Sunday, October 31, 2010

Monday is Canon Day!!!

Oh my, I'm just as excited to draw as you are to win!
Our giveaway ends approximately 11 a.m. CST tomorrow ~ Monday, November 1!
You still have time to get in ~ just click on the Chip-In button on the sidebar. Our goal is to raise enough to send our dossier to Ch*na once we get C*S approval, so every dollar helps us bring Kasidi Joy home!
Thanks to those who have already chipped in, linked and blogged!
$25 = 1 opportunity
$50 = 3 opportunities, etc...
Blog post, blog link, FB link, FB post = additional opportunity!
Leave a comment or email me to let me know you've linked or posted.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Happy Hallow-Weekend!

Now, please excuse us while we take advantage of a weekend at home and disappear into this dirty dungeon of a house, wave our magic wand and hope it comes out clean ;-)

Friday, October 29, 2010

Back on Track!

The infamous lockbox has coughed up our check, sent our application to the next phase, and we received the receipt today!
Next step ~ fingerprints!
Kasidi Joy, we're pushing our way to China, baby girl!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Guess Who?

The Book Worm Winner is...
email me your shipping address.
Thank ya'll for your patience.
(TK, who left a comment at 7:49 am today, please email me)

Book Giveaway!

Finally, I've decided which books to give away. Since I can't find all of them locally, I will order them and ship directly to YOU after I draw tonight!

This is the only book on the list I haven't read - but I want to.
Laugh Out Loud (Women of Faith)
Forgotten God ~ Francis Chan
Crazy Love ~ Francis Chan
In a Pit With a Lion on a Snowy Day ~ Mark Batterson
What Happens When Women Walk in Faith ~ Lysa Terkeurst
So there you have it. To be in the drawing tonight all you have to do is be a Follower on my blog!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Dear 'Lockbox'

Dear Lockbox~
I'm sure there's an explanation somewhere for you, but I haven't found it. Where are you? What are you? Why are you?

Are you some time-space concept, like the Never-Never land of adoption paperwork, a blip in time where a family's paperwork simply disappears from the radar?

You even have an email address! Really? I mean, if in two weeks' time my $830 check hasn't even been cashed, how long will it take you to respond to my email?

Maybe you are a therapeutic gap in time to allow me to re-think adoption. You know, that last straw of discouragement to break the camel's back, one last chance to keep me from jumping off the proverbial cliff. What you should know is, I've got family members who've already tried to talk me out of adoption, people who openly call me 'crazy' for this time of reconsideration - thank you, no!

I can't imagine the water cooler chatter of those in your employ: "It's probably time to shift the stacks. Go ahead and turn that one over. Maybe this application will be ripe next week."

Surely you are of the enemy. But get one thing straight ~ by this point we are committed. And in several months when our paperwork once again lands on your premise, when we're nearly out of our minds waiting, we're still committed. Because we run this race with the strength of One who is so much greater than you!

You are a distraction, a weapon of discouragement. After all, I should be sleeping now, or working, and here I am, thinking about you.

I realize you are a gap in time which, once I hold my daughter, will be quickly forgotten, but for now you are a thorn in my side.

Oh, I know my query will go unanswered. But sometimes adoptive parents just need to get these things off our chests.

One of Many Adoptive Parents Waiting for You to Make the Next Move

Monday, October 25, 2010

Canon Rebel T1i ~ Is It Yours?

One week till we draw the winner of this bad boy! Suh-weet! Just click on the Chip-In button on the sidebar. Our goal is to raise enough to send our dossier to Ch*na once we get C*S approval, so every dollar helps us bring Kasidi Joy home! Thanks to those who have already chipped in, linked and blogged!
$25 = 1 opportunity
$50 = 3 opportunities, etc...
Blog post, blog link, FB link, FB post = additional opportunity!
Leave me a comment or email me to let me know you've linked or posted.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Garage Sale Tally ~ Epic!

