Tuesday, December 21, 2010
My plan for your life is unfolding before you. Sometimes the road you are traveling seems blocked, or it opens up so painfully slowly that you must hold yourself back. Then, when time is right, the way before you suddenly clears-though no effort of your own. What you have longed for and worked for I present to you freely, as pure gift. You feel awed by the ease with which I operate in the world, and you glimpse My Power and My Glory.
Do not fear your weakness, for it is the stage on which My Power and Glory perform most brilliantly. As you persevere along the path I have prepared for you, depending on My strength to sustain you, expect to see miracles-and you will. Miracles are not always visible to the naked eye, but those who live by faith can see them clearly. Living by faith, rather than sight, enables you to see My Glory.
Monday, December 20, 2010
We love spending time with our friends and family though! A couple of weeks ago we got to have a nice Christmas party with our new adoptive friends. We are blessed to have these wonderful friends in our lives to share the journey with. I love that we all know exactly what infertility feels like, and now what this adoption journey is like! It's nice to have that special connection!
The boys posing for a pic. Matt, Jason, Clint and John
The girls turn. Joely, me, Jennifer and Sarah. I look like I have a neck brace on...crazy scarf!
Jennifer got each of us girls these two books. One Special Me and The Boy of Color. Both so sweet and I can't wait to read them to my sweet little baby!
This past weekend we celebrated Christmas with Clint's family. We did a TON of baby holding (we are the proud new Aunt, Uncle, Cousins to two very sweet little twin boys, Jackson and Brooks)
Clint with Brooks!
Laynie with Jackson....so peaceful.
Then it was time for gifts! Our kids got so much this year from everyone. It made me think of all the kids around the world that wont get anything. It breaks my heart that I can't fix that for all of them! I just try and do my part...however I can.
Here's Laynie...totally in love with her NF jacket.
Friday, December 10, 2010
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
This year we hosted. My sister's family and my Mom came up from San Antonio for a week long visit. It was great to see the kids and enjoy some sister time. My Grandparents surprised us a day early and spent the night....so it was a fun week ;)
Clint was head chef for the week. He was always in the kitchen cooking something. What a wonderful hubby!
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
So, whichever comes first.... the single baby girl under 12 months...or twins under 18 months.
God is good and whatever He has in store for us is GOOD too!
Good news though....Last Monday was THE day!
Andrea arrived around 2:00 and we dug right in. I felt like it went by fast because before we knew it, it was 6:30! It was very similar to our foster care home study, so there weren't any surprises.
Lots of questions about our feelings on adoption and the birth Mom. I felt comfortable with our answers.
There was no rummaging through our things. We took her on a tour of the house and that was about it.
Our kids had their "interviews" and they thought that was cool.
Now we wait....story of our lives right now..right?
I have been working hard on the Dossier. Most of it is complete, just a few things left to add.
What I am looking forward to now is to be able to submit the I-600A (CIS approval). That seems to be the last BIG thing we are waiting to complete.
We are excited and ready to keep moving forward and get on that WAITlist!!!!!! :)
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
We will only know people from reading their blogs, so it will be fun to meet a lot of them!
On to an UPDATE:
I have submitted all 3 groups of paperwork to Gladney! That was a big accomplishment...but the Ethiopian Dossier will be an even bigger one!! I've started on it already.
I submitted our I-600A to Gladney, which they will hold on to until our home study is complete...and then it will get submitted as well.
Our home study is scheduled for Nov. 22nd at 2pm. I am very excited about this, because once that is done it feels like we will be SO much closer to getting on the wait list! WOW, just saying that is a bit unreal!
We are 1/2 way done with FBI fingerprints and background checks. Clint went today and got his done, so I'll go tomorrow for mine. We will also do fingerprints for our I-600A, but that will be after it's submitted.
As for fund raising... we have been taking orders for our shirts and doing well with that. I love getting orders from people I don't know!
We have been blessed with contributions from friends...and have been shown time and time again just how RIGHT this is. God seems to YELL that at us every day! Thank you God!
Ive been selling things from my Etsy store (http://www.etsy.com/shop/craftycreations2) and from Craigslist.... my sewing machine even needed a little oil the other day. It made me happy that I was having to use it enough for it to need a little tune-up!!!!
We are just excited and thankful to God for blessing our lives over and over again!
Monday, November 8, 2010
Jeff and Keri Due
The Roberts Family
Chris and Shandy Belford
Randy and Shalayn Miller
Scott and Melissa Hinman
Gus and Angie Ray
Ricky & Stephanie Brady
John & Jennifer Linck
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
They are $15.00 and hopefully we will be flooded with orders! I have to get all the orders in before I can officially order them....so let me know ASAP, how many & what size!I can't wait to get this going!!!! SO excited.
Hopefully I will start to see these around town.....
