"To bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair." Isaiah 61:3

The Burckhard Family

The Burckhard Family

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Big News and Big Event!

Hello!  Can over two months have really gone by since I last blogged?  I am a deadbeat blogger, that's for sure!

That aside, I have exciting news to share:   We are officially matched with Simon and are sending off our I-800 application to the USCIS tomorrow!  There are a few more steps, but we could possibly even be traveling in June to Simon's country for his adoption.

Also, two very kind-hearted souls, Denise Murphy and Missy Feist, are holding a special event to help raise funds and awareness for our adoption and the adoption of other orphans.  It's called "Simon Says Party"!  Isn't that just wonderful!

Here is the poster they designed:

The event is on April 17th, 2015 at the Vegas in Minot, ND.  Please stop by....we would love to see you and celebrate!

We still need about $5,000 to cover the costs of the entire adoption.  To date, we have paid $17,000 out of pocket and have received $3,000 from our church.  We currently have received many love gifts totaling $5,500 in our grant fund held at Reece's Rainbow.  The grand total of this adoption will be around $32,000.  

Thank you SO MUCH to those of you who have given us gifts already.  Thank you, also, for all of your prayers and encouragement.  With your support, we feel that this is truly a partnership....we may not all physically adopt an orphan, but we can all help orphans by supporting families and others who serve orphans around the world.  It's a team effort!

So, Simon Says.... Let's Party!

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