Thanks to all our friends and family who donated items...
Thanks to the folks who showed up to buy them, (in the rain!)...
Thanks to friends who were praying...
Thanks to Bart and Doris for once again letting us invade their beautiful home to hold our sale...
Thanks to the teenagers who worked hard (and lounged in our beautiful chairs)...
Thanks to Tina for making the most adorable bows ever (sneak peek later)...
Thanks to April and her boundless energy, organizing and helping with 3 fundraising weekends...
Thanks to the cleanup Krew (Dude, who gave you a Dew?!?)...
And most of all, thanks to our faithful Father...
We raised $1,566 in our 2-day garage sale!!!!
(Did I mention 1 day was in the rain?!?)
Kuyler, it WAS 'epic'!!!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Collision of Two Cultures

One year ago two worlds collided in Eastern China as a 13-year-old boy met his American parents for the first time. What was to follow would be a dance of sorts, some missed footing, some stepping on toes, loss of rhythm…and finally, a year later, a harmonious blend of steps we call life.

To say it’s been ‘a year’ is an understatement. Our son didn’t know a single word of English, and had resolved that the rest of the world would learn Chinese in order to communicate with him. Unfortunately, his years in foster care had come with challenges and a high price, education being one, but far more important were the emotional and developmental gaps caused by neglect. He had no concept of family or permanency, or a desire to learn.

We, his parents, knew this transition wouldn’t be easy, but we really had no idea just how difficult it would be. It was just different than we had imagined. We long to be the hands and feet of the Lord as we answer His call to the ‘impossible’, yet we are surprised when the pain comes. We somehow think we are immune to the struggles as we carry our cross daily, but that is directly contradictory to His Word. He doesn’t promise comfort or ease; He promises faithfulness, hope and restoration!

I had never home schooled before, until last year. I had no idea where to begin, but for the advice of wonderful friends who have home schooled and/or adopted older children. I’m certain I learned as much as my son, including the fact I could actually enjoy teaching a child who speaks English and has half a desire to learn J The two of us were so out of sync. I couldn’t figure out why he didn’t want to learn, and he couldn’t figure out why he needed to! Ultimately, the most important lesson was how to be a family. We often forewent reading or math to focus on our relationship.

He struggled for control, and would do whatever he could to manipulate circumstances to get what he wanted. He also learned it’s rather difficult to remain self-absorbed with seven siblings. He tried to isolate himself, but mostly because that’s what he’d been taught, to stay out of the way. Being alone was his safe place. We struggled with the sadness of all the rotten things he’d been through and the overwhelming changes yet to come. We worked hard to maintain structure and routine because it seemed the most beneficial setting.

We were caught off guard by his season of grief. It just didn’t look the way we thought it would. He was not only overwhelmed by his new world; he was overcome by nameless emotions. Once we realized he was grieving, we were able to help him cope and extend the compassion he needed.

We often felt incompetent in our ability to parent. Our son wouldn’t tell us if he was sick, happy, sad, angry or tired. Mostly because he didn’t know! He was completely detached from his emotions. He certainly couldn’t name them, and he was impulsive at expressing them.

We learned that consistency is key. We found it necessary to ‘walk the walk.’ No wavering allowed. And Mom and Dad are a force to be reckoned with J

We also saw grace in a new light. The need for undeserved favor has been more prevalent than ever in our home. Our oldest son even observed that abundant grace is a necessity from here on out.

And then there are all the tests and the doctors, not seeking ‘why’ so much as ‘where to go from here.’

We were told that non-English speaking kids will typically have conversational language at six months. Not so in our case. We thought we’d never learn to communicate. And in this journey I have learned that communication is key to relationship. And without a relationship, I simply had another teenager in my home who had strange food choices and sleep habits. I desperately wanted to relate to my son.

And gradually, layer by layer the rotten past began to peel away and the witty personality began to surface. Gradually he learned to love and to receive the love of his imperfect parents. Gradually he began to act like a brother. Gradually his confidence blossomed and we discovered he’s pretty good at math and fits right in with his seventh grade peers. Gradually he expressed a love for music which has landed him in the percussion section of the band. Gradually he regained his interest in fitness, and though he may not understand all the rules, he’s willing to work hard to learn how to play basketball. Gradually he has learned that his parents love him enough to put up a fight when the thing he really wants to do is not in his best interest. Gradually he is realizing that his siblings are pretty awesome, contrary to his initial idea that he didn’t need any of them. Gradually he is learning that his family trusts a heavenly Father who extends boundless grace, mercy and love to the unfathomable point of dying so we can live.

In a way it’s hard to believe a year has passed, but in some respects it seems like a lifetime. We have learned enough to last a lifetime…and we are looking forward to a lifetime of living out what we’re still learning and dancing to the rhythm of our new song.

