Wednesday, October 31, 2012

My Amazing Wife :)

I think I may have mentioned in a previous post that I'm married to Superwoman, but let me say it again, "I'm married to Superwoman." There is something in her that can make enormous stacks of paperwork, seemingly disappear. She's truly incredible, and I thank God for her (probably not often enough though).

Because of her hard work, we will be COMPLETELY done with our dossier within the next week :) Truly amazing. I just don't know what I would do without her!

When we submit our dossier, we'll be needing to make a payment of roughly $2,400. We have it, however, we were saving it for our upcoming domestic adoption expenses. We're not really sure what's going to happen, but we know God will provide. He always does!! Love you guys.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Both Hands Volunteers?!?

Work Day - March 2013
Hey guys!!! I mentioned in an earlier post about doing the Both Hands project and though we're at the very beginning stages, we need to get our team of volunteers established. For those who don't know, our volunteers will be the ones giving their life away for the day to bless a widow. We're praying that God will make clear who our widow will be. For the time being, we're not sure of exactly what the work will be; probably some kind of painting, cleaning, landscaping, etc.

Here's a quick run-down of how the Both Hands project works: First we have to establish our core group of volunteers that will be helping us do the work. Then we need to find a widow and assess her needs. Our volunteers then send out letters to their friends and family asking them to sponsor them for the day. Next we contact our local home improvement stores to get all the materials donated. Final step is showing up on our designated work day, and blessing the widow. (There are other steps, however these are the main ones)

At this point you might be asking, "What about the orphan?" All the money that gets raised from the sponsorship letters goes directly to our adoption agency as a tax-deductible (for the donor) donation :) The widow gets blessed, and our little Ethiopian angel is one step closer to coming home. Such a great project to be associated with. From checking out other peoples projects that they've done, I've seen raised any where from $5,000 to $15,000. Even if we're at the low end of that, we would be so thrilled!

We're looking to get around 30 to 40 people so if you're interested, and your in the Louisville area, let us know. Or if you'd like to sponsor some of our workers, that would be great too, just send me an email and we'll work it all out. Thank you so much and God bless you all!!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

2 Months Away!!

According to the app on my phone, our little guy is expected to arrive in just over two months (62 days)!! I feel like a little kid that knows what he's getting for Christmas, but he's not allowed to open it until that morning. If I could just get myself to think about something else for a little while, maybe it would go by a little quicker. Oh well, I can't help it :)

Thanks for all the prayers and support guys. We love you all so much!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Childlike Faith - Puzzle Fundraiser

I've been seeing these puzzle fundraisers all over the place, so I thought, why not?? For those of you who aren't familiar with them, you simply purchase a puzzle, and you sell the pieces for $3, $5, or $10 a piece. When someone chooses to purchase one (or sponsor), you write their name on the back of the piece. It's a neat idea that, once completed, looks really cool framed backwards with all the names showing. To see what one looks like when it's completed, click this link.

Puzzle Fundraiser - "Childlike Faith" 300 pieces

This puzzle spoke to me on many levels. One because obviously, a childlike faith, is what we must seek; innocent and pure. Second, it immediately made me think of our little Xmas miracle that will be here soon, and how important it is to raise him up to know, and more importantly, love our precious Savior. They will be $5 a piece to sponsor. 300 pieces at $5 a piece = $1500    :)

Between this puzzle fundraiser, the Gold Canyon candle sales (starting very soon), grants, and anonymous donations, I'm hoping to raise enough before the end of the year so we'll be able to completely pay off all attorney/court fees from the domestic adoption, as well as have enough to send our dossier to Ethiopia. I know this might seem lofty, but we serve a big God, and for Him, this is nothing. He delights in the provisions of orphans.

If you're feeling led to sponsor some puzzle pieces, you can click the donate tab on the right side of the page. Just let me know what names you want on your pieces :) Or if you want to mail a check (and avoid any PayPal fees), let me know and I'll send you our address. Thank you all so much for the support. Blessings!!!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Both Hands Project!!

     Hey everybody!! Well it's been a couple weeks since the golf scramble, and if you can't tell, I'm getting a little stir crazy with all this free time :) I didn't use to be this way. Doing nothing used to be one of my favorite things, but God has really been working on me lately (in preparation for our new arrival maybe). I've discovered that I'm now one of those people who likes having some kind of project going on. Over the past couple months, the golf scramble has been that fix that I need. Now that that has come to pass, I need something else.

     I mentioned in an earlier post about the Both Hands project that our friends did through Lifesong For Orphans and it was hugely successful!! As I've mentioned before, we've definitely kicked the idea around, however, I'm thinking now is a good time to get the ball rolling on it. As I type this, I'm getting together the application and all the necessary paperwork. I'm shooting for sometime in the Spring as the actual work-day.