Monday, November 1, 2010
We are still covered in paperwork. I wish it was all done and we were already on the waiting list! All things are in God's timing. I know this.
In the meantime, I will keep sewing and trying to raise money to bring our sweet girl home.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
We are so excited to see the kids get involved and really get excited about adopting.
Lydia, Laynie and Grace making their poster!
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
We told the kids (Laynie who is 14 and Blake who is 10) on Tuesday night. They have always been such open and accepting kids. They don't mind change and LOVE kids, so they were excited. I'm not sure if they grasp that their little sister will be coming from Africa...but when we asked how they felt about it they said, "That's great with us". So cute.
Laynie and I have been talking about baby names and all Blake cares about is if he gets to go with us to get her. ;) He said, "well, ya know...I have never been on a plane before". I thought...oh gosh, not sure if a 16 hour flight would be good for a first time!! We'll see.
So on to group 2 of our paperwork....pictures of our house, of us, of the kids, etc.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Friday, October 15, 2010
Unfortunately we have to be realistic…face reality, day in and day out! I never expected my reality to involve bone density scans, talks about osteoporosis, hormone replacement therapy…all at the age of 31. But here I am, trying to make the best of it and laugh my way through it.
Today I went to the Womans Center at Mercy Hospital for a bone density scan. First of all, I was the only one under the age of 60 there. Those little old women just looked at me like, “oh that poor, poor girl”. I wish I had a t-shirt on that said, “Premature menopause – Ovarian Failure, that’s my story”. Oh well.
Each nurse that I came in contact with said, “Now why is a girl your age here today”? Again…wish I had the shirt.
I will know the results of the scan next week.
They were so welcoming and sweet…and full of lots of great information! We were so happy that they invited us over to talk! It’s going to be great to get to know them more and more as we continue moving forward. Thank you Andrews family for having us!!!!!
I stopped by Barnes and Noble on my way back from the hospital. I thought I would be good to look at some adoption-related books. Wouldn’t ya know it….there are VERY few at good’ol B&N!? I was like, ”really, it’s 2010..and your selection of adoption books consists of 3?”! Get with it B&N!!!!!!
I did stumble upon this sweet “baby book”. I couldn’t resist!
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
I believe it’s officially decided…we will be adopting a GIRL from Ethiopia. After a lot of thinking, we just decided that it would be the best fit for our family! I cannot tell you how excited I am. Bows and dresses and pink galore!!!!!!!! I am going to have to read up on how to fix her hair for sure!! I can’t wait though!!! So exciting.
Now to figure out a name. Clint doesn’t seem to like any of my suggestions. Maybe one of the ones I like will just “grow” on him. Unfortunately we have a while to decide
Where have I been? Between paperwork and projects for fund raising…I have been writing a letter to send out to friends and family for donations.
Its hard, when you are not a person who asks for help with much of anything, to ask for something like money….to be able to bring home your baby! It just seems so hard for me, but I know that it’s something I have to do in order to see our family complete.
We are excited to be meeting up with another couple this Thursday to talk about their journey and have a little Q&A session! It was so sweet of them to open their home and invite us over! We are really looking forward to hearing their story.
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
I have been brainstorming like there is no tomorrow!!!!!!! Brainstorming why?….well let me just tell ya!
Clint and I have made the decision to adopt. I hope to sit down in the next few days and write about our journey thus far…but for now I’m going to hit the ground running with FUNDRAISING for our Ethiopian adoption! I can’t even believe it as I type it! A beautiful baby chosen by God to be OUR baby…a member of OUR family! WOW…what a blessing.
In order for us to avoid going into some serious debt….we will be raising funds for our adoption. We believe that God has placed it on our hearts to adopt, and He will continue to bless this journey we are on!
I have always thought of myself as “crafty”. I LOVE sewing, crafting, painting…the works! I have an Etsy shop http://www.etsy.com/shop/craftycreations2 and a website www.sewcuteandcrafty.com. ALL proceeds from any sells I make will go toward our adoption! I can’t wait to see how God will bless my little “business”!
Here are a few things that I have been working on to add to my website and Etsy store.
These sweet “lovie” blankets are 14×14 and SUPER cuddly.
I have made many of these crayon rolls. This is just a quick phone pic, but I have a few on my etsy shop. I even personalize them! Very popular!
I have made a few dresses for my precious friends little girl. This is just one of them. I am still working on getting some good pics of the others I have made!
And diaper cakes! I started my little “business” making these a few years ago. Little did I know then that one day the funds would be put to some amazing use!
Like I said I love to be crafty! This is a cute wooded sign I made for a friend of mine. I am working on more of these as well! Halloween, Christmas, Names, Birthday….etc!
So if you are interested in anything you have seen so far, just shoot me an email! kathleenellis79 @ gmail
Can’t wait to add some adoption t-shirts, necklaces and key chains to this list too!! More to come!!!!!