Saturday, September 20, 2014

Give 1 Save 1 Finale Giveaway!!

Okay, so we are about to end our week with Give 1 Save 1.  We hope that you have "liked" them on Facebook or subscribed to their blog so that you can see a family every week that you could donate a little bit to help out with their adoption efforts.  Adoption is hard and paying for it is a challenge, so everyone appreciates help.  We also hope that you have checked out our website and blog and will continue to follow us on our journey.  We always appreciate comments, prayers, support and we are so excited to share all of this with our sweet Marcus some day.

BUT, we also promised an end of the week giveaway for a finale to our Give 1 Save 1 journey!  So, here is....

Anyone who has donated this week up until midnight tomorrow night (Sunday, okay, technically Monday by midnight) will be entered in a drawing for a fabulous dinner/movie/game night pack!

What is included:
-A Chic Fila gift card
-A pack of Jelly Bellies
-The card game, UNO
-A copy of the movie, "God's Not Dead"

We will also put people's names in who have purchased T-shirts this week or donated to participate in the Virtual 5K.  So, check out our website tonight and tomorrow and donate, get a new t-shirt or decide to walk or run a 5K since the weather is getting cooler.  We will announce the winner on Monday!  God bless and everyone have a wonderful end to your weekend!!

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,  to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.  Ephesians 3:20-21

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Give 1 Save 1 Giveaway TODAY!!

Okay, it's time for a Give 1 Save 1 Giveaway!  

We will do two giveaways this week, one today (Wednesday) and one Sunday.  Everyone who has made a donation of any amount by 9:00 pm tonight will be entered to win FIVE in the package LEGO movie mini figures!!  We will draw two names and each winner will be shipped FIVE random mini figures.  So, keep sharing our video and donate today!!  Thank you so much to everyone who has blessed us so far with prayers, encouragement, and donations.  We cannot wait to tell Marcus about this whole experience some day!  

Here's the link to the Give 1 Save 1 page:

Here's the link to our other website with more information and the ways to donate.

 For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love,  may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.  Ephesians 3:14-19

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Give 1 Save 1 Day 1

Welcome to our blog for Give 1 Save 1!!  We are so excited about this week to feature our adoption and prayerfully raise some money for our trip to China.  So, please check out our video to learn a little bit about us and donate to us via Adopt Together, Pay Pal, our virtual 5K or by purchasing shirts from Adoption Bug.  Everything you need to donate is found on:

If you don't want to read through all of our blog posts right now, I will tell you a little about us.  We are a family of four with two biological daughters.  We moved from St. Louis, MO to Fort Worth, TX in December.  We began our adoption journey by pursuing an adoption of a child or siblings from Ethiopia.  After years on the waiting list, we then found our son in China.  He is four years old and he has spinal issues.  We have our PA and LID and we are waiting on LOA and TA and praying for a travel date in January.  We are so excited to get to go and meet him and bring him to Texas.  All four of us are going to fly over to meet him and spend family time in China.

We will be doing a couple of giveaways and videos through the week, so stay tuned!  We are loving this journey and just so amazed by how we have seen God's hand through this whole process.  Thank you for being a part of our story!!

And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord's holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge-that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.  Ephesians 3:17b-19

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Give 1 Save 1, LID and Adoption Bug!

So, summer is over, we are on a more regular schedule of homeschooling again and we have had some fun news in the last couple of weeks.  We are still praying that we can go get our little boy before the end of the year or soon thereafter, but we are getting closer! 

So, first in adoption news, we received our LID (Logged In Date) on August 22!  This means that our dossier has been logged into the system and China will translate it, review it and send us our LOA (Letter of Acceptance) and then we wait for TA (Travel Approval).  Right now each of these steps are taking around 60-70 days, so we are praying that ours moves as quickly as possible through the steps.  We have decided to send our little guy another care package.  Although we are trying to save money, it has been six months since we sent him a birthday package and that is just so long for a four year old, so we want to send him an update to let him know that we are thinking about him and praying for him every day.  Whenever we do something fun as a family, I feel like someone is missing and we just can't wait until he is here to participate in everything with us!  We don't want him in an orphanage with 299 other sweet kids any more.  We want him to be part of a family of 5. 

For our first fundraising news, we submitted a video and application and we found out that we are going to be the featured family on Give 1 Save 1 for the week of September 15!!  Give 1 Save 1 is a wonderful organization that features adoptive families each week and encourages everyone who sees the video to Give $1 and Save 1 orphan.  We have all watched our video at least 20 times and we are SO excited to get to share it next Sunday!!!  We are updating our other website,, and we are so grateful to anyone who will view and share our video, and donate next week! 

In March, we promoted our Adoption Bug fundraiser with some awesome T-shirts that promote adoption and Show Hope.  Unfortunately, Adoption Bug, which is a family run business, will be shutting down in October because the family simply doesn't have time to run it.  So, if you would like to purchase a T-shirt and support them and our adoption, they will be accepting orders until October 1, 2014.  To order from our page, you go to:

This adoption journey has been such a long four years between pursuing an Ethiopian adoption, moving to a new state, finding our son in China and now spending the last six months pursuing him, we are so excited to meet him and bring him into our family.  We already feel like he is part of us and we haven't even gotten to meet him.  We are so grateful for the support, prayers and financial support we have received through this process.  We are so excited that we are entering into phases like Travel Approval!!  Stay tuned for our video premiere and updates on our Give 1 Save 1 week!!

Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.  Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songsKnow that the Lord is God.  It is he who made us, and we are his we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.   Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.   For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.  Psalm 100