Wednesday, April 19, 2017

LTC and Mini Adoption Update

Every year many Churches around us (as well as ours) do what is referred to as "Leadership Training for Christ" or LTC.  Kids across the United States learn skills that will help them be leaders in different roles.

Things like...
Signing
Bible Memorization
Speech
Chorus
Art
Scrapbook

They do the above and about a million other subjects.

It's fun too.   The kids look forward to it each year.  They don't have to participate, but they have a blast doing it.

Max doesn't seem to be stopping growing any time soon.  
He's now around six feet at 14 years old.  It's the running joke.
They were temporarily taller (chuckle).

This year it started with Bible Bowl.  They were studying Acts.  You can tell these kids just look so unhappy (laughing).



Our crew/family doesn't sit in chairs with the rest of the audience.  We sit on the floor in the back and spread out.  It's SO much easier and everyone is beginning to know where to look for us (smile).  It feels like reunion weekend for us.  This year we even saw friends from COLLEGE.  Yup, I knew them before I knew Thomas. Ken and Danetta have stories about me that I had even forgot.  Actually I'm thinking I blocked them out (laughing).  It made my day and brought back SO many memories!!!

This was Timothy's first time out and though he needed a little bit of pain medication this first time out, he didn't for the rest of the weekend.

Gabe showing Timothy how a game worked.

Our triplets (and their daddy in the background)

May (and new family friend), Anna, and Ben being goofy



It didn't end there though.  In a long standing tradition, Bekah continued on the next day with signing.  This was her big sister Sarah's thing.  She was pretty nervous, but adorable.

The lighting was awful, but she's still so cute.

Then you have my husband, the jokester, that wanted to remind her not to sign in all caps.   ;-)

Anna then had chorus later on in the day.  Their youth group scrapbook (she helped work on) had already been completed and turned in!




Timothy and his "babysitter".  I thought it was SO
cute that he told his mom this when asked what 
he was doing.  TWO ADORABLE BOYS!!!!
(of course sitting right next to me)

All of these events could not have come to fruition without the time and dedication (MANY MANY MONTHS of dedication) by A LOT  of adults.  Thank you to those who led our children.  Thank you for your guidance and love...and A LOT of time!!!!

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Adoption Update:

Our paperwork is in the second step of the immigration process for the girls.  If you want to pray specifically, pray it is quick! :-)

The rules are very firm in the nation our girls are from.  We are hearing daily about families getting turned down and are so grateful to them for allowing our daughters to come home.  Seeing an update was such a gift...and so hard.  Now my heart longs for them even more (if possible)...and my arms long to hold them.

Many have asked about travel.  The hope is to travel sometime in June to bring them home.  We appreciate prayers for that outcome!


We received an invitation for an interview for an adoption grant.  It's part of a (I believe) three step process (application, some chosen for interviews, some chosen from the interviews for a grant).     Please pray, if it can be within God's will, that we receive this grant.  We have the last $11,000-$12,000 to go.  We have come so far and this would help us so much!

Below I am posting specific prayer requests.  Below that, ways to give if God touches your hearts.

Thank you SO MUCH to Shayna and Jennifer for raising $200 through LuLaRoe for this adoption journey!!!!!

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IMMEDIATE:
 1. We have an interview for this grant next week.  PLEASE pray (that if it's God's Will) we receive this grant.
2. Please pray that the step our adoption is at now goes quickly!!! (2nd step of immigration)

