Monday, June 26, 2017

Crazy Train in Candy Land


I was sitting here today, on my normal roller coaster that happens within the two week time frame that I travel.

In an effort to be truthful about my crazy state, the tears came today because a baby carrier (given to me so generously free of charge) didn't fit right.   I knew that it probably wouldn't, but in my mind, it was the final rock that slid out of the dam holding in my emotional (totally NON rational) tears.

I asked myself what I could write about that was logical and wouldn't trigger the avalanche.  Yes, because my mind has officially been lost.

I've been trying to get into the left side of my brain which has a giant emotional log plopped in front of it to block the way.

I've given up logic-ing (verb) today (Kat-dictionary).  Here's a peek into my brain.

I don't want to "do".  There's just too much to do.  Can't I just sit here on the couch frozen?
Please don't make me move?

All the little voices, precious voices, calling me Mommy....asking me questions....my brain can't process.  I cannot brain today.  What? You want a Porsche?  Sure, why not.  Wait...what did I just say yes to?!  Wait! You cannot paint your sister!!!!

Money?  Man, I don't like it.  I don't like to worry about it.  I don't like to pray about it.  I wish I had a money tree...and a chocolate tree.  Yup, that would be AWESOME!!! People are so generous, I'd give them a money tree too. We could create a money forest in Candy Land.  I'm not sure about sharing the chocolate though.

Need to buy, "blah blah blah blah blah blah blah". (Too much effort to type)  

This cat's claws are sharp.  I know it's purring, but I think it has an ulterior motive.  You are leaving me...claws...you no lovz me....claws....



Wonder how my teens are? I hope their mission trip changes hearts for God.  I `wish I could've sent chocolate from my chocolate tree with them.

Oh Alessandra sweetie (my granddaughter), you keep reminding me what love is.  If only every relationship was successful if you rock rock rocked, bounced, rocked swayed them.  I'm guessing my older kids may not respond to that baby brilliance.



I see a suitcase in the entryway.  I'm not ready for that suitcase.  TOO.MUCH.TO.DO.



That's just one brief glimpse of my crazy brain right now.  This is about as "left brain" as I think I will get today.  Yes, the log never moved and I never got in.

So please, just nod and wave at me if you see me planting money (or chocolate)...and remember where I was, because I will need it later.

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Please know that IF for some reason money is donated beyond the stated (needed) amount, it will go toward all adoption costs first, medical needs/bills, and unexpected needs.  Any funds entrusted to us will be used diligently and with prayer.  Our travel has to be guesstimated.  We hope to know our final cost for hotels, adoption related guides/agents, and such this week.  We know we will have what we need.  GOD WILL PROVIDE...and has used many of you to do just that.  We don't know when we will be fully funded, only that GOD WILL PROVIDE!!!!  We are almost there!!!

If you are wanting to get something directly for the girls we "get" that, we talk about that below.  We still have a few needs.  Our first priority is the adoption (getting them home) being fully funded, but there ARE a few necessary things we need to get before travel.  

If you don't know what's going on, we are almost two weeks exactly (Monday) from bringing our two little girls (Grace and Hope) home from a very special large Asian nation.  We saw Grace's picture two years ago for the first time.  TWO YEARS and we are now at the last stage of the process.  In two weeks we (a friend and I) go to bring them home!!!  We are now praying for the last $694.00 we need to bring them home!!!  Just since I posted here yesterday, $100 has come in!!!! Praising God!!! 

If you hear God nudging your heart or speaking to your spirit about helping bring our girls home....

*You can give through our YouCaring site.  A small fee is taken out, but it is linked directly to our adoption specific account at the bank.

*Our PayPal address can be used (using the "Family and Friends" method) to 1thomkat(at)verizon(dot)net.   (No fee is taken out.)

*Feel free to share our need with anyone God leads you to. 

*You can email us at 1thomkat(at)verizon(dot)net and we will share our phone number (if you'd like to chat) or  address.  

