Thursday, February 4, 2016
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Tuesday, February 2, 2016
It really should not surprise you, if you know us, to hear we are adopting Hudson Little #8!! Woo-hoooooo! Thrilled doesn't begin to describe our excitement!!
Or maybe you are surprised. After all, if you followed the little tidbits of our most recent process, you know our family struggled for quite a while. It was the most difficult transition we've had. As we tell our kids, sometimes the hardest things in life are those most worth the effort.
Or maybe you are surprised because you know how much time we have to dedicate to fundraising to pay for the process, and how impossible it would seem to do so when we are currently raising seven blessings.
But we actually knew all along we would adopt again, we just did not know the timing. And I begged God . . . no, to be honest, I told God we would not adopt internationally again. There was no way we had the literal time to fundraise. Our last process stretched us way too thin and I felt like there were too many moments we deprived our kiddos already at home of our attention.
We looked into adopting from foster care, but were told Kentucky considers a home with five children "filled." I guess they'd call us "overstocked," ha/ha! And as God leads different families to adopt in ways that reach children all over the world, we know He gave us a heart for children living in orphanages. Every child is a gift, regardless of where they come from, and this is just where He holds our hearts. We cannot fight that. We cannot stomp our foot emphatically and tell God it's not going to happen.
Then it dawned on us.
He knows the time we do or do not have available to raise adoption funds. He knows how much our children at home need us. He can still work miracles and provide.
In a super cool twist, God is also allowing us to go through this process with my brother and sister-in-law!! While the chances of our timelines remaining the same throughout the journey would be as rare as a rainbow unicorn, we both received Pre-Approval from the Chinese government on the same day! Our sweet daughter, Hannah, will turn three in a few months, and they will be bringing home an amazing 9-year-old boy named Henry. How awesome is that?!
Our adoption agency caseworkers have had in-depth conversations with us about our family growing so quickly with special needs children in such a short time. They think we're crazy.
Maybe you think so, too. Just know these decisions we make are always preceded by intense prayer, conversation, and Bible study.
Also, you should know we are definitely crazy.
Crazy for Jesus.
Crazy for kids.
Crazy for family.
And we are totally okay with that. Again. :)
Thursday, December 31, 2015
If you are thankful for your family, this is YOUR shirt!! There are three design options, and some color variations! The tees are a super-soft and very nice Next Level brand tee that are the most comfortable we have found. The hoody is a lighter weight and very soft style, and the long-sleeve is also comfy! Here are the designs:
|"My Family Rocks"|
|"My Kids Rock, and yes, ALL these kids are mine." (front and back)|
|"My Kids Rock" (front only)|
HOODED SWEATSHIRT Fruit of the Loom Soft Spun, Charcoal Heather Gray or Royal $35
WE WILL SHIP!
$5 for the first tee, $2 for each additional
For those large families buying 5 or more items, get 1 classic tee free or FREE shipping!!
Sunday, May 3, 2015
Thursday, April 30, 2015
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.