I was asked a few days ago how long we have been on this journey to adopt. Officially, the answer is one year. We started our home study last year. But really? Really adoption has been the journey of our heart for over 10 years. It has been a part of the plan from the beginning of our marriage. It’s something God wrote on my heart so long ago that I can’t even pinpoint when it began. Just like many moms long for the day they find out they are pregnant, I have longed for the day we get a referral call.
AND WE GOT IT!! Almost two weeks ago, on November 7, our agency called with incredible news. And we now have a seven year old son in ETHIOPIA!! Besides being an ocean away from him, the hardest thing is not being able to share a picture of his sweet face. He has the most perfect smile and I think he looks like Charlotte. His name is beautiful and what his name means is even better. We have 8-10 months until we can travel, so it kind of feels like a pregnancy. Except I wake up everyday and he isn’t with me.
We pray for him every night as we say our family prayers and I made an email address just for him so I can send him messages every time I think about him. Brooks is still too young to really understand, but he tries to say his name. Charlotte on the other hand is beyond excited to have a big brother. Despite being three years younger, I’m sure she will treat him like her little brother and will totally take charge. When we were in the car with my parents a few days ago, out of nowhere she said that he needed some farm boots. Papaw got Charlotte and Brooks a pair of boots that they always wear at the farm and she wants to make sure her new big brother gets a pair too! Then she said that he could ride the tractor first. Now THAT is sibling love at it’s best!
As many of you know, international adoption is expensive. In total, it will cost us about $35,000 to bring him home. I know it seems like a crazy number. But that’s what it takes. And we will do WHATEVER it takes! We’re sacrificing in every way that we can and are working extra to make this happen. But we need you!
We have already been blessed with your support through our first fundraiser that helped us raise $6,000 so that big number has already been reduced to $29,000! If you would like to be a part of this journey, we need your prayerful support and donations! You can send donations through the ≥≥÷/ link below or email email@example.com and we can send you our home address. Thank you for being a part of putting this sweet boy into his forever family!
We need to raise another $6000 for our Program Fee in the next two weeks. We will be forever grateful for your help in bringing him home!
For those of you ready to do some Christmas shopping, the fundraiser below is a great gift item! These tea towels were designed by Erin Haines Design Co. and the words “My Love Will Find You” make me cry every time I read them. I’m so thankful to serve a God that knits families together across oceans and races and languages, and I pray that though he won’t know about us until January, he will begin to feel the love we have for him already.
We hope that you will love these tea towels as much as we do. They will make great Christmas gifts for gift exchanges, hostess gifts, and for out of town family. :))
They are $15 each or two for $25. Shipping is FREE!
DELIVERY DETAILS! If you are local, you can pick them up at my studio on December 5. If you’re out of town or can’t make it then, we’ll ship them out on December 5. They are available for ordering through December 1st! PLEASE note your preference for shipping or pickup in the notes of your order!
TO ORDER: Click the donate button below and submit your order through Paypal. Just enter the amount for the number of towels you are ordering. (1 for $15, 2 for $25, 3 for $40, 4 for $50, etc.!) If you’d rather use a different payment method, just email firstname.lastname@example.org and submit your order that way!