We just got word today that BOTH adoption grants we had applied for have turned us down. We wanted to let those of you who were praying for us specifically about this know the result...and that we really appreciate you.
Yes, we were disappointed. But ultimately we know God will provide for this journey. Maybe this was just too easy for us. Maybe God just wants us to be more creative in the ways we fund this journey. Regardless, we have been beyond blessed already by our generous givers and supporters! Honestly, the hardest part for me to swallow is how much time and effort went INTO those grants. It was way harder than a college application to me! (But maybe that's because I actually cared this time around.) That may sound kind of funny because yes, either of those grants would have been a HUGE blessing for us...but we know that a lot of prayerful consideration goes into the decision of who does and who doesn't get those grants. We are just going to trust that God was guiding their decisions to those who need it the most and be grateful for what He has provided for us (and He continues to provide). The most important things are....this will not affect our adoption (just the way we will fund it, lol), the money is going to someone who NEEDS it even more than we do, and ultimately the money will support bringing an orphan home to their forever family.