It took more than a few hours to get back to blog. I apologize. So much has happened.
First, we were given our I800 approval to adopt Christiana and our article 5 letter from the US embassy in her country should be in our Lawyer's hands in just a few hours. She already has all of our court documents, so now we begin the process of formally petitioning for her adoption.
In the coming days and weeks Toni will present our documents to the Ministry and gain the minister's signature that is needed to be assigned a judge. Once we're assigned a judge, he or she will assign a court date for our adoption proceedings. After that... it should just be a matter of weeks before we can bring her home!
All of our adoption fees and country fees have now been paid and we're beginning our final fundraisers. All that is left to pay for is her homecoming. We need round trip airfare for 2 adults, a 1 way ticket for Christiana, funds for 7-10 days (hotel and food) in her country, and about $300 to cover taxis, medical exams (for the US embassy), etc.
So far, we've raised around $1300 of the approximately $7000 we need to be fully funded for our trip. So in the coming weeks (and there are very few left) we will be working hard to raise the remaining $5700 that we need.
In order to do that... I will continue to take orders for key fobs and other crafts and we will be having another auction and a large item giveaway that will include diamond jewelry, celebrity autographs and memorabilia among other great items!
As always, donations can be made directly to our Chipin or to our FSP at Reece's Rainbow. All donations made through Reece's Rainbow via Paypal or check are fully tax deductible.
If you would like to donate to our Reece's Rainbow fund via paypal, just click this link. If you would prefer to send a check, please send it to Reece's Rainbow (be sure to put "Carissa/Christiana for the Matthews Family" on your check) at:
PO Box 4024
Gaithersburg, MD 20885
We will also be having a "Text To Donate" day on December 23rd that is being sponsored by Wish Upon A Hero. Any time on the 23rd of December you can donate $5 by texting "WISH" to 80077 . It's that easy! Just remember to click "YES" to confirm the charges.