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Important Info on the Family Movie Event!

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A movie about time travel, weird inventions, singing frogs, and a kid who needs a family! What could be better?

The Family Movie Event is tomorrow–Saturday, January 21 from 3-5!  We will be at Frazer Church  in the Surge Children’s Ministry Room.  There will be a lot of traffic at Frazer that day because Distinguished Young Women is also being held there. Your best bet for parking will be to park in the lot behind the church.  Come into the atrium, and go up the stairs behind the submarine slide.  We can’t wait to see you there!

Concessions will be sold, and a love offering will be taken to support our adoption fund!

Remember that tickets are free and can be grabbed at the door, but reserving tickets helps us to plan ahead.  Reserve your tickets here:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/family-movie-night-tickets-30467741836

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We Need Your Help!

Our Family Movie Event is coming up soon!  Please join us for a showing of Disney’s Meet the Robinsons on January 21 from 3-5 at Frazer United Methodist Church.

We are going to have an amazing time!  Tickets are free, and we will be selling concessions.  A love offering will be taken to raise money for our adoption fund.

You can get tickets at the door, but it would really help us to plan if you would get your tickets ahead of time.  Here is where we need your help!

1.   Reserve your tickets on Eventbrite.  Here is the web address:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/family-movie-night-tickets-30467741836

2.  Post information about the Family Movie Event on your Facebook page.  We need your help to spread the word!  Don’t forget to include the link to reserve tickets.  And please tag us in the post so we will know.

3.  Come have a great time!!!

 

Thanks for all of your support and help in bringing our baby home!  We are so grateful that all of you are a part of our baby’s story!

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Merry Christmas and Happy Movie!

Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year! I hope that your holiday season was blessed! We have had a wonderful time visiting family–grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Christmas time is always a little bit bittersweet for me. We have the best time celebrating our Lord’s birthday with family. But every year I miss our adopted baby, and I wonder how much longer we will have to wait until our family grows through adoption.  I have to continue reminding myself that God has a specific child for our family. I just have to trust Him and wait for our child to be born. Nothing I can do will rush God!

In the meantime I do have happy news!  We have wanted to hold a family movie event for around two years, and it is finally happening!  On Saturday, January 21 at 3 p.m. we will be hosting a showing of Disney’s “Meet the Robinsons” at Frazer United Methodist Church. The church is graciously allowing us to use their facility.

Tickets are free! You can get tickets at the door; but getting them ahead of time will help us prepare. You can reserve your free tickets on Eventbrite. The link is at the bottom of this blog.

We will be selling concessions to raise money for our adoption fees. A love offering will also be taken.

We hope you come out to join us for a super fun afternoon. And invite friends! We would love for this event to spread the word about orphan care as well as be an awesome event for families!

“Meet the Robinsons” is our favorite adoption movie. It is hilarious, heart-warming, and a blast for all ages! We can’t wait to see you there!

Get your free tickets at the link below:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/family-movie-night-tickets-30467741836?aff=es2

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Hills and Valleys

The last few months have been interesting for us.  Usually life goes along normally until something big happens.  But over the last few months, we have had an insane number of hills and valleys.  Life has felt like a roller coaster–not the exhilarating and happy ones. Life has felt more like the roller coasters that are awesome and then make you feel like you might die of terror and stress.

I won’t dwell on our valleys here.  They were extremely difficult, frustrating, exhausting.  But I don’t want to focus my thoughts on that.  I want to focus on our Lord God who saw us through.  How amazing is it that God uses difficult times to draw us deeper into intimate relationship with Him?  He is so gloriously kind!

The Lord has poured on great blessings over the last few months.  He was with me in the hard times; and He is walking with me step by step into healing, steadily freeing me of fear.  We went on the best beach vacation ever.  Then we went to Disney World.  My kids actually love homeschool this year.  I went away overnight for a women’s conference.  I got to host Thanksgiving with my parents and five international students.  But one of the best highlights was that our two oldest sons were baptized!  What joy!

I wish that I blogged more, kept you all more up to date with what is happening.  In truth I haven’t known how to write about our roller coaster life.  So I have decided to touch base with you to tell you this:  God is faithful and good.  He keeps His promises.  And we can trust Him.

We are still waiting to get chosen by a birthmother.  I had a great talk with our social worker the other day, and she is actively waiting with us for the right birthmother to come along.  God has His plans.  He is faithful and good.  He keeps His promises.  And we can trust Him, even when the waiting is hard.  We have a lot to be thankful for.  Love to you all.

 

P.S. I just realized that I never updated you about our card fundraiser.  The sale of the cards brought in more than $200!  We are so blessed.  Thank you so very much for your support.  We are even more grateful for your prayers.  Please continue to pray for us and for our child’s birthmother.

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Greeting Card Fundraiser

Our greeting card fundraiser will be extended for a few days, but it is coming to a close very soon!  If you are interested in purchasing a box of these beautiful cards, let me know on FB or comment here on this blog.  We do need more orders for the fundraiser to go through!