*If you have an idea that may help, please feel free to email us as well. We never know how God may work!!!

Whatever avenue you feel comfortable with, thank you.  
Thank you for answering the call that will change the life of two little girls and our family forever.

  Thank you for the sacrifice...just thank you.

"This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, 
He hears us."
1 John 5:14

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Several have asked about our needs for the girls.  Our biggest need, we were just told, is being provided (a new specific car seat).   We are overwhlemed, yet again, and so very grateful!!!! Most of the needs we have are smaller.  We've been hesitant to share since getting the girls home has to be our first priority We do have a baby registry on Amazon with items needed and though not posting the link on here, you can email us at 1thomkat (at) verizon (dot) net if you would like it . The second biggest item is a second baby carrier (the first came in time, but did not fit right) that we can use in country (not on the registry -----https://mykinderpack.com/collections/standard-size/products/black-koolnit-mesh-standard-kinderpack-baby-carrier?variant=30825777677 with plus size straps).  It's expensive and NOT anywhere the same priority as getting the girls home!!!! NOT EVEN CLOSE!!!!!

We thank you as well for thinking about our girls needs.  Again, our absolute first priority is bringing them home, please understand.  It's NOT that we don't want to share.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

PRAYER REQUESTS: (They are now all immanent...smile)

1. THAT GOD IS GLORIFIED IN EVERY STEP OF THIS ADOPTION.

2.  I feel a deep need to have everyone join us in prayer for the attachment of our girls.  Please pray they have NO attachment issues and attach to us as a family very quickly.  We have been in the adoption world enough to know severe attachment issues exist.  We pray that GRACE and HOPE have NO issues with attachment...NONE (that God prepares them as well).

. 3. 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.

4. PLEASE pray protection against ALL of satan's schemes.  He's been messing with our family and with Amy and her family.  PLEASE pray a strong concrete, cement, gold, silver (smile) wall between our lives and his schemes.

5.  That we have "MORE THAN ENOUGH" for this trip.  PLEASE PRAY FOR $694 in less than THREE WEEKS and please pray for those individuals God is touching to help us financially bring home the girls.

6. Please pray for Thomas and I to see clearly where God is leading and what WE are to do.  

7.  Please pray that I can fully recover and can gain strength before travel comes (both Thomas and I on the last part...physical strength)

8. That my traveling companion (Amy) and I stay well (completely) within country and are safe....not even a nauseous stomach which commonly happens at least once.

 9. That God uses us/speaks through us while we are there, see what we need to see and doing what we need to do.

10. That our families are safe while we are gone and that it is a peaceful (and safe) time for them.

11. For Timothy's complete healing...and that he has walking and running in his future (smile).  That his pain is minimal.

12. Please pray for the Stewart family as they mourn the loss of their father, grandfather, and great grandfather, uncle, brother, and loved one.

TRAVEL SPECIFIC PRAYER

*Please pray that travel is uneventful and NO LUGGAGE/items are lost/stolen.

*Please pray we make the right choices in our last few travel decisions.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Way Beyond Me~Two Weeks

I remember sitting in the heat of the night at an outdoor concert,  listening to Toby Mac sing his (then) new song, "Way Beyond Me".  Two years ago it wasn't even released yet.

We were seeking to adopt Timothy.


The song hit home.

This morning on the way to Church it came blasting out of the stereo system in our car.

Read these lyrics...

