Category: fundraising

Ups and Downs

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One thing that you don’t hear too often spoken out loud about the adoption process are the emotional ups and downs.  There is a perceived need to put on a happy positive face. And truly it should be so simple. Chloe has been such an inspiration. She clearly believes that if God wanted us to go to China next week to get her sister we could. She understands the long expensive process pretty good but she understands the power of God.  It blows me away how clear she is on this. When we explain that we don’t yet have the funds. . .she says “can’t God provide them right away?” I say, “Yes, sweet girl He can. There are also many piles of paperwork and legalities.” She says, “But mom, nothing is too big for God.” But she didn’t even stop there.  She asked, “Is that not true mom?” Oh yes He can!!!  Love her!

Particularly with international adoption the process is hard, long, detailed, and time consuming.  You move forward excited to get a step done but then the next step or at some points just simply the wait slaps you in the face. There are also seemingly so many obstacles.  If you look forward to everything that needs to be done (which is too easy to do once you have been through the process before), then it is overwhelming.  Last night as I looked over everything and there were two big obstacles weighing me down. First, the next couple payments. We just need a God sized miracle. Secondly, our son that is away at college. Apparently, he needs to be treated as though he lives here. So background checks, medicals, etc. Not easy with him at school with a busy class schedule and no car.  Getting him home for less than a Holiday break is pretty impossible. (UPDATE:THESE PRAYERS REGARDING KENNETH WERE ANSWERED! OUR GOD IS AMAZING AND PERSONAL!)

But as the tension began to take hold, God reminded. . .”hands wide open.” That is after all how we got to this point and that is how we must continue on. Hands wide open. Please pray for us, for our process, for our daughter. We can only do this with His help. We can go through the process but not find favor. We can have tees, puzzle pieces and auctions but not sell them. Human efforts are worthless without God giving us favor with those who can help. Please pray that we find favor as we travel this road. That God would change hearts and make a clear path.

Thank you all for taking time to read this and to pray. It means so much to us!

Another Step

This past weekend, we made a trip to my parents. Mom and Dad had some garage sale items (lots of them) so we loaded some additional items and headed there.  While we dealt with a few challenges. . .God showed up big time! We were able to sell enough to move forward. So last night after returning we settled in with the large stack of home study paperwork. Again, today I worked the stack and have the first batch ready to send in. Praise God!!! It feels so real now.

The online auction begins on Friday and almost all the items are entered into the website so that I can push buttons to start them.  75 Items!!!!  We have a huge array of items from the cutest hair clips to toys to electronics and even a Grandfather clock.  T-Shirts are being printed too! Tonight as I made dinner and thought about all the ways that God has already taken care of the process I am in awe. It is testimony to the fact that we need only be faithful and obedient. He is able to do all the rest.

We are so united as a family on this that it is amazing. But Chloe is over the moon. She talks all day about her new sister and going to get her sister. What should her name be? How our routine might change etc? We are fully aware there will be hard times but so excited to see how it all works out. Praising God after a tiring beautiful day!

T-Shirt Design Being Finalized

UPDATE: It is finalized and gone to the printer! Order today to get one of the first ones hot off the press! ORDER HERE

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Very very exciting! We have been praying that God would give us the perfect design for the t-shirts. It might not seem important but it is. The t-shirts have potential to be our biggest way to raise funds.  Well, they are being finalized and we couldn’t be more happy with them. They have a great adoption message which was important to us. They feature the words “When love makes a family” surrounded by the true reason for that love (James 1:27).  It is the very heart of God! He sets the lonely in families. They are very aesthetically pleasing. Our sweet friend supplying them is doing wonderful soft Bella tshirts.   These shirts rock!!! And it is thanks for beautiful individuals that God is using greatly. Regina Henderson and Debi Brannon . . . publicly “thank you” but truly these two are amazing and so loved.

So to preview and pre-order these amazing shirts, go to Love Makes A Family T-shirts.

On another note, puzzles sales are coming in. Twenty more pieces have been purchased in the last couple days. Wow! I love this! It truly is simply a donation but the puzzle is the sweetest twist. Every piece that we add encourages our hearts on this journey and makes such a sweet journey for this girl. Lots of someones cared even before they knew who she was. So sweet and how else could that be but by the power of God!

Watch the list grow here Puzzle Pieces.

