Thursday, March 28, 2013

A Humble Request

We decided to adopt again because we felt we were called to do it.  With 147 million orphans, we had to say yes. 

We learned an important lesson with Allie's adoption.  When God calls you to do something and you respond, He will provide a way to make it happen.  You can read about that first experience here:

We are humbly asking for help again.  This adoption will cost about $30,000. 

We have already paid about $10,000.  Part of that money we already spent came from an another amazing anonymous donor that was just the right amount at just the right time.  We are in awe and so thankful for that person.

The remaining costs to complete this adoption will total about $20,000.

We now have a "donate" link here on this blog if you feel inclined to contribute.  Every little bit adds up. We would also really appreciate it if you could "share" this with your friends and family as well, and encourage them to share. 

It really does take a village!

James 1:27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

Friday, March 22, 2013

It's Time

Lately I just can't get the orphan crisis out of my head.  It's a problem so ginormous that we can't even wrap our brains around it.  I've found myself so mad that we as Americans are so easily able to go on with our lives and ignore what's happening around the world.  I've wanted to write about what's on my heart but often don't for fear of offending.  Lately I've read some amazing blogs that say what I'm thinking.  I've posted one here below.

I'm tired of hearing people say they think WE are awesome, that they WISH they could do what we're doing.  We are not awesome.  We are simply moving one foot in front of the other in an attempt to live a life that puts others first.  We are not special or unique.  We just believe that God will equip us with what we need to make ONE LESS orphan.  You can do it-- He will equip you too. 

I'm ready for more of you to step up.  Put down your Starbucks.  Turn off your fancy cable.  Take a break from planning your posh vacation.  And THINK about how you would feel if this was YOUR child in these conditions.  It's TIME for all of us to put others first.  Start by reading this:

For the Love of One: Orphanage visit part 2: I had to wait to write this post. Yesterday I was too angry to write it out, but I want to write it while it's still fresh in my mind....

Thursday, March 14, 2013

It's There!

We got word yesterday that our paperwork has arrived safely in China! 

Now we wait for that all-important news of being "logged-in" so we can wait for a match! 

This log-in date usually comes within 3 weeks of them receiving it.  Soon!

Friday, March 8, 2013

DTC - Dossier To China!!!!

Big News! 

After 9 days of review, our agency has approved our Dossier!!  This means our paperwork was done correctly and is good to go!  Whew!!!!

We got this news yesterday.... and they said it would take several more days for it to be translated to Chinese and prepped to be mailed. 

we got another email only about 26 hours later... it's already translated and already in the mail to China!!!

Yikes.  This just got very. real.

China should received our paperwork in 3-5 business days.  We were told that within 3 weeks after that we should receive our "Log-in Date"  (LID), which is the day that we'll be logged into China's adoption system.  Once we are LID, we are much more likely to get a referral, or match, with a little one! 

We told the kids the news today... not much of a reaction.  So hard for them to understand.  But tonight Ben prayed about the "important paperwork" for his new sister.  Love how this is just stretching their little hearts.  And ours.