"Call it a reason to retreat
I got some dreams that are bigger than me
I might be outmatched outsized the underdog in the fight of my life
Is it so crazy to believe

That you gave me the stars put them out of my reach
Call me to waters a little to deep
Oh I've never been so aware of my need
You keep on making me see
It's way beyond me
It's way beyond me
Yeah it's out of my league
It's way beyond me
It's way beyond me
It's way beyond

Anything that I got the strength to do
In over my head keeps me countin' on you
I'm leaving the sweet spot sure shot tradin' it all for the plans you got
Is it so crazy to believe

(chorus) 

You take me to the place where I know I need You
Straight to the depths that I can't handle on my own
And Lord I know, I know I need You
So take me to Your great
Take me to Your great unknown

(chorus)

You take me to the place where I know I need You
Straight to the depths that I can't handle on my own (it's way beyond me)
You take me to the place where I know I need You
Oh take me to Your place
Take me to Your great unknown"

It is our reality right now.  This is the reality many face.

Two weeks from today we leave for our daughter's beautiful Asian Nation.  We fly directly to Hong Kong and spend one night there before continuing.

We have two little girls whose lives will be rocked.

We have $794 left to raise.

We have items we still need for the girls.

I have much prepping to do here to get my family ready for my three week absence (though my husband will work from home and our oldest daughter Sarah will be helping).

I have lists upon lists upon lists.  There's just so much.

This whole journey has been "way beyond me" though.  Only God could have brought us this far.  Only God could made two years...into TWO WEEKS TODAY.  Only God...

"That you gave me the stars put them out of my reach
Call me to waters a little to deep
Oh I've never been so aware of my need
You keep on making me see
It's way beyond me"


Grace and Hope, you are beyond us, but NOT beyond God.

How beautiful is the middle name of Grace, that God gave us...VICTORY.

Victory has been claimed for our daughters.

NOTHING is BEYOND GOD....


"For no word from God will ever fail."
Luke 1:37

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Please know that IF for some reason money is donated beyond that amount, it will go toward all adoption costs first, medical needs/bills, and unexpected needs.  Any funds entrusted to us will be used diligently and with prayer.  We don't know when we will be fully funded, only that GOD WILL PROVIDE!!!!  We are almost there!!!

If you are wanting to get something directly for the girls we "get" that, we talk about that below.  We still have a few needs.  Our first priority is the adoption (getting them home) being fully funded, but there ARE a few necessary things we need to get before travel.  

If you don't know what's going on, we are almost two weeks exactly (Monday) from bringing our two little girls (Grace and Hope) home from a very special large Asian nation.  We saw Grace's picture two years ago for the first time.  TWO YEARS and we are now at the last stage of the process.  In two weeks we (a friend and I) go to bring them home!!!  We are now praying for the last $794.00 we need to bring them home!!!


If you hear God nudging your heart or speaking to your spirit about helping bring our girls home....

*You can give through our YouCaring site.  A small fee is taken out, but it is linked directly to our adoption specific account at the bank.

*Our PayPal address can be used (using the "Family and Friends" method) to 1thomkat(at)verizon(dot)net.   (No fee is taken out.)

*Feel free to share our need with anyone God leads you to. 

*You can email us at 1thomkat(at)verizon(dot)net and we will share our phone number (if you'd like to chat) or  address.  

 *If you would like a tax deductible way to give, you can email us at 1thomkat(at)verizon(dot)net.  We do have someone will to take donations.

*If you have an idea that may help, please feel free to email us as well. We never know how God may work!!!

Whatever avenue you feel comfortable with, thank you.  
Thank you for answering the call that will change the life of two little girls and our family forever.

  Thank you for the sacrifice...just thank you.

"This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, 
He hears us."
1 John 5:14

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Several have asked about our needs for the girls.  Our biggest need, we were just told, is being provided (a new specific car seat).   We are overwhlemed, yet again, and so very grateful!!!! Most of the needs we have are smaller.  We've been hesitant to share since getting the girls home has to be our first priority We do have a baby registry on Amazon with items needed and though not posting the link on here, you can email us at 1thomkat (at) verizon (dot) net if you would like it . The second biggest item is a second baby carrier (the first may not come in time and both can be used with both girls) that we can use in country (not on the registry -----https://mykinderpack.com/collections/standard-size/products/black-koolnit-mesh-standard-kinderpack-baby-carrier?variant=30825777677 with plus size straps).  It's expensive and NOT anywhere the same priority as getting the girls home!!!! NOT EVEN CLOSE!!!!!