 

 

So here we go. . .step of faith

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So.  . . Here we go.  With fear and trembling talking a step of faith.  Honestly, the whole fundraising idea makes us feel vulnerable and I gotta say that we still prefer the $30,000 miracle.  Wouldn’t that be a story?  But while we know our God is able,  we know He may have other ideas including some that are $10.00 at a time.  So our step of faith will begin with a “puzzle fundraiser” for our adoption!

We are selling each puzzle piece for $10. You can buy one piece, or as many as you like. We will then put your name/family’s last name on the back of the puzzle piece. Once we have sold all the puzzle pieces, we will have it framed (glass on both sides) and hang it the room of our new daughter as a lasting treasure. She will then be able to see who helped bring her home from China.




You can donate through PayPal or mail us a check. Please indicate what you would like written on the back of your puzzle piece(s).   Please share this information with your friends too!   it will take a huge amount of support to bring her home.  We will post updates on the progress of the puzzle as it is coming together. Thank you!

Orphan Ministry and next steps. . .

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Orphan Ministry. . .how do you define such a thing? I don’t know that you do. You might start off trying to define what it means to you but then it just grips you. God opens your eyes and peels back your heart. You no longer have much choice. . .you just move out of love and compassion.

Our journey with orphan care started out of infertility and not passion. It started as self care. That is a harsh but true statement. Oh, we were interested and compassionate about the plight of the children  but only to a certain degree. Then God brought two little boys into our lives. We were young and naive. They were traumatized and in many ways broken by the many hard places they had been. Their family failed them and then foster home after foster home failed them. Honestly, it was six years later before we came up for breath. It was that hard. One day we realized that we had breath and stated out loud how wonderful it was. But God saw hands that were about to relax and He said no.

It was time for the next part of the journey. But as I said, we were content and had no need. But He told us as clearly as writing on the wall that we had a daughter in China. What could we do but go get her. The Lord God had already pronounced her on loan to us. And the second journey began. We paper chased for a year. But then one day a FedEx envelope appeared at our doorstep with a picture of our baby girl. I cannot say it was instant love but it was as if I had always known her. This child that I had prayed for over the past year was already there with me in many ways. So we anxiously jumped on a plane for the long flight and brought home our daughter.  She has been a joy and delight. Finally, our family is complete.

Fast forward seven years. God opened our eyes to even a deeper level to the plight of the orphan and His heart for these children. Specifically, the many children that are forever orphans without families many of which are trafficked. So we began advocacy and began to really get involved in other families who foster and adopt. We even licensed to foster parent. But we felt like God clearly said “no, this is not where I want you.” That took some time and prayer to digest and understand.

So we settled back. . .what next Lord? He began talking to us about “living life for eternity” and living “hands wide open”.  These terms are still proving hard to grasp. After all, only our Savior could truly master that.  Meanwhile, we tried making plans for the next steps in our life but doors keep getting closed. While I am so thankful to not be allowed to go in the wrong direction, those doors are starting to get a bit bothersome even painful at times.  Yet at the same time it is clear to see God is up to something. He is preparing us for something. Both my husband and I are fully aware of this but what?

To my surprise, discussions from the most unlikely of places started surfacing about adopting again from China. But this time an older girl (in China they age out at 14). What???? Since we decided long ago that we were too old, too poor, too tired, etc to adopt again and that we would never adopt an older child. . .where did this come from? Hum? It is overwhelming and it will take a HUGE step of faith. Financially, we are not at a point to do this. God will have to provide it ALL. We have seen Him do that before but yet it feels more daunting now than ever. We covet your prayers. I jokingly said a few months back as I watched others do adoption fundraising that I would go back in a heartbeat if someone handed me a $30,000 check (that is how much it cost roughly). Um well, I think God is testing me on this but without the $30,000 check.

I have no idea what. . .if. . .when. . .etc.  We need desperately to see God’s hand. There is nothing our God cannot do. We are sure of that. Prayerfully, we can be fully willing to do whatever He ask of us. Even if that is to prepare pile upon pile of documents, travel across the World, fund-raise tirelessly, parent patiently a little girl who has spent too many years as an orphan already. Again your prayers are greatly coveted. Please pray that we see God’s plan more clearly, that He provides provisions and resources if we are to move forward, and that we will be His willing servant.

In order to help us take the first leap of faith,  would you consider purchasing a piece of the puzzle?If so, go to the next blog entry. . .Be a piece of the puzzle!

Thank you so much!