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New Donation Gifts for December!

4 December 2017

We sold out of button sets during National Adoption Month last month, so we have a new little thank you for adoption gifts of $30 or more given in December!

panda ornaments

C’mon. These guys are pretty cute.

They are hand-painted, glass ornaments. Which means each one has its own little personality, and that they are breakable. I only did 12 ’cause these will probably be for local friends.

If you’re not local and you really want one (I don’t blame you), pretty please consider adding a few more dollars for shipping and a prayer for divine protection. I will pack yours as carefully as possible (read: as carefully as I can afford), but – again – glass.

I also only did 12 ’cause I get that there are a lot of demands on everyone’s finances in December. Gifts aside, there are also a lot of charitable causes that offer tax deductions, and they’re all making their “end of the year” pleas to help us optimize our taxes for next April.

So if a dozen of these little dudes find Christmas trees to adorn this month, I’ll be pumped. (And if they don’t all find homes, Man Cub will be pumped, ’cause he really wants to keep all of them.)

You could consider it a Christmas gift given to a sweet little Chinese boy halfway around the world.

You could make it part of your Christmas/Advent tradition. Use it as a tool to talk to your kids about how adoption is laced throughout the nativity and the incarnation: A carpenter adopted a baby boy, and through that child our heavenly Father adopted us Gentiles into His family.

You could make it a reminder to pray for our persecuted brothers and sisters — in China and around the world — during the Christmas season. The Church often makes an extra effort to assemble for worship during Christmas and Easter holidays, and violent attacks and/or arrests often escalate as a result.

Or it could just be a super cute panda on your tree, smiling at you ’cause you helped save a little dude from a Chinese orphanage (and, probably – statistically speaking – a life of homelessness thereafter).

We’ll have these guys with us on Saturday at the movie night, or you can reserve one now via PayPal.

Merry Christmas!

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Adoption Update: Victories, Patience, and a Movie Night!

1 December 2017

We did it!

We asked if 30 people could gift $30 (1/day) in National Adoption Month, and you DID it! (And several of you gave more.) Thank you thank you thank you to everyone who prayed and shared and gave!

If you don’t have buttons yet they are either in the mail, or in my folder to bring to you in person.

Movie Night: Saturday, December 9

If you’re local, bring friends and family and come hang out for a super fun movie night next Saturday.

We’ll have Chinese candy and (American) popcorn. Donations for gift baskets to be raffled off are rolling in, and I’m super excited about all of this great stuff! Hand-lettered Christmas decor, Cambodian coffee, homemade soy candles, and more!

Movie will start at 6, so if you’re in the area, come a little early to get a snack and a seat!

And if you can’t make a donation at the door, don’t worry about it. Just come and hang out. Your presence is invaluable emotional support. Seriously.

We’re on the List!

Still waiting for the home study report. We need to submit a copy of a health insurance card, which we just signed up for November 1. The card went in the mail yesterday, so that’s one pile of paperwork almost complete!

And then we wait for the report.

In the meantime, the ONE thing that does NOT require a completed home study, is the application for the Waiting Child list with our agency. We finished that application over the weekend and it was accepted this week!

This means our family is officially on the list of families available to be matched with children ready for adoption!

(We’re on the bottom of the list, of course, but it still makes my stomach jump every time I think of it)

Every month, China releases a batch of files on children who are available for adoption. That list gets divided among the U.S. agencies who have relationships with China. Our agency takes their short list, and prayerfully compares it to the families on their list, to find matches.

As part of the application we identified the gender, age range, and any special needs/medical conditions we feel capable of parenting. Those are things they’re comparing to the children’s files. And, of course, lots of prayer.

But we don’t expect to hear about a match any time soon. We can’t even accept one until the home study, dossier, and immigration paperwork are all finalized and accepted, but the matching process takes so long that the agency lets us get on the list while we finish up paperwork.

Still though … we’re on the list. Something about it just feels so very real to me.

What’s Next?

Next, we finish the home study. Once that’s approved and finalized, we can start pushing the rest of the paperwork forward AND start applying for grants.

Which doesn’t mean the fundraising will stop. The buttons are gone, but I’m gonna have a new little thank you gift for anyone who feels like donating in December. Stay tuned on IG and Facebook.

How Can I Help?

You’re too much.

  • Pray. Pray there’s no (more) hold ups with the health insurance card, and that the home study gets finalized without a hitch. And pray for our boy — wherever he is — and the people taking care of him for us.
  • Movie Night. If you’re in the area, come hang out with us. If you’re in the area and want to help set up/clean up, hit me up and I’ll get you details. (Or … just show up an hour early or so.)

Thank you for going on this adventure with us!

Adoption Update: Physicals, Home Studies, and Fundraising

22 November 2017

Hey, friends. It’s been a while since I’ve shared a simple update. (I can always tell, ’cause I start to get more questions IRL. Ha.)

Physicals (aka Blood-Letting)

We all had to have physicals. Man Cub’s was easy and he aced it. All 41 pounds of him.

A week later, Husband and I went back for physicals and all the blood, disease, and urine tests.

And I passed out.

I knew I probably would (’cause I always do), but I was hopeful I could hold it together.

Dr. Paul knew I was a risk (to myself), so he laid the table all the way down. Husband held my legs up. I didn’t look. I took deep, calming breaths. Dr. Paul slid the needle into my vein and asked distracting questions like a pro, and then cotton-swabbed my elbow and I felt great!

And then he stuck me with the T.B. test. And that kind of hurt, but I was still conscious and feeling like a freaking rockstar.

And then I sat up. Which was the wrong thing to do.

I think I only actually lost consciousness for a fraction of a second, but they laid me back down. And got water. And held my legs.

And then I was okay.

I sat in the chair so Husband could have his turn, but then Man Cub was interested in what was happening (since it freaked me out so much). I curled up in the corner and pulled my furry hood over my head, but I could still hear them talking about needles and blood and then I wasn’t okay.

Different exam room. Different table. More water. Ugh.

In the end we’re totally fine. Low Vitamin D and Husband has a few too many lipids, but nothing drastic. We’re good.

Home Study Meetings

You read about how we messed up the first one. Fortunately the last two were at our house, so at least we couldn’t be late.  Read more…