I Have Not Forgotten

I promise, I haven't forgotten about the book giveaway! I just need to get past the 'epic' garage sale, daily impossible-to-do lists and work deadlines...and then I will choose some of my favorite books to share with you. All you have to do to be in the running is be a follower of my blog. Doesn't get any easier than that!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Garage Sale!

Oh my word, we are humbled by YOUR generosity! The donated items just keep coming. Yesterday Kuyler texted me, and friends from his church, his work and school have dropped off a trailer load of amazing treasures! Tomorrow we will be making a trip to The University (hehe) to pick them up. I can't wait to report on God's amazing provision by the end of this weekend.
In Kuyler's words, "It's gonna be epic!"

Monday, October 18, 2010

Adoption ~ the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

My friend, Lori, drew my attention to this post, and it is a must read! Adoption is a miracle, a redemption...but often there is another side that only few see, the suffering side. Sometimes it ends well; sometimes it does not. This paragraph really spoke to me:

"The gospel life is an invitation to come and die. It is first of all a story of brokenness. Before the beautiful redemption there is misunderstanding, rejection, loneliness, disappointment, frustration, and betrayal leading to a painful, bloody death. There is sorrow, burial and mourning. Yet somehow, though we prayed to be like Christ, we were surprised when the pain came to us. We were surprised when the gospel story was repeated in our homes, in our hearts, in the children we thought to rescue."

Two Weeks From Today...

...We draw for this bad boy! If you've already entered, blogged or linked, THANK YOU! If you haven't, it's as easy as using the Chip-In button in the sidebar! Every dime goes into the Kasidi Joy fund to bring her home!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Super Saturday!

What an amazing day we had yesterday! Thank you, Gael and Therron, for fearlessly opening your brand new, beautiful home to us! If my math is right, there were 6 families ~ with 30 kids!!!
Clayton and Miss Mia
Dad and Kooper
Kaeleb and Ethan
Kooper serving
Kolton, Levi and Mr. Brad
Kenzie and Mr. Brad
The group, minus 3 who had already headed home :(
Now the goofy face, please
It was a time of catching up, goofing off and celebrating God's faithfulness! After all, 14 of these 27 kiddos were born in our hearts!
I just have to say that my dark-headed teen son did amazing, and I'm so proud of him! Yesterday he was a 'normal' teen! Wait...that's an oxymoron!

Friday, October 15, 2010


I should seriously be finishing up supper... folding laundry... getting ready for the football game... loading the car for our road trip tomorrow...probably cleaning up that kitchen in the background...and a million other things, but I couldn't resist this shot of Kambry playing her 'guitar' as Kenzie rocks to Britt Nicole. A video would have been much cuter, but...

Next Year!

I love all the fun pictures of families visiting punkin' patches! We've talked about growing a punkin' patch right after corn harvest, but we've been too exhausted to carry it out. It would be such a fun family thing... so next year Mr. Greenthumb will have a punkin' patch!

Sifted Through His Hands

"...before a heartache can ever touch my life,
it has to go through Your hands."
No Matter What
Kerrie Roberts

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Praying for the Impossible

One of my devotions had this title today, and it really got me to thinking about 'impossible.'
When I finally came to know Christ at 36, I was either too ignorant to know better, too stubborn to conform, or maybe just too ready to be ignited for change... but for some reason I haven't been afraid to ask God for the hard stuff. Even the 'impossible' stuff. I guess I figured if God is who He says He is, there is nothing 'impossible' for Him. I'm not talking about testing Him; I talking about desperately seeking Him and clinging to His promises when everything around me screams, "NO!" There are times when I fall prey to the lies of the enemy...or give in to my desires...or try to seize control, but He has always proven faithful. Always! And this morning I'm reminded of just a few instances of His faithfulness.

For years I prayed that my dad would accept Christ, even though he had been running from Him most of his adult life. Answered, just weeks before he entered into glory!

I've prayed for reluctant hearts to be opened to adoption. Continuing to be answered!

