What a week…

Airport 1What a week it’s been. John left on Friday for Ug*nda to film a documentary for a mission team. We’re hoping we hear soon that we have a court date at the same time, but we know that God’s timing is perfect, never a minute late. It also gives us some time to find the remaining funds we need for travel. It’s hard to say exactly how much we’ll need because travel costs vary and it depends on if John has to go back later. At this point, my best estimate says we still need between $4000-$6000. You all have been so giving we are in awe of your willingness to share and give to help us bring our son home.

We have a couple ways that you can support us right now:

You can donate via paypal.

You can shop an online Scentsy party.

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Soon we’re going to have some fantastic shirts to sell. I’m hoping we have the shirts available this week, so keep checking back. Be sure to join our  “email subscription” to get new posts from the blog sent to you. You can do that on the right hand side. Then when we add the shirts you’ll be notified. Trust me, you want to come back and see them. My sister-in-law and brothers were a huge help on these!

Here is a little sneak peek of a couple of the designs:

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I’ll leave you with this picture. At our airport there is a little window where you can see the passengers headed down the stairs to the trains, after security. This was our last glimpse of Daddy and the kids blew him kisses and I cried.

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Thank you!

An updated family portrait, courtesy of E, our oldest daughter.

An updated family portrait, courtesy of E, our oldest daughter.

The past couple of weeks have been an amazing journey in and of themselves. Honestly when we gave up our pride and asked for help in what we knew God was calling us to do; we were pretty skeptical. In fact we were worried that we may not even be able to recover the actual cost of the iPad that we were raffling off. Oh we of little faith! God has been showing us each and every day with each and every gift that he is real. The love that has been shown us has changed our lives forever. It is also going to change a little boy’s life. A little boy who has had no family. No mommy to tuck him in at night and say “I love you”, no daddy to wrestle him and give him snuggles before bed, and no sisters or brother to draw pictures of his family with.

We cannot say thank you enough.

The winner of the iPad mini was drawn at random and has been notified.

In the next week, or so, we’ll have a couple more opportunities to “shop” to support our adoption. More on that later!

 

 

Almost there…

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I read this today, “Do you ever pray to God for help but then when a friend offers help you turn it down?” This has been profoundly true for John and I. It’s often easier to just do it ourselves, we won’t be “indebted” to anyone else and it will be done in our time and our way.  This adoption and the speed with which it came upon us left us no choice but to ask for help. Trust me when I say that if we could have sold something else or we could have found that money elsewhere and on our own we would have. We knew when we said yes to this boy that we also said yes to follow God’s plan, including where the funds would come from. God has made it abundantly clear that his plan, this time, was you! It’s been such a learning experience for us to put our pride aside and accept your gifts and your generosity.  When we cried out to God for help he sent it in the form of many friends and family. Thank you!

At this point you have blessed us beyond our wildest dreams. We are within $4,000 – $6,000 of being FULLY FUNDED, including agency fees & travel. AMAZING!  There are 38 hours left in our iPad mini giveaway. Please participate and share! We believe that God has this!

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They love & support each other.

They love & support each other.

From John:

When we started down the adoption road we were required by the state of Colorado to go through 24-hours of international adoption training. My initial reaction was that of great disgust. Now, however, this has proved to one of the greatest assets we could have.

This training was not a “Ra-ra let’s bring a kid home and everything will be ok!” It really got down to some pretty scary issues internationally adopted children can come home with. The greatest of which, at least in my mind, was attachment disorders. The severity of which varies greatly from child to child and basically means the inability to emotionally attach to mom & dad. Every child coming from a baby’s home or orphanage will deal with this to some extent.

Last week we asked for help in bringing our son home. This was a decision that was not taken lightly and we really had no other choice considering the amount of time we have. The last few days have been incredible! There is no other way to say it. The support our family has received from extremely generous gifts and supportive words have literally brought us to tears more than once.

Your financial support has shown us that should our son come home and have a hard time attaching to us we have a community ready to support us. You have blown us away with your generosity and we don’t doubt that should we need support of a different kind in the future that you would all be there to walk that difficult road with us.

With the many generous donations that have come in thus far and with what we have been able to save, scrimp & sell we are within $8000 of our goal.

Thank you!

Humbled and Vulnerable

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Two-years ago when we began our adoption journey John felt that we were to give away everything we had saved, to allow God space to perform a miracle in our lives. Tonight we look back over the last two years and that is exactly what has happened. Though we gave everything away in a different way than John originally pictured, we sit here this evening with nothing left to sell, nothing left in the savings account and a call from God that requires a rather large sum of money in a short amount of time. We know we cannot do this on our own; we must give up our prideful nature and let God work.

After announcing our plans on Monday night, today was an interesting range of emotions. This morning John and I woke up tense, perhaps a little angry. We were both feeling the stress of financial burdens. At about 8:30 John called, after dropping our oldest off at school, to say he received a phone call. The call was from a friend who will never know how much of an encouragement he was. We know it was no accident that the call came in when it did. Our spirits were lifted.

Tonight we sit together, profoundly humbled and deeply impacted by the gifts and generosity of our friends. We feel vulnerable and we know that is where God wants us to be. This is the space he can work in.

As of this writing we are $2,100 closer; God is so very good! We are confident that the reaming $12,000 needed to cover remaining agency fees and travel will be provided.

In case you missed it I posted a video of Roseline’s story that you may want to check it. It’s a brief glimpse into how God has guided in our lives in the last two years.

We will say yes

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You never know when God is going to call you on a journey. Sometimes you don’t feel prepared for his call, but we believe he equips the called and we will say yes.

Seven weeks ago John received a request from a past client of his asking if he would go on a trip to Ug*nda and make a video documentary. The trip would be in early February. He said yes.

Six weeks ago a picture showed up, sent from a dear friend, of a boy who needed a family. I instantly knew he was ours. We said yes and committed to bringing him home and began the paperwork process, trying to see just how fast we could get it all done. The paperwork is now complete and our file is headed to the court in Ug*nda. We are praying that a court date will be available for when John is already scheduled to be there.

Having just completed Roseline’s adoption we do not have the finances to complete this as fast as it’s coming. We do not want to make him wait. That’s where you come in. We would love for you to share in our story, help us get him home and in his family.

16GB iPad mini (value: $329)

16GB iPad mini (value: $329)

We’re having a giveaway! Who wants the new iPad mini? Here’s how you can participate.

  • For your $10 donation you will be entered twice.
  • For your $25 donation you will be entered six times.
  • For your $100 donation you will be entered thirty times.
  • And because I believe we serve a God far bigger then I can imagine: for your $1000 donation you will be entered four-hundred times.
  • If you share this somewhere, via facebook, twitter, pinterest or your blog that will be one entry. Just come back and comment that you did so.
    This giveaway will end on Monday, January 28 at noon MST. The winner will be notified via e-mail.
    *No donation necessary to enter, please e-mail helen2224@hotmail.com to be entered