Friday, August 31, 2012

Just an FYI

          We received an e-mail today that we could be meeting our little one very soon!  There are some things happening that are complicating our ability to visit at certain times, so there is mention of us making our first trip within the next couple of weeks.  This is all very tentative and, as the e-mail specified, just an FYI.  It would also be somewhat of a miracle if we were able to pull it off as we would need to book our flights, apply for and receive our visas etc. all in a very short time period.  I wish I could share with all of you more of the details, and although I have created two posts since the referral, due to confidentiality I will be unable to post them until the adoption is final.  We should have more answers on Monday, but I wanted to post a brief update....please continue to pray for out little boy and that we would be together soon!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Referral: It's A Boy!

                   It all feels very surreal, but we have received our referral!  An adorable little boy that we cannot believe is waiting for us to bring him home!!  Unfortunately we are not allowed to share his picture or any other details until everything is official.  The information we have is dated at this point anyway, and we are waiting to hear more.  We are not sure exactly when we will travel, but have been told it will likely be 2-4 weeks from when we accept the referral.  We're not even sure what we have to do to accept other than what we've already said...of course we'll accept!  I know this is not very informative, and will share more as we learn the details of what happens next, but we wanted you all to know that we have another precious son!!!!!

                   Thank you for all of your prayers and for the excitement so many of you have expressed for our family...it truly means so much!  Please continue to pray for this little one....we have quite a journey ahead of us in several aspects, but we are so excited to continue this journey God has us on.  It has been an amazing blessing!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

A New Plan

            This isn't completely adoption related, but I figured it would be the best way to get this message to more people.  As many of you know we received a great deal of clothes for our yard sales.  It was probably what we received the most of.  We sold a reasonable amount at the yard sales, and I pulled quite a few things aside for the upcoming consigning I will be doing, but in the end we were left with boxes upon boxes and bags upon bags of clothes.......

                
                I called the Providence Rescue Mission to see if they could use the clothes, shoes, blankets and sheets and they said absolutely.  Their website says they give away about 5,000 articles of clothing a month, and when I dropped off this load and asked if they'd like more, they were quick to say yes!  And so.....my thought was this....why stop collecting the clothes and shoes if they are so needed?  The mission gives them away to people who really need them.  Most of the time I throw mine in a bin on the side of the road and wonder if they're cut up for other purposes, sold, or who knows what.  I'd love to collect, organize and deliver loads like this as often as possible!

                So, if you or anyone you know ever has clothes or shoes to get rid of (mens, women's, childrens, baby, etc.), please feel free to drop them off here, or have us come pick them up.   Here's my plan:  I will put aside any of the newer, name brand clothing for the consignment sales (only womens and children's...these sales will be happening semi-annually) and any money raised will go towards adoption in some capacity.  It may be for our family if we are still in the process, or if not it will go to another family who is in the process.  We will have a special account just for this.  All of the other clothes will be organized and delivered to the rescue mission, along with all shoes.

                The more we learn about the needs of those around us (and those far away too!), the more I want to do....so this is a small start, but I'm excited to begin.  Thanks so much for taking the time to read this, thank you to all those who have donated so many things already, and thank you in advance to those who will partner with me in this!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Adoption Benefit Yard Sale #4(b) - The End!

                      Today I decided that it would be a good idea to host a yard sale by myself.  It was a very humbling day.

                       However! : )  Although our grand total was about $150.00, it was a good day.  I had a lot of conversations with people about adoption, our journey, their experiences etc.  People seemed to want to talk today.  Maybe it was because there was usually only one person there at a time.  But it was exciting to get to share our story, to shed some light on the topic of adoption, and to hear what other people are doing.  I was able to give some much needed items to several people who are helping to care for children that aren't their own and that was wonderful.  And now we have three loads of donations to bring places! 

                       It had to wind down at some point and although we planned on doing one more sale, we are officially done.  This certainly became much more than what we had ever anticipated and we have been so blessed by all of the help we have received through donations, help at our sales etc.!  So thank you, thank you, and thank you again!

                     

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Adoption Benefit Yard Sale #4(a)

  Rejoice always, 
pray continually,
 give thanks in all circumstances;
        for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

                            So today was the day of our fourth sale and while the forecast predicted the possibility of rain, when we woke up at 5:30 it wasn't raining.  So we set up....and then came the rain.  We had some tarps and quickly covered everything as best we could, and with the help of a friend (with a major servants heart) we attempted to rearrange the garage to set up as much as possible inside.  Of course it was dissappointing, but we did all that we could do.  I am so thankful that this is all God asks of us!  He is clearly the one providing so we really have no reason to be upset or worried.  We will rejoice as he tells us to, and in this too we will give thanks.  He has provided faithfully and been there every step of the way, and we are so grateful.

                            So the grand total today was............$20.60!!  However, today in the midst of the chaos I received a phone call from my eye doctor asking if I was interested in doing a contact study.  I've often taken part in the past, earning as much as $250.  This one....pays a little over $400.  God is so good! 

                          No pictures from today, but we are set up as best as we can be in the garage so I will try tomorrow from 8-1 to be out there....we'll see how it goes!  Thank you as always to everyone who has donated, we cannot thank you enough.


                          And a special thank you to Ian Quinn who came to help us even as it poured on his way here.  We are so grateful for friends like him!