Still Here!

What? Did you ask if we were still fundraising? Why yes! Yes, we are! JLCoffee You can buy your coffee and support our adoption. And, they have cute tees, too!

You can also order a tee from us for 20 buckaroos and shop through our She Does Justice link.

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If you order a shirt or want to donate, you can give through Brittany’s Hope who will match us up to $1500. You just donate to the “special needs grant” and type in our name. Easy.

Remember when I said we had to take 2 trips to Korea now? Yeah.  That’s why.

Our summer has been pretty lowkey. Sean is teaching Caleb and Jacob to play racquetball. A little swimming, lots of Connect 4 and UNO.

That’s all I’ve got for now, folks!!

Almost DONE!

I updated my little vine on the side….did you see it?? We left that little lady bug behind;)  ((Small update: There was a cute little vine, but I accidentally deleted it.  Oops. Just take my word for it…it was really cute.))

We may have gotten a bit overzealous with the tee shirts. If you want one, let us know! I’ll mail it to you for $20.  (or 2 for $30!) Pretty please! I can only wear so many tee shirts!!;)  Otherwise, you better hope I don’t get your name at dirty santa this year…

(Just for clarification, any more money donated/raised will still go toward our expenses.  We have some travel expenses that are going to be a bit more expensive since we’ll be traveling around summer time…you know, when ticket prices jump up! We’re not stressing about it, though.)

Thanks, everyone:) We cannot wait to go to Korea!

Here’s a link to some children waiting for their family…..it could be you , ya know!

Cheers!

Time for an adoption update. There have been many rumblings in the adoption world about the changes in Korea.  First, we heard that we would have to travel for a longer stretch and we would need to appear in court in Korea. Then we would have to wait for 2 weeks and take care of the embassy appointment ourselves.  Then we heard that none of that seemed to be actually taking effect (affect?), so we’ll see as time rolls on.  On a positive note, our paperwork is in Korea where it will be translated and then distributed to the many different offices who need copies of my diploma, etc. Ha!  Now the weird part is that once we sent that paperwork off, we were done with our end of the process.  So, while we’re really excited, it’s also surreal and VERY hard to wait.  But we know she will be home soon!  We have to  wait for everything to make its way through the process. We have had no snags or issues, but the process is long and it can be tiring.  We don’t have any more definite dates or anything, but I promise, you’ll be the first to know!;)

On to more fun things to talk about….

We are very happy to say that we FINISHED our puzzle piece fundraiser! And even sold a few extra pieces! 🙂 We also heard from a few grants this month, so  I’ll give you a breakdown on where we are financially:

Puzzle Piece fundraiser: Right at $2500!!!

Zoe Clothing, donations, our necklaces and tees and 31 Gifts: About $2500!

Matching Gifts and Reece’s Rainbow fund: $3100!

We received 2 grants: $6000!

We have raised  (from our fabulous supporters)  and been granted over $14,000!!! What, what?? To say we’re excited is an understatement!

Since God doesn’t have a bank account, He uses people to meet financial needs. For that, we are grateful! We’re more aware than ever how a little goes a long way and we’re thankful for every single donation.

So, give yourself a pat on the back, a big hug (well, not too big since I’m not a touchy feely person;)) and a “woohoo!”  We are extremely grateful.  That is a massive chunk out of our expenses and a huge relief and blessing.  Thanks so much!

Shopping, anyone?

 She Does Justice                                                              She Does Justice is a very cool site that you need to check out.  They make/sell handmade products to support various ministries and causes, including our adoption!  See the button over there to the right? Click it and shop their store and we’ll 25% of the sale. It’s a win-win-win. You win by getting a beautiful scarf, print, bracelet….they win because you’re supporting their efforts and we win because they’ll send us a check to help with our adoption expenses.  Yayyy!!

Here’s more about Megan….the founder (and fellow adoptive mama!!!!)

I am a wife. A mother of four. A lover of Jesus.

I love to plan. I love to create. I believe in the importance of community.

I am an advocate for orphans and for the poor.

I want every single person to know that they are loved and important.

I aim to act justly. To love mercy. And to walk humbly.

When we started the process of adopting our daughter from Africa, I started selling handmade items as a fundraiser. The shop was far more successful than we ever anticipated and have watched it continue to grow.

I want to share my passions. My passion for life. And family. And Jesus. And justice.

Act Justly. Love Mercy. Walk humbly. Micah 6:8

Okay, you may shop now!-TG

PSOur Zoe Clothing Fundraiser is underway through Jan. 31st, too!

Christmas Lingers At Our House

Greetings! Look at this….

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You know who that’s for! And, we sent another care package with Sean. He’ll be “in the area” for his job, so he’ll deliver it. Sooo ready for her to be home. This year!!

We have a matching grant that you can donate to. When our account on the Reece’s Rainbow site reads $518, we’ll receive an additional $250 from a friend of a friend. Whom we have never met. It makes me teary. If you give through this link, it will be tax deductible. (And you’ll see a picture of Julianna when she was younger!) Click here to donate and consider yourself hugged.
If you donate on our blog, it goes straight to us, no tax deduction. Of course, either way works for us!

The boys go back to school tomorrow. They’re thrilled. We used some gift cards today, so that helped. Now I’m just hoping someone comes to clean my house and put up decorations! But I really am still enjoying my tree. Are there rules about holiday decor? Don’t worry, it will be down by February… unless I can work it into Caleb and Sean’s birthday themes!

