Thursday, November 7, 2013

Good News!

Tuesday, we learned some awesome news! Our dossier (big stack of adoption paperwork) was approved by the Bulgarian Minister of Justice! Our dossier was submitted July 31. We were told we should know in 31 days if it was accepted or not. We waited almost 3 times that long to hear! It was approved on October 21 and we found out November 5!

What's next? More waiting. We are waiting now to be matched with 2 children, of either gender, up to age 6, healthy or with minor/correctable special needs.

While we wait, we are fundraising! When we get a referral (match with kids), we will have about $6,000 due in agency fees + travel expenses for 2 trips to Bulgaria!

More Good News! As of right now, we are $5 from being half way to our $3,000 matching grant! I just had an update from LifeSong for Orphans, and our total is $1,495! Want to donate $5 or more to push us over the 1/2 way mark? You can donate online at or mail check payable to:
Lifesong for Orphans
PO Box 40

Gridley, IL 61744
Write in the memo line: preference Rickenbach #3783.

Just in case you missed it, here is the video from our workday at Mrs. Tucker's house. Enjoy!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Both Hands Workday: Look What We Did!

We had an awesome work day at Mrs. Tucker's  home! Look what we accomplished in 1 day!

Andrew and I want to express our gratitude to everyone who made this day a success! Whether you donated money, sent out sponsorship letters, picked up and delivered lunch to us, created the video, or worked hard at the widow's house, we want you to know we appreciate it! Somewhere in Bulgaria are two children who are closer to having a mommy and daddy because of you!

Not only have you been a blessing to Andrew and I as we raise funds for our adoption, but you have also been a huge blessing to Mrs. Tucker. She said, "I wasn't expecting you to do all this, just mow the yard! No one has ever done anything like this for me before!" I know our team of volunteers had a great day too! I heard someone say, "We should do this once a month!"

There is still time to help! We would love if you shared the video on Facebook or email. We want to make it go viral!

Also, it is not to late to donate! The majority of funds are typically raised after the work day! You can donate online at or mail check payable to:

Lifesong for Orphans
PO Box 40

Gridley, IL 61744
write in the memo line: preference Rickenbach #3783

Thanks again to everyone who contributed to make this day a huge success!