Thursday, May 27, 2010

An Abundance of Gratitude

My heart is full of gratitude tonight. An abundance of gratitude. It brings tears to my eyes.

There are so many people to thank and I really do not know where to begin or how to express my gratitude to each and every one of you.

We received support in so many different ways...emotional, financial, spiritual, physical.

Friends, family, coworkers, strangers, community members, businesses...all of you came together to help us save a little orphaned girl in Ukraine who now has a family to come home to and a community that loves and supports her. We absolutely could not have done this without YOU.

I will never doubt the good in this world again. I have witnessed it and lived it and it has changed me. I want to give back and will always look for ways to return the love and support we have received. This experience has deeply moved me and I'm so grateful.

A few people have recently asked how much we were able to raise and how close we got to our fundraising goal. We totaled it up tonight and we have raised through DSIA and Reece's Rainbow a total of $24,400. Our estimated costs for Sofia's adoption are at $26,000, just $1600 shy of that goal.  I would say our fundraising efforts were EXTREMELY successful and again we have all of YOU to thank.

10 more days and we will board a plane to go get Sofia and bring her home to her forever family. Thank you for making this possible. Thank you for saving Sofia!

God bless all of you.


  1. It's been an amazing ride watching you on this journey beginning in December to seeing how close you are now to having Sofia here forever. I'm thrilled we're all part of the same (local!) Ds family. Can't wait to meet your little redhead!

  2. You have an amazing family and I can not wait to meet Sofia and you all! All the Sacramento families as well...I feel so close to you all! thanks for letting me be a small part in helping bring Sofia home...I have shed so many happy tears for you and your family...AMAZING your fundraising totals...WOW! And so excited for little Liam and his new family...the work of the Lord is shown through you...another baby saved! Simply amazing...

  3. and thank you for shearing your journey and sweet sofia with us all....big hugs from New Zealand

  4. God Bless! Hats off to you guys and your friends for doing such an awesome job on fundriasing.

    10! I would be on pins and needles...

    May you have a wonderful trip there to pick up Sofia.

  5. :o) So happy for you, your family and beautiful Sofia!

  6. We can't wait to "meet" her!

  7. Wow! That is impressive!
    I know how you feel, I would never have thought that complete strangers and acquaintances (we haven't contacted businesses yet) would want to help. It is amazing!
    I bet you guys are SO excited! All the work is about to pay off, you get your baby home with you!

  8. Wow! Only 10 more days and you'll have sweet Sofia in your arms again. So excited for you.


  9. I know you're just on the edge of your seats waiting to go bring Sofia Sanchez home where she belongs. Praise God for His amazing efforts on your behalf and for the people He used to bring this all about!!!

    See you in Ukraine!

  10. Love you, Jen... and so glad I was able to witness the good right along with you. It's been an amazing journey to follow. Now bring that girl home! :)

  11. I know that you are heading out tomorrow to get your sweet girl, but we wanted to let you know that we are thinking of you and praying for safe travels and a speedy return.

    I also saw this giveaway for and adoption necklace and thought of you guys. Thought you might want one:)

    Can't wait to see more beautiful pictures of your sweet girl.