Sunday, September 29, 2013

Two steps forward and one step back

I guess since I'm actually getting a steady stream of visitors I should actually update y'all!!!

I have been MIA for about a month for several reasons, we had a wreck and totaled our car, we had to go out of town due to a family situation, my husband returned from a 9 month deployment and we went out of town again for the same family situation. And really that is all just the tip of the iceberg.

Welcoming Dad home after 9 long months.
My friend at Sweet Peony photography took this beautiful picture. 
However, we have been steadily fundraising as well as setting as much as we can aside for the adoption. I have wrapped up a couple of our fundraisers and am looking into starting a few more. We had a large successful garage sale in conjunction with my friend April who is adopting from Bulgaria and our church has been immensely supportive.

We are about half way through with our homestudy process, we have two visits and some paperwork left.

Our one step back was that we found out that due to circumstances out of our control our adoption will probably take longer than we originally hoped. Regardless, we rest in the fact that God is in control and His plan will prevail, if we don't get our son home as soon as we hoped He has a reason for that.

On a really exciting note our Family Support Page through Reece's Rainbow has been set up and you can view that here.

Please, please keep praying for us!! We appreciate all of the support and prayers more than we can say!



Thursday, August 15, 2013

Other's With a Heart for Uganda

Today I want to share with you the blogs of some friends whose hearts are in the same place.

My first friend I met a couple years ago when she came to visit with my sister-in-law as part of their trip up and back down the east coast. She is a very good friend of my sister-in-law and has a heart for missions. She has been on many mission trips. This summer she went on a trip to Uganda, and from what I can tell it effected her more than any other trip. (Coincidence it happened the same year as my heart was turned to Uganda?? I think not.) She has just started a blog as the best way to share her experiences. Please take a few minutes to read it and bookmark it to follow in the future.

My second friend I just recently met. She lives near me and we have many mutual friends but I hadn't met her until a few days ago (and so far only virtually). She felt the call to Uganda a year or so ago and this year had the opportunity to go on two trips, the last one for 12 weeks. She has been very touched by the people and situation there and carries a great burden for them. You can read her past posts here and follow for future posts, I'm sure there are more to come!

I also want to mention the ministries I follow. I'm sure I will add more as time goes on and I get more involved but here are the ones I currently know of:

Imani Milele

Amazima

Ekubo


Please keep praying for us!!

Monday, August 5, 2013

Satan hates adoption.

Seriously.

I can't even begin to tell you what we have been through since starting this journey.

I believe in spiritual warfare and I expected some spiritual battles but I wasn't quite expecting this.

I'm scrambling to throw on my armor (Ephesians 6), but if all out war is what the devil wants, that's what he will get. Lucky for me, I'm on the Right Side.

I wasn't even in the mood to write. I haven't written in the last week because its been one thing after another. I've barely been able to catch my breath. But this needs to be said...

If you plan to adopt, prepare yourself, you are entering a fierce battle. You are fighting for children and for family and for love. You are fighting against injustice, poverty, oppression and hopelessness. There are forces who thrive on the later and will do whatever they can to keep people smothered by them. But there are stronger forces who want to defeat them!

Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. Hebrews 12:3

Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.
He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. 

Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; 
but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. 
Isaiah 40:28-31

Please keep praying for us!!!!



Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Group Projects

I always hated group projects in school. I would have rather done the whole thing by myself than be dependent on the other members of the group. There was always one who didn't pull their weight, and always one who didn't like what everyone else wanted to do (that one might have been me). It was just a pain.

I still don't love group projects although I am somewhat better at group dynamics than I used to be. I try to be judicious about when I need to lead and when I need to just do it the other person's way even if I disagree. I hope I've made improvements! But in general I'd prefer to do my projects on my own.

God seems to like group projects. He allows us to participate in His plan so that we can learn and be blessed. He doesn't have to involve us, He could just drop whatever is needed out of the sky, or breathe it out with a Word. But He doesn't. Why? Well I believe there are books written on that, but think of the lessons and blessings we would miss if everything was just handed to us and others.

I don't know about you but when I get to help with something and play a part in making someone's life a little better or brightening someone's day, or even just being a shoulder to cry on I feel good. When I attempt to bless another person I usually end up blessed even more than I pour out. How odd, blessed by being a blessing. Hmmm, only in God's plan does that make sense.