Praying that God would supply ALL we need to bring this one home...and that her needs are not as severe as projected. Being answered!
Prayed this one would eventually bond to and learn to trust her family.
Prayed for clarity whether this one was our son as his medical need was unfamiliar to us...and his file was going back to Ch*na. Answered!
Prayed the increasing wait (from 2005 to 2007) to this one would cultivate a deeper faith and result in God's goodness and faithfulness being magnified. Answered!
Prayed this one would experience 'second adoption' as a believer in Christ. Answered!
Prayed God would sustain the fragile life of this one as she was so sick at 9 days old. Answered!
Praying this one would integrate into his new family and culture, despite the scars of his past. Being answered!
Praying this one will use the bold courage God has given Him to influence his friends, and apply his knowledge of God's character to his own life. Being answered!
Praying this one would keep his faith deep in the foundation of Christ as he faces the opposition that comes with the university environment. Being answered!
What is your 'impossible' today?
Don't be afraid to take it to the Father, the Creator of the Universe who loves you so intimately that He created you uniquely for His purpose!
We don't need spectacular words or catchy terms.
We just need to stop being afraid to ask.
Whatever our past, whatever our present circumstances, whatever the prognosis, whatever the public opinion... there is NOTHING God cannot do!

Bugs N Braces

Monday was a big day for us! This teen completed his bug project for his 9 weeks grade. Thank you to those who shared your extra bugs :)
And this teen finally got his braces on. I say finally because he has really, really wanted them!

That was Monday. This is, what, Wednesday already? ;-)

Tuesday, October 12, 2010


Don't you love mail!?! E-mail and snail mail both! Two really cool things happened regarding mail today. First, we confirmed that our 800A is in the lock box - woot woot!!! Next step, fingerprint appointment and approval!

But the biggest surprise was a beautiful note of encouragement and a $56 check for our adoption fund. There is a precious family we finally got to meet in Nanjing last October, and they had a 'small yard sale' last weekend and sent the proceeds to us! Totally unexpected, totally generous, totally God! That is seed! Keith and Dorothy, you have sown seed, and the Father will produce abundant growth. Just as He did with the check that our friends Rob and Laine sent a few weeks ago...and the contributions of so many to our fundraisers, linking to us, posting about us... God is good, isn't He!

You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.
2 Cor 9:11

I'm currently working on yet another fundraiser that ya'll will love! I'll let you know when it's a go!

And just because ya'll have been so very generous in prayer, encouragement and giving, I want to do a little giveaway just for fun. I'm thinking about a couple of books but haven't decided which ones yet. The only stipulation to getting into the drawing is to be a Follower on my blog. That's it! In the next week or so I will decide which books I'd love to share with you. So come on and Follow us today!

Monday, October 11, 2010

THAT Question *(revised)

I've done a pretty good job of not testing the limited capacity of my brain lately and keeping my posts fairly shallow...but today Erica asked me how we answer THAT question, you know the one, "Why are you adopting from China and not here?"

First, let me say that we have many dear friends who have already or are adopting from all over the world, including here in the US, so you will not hear me criticize domestic adoption.

The next thing you should know is that my dear husband is much more eloquent at answering this question than I! My husband has such a love for Jesus that he can bring Him into any conversation, as if He were physically present.

My answer tends to vary, depending on the tone of the question. For instance, if someone is asking flippantly or sarcastically, my answer will be different. Sadly, I rarely get asked this question directly. Usually it is asked of a friend, who then gets to answer on our behalf.

So, no matter the tone of the question, my husband will answer consistently ~
"Imagine you are God, looking at the world you've created. You see North America, Asia, Europe, Africa...and the 147 million children who have been orphaned. Do you think you would love the children here any more or less than the children there?"

My answers are not as eloquent. I am typically caught off guard and left speechless, but in a moment of lucidity, I will respond, "Because that's where my children were," or, "That's where God called us."

Afterward I can think of a hundred less-than-serious responses, like, "Have you seen how beautiful my children are?" "I love Chinese food," or "How many have you adopted?" Because the truth is, most people who have asked us this question have no experience with adoption.

Please don't get me wrong ~ I'm not one of those adoptive parents walking around in defense mode, waiting to bite the head off the next person to ask a question. Yes, I've met some of them, and they don't represent the adoption community well. I love talking adoption and prefer a setting that allows us to sit a spell while I share my heart, but that's not always the circumstance.

