Friday, December 30, 2016

Fundraising Update!

As of 12/30/2016, we have raised about $6500 of our $40,000 goal. This means we are about 17% of the way to being fully funded.This week we have been working on filling out and sending in adoption grant and loan paperwork. We hope to be able to begin presenting to cases soon. 

We have 2 new fundraisers coming up.

1. 300 for $100 Campaign:

We are asking that 300 people give an average of $100 dollars. We realize that not everyone is able to give and not everyone is able to give $100 but we are asking you to pray that God blesses this campaign. We are also asking you to share this blog post! We will be releasing a graphic about this fundraiser in the next day or two. We would be forever grateful if you'd share the graphic on all social media sites. You never know who will feel led to be a part of our journey.


Best ways to give to the campaign:

1. AdoptTogether: We now have an active profile on AdoptTogether. Any donations made through AdoptTogether should be tax deductible. We receive roughly 95% of all donations made through them. Our profile link is adopttogether.org/drewanddelaney
You may also mail a check made payable to AdoptTogether with Andrew & Delaney Dunnam in the memo and on the envelope. Mail checks to:
251 W Central Ave. #278 Springboro, OH 45066

2. You can donate directly to us by mailing us a check. Email me for our address at delaneydunnam@gmail.com


Our Second new fundraiser will begin soon! We aren't quite ready to begin taking orders just yet, but we will be doing a Chocolate Covered Strawberry Fundraiser for Valentines Day!

We are praying for God to show up big in these fundraising efforts. We know that God uses his people for his purposes. We are humbly on our knees before God, knowing that he will do great things through our faith in Him.

Thank you so much for your prayers and your support. No words could ever express our gratitude for your love for our family.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Merry Christmas!

We would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas! We hope that you enjoy the holiday season with your families!
This weekend, 12/17/16, we received our APPROVED home study back from our home study agency! We were so excited because this meant that we could officially send off our grant applications and agency/lawyer applications. 



We also received word yesterday that we are active with one of the groups that we applied to! We hope to become active with the rest in early 2017!

Prayer Requests:
-Our family, We know that when God is at work Satan is right there too, and you guys, God is definitely at work in our adoption journey. Pray that we would continue to have discernment as we start seeing situations come in. 
-Our future birth mom/family. She could be making one of the hardest, selfless decisions of her life right now, and even though we don't know her by name at this point we want to lift her up in prayer. 
-Funds. Money is a strange thing to pray for and it is humbling to have to ask for prayer regarding this and humbling to ask for help. We know that God funds what he favors and He favors adoption. He favors life and loving others. 
-Pray for all the committees that will be reviewing our grant/loan applications in the coming months. Pray that they would see the families that need it most, and while that may not be us, we pray that the families that need it most would receive it. 

Friday, December 16, 2016

Hard week

This has been a hard week. Not in the adoption part of our lives, while things are moving slowly (hello holidays) the adoption process is still going good. In other ways though this week has been one of the more trying weeks I've (Delaney) had in a long time! I could use your prayers.

Now for the adoption update. There really isn't much to update on. We have submitted our agency applications. We are still waiting on our copies of the home study to come in the mail. Other than that, we will be at a stand still until January. We are still raising money and saving money so that we can begin presenting to birth mothers as soon as possible.

Fundraisers:
1. T-shirt fundraiser through Bonfire Funds
-We have rereleased our t-shirt fundraiser. They are the same tshirts as before in long sleeve, short sleeve, v-neck, and youth. The prices range from $20-$30. Last time we sold 26 shirts and raised $336 dollars. We would love to be able to do this again. The t-shirts are on sale until December 19th, 2016!




2. Baby Bottle Fundraiser
-We have baby bottles for people that want them. The goal is to fill the bottle with change. They are due back to us by December 31st, 2016


3. Etsy Shop
-We have opened an Etsy shop. There will be bows on alligator clips as well as bows on stretchy headbands for sale. All proceeds from the shop go towards our adoption expenses.



4. Puzzle Piece Fundraiser.
-We have puzzle pieces still for sale. Each piece is $20.


We need to raise/save approximately $15,000 to begin presenting to birth mothers. This is around half of our estimated budget. The other half will be due closer to when the baby will come. If we were to receive an immediate placement we would need to have all of the funds available. So far we have raised or saved around $3000 that is going towards this step of the process. We also have grant applications to mail in once receive our home study.

Prayer Requests:
-Us! The waiting is about to begin and I know we will need prayers through it.
-Our Future birth family! 
-The grant committees that will be seeing our applications.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Moving on!

We are finally moving on from the home study! The home study coordinator received our FBI clearances yesterday (12/6/15) two months after they were mailed in. We are waiting to receive our reports in the mail and then we will be able to submit all of our paperwork for our agencies. At that point we will officially be active!

Once we are active we will be able to present to birth mothers. To do this we need to have funds in place that way if we were to match we would be able to pay our fees to the agency or attorney. We are working to save money and raise money.

We have several fundraisers going right now if you'd like to partner with us to bring Baby D home!

1. T-shirt fundraiser through Bonfire Funds
-We have rereleased our t-shirt fundraiser. They are the same tshirts as before in long sleeve, short sleeve, v-neck, and youth. The prices range from $20-$30. Last time we sold 26 shirts and raised $336 dollars. We would love to be able to do this again. The t-shirts are on sale until December 19th, 2016!




2. Baby Bottle Fundraiser
-We have baby bottles for people that want them. The goal is to fill the bottle with change. They are due back to us by December 31st, 2016


3. Etsy Shop
-We have opened an Etsy shop. There will be bows on alligator clips as well as bows on stretchy headbands for sale. All proceeds from the shop go towards our adoption expenses.



4. Puzzle Piece Fundraiser.
-We have puzzle pieces still for sale. Each piece is $20.


We have ordered our 20 profile books and filled out all of our agency/attorney applications. As soon as we receive our copies of our home study we will be able to send all of this in to become active. We need to raise approximately $15,000 to begin presenting to birth mothers. So far we have raised or saved around $2000 that are going towards this step of the process. We also have grant applications to mail in once receive our home study.

Prayer Requests:
-We need to receive our copies of our home study by Tuesday of next week to apply for a certain grant. This is a big prayer request.
-Pray that God would continue to provide the funds needed to move forward in this process. 
-Pray that we would receive at least one of the grants we are applying to. 
-Continue praying for our future baby and birth family.