Fill the Sippy Cup in November

Can you believe it’s almost November?! There are several reasons why I love November. It is the month in which we pause for a day to give thanks. & It is the time when (if I weren’t living in southern California) I would get to enjoy fall colors and refreshing rain.

But now I have 2 more reasons to love November. On the 8th we celebrate World Adoption Day and this year National Adoption Day is November 21. So basically November is Adoption Month! What a great opportunity to grow in our understanding of orphaned and vulnerable children. And what a great opportunity to talk with our kids about it. I know this adoption journey has opened our kiddos’ eyes just a little bit. Maybe our journey can help your kids too.

full sippy cupsMaybe you want to join us in filling the sippy cup. My kids have a blast stealing all my spare change (& even most of my bills) to put in the adoption sippy cup. When it is full they help me count it and we take it to the bank.

We would love to have you join us this month and fill a sippy cup with coins and bills to help support our adoption.

sippy cupsIf you are close by I will even supply the sippy cup. If you are far away, I’d say just use any fun cup you have. At the end of the month simply give it back to me. Or, to save on shipping for you out-of-towners, count it up and send us a check.

Even if you don’t have kids, we’d love to have you participate! Every penny truly does count!

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It’s a Family Thing

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While we were considering adoption Jonathan & I talked a lot with our families wanting to be sure we had their full support. This journey is going to be hard, but I can’t imagine how much harder it would be without our parents and siblings there to support us at every turn.

It is a team effort and I am so INCREDIBLY THANKFUL for the team of amazing friends and family that have come along side us. We are truly blessed!

Specifically, I am thankful for the day when we were taking family pictures with my parents and, while we were at it, wanted to also capture a few of us announcing our adoption. My mom said, almost with tears, “We want to be in some of the pictures too. She will be our granddaughter!” Mom, you don’t know how much that blessed me.

& the day my Mother-in-law gave her soon-to-be-granddaughter a name. She said, “I just wanted you to know that today as I prayed for our new baby girl, I couldn’t pray for ‘future grandchild’ anymore, I had to give her a name. So for now she’s Baby Grace, I hope that’s alright with you.” It is more than alright! That may not be her forever name, but it is perfect.

So, it’s a family thing, this adoption journey. & I am so very thankful for that!

Contracts and Cash

It is my turn to finally post something on this journal of our journey of adoption. Finally! It is mind-blowing that in some length of time we will welcome a new member to our little family. Someone we are not used to in person but are used to praying for. The joys and struggles that are ahead are well chronicled by others but not fully anticipated until they are lived out. It is an adventure. The kind of redemptive adventure we like.

This week we received all the contracts from our adoption agency and the first bill for a large payment. We have to find all sorts of documents and I have to explain that one time I was arrested in college… Then we use our very affordable signatures to make things official.

Next comes the payment. We have been planning for a little while but we are not rich people, at least by American standards, so this part takes a bit more faith. But here is the thing, God has always provided for us and I don’t expect he will stop now. He has been faithful to care for us as he has called us to step out on faith over and over again.

Maybe today this can be a reminder to you of God’s faithfulness. First and most importantly he was faithful when we were faithless, to send his son to live obediently and die in our place. To invite us into his family by adoption and give us his Spirit so we might cry our Abba Father.

Then he promises to give us all that we need for life and godliness. Each and everything. In Christ he gives us all things. Not the things we don’t need. But the life-giving sort of provision. Provision that makes much of Jesus and gives us peace.

As we work through the contracts, and pay out the cash, it is this peace that is our anchor. We invite you to get in on it too.

A Week of Ups & Downs

1 week into our adoption process and we have already come across a few challenges.

The major issue was that for the past year we have been part of a Christian medical share program rather than typical insurance. But thankfully our adoption agency pointed out that this would not be sufficient for our adopted child because they don’t cover any preexisting conditions even for adopted children, which we know she will have in some form. So we have been busily working to figure out what coverage would be best for our current and future family.

Plus, we had to figure out life insurance and fill out a few additional forms.

Through these first setbacks, I am even more thankful for my husband. He spent hours in front of the computer and on the phone this week trying to figure this out. He is set on getting our girl home as soon as possible and will do whatever it takes to keep things rolling.

So, God has redeemed this frustrating situation and I know He is working all this together for His glory. There will be times ahead that are far more frustrating than this and, by His grace, we will approach each one of them as a team with patience, perseverance and grace.

We are grateful to be back on track and moving forward again! Keep praying!

And so it begins…

Well, we are off to the races! We submitted our agency application and are ready to get this adoption process going!

We will wait to hear from the agency to see if we are approved to pursue adoption in China. Then we will jump right into our home study.

Now you can really start praying for us! God willing, we will be bringing home a little girl in 18 months give or take.

We are so excited, a bit anxious, very hopeful & extremely humbled. God has been good to us & He will continue to provide our every need.

Thanks for being excited with us!