30 April 2016

Soft LOA!!

Soft LOA is another term that means: our adoption agency has viewed in the computer system that our LOA(Letter of Acceptance or Approval) or LSC(Letter Seeking Confirmation) has been issued and the hard copy, the paper copy is on it's way to the USA!!

This all means that Ch*na is in agreement that we have met the requirements to adopt Violet.  They have matched us with her file and we are approved to adopt her!!

Once the hard copy LOA arrives we will sign it and then it is used for verification for the next step in the process which is approval from USCIS for Violet to enter the US and for citizenship.
After that we apply for her visa to leave her birth country and enter the US.  Then more paperwork processing back across the sea in Ch*na until we will hopefully hear in 8 weeks or so that we have received TA or Travel Approval and that means the race has been run- we can go get our girl!

It is a lot to understand and wrap your mind around.  We are finally really understanding it now, this being our 3rd time!  All we know is God does not want us fretting and worrying about the length of time and the when's and the how's, he just wants us to trust!

So we are! 

I love the truth that is found in Psalm 9:10 "Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, Lord have never forsaken those who seek you."

He has not and he will not and we are standing on his promises!

We have learned that when you are expecting, be it physically with a child in your womb or on paper for an adoption, the nesting feelings, the feelings that all needs to be organized and ready are real!

I have begun nesting! 

I cannot stop thinking about all that I would like to have organized and ready and in it's place before Violet comes home!  So, we have been doing that, organizing, cleaning out, preparing and planning for our travel to Ch*na to bring her home and her homecoming! 

It is feeling real, it is getting closer!  It is so EXCITING!!

I cannot tell you the relief now that the LOA wait is over!  Every.single.time we have received approval from that step is like a weight had been lifted and the heavens have opened up and revealed the rainbow!  The promise that God has this and that he has beautiful plans in store!

We cannot wait to see how the rest of this story unfolds in God's beautiful way, he is the most amazing author and we love the stories he's writing in our lives!

All honor and glory to our Heavenly Father!

Praising, Preparing and Praying.......

17 April 2016

Blessings Flow

God does indeed bless and rain down when you continue to walk in his ways in faith and obedience to his call! 

I am ELATED to share that we were blessed through our Online Auction with $4,000 towards our Lifesong for Orphans Matching Grant! 

This past weekend we worked tirelessly and we were exhausted but God moved AMAZINGLY through the volunteers and donators and we were blessed with $6,286.66 through our Yard Sale and Breakfast!!  ONLY GOD!! 

Through these two fundraisers God took a HUGE chunk out of the deficit we had yet to raise for our adoption costs!  All Praise, Honor and Glory to HIM!! 

We pray that through these fundraisers others were blessed as they saw God move IMMEASURABLY and as they witnessed financial miracles happen!  Only God can provide over $10,000 in a week!!  Only God can move financial mountains helping us to almost reach our goal of $35,000 in 4 months!!! 

During the Yard Sale this weekend one my aunts who  generously shared her Friday and Saturday with us to help; helped a woman out to her car with her items.  This woman looked at my aunt and said "How can you do this?"  My aunt said, with the Lord.  God blesses us and we want to bless others and love others as he calls us too.  
This is what it is all about folks, that we love as God loves.  That our hearts break for what breaks his.  That we see the need and we don't respond in fear but rather in FAITH and KNOW that if he is calling us to it, he will bring us through it! And we will NEVER be the same again. 

We absolutely LOVE the verse in Eph. 3:20 "Now to HIM who is able to do IMMEASURABLY MORE than all we ask or imagine, according to his work within us!"


We are Praising our Heavenly Father who loves Violet even more than we do and is making it abundantly clear that bringing Violet HOME was HIS plan for our family!!!  All Praise, Honor and Glory to God!!!

07 April 2016

$2500 Lifesong Matching Grant

We are praising God that we have been blessed with a $2,500 matching grant through Lifesong for Orphans and Orphans Treasure Box!  You can check out their amazing ministries here and here.

We still need to raise $2,500 in order to receive the full amount of $5,000!
We currently have an Online Adoption Auction running on Facebook to help meet this goal.

Again we are praising God for the generosity of others as the Auction started tonight.  We are so humbled by the generous donations given to us as well as the amazing bids being offered on behalf of others eager to help us!  I have been very busy posting pictures for the online auction as well as making plans for our Large Fundraising Yard Sale and Breakfast next weekend April 15th & 16th.

We honestly do not enjoy fundraising but we know when we provide opportunities for others to come along side of us in this way on our journey, God blesses it.  We currently have a deficit of approximately $17,000 needed to raise of our $35,000 goal.  Our prayers have been that God would rain down and provide all that we need to bring Violet home and he continues to amaze us as he provides for each step!!

This adoption process is a much shorter process than our other two adoptions, due to Violet's severe malnourishment and untreated medical condition.   This is God's story that he is writing and we are just his servants, seeking to walk in his plan for Violet's and our lives.  We honestly could never on our own complete this process! It is honestly only through the God's power and strength that we can persevere and keep going!

We were so thankful and hopeful when approximately 3 weeks ago a sweet fellow adoptive Momma on FB traveled to Violet's Orphanage to adopt her daughter.  This sweet Momma took a beautiful care package that she put together for us in hopes to give it to Violet.  I had asked her to please, if she could hug our sweet girl for us and whisper in her ear that her Momma loves her and we are working as hard as we can to bring her HOME!

Unfortunately my sweet friend was not allowed to see Violet or whisper in her ear how loved she is. She was however able to give the staff a photo book of our family and we are so hopeful that they are showing it to Violet and she is beginning to see her Forever Family!!

Violet is still nonverbal and we don't know why except for the fact that we have been told it is most likely due to her untreated Hydrocephalus.  She is also very malnourished and we really believe she has failure to thrive. We rest in the fact that God knows every hair on Violet's head and her current situation and he has not forsaken her.

We have learned through families that have adopted from Violet's Orphanage that it is not a great place.  We know based on Violet's current condition and the lack of cooperation from the Orphanage in having Violet evaluated medically, it cannot be.  Again, we pray and with faith trust that God is her strength and sustainer and she will blossom and flourish in our family surrounded with love and care!

Prayers so very appreciated for our sweet girl.  For strength, health and perseverance until we can hold her in our arms and give her the care she so desperately needs!

If you have any desire to support our family financially and help us reach our goal you can do so using the following options:

Send a personal check to-
Lifesong for Orphans
PO Box 40
Gridley, IL 61744
In the memo line of your check, please note “family name” and “family account number” (May/ #5912) to assure it goes to the correct account.

Submitting your payment to Lifesong is a tax deductible donation option.

There is also an online donation option.  Your donation would incur a Paypal fee, meaning reduced donation amount for that option.  If you are interested in donating online, please comment on this post and I can email you the information needed.

All, Honor, Glory and Praise to God for sustaining all of us on this journey to bring JOY to our Violet Joy!