Thursday, December 30, 2010

adoption update

As our family looks to the beginning of a new year, we are mindful of the great joy this past year has brought us. God has blessed us beyond measure with our new town, new church family, new ministry, new house, new (amazing!) friends and so much more! This past year provided us with many "new" things and we are hopeful that 2011 will be the same as we anxiously await the arrival of our son from South Korea!

We recently met with our social worker from our adoption agency to revise a portion of our home study. (This had to be done because we moved into a new home and our former home study was done in the other home. I am pleased to say that we passed, again, with flying colors!) While Lydia was there, she provided us with some very exciting news! She feels confident that we will receive our referral in the next few months! She even said she wouldn't be surprised if we got one in January!! When she told us that, our hearts were overjoyed, yet cautious at the same time. One of the many things we've learned on this journey is that nothing is certain in adoption except uncertainties! Although we have great hope that we will soon see the face of our sweet child, we know that it still may be months down the road.

**For details on what it means to get a referral, you can look here at a previous post.

Even though Baby K (the name given to our child by his sisters) isn't physically here with us, he is still so much a part of our family. He had a stocking hung by the chimney with care this Christmas and an ornament on the tree that the girls picked out for him.

You can even see in the picture below that, as far as Addie and Ellee are concerned, they have a baby brother already. Ellee did this in school recently and it brought me to tears when she showed it to me...

Aside from the seemingly unbearable wait for him to come home, our biggest hurdle has been the finances. As I've said before, we knew this would be the most difficult part of the process as it is for most families who adopt. We've taken on additional jobs, had a garage sale and have many other fund-raising efforts planned, and are confident that the Lord will provide us with the funds to bring this to pass.

Because we trust that God will use His people to fulfill His commands, we want to provide you with the opportunity to support us on this journey. Although adoption is not a call God places on everyone, caring for the orphans is a command for all His children. We would be honored if you chose to care for the orphans by helping us bring our child home! You can do this through prayer and financial support.

*Prayer - Pray for our child's health and safety while he is away from us. Pray for his adjustment and our family's adjustment when he comes home. Pray for those that are caring for our child at this moment. Pray for a quick referral. Pray, pray, pray for every aspect of this process!!

*Financial Support- An organization called LifeSong for Orphans ( has set up an account on our behalf to help "pay the ransom" for Baby K. If you want to be a part of bringing our son home, please click HERE to be directed to the PayPal account LifeSong has set up in our name. You can also send your donation to the following address:

LifeSong for Orphans
P.O. Box 40 / 202 N. Ford St.
Gridley, IL 61744
**please indicate "Brown #1454 adoption" on the memo line of your check.

This donation is tax-deductable and you will receive a receipt from LifeSong for your gift.

We are forever thankful for any contribution you are able to make, whether prayerfully or financially! God's faithfulness will be demonstrated through this beautiful addition to our family and we thank you for being a part of that!

We promise to shout from the mountain tops when we receive our referral so that you may rejoice with us!

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