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Almost Christmas.  I can hardly believe it! You would think I was through shopping, but nope.  Not quite. Why rush when you can wait, ya know?

My peanut brittle never got hard. WHY?? Someone please tell me. And it’s completely glued to the pan.  I’m tossing it.   I’ll make a few more goodies for this weekend–hopefully, my brownies will get done this time! I promise I can cook. Usually. My chocolate covered pretzels never fail me.

My boys met me for lunch today. I just love them! They’re so excited to be out of school and can hardly wait for Christmas.  Let me just say…Caleb eats like a horse.  I don’t mean quantity…  What in the world? I blame it on rushing through school lunch.  He inhales his food like we’re going to throw it away in 10 minutes if he’s not finished.  Goodness.  He is one of the funniest kids around, too. They both crack me up.  Add Sean into the mix and it’s craziness at the lunch table. Sorry, Memphis Pizza! (about the noise and the mess)

We found a great Japanese restaurant in Southaven.  It’s tiny but yumm-o. That’s where Jacob revealed his chopstick skills.  It’s official–only I can’t use them. Oh well…maybe I’ll get some of those trainer sets. With a cute character on top.  We had takeout tonight and they did NOT send chopsticks.  Bummer.

Adoption Update!  ………….

(You read it right.  Nothing new.  Zilch.)

((Side note: Thank you for buying 31 products, necklaces, bracelets and shirts.  The necklaces have all been sold.  I’ll probably sell some more bracelets after the first of the year. End of side note.))

I hope you’re having a very merry Christmas season!  Eating candy, having better luck with your baking than me, drinking lots of coffee/cider/hot chocolate/hot tea….whatever. We’ll be in bama for Christmas where it should be almost 70 and rainy. Awesome.

Okay, that’s all.  Wasn’t much, was it?? So far I’ve gotten 3 Starbucks gift cards this year:) I do love it!  We should really meet for coffee one day:)  Only 5 more sleeps…

 

 

Beautiful Sunday

It has been a beautiful  2 days here in MS. The cool weather has kicked in–woohoo!!  Sean is gone for a couple of weeks–boooo! I wore my new boots today–love them–thanks, Sean!  Caleb made his wonderful costume today while Jacob and I worked on his school project.  We had a nice, relatively fight-free afternoon.

I’ve had a few questions about our tees that we’re selling. The ladies’ shirts are true to size and a medium red color.  The men’s are lighter and more “washed” in appearance.  You can click the picture to order.  I’ll put our fundraiser link HERE so you don’t have to scroll down to find it.  We appreciate those who have purchased items from us or Zoe Clothing.  We’re still on their site, by the way! Isn’t that nice of them? Seriously, it is;)  If you bought a shirt from them, upload it to their FB page! And mine, for that matter:) Did we tell you that if Caleb had been a girl his name would’ve been Zoe? We love it! (Julianna was close to being a Zoe, too, just so ya know)

While I’m soooo very excited about our baby girl coming home next year (excited is an understatement), I still have a burden in my heart for those children who don’t have families.  It just makes me sad, as a mother. Children need to be in a home where they are loved. So tonight, I’m putting up a link to Reece’s Rainbow for a boy named Felix. He is in Eastern Europe and is waiting on his family. He’s also HIV positive. And he needs a mama. He has been transferred out of the baby house into a mental institution.  That’s where children with special needs go. To a mental institution where they receive no real education and they just live there forever. Felix is 4.  There is a social worker in Oklahoma who has offered free home study services to any OK family who wants to adopt him.  It’s almost more than I can stand to write. I know that I can’t save the world and I know that everyone doesn’t adopt. We all have our own “callings”.  I get it.  But someone may be interested in learning more about Felix, so I’ll spread the word here and you can share this info to others. You can also learn more about adopting and caring for kids with HIV at Project Hopeful. Also, here’s a link for AdoptUs Kids, the US foster system’s registry for children within our country who are eligible for adoption.

Thank you for supporting us on this part of our journey! And believe me, it truly has been a journey that is changing us, hopefully, for the better.

How Many Days ’til Christmas?!?

Fine, thanks for asking! And you??

Along with  Zoe Clothing and our tees and necklaces for sale, a local Thirty-One Gifts rep has very graciously offered to host a fundraising sale for us. We will get a percentage of all sales, online and in person. Your order will be here in plenty of time for Christmas. If you order online, you can have it shipped to your home. So, here’s the 31 Gifts link where you can shop! (Thanks, Karen Crossett!!!)  I’ll have a party at my house, too, so local peeps, you’ll receive an invitation soon.

These are 2 of their products that I have and love…the Cinch Sak (cute backpack or sleep over bag–yes, I have one for Julianna already!)

and the Thermal Tote. (great for gifts, ball games and zoo trips!) Mine are in the Circle Spirals pattern. Basically, big polka dots!

Happy shopping, y’all!!

 

 

Also, we received notice this week that one of our grant applications will be reviewed in November by one organization. You can pray for that, specifically. (pretty please!)

I added a page (at the top) with links to other families’ fundraisers. Feel free to support them, too!!  Share the love!;) I’ll leave it up through the holidays.

We’ve been asked about our own tees. Ladies, they are roomy and we have  a variety of sizes:) Guys….it’s a shirt.

63 days ’til Christmas! I have kids–I have to know these things!! Time to start planning for the holidays….I do tend to procrastinate, though.

In the words of the Walgreens cashier (every single time I come in or go out) “take care and be well!”