Phoebe's adoption has been quite the ride. WOW. Taking me soooo far out of my comfort zone. You know what I mean. A predictable life, pretty much each week is fairly typical even with adoptions, I mean we KNOW the steps. But this has taken so long and been such a hard process. Not that Phoebe is not worth it. SHE IS.
So we finally got LOA Letter of Acceptance, our approval from China that Phoebe is our girl. You got us here with your prayers!
Without a doubt we know God has shown precious Phoebe to be our daughter.
We've felt so blessed to be chosen to parent every one of our children.
I have to tell you, God has provided so far every fee we have needed for Phoebe's adoption. Every last one! And this adoption has been more than others. More requirements from China-and higher fees. We've paid for Home Study, immigration fees, fingerprinting, agency fees, paperwork fees. We feel so blessed and thankful to know we have had the funds to pay everything up till now.
You all know how I feel about fundraising, it's a way to let others share in the joy, so many people can't adopt, are done adopting, but they want to honor God's word to "love the orphans" and this is one HUGE way they can help. I will NOT deny the blessing. So many times we don't ASK and God can't call people to do His will when the need is not known. It's hard to ask. It's humbling, but again, God can't come calling to help if we shut the door on Him.
We have the means, the love, the desire to parent Phoebe once we get blondie home, it's only the funds to get there and get her home that are the issue. I do want to say here, we are not looking to raise funds to-- go on vacation, buy a new car, etc. It seems like a no brainer but I've heard of people doing that. We take asking for help very seriously in that we do our part- work more, save all we can, live as frugally as possible, sell anything we can (MOM! Not the kids, that's illegal! I meant STUFF), apply for grants, etc.
No new pics of Phoebe YET, we've asked for some-- but here's pics of 5 LESS orphans, now sons and daughters (and their redheaded bro), ones who can't wait to have another lil' sister.
So I ask, will you help us get this precious girl home?
Don't you want to be a part of THAT?? God's work, right here!
We've already had one family offer to do a fundraiser for us, please see Beth's Etsy page, she's gonna donate a portion of her proceeds to US:) It's that COOL? Check it out here--http://www.etsy.com/shop/bethcsmith
We need more ideas, any help we can get to bring our girl home. We live in a very rural area for those of you with ideas that may need to consider that:) We want to do FUNdraising, that's right, anything FUN?? To get our girl home!
And if even if you can't donate will you pray for us? It's doesn't cost a thing and our God hears and answers prayer:)
Leave me comments, share your ideas, share the need PLEASE--- in any way you want to get the word out. Chip In is posted for those who prefer to donate money and we have permission to accept donations through our church for Phoebe so I have posted that info for those who prefer that route and/or need/want a tax receipt.(Look up there on the right:)
I've decided to help my blood pressure (just joking MOM my BP is fine) the Chip In is gonna reflect what we need for steps, first one is tickets for me and Chloe. If they run less, then monies will go to fees in China. It just looks so BIG (to me, not GOD) when a total figure for China travels, fees, orphanage fee, etc is totalled.
And yes, it will be me and Chloe traveling. That's it. I'm trusting the girl to NOT get me hauled off to the police station again this time. (You all can tell me I'm nuts later)
Can you all ask God what He wants you to do and then RUN WITH IT-- He never makes mistakes so you'll know it's right. And we know for sure, we can't out give God, no way, no how, it's just not possible.
We trust that God will cover these fees, He never fails us so let's have FUN watching God take down this mountain.
Can you? Will you?