We are currently waiting for our homestudy update to be completed. Even though ours was not expired we had to pay to have it updated to reflect we were adopting from Ghana instead of Haiti. I got the update paperwork in the mail a couple of weeks ago, got it filled out right away and returned it. I felt like I was on my deathbed when I filled everything out, but somehow managed to put pen to paper for this important task. I believe they are waiting for our county police and social service clearances to come back.
The dossier for Ghana is very simple so it won't take long at all to get everything gathered up for that. No translating. No authenticating. No legalizing. Simple. I love that.
We're really, really close to having all of the money we need for our agency fee. That is a huge praise! We don't have the final total from our Tastefully Simple fundraiser yet as online ordering will remain open for a couple more weeks. Once we get our updated homestudy back we will begin applying for grants to help cover the cost of our country fee of $5,700. We've already scheduled three brat fry fundraisers which will hopefully put a dent in those expenses as well.
I've also been spending some time trying to learn more about Ghanian culture. I came across an interesting article about funerals of the Ga tribe in Ghana. The article states they they "honor their dead with brightly colored coffins that celebrate the way they lived. The coffins are designed to represent an aspect of the dead person's life -- such as a car if they were a driver, a fish if their livelihood was the sea -- or a sewing machine for a seamstress. They might also symbolize a vice -- such as a bottle of beer or a cigarette."
So tell me...if you happened to die in Ghana...what sort of casket might they bury you in? I'm thinking a nice Diet Pepsi can might be good for me.
Like Spongebob? How about the pineapple casket.
Another refreshing choice...the Coca-Cola casket.
Love the lake? The fish casket might be perfect for you.