Our Family 2014

Our Family 2014

Friday, April 25, 2014

Today is the day!

Today I am on my way! I am over the top excited and cannot wait to meet our boys. I still do not know what part of the country my children are in or even who they are but my heart is really set on 2 BROTHERS. I keep telling myself that I need to remain open to God's will, which may be just ONE, but I have to admit that adopting just one would feel strange. I just believe there are 2. Time will tell.

There is still a sibling group of brothers I have seen advocated for that I would love to adopt. I have ZERO information on them but know that if it is God's will their profiles will be placed before me when I am there. And if so, I REALLY hope they are not in any of the regions that have increased pro-Russian activity going on right now. That would mess with my head because I am REALLY wanting to avoid those places right now.
If you would, please continue to pray for God's provision (as you can see on our sidebar we still have a ways to go...and very little time to get there), Godly wisdom and obedience, and  peace & protection over me and my family that will be remaining at home.

I will try to post updates on here throughout my trip but mostly I will be posting privately to friends and family, though I would hope to later copy/paste most of it here to share with you...it just might not be in real time.

Below I have copied some scriptures off of a friend's Facebook wall. I think these are beautiful and powerful. What a wonderful reminder of the amazing God we serve!


(Deuteronomy 33:12) I will cover you all day long as you rest between My shoulders.

(Isaiah 65:24) Before you even call out to Me, I will answer you.

(James 1:17) Every good gift that you receive comes directly from My hand.

(James 4:8) Come close to Me and I will come close to you.

(Colossians 3:23) Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.

(Psalms 86:11-12) Teach me your way, Lord,
that I may rely on your faithfulness;
give me an undivided heart,
that I may fear your name.
I will praise you, Lord my God, with all my heart;
I will glorify your name forever.

(Hebrews 13:5-6) For He Himself has said, I will never leave you nor forsake you. So we may boldly say: The LORD is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?

(Psalms 37:3-7) Trust in the LORD and do good. Dwell in the land and feed on His faithfulness. Delight yourself also in the LORD and He shall give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD, trust also in Him and He shall bring it to pass. He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light and your justice as the noonday. Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him. Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass.

(Romans 12:2) Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will

(Isaiah 26:3) You will have perfect peace if you keep focused on Me.

(Isaiah 64:4) If you wait for Me, I will work on your behalf.

 (Psalms 18:2) The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;
my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge,
my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Give The Glory To God!

Fairly often my husband and I will hear from people how amazed they are by "what we are doing." They wonder how we do it...caring for all the children, managing the household, taking what appears to be great steps of faith. My answer always comes back to Jesus.

First of all, the faith that we have comes from Jesus, I cannot claim it as my own. The ability to provide comes from Jesus, as He stretches every dollar and guides us in how to save and transforms our ideas on what we need and want. How we care for the children is never perfect but is through the strength and love that Jesus gives to us; managing the household is the same.

I believe that each one of us who is committed in our walk with Christ (and no it's not a perfect walk without distractions and lulls) gives our all to our family whether 1 child or 20. When God calls you to parent, by birth or adoption, He knows what we need, in every sense, to do it, and He provides. He provides the needs, the strength, and the love.

Through many of conversation, I get the feeling that people often miss their tremendous and important role in the Body of Christ. I have friends that are incredible prayer warriors. These ladies possess a gift I do not have but at times envy. I have had some appear blown away by our family and what God is doing through us but seem to miss the tremendous things God is using them for. We don't post pictures of them meeting every morning to intercede for others in prayer. We don't see the pictures and hear the updates about them on their knees crying out to Jesus with a burdened heart for the needs of others. Instead they are quietly in the background moving mountains with their obedience and faithfulness to pray. Someday when they meet Jesus face-to-face, they will begin to comprehend their incredible impact on the world, in the lives of others, and for the glory of God, but until then, they really cannot see it all. Without those prayer warriors where would my family be?

What about those gifted to serve? Where would my family be if we were not surrounded by gifted servants? I see it in their teachers and therapists most. My family is beyond blessed for such servants of Christ; without them our family would not flourish or function the way it does.

Teachers of the His Word are of such great importance to our family; this not only includes pastors, children's ministry workers, and youth leaders but also family friends and many times, other home school parents. We need to surround ourselves with God's Truth and it will never be possible for us to do that on our own. Our own spiritual needs are greatly fed by these very people as well. We should never take for granted these much needed teachers!

There are those who encourage! We are constantly up against the enemy and the deceived people of this fallen world. You may be surprised at how many people have discouraging things to say about families like ours who have many children and who continue to adopt children with special needs. You encouragers keep us going and remind us that Jesus is on our side.

