Sunday, April 26, 2015

Event Success!


Our Family Night for Truman was last night and it was a huge success! I think everyone had fun, the weather threatened to rain us out, but didn't, and we raised over $2,100!!

We are so grateful that this group of people was there to support us, and that our friends did so much in hosting this huge event for us. It was amazing. 

Here are some pics. 

Entrance table
Some of the balloon babies
Silent auction 
Magician 
Melanie Pritchard
Maks playing ball with Fr. Greg. 

Looks like we're only about $3,000 away from fully funded, so please be in prayer that the money comes in. I will be applying for a grant this week. 

Thank you Lord, for all the blessings poured upon us for sweet Truman. 



Friday, April 24, 2015

7 Quick Takes




~1~

Well, it's been 2 weeks since our dossier was submitted, and I will fully admit that I've gone a little nutty. I'm already packing, researching, over-thinking, etc. The good thing about it all is it gives me lots of reasons to pray. I'm praying constantly. I know The Lord will bring us through, but I am not good at waiting. ;)

~2~

Tomorrow is our BIG Family Night for Truman!! I am so excited and nervous. I hope that people have a good time and that it goes smoothly. Pray for us! :)

~3~

I was at Target on Wednesday picking up a few things and we stopped for a snack. An older couple came up to us and said they'd like to pay for our breakfast and handed me $10! It was so very sweet. I do hope they didn't really think popcorn and a pretzel dipped in nacho cheese was our breakfast, though. :)

~4~

After a huge scare with strep (Amelia passing out at school, going to the ER and then 6 more positive diagnoses) last week, we are all, for the most part, feeling much better. I'm still a little under the weather. But I will push through.

Our sweet boy at the doctor's office.

~5~

I have started collecting things I need for Truman. Maks was easy because he was a bigger boy and only really needed sippy cups, diapers, a bed, and clothes. But Truman is only 14 months, so I have a little more I need for him. I am hoping to nurse him once he's home, but until then, we will bottle feed. 

~6~

I asked our stateside coordinator when I should start sleeping with my phone on, and she said in about two weeks. That mean I could have my travel dates in as early as 2 weeks. It will likely be longer, but WOW!! I'm hoping we receive enough time to get ready, and not a few days like some families have received, but I will trust it will all work out.

~7~

I am doing something for our event tomorrow that I lovingly call "Balloon Babies." People have "sponsored" these children to be featured, and they will float on balloons (right at eye level!!!) at our event so that people are faced with these beautiful gifts that are being warehoused. I pray that it will move someone to advocate, pray, or even adopt. Here's a picture:



Happy weekend!

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Monday, April 20, 2015

Weekly Prayer Requests

Hello!

I've been meaning to post separately, but I will just incorporate everything into this post instead. :)

Thank you for your prayers! We had a bake sale yesterday at church and made over $600! I am so grateful for the ladies and men who helped us by baking, and for St. Paul's parish for letting us hold our (all day) event! It was great, I got to meet so many nice people, and they got to see Truman's sweet face and hear our story. It was a huge win all around.

Prayer requests:

  1. Please pray the girls' passports come in time. 
  2. Please pray for the childcare to fall into place for our trips.
  3. For our family. ALL of us have strep again, and Amelia had a very scary episode on Friday at school that landed her in the ER, which is how we found out she had it. We then tested everyone else, and sure enough, we all have it, sans any major symptoms. SO SCARY all around.
  4. We do not have a total for our clothing drive yet, so please pray for it to be BIG! :)
  5. Our large fundraiser for Truman is the 25th and we would love you to keep us in prayer for this too.
  6. Please continue to pray that Truman is well taken care of, that the Holy Spirit is preparing his heart to accept the love of a family, and that there are no snags or delays in his adoption. 
  7. Please pray for our safety as we travel across the world. 

Here are some pictures from our fundraisers the last two weekends!!







Thank you for all the prayers! God is moving mountains for Truman, and He is always faithful. I am constantly blown away by how much He provides for us all.

How can we pray for you? If you do not want you comment public, let me know, my comments are moderated.

Blessings,

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Dossier Submitted!

It's crunch time! I think we will be traveling in about a month!! Please continue to pray!

http://reecesrainbow.org/87971/sponsormcintee-2

we're coming, sweet boy!



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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Weekly Prayer Requests

Hello friends!

Here is a quick recap of last week's requests:



  • That my big girls' passports come in the mail quickly. I didn't have the money to expedite them, so we are at the mercy of the normal process. - They are not here yet, of course, but keep praying please.
  • Continue to pray for Truman's safety and that he is being well cared for. - Please continue to pray.
  • Please pray for no snags or delays in our process. - Please continue to pray.
  • Please pray that Truman's paperwork is in order for his adoption - Please continue to pray.
  • Please pray that our trip is safe and smooth and quick! - Please continue to pray.




