Archive for November, 2013


Many Reasons To Give Thanks!

I’m going out on a limb and say that most of our blog readers are friends and family located here in the United States and are busily preparing for Thanksgiving Day. As I stop and think back over the past year, I am humbled by the sheer volume of things that I have to be thankful for. A year ago, we were just starting out on this crazy process called international adoption and to think about how far we’ve come and how little we truly have left until we get our little guy home, I’m immensely grateful. For each one of you who has played a part in this, we say thank you!

And we have some incredible news to share. =)

Earlier today, we received word from our agency that our little guy’s file has been submitted for government approval! Once we have this, then it’s the court date and then he gets to come home. Based on what we are seeing, we anticipate this happening sometime in late March or April. While we’d love to have him home before the end of the year, we are very excited and grateful that it should happen early in 2014! The next six months promises to be incredibly crazy but we are excited for the ride.

Thank you again for all your support and prayers. We are blessed to have friends and family who support us and encourage us on this journey. But we’re not quite all the way home yet. Here’s two more requests to help us get the rest of the way home with our Little Guy:

1) We are still raising money for our matching grant from Brittany’s Hope. You can CLICK HERE and it will take you to the matching grant page where you can enter your payment information. Your gift is doubled and will make sure we are fully set to bring Little Guy home!

2) Little Guy’s birthday is towards the end of March. We would LOVE to have at least met him and be able to give him his birthday present  in person. This would mean our initial court date would need to be around this time. So, we are asking you to join us in asking God to push our paper work through so we can make that trip before our Little Guy’s next birthday.

Thanks again for all your prayers and support. And most of all – thanks be to God for all His blessings!

 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us,  to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

Ephesians 3:20-21

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Our Last Fundraiser!

A few days ago, we mentioned that we had received a matching grant that once we raise the matching funds, we will be fully funded for all the adoption costs and the travel expenses to bring our little guy home! Now we have the information for you to help us take this one last step. It’s super simple for you to help us out – in fact, in honor of Special Agent Oso (and if you don’t have a preschooler, just trust me on this) – we have three simple steps

  1. Visit https://www.brittanyshope.org/seedling/cackler/ .
  2. Fill out the simple online donation form.
  3. Say “whoo hoo” to celebrate how you helped us get our little guy home.

We need to raise $2000 before we travel sometime next Spring. So, what we are asking is for 200 people to give $10 – and your donation magically becomes $20! If you can’t give $10, that’s fine, give what you can. If you want to give more than $10, well, that would just be awesome!

We are so excited that this is going to become a reality and our little guy will be home sooner than we think! We can’t wait to share the next steps of that adventure with you as well.

Our prayer requests and praises:

  • Prayer for our paperwork to be submitted for approval and a speedy trip through that processing.
  • Prayer for the package we sent over yesterday with our little guy’s Christmas present!
  • Praise for the blessing of so much generosity and how we are almost fully funded!

Thanks as always for your support!

Orphan Sunday

I’m a little late on this one, but today, November 3rd, is Orphan Sunday – a day where we think about how Christians can support, care for and defend the fatherless. It’s funny, before we started our adoption journey, I knew intellectually and theologically that I needed to do something for the many orphans in the world, but it was never something high on my priority list. I’m grateful to say that this is no longer the case. More than ever, we are aware of the needs of orphans around the world and the need for Christians to step up and care for the fatherless around the world.

Now, before you stop reading and think this is a plea for you to adopt, I’m not going to do that. I fully understand that not every family is in a position to adopt. However, that is no excuse to ignore the plight of the orphan. Here’s what Jesus’ brother James had to say about this:

“Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world. (James 1:27, ESV)”

You see, James tells us to care for orphans (and widows, too, but that is another post!) – but he doesn’t tell us exactly what that looks like in each person’s life. For some of us, we will adopt. Many of our friends supported our adoption through gifts or help with our fundraisers. We have other friends who have served the orphan by being foster parents. We were blessed by a grant from Show Hope that was funded by some generous people. We have another friend who served at an orphanage. Still others are engaging teen moms and helping them so they can continue to parent and keep a child from becoming an orphan to begin with. And I’m sure I forgetting someone and the way they give their lives away to help the orphans around the world.

The point is this: individually, we can’t serve every orphan. Thankfully, we don’t have to do it all individually. That’s what today is about and what adoption month is about. It’s about how each of us can do our part to help the cause of the orphan. And when we all do our part, either through adoption, supporting adoption, foster care or caring for the single parent who is trying to care for a child, we fulfill the directions found in James and care for the orphan. And for all of you who have and continue to support our adoption, we are eternally grateful!

This week’s prayer update:

  • PRAISE: We received some updated photos of our little guy this past week. We are blessed to have these glimpses into his life!
  • PRAYER: We continue to pray that our documents would be submitted this month and that we will be able to travel to meet him before the end of March.
  • PRAISE: We continue to rejoice that we will be funded once we complete our matching grant. Look for more information on this within the next few days.
  • PRAYER: Lastly, pray for the orphan, where ever they may be, that they would be cared for and that we would do our part.