Let's Take This Journey Together

In my attempt to find information for our adoption process from Uganda, I became quickly aware that there just isn't much out there. I wanted to create a way for all of us taking this journey together to be able to walk along-side each other. A place we can find other people taking this journey with us. A place to encourage each other during the journey. A place to keep up with the family after the adoption is finalized, because, let's face it, the adoption is only the beginning of this journey!

If you are in the process of adopting from Uganda and are blogging about your journey, please e-mail joshntash@hotmail.com so I can add you to the hopefully growing list of people who are bringing these orphans home!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Active Fundraising

We have done several things to raise money for our adoption.  A few of the things are just one-time events but we have a few that are on-going that you can participate in indefinitely.  I've been asked several times how people can get involved so, here it is:)

Download Josh's Resurrection Songs.  Each song goes along with a week in my family devotional book that I wrote.  Every penny we make from these downloads goes directly toward our adoption.

Speaking of pennies...
We have raised $231 so far with our "Change For Change" campaign.  People are just saving their change for us!  It's amazing how this change really adds up!

We have had 2 HUGE yard sales.  We thought we were done yardsaling, but who knows, maybe another one is on the horizon?:)

You can also DONATE through PayPal.  This is an easy way to donate.

It's not just about the money, though.  We have 2 specific prayer requests right now.  We had our biometrics appointment 1 month and 1 day ago.  We are eagerly awaiting our Immigration approval which will complete our Dossier, which is already in Uganda.  Pray that we get this essential paperwork SOON.  Also, the courts in Uganda close mid-July to mid-August.  That means that we probably won't make this cut-off before courts close...unless there were a miracle.  A lot has to happen for us to be able to finalize this process before the court break.  Would you pray with us?

So, there you go.  We are about half-way to our total estimated goal for the adoption.  We do not take your sacrifices lightly and are forever grateful for everything that our friends/family have helped with during this entire process.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Sometimes The Process Is Painful

Today I took the kids to get their shots for Uganda.
They both needed Typhoid and Yellow Fever.

Let's just say that I got a workout "helping" the nurse give Zeke his shots:)
Areyna did GREAT!
It helped that I promised ice cream after the dreaded event.
The adoption process definitely has some painful parts...but it sure is worth it!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

So Excited

I have been in Colorado for my grandpa's funeral.  I've kind of been out of the loop and happy things haven't been in abundance around here, if you know what I mean.

But, when I went to check my email this afternoon, I had the most exciting news I could have gotten.  Our Dossier is on it's way to Uganda!  We are still waiting for our I-171H, but it should be here any time now.  I didn't know that our dossier could be sent off without our immigration approval, so that is probably what made it so exciting for me!  We are absolutely thrilled!

Another step closer:)

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Via & Via Adoption Yard Sale Fundraiser

This weekend is a HUGE weekend!  We are joining together with Josh's brother and his family who are also adopting from the same orphanage in Uganda, and throwing a MEGA yard sale!

It's here in Rolesville at our house.  Email me if you are interested in stopping by, helping set-up, or just to donate some unwanted around your house (josh n tash @ hotmail . com).

Here is the write-up and links from the Facebook page we have created for the event:

Smooth & Kelly Via and Josh & Tasha Via are in the thick of the adoption process. Their daughters are living together in an orphanage in Bukaleba, Uganda. We are trying to work together to raise money to bring our little girls home.

You can help make this a reality.

We will be hosting a joint yard sale at Josh & Tasha's house in Rolesville, NC on May 7, 2011 from 7:30am-2pm
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Not only are you welcome to come to this event, but your donations for the yard sale would be very much appreciated!

We are accepting ANYTHING that you may have just sitting around your house that you have been thinking about getting rid of or that is just taking up space.

Please email us and let us know if you have anything you would be willing to part with for us to sell at our yard sale.
Tasha joshntash @ hotmail .com
Kelly kellyvia @ yahoo .com

To DONATE directly to Smooth & Kelly's Adoption or simply to read about their journey visit: http://www.connecttocharity.com/Cause/Detail/492/54-1757324/414

To DONATE directly to Josh & Tasha's Adoption or simply to read about their journey visit: http://tashavia.blogspot.com/p/our-adoption-journey.html


So, come on out and join us, support us, help us, tell your friends for us!
Check out THIS LINK to see just a fraction of what we've got!
WHEN:  Friday and Saturday - May 6 and May 7
WHAT TIME:  8am-2pm
WHERE: Rolesville, NC