We thank you as well for thinking about our girls needs.  Again, our absolute first priority is bringing them home, please understand.  It's NOT that we don't want to share.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

PRAYER REQUESTS: (They are now all immanent...smile)

1. THAT GOD IS GLORIFIED IN EVERY STEP OF THIS ADOPTION.

2.  I feel a deep need to have everyone join us in prayer for the attachment of our girls.  Please pray they have NO attachment issues and attach to us as a family very quickly.  We have been in the adoption world enough to know severe attachment issues exist.  We pray that GRACE and HOPE have NO issues with attachment...NONE (that God prepares them as well).

. 3. 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.

4. PLEASE pray protection against ALL of satan's schemes.  He's been messing with our family and with Amy and her family.  PLEASE pray a strong concrete, cement, gold, silver (smile) wall between our lives and his schemes.

5.  That we have "MORE THAN ENOUGH" for this trip.  PLEASE PRAY FOR $794 in less than THREE WEEKS and please pray for those individuals God is touching to help us financially bring home the girls.

6. Please pray for Thomas and I to see clearly where God is leading and what WE are to do.  

7.  Please pray that I can fully recover and can gain strength before travel comes (both Thomas and I on the last part...physical strength)

8. That my traveling companion (Amy) and I stay well (completely) within country and are safe....not even a nauseous stomach which commonly happens at least once.

 9. That God uses us/speaks through us while we are there, see what we need to see and doing what we need to do.

10. That our families are safe while we are gone and that it is a peaceful (and safe) time for them.

11. For Timothy's complete healing...and that he has walking and running in his future (smile).  That his pain is minimal.

12. Please pray for the Stewart family as they mourn the loss of their father, grandfather, and great grandfather, uncle, brother, and loved one.

TRAVEL SPECIFIC PRAYER

*Please pray that travel is uneventful and NO LUGGAGE/items are lost/stolen.

*Please pray we make the right choices in our last few travel decisions.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

A Time....

Today was bitter sweet.

We celebrated the life and passing of my friend's sweet father.    It was a beautiful service, but sad.

Tonight our family is all over the United States.  Two of our teens are on a mission trip for a week with our youth group.  We are thankful that members of our congregation offered opportunities for the teens to raise funds.  We really think it'll be a good experience.

Our oldest daughter and her hubby (and itty bit, Isabella) are at a huge free Christian concert tonight for just a couple of hours.  It's an all day thing, but Isabella can't last that long.




Usually we are there, but we are a bit tired.  We've had busy weekends for a couple of months now (except during illness...usually).  Our fam needs rest pretty badly right now, but I'm thinking we probably won't get it anytime soon (smile).  With only two weekends before we travel to Grace and Hope...


...I'm thinking that's not likely to happen. (Smile)

There is just so much to do.  I have a million lists in my head, things still needed for the girls, for the trip, for the family at home....SO.MUCH.TO.DO.

On a precious and happy note, a friend donated $100 since yesterday's post.  We are so close to being fully funded.  Thank you friends!  I know I say that a lot, but God is using so many of you.  It's not just financially, but when you pray...when you send us a little encouraging note...when you give us a hug when you see us.  THANK YOU!!!!!

We now only need to raise $794.00!!!!

Our next immanent prayer is that our guides (required), hotels, etc...are not over our budget. We need it to be under in order to have a tiny bit of wiggle room if any issue pops up.

Please know that IF for some reason money is donated beyond that amount, it will go toward all adoption costs first, medical needs/bills, and unexpected needs.  Any funds entrusted to us will be used diligently and with prayer.  We don't know when we will be fully funded, only that GOD WILL PROVIDE!!!!  We are almost there!!!

