• Adoption

    Dreams

    I dream about the moment they lay a baby in my arms. Not because it’s never happened before, but because I know in my heart that there is one more. I have known it for a long time. Right now I see a mountain of fees in front of us, though. If my faith is big enough to know that there is one more member of our family out there, why isn’t it big enough to believe that God will provide the money? My friend, Amy, told me that $40,000 isn’t that much. “God can do that.” My sister-in-law said, “$40,000 is nothing to God.” My friend, Sarah, said, “I just…

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    Fundraising Has Begun

    The fundraising has begun! Last Saturday we had a booth at a local Christmas bazaar, selling my vintage jewelry collection, and other items generously supplied by friends and family. Amy came up with the idea of assembling Christmas wreaths to sell, and she even volunteered to make them! I came to help, and found her and her husband busy in her cold garage, Christmas music playing, making wreaths just for us! What kind and generous people! Amy’s brother-in-law donated handmade wooden toys, and my friend Jen’s husband created a metal art piece specifically for our sale.  My dad gave me two original watercolor paintings and my mom gave me a…

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    Provision and Patient Endurance

    On Wednesday, I sat down at the computer desk to balance the checkbook after a rough morning.  I had comforted two of my children through dental treatments for two hours, then found out that an eBay buyer had opened a fraudulent claim against me, which resulted in my funds being frozen indefinitely.  Funds that were earmarked for our adoption costs. I closed my eyes, holding the papers and calculator in my hands, and prayed that God would surprise me with how far we could make our money stretch this month, and that he would use it to show me that he will provide for us.  My prayer was answered. I  finished and put the papers…

  • Adoption

    The First Order of Business

    Before we do anything else, we have to complete a Home Study.  The application fee for this is $350. The Home Study itself is $2500.  We plan to tackle all of the adoption fees one at a time, so we need to raise the funds for the Home Study first.  We have a few things planned, and we have a little bit of money set aside to start us off. Let me tell you about my friend, Amy.  She has taken on the job of Fundraiser Brainstormer for us, and she’s got mad skills.  In fact, I have a feeling she has untapped talents that I am soon to discover.…