Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

James 1:27

He predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with His pleasure and will— to the praise of his glorious grace, which He has freely given us in the One He loves.

Ephesians 1:5-6

Learn to do good. Seek justice. Help the oppressed. Defend the cause of orphans. Fight for the rights of widows.

Isaiah 1:17

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sorry all for being late in posting this. My brain is really everywhere these days. But I wanted to give a BIG BIG THANK YOU to all who came out to show their support and love for us at Chick Fil A!!!! We raised $230!!!! Seeing your faces and your excitement was SUCH a huge hug on our hearts! If I didn't get a chance to thank you in person, sorry it was CRAZY!!! The lady who was hosting our Spirit night said it was so busy she had to jump behind the counter to help out with the EXTRA customers  So really and truly THANK YOU!!!

If you haven't heard yet, our ice cream social will be a SWEET FROGS Ice Cream social!!!!! Sweet Frogs, for all you who don't know is a local frozen yogurt joint where you can fill yoru cup to the BRIM with TOPPINGS!!!! AHHHH!!!! My hubby laughs because I really am like a little kid when it comes to toppings on ice cream...there will be NO fruit on my ice cream you can be sure of that!!!! Any-hoo. Sweet Frogs is an AWESOME fit for us too because it just so happens that FROGS stand for Fully Rely On Christ!!!! My sister and I got to meet the manager and he was WONDERFUL! Turns out his sister in law has adopted and hosts orphans in the summer time and hopes to adopt again. And he himself plans on adopting in the future!!! How awesome is that!!!! He was MORE than willing to help us out with WHATEVER we need!!!! We will be having so yummy Sweet Frog toppings at this girls Ice Cream Social,. Can I get a WHAT WHAT!!!!!

Another one of our AWESOME AWESOME Gold sponsors for our Ice Cream Social is Family Chiropractic Center for Wellness! Dr. Brian Dahmer and his family are very close family friends of ours and we THANK THEM from the very bottom of our hearts for their love and support of our adoption. 

Another sponsor for us is Stitch to My Lue Promotions! Thank you SOOO much!!!

We are also starting to get in some AWESOME baskets and gift cards for our Chinese auction and I can't wait to share them with all of you!!!! 

We have received some goodies from:

Gator Nutrition
Origami Owl Consultant
Erin Brandenburg Ghiradelli Chocolate
Joe Brown
Cheryl Daniels 

I know there a few more my sister hasn't given me all the information on yet, those will be added as SOON as I hear!!! Thank you all SO SO much!!!!!

Love you all!!!!! Please keep our Fundraiser in your prayers as two very not so much planners try to pull this together!!! Thanking the LORD for my sister and sweet friend Marie for your HELP!!! With out you...welll you don't want to know! XOXOXOXOX

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Head Held High-Putting It All Out There

