We would like to share the name we will be giving Marina when we officially adopt her. She will be Avery Marina Schwenzer. The name Avery was picked out if our last baby, Evan, had been a girl. LOVE this name! I have also come to like the name Marina very much, though I don't think we would have come up with it ourselves. Just today I was purchasing a personalized mug for her, as we have one for each child. The mug comes with the name on it, along with the origin, meaning, and characteristics that go along with the name. The fun part is.....since we order the mugs on a website, it doesn't show all of what it is going to say. So I wanted to do some research this morning and find out more about her name. It is of Old English origin and the meaning of Avery is "elf" or "magical counsel." I found this amazing as she has been described as "Marina the fairy" by people who have recently visited her. The name Avery is most definitely going to suit her : )
We also want to thankfully announce we are financially prepared to travel. From the Thrivent matching fundraiser, the many generous donations we have received through Marina's RR grant fund, the travel reimbursements for Aaron's surgery we received from the ACCA Shrine in Richmond, and the federal tax refund that finally deposited two days ago......we are fully funded!!! That's right, God has provided for all that we need and a little extra for unknown circumstances. We stand in awe of our Lord and Savior's mighty and all-encompassing provision. We extend a humble and heartfelt "thank you" to each and every one of you who has offered up prayers and support for this financial hurdle to be overcome in Avery's adoption. It couldn't be done without you, as the instrumental hands and feet in God's plan for one more orphan to have a family to call her own.