Friday, December 2, 2016

Adoption Update & Our Final Fundraising Friday!

Thank you all for your donations to help us get to China and get our kiddos!!  We are truly, beyond grateful for every single donation you guys have given to bring Noah and Lily home from China. 
We booked our flights and we leave on Wednesday morning, 12/7!!! 
We will go to Shanghai first to get Lily and then fly to Guangzhou to get Noah and complete the processing of their visas at the US Consulate.  We will fly back to the states on Christmas Eve and if flights go according to schedule all give of our kiddos will be tucked into their beds waiting for Santa to come!!

If you'd still like to make a donation:

Fast & Easy Way-

Tax deductible way available until Sunday-

We've received an additional $1,280 in donations to "Tag their Bag" via paypal and our Lifesong account.  THANK YOU ALL!!  Every donation makes a difference!  All those $5, $10, & $20 donations add up when repeated over and over again by so many people!!
 You guys rock and we are grateful for every donation.

We received some difficult news that a donor would not be able to complete a large donation we were expecting.  While this was a surprise to us and to that donor, but we know it is NOT a surprise to God.  I know that he has a plan to get these babies home, even if we can't see it yet.  Are we worried? Yes, of course.  Stressed? Yes, absolutely!!  But when those feelings come, we choose to remember God's promises.  It's an exercise repeated over and over again.  We know we've done all we can and that he has promised he will never leave us, nor forsake us. 
We are trusting that "the one who calls you is faithful and he will do it". 1 Thess 5:24

Please keep our family in your prayers as we prepare to travel and our kiddos prepare to meet their forever family.  If you haven't donated and would like to, we'll gratefully tag their bag with your name and pray a blessing for you!! 

“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ Matt 25:40

Thank you guys for everything!! For good thoughts and prayers and hugs and support!! We're almost there!!! We leave in 4 days and we know that God has a plan!!

Fannie & Matt

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

$3,000 to go on Giving Tuesday!

We received an additional $680 yesterday for "Tag their Bag"!! Thank you to all who have donated!!

That means we are only $3,000 away from our goal!!  We have $21,000 of the $24,000 we will need  to wire all the fees to China and pay everything else (adoption processing fees, guide fees, hotels) on Friday so that we can leave for China on Monday to go get our babies!!!

We are incredibly grateful for every single donation.  A sweet lady who donated yesterday wrote me a message saying that while she may be too old to adopt a child, an adoptive mama had reminded her that she could still help children be adopted into families.  How sweet is that?  And it is SO true!! Not everyone is meant to adopt a child, but we can all be the solution for these children in one way or another.  As we work together, we change the lives of Lily and Noah forever.  Your donations help them get home to us and to the medical care they desperately need.  A lot of families have told me that they'd love to adopt but can't afford it.  My response is "most of us can't afford to by ourselves, but we can all work together to bring this kids home."  So thank you, everyone who has donated already and for all those who consider donating today.

It's giving Tuesday.  Let's do this!!!  I've got a lot of bag tagging to do tonight!! Can't wait to post a pic of that suitcase covered in names!!!

For Tax Deductible donations:

For Quick & Super Easy donations via Paypal:

"Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you." 1 Peter 5:7

I know that God is faithful; that he loves these children more than you or I can imagine... So, I'm consciously choosing not to let stress take over, but to trust that on Giving Tuesday his plan is being fulfilled by all of you.

Thank you all so much!

Fannie & Matt

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Tag their Bags: Day One!!

Wow!!! We are blown away by how many people have jumped in to give gifts large and small to get these babies home!!!

In the first 24 hours, we've received $1,015 in our PayPal account and over $700 in our Lifesong account!! 

Our matching grant has now been fully funded!!! 

Of the $10,000 we started last week needing, we now have $6,315!! 

That means there's $3,685 left to go!! Praise God!! That's a much smaller number than 24 hours ago and we are so grateful for every single donation that you guys have given both large and small!! 

Thank you to everyone who has donated so far!!! Please share and ask friends and family to donate, even just $5 makes such a difference!!! Lily and Noah have such a precious village helping get them home!!! 

Thank you all!!! $3,685 to go!! Woohoo!!!

If you'd like to donate the quick and easy way, and don't care about tax deductions:

If you'd like to get an end of the year, tax deductible donation in, our Lifesong account is the way to do it:

Thank you!!
Matt & Fannie

Saturday, November 26, 2016

1 Week til China: Tag their bags!!!

Today, we received a grant denial from the last agency we were hoping to receive a decision from before we leave for China.  This was really tough news to receive, but we know that God will provide.  So, I shared our tough news with some adoptive mamas and they had a few suggestions...

A few days ago we shared that we will be paying out $24,000 by Friday.  We had $14,000 and needed $10,000 more to travel on time.  Thanks to so many generous friends and family, our matching grant with Lifesong is only $400 away from being fully matched.  So that means we are almost halfway to the $10,000 goal.

We have $5,000 left that must be provided by Friday in order to wire transfer everything due to the appropriate organizations and get to China on time.  A friend pointed out that we have over 1,000 facebook friends and family.  If each person donated only $5.00 it would give us $5,000.  If 500 friends and family donated $10 it would give us $5,000.  If 200 friends and family gave $25 it would equal $5,000.  So here's our humble request... Would you please consider giving a small donation to help get these sweeties home?

If you need it to make a tax deductible then our Lifesong account is the place to go!

If you don't care about tax deductions and just want to get a donation to us in the quickest, easiest manner possible, then our Paypal account is the place to go!

$5,000 seems like a monumental amount to raise in 5 days, but we know that we serve a big God who can use donations large and small to help meet this need and help get our babies into our arms.

And when you donate, we will "tag their bags" with your name as a visible reminder of how many people already love our kids and are praying & supporting them even before they ever make it home.

Please pray and consider donating.  We are truly grateful for all who have donated and will donate.  We truly cannot make it to China to get these babies without you and we are soooo grateful!!

Matt & Fannie