I've spent the day trying to get caught up on things, only to remain behind on a good many things. But we've got donation pickup coming on Thursday, so at least there are bags of donations sorted out and ready to go. I'm working my way through organizing the house, but it's slow going. And then there's email. I am woefully behind on email. Also woefully behind on thank you notes, months behind in fact. You'd think I'd forgotten all my manners or wasn't properly grateful. But it will get done. I feel like things are slowly starting to get lighter. Burdens we've been carrying are lifting.
One burden we've been carrying is financial, as related to Elvie's adoption fees. I think it's obvious that we are not in the "no debt to adopt" camp. In addition to what we raised through Give It Forward, we also received a generous interest free loan from a fantastic organization called Pathways for Little Feet. We have been paying a monthly payment to them since September, and have continued with Give It Forward. There have been months that things have been tight that we did all we could to pay our Give It Forward payment, and some months that we have delayed due to life circumstances. January was one of those months, though I didn't even manage to mention it. The day I should have been posting options was the day after Elvie's surgery, and to be honest, it didn't even cross my mind. It did later; I don't forget financial obligations forever, and this one in particular is close to our hearts. But still, it just didn't happen in January.
There are a couple of reasons for this beyond Elvie's surgery sucking every last bit of brain power out of my mind. First, I didn't have any good ideas for charity options. Oh, I knew organizations that we could help, but nothing spoke to me, and no one had written lately to suggest something, and I just couldn't seem to get it together to look around a bit and choose a few options. The second is that I like to file our taxes fairly early, and so we get our tax refund early. I was thinking that it would be nice to give the rest of what we owe, plus the accompanying interest, all in one lump sum, somewhere that it could make a big dent.
So that's where you come in. The total amount given to wrap up Give It Forward will be $1133.41. It will be put to a vote just as soon as the tax refund hits our bank account. We are filing this week. Do any of you know of an organization that could use that amount for something that is desperately needed? In the past we've given into some general funds, but this time I'd like some ideas of some smaller organizations that are doing good work, for whom $1133.41 will be well used for something in particular. Please, give me your ideas! Let's make this last gift count!