When we contacted Children's House International to inquire about adoption, we were so amazed by the reception we got. I emailed Nina Thompson, a caseworker at CHI, asking about little girls with Spina Bifida. Within a few minutes I received an answer, and a couple of files. Emails started flying back and forth as we fell in love with Asya immediately.
One of the obstacles was the cost of adoption.
We were floored at the cost and we didn't have $35,000 laying around in a bank account. We didn't think that should stop this journey, and when Nina told us we could fundraise for the adoption, we blindly started doing so. We never thought twice, we knew we were supposed to be Asya's parents, and we knew somehow we would get the money.
We had many fundraisers, many from our local businesses. But by far the most successful fundraiser we had was our shoe drive. One night, I was on google, searching for fundraising ideas when I saw the ANGEL BINS website. I filled out a contact form, and the next day received a phone call from one of the account managers. She told me we could collect shoes of all sorts as long as they were matching and without holes in the soles....and she said we needed to collect 5000 pairs to raise approximately $3500. I thought that was a great idea, so we decided to do it. We started the shoe drive on Januray 3, 2013. We appealed to everyone on every form of social media. We had drop off spots in every county we had friends in. Our Spina Bifida community rallied and collected shoes. And all of a sudden our little shoe drive took off. You can read the blog post thanking everyone HERE. It tells how many counties, states, and the grand total! Once that shoe drive was completed, we knew that this adoption was being helped along my a divine hand.
As we shared Asya's story, she became Sofi to us. Sofi Rose. And in October of 2013, my dear friend and I traveled around the world to meet the beautiful girl with the soft brown eyes.
Our lives would never be the same.
Stay tuned for Part 4