OTHER PRAYER REQUESTS:
Please Pray...
1. For Timothy's complete healing...and that he has walking and running in his future (smile).
2. For Grace and Hope, that they are healthy, loved on, and protected. Please pray that they dream of us and attach quicker than ANYONE could imagine.
3. That, IF God Wills, we receive the waiver we've requested. Adoption fees are often not arbitrary, but pay for families and children's needs. We pray that only if this will not bring any hardship, that we may receive it the waiver.
4. That we hear from the (now) two grants we have yet to hear from. Please pray we receive at least one grant. It would help TREMENDOUSLY!  Receiving more than one more would be almost more than we could hope or imagine!
5. Please also pray for Thomas and I. Please pray we can use this time before travel to gain physical strength.
6. Lastly, we have several expenses that we normally would have taken care of with our tax return, but couldn't this year. Could you please pray for God's provision for these expenses...and the things we still need to gather for the girls.  This isn't typical...unless we are in the adoption process...lol.  Thank you!
7. That my traveling companion (Amy) and I stay well (completely) within country and are safe.
 8. That God uses us/speaks through us while we are there, see what we need to see and doing what we need to do.
9. That our families are safe while we are gone and that it is a peaceful time for them.

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We still have $11,000-$12,000 to raise.

Other Ways to Give:

1.  LifeSong is still accepting tax deductible donations on our behalf, even though the matching grant is met.   You can also mail a check to them with our family name and number in the memo line (it can be found in "My Story" in the link below).


2.PayPal- You can send money through PayPal "Friends and Family" to our email address 1thomkat (at) verizon (dot) net 
No money will be taken out and every penny will go toward our adoption!

3. You can mail a check directly to us.  It will be placed in a separate adoption account immediately.  You can email us at the above email and we will send our address.



I have no need of a bull from your stall

    or of goats from your pens,
10 
for every animal of the forest is mine,
    and the cattle on a thousand hills.
11 
I know every bird in the mountains,
    and the insects in the fields are mine.
Psalm 50:9-11



Thursday, April 13, 2017

Shopping With a Purpose ~ LuLaRoe

If you've been reading the blog, I shared that some sweet women started a fundraiser to help bring Grace and Hope home.  While we were in Philadelphia and Timothy was getting surgery, they were still fighting for our girls.

I don't want to NOT share the kindness of others.  We are truly grateful!

Several very kind people have offered before, but I've been hesitant.  I know God will convict who HE convicts.    Hearing about this clothing line from other adoptive mamas (that I really admire) made the decision for us.    Everything I've heard about this clothing line is about it's quality and comfort.

God will provide.  HE has cattle on a thousand hills.  God will use whatever HE Wills to use.


This sale is going on right now on Facebook and will continue through April 15th.  If you are interested, just click on the link below and join.

                                         Bring Grace and Glory Home! LuLaRoe Pop Up!



Another adoptive mama/warrior mama contacted me and there will be one more fundraiser that we will do the end of this month or the beginning of next with Pampered Chef.

If God prompts you to help bring Grace and Hope home, there are other ways below.

I don't want this blog to become just about fundraising, but really...it's about Grace and Hope.  It's about them...it's about God leading our family.  Thank you for continuing to join us.

Prayer requests are below....

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We still have $11,000-$12,000 to raise.

Other Ways to Give:
1.  LifeSong is still accepting tax deductible donations on our behalf, even though the matching grant is met.   You can also mail a check to them with our family name and number in the memo line (it can be found in "My Story" in the link below).


2.PayPal- You can send money through PayPal "Friends and Family" to our email address 1thomkat (at) verizon (dot) net 
No money will be taken out and every penny will go toward our adoption!

3. You can mail a check directly to us.  It will be placed in a separate adoption account immediately.  You can email us at the above email and we will send our address.


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Please Pray...
*For Timothy's complete healing...and that he has walking and running in his future (smile).
*For Grace and Hope, that they are healthy, loved on, and protected.  Please pray that they dream of us and attach quicker than ANYONE could imagine.
*That, IF God Wills, we receive the waiver we've requested.  Adoption fees are often not arbitrary, but pay for families and children's needs.  We pray that only if this will not bring any hardship, that we may receive it the waiver.
*That we hear from the three grants we have yet to hear from.  I sent an email yesterday to see if we missed something during the surgery.  We did hear from one (that they had not tried to communicate with us at this point).  Please pray we receive at least one grant.  It would help TREMENDOUSLY!
*Please also pray for Thomas and I.  Please pray we can use this time before travel to gain physical strength.  We have two more little ones and really need to focus.  We have several physical needs for the girls, but strengthening our bodies comes before every one.

