Saturday, December 20, 2014
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Teams should consist of two to three adults, and children are more than welcome! (Just make sure your team fits in one car.) Partner up with a buddy and bring a pen, a car, a camera or phone to take pictures, and an adoption donation (suggested $10/team). You'll have a list of Christmas lights to find and photograph, and race back to the finish line to win - while obeying traffic laws, of course!! Prize for first place! Email us with any questions.
Saturday, December 6, 2014
Friday, November 21, 2014
I remember the beginnings of the surreal conversations initiated by Jon about adopting again. So odd. Those talks were completely unexpected. Neither of us could have fathomed going down this path again, yet amazingly, we both just knew.
Still weary from the last fundraising/paperwork/red tape/emotionally-up-and-down process, there was definitely shock on our part. But from the beginning of our prayers and thoughts about starting again, there was no doubt this was God's plan.
I vaguely recall computer research and phone calls, determining if we can even qualify this time. (That is an ongoing prayer request, because we are asking for an exception to the income requirement.)
What I do remember is the moment Jon showed me the faces of two precious sisters in Taiwan. Two sisters whose faces still bring tears to my eyes and tug at our hearts. Ultimately, we were not approved to adopt them due to the number of children we already have. So the roller coaster ride of emotions that are inevitable in adoption started immediately. Despite our brokenness and disappointment in the decision regarding the sisters, we have to trust God has a plan for those girls, and someone is going to respond to His call and bring them home. *Someone with less than 3 children at home. You can read more at the bottom of this post.
That hits the main points of the past months. After continued prayer and discussion, we are moving to adopt again through China's special needs program for a daughter or daughters somewhere in the age range of 6 to 9. As we did with each previous adoption, we explored all the options available, including the foster care system and other countries. Only God knows the exact reasoning, but He has placed a burden on our hearts for children in orphanages.
This whole thing is crazy . . . yet it isn't. The daunting task of paperwork and fundraising make me want to puke. Seriously. It's scary in a hundred different ways, but we're okay with that. Here we grow again!!
*The orphanage assigned to find their family prefers adoptive families with no more than 3 children at home. They claim they will allow exceptions in the case of older children or sibling adoptions, and these girls are both at almost 8 and 9 years old. A few large families before us had been turned down, but we did not let that waiver our commitment. There was a great flurry of effort on our part to adopt these girls. It took a while, but we found an agency who worked with us to implore the Taiwanese orphanage to allow our family an exception. At the point where at least three families before us were turned down, we kept fighting. Long story short, the orphanage said "no". This from the orphanage who has these girls in two separate foster homes, one with 8 total people living in the home and the other with 7. This from the orphanage who sent these girls for a 2-week visit to America through a hosting program to advocate for their adoption, and placed them with a family larger than our own. The host family has at least three children/grandchildren who are almost the same ages as three of ours, and the girls THRIVED!! Please pray for these sweethearts. If you would like information on the beautiful Taiwanese sisters who need their forever family, PLEASE contact me!!
Saturday, November 15, 2014
During our first adoption process, that is the firm opinion I formed. Down in the trenches, working to raise thousands of dollars, I would look at families who had adopted more than once and I just could not figure it out. They had to be rich.
Fast-forward to the present, where we have added a second and third child to our family through adoption. I now realize the error of my early thoughts. Yes, adoption is expensive whether you pursue the domestic or international route. No, you do not have to be rich. Our family is living proof that finances are just an excuse.
Our Bible has commanded us to care for orphans. For those who are eligible to adopt, the financial requirement can be astounding. I assume that most families do not have that amount of money sitting around. While I am a HUGE proponent of saving for the things you need/want, adoption is different. When you make the decision to follow God's call to adopt, there is no time to waste.
* I realize the majority of friends and families are comfortable and supportive of efforts in the adoption process. I started this entry as my sister-in-law came across yet another discouraging blog refuting fundraising. There are an abundance of blogs with negative opinions regarding fundraising for adoption, so I wanted to put another source of encouragement out there for families in the adoption process who have to fundraise. There is compassion for you in this journey. At the end of the day, each family has different life circumstances over which to pray and decide what the right path is for them. Ignore the critics as best you can, and trust in Gods plan!
Monday, October 13, 2014
Obviously, being a wife, momma of five, and homeschool teacher of four is keeping me b-u-s-y. My blogging has dwindled to absolutely nothing. While I realize it is not the most important activity in my life, I do want to write from time-to-time as an encouragement to other Christians/wives/mothers, to those considering adoption, to adoptive families, and as a witness for Christ.
I wanted a post that gave a summation of our adoption costs, and how God miraculously brought the financial requirement together. Get your calculator if you want your eyes to bulge! Unfortunately, the process is ridiculously expensive whether international or domestic, but THESE LITTLE LIVES ARE WORTH IT! And when you see how He can bring all the pieces together to bring one of His children home, it's so obvious - "Yep, God did THAT!"
Savings, Loans, and Extra Part-time Jobs - $11,855
FUNDRAISING & DONATIONS:
Puzzle - $3525 (705 Pieces!!)
Tshirts - $915
Origami Owl Fundraiser Party - $150
Yard Sale - $1500
McDonalds - $421
Tumbleweed - $46
Envelope Fundraiser - $4782
Individual Donations - $3188
7,000 Mile Surprise - $1000
Reece's Rainbow Donations - $340
Christmas Shopping Fundraiser - $590
Photo Fundraiser - $410
Pecan Fundraiser - $100
Sucker Sales - $57
Whitney's Amazing Adoption Auction - $1900
Friday, June 13, 2014
Here is a link to a very brief starting point for those considering adoption:
Two grateful children of God who are head-over-heels for one another, best friends and partners in this crazy world! Parents striving to disciple our five incredible children who arrived in our arms in different ways, but fill our hearts with an uncompromising love. Full of imperfections, but trying our best every day . . . well, almost every day (that goes back to the imperfections). THANKFUL, THANKFUL, THANKFUL to know the love of our Savior and our precious family.