         I have said before that in these last few years I have come to LOVE running. I never thought that I would, but I really do love it. Pushing myself, believing in myself, um...ALONE for a few minutes! But these last few months finding time or energy to run has been few and far between. This morning I made myself get out there. While I was running, about a 1/2 mile in, I noticed I was running with my head down. Now if you know a few things about running, you know running with your head down is not good for you and doesn't really help you go very fast or far. So I tried picking my head up. But my mind did not like the change for some reason, I had to fight to keep my head up. WHY do I write all these things in an adoption blog you may ask....stick with me, I will explain.
              I'm laying it all out now-I am a pretty insecure person. Some have been surprised to hear me say that, so I must be a good actress, but it is true. The reason running with my head down comes so naturally for me is because of my insecurity, (yes I'm laying it all out there, figured it's better to do now instead of when I write my autobiography when I'm a rock star) It has been a while since I ran outside, it has been awhile since I ran at all, what if people were watching me and thinking, wow she's running ridiculously sloooow, why does she even bother! Now if I really stopped to think about it, do I really think anyone is sitting at their window at 7am on a Saturday watching me? NO! It's those lies I let into my head, and for some reason believe. So after forcing myself to keep my head up it becomes easier and finally I'm in a spot where keeping my eyes up isn't a problem and automatically my metal state has changes. I'm telling myself I can do this, I'm telling myself you got this, and more importantly, why do I care what anyone else thinks, I'm not doing this for them! And that's when I really start enjoying the run.
                 (Now to my point) After 3 or 4 comments from people of, why would you not adopt from America when we have so many children here, or why are you adopting when you already have children, or why are you raising money to adopt when you don't HAVE to adopt in the first place...I feel beat down. I feel defeated. I too start turning those questions over and over in my head and start thinking, they are right, I already have four, can I really handle more?, I don't have money and I hate asking for money, should I even be doing this? Should I really keep doing this and listen to people bash us for not being "American" enough to adopt "our own"? I feel like maybe this was a bad idea and I should just walk the rest of the way home and quit.
          *Before I go on I must say, I DO think all of these are logical questions, I have NO problem answering them when I feel that someone genuinely wants to know the answers.
               Just like getting a chance to go out for a run alone, being a mom of four kids, cleaning, cooking, laundry, planning, ect. I have a hard time really finding time to get myself into the Word alone. But man when I do, I am pumped. When I get that chance to see God face to face and be refreshed, I feel held, and I remember, I'm not doing this for them, and no offense that means I don't care what you think about us. I'm doing this because GOD called us to adopt, we're adopting from China because GOD called us to China, He's asking us to step out in faith to adopt without money because He called ALL of us to take care of orphans in some way, and us specifically to raise them, and we are adding to our family of 6 because HE thinks we can. And that's when I remember how important it is to ALWAYS keep my head up, because He is where my confidence and strength comes from to keep running.

Philippians 3:14  I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upwardcall of God in Christ Jesus.

1 Corinthians 9:24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.

8 Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done.9 Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts. 10 Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice. 11 Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always. I Chronicles 16:8-11

LID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Let the Count Down Begin!

Well we are officially LID! (Sorry I'm a little late in posting about this :)) Lock in Date means we are locked into China's system-they now know we mean business! We are now in the LOOOONG wait period. LOA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOA mean Letter of Approval-I believe it's the final approval from our Pre-approval that we got that Nina is ours :)!!! It has been reported to being from 13 days to 100+ days so there really is NO way of knowing when it will come! But once you have crossed the LOA hurtle, most people are super excited because most waits after that point are weeks or even days instead of months! So now we wait-and REALLY start some major fundraising!!!
Speaking of.......................this Wednesday the 17th of April, Chick-fil-A is hosting a Spirit night from 5-8p to help us raise money! 10% or more, based on the turn out, of everyone's order goes to our adoption. You have to present the flier for it to count. There will also be a wheel there to spin and with every spin you WILL get a prize! 100% of the money for every spin goes to US!!! So come on out to a great company eat GREAT food and help a GREAT cause!!!

Here's the link to the flyer:
(*yes I know it's upside down...that's how I roll...)

AND May 17th is our BIG Ice Cream Social!! We will be having a raffle, Chinese Auction, LIVE music and  of course ICE CREAM!!!!! There will be Vanilla ICE CREAM with toppings, toppings and MORE toppings!!! Also a sweet friend offered to make some home made ice cream as another choice...mmmmmmm.
Many companies and friends have already given us some pretty nice things to raffle off and for that we say THANK YOU!!!! We are blown away by the hearts of friends and strangers who have been willing to give to us!!! But there is still plenty of time if you want to give to the auction!!! WE would LOVE if you could all have a part of bringing home our sweet sweet baby girl!

Ice Cream will start being served at 6:30p
20255 Denny Dr Brooksville, Fl 34601

Here' the invite for the Ice Cream social on Facebook-if you would RSVP that would
 be great so we know how much ICE CREAM to have! DO NOT WANT TO RUN OUT OF THAT!!!!