I would love the opportunity to say that until seven years ago I knew nothing about adoption, the orphan or God's heart on the matter. I was a typical 'living-the-American-dream' Christian with 3 kids, a retirement account and good job. Fortunately, He radically changed my heart in an instant by allowing my ordinary family to live an extraordinary life of loving Him by loving the least of these. I have seen the ransom paid, redemption given, citizenship changed...and I have gladly given up the retirement account and all my plans and dreams for the hope that He has given!

Another thing to consider is now my children are getting older, and one is learning English well enough to understand my response by my body language, as well as my words.

I want my answers to show them that I am proud of who they are, where they come from, where they are now, and that they are chosen ~
so they will be proud of who they are, where they come from, where they are now...and to know they are chosen!

One Mum at a Time

God is so creative! As I reflect back over this weekend I see His fingerprints all over it! He's teaching me valuable lessons, some of which I'm sure if I'd catch on sooner He'd move the process along at a little faster pace ;-) We got to share about adoption, faith, China...and April even got to answer the 'why China, not here' question.

I admit I'm not great at waiting, and I'm not a craft show kinda gal...and yet, the last two weekends I've gotten a taste of both. We raised almost $700 this weekend, and watched God do some amazing things!

In my 'wisdom' I personally saw no reason our home study couldn't be completed about 2 weeks ago (just add 'social worker' to my list of self-proclaimed specialties: nurse, short-order cook, laundry-mat operator, pencil pusher, referee - NOT!) After all, I've had the substantiating documents ready to send to C*S for weeks now. Only two things missing ~ the approved home study AND the $830! Last week I told you the mountains God moved to get a certain fee waived and get our study approved by our placing agency. After that we needed to wait for our study agency to get the proper signatures, then it would arrive in the mail at our SW's home possibly today, she'd get the notaries, and I could drive a couple hours and pick it up...then I realized the mail doesn't run today - sad day!

God stepped in, as only He does! A few hours before the show closed Saturday I got an email from our SW that our study had arrived in her mail THAT DAY, and she'd have it ready for me to pick up TODAY! And best of all, God has supplied the funds to send everything to C*S! All in His perfect timing. When will I ever learn that my plans are so puny compared to His?!? He can fund a $30,000 adoption one $15 mum at a time if He chooses!

Here are the fundraisers we've got lined up so far:
Garage sale October 22-23
Canon giveaway November 1
Holiday Bizarre November 20
Parents' Christmas Shopping Night Out December ?

..."My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness."...
2 Cor 12:19

Stay tuned ~ tonight I will post about 'braces and bugs.' We're off to the orthodontist!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Cheese Festival - Day 1

I have to start by saying I'M TIRED! We sold a total of 12 mums, 1 candle and 1 bow today. Not exactly what we were hoping for. But truth is, no vendors did very well today. People just weren't buying. Which brings me to the point of this post ~ we simply can't put our faith in people, but rather in the Father! He is sovereign! He knows we still have 48 mums left. And we know that tomorrow is a new day, and His mercies will be renewed! We know He will be with us tomorrow, and we know at the end of the day when we add up the dollars, they will be exactly as He planned.

Here's the story of the day:
Yesterday when we were setting up we met the vendor across the aisle from us. He is a character! Reminds me of my brother Clint, (a sprinkle of Jerry Clower humor, an ornery streak and doesn't know a stranger) . We learned he loves kids, family and his late wife. We barely got in the door today and he met us with a smile and a $100 bill. He said, "Put that in your 'kid' fund."
We knew immediately that God had met us there!
Praising Him in advance for what He's going to do tomorrow.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

He Just Keeps Going!!!

Just got a call from my hubby while I was in the grocery store - some just ordered 20 mums!!!! Go GOD!!!

The Scoop ~ Praise Him!

I shared yesterday that God had answered two huge requests...and then you wanted details ;-) So here's the scoop.

We had been waiting on an answer from C*S as to whether they would declare Kuyler an adult child living in or out of our home. We had determined from the beginning that he lives OUT of our home because he is a 22-year-old senior at The University, living in a house with four other guys he's leased for over a year now.

Our previous three adoption processes we've declared him as a child over 18 living IN the home since he lived on campus and came home for weekends and breaks. To C*S that means he needs background checks and fingerprinting. We were confident this process would be different, but our agency wanted to be certain. So as we waited for an answer from C*S we knew if they ruled he lives in our home, we'd need to wait for his checks to be completed, a revision to our new home study, more time and more dollars. Early in the day they ruled in our favor!