And I certainly cannot leave out those who give. Without those who are generous with what they have been given and use what they have to further the Kingdom of God and desire to see God's work completed make things happen that otherwise could not. God uses people to help provide. He draws the Body of Christ together and moves hearts so that we join in our efforts to overcome the financial obstacles this fallen world has placed before us to redeem lives and make orphans into daughters and sons. What the enemy uses for evil, God will turn around and use it for good.

We all play each one of these roles at times but we generally are gifted greater in one area over others.

We are the Body of Christ. Only together can we be the hands and feet of Jesus. Adoption is NEVER just about one family adopting; it's about the Body of Christ loving the least of these.

So when you look at our family and feel any sense of amazement, give the glory to God. It is His hand touching hearts and the Body of Christ that make this possible; we just happen to be one of the families He has chosen to place these children in but without YOU many more orphans would remain and die alone even if you never adopt.

Give glory to God!

PS God provided the remaining funds for trip 1!! Praise to the King!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Flights Booked!!

I have flights reserved and made adjustments to our financial spreadsheet that brings incredible news!!

We have decided that since my travel buddy cannot be away from her responsibilities at home for the length of trip one, the added expense of bringing a travel buddy, and the fact that God has given me peace about traveling alone, that I will be traveling solo for trip 1.

Today I learned that the exchange rate for hirvna from USD has plummeted! This is of course terrible news for Ukraine but will bring some of my in-country costs down, mainly just for transportation and food as apartment rentals tend to still be charged in USD.

Calculating in the exact costs for my tickets, we have are down to needing almost exactly the cost of my airfare (off by just $4)!! Isn’t that crazy. We need just $1,327 to have my expenses covered for trip and I leave in 3 weeks.  I am thanking God for all that He has provided thus far and have faith He will continue to do so and cover my flights as well.

I am sooooo stinking excited; this never gets old!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Packing to go!!

