Wednesday, February 27, 2013

New Pics of Ruthie!

Today in my inbox were the most beautiful and precious photos
of our youngest daughter! 
I cannot help but think she looks like a perfect China doll. 
I am so surprised by the quality of these pictures.  However, over and over
I have been pleased with the reports I hear about the care
she receives in her particular orphanage.
Ruthie lives in Hangzhou, and I have heard
many positive things about their facilities, therapies, etc. 
How thankful we are that God has used caring individuals
to nurture her and hopefully prepare her for life with a family.

We received her updated measurements, and she is just a few inches
taller than Gabriel.  I think they, along with Sarah Kate, will have lots of fun!
Counting down the weeks! 

Friday, February 22, 2013

Three Wonderful Little Letters

So thrilled!  Tomorrow came and our LOA came TODAY!! Woohoo!!  (Lifeline; LID 12/17, OOT since 12/26)

On our way to LL to sign!!!

So happy and thankful that we received our LOA's today for the girls!  We were on a field trip and about to leave for home when my cell phone rang.  I told Wendy that I sure hope it is Karla!  I couldn't help but holla when I saw "Lifeline" on my screen!  Yay!!!!

We were able to stop by the office on our way home, sign the long-awaited documents, and celebrate with a Krispie Kreme doughnut!  (I mean, what else do you do when the sign says, "Hot Doughnuts Now" and you are celebrating LOAs? ;)

Our immigration paperwork should be sent off Monday morning.  We expect about 8 more weeks of paperchasing before Travel Approval, and then we will be securing our flights!  We're coming, sweet girls!


Sunday, February 17, 2013

Fundraising Update and the Costs of Adoption

We are so thankful that you have helped us to raise $500 through Sarah Kate and Ruthie's Block Party!  Thank you to all who particpated!  What a blessing and encouragement to us as others come alongside us in this endeavor!

We also raised approximately $500 through our recent Valentine sucker sale we held!  We had such fun making the suckers with friends, and I am so thankful to my friend Laine for heading that opportunity up and hosting 25 kiddos and their mamas for over 9 hours the day we made the yummy Valentine suckers!


We were thrilled to receive a $1000 grant this week!  God is so faithful to provide!  When we hear from our taxes this week, we hope to have a better idea of how close we are to our goal. 

I share some of this to encourage you.  Adoption is expensive, but for those of you who might be considering adoption, do not let the financial costs hinder you from taking a leap of faith!  God is always faithful to provide for His will. 

Actually, I read a great article this week from our agency Lifeline.  It is so natural for us to ask the financial costs of adoption and to plan and even obsess over the dollar bottom line.  Paying the fees is necessary.  However, many times we fail to consider the other costs.  A far greater consideration is the commitment of giving your life to a child that will be grafted into your family~~

...the long haul commitment and also the day in and day out of sacrificing of self to invest in a precious soul that has been entrusted to you by God. 

It is a marathon but also a day to day sprint.  However, we do not run the race alone for the Lord's mercies are new everyday.

So if you might be considering adoption, I might possibly be your biggest supportor!  Don't be discouraged by the hefty price for God is faithful.  And keep in mind that the bigger sacrifices do not come in the figures of numbers but in the daily track of life.

Of course, the rewards don't come in numbers either, unless you consider ONE LESS orphan caught in the cycles of abandonment, poverty, and neglect and ONE MORE child to love, nurture, equip, disciple, and raise in ways of the Lord and in the arms of your loving family! 

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Online Fundraiser: Chinese New Year Block Party!

It is time to celebrate Chinese New Year!  We would love to be celebrating with Sarah Kate and Ruthie home with the rest of our family, but they are still waiting in China.  We should be traveling to bring them home in a few short months. 

We are still fundraising and could use your help!  Since we can not be with them this CNY, we are asking you to celebrate with us through our online fundraiser.

We are hosting an online Chinese New Year "Block" Party!  We would love for you to participate and be a part of bringing them home!  You can sponsor a wooden block for each of our girls, and we are going to write your name on their blocks to remind them of your love and help in bringing them home! 

$20 sponsors one block for each girl!

$20 sponsors 2 blocks--one for Sarah Kate and one for Ruthie.  We intend to use the money raised toward their orphanage donations due in China.

You can donate through the paypal button on the right.  (If you would rather donate through check, please leave me a comment, and I will be happy to give you mailing information.)

Thank you so much in your interest and help in our journey to Sarah Kate and Ruthie!  Would you consider donating $20 and then sharing our story with 20 friends?  Our Block Party will continue through February 15th!

Please share with 20 friends!!!

Thank you for your continued love, prayers, and support for our family. 
And Happy Chinese New Year!