  • This week's requests:


    1. Our dossier will be submitted this Thursday. Please pray this goes well.
    2. This may sound strange, but please pray that we don't get too early of a travel date. As much as I want to meet my sweet boy, the timing needs to work right for a multitude of reasons. God knows how it will work out, so I have faith. But it does make me anxious.
    3. Please pray that the shoe and clothing drive we did brings in a large amount of money. I am weary from all the fundraising, and I need this to go well. We should have our total this week.
    4. Please pray that our large fundraiser for Truman on April 25th is a smashing success and lots of fun. 
    5. Unrelated to the adoption process, but please pray for our oldest daughter Amelia. She has trouble falling asleep and staying asleep, so she is very cranky most of the time because she isn't getting enough rest. I will be taking her to the doctor soon to see what we can do about helping her.
    6. We need about $7500 more before we can say we are fully funded, so please pray for the remainder of the money needed to come in. 
    Thank you for praying! How can we pray for you? If you don't want your comment public, let me know, my comments are moderated. 

    Blessings,


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    Monday, April 6, 2015

    Weekly Prayer Requests!

    Happy Easter! We had a wonderful weekend and we hope you did too.

    A quick recap of last week's requests:

    1. That when I am downtown for the apostilles they will all be accepted and I am able to get our dossier in the mail today. - These are DONE. It took over an hour to do my entire dossier, but success is what mattered!
    2. That donations continue to come in, and our local fundraisers do well. - Please continue to pray, our FSP is at a standstill and I don't have anything online planned, so our local fundraisers carry high expectations.
    3. That I can finally get the applications in for Amelia and Lily's passports. I have had two failed attempts at this, and I'm about ready to give up! - We tried again this morning and it was a success!!
    4. That I can find a little help with my current kids while I get our home ready and finish fundraising for our new little sweetie. 
    This week's requests:

    1. That my big girls' passports come in the mail quickly. I didn't have the money to expedite them, so we are at the mercy of the normal process.
    2. Continue to pray for Truman's safety and that he is being well cared for.
    3. Please pray for no snags or delays in our process.
    4. Please pray that Truman's paperwork is in order for his adoption
    5. Please pray that our trip is safe and smooth and quick!
    How can we pray for you? If you don't want your request made public, let me know, my comments are moderated.

    Blessings,
     
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    Friday, April 3, 2015

    7 Quick Takes


    ~1~

    So much has happened this week, I don't even know where to start. I'll go in order, I guess.

    ~2~

    Saturday Amelia and I picked up a huge load of clothes (Thank you!!) and then stopped for a quick lunch. We were near a dealership that I knew had some vans, so we stopped by. They were not very friendly or professional so I left and when Kyle looked them up on the BBB, they had very bad ratings, so we didn't bother trying to go back. Kyle then did a quick Google search and found a rinky dinky dealership that happened to have a Chevy Express in pretty good shape and in our price range! I don't know how it happened, but we drove home with the van that night! We traded in our Suburban and we are feeling very blessed. Thank you, Lord, for providing! It is not as hard to drive as I thought, but the climbing in and out of it has been something to get used to! It's ok, though, I could use the exercise.


    ~3~

    The rest of our dossier paperwork came Friday and Saturday, so Monday I dropped the kids off at a friend's house, headed to the dealership to get a few things worked on, and then down to the Secretary of State's office to get the apostilles we needed. This took FAR longer than I thought it would, and I was EXHAUSTED after that day of running around! 


    ~4~

    Tuesday I dropped off the dossier at the FedEx store. It will be travelling with a family this weekend and will be submitted April 16th if all goes well. 

    ~5~

    And now is the point in the process where we wait. And go crazy. And wait some more. This happened last time. I feel like I am in the eye of the storm. Done with the dossier but now waiting for something else. It's scary and thrilling. 

    ~6~

    Today the Catholic and Reece's Rainbow communities lost an amazing warrior, Elizabeth DeHority. Her fight with cancer and the advocating for orphans that she did inspired so many. RIP, Elizabeth. We will all miss you, but we know you can do far more from heaven than you could ever do here.



    ~7~

    We are still collecting clothes, with our big turn in on April 11th. We don't have much going on online right now, because the local events are pretty time consuming, but I do need to put out a call for help here. I NEED at least 5 more people to come to the Warrior Dash on April 11th to help collect clothes. This is going to be huge for us and they need us to have 10 people total. If you are available, PLEASE, let me know. I'm getting desperate. 

    We are selling tshirts online, I forgot about those :) Lots of sizes. Toddler, baby onesies, child, adult, women's cuts, and lots of colors. 








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