This is only a portion of what Braeden's teacher donated to us for Davids. We are so THRILLED! This is such a BLESSING! We only need PJs, underwear, socks, shoes, and a piece of luggage still. Sounds like a lot, but having all these clothes and the swimsuits someone else donated, is amazing! Next Monday Olivia and I go to her three month Dr. appt and will stop at our favorite thrift store on the way home. I'm hoping to find PJs and luggage there! :)
We stopped in a store to grab an umbrella to walk to the car (it was pretty far and raining real good!) and the cashier asked us about our shirts. I explained that we got them to support a family's adoption and that we are hoping to adopt from there. She JUST got back from a mission trip to Kenya! And, while there worked for a while in an orphanage in the area where we are hoping to adopt from!!! Can you believe it!? Such a great and glorious God! :)
Hope you had a good one too!
We were able to pick up the crib which was donated by a good friend from work! :) I had cute girl bedding (it needs to be washed, very wrinkly from storage, but I was too excited to wait for that!) from a former young foster placement. Even with my monster passenger van, the changing table wouldn't fit, so I'll have to borrow someone to pick it up with me another time. So silly that no seats recline in a passenger van! :) But, we got the crib up and ready! Olivia is beside herself with excitement! Every now and then she'll bust out with a, "I just can't believe we're going to ADOPT the baby and she will be a part of our family forever!" It's so cute!
I believe this. I am trying to live this. I know that we all aren't called to adopt. BUT, we can be a part of helping orphans. We can do this by giving monetarily so that others may fulfill this. We can watch the children of someone while they travel to adopt. We can bring new adoptive parents meals or help with other children. We can simply spread the word about other adoption fundraisers. We CAN help!
I am starting our first adoption fundraiser. In the next day or two you will see a new link on my sideline to this blog: Blogs With Purpose Feel free to check it out now, but remember it's just in the beginning stages and not quite complete... almost though! :) I will be offering my newly developed services in designing blog headers and backgrounds. (I designed the new one on this page and also on the 'Purpose' blog.)
BUT, I will also be "Paying it Forward." Did you ever read this book, or even see the movie? (Although I always like the books better! :) ) For each $25 donated, I will design a blog header and background for your blog. I will put $20 directly into our adoption fund, BUT $5 will go to someone else's adoption fund! I will showcase another adoptive family each month and the money raised during that month will go into their adoption fund! I am so excited to do this!!! I have already contacted the first family I will be working with, and let me tell you have they got a story to share! I have truly loved getting to know them through their blog and in a few emails and I'm sure that if you don't already know of them, you will love them too!
Please check back soon and consider supporting us in this vision.
In His Name,
I do work with an orphanage that has many HIV children. I am going (there) next month to find out and possibly take some pictures. I also need to make sure that you have done all your homework on this and that you understand all of the complications that come with an HIV child. The medicine is very expensive and most not covered by your insurance.
So far for our hosting of Davids this summer, we’ve raised $660! I think that’s a huge blessing!!! I know that God has a plan for him and for us in this program and experiences. It’s been wonderful to see how many people have just become aware of this type of program so far through our fund raising. In addition, Braeden’s teacher is giving us a couple bags of clothes for him, which her son recently grew out of. We are so excited to meet him at the end of June!
While we have shared with people about our quest to adopt internationally, we’ve been met with so many positive responses and inquiries. A co-worker, actually I guess you’d say my boss, is GIVING us, GIVING I say!, her solid oak crib and changing table. What a HUGE BLESSING! We recently sold our crib a few months ago in anticipation of the possible move we were thinking could be happening.
I’ve also met some more amazing people through this journey! Fellow bloggers, facebookers, and adoptive parents. I love connecting with people who “get it.”
But, we’ve also had what have felt like road blocks too, and I know in my head it’s all a part of Satan trying to discourage and delay our journey, but in my heart it’s hard not to be saddened at times.
I’ve been trying to find a good, quick, and yes, inexpensive homestudy agency to do my international homestudy. In my research of area agencies I found many who will work right up to our county, but not in our county. I was told one through my foster care agency would be $500, to find out my licensing rep was wrong (not intentionally but still) and it would actually be $2500. Quite a difference! They will do one though. I found two others, one of which told me it would be $2500 but would take 4-5 MONTHS! For the homestudy!? That seems crazy to me!
I finally contacted a local friend I had met through our blogs who has adopted from ET and asked who they used. She referred me to an agency she thought was superb, was $1900, and did a quick job, and whom I hadn’t even found during my research into agencies, I thought it was God’s leading!!! I called and spoke with the worker, who was wonderful. So so so nice! But, she told me they only work with families working with an agency. I explained it was an organization, etc and she looked up the site as I was talking to her. She said she would call them and talk to them about it to see if they could still help me, and then would call right back. She really did call right back! ☺ BUT, hadn’t been able to get a hold of anyone at the organization I was leaning toward. She said she’d email them and hopefully hear back and would call me back the next day. I’d really like to work with her as she seems so responsive and helpful, but maybe it’s not meant to be.
