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One of the best parts about this journey, has been sharing it with so many others.  We were able to tell our first friends at Disney World about our decision to adopt.  Things quickly unfolded for us to share the news with others.  Our sweet friend, Sierra, rode around town with us as we spread the news over the next few days.  Check out the video below and all the love we feel.


…and wait!

It’s really the ebb and flow of this whole process.  You find yourself working as fast as you can to fill out the paperwork.  Then you wait until the next training.  Then you’re quick to complete a profile book while you wait for the background check and fingerprints to clear.  Then you wait for the home study, celebrate, and then wait for the next.  And here we are again.  Waiting.  There is nothing else for US to be doing right now.  Everything is in the adoption agency’s hands.  We wait for their final report and board approval.  So we wait.  Some days seem like a normal day.  Others seem like groaning as we grow anxious and eagerly await for Teddy.

T-shirts should be headed out THIS week!  It’s way sooner than we expected and we are so excited to spread the love! Thank you soooooo much for all of those who donated!!!  Would you be so kind to help share?  You can use #BringingTeddyHome or send people to this site.

august-16After the t-shirts have been paid for, we are only about $4000 away from our goal for support!  We need your help.  We have a few fundraisers open, but our friends and family are growing sick of us.  Will you spread the word and invite others to participate?  We understand that not everyone can give.  We respect that and your budget with no questions asked.  But if you want to help and cannot give, there are some other ways that you can play a significant role.  The biggest way, spread the word.  Invite others.  Share our story.  Pray.  Pray.  Pray.

A few ways to be a part financially:

1)  Donate.  You (or anyone) can give and donate at any time through our PayPal link.  Any amount is greatly appreciated, but I am sharing the Teddy Chart again.  Each time a donation is made in a specific amount, we add a Teddy to that number.  Our goal is to fill the entire chart with Teddies.  Can you help?

2)  Sell!  If you are in the sales industry, would you consider having a party and donating a portion of the sales to our adoption?  Or if you are in the service industry, would you consider having a cut-a-thon, mini photo sessions, or anything else with Teddy in mind?

fundraiser3)  Host.  I am looking for 4-10 people to host a party and get some holiday shopping done early.  This is an awesome way for everyone to win!  You get to hang out with your friends.  You all get to shop.  You earn free stuff.  And…you are making a donation without spending any thing extra!  Please consider Pure Haven Essentials – quality products for the whole family without the toxic chemicals or Rodan + Fields – a premium skincare brand built on a legacy of innovative dermatology-based skincare products backed by clinically proven results.  If you would like a different product and need help finding a consultant, please let me know.

4) Buy.  As you are shopping and taking care of your own needs, please consider using one of these links.  Amazon.  Anytime you are shopping through Amazon, use this link and we get a very small percentage.    Pure Haven Essentials.  Shampoo, conditioner, makeup, cleaning supplies, baby products, etc.  No toxic chemicals and completely GLUTEN FREE!  I truly love this stuff!  At least 30% will be donated for your purchase, sometimes more when ordering through my link.                                                                                                                                       Rodan + Fields.  Skincare that truly has results and can change your life.  10-20% will go towards our adoption if you purchase through the above link.

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It’s been a busy month, but we have little to show. I also feel like a lot has changed over the last few weeks, mainly internally. I find myself in a weird place.

Our work is done – we think! This is really big news, but nothing official. We have completed ALL of the steps and home studies needed for the adoption-waiting game. But, we do not have our final report yet. What does this mean? In short – waiting. Adoption and waiting should just become synonyms. The report usually takes 4-6 weeks once they have all the necessary information. Then they write up a report summarizing everything we have discussed. The one nice thing about this waiting game, we have a time frame. So we are hoping to OFFICIALLY be waiting before Thanksgiving.

We celebrated our 10 year anniversary and went on our first cruise! Unfortunately, despite the amazing service we had, we didn’t enjoy it nearly as much as we had hoped. I was sea sick and my anxiety was stirring. It was a really hard trip for us. We had high hopes of a cruise life, but not sure if that is going to work to see the world. I had some temper tantrums and wrestled hard with the Lord. My desire to control things came rushing to the surface and the Lord met me there and through the darkness. Again, it was hard. Really hard. But good. Yes – hard, but good, as many things are.

Hurricane Matthew made his way through Florida. We had some small limbs and lost power for a few hours, but for the most part, everything was fine here. Everyone around town was prepared for much worse so it was a great reminder of God’s grace coming out the other side.


We find ourselves counting our blessings and recognizing God’s grace once again. The last year has been very humbling in many ways. We are even more grateful for our community and the friends and family that surround us! Please know that we still need you. Would you pray for these next few weeks and a quick report, without any big hurdles? Would you also pray for Teddy and his/her birth family? We know that God has the perfect match for us and we are so excited to meet him/her!

One more thing, will you help us? You can join us on this journey and truly show your support. We have two fundraisers that are coming up (t-shirts and mini photo sessions). If you want to and can be a part financially, please do so. If not, would you consider being a part of this journey by spreading the word? We will need to pay the majority of the balance once our report is finalized. Any amount is greatly appreciated and every share and referral goes a LONG way.

Thanks again!

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A year ago we started this journey.  September 11, 2015 we started telling our friends and family about our plan to adopt.  We had already attended an introduction meeting and in the weeks to follow, we would complete our application and attend a two day training with our adoption agency.  We shared so many tears and celebrations in the days to follow.  It didn’t take long before we realized the army that was surrounding us and cheering us on, all over the world.  And we are grateful!


Yes – it has been a rocky road over the last year.  We have had our ups and downs, but we have been incredibly blessed!  Even while having to vacate our home for nearly 6 months, part of the process was able to continue.  We were blown away by the support, prayers, and donations that came in.  We have a meeting scheduled this week and then will have one final one before all the paper work is complete.  Our hope is to be officially waiting by the end of the month.

As we are nearing this last hurdle, we need to complete our payment to the agency.  We are selling t-shirts throughout the month.  Any donation of $25 or more will receive and free shirt!  Our goal is to sell 100 different shirts by the end of the month.  This is no easy task and we know we cannot make it on our own.  Will you help us?  Please spread the word.  We are happy to ship them out and will place the bulk order for the shirts in October.  If you would like to order a shirt, please place your order HERE.  You can then make your donation HERE.

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OH!  And I almost forgot.  We got a few sample shirts in.  So the first people to donate $100 or more will get their hands on one of the shirts we have right away!  We are so excited about the support from you all and look forward to literally seeing all the love throughout the world!  Thank you!

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We are so close to wrapping up the paper work for the adoption process! A GREAT BIG THANK YOU to so many prayers, love, and encouragement along the way! As we are nearing the finish line and begin the official “waiting game,” we have another check to write. We have been blown away and have over 60% of our goal raised. We want to finish this race strong and give everyone the opportunity to be a part of this journey.

Any donations of $25 or more between now and October 1 will receive a free shirt! (Shirts will be ready in October.)

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