Saturday, April 30, 2011

Megaphones Needed

We shared with many of you already the wonderful news that our Dossier should come together in a matter of weeks instead of the months we were expecting and that means it should be in Haiti in less then 2 months!

Right now the Haitian government seems to be on a fast streak and has been approving some families with in a couple months when that part of the process is estimated at a year. The hope is that with getting our Dossier in faster we might catch this fast streak and bring our daughter home all the sooner! We are scrambling around for a CPA, licensed psychiatrist, wellness check by a MD and a place to get lab work done that might either have low fees or possibly lower their fees to help save every penny we can.

Speaking of pennies that brings me to another prayer request!

Because we are now trying to do this in such a short time frame instead of several months we now need to raise around $3500 RIGHT AWAY! We have been praying hard and know our God is big enough. We know this goal can be reached through prayer, hard work, and the help of our friends and family!

I have asked many of you if you would be willing to share our story before and I am asking again. Can you share ? Can you pray? Could you ask your church to pray? Can you facebook our story and need? Can you donate? Can you shout our need from the top of your house with a megaphone? Anyway you can help us get the word out and get the money we need in such a short time would mean so much to us!

If you know someone who might want to donate but doesn't like to use pay pal we will pass along our address or the address of the adoption agency. Please hit your knees and grab your megaphones and shout......Please help bring Nephtali home!!!!!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Having a Martha House the Mary Way

I've been reading Sarah Mae's blog, Like a warm Cup of Coffee, for a little while now and find her sharing to be such a blessing. I can't wait to read her new book, 31 Days to Clean – Having a Martha House the Mary Way. If you haven't heard about this book here is what she has shared about it...

"I am not a natural when it comes to cleaning. In fact, sometimes I think my DNA is allergic to it! However, I know that if I am to care for my home, and more importantly my family, I need to persevere in creating a clean, peaceful home environment (not a perfect one!).

31 Days to Clean is about the “why” and the vision and the heart for taking care of our domains. Each day I encourage you with some thoughts and ideas, and then we put those ideas to action.

After each days reading, you will be given two challenges:

The Mary Challenge -Something you do that encourages/engages your heart
The Martha Challenge – Specific cleaning tasks
Friends, 31 Days to Clean is a faith journey towards ruling, subduing, and loving. We are forgoing perfection; we are choosing life."

Do you need to abandon perfection and choose life? Could you use a little help?

Monday, April 25, 2011

40 baskets

Sometimes I have good ideas. Sometimes I have crazy ideas. Sometimes I don't know what I was thinking. Today, I was thinking, I'll do anything to help bring our daughter home! So when someone asked me if I wanted about 40 baskets I said, "Sure!"

We will be having a yard sale sometime next month. As I pile up everything in our house that isn't needed or nailed down, it looks like the yard sale will also contain baskets. Now to make those wheels turn and come up with a good way to use them to raise some money to help us reach our next goal. What do you think? Themed baskets? Goodie baskets? Mystery baskets? What would you buy in a basket to help us bring Nephtali home?

Friday, April 8, 2011

One Baby-Step Closer!

"Ah, Sovereign LORD, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you."

~Jeremiah 32:17

Praise the LORD!

Praise God in his sanctuary;
praise him in his mighty heavens!
Praise him for his mighty deeds;
praise him according to his excellent greatness!
Praise him with trumpet sound;
praise him with lute and harp!
Praise him with tambourine and dance;
praise him with strings and pipe!
Praise him with sounding cymbals;
praise him with loud clashing cymbals!
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord!
~Psalm 150:1-6

Please join me is Praising God for His goodness! Our first payment was sent today to the agency! Baby steps to get to our baby girl...each one, bringing us closer to holding her in our arms! Thank you all so much for helping us take those steps. Thank you for letting God use you to bring our family closer to being whole.