I am very independent. I don't like to ask for help. My general thinking is "I can just take care of it myself."

A wise person once told me that when you don't let people help you that is denying them a blessing. Wow, I'm not saving them the trouble I'm denying them a blessing.

This adoption (or any adoption) isn't something we can do alone. We need a community of people. We need prayers, practical support and financial support. God will accomplish His will in this but he allows others to participate and be blessed. I am humbly admitting that we need help and very thankful for all the support we are getting. This is a lesson for me. Yet another lesson that I am so grateful for.

There isn't much other news, we are scheduling our homestudy appointments and fundraising like crazy. Thank you for your prayers!

Friday, July 19, 2013

Is this an Adoption Blog?

So at this point you may be asking, "is this blog just going to be about adoption?"

Well the short answer is no.

Adoption happens to be our big project at the moment. So for the next few months that will probably be the MAIN topic but it isn't, and was never intended to be, the only topic.

I have other plans mulling around in my head, glimpses of the vision and calling God is giving me. And its big, much bigger than I could ever do on my own.

I'm not ready to share specifics but here are some hints:

Partnering

Micro Loans

Agriculture

Sponsorships

Respite

Fair Trade

Entrepreneur training

Hosting

Education

Sustainability

There are many great organizations in Uganda and other parts of the world doing many of these things. I would like to see these good ideas come together like pieces of a puzzle to solve the crisis of poverty, disease, and hopelessness that is experienced in so many places. If I can be a small part of the solution I will be greatly honored. Please continue visiting me here to watch His plan unfold and see how you can help!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

An Exercise in Faith

As I've mentioned before, I've pretty much always known I wanted to adopt. So that is no surprise and there was never really an "if" involved.

I've always felt burdened to adopt children that others "didn't want." Please don't hear that as anything but what it is-a genuine desire to give a child a home, a family, and love who might not otherwise get one.

So adopting a special needs child isn't really a surprise either.

Those things in mind, I had no idea what an exercise in faith this would be. And we are just getting started!! I can only imagine what is to come.

I don't think I've ever prayed more or leaned on God more than I have in the past week.

Prayers and faith for patience.

Prayers and faith for support.

Prayers and faith for God's timing and God's plan.

Prayers and faith for peace.

Prayers and faith for rest.

Prayers and faith for funds and provision.

There are many unknowns right now. And all I can do is pray for God to guide my path one step at a time and have faith that his plan will come to pass.

I am so joyful and grateful that He chooses to use me in that plan! I am also thankful for the growth that is coming and will come through this experience.


Tuesday, July 16, 2013

T-Shirt Giveaway!!

I have decided that I will give away one of our fundraiser Tshirts in your choice of size and style (hoodie not included) when:

1. My Facebook Page hits 100 "likes."

2. 50 shirts have been purchased.



I will also give away another Tshirt every time 25 additional shirts are purchased from my fundraiser.

That means:
50 shirts purchase-1 winner
75 shirts purchased-2 winners
100 shirts purchased-3 winners
etc (assuming we hit 100 "likes" on my page).

Here is how to enter:

1. Like my Facebook page, comment here that you did or already liked it. Leave your email in the comment so I can reach you if you win!

2. Share this blog post on your Facebook page. Comment here with a link of your post (make it public so I can verify!) and your email address. You can do this once per day.

3. Share the link to purchase tshirts on your Facebook page. Comment here with the link to your post (make it public so I can verify) and you email address.  (If you go to the fundraiser page you can click "Join this cause" below the picture of the shirt and put in your information, it will then give you a unique URL you can pass along on FB and when 10 shirts are purchased using your URL you will get a free one so that is an additional chance to get a free shirt!!) You can do this once per day.

REMEMBER to leave a separate comment for each entry, each comment is one entry so if you put all 3 in one comment you only have one entry! You can share on FB every day until the fundraiser ends on August 1st for additional chances to win but you must leave a separate comment with a link to each FB post. Also remember to leave your email in the comment or I won't be able to let you know about your free shirt.

I will post winners here. A new winner will be chosen at 50 shirts purchased and every time 25 more shirts have been purchased, you can only win once but each drawing will be from all entries so please keep sharing and entering for more chances!! (I will "draw" via random.org but I don't know how to do screen shots so you will have to trust me!).

Make sure to purchase shirts too, I can't draw until we hit 50, 75, 100 etc.

Good luck!