Monday, September 30, 2013

HeBrews Coffee Fundraising

It's hard to find a fundraising effort that fits into our lifestyle and busy schedule.  But here it is! 

 
Jode and I LOVE coffee and wouldn't start our busy days without it.  When we heard of this opportunity, to sell coffee and raise funds for our adoptions, we knew it was the prefect fit.  A portion of your purchase will go to help bring Caius, Hattie and our "plus 1" child home
 
Now you can purchase YOUR much loved coffee and help us bring home our babies. 
 
Just click on the HeBrews Coffee link here or above and order away.  Remember, coffee makes a wonderful Christmas present for your coffee loving friends and family!  Buy a cute mug, a bag (or three) of coffee, wrap it in cello and add a cute bow. POW - easy peasy Christmas presents and you get to help rescue orphans too!
 
Thank you for loving our children home!
Jode and Kelley
 


 

 

Friday, September 27, 2013

Fundraising Update

We've had a couple of precious people donate to our Family Sponsorship Page.   Thank you very much! 

 (You can access that here or via our side bar donation button.)


Our fund raising efforts continue as well. We are getting closer to our must-have goal of $32,000 every day, but we are still $12,000 short.  We know God will supply one way or another. 

If you would like to help us bring home our babies, please remember that your donations are tax deductible, and if you live in a country other than the US, you can pay through paypal and they will do the rate conversion for you.  Your help is most appreciated.
 
Many Blessings,
Jode, Kelley and family
 
 
 
 

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Submitted

We are happy to say that after three months of paper chasing, our dossier was submitted this past week to the adoption authorities in our children's country.  I was in shock for a couple days. It had finally happened.  I told our coordinator, Nancy, that as soon as it hit me I would send her a video of me freaking out!  However, when it did hit me, my reaction was an even greater surprise.
Instead of doing a happy dance, I found myself sitting among piles of clothes, overwhelmed by the Grace of God and in tears.  I am going through the out-grown clothes we have from Flora, Gavin and Ian to see what can be worn by our new little ones and what we can sell to help raise money to bring them home.  I guess the realization that  1. we have only a few weeks to raise the rest of the funds, 2. we are actually at this stage and 3. our precious new babies will be wearing the clothes I was holding in my hands, made it all a bit more real.  And so I sat there, in tears, humbled by it all and thinking about that word "submitted".
"Submitted" is a word that holds such depth of meaning.  Have you ever thought about it?  Dictionary.com has no less that seven meanings three of which are:
  1. to yield oneself to the power or authority of another
  2. to allow oneself to be subjected to some kind of treatment 
  3. to defer to another's judgment, opinion, decision, etc.
When we begin an adoption journey we work toward the goal of getting our dossier, (months and months of tears, many many hours and  mounds of paperwork) submitted to the governing authorities, but in doing so we also submit ourselves to a higher calling, one which cannot be understood unless you've been through it or been very close to someone who has.  We submit ourselves to a process, or goal to persevere until all is completed which enables us to bring the child/ren home.  We submit ourselves to someone else's opinion because we have to have a home study created by someone else which judges our motives, our character and our means.  We submit ourselves to God's will for our lives even when others would deem us irrational.  Yet we submit.
God does not call us to become part of the crowd.  He does not ask us to go with the flow.  He asks us to submit to His calling on our lives whether it makes sense or not.  Noah building an ark on dry land made no sense yet he submitted.  Abraham sacrificing his precious, long awaited for, only son made no sense, yet he submitted.  Mary, as an unwed teen, was chosen to be the mother of Christ which she must have known would submit her to others ridicule, yet she submitted when she said "be it unto me according to Your will."  She submitted.  And so do we.
I see the faces of people like Rene, who in the midst of great pain continues to submit to God's calling upon her life to adopt a teen girl who desperately wanted a family.  I see Katie who could have easily given up by now, but she perseveres to fight to adopt her precious Rose.  I see Andrea and Kathy who started ministries to rescue special needs orphans who would be considered the "least of these" because of their needs.  So many families, so many children and just like the saints of old, God gives us strength to continue to submit to His will even when it's not easy. 
Many see the little bundle once we get them home and think "aww, how adorable" but have no clue what we have submitted to in order to get to this place.  Nor do they have any idea what we will submit to once they are home in order to help them begin to heal emotionally and/or physically.  These are all things we've taken into account, rest assured, and part of our choice to submit to this calling upon our lives. 
 Proverbs 3:5-6 says:
Trust in the Lord with all your heart
    and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
    and he will make your paths straight
So we were submitted this week.  We will continue to be submitted because in that submission He will make our paths straight. 
Thank you Father, for Your perfect will in all of our lives which we submit to You.  IJN, Amen

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Monday, September 9, 2013

Dossier Complete - Now we wait!

Hurry Up and Wait - That's a term we used a lot in the military.   It seemed while in boot camp that we were always rushing somewhere only to stand in a long line.  The adoption process is much the same.
 
We as adoptive parents do our best to get all of our dossier documents in country in order to be submitted for approval just as quickly as we can.  Once those documents are complete, our dossier is submitted to the governing officials who then determine whether they too will approve us to adopt from their country.  Once approved, we are then given a date to travel to come meet our long awaited little ones.  And that's where we are now.
 
Our final dossier documents arrived in country this morning (yea!) via another family who left yesterday on the way to meet their soon to be daughter.  It's an odd feeling having our dossier complete.  We hit a couple snags along the way, but we are finally at the point where we can do very little except wait. 
 
Of course, during that wait time I'm trying to figure out how to pack for three little ones, who will need very warm winter clothing AND "pack light."  Snowsuits are not small no matter how small the child.  Thankfully, from all guestimations, our little ones will most likely wear size 24mo or smaller.  Still, three snowsuits, three changes of clothing per child, and all the appropriate kiddie paraphernalia will leave little room for much else if we are merely going to take carry on luggage.  Somehow I just don't think that's going to happen.  Mom and Dad will need cold (very cold) weather clothes too!  I did buy some space bags, thanks to the recommendation of a veteran adoptive parent.  I'll let you know how it turns out.
 
I inserted a picture of our precious Caius below.  He's in the midst of getting dressed, but this shows, once again, just how absolutely adorable he is.  Those eyes are going to have many young girls' hearts all atwitter. 
 
Kelley Pruett Robinson's photo.
 
Money update - we've had a couple of precious people donate to our Family Sponsorship Page.  (You can access that here or via our side bar donation button.)  Thank you very much!  Our fund raising efforts continue as well. We are getting closer to our must-have goal of $32,000 every day.  Please remember that your donations are tax deductible, and if you live in a country other than the US, you can pay through paypal and they will do the rate conversion for you.  Your help is most appreciated.
 
Many Blessings,
Jode and Kelley