Friday, June 29, 2012

dab o' news

We did get confirmation that our insurance company has "authorized" the surgery!  Which basically means that they are approving it and will pay something on it. 

I should hear from the insurance person at the doctor's office on Monday with how our benefits break down, what it will cover, etc!  (ain't gonna lie....was really hoping to know today....)

God's time, not mine.  Be still and know.

Here's a little cutness for you!

(picture taken a couple of months ago...but couldn't resist sharing it again.)

Thursday, June 28, 2012


We are hoping for a verdict tomorrow from the insurance company.  Please keep the prayers coming!  As I mentioned earlier, we are praying for Lucy's surgery and surgery funding everyday at noon!  Please join in!!!

All prayers appreciated!  Thank you!  I'll post as soon as I know something!!! 

Monday, June 18, 2012

Update....well, sort of

I talked with the surgeon's office today.  They are still playing phone tag with the insurance company.  We are hoping to know tomorrow exactly what the insurance company will pay for the first surgery.  The microtia only surgery.  This is the one that will be $35,000 with the $10,000 deposit. 

We have learned that the second surgery.  The CAM (inner and outer ear) surgery will be approximately $60,000.  All due up front. 

The first surgery has to be paid in full before the second surgery can happen.  I totally understand that!

So we need to raise big funds.  Semi-quickly.  Her first surgery is scheduled for September 27th.  However, if we don't have the money we will cancel until we DO have the money.  Ah, I just hate that money is such a factor.  My baby girl needs ears and she needs her hearing!!!

It seems so impossible at times.  I find myself getting overwhelmed.  And yet, this is NOTHING for God.  With Him all things are possible!  I know He's got this!

Here are a few fun facts I toyed with the other day.....let me just say....I like numbers.  I should have been an accountant!  I love to budget, pay bills, plan, pay off, etc!

500 people donating (or raising for Lucy) $200....both surgeries paid for.
400 people donating (or raising for Lucy) $250....both surgeries paid for.
200 people donating (or raising for Lucy) $500....both surgeries paid for.

It seems so do-able. 

My bible study group is praying everyday at noon for Lucy, surgery and finances.  Please join us in praying for God to blow us away with His goodness!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

I'll be honest.  I didn't think I would end up back here again.  Fundraising. 

And yet, I'm here.  Racking my brain for ways to raise BIG money for our girl.  Here's what I know so far:

First ear surgery will be approximately $35,000.  This will be her left ear.  Ear only.  No internal ear canal or ear drum.  Lucy's facial nerve is greatly exposed and they aren't comfortable with taking a chance of facial paralysis.  Fine with me.  I'm trying to help her...not create more problems for the precious girl!  So, ear only. 

We have to have a $10,000 deposit before surgery and not sure how much insurance will cover.  This is afterall.....cosmetic.  (clears throat)  Bless her heart.

Second ear surgery will be what they call CAM...."combined atresia microtia" surgery.  They will create an ear drum and ear canal and also the external ear.  Lucy will (should) get some natural hearing from that ear!  Praise God! 

That surgery is done at a different facility...there is an additional surgeon involved who does the internal work.  Dr. R does the external ear.  This surgery will be approximately $60,000.  And not yet sure how the "deposit" will work.   Again, waiting to see what insurance will pay on this as well.

We are so excited about what God has in store for our Lucy.  She is simply amazing.  She is truly a gift from God. 

The surgeries will take place in California.  We are amazed by the work done by Dr. John Reinisch.  We've seen his work up close and personal.  Another adoptive family in our church adopted a little boy from China with microtia a few years ago and have walked this path before us.  They have been a wealth of help and inspiration! 

Needless to say, we are asking for LARGE prayers.  This is an "Only God" situation.  Only He can pull this off!

With the surgeries and travel costs....we are looking at $100,000.00 plus.  (again, don't know exactly what insurance is going to cover....we know some....just how much is unknown.)  We know we will be out several, several thousand dollars.  With 4 international adoptions in the past few years....funds are few and far between. 

If you feel led to donate to Lucy's journey....we would be most grateful.  If you have any fundraising ideas, we would love for you to share them with us! 

We find ourselves back here.  Waiting on God to show us the way.  Looking to Him for the answers. 

Praying for God's guidance.  Asking for prayers for our baby girl.  Thank you most sincerely from the bottom of our hearts! 

God is good, God is faithful....ALL THE TIME!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

My angel

After much consideration, I am going to post some pictures of Lucy's ears.  I do this in hopes that it will inspire someone else to bring home a child that has special needs.  My Lucy is so precious.  I wouldn't change a thing about her.  However, in efforts to give her a better chance at hearing and a more normal life.....we will proceed with surgery for my baby girl some ears!

Lucy's little ear.  Neither side has ear drums or ear canals.  Her right side will eventually have a "newly built" ear drum and ear canal.  (at least that's the plan right now!)

Lucy's left side has no opening whatsoever.  At least right now.....

We ask for prayers as we plan ahead for our baby's surgeries.  I love this child so much I can't stand it. 

She is truly a gift.