So, with Irina having been adopted, Dean and I are still looking at hosting a child this summer. If we do the short hosting program, the cost is *only* (hear my sarcasm?) $3500. This fee is tax deductible, as it's considered a donation to the organization. It covers the fees to get the child's visa, passport, airfare, their guardian, translator, and all the other things involved in bringing a child all the way from Ukraine to the heart of Minnesota! Needless to say, I've spent the past 24 hours wracking my brain about how to raise that money!
And then Dean had to throw a wrench in it all. Today we were looking at the photo listings of children waiting to be matched with host families, and there, on one page staring back at us, was a set of 10 year old identical twin girls, M & D. Have I mentioned that Dean is an identical twin? LOL Guess which kids he wants to host?
Unfortunately, this isn't a two-for situation. That means we'd need to raise DOUBLE the funds, in just a couple very short months.
AND AND AND, we need to do a mini-homestudy as well. I have no idea how much this costs though. A couple hundred? A thousand? Maybe someone reading can give me an idea. Then there are background checks to pay for, etc. OH MY.....
So watch my blog, because I'll be doing some fundraising on here for sure!