Monday, November 30, 2015

Puzzle Fundraiser Update

Tomorrow will mark one month since we began our puzzle piece fundraiser, and I want to say THANK YOU so much to everyone who has made this such a success!
To date, we have received sponsorships for 98 pieces, so we're almost 10% of the way to having the puzzle completed!

This puzzle has also raised $1,169 so far for our adoption costs!  I cannot tell you guys what a huge help this is, as we have over $2,000 in fees coming due within the next week or two, and then another $4,000-$5,000 before the end of the year.  Every single donation adds up quickly and each $5 puzzle piece is getting us one step closer to bringing our child home!

Here is what the front of the puzzle looks like currently:

My goal right now is to at least complete the big dragon.  I understand that we might not be able to complete the entire puzzle, so I figured it would be nicer to have the names spread out across the back rather than in just one corner, so every piece that gets sponsored for now is going to the dragon (unless it's a border piece sponsorship).

I'm not going to lie, I get a little teary-eyed every time I look at the back of the puzzle...  it is such a special thing to see the names of everyone who has played a part in helping us get our child home all together.  I look forward to the day when I can sit down with our child and explain who each person is and how we know each other.  I hope our child feels so loved and wanted seeing how many people cared about them before seeing their face or knowing their name.

Here is how the back of the puzzle looks today:

So once again, thank you to everyone who has contributed, and please know that your donations, big or small, have all made a BIG combined impact!

If you haven't yet sponsored any pieces but would like to, please see instructions on how to do so HERE.

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday!  I had no trouble coming up with plenty of things that we were thankful for this year!

One other thing that struck me this past weekend is how normally I would be so focused on finding deals online and out scrambling to get items checked off our Christmas lists, fighting the temptation not to buy things for ourselves just because they are on sale.  While it is a little bit of a bummer not to be buying gifts for friends and family, I am not missing the holiday shopping at all.  And I certainly don't feel like James or I are missing out one single bit.  We are so spoiled with having more possessions than we need, and the only thing our lives are missing is our child!  It's so easy to not go out and spend, spend, spend knowing that every dollar saved is one step closer to getting us to China!  Instead, it was so nice to have the weekend 100% focused on spending time with family, appreciating all of the blessings that are already in our lives.

Hopefully next year we'll be doing a combination of shopping for Christmas gifts for our child, while also teaching our child the true meaning of Holidays- spending time with family, appreciating all that we have, and finding ways to bless others out of the abundance in our lives.

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