It’s official!! WE’RE A WAITING FAMILY!!! By the grace of God and the generosity of our amazing friends and family, our Stage 1 fundraising goal was met last night! This means we can now pay the fee to enter the waiting pool and have our profile become active and available to expectant mothers. And you better believe that I paid it as soon as I could today! I’ve never been so excited to pay that much money in my life!
To say that this has been an emotional week is a complete understatement. There have been a constant flow of tears of joy and gratitude as each donation comes in. I have been crying every. single. day. Robbie and I are so overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support we’ve received. Unexpected acts of giving have blessed us the past two weeks. Each one took my breath away… and another had me choking on my lunch. ? There are no words to describe it… the sense of awe and the asking ourselves, “What did we do to deserve all these gracious gestures?” I wish I could tell you all how much this adoption and your acts of kindness mean to us. Every single dollar has been one step closer to this moment and ultimately to our baby. We don’t ever forget that or take that for granted. We never will. Thank you. A million times over. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
We will be continuing our fundraising efforts as the next fee ($10,000) is due when our baby is placed with us. And now that we’re active, it could happen at anytime! We honestly have to be prepared for anything! Since the waiting stage could be anywhere from roughly a month to a year, we have to prepare and raise the rest of the funds in the case that it happens sooner rather than later. So much prayer and faith went into meeting our Stage 1 goal. Please continue to pray for us as we venture deeper into this process. The waiting stage is not for the faint of heart… it’s difficult, emotional, a test of patience and perseverance, and a roller coaster of every sort of feeling imaginable. We know God chose us for this journey and each day we experience a sense of wonder and disbelief at where we are at and where we’re going. He has blessed us and this adoption in incredible ways.
Our sincere thanks for everyone’s contributions. I couldn’t ask for a better Mother’s Day gift! I’m not a mama yet, but this heart is so ready. We’re coming for you Baby Schaefer!
To learn more about the process and what we face next, please visit: The Adoption Process
Michelle & Robbie
Please pray for…
- Continued provision and giving to help support this adoption and bring Baby Schaefer home.
- Our future birth mother and baby. For love, grace, guidance, peace, support, healing, a healthy pregnancy, a safe delivery, and a healthy child.
- Our social worker and agency as they help us navigate through this very special journey.
- Robbie and I’s hearts as we enter the thick of it! The waiting stage is a very vulnerable, emotional part of the process.