Last week friends in the adoption community whose dossiers were submitted within days of ours received word they were registered. No news out of the SDA for us. Monday came, no news. Then Tuesday, still nothing. But TODAY...today we not only learned we were registered but we have a travel date!!!! I am over the top excited!! God willing, in 3 weeks I will be headed to Ukraine to find our boy(s)!
While I have been waiting, I have dove back into His Word and pressing into Jesus, as I always should, though honestly I have let the world distract me from my intimate relationship. I am so thankful I am back to feeding the spirit within me.  I also read a book about Gladys Aylward (an incredible missionary) and have another downloaded on iBook to begin. I love being inspired and reminded of God's faithfulness! I can honestly say that I have peace and for today, the fear has left me. I am packing my tool box of spiritual Truth to bring with me when I travel. Should God bring me to Ukraine, I must be equipped to share the Gospel and to comfort those He places before me. This is not just a mission to adopt children but the whole journey will be a mission that I must be prepared for. I am excited to be used for His glory!
I am waiting for confirmation on ticket fares but last I heard it looked like we will need roughly $2,800 for the 2 initial round trip flights; unfortunately this is a little bit more than I had previously calculated. I have not punched the numbers back in to my spreadsheet but I believe we need roughly another $3,500 to be fully funded for TRIP 1.
I am going to post Paypal links to our t-shirt fundraiser from our previous adoption (we still have plenty left), I hope you will consider making a purchase. Of course our PayPal link for donations is also posted on the right sidebar should you feel led to help us with this part of the journey. I hope to have our flights booked by this time tomorrow, so I am stepping out in faith for the remainder of the funds. Please pray with us that God will provide in His perfect timing!
Ever wonder what this crazy faith in Jesus is all about or just need a beautiful reminder? I have organized the following scriptures as a bit of a spiritual strengthening project that I would like to share with each of you.
The lord God placed the man in the Garden of Eden to tend and watch over it. But
the lord God warned him, “You may freely eat the fruit of every tree in the
garden— except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. If you eat its fruit,
you are sure to die.” (Genesis 2:15-17 NLT)
She saw that the tree was beautiful and its fruit looked delicious, and she
wanted the wisdom it would give her. So she took some of the fruit and ate it.
Then she gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it, too.
(Genesis 3:6 NLT)
When Adam sinned, sin entered the world. Adam’s sin brought death, so death
spread to everyone, for everyone sinned. (Romans 5:12 NLT)
“You must not have any other god but me. “You must not make for yourself an idol
of any kind, or an image of anything in the heavens or on the earth or in the
sea. “You must not misuse the name of the lord your God. The lord will not let
you go unpunished if you misuse his name. “Observe the Sabbath day by keeping it
holy, as the lord your God has commanded you. “Honor your father and mother, as
the lord your God commanded you. Then you will live a long, full life in the
land the lord your God is giving you. “You must not murder. “You must not commit
adultery. “You must not steal. “You must not testify falsely against your
neighbor. “You must not covet your neighbor’s wife. You must not covet your
neighbor’s house or land, male or female servant, ox or donkey, or anything else
that belongs to your neighbor. (Deuteronomy 5:7, 8, 11, 12, 16-21 NLT)
Anyone who hates another brother or sister is really a murderer at heart. And
you know that murderers don’t have eternal life within them. (1 John 3:15 NLT)
“You have heard the commandment that says, ‘You must not commit adultery.’ But I
say, anyone who even looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery
with her in his heart. (Matthew 5:27, 28 NLT)
For from within, out of a person’s heart, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality,
theft, murder, adultery, greed, wickedness, deceit, lustful desires, envy,
slander, pride, and foolishness. All these vile things come from within; they
are what defile you.” (Mark 7:21-23 NLT)
God’s law was given so that all people could see how sinful they were. But as
people sinned more and more, God’s wonderful grace became more abundant. (Romans
5:20 NLT)
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, (Romans 3:23 NASB)
“For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that
everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his
Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.
(John 3:16, 17 NLT)
Some of the governor’s soldiers took Jesus into their headquarters and called
out the entire regiment. They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him. They
wove thorn branches into a crown and put it on his head, and they placed a reed
stick in his right hand as a scepter. Then they knelt before him in mockery and
taunted, “Hail! King of the Jews!” And they spit on him and grabbed the stick
and struck him on the head with it. When they were finally tired of mocking him,
they took off the robe and put his own clothes on him again. Then they led him
away to be crucified. (Matthew 27:27-31 NLT)
Then the soldiers nailed him to the cross. They divided his clothes and threw
dice to decide who would get each piece. It was nine o’clock in the morning when
they crucified him. (Mark 15:24, 25 NLT)
Yes, Adam’s one sin brings condemnation for everyone, but Christ’s one act of
righteousness brings a right relationship with God and new life for everyone.
(Romans 5:18 NLT)
We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is
true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are. For everyone has sinned;
we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet God freely and graciously
declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed
us from the penalty for our sins. For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for
sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his
life, shedding his blood. This sacrifice shows that God was being fair when he
held back and did not punish those who sinned in times past, for he was looking
ahead and including them in what he would do in this present time. God did this
to demonstrate his righteousness, for he himself is fair and just, and he
declares sinners to be right in his sight when they believe in Jesus. (Romans
3:22-26 NLT)
Because one person disobeyed God, many became sinners. But because one other
person obeyed God, many will be made righteous. (Romans 5:19 NLT)
"He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged
already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of
God. (John 3:18 NASB)
So just as sin ruled over all people and brought them to death, now God’s
wonderful grace rules instead, giving us right standing with God and resulting
in eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (Romans 5:21 NLT)
Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace
with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. Because of our
faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we
now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory.
(Romans 5:1, 2 NLT)
Can we boast, then, that we have done anything to be accepted by God? No,
because our acquittal is not based on obeying the law. It is based on faith. So
we are made right with God through faith and not by obeying the law. (Romans
3:27, 28 NLT)
Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of
the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God’s grace. (Romans 6:14 NLT)
Jesus answered and said to him, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born
again he cannot see the kingdom of God." (John 3:3 NASB)
“There is no judgment against anyone who believes in him. But anyone who does
not believe in him has already been judged for not believing in God’s one and
only Son. And the judgment is based on this fact: God’s light came into the
world, but people loved the darkness more than the light, for their actions were
evil. All who do evil hate the light and refuse to go near it for fear their
sins will be exposed. But those who do what is right come to the light so others
can see that they are doing what God wants. ” (John 3:18-21 NLT)
But God shows his anger from heaven against all sinful, wicked people who
suppress the truth by their wickedness. They know the truth about God because he
has made it obvious to them. For ever since the world was created, people have
seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his
invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse
for not knowing God. (Romans 1:18-20 NLT)
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings
salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. For
in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by
faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by
faith.” (Romans 1:16, 17 NIV)
God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that he could
adopt us as his very own children. (Galatians 4:5 NLT)
Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy
and without fault in his eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own
family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to
do, and it gave him great pleasure. (Ephesians 1:4, 5 NLT)
And since we are his children, we are his heirs. In fact, together with Christ
we are heirs of God’s glory. But if we are to share his glory, we must also
share his suffering. (Romans 8:17 NLT)
I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with
inner strength through his Spirit. Then Christ will make his home in your hearts
as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you
strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should,
how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the
love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be
made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.
(Ephesians 3:16-19 NLT)
And anyone who believes in God’s Son has eternal life. Anyone who doesn’t obey
the Son will never experience eternal life but remains under God’s angry
judgment.” (John 3:36 NLT)
No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation
will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ
Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:39 NLT)
For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I
was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick
and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will
answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty
and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked
and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And
the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the
least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’ (Matthew 25:35-40 ESV)
"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of
the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all
that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the
age.” (Matthew 28:19, 20 ESV)