So, that’s life in a nutshell right now. How are things on your end???
And a few gratuitous kid pics! :) We built a memorial garden at my school recently and the kids all helped to plant and prepare, they loved it!
This now resides on our dining room table. Any change I have (other money gets put directly into my savings account) goes into this jar. Braeden and Olivia know what it is, what it's for, and why we're doing it, and they put change in it also. Olivia puts any money she gets right into the jar, I love their hearts!!!
He had two new teeth coming in behind his two bottom ones, but no wiggly teeth there yet. He wanted so badly to lose his first tooth! And I was hoping it would happen so that these new ones would have a place to go!
Numbers and Images have been plaguing my mind... leaving me speechless, clouding my day, showing me humility, stealing a piece of my heart.
For a long time now, the sheer amount of orphans in this world just staggers me. Did you know that there are approximately 147 MILLION orphans?! And yet there are approximately 2 BILLION Christians in the world...
Christians who are being called to follow teaching of the BIble, the words of God which tell us...
I will not leave you orphans, I will come to you.
You are the helper of the fatherless. LORD, You have heard the desire of the humble; You will prepare their heart; You will cause Your ear to hear, To do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed, That the man of the earth may oppress no more.
Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.
Father to the fatherless, defender of widows — this is God, whose dwelling is holy. God places the lonely in families.
When you are harvesting your crops and forget to bring in a bundle of grain from your field, don’t go back to get it. Leave it for the foreigners, orphans, and widows. Then the LORD your God will bless you in all you do.
Learn to do good. Seek justice. Help the oppressed. Defend the cause of orphans. Fight for the rights of widows.
Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed. Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless, and see that they get justice.
And anyone who welcomes a little child like this on my behalf is welcoming me.
I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!
Which means that if "WE" were truly living this out, if only 7% were truly following Christ, truly living these words... There would be No. More. Orphans. None. And pictures like those in the former video... those now in my head non stop... simply would NOT exist. We would be neighbors. We would help one another with food and shelter; simple, basic needs. We would take in orphans. We would help widows. And we would have instead pictures like these...
It challenges ME to live even more frugally than we already do. To cut out some of our summer plans to focus on those I can do for free or next to free with coupons and deals and specials. To work even harder to come up with fundraising ideas. To go back through all of our clothing “buckets” and weed down even more, taking the extra to our local consignment store and in turn putting that money into our adoption fund. To do the same with those toys that pile up and seem to rarely get used. To advocate for the people of the country we're adopting from. To do my part to help so that this country of the future is a safe, beautiful, happy country where my (hopefully) future child can be proud to return to visit.
I will do my best to live out these verses... how about you?
Cover: Love is amazing! MOM Especially your mom!
I wouldn’t trade my mom for all of the time or money in the world because she loves me, takes care of me, helps me with homework, and makes me happy when I’m sad. She tells me stories of when she was my age.
My mom is special because she is my mom, and she cares about me. She also gives me special things like me being able to go on a plane and go to Florida for four days. That is why she is special because she gives special things to me! She also says I’m the big sister. I also get to make breakfast and that makes her special because she is rewarding me because I’m responsible!
A Favorite Holiday Memory With Mom
Is when it is my mom’s birthday because it is her birthday and it is all about her. My mom, My mom! It’s all about her! Her birthday means she is growing and it also means it is my mom’s special day.
My favorite thing to do with my mom in the summer is to go to the mall and shop. We shop for skirts, and dresses. She shopes for me a lot. I thank her a lot too. I spend a lot of my money of clothes or earing or other jewrely. I love to go shopping with my mom.
A Funny Time With Mom
The funniest time with my mom is when one time at lunch I was done and I was suposto say may I be excused but I said my buckle was on and that is what I say in the car.
I think that my mom is the best in the whole-wide world because she loves me!
Mom Daughter Love
So, to sum it up, I guess I’m special because I buy her cool things, she loves that I talk about myself, I “make her” (she actually offers and loves it) take the boys to the bathroom when we’re at a restaurant and tell her how responsible she is, and yes I spend too much money shopping!!! LOL
The whole eating dinner and saying her buckle is on (which is what they say in the car to let me know we ready to roll) must be hilarious because it happened AGES ago and she and Braeden both still talk about it and crack up over it ALL THE TIME! LOL ☺
But truly, the fact that she took the time to write these things and that I know what she is saying and how much she loves when we spend time together, which we typically do by shopping and hanging out on a girls day, just fills my heart. She has come such a long long long way from the little, scared little girl who came to live with me when she was three. The little girl who had to be taught to hug instead of being stiff as a board when I tried to hug her. The little girl who had to be taught to play, taught to care, taught to eat healthy, taught to color. My girl is certainly growing up beautifully!
This week another friend who will also be hosting gave us two swim suits that will hopefully fit him while he's here! :) The kids thought it was so cool that THESE were DAVIDS suits! Too cute!
