There is quite a bit of waiting, and then a flurry of activity, going on in the Reich household, in relation to the adoption. Some of the biggest news is that we sent our i600a into the federal government… This may not seem like a big deal, but there is a story behind it. In order for us to get our federal governments approval to adopt, we need to have our i600a approved, which comes in the form of the 171h letter. (by the way, I have no idea what or why the forms are called that!) We knew that the fee associate with the i600a was going to be increasing as of November 23rd, but in order for us to submit our i600a we needed about $850 and our homestudy to pass court.

When we were in Phoenix a few weeks ago for the Acts 29 bootcamp we got a call from our social worker that she had received notice that our homestudy had passed court and she could not believe that it took less then month! In the mean time we had two families both give us $500, this covered the cost of the i600a! In God’s perfect timing we were able to submit the i600a, which homeland security received the 22nd of November, one day before the rates increased!

We have sent in and received from the secretary of state, two forms that needed to be state certified! Which means we have 3 things left to do/receive before we can send in OUR DOSSIER TO ETHIOPIA!

1. We are waiting to hear from Homeland Security when we have our “biometrics” appointment, (We need to be fingerprinted again!) and within a few weeks after that we should get our 171h to add to our ever growing dossier packet.

2. We have to put together photo pages to send along with our Dossier, I just need to take the last picture and put them together.

3. We have to raise $7200 to send in with our Dossier.

This last one seemed crazy impossible… BUT I guess I was forgetting that God is in and over all things. He has called us to this and He will provide. Some of you may know that we recently refinanced to get a better interest rate on our home. We knew that it would save us some money each month, and figured that would help to further the adoption as well as ease our budget each month; instead we felt like we needed to up our tithe, and give back the difference, plus some to God. In the mean time we applied for a grant through LifeSong, which we were denied, but now have the option to accept tax deductible donations! A few weeks ago we received a reimbursement from our escrow account from the bank for $725ish, I thought this was awesome, God using the refinance to help further our adoption. Then a few days ago we received ANOTHER check, this time from the title company, for a reimbursement of our already paid taxes to the tune of almost $1000! So now with some other donations and our savings we are a third of the way to the next benchmark!!!!!! I am praying a big prayer that we will have all of the money by the time we get our 171h back, so we will be ready to send out our dossier right away!

I am strongly reminded that God will provide, but that there are times for us to step out in faith before He provides. We are getting a front row seat to God’s great power!

If you are interested in helping us financially and would like to give a tax-deductible donation, please send a check to Lifesong for Orphans, PO Box 40/202 N. Ford St, Gridley, IL 61744. Please put our last name in the memo section Reich/#1685 adoption. *Note:  In following IRS guidelines, your donation is to the named non-profit organization.  This organization retains full discretion over its use, but intends to honor the donor’s suggested use. If you give through Lifesong please let us know, so that we can follow up with you, I am not certain that they give us a breakdown of money donated. You can also give online at http://www.lifesongfororphans.org/donation.html just put add Reich/#1685 adoption to the comments.

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