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Blessed to be a Blessing November 28, 2008

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This year my family sat down early to discuss the Christmas gift “situation”. Every year we say that we aren’t going to spend a lot of money, or let’s just get everybody something small. And then 2 weeks before Christmas someone says maybe we should just draw names, but half of us have already gone overboard and bought everything, so we just go with it. So it goes and every year we give and receive an obscene amount of gifts. But this year everything seems different money-wise, and most of us are being more frugal and more careful. We decided this year that we were going to go in as an extended family and help someone in need. At first we were going to give to a charity that I will mention later on, but then I became aware of a family in serious need. While I don’t know them very well, I immediately knew that I was supposed to help them. There was a sniggling bit of doubt at first thinking this may not be so smart financially. After all, we are supposed to be saving for our adoption–don’t WE count as a family in need?

But the answer to that is NO. The fact is that I may sigh over how high groceries or my heat bill are, but I have never had to choose one over the other because I couldn’t afford both. And, yes, we are facing a huge amount of money coming due for this adoption, but why should I think that God won’t provide when he continues to amaze me everyday already with his provision? Through prayer, I felt very reassured that I was supposed to help this family, and at the same time I felt a huge peace about it, knowing that even as the money left my hands it would be coming back to me in another way. And it completely happened. That very day we received a check in the mail from an angel here on earth wanting to help with our adoption. And then I sold some of my fundraising items and in a matter of 48 hours, the money was completely replaced. Just another reminder that even if you are the one helping another, YOU TOO will be blessed. And anything you do for a son or daughter of God, you are doing in turn to him. I am honored and humbled that I have been put in a position to help. And the best part is that my amazingly generous family is making it their Christmas to help this same family. Now that is an even better feeling than sitting around in huge piles of wrapping paper wondering where you’re going to put all this new crap!

I encourage anyone who wants to do something like this with your family to go for it this Christmas!! If you don’t know a needy family, contact me directly and I can give you information on a family that is in distress. If you would rather go another route (and get a tax deduction), I can recommend a few charities that I love.
Love Without Boundaries–www.lovewithoutboundaries.com. LWB provides the most loving and compassionate help possible to orphaned and impoverished children in China. We do this through six main program areas: medical, education, nutrition, foster care, special assistance, and healing homes.
World Vision–www.worldvision.org. World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. One thing I specifically like about this charity is the help they provide could prevent a child from being orphaned. They allow you to sponsor children so that they can remain with their families. They also give opportunities for you to purchase livestock for impoverished families, not only providing food, but income.
New Day Foster Home–www.newdaycreations.com/foster. With loyal supporters, a dedicated staff, and caring volunteers, New Day Foster Home’s core mission of providing life-saving surgeries and a loving home to orphans with special needs from around China continues to transform lives. Since its founding in October 2000, New Day Foster Home has expanded its programs to reach more children living in government institutions across the country through outreach work like the Formula Project and other initiatives. Every child deserves a healthy start and to know the love of a family, and our work makes these dreams a reality for hundreds of children.

If you are reading this blog in your nice heated home with a full stomach of amazing Thanksgiving leftovers, I am here to tell you that you are blessed. You are one of the lucky ones. And it is a responsibility. You are blessed so that you can be a blessing to someone else.

What an amazing way to kick off the Christmas season!!

 

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Remaining Fundraiser Items November 25, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Elizabeth @ 2:25 PM

Well, I think I have worked as many craft fairs and holiday bazaars as I could find. I do still have some items left from my fundraiser, and I would love to sell them, so I am putting them on sale. Pictured below are some of the items. I am happy to ship them if you are out of town. I really want to move these items, not only for our benefit, but to help the wonderful woman who made this fundraiser possible. She bought a lot of the items up front and I do not want her to be in the hole just because she has such a big heart. Her family has faced some big challenges the past few months, but she has continued to work tirelessly to help the fundraising families. She has additional items on sale at http://www.holidayadoptionfundraiser.blogspot.com/. Thanks for looking!

I have tons of earrings left!! Of course the pictures don’t do them much justice, but they are so cute. If there is a particular pair you would like to see closer in another picture, just let me know!! The earrings in the first 8 pictures are handmade using vintage beads. Each pair is one of a kind! The other earrings are all from China. They are $7 for the first pair, $6 for a second pair, and $5 for any more pairs that you buy. GREAT STOCKING STUFFERS!!!


And of course, how could you forget the Chinese Character Christmas ornaments that come beautifully packaged in a red silk box? Choose from Love, Good Fortune, Peace, or Double Happiness. $14 for the first ornament, and $12 for each additional ornament.
Thanks for looking and thanks to everyone for your support!!!

