We officially started our adoption fund in the spring of 2010. My husband was just about to begin his vicarage (Lutheran term for pastoral internship), and we were going to have two incomes for the very first time in our marriage (Previously I was the breadwinner, working full-time to put him through Seminary). It was agreed that we would live on his stipend, while most of the money I earned from my part-time job at the church preschool would be put into an adoption fund. After the 13-month internship, my husband graduated and received an appointment as a pastor. We moved, I got another job (education aide, full-time while school is in session), and we continued to pour nearly all of my salary (exceptions are tithe, taxes, and extra/unexpected living expenses) into our adoption fund.
After my last paycheck for this school year was deposited in mid-June 2012, we had $16,268.72 in our adoption fund. BLESSED!
At this point, we are strongly leaning toward an international adoption from South Korea. From what I have researched, the cost of this program will be between $28,000 and $32,000 (gulp!). We strongly avoid debt, so taking out loans is not an option for us. There are grants available, but they generally require at least a completed homestudy; more often, an accepted referral. We have yet to submit a pre-application, though that may happen later this summer. Ideally, we would have closer to $20,000 saved before technically beginning. The waiting period from start to finish is approximately two years, so we feel $20,000 is a very acceptable starting point, considering I make about $10,000 in a school year.
Recently I wrote about how God led me away from an opportunity to earn around $600 this summer. HE is so good! The Lord is giving us ways to add to our adoption fund this summer with no “real” income. Here is how we have been blessed this week:
$40 – payment for being church organist last week
$18.30 - from my very first Lilla Rose commission check!
$50 – We had an iPod that no one had used since my husband upgraded to an iPhone last summer. I sold it to a friend. It had a minor defect, so I was hoping to get $25 for it, but she offered $50!
New total: $16,377.02 (!!!)
In the near future I hope to write up a post on other creative ways to ‘find’ money. I know I have a few other things laying around that house that I could probably sell for a small profit!