Saturday, September 6, 2014

It's getting real!

I think it’s time for an adoption update! On September 2nd our Article 5 documents were dropped off at the US Consulate in Guangzhou, China. These documents will be picked up by a courier and sent to the CCCWA on the 18th. We have been told that if current trends continue, we should receive our travel notice about 2 weeks later. Or case manager told us that we should be able to travel 2-3 weeks after we are given travel notice. So we are still on track to travel in October!
The only down side of traveling in October is that it coincides with the China Import and Export Trade Fair, and will likely increase the cost of our airfare and hotel stay. Still, as I have told several people, if China tells us we can go get our boy, you better believe we are going, and will not delay if at all possible. Our son needs his family, and the sooner the better!
So now we just need to get this thing fully funded!  Our next fundraiser is coming up on September 20th at 7pm! It is a LIVE WEBCAST CONCERT played by local artists. If you would like to tune in to support our adoption, just follow the link to the Concert Window page, then purchase a ticket with the donation of your choice. At the time of the concert you just log in and enjoy some great music for a good cause. We will receive 70% of proceeds as the artists are donating their time and talent to help bring Micah home (the 30% is for web hosting). Link:
This event is courtesy of Josh and Melissa Gale, the amazing Cares Team at Arbor Village Apartments, where Phil works as a  leasing specialist. They are throwing the live fundraiser concert event at Arbor Village for all the residents, which will also be webcast on Concert Window so the rest of us can tune-in online! Thank you Josh, Melissa and the staff and residents of Arbor Village for thinking of us! Recently I have been asked how people can make donations for Micah in which 100% of the gift will go toward his adoption. We have a couple of ways to make that happen. Micah has a family sponsorship page through Reece’s Rainbow (a special needs adoption advocacy organization) where they accept donations toward a grant that we will receive prior to travel. To make the most of the gift and avoid a 3% processing fee, they ask that you consider sending a check (just send a note along with it to specify it is for Micah/The Brangers Family). Any gift given through Reece’s Rainbow is tax deductible. Link: We are also able to accept donations via Paypal if needed. Please contact us if you need details. And, please know that I am providing this information only because I have been asked by several people and want to make it readily available.
I am so thankful for the support we continue to receive on this adoption journey! We could not do this alone, and are so grateful for our friends, family, and even strangers who have supported us with kind words, prayer, and donations. I have been stretched and my faith has been strengthened. I can’t tell you how ready I am to get our boy home! I know life will never be the same:)

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