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    Garage Sale and Other News

    Here is our long overdue update! I’m sorry it has taken me so long to post, but it has been a bit of a circus here for the past month and a half. When I announced that we were accepting items for our garage sale, things were donated sporadically, and I committed to sorting and pricing them all as they came.  Large items were posted for sale immediately so that they would move out, and I felt like I had good handle on this fundraising machine.  About a week before the sale, I announced a “last call” for donations, and you guys, it got crazy up in here.  For 4 days,…

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    Twenty-five Percent!

    We’ve been asked so many times, “Why does it cost so much to adopt?” I never feel prepared to answer this question.  We have been through this process before, so we were prepared for the costs, and the faith required to commit to it.  I guess I don’t question it anymore. I thought I would include in this post an itemized list, so that the daunting price tag would make more sense to those who haven’t adopted recently.  During my internet research of adoption fundraising, I’ve learned that $45,000 is a typical amount that parents should expect to pay for any adoption currently, whether international or domestic.  So ours is…

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    Answers

    This is one of those days when I wish I had been brave enough to share with you exactly what I had been praying for earlier, so that you could experience the thrill of answered prayer along with me now. Hearing a great story about God’s provision after the fact is always heartwarming, but there’s nothing like the wonder of a specific prayer answered clearly and definitely. Our family has been keeping a record of every person who has helped and supported us in this adoption, every answered prayer, and each milestone as we achieve it. It has been incredible to watch those lists grow. Over and over I question…

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    Today’s Discount: Forty Percent Off

    You aren’t going to believe me. I really wrestled with the decision to post this because I don’t want to destroy any credibility I might have earned here, but I decided it was such a powerful experience that it merited being included in my adoption story. You might close this out thinking I’m full of fantasy and false conclusions. That’s okay. Because it was very real to me. And it gave me a giddy hope that felt awesome. Yesterday, Jason was praying that God would provide for the adoption. Specifically because we haven’t seen much progress there lately. In fact, both the book and the adoption are sort of at…

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    A Stir

    October 25, 2017.  It has been 10 weeks since we decided to pursue another adoption. December 12, 2017.  It has been 3 weeks since I started the process of publishing a book. I am amazed at how much has happened in that time.  I have sent emails requesting permission to include people, photos and lyrics in the book.  I’ve completed an author bio and a book description. I had a headshot taken and submitted it. I sent in my current manuscript and the photos I want to include. I have made choices for formatting. Selected my endorsement hopes. Sent in my tentative title. Read and reread my manuscript so many…