So that meant our home study was completed by our social worker and approved by our placing agency...but then we were reminded of a $500 fee required to be paid before our study would be released. Bottom line ~ we didn't have it. We hung up the phone, asked others to stand in the gap for us that God would provide it...and within minutes received a call that the fee had been waived! Not reduced; not deferred, but waived! God's provision!

The next praise is that every mum we sell now is profit! Yep, we are in the black on the fundraiser, thanks to local friends buying mums. This afternoon we will set up for our next and hopefully last Festival. Thank you for praying for us. To God be the gory!!!!

The coolness factor is that my front porch is a giant chia!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

How Big is God!!!!!

God has answered two GINORMOUS requests today in our journey to Kasidi Joy!

Not because we deserve it.

Because He is good! He deserves all the praise! We should not be afraid of the things that are bigger than us, because nothing is bigger than HIM!

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.
Eph 3:20

Is It Any Wonder...

...I walk around smiling?!? These two make me giggle!

He Needs a Family!

Look at this adorable little man under all those clothes! His name is YD, he is 6 years old, has 'deformed hands and club feet,' and is waiting in China for his Forever Family!

Oh, by the way, there is a $1,000 donation toward his adoption too! If you have questions about YD, please go to Bringing Hope to Children and email Dick and Cheryl.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

One Less- Matthew West

Check out this Matthew West song, One Less! Oh my stars, brings me to tears. Be sure to turn off my blog music before you play.

Monday, October 4, 2010

At The End of The Day

Thank you for standing in the gap for us! I wish I could report that we raised the funds we need...but the truth is, we lost money. Sometimes that happens when you have to make a financial investment in the fundraiser.

Maybe we chose the wrong avenue, the wrong product, the wrong time. We could second guess ourselves all day long, but isn't that what we do when we place our faith in ourselves and other people?!? Don't mistake this loss for God not showing up. He was there! We had the opportunity to plant seeds of adoption, share our faith and spend time working hard as a family. And we still have beautiful mums for this weekend's festival :)

Please don't feel sorry for us! We are not hanging our heads or crying in our cereal this morning. We are praising God for the funds He brought and the ways He is going to provide for this journey to Joy. Our faith is in Him, and though we don't know what His plans are, we are certain they are spectacular! Will you praise Him with us!!!

However, as it is written: "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him"...
1 Cor 2:9

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Day 2!

So, here's what we've got...
...and here's what we need.
Adoption is ridiculously expensive, ya'll know that! And we know that. The good news ~ God can afford it!!! We knew from the beginning of our race for Joy that we had $0 set aside and would have to fund raise every dollar necessary to bring her home...and we're okay with that! God has opened doors to new fundraising opportunities and refreshed some old ideas.

Our first day of Oktoberfest left us a little discouraged. We still have a trailer full of mums and haven't even made back what we paid for them. But God! He was with us yesterday, and He will be with us today. As we prepare to leave, we are praising Him for what He's going to do today, and for the unseen things He did yesterday. We so appreciate your prayers!

...What if some did not have faith? Will their lack of faith nullify God's faithfulness? Not at all! ... Rom 3:3-4

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Here Goes!

We are set up for Oktoberfest! Yesterday was a l.o.n.g. day! When we arrived at the nursery we discovered the mums were huge, and we were only able to haul 170 on the trailer. But that's ok, we'll pick up the other 105 next Thursday for the Cheese Festival!
The sun was going down as we closed up our tent and took these pix. The booth looks beautiful, thanks to April!!!

Have a blessed weekend, and thank you for your prayers!

Friday, October 1, 2010

It's October!

Did you know October is Adoption Fundraising Month? Well, at least for us it is :) Ain't gonna lie ~ I'm tired! But I've got boundless energy in Jesus and motivation in these monkeys:
The Joy we are running the race for...
...The goofy ones who make me laugh!

October means ~
~Only 30 days till our Canon giveaway! (thank you for your contributions!)
~Our newest Treasures will soon be home 11 months!
~We are 1 month closer to Kasidi Joy!
~We have 3 fundraisers within 22 days!
~Oktoberfest this weekend
~Cheese Festival next weekend
~Garage sale 22nd and 23rd
If you see the Ringwood Gold rig runnin' down the road today, it's not carrying sweet corn; it's hauling 275 mums to the festival!
We would treasure your prayers!

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