noun, the surrender of something prized or desirable
verb,to surrender or give up something for the sake of something else
It's a big thing, sacrifice. Many of us have had to sacrifice things lately with the economy the way it has been.
We as a family have had to make even more adjustments after finding out we are a little short on the adoption fees.
Kerry and I have not been on a vacation as a family since 2007. Right after bringing Hope home from China and before beginning the paper chase for Grace. This is a sacrifice we were willing to make in order to get Gracie home. Cable, not so important. Regular phone, not so much either especially considering we have cell phones. Who needs two phones anyway? The grocery bill has come down. I mean really it's amazing what you can save when you stick to your list and use coupons. Yes, you get some nasty looks in line when you are sifting through them at check out but hey, saving over $10.00 with coupons is very much worth it. Making coffee at home instead of Starbucks, yep that to. Sewing for other to earn extra money, yep that also even if it means staying up after midnight when the house is quiet to get it done. Making our baked goods instead of buying them. I have even given up salon haircuts, haven't had one since 2005.
You see these sacrifices may not last forever or maybe they will. Who knows. Maybe we can give back to others once we have reached our goal. Isn't that what it is all about anyway?
What I do know is it will all be worth it. You know why? Because we have a daughter waiting for us. She has seen our pictures, she has been told we are coming, she has smelled our scent on things we have sent over. More importantly she knows she has a family waiting for her, a family who is going to love her beyond belief.