 

Online Thirty One Party November 23, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Elizabeth @ 1:53 PM
I discovered a really cool company in October at the Southern Women’s Show. It is called Thirty One and it is a faith-based company that deals mostly in home parties, a lot like Mary Kay, which I sell and love. While at the Southern Women’s Show, I was looking for a backpack to use as a diaper bag/carryall. It has taken me one too many times leaning over to pick Isaac up and having him get hit in the head with the diaper bag to realize that a backpack is the answer. Bless his heart for taking the brunt of my current crappy diaper bag. Thirty One has the backpack that is the answer to my problems…and it is cute….and I’m gonna get it monogrammed. So I decided to host an online party to share this company with others and if enough people place orders, I may just get the backpack at a discount or even for free. Here are some pictures of other products they have that I love:

This is an organizer that I would love to get and keep in the car for Isaac’s books, snacks, diapers, etc.

This is a cute purse that I wouldn’t mind carrying around on days that I am not carrying a diaper bag. Which is almost never!

This is the backpack that I LOVE!

And they even carry cute stationery that you can personalize!!

If you would like to check out their selection, please go to www.mythirtyone.com/4366, and click on “Shop Online”. Select my name and browse away. They have a huge selection of really great items for kids and grown ups! You can have your items shipped directly to you (or to me if you are local and I will get it to you–it may be cheaper that way). If you like an item that is “personalize-able”, that is included in the cost already! Let me know if you have any questions or problems. If you are interested in having your own online party, send Krystal an e-mail from the home page. HAPPY SHOPPING and THANKS!!!!

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An Updated Timeline November 21, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Elizabeth @ 1:54 PM

It FINALLY feels like things are moving along in the adoption. We had our home visit yesterday and discussed the timeline. From what she told us, she is thinking that we will be ready to send off all of our immigration stuff by Christmas. (She said this is a conservative guess so it could be sooner). Then there will be a 3-4 month wait to get all of that back. (Believe it or not, most of the waiting time comes courtesy of paperwork on the US side!). Then we will be ready to send our dossier to China. That means that by April we could be reviewing files of special needs boys. And she keeps stressing to me that we will probably get matched FAST since we want a boy. There still seems to be a lot of confusion out there about us getting a boy from China. Here is the Reader’s Digest version. Yes, most of the orphans in China are girls because of the one child policy and the Chinese preference for a son. However, there are a large number of boys listed on the special needs list. Since most couples who adopt from China PREFER girls, it is a much faster process if you are open to a boy. And we are not just “open” to a boy, we would be overjoyed to have another boy!

So we may be reviewing files by April and depending on when we are matched with our son, we will travel a few months later. So hopefully by this time next year, we could have 2 little boys to be thankful for on Thanksgiving!!

 

A Mid-Sneezing Fit Dream?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Elizabeth @ 8:14 AM

How to tell if you have a nasty sinus infection: You go to bed way earlier than your husband and at about 10:30 PM have a mid-sleep sneezing fit. Your husband comes in to check on you and informs you that you have snot in your hair.

How to tell if you have the best husband in the world: He wipes it out for you lovingly. Well, he kind of laughs at you too, but the important part is that he wipes it off.

Jason, if you are reading this, did it really happen or was it all just a crazy dream?

 

A Rockin’ Chiropractor and a Sermonette November 18, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Elizabeth @ 2:17 PM

Yesterday I had such a nice surprise. I had a chiropractor appointment, which I do monthly, and my doc was asking what I had been up to. I was talking about the adoption and the yard sales and fundraising. He asked if he could contribute, and later, when I was checking out, he wrote me a check to go toward our adoption fund!! How awesome and unexpected is that??

Now I know there may be people out there who are SO SICK of hearing me go on and on about fundraising, but that is too bad. I even started to feel like I was beating a dead horse, but this is an amazing testimony. Not just this story, but the way that the money is coming in like it is. It was the money (or lack thereof) that kept us from taking this leap of faith to adopt for many months and here we are coming up with the money over and over through unexpected sources. My desire is that this encourages someone else out there, because I cannot count the number of people who tell me that they would love to adopt, but spending that kind of money just “doesn’t make sense”. Or that there is no way they could ever afford it. What I am telling you is that the only thing that doesn’t make earthly sense is the way that God continues to provide in the most creative ways. And let me tell you this, and you really need to listen to me here, If God has given you a burden for the orphans of this world, you should not take that lightly. I used to believe that everyone would love to step up and adopt (heck I thought most people would prefer to!) if it weren’t so expensive. What I have realized is that is just not the case. God does not plant this desire in everyone, and if you are one of the ones he has chosen, JUST DO IT. It is such a faith building experience. And I don’t believe He would put that on your heart and then not be there to help you make it happen. There is a quote by Mother Theresa that I love: “God doesn’t call the equipped. He equips those that answer the call.” It is so true, people!!!!!!

I am now climbing off my soapbox to tell you, if you need a good chiropractor give mine a call. He rocks and not just because he is generous. My neck and back think so too. He is also a songwriter and musician. Check him out at www.taylorflannagan.com to hear his music. If your chiropractor is not rockin’ your spine, call for an appointment with mine at 870-3911.