Sunday, March 1, 2015

Update and Fund-raiser

We know that we have been doing so much fundraising, and honestly, it is incredibly difficult to ask for your help again.

Our biggest challenge is not loving another child or even opening our hearts and home, but is finding the finances to make this happen. The estimated cost for our adoption is $35,000. That's certainly more than we have. We know God is a faithful God, and He is guiding us as we trust in Him to provide. By God's grace we have been able to pay the initial $15,000.
Our paperwork has been sent to Ch*na. It is *estimated* that we will be traveling to bring our son home in May. I wish I could share the picture we have of our son, "Judah". He is beautiful. "Judah" has thalassemia. The type he has causes a life-threatening anemia that requires regular blood transfusions and extensive ongoing medical care. These extensive, lifelong blood transfusions lead to iron-overload which must be treated with chelation therapy to prevent early death from organ failure. Due to "Judah's" health we are expediting his adoption.

Our friends have put together a great fund-raiser for us. We are now selling these awesome t-shirts to help raise the funds needed to bring our son home. Every $25 donation will get you one of these tees.
Click the link below for details. You also have the option to just donate if you do not want a tee. Please pray, share, and donate if you can. Thank you.


Saturday, February 14, 2015

2-in-1 Laptop Giveaway: Help bring "Judah" home

Juley G. won the laptop. Rhenda T. won a $10 Target gift card and Tasha R. also won a $10 Target gift card.

We are heading back to Ch*na for another precious son! Our family is so excited!! You can read about our beautiful boy here

As we work towards bringing "Judah" home, we find ourselves very short on the funds we need to bring him home. Due to "Judah's" medical needs we are working on expediting his adoption process, and we might be heading to Ch*na sooner than later. So, we are graciously asking for your help. 

You can donate for a chance to win!

We are giving away a Toshiba Satellite Radius 2-in-1 with 4GB memory and 500GB hard drive.

We will also be drawing for a 2nd and 3rd place winner! Our two oldest decided that they wanted to help out too. They have donated their gift cards that they received for Christmas to our giveaway. The 2nd and 3rd place winners will each receive a $10 Target gift card!!

100% of the profits will be going towards bringing "Judah" home.

All entries for the drawing need to be in by Sunday, February 22, at 5 pm. We will notify the winner later that night.
Just click on the PayPal donate button on the right. Please specify "donation" on PayPal. You can also pay by credit card on the donate button. For those that rather not pay via the website but want to enter please contact me here.
  • $ 5 for 1 entry
  • $ 10 for 3 entries
  • $ 25 for 10 entries
  • $ 50 for 25 entries
  • $100 for 60 entries
We will be giving an extra 5 entries if you donate and share this post. Please be sure to let me know that you shared so you can get your extra entries!

    Thank you for making a difference for our family! We could not do this without the support of our friends and family!
If you are not able to financially help us at this time, that is OK, we just ask that you keep us, and "Judah" in your prayers.

Friday, February 6, 2015

And He Makes 7: adopting again

Yes, it is true. Our family is growing again!
We have received pre-approval to adopt a beautiful 4 year old boy from China. His advocacy name is "Judah". He has beta thalassemia major just like our daughter Ayla. He is  also blood transfusion dependent. You can learn more about thalassemia here. "Judah's" health, right now, is a big worry for us. That being said, our family is still very excited and we are really looking forward to welcoming him into our family. This is not something we have taken lightly; we have been praying for "Judah" and about adopting him for months. We are not adopting him to "save" him; that is not our job. Choosing to welcome Judah into our family is all about hope, love, family, and God.

I am not going to be sharing as much information this time around for many reasons, but I will be updating on our progress. We will not be sharing identifying pictures of our new son until he is legally ours, but I assure you he is crazy cute and has the most gorgeous eyes.

We hope to have all of our paperwork "logged in" by the end of February. Due to "Judah's" medical needs are trying really hard to get everything done quickly. Our agency and our US government have agreed that "Judah" needs to come home quickly and have agreed to help us expedite the best that they can. At this time we are not sure when we will travel, but we think it will be sometime this summer.

Now the tough part. We need to raise the remaining funds to bring "Judah" home. We have a few fundraisers planned and we will be sharing those soon.

We are so thankful for everyone that supports and loves our family. We cannot do this without all of you.

"Fear not for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you... For I am the Lord your God..
~Isiah 43:1-3