If you are wanting to get something directly for the girls we "get" that, we talk about that below.  We still have a few needs.  Our first priority is the adoption (getting them home) being fully funded, but there ARE a few necessary things we need to get before travel.  


There is a time for everything,

    and a season for every activity under the heavens."
Ecclesiastes 3:1

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If you don't know what's going on, we are almost two weeks exactly (Monday) from bringing our two little girls (Grace and Hope) home from a very special large Asian nation.  We saw Grace's picture two years ago for the first time.  TWO YEARS and we are now at the last stage of the process.  In two weeks we (a friend and I) go to bring them home!!!  We are now praying for the last $794.00 we need to bring them home!!!


If you hear God nudging your heart or speaking to your spirit about helping bring our girls home....

*You can give through our YouCaring site.  A small fee is taken out, but it is linked directly to our adoption specific account at the bank.

*Our PayPal address can be used (using the "Family and Friends" method) to 1thomkat(at)verizon(dot)net.   (No fee is taken out.)

*Feel free to share our need with anyone God leads you to. 

*You can email us at 1thomkat(at)verizon(dot)net and we will share our phone number (if you'd like to chat) or  address.  

 *If you would like a tax deductible way to give, you can email us at 1thomkat(at)verizon(dot)net.  We do have someone will to take donations.

*If you have an idea that may help, please feel free to email us as well. We never know how God may work!!!

Whatever avenue you feel comfortable with, thank you.  
Thank you for answering the call that will change the life of two little girls and our family forever.

  Thank you for the sacrifice...just thank you.

"This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, 
He hears us."
1 John 5:14

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Several have asked about our needs for the girls.  Our biggest need, we were just told, is being provided (a new specific car seat).   We are overwhlemed, yet again, and so very grateful!!!! Most of the needs we have are smaller.  We've been hesitant to share since getting the girls home has to be our first priority We do have a baby registry on Amazon with items needed and though not posting the link on here, you can email us at 1thomkat (at) verizon (dot) net if you would like it . The second biggest item is a second baby carrier (the first may not come in time and both can be used with both girls) that we can use in country (not on the registry -----https://mykinderpack.com/collections/standard-size/products/black-koolnit-mesh-standard-kinderpack-baby-carrier?variant=30825777677 with plus size straps).  It's expensive and NOT anywhere the same priority as getting the girls home!!!! NOT EVEN CLOSE!!!!!

We thank you as well for thinking about our girls needs.  Again, our absolute first priority is bringing them home, please understand.  It's NOT that we don't want to share.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

PRAYER REQUESTS: (They are now all immanent...smile)

1. THAT GOD IS GLORIFIED IN EVERY STEP OF THIS ADOPTION.

2.  I feel a deep need to have everyone join us in prayer for the attachment of our girls.  Please pray they have NO attachment issues and attach to us as a family very quickly.  We have been in the adoption world enough to know severe attachment issues exist.  We pray that GRACE and HOPE have NO issues with attachment...NONE (that God prepares them as well).

. 3. 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.

4. PLEASE pray protection against ALL of satan's schemes.  He's been messing with our family and with Amy and her family.  PLEASE pray a strong concrete, cement, gold, silver (smile) wall between our lives and his schemes.

5.  That we have "MORE THAN ENOUGH" for this trip.  PLEASE PRAY FOR $794 in less than THREE WEEKS and please pray for those individuals God is touching to help us financially bring home the girls.

6. Please pray for Thomas and I to see clearly where God is leading and what WE are to do.  

7.  Please pray that I can fully recover and can gain strength before travel comes (both Thomas and I on the last part...physical strength)

8. That my traveling companion (Amy) and I stay well (completely) within country and are safe....not even a nauseous stomach which commonly happens at least once.

 9. That God uses us/speaks through us while we are there, see what we need to see and doing what we need to do.

10. That our families are safe while we are gone and that it is a peaceful (and safe) time for them.

11. For Timothy's complete healing...and that he has walking and running in his future (smile).  That his pain is minimal.