     As always, your thoughts and prayers would mean so much. I'm praying that we won't have any trouble finding a widow to serve; that we can assemble a great team of workers; get all the necessary materials for the project donated; and of course, above all else, glorify our Lord and Savior.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Most Sincere Thanks!!!

Hey guys!!! God reminded me of something this morning as I was driving into work, and I feel that it's meant to be shared:

Leslie and I are so incredibly lucky!!!!! Not because of any material possessions we may have, but because of the friends and family God has blessed us with. When I reflect back on ALL of our fundraisers, I'm reminded of the sacrifices each and every one of you made, to make them the success that they were. It's because of you that we are where we are, and it's because of you, that one day, when we're sitting with our future children, we can tell them the tale of how God stirred the hearts of our friends and family, and knitted together the most precious ending we could have ever dreamed of. As I write this, I still don't know what that ending is, but, knowing our sovereign God, it will be nothing short of miraculous (no adjective quite expresses what I mean there!!). I can't see there little faces, but I picture Leslie and I surrounded by them; all laughing and smiling, and truly cherishing those precious, precious God-given moments.

I would like to close this in prayer. Not in the typical, selfish manner that I normally do (where I ask for your prayers). This morning, I'd like to pray on your behalf. I pray that God blesses you as you have blessed us. You are storing up massive amounts of treasure in heaven, and I wait with anticipation to one day stand before the Lord, and thank Him for each and every one of you. With so much love and thanks, God bless you all!

Monday, October 8, 2012

What's Next?!

Fall is here, and our fundraising schedule is wide open :) I think this is the first time since we started our adoption journey that we haven't had some major fundraising event coming up. It's kind of nice, but then again, I feel like I'm wasting time. Instead of taking a break, and enjoying the down time, I started googling "adoption fundraising ideas," (like I do pretty much every week) and I think I've got some ideas.

Here's a couple things we've been kicking around, but haven't set in stone: 
1.) Both Hands Project through Lifesong. This is a really cool way for adopting families to raise money for their adoption, while providing some kind of home renovation project for a widow. A couple of our friends did this, and they said it was absolutely amazing. After watching their video you'll see why. To successfully pull this off, we will need some serious help. We need a team of roughly 10 to 15 people.
2.) Gold Canyon Candles through a family friend of ours, Paige Miller. This is going to be great just before the holidays as people are looking for gift ideas. We'll have about 2 to 3 weeks to sell as many candles as we can. We have three or four of us so far that will be selling them, but we could always use a few more volunteers. We'll be provided with scratch and sniff sheets that have the different scents on them. Best of all, we'll be receiving anywhere from 38 to 40% of the total sales.
3.) Restaurant Eat-In Fundraisers. There are quite a few restaurants that give a percentage of sales back from all the people you bring.

New idea to consider:
1.) Signature Tiles - Let's see, how do I describe what I'm picturing in my head. OK, do you know the little sheets of paper at stores and restaurants that if you donate $ you get to write your name on it, and they put it on the wall with all the others?? I'm thinking we could do some like 3x3 inch plastic tiles (or something) and people can make a donation of any amount, and decorate the tile for us to put up in a certain place in the nursery/kids room.

If anybody has some other ideas, feedback in general, or wants to help with any of the above mentioned events, please email or comment below. We would love to get you involved. Thanks and God bless!!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Paperwork, Paperwork, And More Paperwork!

Does the paperwork ever end??? Is the question I ask all you fellow adopters (probably not a word) out there :)

Before we got the AMAZING news about being chosen by a birth mother (our domestic adoption), we had been working on our dossier for our Ethiopian adoption. Amidst all the craziness that had been going on since we got the news (fundraisers, lawyer mumbo-jumbo, nursery), our Ethiopian dossier had been temporarily put on the back burner. In addition to the dossier, we have an almost identical stack of paperwork we must complete for the domestic adoption.

Our goal is to wrap up the domestic paperwork as soon as we can. And then to have our Ethiopian dossier completed and sent out before little man comes in December. We know the referral process is a waiting game (loooooonng waiting game), so we're looking forward to spending that time changing poopy diapers and growing to attached to our first child :)

At this stage, we could really use some prayer and support. We know it will all be worth it once we're done and our babies are home. I keep telling myself it's just a stack of paperwork standing in between us and our future family (and time of course, and don't forget money,  etc. etc.).      Blessings!!!!!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Best Gift Ever!!

We finally picked out what we're going to bring our lil' Xmas bundle home in :)