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Can You Afford Adoption?

While there’s nothing you’d want more than to welcome a child into your life, you’re worried the cost of adoption will prove insurmountable. Even if you feel financially secure, raising a child is a big financial undertaking – so you might not have the money to spare for adoption fees and other costs associated with adopting a child. However, most adoption situations can be managed with the right help so the prospective parent or parents can give a child a home.

Schedule an Appointment with a Support Center

There are ways to reduce the cost of the adoption process, and the workers at an adoption support center would be happy to show you how. For example, you’ll qualify for a federal and possibly state Adoption Tax Credit, which will offset some of your costs. There are also sponsorships and fundraisers that can help you raise the money, as well as long-term, interest-free loans that will let you defer the full payment.

So long as you have a steady income and a manageable amount of debt, don’t let finances hold you back from welcoming the newest member of your family. There are adoption support workers waiting for you to reach out to them so they can help you reduce the cost of adoption.

Michelle loves Humming Birds

hummingbird (free clip art)

hummingbird (free clip art)

There is a hummingbird feeder outside Michelle’s bedroom window. She will sit by her window for hours watching the hummingbirds eat. The first time she saw one, she thought it was a big bee and was afraid it would scare the birds away. I explained that they were birds and not a bee. After that, she was hooked.

This is the first year I have ever had hummingbird feeders at our house and my grandmother told me that we have to take them in over Labor Day Weekend. I didn’t know that. She told me that the hummingbirds will stay here too long and not be able to get to where they go over the winter if I leave the feeders out for them. I thought there might be others out there that didn’t know that either so hopefully this is helpful to some of you. We do want them to be safe and return next year after all.

I hope you have a blessed Easter

Easter (free clip art)

Easter (free clip art)

Easter was wonderful this year. Michelle was old enough to really enjoy it this year. They had a big Easter egg hunt at church and the child that found the golden egg, got a big surprise inside. It had a $20 bill in it and believe it or not, Michelle found it all by her little self. She came running to me saying “The Easter bunny laid a golden egg but there’s a dollar in it”. A dollar she said. I told her that it was a 20 dollar bill and she looked at me with this serious look on her face and said, “Well when are you taking me shopping?”

Valentines plans for my Valentine

My daughter is the most important thing in the world to me so she’s my Valentine!!! I have a special surprise for her too. We’re going to Chuckie Cheeze for dinner. She absolutely loves that place. There is no sweeter music to a mothers ears than to hear their child laugh and say “Mommy, I sure do love you”. She made me a Valentines card in pre-school and had to give it to me this morning before I dropped her off. She couldn’t wait. I can’t wait to see her face when we pull into the parking lot and she realizes where we are.