When People Believe In You!

This past Friday night, we hosted a spaghetti dinner and silent auction, was a night that our family will not soon forget! Our hearts were filled to the brim by close friends, family, neighbors, gym buddies, and strangers. We drove home that night knowing 100% that we are doing something God has called us to do. The support from these people was overwhelming to say the least. A thank you is not enough…but its all we know how to do so…thank you for believing in us, our family, and our hearts! That means more than any $$ ever donated!

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thank you for believing in us!
-j

The Paperwork is in the Mail!! What What!

This week was a big week…why you may ask…well…not because H pee’d on the floor again, but… 1) We dropped our dossier, a word i just learned how to spell, which simply means a larger stack of papers then you … Continue reading

the busy boy

the busy boy

H is our “busy” kid. He is ALL boy and tries to defy gravity by climbing the shelves in the living room until he gets stuck like a cat in a tree. He races back and forth down the long corridor from the front door to the dining room at full speed, only to crash into the wall without stopping. He jumps down the stairs landing on all fours instead of taking them one at a time. He is constantly on the move and rarely sits still.

All that to say, the other night we were all cuddling on the couch before bedtime watching some football (we typically have to corral H into this quiet activity) he then got very quiet and looked very concerned.

H: We need to pray
Me: Ok? (as I give Justin a questioning look)

H: Everybody hold hands (we quickly comply)

Me: What do we need to pray about?

H: Ki (he states matter-of-factly as Justin and I exchange more questioning looks)

Me: Ok, what do we need to pray about for Ki?

H: I don’t know mama, we just need to pray.

So, Justin led our family in a short prayer about Ki, asking that God would be with him, protect him and provide for him until we can bring him home. This must have satisfied H because he shouted “Amen” and pronounced quiet time was over!

We firmly believe that the Holy Spirit is alive and working in our family, and it brought tears to my eyes to know that He quietly prompted our busy boy to “Be still and know that I am God,” and to surrender to that prompting.

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BIG NEWS! Meet K…our son!

We have been matched with a beautiful 2-year-old boy from Uganda!

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FYI We do have a picture which we can share if you see us, but we cannot share it publicly or socially at this time. Please ask when you see us!

He will be known as K “1 of his Ugandan Names” Boling. We don’t know much about him at this time because the Uganda courts are shut down for the holidays. In the next couple weeks we will be receiving official paperwork that will hopefully have social and medical history. What we do know is that we are stoked, excited, tearful, and trying to trust God in all of this.

Please continue to pray for us as sleep is hard to come by and this is a very emotional process. We have a ton of paperwork to complete and about $20,000-$25,000 to save and raise by March! We are beyond excited and can’t wait to meet him and hold him.

Much love and thanks for reading!
– j, e, h, ky, and g

I think a part of me will always be waiting for you…

We received some disheartening news this week and are trying to process through it and grieve in our own way but wanted to share some things with all of you.

Due to some unforeseen changes in Uganda, we will most likely only be able to adopt one child and it will probably be a boy. There is a lot of corruption around international adoption and the Ugandan Embassy is starting to do some investigations and might not issue US visas to waiting children, so we are trying to expedite our adoption and will not be able to wait for sisters like we had hoped.  We are praying that we are able to get our child out of Uganda before all of this happens, but there is so much up in the air.

Please hear me when I say that we are so excited at the prospect of adopting a little boy, but I am grieving the dream of adopting sisters. I long for girls to play dress up with, to watch my girls dance with their daddy, to put them in pink hair bows and tutus, to listen to high pitched giggling throughout the house.  I pray that this dream is just “on hold” and not forever gone, but I am trusting God to walk me through this time as I grieve the “loss” of this dream.

~The greatest test of faith is when you don’t get what you want, but still you are able to say Thank You Lord.~ unknown

Jeremiah 29:11-13

Jeremiah 29:11-13 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.  Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.  You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”

Often we want God to bless our dreams when He wants to replace them with something better. We are on our knees seeking the Lord and praying for His will to be done in this adoption.  Will you join us in prayer as we walk faithfully through this process?

e

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James 1:27 in the real world

We recently celebrated orphan care weekend at our church, which got me thinking about the mandate God has placed on all believers to “care for widows and orphans in their time of distress.” (James 1:27) I don’t believe that God has placed a calling on all of us to adopt internationally. However, he has instructed us to care “for the least of these.” What does this look like in a practical, every day since? Who are the people who you interact with that are in need of a helping hand, and how can you meet some of these needs? Here is what I have come up with…

Help an elderly neighbor with yard work or shovel their driveway this winter.

Take a meal over to the single Dad who is trying to raise his kids and work full-time down the street.

Offer to help drive the single Mom’s children to school or extra curricular activities (you’re already taking your own kids, so what’s a few more?)

Volunteer as a family at a homeless shelter or collect supplies/donations to drop off.

Organize a clothing drive, backpack drive, or shoe drive this holiday season for at risk kids/teens.

Pick up Starbucks and visit your neighbor that just had a baby and is overwhelmed with this first time parenting thing and just listen or offer to let her take a nap while you get some cuddle time with the new one.

Get registered and volunteer to provide respite care to a foster family who has special needs children and could desperately use a night out, or just a trip to the grocery store by themselves.

Contact your local church and ask what needs they have…maybe it’s certain items for the food pantry, or needing mentors for kids/teens/young adults, or needing volunteers to deliver meals to shut-ins.

This list is certainly not exhaustive and there is something that every single one of us can do to help others. If you don’t have a lot of time on your hands, consider donating financially to something that you are passionate about. If you have administrative skills, ask your church where they can use your help.

Remember, James 1:27 is a MANDATE from God. It is not just a mere suggestion…so lets get going and help “the least of these.”

E