The organization I'm working with is NOT an adoption agency. They work to provide for the children of this country who have been left homeless and/or orphaned. AND they also partner with certain orphanages and attorneys and assist families in completing what are basically independent adoptions in this country.
As I began to get more and more excited about this organization, I found out through speaking on the phone with the Director, that they are so burdened (in a good way though) with applications and families wanting to adopt, that they are currently not accepting applications until October. I worked to get my head around that, as I was feeling that this could be where I was meant to go, and tried to see October as a good thing (though inside I was saddened that I would have to wait that long to begin.) The day after speaking with the Director, I received an email from her in reponse to a question I had asked online prior to calling. The email contained her one sentence response, and then a section that was a "form" response, explaining their back up and application date of October. And then, one little sentence at the end of her email, stuck out like a lightning bolt to me. It said, "However, if you are interested in adopting an HIV+ child, I can make an exception. " Wow! God! You are awesome! Thank you!!!
Of course I was thrilled, why? Because HIV is nothing for us! I forget often that it's still a "special need". And as I'm finding out, there are so few people willing to adopt a child with HIV, that for this "need" the October date for submitting an application to the agency I was feeling led to, is null and void! Praise God!
Needless to say I wrote right back and let them know that I would be MORE than interested in adopting an HIV+ child if there is a need for that, and sign me up! :) And tonight an application packet landed in my inbox. :)
Until I read through these papers, I didn't know what the cost would be to adopt through here. As I've said, humanly, money is a worry for me. I hear the multiple stories of God's provision in these instances. I hear them, and I feel HE is the one leading me in this adoption. BUT, I still worry, how silly I know. The costs are still way less than many agencies I've seen since it is basically an independent adoption, BUT it is more than I anticipated.
I am filling out my application. I am applying for a passport tomorrow. I am starting to compile paperwork. I am stepping out in faith that HE will provide the money for this adoption. I will be researching grants and funding, fundraisers and ideas. And I will love every step of it. I am thrilled with the idea of our new child. I will do what I can to help with the cost, but I will trust God to provide in HIS ways as well. I step out in excitement!!!!! Pray for us on this INCREDIBLE journey!!! :)
From AHOPE's website:
World AIDS Orphan Day
On May 7th, AHOPE for Children and the rest of the world will acknowledge the world's AIDS orphans. This year we are expected to surpass 20,000,000 AIDS orphans worldwide of which well over 2,000,000 are HIV positive themselves. Fewer than one in ten AIDS orphans are receiving any external support. For many children, the loss of parents brings destitution, an end to schooling and stigmatization by family and neighbors. Even when a child loses only one parent to HIV/AIDS the high incidence of HIV infection within marriage means that many children soon lose both parents, and often become the responsibility of the extended family. Child-headed households, once a rarity, are now increasingly common in sub-Sahara Africa.
We are asking everyone of our 5000 current friends and supporters to donate at $10 or more to AHOPE for Children on May 7th. In addition, we would also ask that you request the same of 2 of your friends. It can be done. Your passion and actions to date have already proven it and we see it every day in the eyes of our kids in Ethiopia. As a supporter of AHOPE, you have helped save the lives of hundreds of children.
On May 7th we will begin our work on 2,000,000 more.
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I received some wonderful news from a co-worker today. Our school psychologist stopped me in the hall to tell me that her daughter, who works at a local opthomologist's office, talked to the board there and they approved (all without my knowledge!) giving Davids a FREE eye exam AND glasses, if he needs them!!! Wow! What an incredible blessing!!! The other awesome thing is that the place she works is one of the best in our area! I am moved to tears! How wonderful!!!
I have more but will get off my soapbox. :)
We've raised $370 so far to help pay for his trip to the United States. That will fill up 74 puzzle pieces so far!!! (For each five dollars donated, we will write the name of the donor on the back of one puzzle piece. That way Davids will be able to see the awesome coming together of people who helped to bring him to the US for a portion of the summer in a hosting program through New Horizons for Children.)
There are still 426 pieces left! There is still time to donate if you feel led! :) Thanks to all of you who have graciously donated so far!!!
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What you should know about HIV
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• 50 million orphans in Africa
• Every 14 seconds a child is orphaned by AIDS
• 16,000,000 have been orphaned by AIDS
• Every week, AIDS claims as many lives as American fatalities in the Vietnam War
• 854 million people do not have enough to eat
• Malnutrition is associated with the deaths of 5 million children under the age of five
• Every 2 seconds an orphan dies from malnutrition
Hence the title of my blog
Little did I know that the road would be so rocky
Little did I know that the trip would take so long
Little did I know that my heart could hurt so much
Little did I know that God is never wrong
Little did I know that love could be so powerful
Little did I know that a dream so far could go
Little did I know that God would place the right ones
Little did I know that my heart, so large, could grow
Little did I know that a dream has it’s own timing
Little did I know that this day would finally come
Little did I know that four souls would be sent to guide me
Little did I know that they would choose to call me mom
But God knew all along and He had a plan to follow
God knew all along that my dream would soon come true
God knew all along that we five should be together
God knew all along that I’d share it all with you