Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Adoption Update- God is Providing!

Just wanted to share a bit more about a few aspects where we have seen Gods hand of provision through this journey.
Initially when considering moms to present to we were concerned about travel distance, cost of flights having to stay at a hotel for 2 weeks etc. Early on we met a man who ministers to adoptive families by providing greatly reduced cost airline tickets for last minute flights. Once we had been matched with this expecting mom in Fl. We found out we had a place to stay. About 8 years ago we moved to California from Maine. I lived in Maine for 10 years and Troy had lived there his whole life. The church I we attended while there was AMAZING. There were two co-pastors at the church who both have since moved away. But we found out that one of these Godly men and his wife live about an hour away from the hospital where the baby is to be born. Also the wonderful couple who sang at our wedding lives very close to the area as well, and another family we knew well at the church in Maine is planning an unrelated visit to the area the first week of November so we may be able to see them as well. A Maine Church family reunion in Florida. So the pastor and his wife have graciously offered to let baby and I stay there while we wait out the ICPC paperwork to clear, which could be about 2 weeks.
We sent out a request for help with funding our adoption a couple weeks ago. At that time with our own savings, we sold our tent trailer, etc we had raised about $10k. The total amount, not including travel expenses will be about $27k. So we had about $17k left to go. In that short amount of time we have received donations totaling $12,000!!!!!! We are just $5000 away from our goal!
If you would like to partner with us to help cover this last bit details are here.

Making a Donation
We are using Lifesong for Orphans, which is a 501c3 tax exempt organization to receive donations on our behalf. Lifesong retains full discretion over your donation, but intends to honor your suggested use, which is for our adoption fund. Lifesong has been blessed with a partner that underwrites all U.S. administrative and fund-raising costs; TMG Foundation and others, which means 100% of your donation goes to the adoption.
When donating by check, make checks payable to “Lifesong for Orphans. In the memo, note “family account number: #3765” and “family name: FOSTER” to assure it goes to the correct account. Please mail to Lifesong for Orphans, PO Box 40, Gridley, IL 61744.
Another option is to give online CLICK HERE by selecting Give to an Adoptive Family and then complete the online form using 3765 as the Family Account Number and Foster as Family Name. *Please note that your donation is decreased by 2.9% + $.30 USD when using PayPal.*

*Individual donations of $250 or more and yearly donations totaling $250 or more will receive a tax-deductible receipt. Receipts for donations under $250 will gladly be sent upon request.* In order to have your contribution be tax deductible, do not use the paypal link on this page- go to the Lifesong site as directed above. If you do not care about that aspect feel free to use this link.
**As 2013 draws to a close, you may have wish to give before yearend in order to report on 2013 taxes. In order to do so, please be sure to have your check postmarked by December 31.

We did just hear from our attorney that so far our expectant mom is not having contractions and the doctor feels like it will still be another week or so even though her due date was 10-28.
We so appreciate your prayers.
Please join us in praying for her, for her heart and mind these last days, for her unborn baby, for a safe labor and delivery.

Please join us in praying for the timing, at this point we are waiting for a call that she is in labor and then we will leave. Most likely if this happens we will not be there for the birth with travel time, she and her foster mom would really like us to be there as soon as possible, ideally for the birth. Please pray for Gods hand in the timing. If we are not able to be there right away that He would be there giving her peace in the waiting.

We also have a few of the rice neck warmers/heat/cold packs still available. They were made lightly scented with 2 different natural oil scents Lavender and Lemon Eucalyptus. We also have smaller boo boo bags for kids or smaller areas. These rice bags are great for the freezer for a cold pack when you have a sore spot or for a forehead when you have a fever. They are also microwavable for heatpacks. We are asking for a suggested donation amount of $7 each or 2 for $10, or the kids small size are 3 for $10. They are handmade by our friends and family. If you are local you can pick them up or contact me about possibly delivery in Redding if you buy multiple packs. There are a variety of prints available you can choose from if you pick up locally. These make great Christmas gifts and Christmas will be here before you know it. Scroll down to a previous post for pictures.
Thanks and hopefully my next post will be a baby update!

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