Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving! We hope everyone had fun stuffing their faces with turkey and all the other great foods. Unfortunately my family was sick so we did not get to visit our family for the holiday, but I am just thankful for sitting on the couch and watching the parade with them. We had fun today and we just cooked our first turkey! It was quite adventurous. We did not get a full turkey only a breast.......but it still was adventurous trying to get it to cook. It took a LONG time. When we finally sat down to eat we had a table covered with food.

As we sat and ate my family and I shared what we were thankful for. We had alot to be thankful for and I am thankful for everyone being thankful. Hehe.......

Have a great Thanksgiving!!!!!!!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Tomorrow is National Adoption Day!

Tomorrow we celebrate National Adoption Day. This day is when lots of adoptions are finalized in the U.S. (particularly for adoptions from the U.S. foster care system). Also on this day, the media will have a lot of attention on adoption. It can be a time when people hear about adoption and think about opening up their homes for these needy children. It must be really exciting for all the families out there that will finalize their process and bring their own sons and daughters into their forever families. Good luck to all!!!

There is a new movie out and it is called The Blind Side. It is a movie about a teenage boy who is homeless. He has no family. Then a family adopts him and he soon becomes a great football player.This story is based on Michael Oher's adoption story. My mom wants to see it REALLY badly. (Not kidding) Sometimes when she watches the trailer she starts crying.I have a feeling it will be a very teary movie.

We will check it out and let you know how it is.
: )

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Just Love Coffee

We've signed up for this website to help raise money to build a school for children in Ethiopia. This also helps raise funds for adopting families. We've met Rob Webb, the company founder. He's adopted 2 daughters from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and became aware of the costs of adopting and looked for a way to help alleviate some of this cost for families. He's got this great passion for coffee roasting and you can taste it in the coffee. He told us his favorite blend is the African Skies blend and we agree. This coffee is well worth a try. It's simply delicious - and it's USDA Certified Organic and Fair Trade Certified Coffee besides. It is available either by the bag or as part of the Coffee Club.

Orphan Sunday

This is what we shared at our church, Oasis Christian Center, for Orphan Sunday.
About 2 years ago God placed the burden for orphans in our hearts. As we prayed and studied God’s word He opened our eyes to the global orphan crisis. If the church is to be fully mobilized to address this crisis, what we need to see is not simply the face of an orphan but the face of Jesus.

God’s heart for the orphan is great. Throughout scripture God shows this. God calls Himself the father of the fatherless. He says He delights in setting the lonely in families, and He asks us to care for the orphans, the fatherless and those who don’t have a family. The greatest thing is we know God loves orphans because we know God loves us. While we were still worthless abandoned, hopeless orphans, God showed us His amazing love by adopting us into His family and giving us the spirit of adoption by whom we cry out “Abba, Father”. We have heard it said “Adoption is the visible gospel”. God desires that we show this love to the world by going out and in the same way caring for orphans in their distress. This is not about us fulfilling our responsibility. This is not, “you better do it or else.” God comes to us as a Father full of love. We are not His children because of what we’ve done, what we’ve accomplished, or because of any merit of our own. God clearly says that He predestined us to be adopted into His family, to become His children “according to the good pleasure of His will to the praise and glory of His grace.”

We are all sitting here today because at some point in our life God has revealed Himself to us and showed us our need for Him and now we are no longer orphans but fully adopted sons and daughters of God. What a sense of security that brings - knowing the God of all the universe loves us so much that he would send his only son to die for us that we would be called his children.

How do we show hope to a world that is so desperate and a world that is truly hopeless. In Matthew 25 Jesus said, “I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me. I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me. Truly I say to you as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers you did it to me.”

Jesus words tell us that when we look into the face of the orphan or the face of the sick, oppressed, imprisoned or poor we are to see more than their faces we are to see His. We need to be melted by the face of the crucified and risen Jesus.

So how do we respond beyond what is comfortable and easy. If we will respond to the needs of orphans in the same way that God responded to the need of His orphans, by sacrificing His son, then imagine what could start happening. If we respond beyond our own ease and convenience with a focus on Jesus and Him crucified for us. If we responded like a people who have the greatest gift in the world, eternal life through the hardest sacrifice ever made, what would we do? Would we take the path of least resistance or would we throw ourselves before the Lord exulting His goodness and asking Him to show us what our role is. We all have a different part to play. Ask God to have His way with your life and you may be surprised at how He uses you. You may find yourself led to adopt or be a foster parent when you thought you could not. You may find yourself praying and being an advocate. You may find yourself serving in another country. You may find yourself giving beyond what you give now. Or you may find yourself involved with the fatherless children right here in Midland Beach who have been orphaned by divorce or death. We are inviting you to join us as we pray about what steps we can take as the local church to help the orphan crisis and bring hope and the love of Jesus to the least of the least.

