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Monday, January 14, 2013

Adoption Info Meeting + How you can help!

Friday, Jason and I went to an adoption information meeting that Bethany Christian Agency hosted in Greenville. To go to this meeting we had to fill out a preliminary (very short) application online and sign a statement of faith since Bethany is a Christian agency who works with Christian couples desiring to adopt.

Many things at the meeting were discussed, and many things I already knew from researching online. However, there were some questions that were answered and some things I didn't know I had questions about that were answered. So, all in all, it was a good meeting and we are one step closer to deciding what road to journey down and who to journey it with.

A friend of mine contacted a lawyer in town that specializes in adoption services, and was so nice to speak with him on our behalf. So, we have information on both agency adoption and lawyer based adoption. We are trying to decide if we are going to meet with the lawyer and speak with him or if we are simply ready to work with Bethany.

In the meantime, I have been BUSY with "Kraft's by Katie" projects for friends and family. Please "like" my page on facebook and view my items for sale. As many of you know, we are trying to raise funds for adoption and hopefully be debt free! I hope you will consider purchasing a canvas, a set of coasters, a wall decal, a phone decal, etc. to help us. I can't wait for my jewelry materials to arrive so I can start making necklaces for sale as well! I'll let you guys know when I'm ready to do all of that!

Here are some pictures of the items I've made since Christmas.

8x10" $20

12x12" Scrapbook paper collage $40

12x24" $30

16x20" (one color change +$5) $55

Set of 4 monogrammed coasters $12

2x2" iphone decal $10

another 2x2" iphone decal $10

2 sets of monogrammed coasters ($12 per set)

4x8" wall decals (cost varies depending on size) & another iphone decal $10
2x2" iphone decal shown on phone $10

set of 4 monogrammed coasters $12 per set

another iphone decal shown on iphone $10
12x24" (one color change +$5) $35

8x10" $20

12x12 (one color change +$5) $30

12x12 (one color change +$5) $30

12x12 (one color change +$5) $30

12x12 (one color change +$5) $30

8x10" (2 color changes +$5 per color) $30

12x12" Scrapbook paper collage $40

8x10" $20

8x10" (one color change +$5) $25

8x10" $20

12x12" Scrapbook paper collage $40

iphone decal on does stick:) $10

Personalized tray (experimenting with these right now to see how the vinyl holds up)
We are just so excited to begin this journey to adopt a most precious child the Lord has made just for us! If you are not interested in any of these items, BUT, you would like to financially support us, we are also "selling puzzle pieces" for a puzzle we hope to put together and frame in our child's future room. We will "sell" each piece for $5. We will write your name on the back of the pieces you purchase and once put together and framed with glass on both sides, we can always look back and see who the wonderful people are who helped us bring home our child.

Picture of our puzzle and what it will look like once put together!!! LOVE IT!

You can make a donation by clicking above on the "Donate" link provided. You must have a paypal account to donate in this way. You may need the following: 1) Your email address 2) My email address: and you can donate online. Also, something I have learned recently is if you pay with a checking account, Paypal doesn't charge a service fee. But, if you use your credit or debit card, Paypal charges 2.9% + 0.30 per transaction. So, if you donate $20 with your credit card, you are really donating $19.12 because of the fee for using your credit card.

As far as the puzzle fundraiser goes, as an example, if you donated $30, then that would mean you are "buying" 6 puzzle pieces that would have your name on the back. If you have any questions about donating online or if for some reason the link isn't working, please let me know.

There is also a "donate" button on the right side of my blog so that you do not always have to find this post to donate.

If you do not have a paypal account but would like to support us, you can also mail a check (made out to Jason and Katie Hill) with the memo stating "adoption" to our home address:

Jason and Katie Hill
417 Mustang Drive
Spartanburg, SC  29307

Our goal is $22,000. For us, that is a lot of money (who knew adoption was so expensive, right?). We know that. But, we are completely confident that when God tells us to do something, He will make a way. We believe Him and trust that He can do great things!

We love all our family and friends who have stuck by our side and really encouraged us to never give up and always rely on the Lord for guidance in decision making. We know He has great plans for us and we are super excited to watch them unfold!

Katie and Jason

1 comment:

  1. I love the puzzle idea! Every time we've looked into adoption we've quickly looked away because of how much it'll cost. We definitely don't have that kinda money. If and when we ever get around to fund raising I hope you won't mind if I borrow an idea or two from you. Been thinking about you both and praying for you. Looking forward to seeing you two meet your goal! =)