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T-Shirt Sales Are Coming to a Close

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T-shirt sales end this Sunday, September 27th!  Thank you to all of you who have already supported our adoption by buying shirts.  The more shirts we sell, the more money we raise.  So far, we are up to $199!  Please buy a shirt to help us bring our baby home and to spread the word about orphan care.

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Homeschool Adventures: August

We have had a wild and crazy first month of homeschool!  I have been homeschooling J for two years; but this is my first year to teach two kids at once, plus have a one-year-old!  J is in second grade and is making big strides in math and reading.  S just started Kindergarten!   He is learning to read and feeling a huge sense of accomplishment at sounding out words.  G is running around, getting into everything!  I am definitely still finding my way as a homeschooling mom, but God is really teaching me a lot.  August was both fun and difficult.  I thought I would post some pictures of our adventures.  I have a feeling this year is going to be pretty eventful!

Our adoption process is still continuing, and our t-shirt fundraiser is currently up and running.  Please be sure to check it out and purchase one at https://www.bonfirefunds.com/lynches-love-adoption.

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First Day of School Celebration with Sparklers!

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Sparklers

J and S went to a Lego robotics class.  S made a caterpillar that really inched!  J made a venus fly trap which would close on your finger!

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The boys built towers out of marshmallows and spaghetti noodles!

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The boys love bike riding with Dad!

Bike Ride with Dad

We spent a day at the Alabama Wildlife Federation.

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We learned about U.S. History at the Lego American Roadshow.  The boys also made and raced Lego cars!

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A giant spider made its home on our porch!  We studied it and drew pictures of the spider and its web.

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S read Blueberries for Sal and did lots of projects about the book.  Here he is counting out “blueberries.”

Blueberries for Sal

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Let the T-Shirt Sales Begin!

Many of you have put your two cents into our t-shirt design!  You voted on slogans and graphics; you even offered suggestions and advice–most of which wasn’t too terrible.  Just kidding!  You all have been amazing!  We love, love how so many people are involved in our adoption!   We appreciate you more than you can ever know.  Thank you for all your help!

The shirts are finally ready for order!  We hope you like really like them.  One great thing about Bonfire Funds (our t-shirt fundraising company) is that each person can buy the type of shirt they prefer (unisex softstyle, ladies slim-fit, youth, or long sleeve t-shirt, or a hooded sweatshirt).  So please get shopping for yourself and for your loved ones!  I realize it is early, but shirts make great Christmas gifts!

The shirts will be on sale for only 21 days, meaning the sale ends on September 27!  You can order them online at this website:  www.bonfirefunds.com/lynches-love-adoption.  Your order will be shipped to you directly!

Jeremy and I have fundraising shirts from other adopting families.  We hope that lots of people will buy shirts in support of our adoption.  But our favorite thing about adoption t-shirts is how the shirts give us the opportunity to talk about orphan care.  We hope that you will have many opportunities to use our adoption shirts in the same way!

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Heartbreak and Blessings

This week has been full of heartbreak and blessings.  We had the opportunity to speak with a birthmother on the phone yesterday.  She loved our profile and hoped that her child could become a part of our family.  We were so excited about the opportunity!  Before speaking to her, we prayed that we would all know if adopting her child was God’s will; and we prayed that we would be able to show her the love of Christ.

God truly answered our prayers.  The birthmother, whom I will call P, was sweet and vulnerable.  We talked for a long time, and she wept while we prayed over her.  I know that P felt Christ’s love.  P had made a decision to follow Christ many years ago, but had fallen away from following Jesus.  She had made a lot of bad decisions.  P shared with us that she knew that only Christ could help her get her life back on track.  It really was a wonderful conversation, and we were very hopeful about the adoption.

But as we continued to pray, the Lord made clear to us that P’s baby was not to be ours.  Honestly, it was confusing and hard.  We would never want to turn away a child in need, and we want to be open to whatever God has for us.  But we had to come to grips with the fact that just as God has a specific child for our family, He also has a specific family for P’s child.

Her situation was not the right one for our family, and we know this was not God’s will for us.  The following morning we called our social worker and told her that we could not adopt P’s child.  We feel heartbroken over the fact that we had to turn down this sweet baby, but we also have peace that we did the right thing.  We will continue to pray for P, and we ask you to do the same.

I also had a very special blessing this week.  A Sunday school class at our church had a social, and they asked me to come sell our adoption bracelets from the Apparent Project.  I had such a sweet time of fellowship with these godly ladies!  I was able to share with them about our adoption story.  I talked with them about how God calls us all to minister to the fatherless.  Then I shared with them about the Apparent Project and showed them an amazing video about this ministry.  If you haven’t seen this video, you have got to check it out and see what God is doing in Haiti!  Go to http://www.apparentproject.org.  The video will start automatically.

These amazing ladies jumped at the chance to get involved!  They literally swarmed my selling table and bought so many bracelets!  I was so blessed by their words of encouragement and their loving support.  God blessed me mightily; and in truth, this encouragement gave me the strength to make our hard decision the next day.  God is so good!

Thank you all for continuing to support us and pray for us and our future adopted child!  What a great heritage of love he or she will have.  I cannot wait to say, “Your story may seem to have begun with a loss, but look how many people love you and worked to bring you into our family!”

We have very few bracelets left.  If you want one, you may want to move quickly!  If enough people continuing show interest, we can order more.  This is the perfect time of year to order flower bulbs from our Flower Power fundraising site.  Coffee is also for sale, and I hope t-shirt sales will begin next week!  Thank you again for all of your support and love!