12. Please pray for the Stewart family as they mourn the loss of their father, grandfather, and great grandfather, uncle, brother, and loved one.

TRAVEL SPECIFIC PRAYER

*Please pray that travel is uneventful and NO LUGGAGE/items are lost/stolen.

*Please pray we make the right choices in our last few travel decisions.


Friday, June 23, 2017

Physical Therapy and Almost There!

We ran down to our local orthopedic children's hospital today for Physical Therapy.


Timothy's pain is so minimal at this point.  We are JUST beginning though and we do know it will increase as he stretches those new hips.  Wow, just saying that...NEW HIPS.  He has come SO far!

*Six months casted from the thigh down to move his severe clubbed feet, so severe they were thinking about amputation.
*A surgery to snip his Achilles
*Multiple trips to Philly/New Jersey (though SUCH a blessed time)
*MAJOR surgery-hip sockets reformed with donor bone, 3/4" taken off each leg, feet flattened, his hips put in socket for the very first time in his almost FIVE YEAR OLD life!!!

His biggest thing to overcome at this point is his fear.  It hurt every time a medical professional touched him after surgery, so he doesn't have a lot of trust.  We TOTALLY get that!!!

He IS an OVERCOMER!!!

Our PT asked today what our most precious and important goal was.  That was easy...WALKING!!!

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As we end this day, we are blessed yet again.  We had a precious friend donate $400 to our adoption.  Yes, you heard that right!  WE ARE UNDER $1000!!!! We only need $894.00 for our adoption of Grace and Hope to be FULLY FUNDED!!!!!


Please know that IF for some reason money is donated beyond that amount, it will go toward all adoption costs first, medical needs/bills, and unexpected needs.  Any funds entrusted to us will be used diligently and with prayer.  We don't know when we will be fully funded, only that GOD WILL PROVIDE!!!!  We are almost there!!! 


The Lord is my strength and my shield;

    my heart trusts in him, and he helps me.
My heart leaps for joy,
    and with my song I praise him

Psalm 28:7

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

If you don't know what's going on, we are two and a half weeks from bringing our two little girls (Grace and Hope) home from a very special large Asian nation.  We saw Grace's picture two years ago for the first time.  TWO YEARS and we are now at the last stage of the process.  In two and a half weeks we (a friend and I) go to bring them home!!!  We are now praying for the last $894.00 we need to bring them home!!!


If you hear God nudging your heart or speaking to your spirit about helping bring our girls home....

*You can give through our YouCaring site.  A small fee is taken out, but it is linked directly to our adoption specific account at the bank.

*Our PayPal address can be used (using the "Family and Friends" method) to 1thomkat(at)verizon(dot)net.   (No fee is taken out.)

*Feel free to share our need with anyone God leads you to. 

*You can email us at 1thomkat(at)verizon(dot)net and we will share our phone number (if you'd like to chat) or  address.  

 *If you would like a tax deductible way to give, you can email us at 1thomkat(at)verizon(dot)net.  We do have someone will to take donations.

*If you have an idea that may help, please feel free to email us as well. We never know how God may work!!!

Whatever avenue you feel comfortable with, thank you.  
Thank you for answering the call that will change the life of two little girls and our family forever.

  Thank you for the sacrifice...just thank you.

"This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, 
He hears us."
1 John 5:14

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Several have asked about our needs for the girls.  Our biggest need, we were just told, is being provided (a new specific car seat).   We are overwhlemed, yet again, and so very grateful!!!! Most of the needs we have are smaller.  We've been hesitant to share since getting the girls home has to be our first priority We do have a baby registry on Amazon with items needed and though not posting the link on here, you can email us at 1thomkat (at) verizon (dot) net if you would like it . The second biggest item is a second baby carrier (the first may not come in time and both can be used with both girls) that we can use in country (not on the registry -----https://mykinderpack.com/collections/standard-size/products/black-koolnit-mesh-standard-kinderpack-baby-carrier?variant=30825777677 with plus size straps).  It's expensive and NOT anywhere the same priority as getting the girls home!!!! NOT EVEN CLOSE!!!!!

