Saturday, February 17, 2007

Update on Aprons for Adoption!

In September of last year I shared a neat opportunity to bless a family trying to adopt a baby. I have an update on their situation and wanted to share it below. I also wanted to encourage you who may still want to participate in either promoting this on your blog with the graphic on the left or buying an apron to still do so! The graphic is free for the taking and you can link it to www.unitstudies.com


Adoption Update
February 16, 2007

Dear Friends and Family,

Many of you have been faithfully praying for and supporting our adoption so we wanted to send out a short update to let you know where we are at in the process. Our journey began last July when we officially decided to step out in faith and move forward with adopting from South Korea. Since then it has been amazing to watch as the Lord has provided for our every need.

For those of you who don’t know, it appears pretty likely that Holt Korea will assign us a boy, about 9 to 11 months old. In South Korea, they use “bloodline documents” instead of birth certificates, which display your ancestry back several generations. When the child of a single mom is born, they have no bloodline, which is quite negative from a cultural perspective. Because a girl will eventually marry and be integrated into her husband’s bloodline, girls are predominantly adopted domestically in South Korea, leaving a larger number of boys who are placed for international adoption. So while we are happy with either, we’re expecting to bring home Spencer Daniel Klein this fall. :+)

Last fall, Cacey’s mom, Jennifer Steward, came up with the wonderful idea to start a fundraiser called Aprons for Adoption. She posted the aprons on her web site and through the generous help of a home school friend, Kate Kessler, who put a link on her blog, the word began circling the Internet. Since then we have had a steady stream of orders flowing in from people all across the country. At Christmas time, we had so many orders that we were sewing and shipping them out as fast as we could! It has been a huge blessing to our adoption fund and a great encouragement as we have received many kind notes, e-mails and stories from others who have adopted or are also in the process.

Our Timeline

* July 2006: We sent in our application and began the process

* September 2006: We had a social worker visit our home for “home study” interviews

* October 2006: Our home study was officially completed and sent to Holt Korea for referral

* Currently: Still waiting for our referral, when we will be officially assigned a specific baby and receive a photograph and medical records. Our adoption agency predicts that will occur between June and August 2007.

* This Fall: We hope to travel to Seoul, South Korea and bring Spencer home!

Fundraising Status

Aprons for Adoption has sold 101 aprons so far, and because many folks have sent additional donations above and beyond the suggested one, it has raised $2,000!

* We applied for a grant through Shaohannah’s Hope, an adoption organization founded by Steven Curtis Chapman. Our grant application is currently being reviewed and we will know the outcome in March.

* With the help of our families and our own savings, we’ve raised a total of $12,727 – 63% of the way there!

Thank you for your continued prayers and support as we get our fundraising to 100%! We look forward to keeping you updated as we get closer to traveling to Korea and bringing Spencer home.

Aaron and Cacey

Thank you for your help in making this a reality for this precious family!


theheartofthehome said...

My husband is an Army Chaplain and we just returned from S. Korea after two years there. I was excited to link to your blog from the HSB Company Porch and read your story.

It was an interesting two years in Korea where we found a love for the Korean children especially. Though we had hoped to adopt while stationed there and our prayers about adoption are still "pending," we are excited for you guys.

Please feel free to visit my blog and find my email and email me for any questions and such about Korea. Such a rich country with lots of rich history. Though you probably already know so much, I would love to share and share personally in your journey in bringing Spencer home.

Peace and God's richest blessings for your journey.


theheartofthehome said...

You know, it would help it I would post comments at the right place, eh?

So sorry. Please feel free to share my comments with Aaron and Cacey and have them email me.

Okay, going to crawl under a rug now till my face is no longer bright beet red.

Peace to you,


UndertheSky said...

Don't you worry! I thought it was a lovely post!!

Thanks for thinking of them.