Wednesday, July 6, 2016

A Penny Saved Is a Penny Earned

“God Knew that it doesn't matter how your children get to your family.  It just matters that they get there."  Kira Mortenson

When you think about adoption, about your children that are out there, just waiting for you, you know it doesn't matter what you have to do to get them.  It only matters that in the end they are with you.

What is hard to accept is the cost of adoption.  There is no such thing as a free adoption.  On average, adoptions range between $18,000-60,000 depending on where you adopt from and how quickly the adoption takes place.  That cost doesn't count what you pay for outside of the agency.  Things like home renovation aren't accounted for in those costs.  And still for us, it doesn't matter.

Now, that is not to say that I'm not stressing over where that money will come from.  Because, I totally am stressing at times.  I mean, $18,000 is a LOT of money.  I don't think I've ever seen that much money in one place at one time.  So we did something to help me not stress so much about the money.

We have this jar on our dining room table.  It is a simple, blue mason jar that I bought for our wedding, with one of my scrapbook stickers on it.  Mike chose what the jar would be labeled as, and wrote it on the jar.  He calls it the "Goodbye Geek Room Jar".  I call it our "baby jar".  But in all reality, it is one of our adoption funds. 

Protected by the T.A.R.D.I.S and a Dalek

It is simple and plain.  It isn't very full, but we put in what change and cash we have.  We have jars on our desk at work, and our loving co-workers have helped by putting coinage in the jars too.

It isn't our only funds for our adoption, (No, we have our savings accounts that we are trying to line with the money needed for the adoption) but it is the most visible one.  For me, it is a beautiful, physical reminder that one day, in the place of that simple blue mason jar, we will have a child sitting at our table. 

And that is what helps us keep saving.  We are only 15% towards our first of 2 goals. Once we have reached the first goal, we can start the paperwork, and go through the home study.  And it seems so far away, especially, when you think that 15% is still so far from 100% of just goal #1. 

In the mean time, we are going to keep preparing our hearts and our home for our future child. 


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