the park or the football field. I honestly highly doubt it--well, with the possible exception of my ever-loyal parents. But there's this ministry called LifeSong that has a program called Both Hands where an adoptive couple gathers a team, each member of which gets people to sponsor him/her to do work on a widow's house/yard, etc. on a particular Saturday, for instance. This way you're doing both parts of James 1:27 which says that pure religion is to visit orphans and widows in their distress. All sponsorship money goes toward the adoption. I think that's the gist of it. I'll have to do some more research to see if I have it straight. BUT I can think of several people who'd be much more interested in contributing to something like this--to help a real flesh and blood lady that they already know and love in our own church or community--than any kind of raffle.