The cards are so beautiful! 30 cards for only $33 (for locals)! If you need the cards shipped, the price is $43. Even with shipping the price is still only around $1.43 a card!
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School, Exhaustion, and Greeting Cards

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What We Are Really Like

I haven’t posted in a few weeks because we have been in full end-of-summer/beginning-of-school mode, including a week of travelling to visit family!  This won’t be posted until tomorrow morning, but I am writing to you from the very late night after our second day of school.  For those of you who don’t know, we are a homeschooling family.  Homeschooling is definitely one of the best and hardest things in my life!

The first two days of school have been splendid for us.  We are trying a new style of homeschooling, and everyone seems to really like it.  I feel like we are doing exactly what we need to do.  But I will be honest with you, I am so exhausted!  So far this year homeschooling has taken a lot more time than expected!  We are trying to figure out our new routine, our new curriculum, and how to homeschool two elementary age students when our youngest is remarkably more curious, independent, and mobile than he was last year!  All of this has taken a lot of time.  Obviously more time in school means less time out of school.  That means less time for me to decompress and plan my teaching lessons–and that means really late nights!  I am telling you all this because I want you to know that if this blog makes no sense, please just blame it on my exhausted, homeschooling-mom-brain.  You can shake your head and pray for me!

My wonderfully sweet friend from seminary, Lesley Branscum, has offered to hold a fundraiser for our adoption!  The fundraiser will be held as an online Facebook party.  We are selling boxes of beautiful greeting cards!  They really are awesome!  Each box holds 30 cards and sells for $30 plus tax, which is a great deal!  If you live near our family, shipping is even free!  And over 40% of the profits go directly toward our adoption fund!

For those of you who don’t live nearby, you have 2 options.  The first is to get other people you know to order the boxes.  If you can get 15 orders in your town, shipping will be free to you too!  The second option is just to pay for shipping which comes out to $43, around $1.43 a card–still a great deal!

If you are interested in purchasing the cards, you can let me know on Facebook or through a post on this blog.  You can pay with cash, check, or PayPal.  The fundraiser starts today and ends on September 12th!  At the bottom of this post, you can see pictures of the sets of cards.

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All Occasion Box 1

 

 

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Thanks and Blanks

 

 

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All Occasion Box 2

 

 

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Kids Birthday Cards

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Winn-Dixie, Dreams, and Extreme Compassion

I dreamed that I got to meet my child’s birthmother.  Now before you starting wondering if this dream is prophetic, let me warn you that it was not at all realistic.  The most unrealistic aspect was that the birthmother wanted to meet me for the first time at Winn-Dixie.  I know that sounds so weird; I don’t even shop at Winn-Dixie in real life!  But like most dreams, it seemed totally normal at the time.  In the dream I got the sense that the birthmother wanted to see me for the first time in a normal place, doing normal things.

Another unrealistic aspect was that I came alone without Jeremy or the kids.  I went alone to meet the birthmother of my child, but she brought along her mother and her roommate.  All four of us had shopping carts, and we just shopped together and talked!  I remember deciding that I would shop regularly, just like I normally would.

The birthmother’s mom mostly left us alone; I don’t remember much about her.  But the birthmother and her roommate were both extremely sweet and kind.  The main thing that I remember about them was how in need of compassion they were.  I didn’t realize it at first.  In the dream the girls were just sharing with me about their life, and I started to get the sense that they expected me to be judgmental or uncaring.  When I responded to them with compassion, they were remarkably surprised and overwhelmed.  I could see them melt a little.  I couldn’t help but wonder at how in need of love and gentleness they were.  Later on in the dream, I heard them whispering to each other about the things I had said.  My heart broke a little.  I wanted to hold them in my arms as if they were my children.  Then I woke up.

I can’t stop thinking about my dream, and not because I so desperately want to meet our child’s birthmother right away, which I do!  I just keep remembering the look on her face, how I felt when I realized that her need to be loved was so great.

I am so extremely blessed.  I have two loving parents and a faithful, loving husband.  I have never experienced horrible betrayal or abuse from those whom I am supposed to trust.  Most importantly, I have a relationship with the One true God, who knows all about me and still loves me, who gave His life to save me.  This kind of love is beyond my understanding, but that love is also a reality in my life.  I have experienced the most extreme love, compassion, and gentleness.

I have no information about our child’s birthmother; I don’t know what her life is like, if she feels afraid or unloved.  But I do know that there are so many people in the world who do.  And so I keeping praying for the lost, for the hurting, for those who do not know love, gentleness, and compassion.  I am praying hard for our child’s birthmother too.  I pray that the Lord will place people around her to show her His lovingkindness, and I pray that Jeremy and I will be able to pour His love into her soon.  I pray that the Church will be empowered by the Holy Spirit to take His glorious light into the darkness all around us.  Amen.  May it be!