We thank you as well for thinking about our girls needs.  Again, our absolute first priority is bringing them home, please understand.  It's NOT that we don't want to share.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

PRAYER REQUESTS: (They are now all immanent...smile)

1. THAT GOD IS GLORIFIED IN EVERY STEP OF THIS ADOPTION.

2.  I feel a deep need to have everyone join us in prayer for the attachment of our girls.  Please pray they have NO attachment issues and attach to us as a family very quickly.  We have been in the adoption world enough to know severe attachment issues exist.  We pray that GRACE and HOPE have NO issues with attachment...NONE (that God prepares them as well).

. 3. 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.

4. PLEASE pray protection against ALL of satan's schemes.  He's been messing with our family and with Amy and her family.  PLEASE pray a strong concrete, cement, gold, silver (smile) wall between our lives and his schemes.

5.  That we have "MORE THAN ENOUGH" for this trip.  PLEASE PRAY FOR $894 in less than THREE WEEKS and please pray for those individuals God is touching to help us financially bring home the girls.

6. Please pray for Thomas and I to see clearly where God is leading and what WE are to do.  

7.  Please pray that I can fully recover and can gain strength before travel comes (both Thomas and I on the last part...physical strength)

8. That my traveling companion (Amy) and I stay well (completely) within country and are safe....not even a nauseous stomach which commonly happens at least once.

 9. That God uses us/speaks through us while we are there, see what we need to see and doing what we need to do.

10. That our families are safe while we are gone and that it is a peaceful (and safe) time for them.

11. For Timothy's complete healing...and that he has walking and running in his future (smile).  That his pain is minimal.

12. Please pray for the Stewart family as they mourn the loss of their father, grandfather, and great grandfather, uncle, brother, and loved one.

TRAVEL SPECIFIC PRAYER

*Please pray that travel is uneventful and NO LUGGAGE is lost.

*Please pray we make the right choices in our last few travel decisions.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

WE HAVE DATES!!!! HERE WE COME!!!!

After TWO LONG YEARS...


After numerous mountains...


These two little girls are coming home!!!!


We have tickets booked!!!


While we were concerned about coming in under budget yesterday, GOD ANSWERED ALL YOUR PRAYERS AGAIN!!!!

Our travel agent (who had put our flights on hold last night) emailed this morning that the price on the held tickets...HAD GONE DOWN.  This brought our tickets into the range we had hoped.

ONLY GOD!!!!

We continue to ask for prayer for the remainder of the funds.  Our Heavenly Father IS providing!!!  Today, $300 was sacrificed/donated for our girls.  We are so thankful and ALMOST THERE!!!  We now only need  $1,294.00! 

GOD is stirring hearts and bringing our girls home through MANY of you!!!

We also ask for prayer that the remainder of the trip stays in our budget and that we have "more than enough".  We still have many more steps to pay for.

 We leave in just 2 1/2 weeks and have our electronic tickets in hand (July 9th-30th).  

In the first province we receive custody of Hope~Glory on July 12th.  On July 13th her adoption is finalized.


On July 17th, we receive custody of Grace and on July 18th her adoption is also finalized.


WE ARE ALMOST THERE!!!! PRAISE GOD!!!!

Thank you all for celebrating with us and praying us through this!!!


The Lord reigns,
    let the nations tremble;
he sits enthroned between the cherubim,
    let the earth shake.
Great is the Lord in Zion;
    he is exalted over all the nations.

