Saturday, February 28, 2009
Now, for my new challenge. For those of you following, you will notice I am not very creative or original in my fundraising. Nevertheless, the need is here. I am asking for everyone to start collecting loose change and small bills in a jar. We started this at the beginning of our adoption process and have already collected close to $100, just in $1, $5 and loose change.
We are so close to our needed amount, and so close to being done with our paper work. But, I need every one's help to bring him home.
Thanks again to all of you for your ongoing prayers and support.
Here is what is happening now:
We submitted to USCIS this week
We are awaiting the arrival of our passports
Final Home Study is this Tuesday
Working on and almost done with our dossier
Need to raise just $9000 to go get my boy!!!
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Monday, February 23, 2009
Up until yesterday I was still very nervous about leaving the kids at home while we travel. I knew the boys would be okay, they will be with there dad. I had already talked to him about it and let him know what is going on, so he was on board to keep them the whole time. It was the girls i was worried about. I didn't want them shuffled too much, but everyone in my family works, so that made it hard to find 1 consistent person. I had talked to our 2 babysitters that we use most often, but couldn't really afford to pay them for that length of time either. Well, yesterday, my prayers were answered. Bill's parents volunteered to take care of all 3 girls while we are away!! My family will take turns on the weekends to give them a break, but since they are retired, they will have them during the week. This has lifted such a HUGE weight off my shoulders. I know now that all my kids will be well cared for while we are away. Now I can fully focus on getting Patrick home!
Sunday, February 22, 2009
This morning, we were on our way to church, and Steven said "I wish it was summer already". I asked why. He said, "because when it's summer, you are going to go bring Patrick home from ______ and I will have a new brother. I really can't wait to have a new brother". Me: "I know, buddy, me too!!"
We are all waiting not so patiently for Patrick to join our home. To us he is already a part of our hearts and family.
I want to encourage all of you, again, to dig deep and help us bring our baby home. Our garage sale donations keep rolling in, and I hope this will help raise a lot of money. In the mean time, those of you with tax returns, please think about donating a portion of those through our support page (found by clicking on the button in the ride sidebar) and use it as a deduction next year!
Friday, February 20, 2009
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Monday I had the privilege of having lunch with Amy http://bringinghomeboys.blogspot.com/ . She lives very close to us. It is so nice having people near by that I can compare notes with and talk to about what is going on. I look forward to getting together with her again. Hopefully our boys will be lifelong friends when they get home (we happen to also have 3 children all the same age, so everyone gets a playmate!).
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Friday, February 13, 2009
Don't forget about my challenge to you http://shuppsadoptionjourney.blogspot.com/2009/02/challenge-to-my-readers.html
GO DO THOSE TAXES!!!
Thursday, February 12, 2009
I started working on my dossier stuff. Don't know if what I'm doing is right, but I want to get things moving, and doing things that I have control over helps me wait. If it's not done right, that's OK, I don't feel like I am wasting my time, because if it is right, we are ahead!
After the tragic news yesterday, I want to get Patrick home faster then ever. Since he is already 5, we are living on borrowed time with him being able to stay at the orphanage instead of the institution. I can't describe to you the way I feel when I think about him being transferred. Please pray that he is able to stay where he is at until we get there. I am trying so hard to get things done as fast as possible.
Which brings me to another positive. Although it is not in the account yet, I know of some more money that is coming in. We have less than $10,000 to go. We are so close! The garage sale is coming along great. I have someone bringing more items today, and then again on Monday. There are 3 other people that I know are actively gathering things for me. Hopefully that will bring in some funds as well.
So, all in all, this week is turning out good. We have gotten a lot done.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Don't forget about my challenge http://shuppsadoptionjourney.blogspot.com/2009/02/challenge-to-my-readers.html
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Don't forget about the challenge http://shuppsadoptionjourney.blogspot.com/2009/02/challenge-to-my-readers.html
GO DO THOSE TAXES!!!
Friday, February 6, 2009
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
'To get something you never had, you have to do something you never did.' When God takes something from your grasp, He's not punishing you, but merely opening your hands to receive something better. Concentrate on this sentence... 'The will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not protect you.' Something good will happen to you today; something that you have been waiting to hear.
Something MAJOR was taken from my grasp today, and it has had me very upset, somehow these words comforted me. I know God is in control, and he can handle ANYTHING!
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
On that note, I want to post something that was written by one of the dads that is adopting through Reeces Rainbow. It was sent out in an e-mail to our "group" and I have permission to share it. I don't know if anyone could say how I think we all feel any better than this. When Chris wrote this, him and his wife were 10 days away from going to pick up there child. So, in the words of Chris:
when it was 10 days before I met God and He adopted me, was HE this excited?
I wonder if His stomach did flips and He got tears in His eyes when He thought about holding me for the first time.
I wonder if His heart ached when He thought about my life without Him as my Daddy.
I wonder if it grieved Him to know that I was living as an orphan and had no hope of a future without Him.
I wonder if He was as okay with paying my ransom as I am with paying our boys'.
I wonder if, for Him, there was no cost too high, no sacrifice too great.
Monday, February 2, 2009
Lu did an "interview" on her blog http://www.blogger.com/www.thepoppiesblog.blogspot.com/ not to long ago. She is a strong advocate for RR. One of the questions she asked me was about my background on Patrick's blog. She's the one that designed my blog, but wanted to bring awareness as to why that background was chosen. I wanted to give my readers a chance to know why as well. Here is an outtake from her bloggy interview:
One more question... the blog design and button have a very Asian feel to them. I know about the canvas' your niece made but I'd love for you to tell the story here!
For Christmas, my husband and I wanted to give our oldest son a really special room just for him. He is half Laotian, and loves hearing about his ancestry. He is drawn to all things Asian in style. After talking about it, we decided we would go with an Asian themed room for him and we picked out our color palette and asked my nephew to make a platform bed. He was thrilled to do it for us, and my niece wanted to help out as well. We talked about it, and decided she would do the artwork for the room. After thinking of which words would be most inspirational to him, I looked online to find the Chinese script for the words. She was able to duplicate them beautifully onto canvases for his room. I liked the idea of using this background for Patrick. I know Patrick is European, not Asian, but it is a way for everyone to see the diversity in our already blended family, and a way to recognize every one's heritage. As Patrick gets older, we will also celebrate his European heritage as well. But, for now, his big brother wants to be a part of his life, so we are using his room art for Patrick's background.
So, for those of you who like the canvas art that my niece did, stay tuned. She has offered her talents to Patrick's fundraiser. In the near future, she will do a painting, and it will be given at random to one of Patrick's donors. Stay tuned for more info on this!!!