Happy Easter! We have a beautiful and sunny day today in Michigan. We started out our day with a great service at our church with 2,000 of our closest friends. :) Just a powerful reminder of the great God we have and a celebration of His resurrection. We look forward to an Easter dinner with my parents and aunt and uncle this afternoon. Quite a treat because they are usually out of town for Easter!
It's great to be home today as we have had a great vacation out to Las Vegas. I posted quite a few pictures on Facebook along the way and will probably be making an album soon. I wanted to make something very clear to those that are reading and those that have commited to come to our fundraiser in June. Our Spring Break trip was one that was scheduled for last August to celebrate our 5 year anniversary. We budgeted and saved to have some money to spend in casinos, on shows and other excursions long before the adoption became a reality. However, during the embryo portion of our journey, the timing of the process meant that I had to be home for a result on one of the transfers. I also had a job opportunity that I really wanted come up and the interview was the week we would be gone as well. Both were exciting possibilites, so we cancelled our trip. Unfortunately, neither were meant to be and we were left with the loss of a baby, job opportunity and great trip. It was a rough time. We also lost some money on the flight and other excursions we had booked. It was very disappointing. Fortunately, we were able to rebook our trip for this month and had a great time.
We understand the great responsibility of asking others to help us financially, though, and do not take that lightly. This was a trip that was paid for months ago and we are now saving every penny. So please understand that we are not asking others to help financially and then living the high life on vacations. :) We are scheduled to go to Hawaii in July to celebrate my best friend finishing her residency as an ER doctor. Again, this was paid for months ago and a great deal that we got. We will be vacationing on a budget when we get there. We love PB & J's!
So please know that if you are willing to help us with donations during this process, we will be good stewards of your money. Every penny that we had budgeted for this vacation that we didn't have to spend we put straight into the adoption fund. I'm telling you this because it was on my heart while we were gone and I felt convicted to do so. Half of our vacation was spent with my aunts and uncles that I don't get to see very often, and it was awesome to spend with them. David got to know them better and we were so glad we could be with them. So it was a great time and chance to recharge before going into my last marking period at school.
So thanks for letting me explain. :) Happy Easter!