Thank you friends!!!

"The horse is made ready for the day of battle,
    but victory rests with the Lord."
Proverbs 21:31


A Little Bit of This....

With Anna having a stomach bug and Timothy fully casted, I'm not getting out a whole lot.

I will say we have plans for us ALL to get out soon though and for this bunch with Cabin Fever...YEA!!!!

It's time.

Until then, I thought I'd share with you one of the sweet pictures of our girls that a friend of ours created.  I just loved the comparison of the older pictures and the newer ones.

Hope~Glory  (currently two years old)
I look at her picture and I tend to think of her as Hope, instead of Glory (though both
are her names).  She looks like a Hope, don't you think?

Grace~Victory (currently three and a half years old)
It's been close to two years since the last picture was taken.  My heart soars 
at seeing what she looks like now.

I can't stop looking at these pictures.  My head can't
get around the blessing that God has given us in these girls.  

The kids are so excited, the little mamas especially.
Though the boys will teach them to love mud and roughhousing (and cars, Gabe says). 

My stomach is filled with butterflies.
We are almost there girls!!!!

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We still have $11,000-$12,000 to raise!

Ways to Give:
1.  LifeSong is still accepting tax deductible donations on our behalf, even though the matching grant is met.   You can also mail a check to them with our family name and number in the memo line (it can be found in "My Story" in the link below).


2.PayPal- You can send money through PayPal "Friends and Family" to our email address 1thomkat (at) verizon (dot) net 
No money will be taken out and every penny will go toward our adoption!

3. You can mail a check directly to us.  It will be placed in a separate adoption account immediately.  You can email us at the above email and we will send our address.
 
4.  Shopping with a Purpose~Two lovely people, while we were wading through Timothy's surgery, started a fundraiser for our family.  If you'd like to check it out on Facebook, you can click the link below.  The sale starts today through the 15th.


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Please Pray...
*For Timothy's complete healing...and that he has walking and running in his future (smile).
*For Grace and Hope, that they are healthy, loved on, and protected.  Please pray that they dream of us and attach quicker than ANYONE could imagine.
*That, IF God Wills, we receive the waiver we've requested.  Adoption fees are often not arbitrary, but pay for families and children's needs.  We pray that only if this will not bring any hardship, that we may receive it the waiver.
*That we hear from the three grants we have yet to hear from.  I sent an email yesterday to see if we missed something during the surgery.  We did hear from one (that they had not tried to communicate with us at this point).  Please pray we receive at least one grant.  It would help TREMENDOUSLY!
*Please also pray for Thomas and I.  Please pray we can use this time before travel to gain physical strength.  We have two more little ones and really need to focus.  We have several physical needs for the girls, but strengthening our bodies comes before every one.

Thank you friends!!!

"The horse is made ready for the day of battle,
    but victory rests with the Lord."
Proverbs 21:31


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Our Little Love~Grace Victory!

It came, it finally did!  After almost two years we can see what our daughter looks like!  She's precious and a gift from God.

I admit I'm processing right now.  Her situation seems to not be as good as Hope~Glory's.  Grace~Victory is tiny.  She weighs significantly less than Hope (who is a year and a half younger).  At three and a half she will most likely be in 6-9 months or 12 month clothing.

We are so in love and she has our heart.  We just want her in our arms now! (smile)

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Our hearts are across the world today.  It's time to bring our girls home!

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We still have a ways to go (between $11,000 - $12,000 we need to raise to be fully funded...guesstimates based on what we are hearing from others).  If you want to join us on this journey, you can still give through LifeSong (tax deductible), either online or by sending a check with our family name and number on it.  You can also send money through PayPal "Friends and Family" to our email address (1thomkat (at) verizon (dot) net).  No money will be taken out and every penny will go toward our adoption!


Two lovely people, while we were wading through Timothy's surgery, started a fundraiser for our family.  If you'd like to check it out on Facebook, you can click the link below.


