We've had to hire a lawyer to finish up the adoption stuff for Illinois. Basically, it's presenting all our Ethiopia paperwork and the kids' Permanent Resident cards to the Illinois courts for them to acknowledge them. Then we'll get new birth certificates, and be able to get Social Security numbers... oh, yeah, and they'll be citizens. Anyhoo, all this fun costs about $2,000.
We had to give a $1,000 retainer to the lawyer to start the process, and though we did have the money, it was painful because that was 1/2 our vacation money for next summer. So, we sighed and paid it. No choice.
We went away for a few days with Lee's family for Christmas, and when we got back, we had a check waiting for us for the exact amount we'd just paid from America World. (We'd paid something twice at some point.) Then we got another check for that same amount, and then another check for a smaller amount. Then I got paid for my newspaper article. And to top it off, today we got a check for $5 from the Oklahoma Secretary of State. (Some fee we overpaid for a document we needed last year.) I mean, really, come ON. I said to God, "Now you're just showing off!"
Our God is an awesome God and I felt privileged to be shown so clearly, time and time again, that He will take care of us.