I have had a few successful jewelry parties in the past few weeks. Slowly but surely we are adding to our adoption fund. It is so hard to save tens of thousands of dollars, especially with three kids. On top of the usual mortgage, utility, and student loan bills, there is so much more that drains our bank account on a daily basis!
It seems like someone always needs to see the doctor, then there are prescriptions and over the counter pain relievers. School trips and PTA memberships. Sports teams and special soccer clinics. Gas and car repairs. Broken window blinds and stained carpets. Lost sneakers and shin guards to replace. Three kinds of milk - 1%, whole and soy - each week. And food, don't even get me started about how much food! Room parent donations and teacher gifts. Diapers and new jeans to replace those outgrown over the summer. School portraits and birthday snacks. Tickets for the school fair and the town block party. Hot dogs and burgers at sporting events. Cleaning supplies and laundry detergent. Ripped curtains and ruined blankets. I could go on and on forever!
I know that we will find a way to have the money in time. We still have a little over seven months - most healthy child referrals are taking about a year right now, but things can change at any time. We will have tax refunds and year end bonuses to look forward to!