Friday, August 5, 2016

My little buddies are MATCHED!!!!

Happy dance here!!!! My two little buddies I met in China in April have families going for them!!!

This is what makes advocacy worth it!!!!

My sweet Buddha buddy Lars now has a family coming for him.  They got their approval very recently and are moving forward on the loads of paperwork it takes to bring home a sweetie!!

How precious is he??!!!! Oh they are gonna be BLESSED by him!!

And Logan, my other sweet buddy is also matched!! Not only is he matched but his family is very far in the process and will be bringing him home super soon!!!

I'm so excited and happy for these sweet boys!!! These families are so very lucky to be matched with these precious boys!

And here's a secret some of you might not know... MANY boys wait!!! So many agencies have files of boys age 5 and under with minor or repaired needs who need families and have no families waiting who are open to adopting a boy.  Let's change that!! Let's have families waiting for the boys instead of boys waiting for families!

Ask me about it! :)

Congrats to the families of my sweet buddies!!!! 

Monday, July 18, 2016

Authentications Roadtrip!

Today was authentication day!  For a China adoption, the papers that make up your 'dossier' all have to be notarized, then the notary has to be authenticated.  For Alabama, you have to authenticate the notary at the county level, then at the Alabama Sec of State office, and then you have to receive a final authentication at the Chinese Consulate in Houston.

Today I took our documents to the county office for authentication...

Then we headed off on a road trip to Montgomery- me and the munchkins!!

Considering how many road trips these kids have endured recently, they were all so well-behaved!  Seems that even Laila is finally getting the hang of road trips!! :)

We even made a stop or two for history lessons.  Given all the events of the last few weeks in America, I thought it was important to talk to the kids about the historical events that occurred in Montgomery.  We talked about the slave depots, segregation, Rosa Parks & the civil rights movement.  Sadly, we also talked about the things that have happened recently and how important it is for all of us to love as Jesus loves.  To love God and love our neighbor as ourselves.

Then we headed back with a stop for ice cream to celebrate one more step closer to Hongjie!!

Tomorrow we'll send these on to the consulate! And hopefully there's a fingerprint notice waiting in the mailbox from immigration in the next day or two!

What a fun and productive day!! :)

We're coming Hongjie!!! We love you!!!

Monday, June 27, 2016

So excited about this!!!

You guys I am so excited about this fundraiser for the orphanage.


Because every bracelet sold provides 1 week of clean water to a person in Africa!!

That means these bracelets raise money for the orphanage AND make clean water available to a person in need!!

And? I have already bought a number of these myself and Matt & I wear ours daily!

In Chinese, the one in the middle says 'beloved'.  We specifically chose this in English and Chinese because not only does it serve as a personal reminder that each of us is beloved by God but also that our new son is beloved by so many already!!  

Through Friday I will take special orders for the designs below as well!

These bracelets will sell for $12 each plus $1 shipping.  We will take custom orders until this weekend, then I will place our large order w Mudlove.  I will order extras in some of the more popular styles but if you want to guarantee a specific band color & phrase PLEASE pre-order!

These will ship out mid-late July as soon as we get the shipment from Mudlove.  And if you are local, we'll deliver them to you & save the shipping charge. :)

Email me at or Facebook message me to place an order.

Thank you to everyone who supports us on this journey!!

Saturday, June 25, 2016

All About Hongjie's Orphanage & How to Help!

For adoptions from China one of the big expenses is the orphanage donation.  And while the word "donation" is used, this isn't a voluntary donation.  It's a mandatory donation to the orphanage the child is coming from.  The money is used to help care for the orphans that remain in the orphanage's care.  This amount is large.  Nearly $6,000.  Honestly, we need to fundraise this amount and a little more to be able to fully fund this adoption.

A year or so ago, Guangdong province opened a number of 'safe rooms' to provide a safe way for parents who felt they had no other option, to abandon their sick child.  Within only a few days the orphanages became overwhelmed by the influx of special needs children.  ( & (
Hongjie's orphanage is one of the orphanages that received an overwhelming number of newly abandoned children during that time. A friend recently visited his orphanage and has been kind enough to share pictures with us.

So many children!! Precious babies, precocious toddlers, & amazingly adorable children!! This orphanage is quite large and working so hard to care for the many, many children.  Please look at these children and pray for them.

I'm still overwhelmed by these pictures.  No matter how colorful or 'nice' this room looks, friends this just shouldn't be.  These little ones all need families!!

And so do these older children!!  Each of these children is loved by their Heavenly Father and he has a plan for each and every one of them and I believe he calls us, his church to rise up and be his hands and feet for them.  For us, that means adopting, but we know for others that means praying, for others that means providing financial support.

And this is where we get to be a blessing!  This is where the church can help to be Jesus' hands for these precious children.  Many of you have asked what you can do to help us along this journey.  The answer is this: help us raise the orphanage donation!

There are a few options for this.

The amazingly popular shirts that helped raise Laila's orphanage donation are back for a limited time!!  We will, once again, use this design to help raise the required orphanage donation for Hongjie's adoption.

These shirts are $20 each w/$2 shipping per shirt.  Offered in children's size 2t, 3t, 4/5, 6/7, 8/9, 10/12 and adult sizes XS, S, M, L, XL, 2XL, & 3XL.

Colors available: white, heather grey, cobalt blue, & purple

To order: email me your order ( & you can make a donation in the amount due to our Adopt Together or Paypal account provided on our blog.  I am taking pre-orders through the end of July.

We will also kick off a mudlove bracelet fundraiser that is announced in my next blog post.  

And lastly, you could decide to donate money that will go directly to the orphanage donation here.

And lastly, for the fellow Cityhope friend who left this anonymous donation on our window and helped to propel us onto this journey, your loving donation is the first one added to the orphanage donation.

Thanks so much to everyone supporting us and cheering us on and praying us through this process.  We love you guys!!