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Please Pray...
*For Timothy's complete healing...and that he has walking and running in his future (smile).
*For Grace and Hope, that they are healthy, loved on, and protected.  Please pray that they dream of us and attach quicker than ANYONE could imagine.
*That, IF God Wills, we receive the waiver we've requested.  Adoption fees are often not arbitrary, but pay for families and children's needs.  We pray that only if this will not bring any hardship, that we may receive it the waiver.
*That we hear from the three grants we have yet to hear from.  I sent an email yesterday to see if we missed something during the surgery.  We did hear from one (that they had not tried to communicate with us at this point).  Please pray we receive at least one grant.  It would help TREMENDOUSLY!
*Please also pray for Thomas and I.  Please pray we can use this time before travel to gain physical strength.  We have two more little ones and really need to focus.  We have several physical needs for the girls, but strengthening our bodies comes before every one.

Thank you friends!!!

"The horse is made ready for the day of battle,
    but victory rests with the Lord."

Proverbs 21:31

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

In Love~Oh My Heart!!!!

This morning we got an email...in this email was a bit of my heart.

Hope~Glory's picture was over a year old.  Today we saw a glimpse of her spirit in BRAND NEW pictures!!!!

OH MY HEART!!!!

The update says she's very busy and loves cuddling.  She can sit on her own (though cannot crawl or walk).  It didn't mention her heart, so we will wait and see what the doctor says here.


She has nailed the posing thing!

This girl has spunk! 

I can't stop looking at these pictures. She is a gift greater than I could ever imagine.  I cannot wait to have her in our arms!!!!

We have even more good news though!  We met our matching grant!!!  It has now been doubled!!!  We still have a ways to go (between $11,000 - $12,000 we need to raise to be fully funded...guesstimates based on what we are hearing from others).  If you want to join us on this journey, you can still give through LifeSong (tax deductible), either online or by sending a check with our family name and number on it.  You can also send money through PayPal "Friends and Family" to our email address (1thomkat (at) verizon (dot) net).  No money will be taken out and every penny will go toward our adoption!


Two lovely people, while we were wading through Timothy's surgery, started a fundraiser for our family.  If you'd like to check it out on Facebook, you can click the link below.


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Timothy is doing wonderfully!  He is off ALL pain medication.  He immediately became his chatty self and was all smiles when he saw the rest of the family.  


He gets his three week x-ray next week.  That just seems unbelievable!


Three more weeks after that (the 15th) and Thomas will head back to Philly with Timothy for cast removal!  UNBELIEVABLE!!!  We then have to track down someone locally for PT.  If local friends have any ideas (know of someone good), I'd like to have it set up before I head to China...because I know God will provide (smile).

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Then we have these beautiful babies and daughters.




I love being a mom AND grandma!!!

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So this blog post was pretty eclectic.  I'm going to leave you, as usual, with prayer requests.  It's been WONDERFUL seeing how God answers.  These pictures today were an answer to prayer most DEFINITELY!!!!

Please Pray...
*For Timothy's complete healing...and that he has walking and running in his future (smile).
*For Grace and Hope, that they are healthy, loved on, and protected.  Please pray that they dream of us and attach quicker than ANYONE could imagine.
*For Grace's picture and information update to come quickly.  It's a big orphanage and could take much longer.  Please pray for God's favor in this!
*That, IF God Wills, we receive the waiver we've requested.  Adoption fees are often not arbitrary, but pay for families and children's needs.  We pray that only if this will not bring any hardship, that we may receive it the waiver.
*That we hear from the three grants we have yet to hear from.  I sent an email yesterday to see if we missed something during the surgery.  We did hear from one (that they had not tried to communicate with us at this point).  Please pray we receive at least one grant.  It would help TREMENDOUSLY!
*Please also pray for Thomas and I.  Please pray we can use this time before travel to gain physical strength.  We have two more little ones and really need to focus.  We have several physical needs for the girls, but strengthening our bodies comes before every one.

Thank you friends!!!

"No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us." 
Romans 8:37


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