The Hernandez family has one last resource for you! Read the last installment of how they funded their adoption!
Lastly, there are so many things you can do to make money (legally:). We looked into being Uber or Lyft drivers part-time, but couldn’t due to our schedules. My husband commutes about 2 hours a day, so to come home and drive again wasn’t feasible. For example, for an odd job I did a presentation at a professional development conference and received an honorarium. My co-presenter, when I told him that we were saving for adoption, gave me his honorarium, too. What he gave me was worth more than two plane tickets to Colombia! You can mow lawns or pet sit or make tamales or do manicures or sell crochet dishtowels or start a Mary Kay business for a season or collect aluminum cans. Every person has his or her skill. Just be creative and pray about it daily. My constant prayer was “God, just surprise me with financing possibilities!” He definitely did. But the best surprise was the son who is now next to me, “Mom, what all are you writing about?” If he only knew…
So, was it worth it? YES! The international adoption, albeit costly, was no more than my doctorate or no more than a new car which ultimately will have to be replaced. I am reminded of Psalm 49 which states “the ransom for a life is costly, no payment is ever enough.” That verse captures the value of our beautiful 11-year old adopted son from Colombia. There are not enough zeros to put worth on his life.
Thank you all for reading! Best of luck to you, Kelly Hernandez