Psalm 99:1-2

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If you don't know what's going on, we are two and a half weeks from bringing our two little girls (Grace and Hope) home from a very special large Asian nation.  We saw Grace's picture two years ago for the first time.  TWO YEARS and we are now at the last stage of the process.  In two and a half weeks we (a friend and I) go to bring them home!!!  We are now praying for the last $1294.00 we need to bring them home!!!


If you hear God nudging your heart or speaking to your spirit about helping bring our girls home....

*You can give through our YouCaring site.  A small fee is taken out, but it is linked directly to our adoption specific account at the bank.

*Our PayPal address can be used (using the "Family and Friends" method) to 1thomkat(at)verizon(dot)net.   (No fee is taken out.)

*Feel free to share our need with anyone God leads you to. 

*You can email us at 1thomkat(at)verizon(dot)net and we will share our phone number (if you'd like to chat) or  address.  

 *If you would like a tax deductible way to give, you can email us at 1thomkat(at)verizon(dot)net.  We do have someone will to take donations.

*If you have an idea that may help, please feel free to email us as well. We never know how God may work!!!

Whatever avenue you feel comfortable with, thank you.  
Thank you for answering the call that will change the life of two little girls and our family forever.

  Thank you for the sacrifice...just thank you.

"This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, 
He hears us."
1 John 5:14

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Several have asked about our needs for the girls.  Our biggest need, we were just told, is being provided (a new specific car seat).   We are overwhlemed, yet again, and so very grateful!!!! Most of the needs we have are smaller.  We've been hesitant to share since getting the girls home has to be our first priority We do have a baby registry on Amazon with items needed and though not posting the link on here, you can email us at 1thomkat (at) verizon (dot) net if you would like it . The second biggest item is a second baby carrier (the first may not come in time and both can be used with both girls) that we can use in country (not on the registry -----https://mykinderpack.com/collections/standard-size/products/black-koolnit-mesh-standard-kinderpack-baby-carrier?variant=30825777677 with plus size straps).  It's expensive and NOT anywhere the same priority as getting the girls home!!!! NOT EVEN CLOSE!!!!!

We thank you as well for thinking about our girls needs.  Again, our absolute first priority is bringing them home, please understand.  It's NOT that we don't want to share.

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PRAYER REQUESTS: (They are now all immanent...smile)

1. THAT GOD IS GLORIFIED IN EVERY STEP OF THIS ADOPTION.

2.  I feel a deep need to have everyone join us in prayer for the attachment of our girls.  Please pray they have NO attachment issues and attach to us as a family very quickly.  We have been in the adoption world enough to know severe attachment issues exist.  We pray that GRACE and HOPE have NO issues with attachment...NONE (that God prepares them as well).

. 3. 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.

4. PLEASE pray protection against ALL of satan's schemes.  He's been messing with our family and with Amy and her family.  PLEASE pray a strong concrete, cement, gold, silver (smile) wall between our lives and his schemes.

5.  That we have "MORE THAN ENOUGH" for this trip.  PLEASE PRAY FOR $1,294 in less than THREE WEEKS and please pray for those individuals God is touching to help us financially bring home the girls.

6. Please pray for Thomas and I to see clearly where God is leading and what WE are to do.  

7.  Please pray that I can fully recover and can gain strength before travel comes (both Thomas and I on the last part...physical strength)

8. That my traveling companion (Amy) and I stay well (completely) within country and are safe....not even a nauseous stomach which commonly happens at least once.

 9. That God uses us/speaks through us while we are there, see what we need to see and doing what we need to do.

10. That our families are safe while we are gone and that it is a peaceful (and safe) time for them.

11. For Timothy's complete healing...and that he has walking and running in his future (smile).  That his pain is minimal.

12. Please pray for the Stewart family as they mourn the loss of their father, grandfather, and great grandfather, uncle, brother, and loved one.

TRAVEL SPECIFIC PRAYER

*Please pray that travel is uneventful and NO LUGGAGE is lost.

*Please pray we make the right choices in our last few travel decisions.


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