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


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 ----- 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


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.


*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.

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