We returned home from a week of ministry at Pinebrook Bible Conference to receive two pieces of news in the mail. Via email, we learned that the process for finalizing the adoption in the country of Honduras will be about six weeks. This would require us to stay in the country for the entire time, or take two trips. Alicia and I just spent about an hour estimating the finances of these two options. For the two of us to stay in the country for the entire time would cost us about $6000 more than taking two trips and taking Ariana and Alexa with us for the second trip. So, it looks like we will take one trip for about 5 days to meet our daughter and go through the initial interviews and do all of the necessary paperwork to finalize the adoption and for our daughter's US citizenship. A few weeks later, the four of us would go for 5-7 days to finalize the process, and bring her home. With estimated food and other expenses, this is about $4500 more than the original estimate that we were given. We are still waiting for our paperwork to go to New York then to Honduras, but at least we now have a clearer picture of what the travel process will look like when it is time to travel.
Another piece of news that we received in the mail was from a grant request we had submitted to Show Hope. We were informed that we have received a grant, which will be a huge help with the travel expenses. It has been awesome to trust God through this process as the details seem to change regularly, so does His provision.