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You have to read this! God has done something spectacularly amazing!

This week the Lord chose to bless us in a way that completely overwhelmed and humbled us.  There are no words to express our awe and thanks.  I can barely tell you all what happened.  But I am going to try.

A couple of weeks ago Parks Stamper who works at The Fish Atlanta (radio station) told us about the Fish Christmas Wish List.  The Wish List is full of people and families who are anonymously nominated because of a need they have.  The radio station brings a copy of all of the wishes to a different Chick-fil-a each morning.  People look through them; and if they feel led, they can pick one wish to fulfill.  My mom nominated us, sharing about our adoption fees.  The wish list was first shown on Monday, November 26.  On the morning of Tuesday, November 27, I got a phone call that a family had chosen to meet our Christmas wish list and pay our $8,000 placement fee!

It was probably the most surreal and amazing moment of my life.  A man and his daughter were eating breakfast at Chick-fil-a when they looked at the Wish List together.  He told us that he felt a very clear leading to provide for our need.  He asked his daughter if there was one wish she liked, and she had been drawn to our story as well.  He talked to his wife and then called to let us know that they could cover the entire amount.  It was incredible!

We got to eat dinner with them on Tuesday night, and they are such an amazing, godly family!  We are so blessed that they will be a part of our baby’s life!

God’s provision is truly amazing!  He has been telling me all along to trust Him, that He owns everything and will provide for all our needs in His time.  And then He showed me how faithfully He keeps His Word.

When the Lord moves in your life in a grand way, sometimes words are too little.  In our amazing moment, I just smiled and laughed.  All I could say was, “Thank you. Thank you, Lord.  Who am I that you would do such a thing for me?”

We are so humbled and awed by God’s care for us.  As I read over this, I realize that it comes no where close to expressing how I really feel.  I suppose there are just some things that are too great to express.

Some of you know that we started an online auction Tuesday morning.  We are continuing with the auctions because we still need money for legal fees.  Also, we are open to adopting twins which would require $4,000 more.  Any money raised that does not go toward our fees will be given to some other adopting families that we know.  So please check out the auctions on my Facebook page.  Bid by typing your bid amount in the comment section under what you want.  We have some great stuff, so check it out.

Thank you for all of your support and prayers.  What a blessing and honor it is to know all of you.  Thank you to Parks and to the kind and generous family who met our Christmas wish.  And thank You, Lord, for Your faithfulness and provision.

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60 Min. Massage: Online Auction

60-minute massage from Dr. Cathy Franklin, a chiropractor and massage therapist in Georgia.  Dr. Franklin uses the traditional methods of Swedish, deep tissue, trigger point, myofascial release, and energy work with essential oils.  Her massages are worth $95.

To bid, post a comment with your amount on Amanda’s Facebook page under this status update.

Starting bid is $50.

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Tennis Lessons: Online Auctions

Tennis lessons with professional tennis player, Scott Beard.  Scott was formerly ranked 1st in the city, top 2 in the South and 10th in the nation.  His lessons are $70 an hour.  Scott is offering 4 hour-long lessons.  You can bid on one or more.

To bid, post a comment with your amount on Amanda’s Facebook page under this status update.

Starting bid is $40 per lesson.

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Exciting News!

We have super exciting news!  We passed our homestudy!!!  This means that we are approved by the state to be adoptive parents.  The homestudy took a lot longer than we had hoped, but we received the great news right before Thanksgiving.  I waited to blog until people would be home because we wanted everyone to hear!  We are so overwhelmed by God’s goodness and faithfulness.  Thank you all for your prayers and support!

Our next step is serious fundraising.  We cannot go on the list to be chosen by a biological parent until we have a substantial amount of our placement fee.  This is to prevent an adoptive family from backing out at the last minute because of lack of funds, leaving a devastated birthmother to choose another family for her child.

As soon as the Lord provides the funds, we will go on the list!  Like all adoptive parents, we hope to bring our baby home soon.  But we are trusting God’s timing and provision.

The Thirty-One fundraiser is over now, and it was very successful!  Thank you to all those who purchased from Thirty-One; your purchases should be there soon!  Our Flower Power fundraiser has also ended.  Thanks to those of you who purchased bulbs.  I hope that when you see your Thirty-One products or your flowers bloom you will think of our family and the child for whom you helped provide a home!

Christmas is right around the corner, and we have great gifts for sale for your loved ones!  Our Just Love Coffee promotion is continuing; the coffee and hot chocolate are great!  And we are starting an exciting new fundraiser–online auctions!

Tomorrow morning at 9 (Nov. 27) we will start some online auctions.  We will be posting the information in our blog as well as on Jeremy and Amanda’s Facebook pages.  If you want to bid on something, you just comment with the amount of your bid under Amanda’s Facebook post.  We have some really amazing stuff, so be sure to check it out!  And please share the links with your friends and family.

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31 Fundraiser Almost Over

Only 2 more days to buy from our 31 fundraiser! The fundraiser ends Nov. 10; and the deals are great, so don’t miss out!

To Shop: https://www.mythirtyone.com/shop/catalog.aspx?eventId=E2367403&from=DIRECTLINK

 
Still no word about our homestudy.  We expect to hear something in the next week or two.  I put in a call to our social worker, but her kid is sick so she has been out.  Hopefully we will hear something soon.  Please pray for us in our time of waiting.
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31 Fundraiser

I wanted to let you all know that we are having a new adoption Fundraiser.  Katie Haas Estle has generously offered to host an online party for us with 25% of sales going toward our adoption fund!  31 is a Christian company through which women sell purses, totes, and accessories.  Most of the products come in quite a few beautiful pattern choices, and a lot of them can be personalized.  At the bottom are pictures of some of my favorites.  If you are interested in purchasing, here is the link to Katie’s catalog:  https://www.mythirtyone.com/shop/catalog.aspx?eventId=E2367403&from=DIRECTLINK

The link will also be on the side of our blog page.  Thank you for your support and prayers as the Lord grows our family through adoption!