Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Matt 10:29-31...Not Even a Sparrow.....

"Not even a sparrow, worth only half a penny, can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it. And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don't be afraid; you are more valuable to Him than a whole flock of sparrows." - Matthew 10:29-31






They are on my heart today. 

Friday, February 24, 2012

Ain’t Too Proud To Beg, Y’all

Wow. Contrary to popular belief, I did not give up blogging for Lent. It just seems that way given my track record of sporadic postings as of late. But! As many of you know, MP and I have been preparing for our next UGA trip so that has taken up a lot of our time. Well, that and two kids, two full time jobs, two dogs, one potential income-producing side job, potty-training, weekends out of town, weekends with company in town, laundry, couponing, homework, school projects, and mandatory weekend naps. Also, we’ve been collecting playing cards for one of the remand centers In Kampala, baby formula for another and at the same time, we’re still trying to complete our dossier. If you have no idea what a “dossier” looks like, let me give you a visual. Take a brand new ream of paper of say 1,000 sheets or so, and imagine it is made up of your most personal and private documents. For example:

1. Home study report + Agency license + social worker License.
2. All state requirements regarding adoption.
3. Bank statement.
4. Marriage certificate / Birth certificates
5. Infertility letter (if any)
6. Employment letter per adopter.
7. Proof of residency and home ownership.
8. Financial information
9. Tax returns (3 years)
10. Medical clearance letter per adopter health
11. USCIS Approval – I-171h
12. Recommendation letters
13. Photos
14. Post placement obligation
15. Criminal clearances from abroad
16. Copy of Passports

Now. Make four or five copies of everything. Get EVERY.SINGLE.DOCUMENT.NOTARIZED. Seal each one in a nice plastic report cover. Recover from carpal tunnel syndrome. Do a victory dance. And don’t be afraid to Tebow.

We leave in two weeks and still have a lot to get done. When we get back, we are going to be some Fundraising FOOLS, y’all. We have been blessed tremendously by you guys and we cannot thank you enough. We’ve come a long way, but still have money to raise

When we get back, we’ll be designing T-shirts (for real this time), so get ready. We still have some Ug*ndan paper bead necklaces for sale ($15). Also, we’ll be making more crosses to sell ($20 includes shipping). They would make wonderful Easter gifts, so keep that in mind!!!!

You guys, HE is pretty amazing. It’s awesome to see how He paves the way in our obedience. I am ashamed at my initial doubts. I never doubted that He COULD, but honestly, I doubted that He WOULD. I once heard someone say, “God finances what He favors.” It’s no doubt that God loves the orphan. He also loves our obedience, so if you have EVER felt called to adopt, but hesitated because you didn’t think you could afford it, DON’T LET IT STOP YOU. If He has called you to it, He WILL make a way for it to happen. Trust.

Donations are great and if you want, you can click the Donate Paypal button, but above all we need prayer. Please join us in praying for our little nugget or nuggets (oh yeah, we’ve been approved for two). Pray that the Lord will be preparing them for us as He is preparing us for them. Pray for good health. Pray for healing hearts. Pray for comfort of their losses. Just pray.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Uganda. Four Weeks from Saturday. OMG.

We are preparing for our 2nd visit to one of most beautiful places on earth - Uganda - and I literally CAN. NOT. WAIT. This visit will be to well, visit, and volunteer and love on kids. We are staying at the same guest house we stayed at last September so I feel pretty good about that, but I am nervous y'all. Last time there was a group of us and a leader and we didn't do anything but show up when we were supposed to. We didn't handle  the itinerary, we didn't worry about money exchanges because someone ALWAYS had schiilings for us to exchange our good ole USD if need be. We didn't worry about eating or traveling or transportation - these were all provided worry-free. MP and I are going on our own this time. We DID find out that a group Visiting Orphans and Sixty Feet will be there at the same time and AT THE SAME GUEST HOUSE so there is comfort in that. Although we aren't "with" them, we are still totally with them.

That was the most rambling post I believe I've ever made. And I'm ok with that.