The Facts

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Got our Log in Date!

We received an email today from the adoption agency saying that we have Our LID from the CCAA (Which is the log in date for our dossier). Our LID is 11/4/09 two days after our dossier was sent in. We were told it would take 4 to 6 weeks to receive the LID. God is so good and in control of all things. We were also told that our electronic acceptence was sent today and we should be receiving our pre aprroval in a few days. We are on the way to bring our little boy home!! A big thanks to all that have been praying for us during the entire process.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Sister Picture!

This is me and my sister Julia.
(Jenna 12-left, Julia 8-right)

An Update

Today we got new pictures of the baby. He was so cute! He was crawling and sitting up which is good. He has two teeth on the bottom of his mouth and his arm is a little longer that we thought. It is a little below the elbow and that means he can do even more with it than he could with no arm below the elbow. Awesome! We also got a video and it is a video of him crawling. He was so adorable! His hair is so wild and it is starting to grow more. It goes in all directions. He is like a little porcupine dude! He is so cute and I cannot wait to bring him home to our family!


Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Starting Out

It was a little over two years ago when God decided to move my parents heart to adopting a baby boy. They first started thinking about it after a concert almost four years ago. Then over the years they became more aware of the orphan crisis around the world. My mom and dad soon also became more aware about Gods loving heart in caring for the orphans. After a lot of prayer they started getting more information about the adoption process. In October 2008 they attended an informational seminar with America World Adoption Agency (AWAA). Through the agency they met several couples who had adopted and they shared their stories. There was more prayer and about a month later they decided to take that huge step of faith and adopt a little baby.

At first I didn't really think my parents were serious. Then when they said they definitely wanted to adopt I was really upset. The thought of the new baby made me wonder if I would be kicked out of my parents life. I was totally against the idea. I didn't like it when we talked about it so my parents said they would not talk about it with me until I was ready. Then finally little by little I got used to the idea. Soon I told Mommy and Daddy, "We should do this."

When I was almost excited we were adopting, a new surprise came that we were going to adopt a special needs baby. When my mom and dad explained it, I totally freaked out. They said it was possible we would get a cleft lip or a cleft palate and I hated that idea. Then they also said we might get a baby with a missing limb (or a limb difference). Now after all the discussion of the special needs I didn't want to adopt anymore. Then after a night of a big discussion in bed about how my parents will never stop loving me no matter what, I loosened up about the idea. Another night we had another talk about the idea of getting a baby with a limb difference. Mommy and Daddy explained how those kids can do almost anything. Then I decided it would be kind of cool to have a baby with a limb difference. My concerns still weren't over. I worried most about the idea that Daddy would favor the new baby boy instead of me. After more talking I finally clicked about a special needs baby and soon I got more and more excited. My sister Julia was excited from the beginning. She said she wanted to adopt and it had to be from China (she feels like she's one with the Chinese). We all agreed that it should be from China and that is when we started on the paperwork.

After that in January 2009 we started getting into all the paper work. Then this summer we started going as a family into the city to do more paperwork and then getting good New York pizza. (That is very important for when you go into the city. (Always remember- GET PIZZA!).Two weeks ago we got a phone call from AWAA. They said they had a match and they sent us an email of the pictures. He is SO ADORABLE!!!!!!! He has cute little thin eyes and it was funny to see him in the picture with all girl toys surrounding him. The little baby had a limb difference. As soon as we saw the picture we were all screaming with excitement! Mommy and Daddy said they would pray and think on it but deep down I knew he was the one. Day after day they prayed and we got more and more excited. Soon we finally said yes to him and last week we sent in our dossier to China. It arrived there November 2 at 9:30AM (their time). We were all so excited. We were jumping up and down when we heard it arrived. Now all we are doing is waiting to go pick up our little boy and he is waiting for a family like us to kiss him goodnight. The wait time could be up to 6 months but we know that God will do what He has to do to bring our little boy home to us.

Check with you later!