Tuesday, March 7, 2017

The Puzzle is done and ready to Hang!

February 12, 2017

Here is our final puzzle all put together matted in a frame❤️❤️❤️. I added some extra pieces on the back of the mat.  And I have a few more pieces to add to the back this week for friends and family still sending me their requests πŸ’•.  But here it is!  Now I just need to figure out where to hang it😁 #chinabound #werecominglittleman #ethan #ihaveason #onelessorphan

Documents and Fees Oh My!

February 12, 2017

I missed sharing this a few days ago.  Sending off our first 2 sets of paperwork and payments this week.  FedEx is my friend.  I cry and pray every single time....poor workersπŸ˜‚❤️πŸ™ #chinabound #ihaveason #onelessorphan #wearecominglittleman #ethanboy

Introducing our Son Ethan

February 10, 2017

We completed our puzzle today!  
We would like to introduce you to our son Ethan who will be joining our family hopefully this summer/fall 2017.  
We are so thrilled to be adding to our family and feel even more humbled that the Lord has entrusted this little boy to our care. He is full of life and has a light inside that has stolen our hearts. He is 5 years old and we think he is just the cutest little boy and is going to fit right in with our family and the girls. Ellie definitely remembers him and I'm positive he will remember her. Grateful these 2 will have a connection to their time before our family and pray it will bring them comfort in years ahead. 
Brooklyn is quickly learning Chinese so she can talk with him...Mom and Dad need some practice.πŸ˜‚We have a lot of work ahead but are ready to do whatever is needed to get this boy home❤️
Even though we have been down this road before something feels different this time, my heart has changed and my perspective has changed. The first time it was my daughter I wanted home....now I realize this is so much more than that. It's not about me or my or mine. It's all about this little boy and what he should have the chance for in this life. Everything I am doing is for him. Every penny I save or have given is for him. Not me, not John or Brooklyn or Ellie. It's all for him, to give him something better! Oh my heart wishes I had the ability to give every child a family. I don't, but I can make a difference in his life. And each of you have done the same. You have made a difference in not just one but now 2 lives and changed their path to one of love and family ❤️ #chinabound #loveheals#lovemakesafamily #lovecrossesoceans #hope#faith #onelessorphan #ihaveason

Fundraiser Finished!

February 10, 2017

You guys!!!!! I don't even know how to express what is in my heart!❤️❤️❤️. Not only did we sell all 252 pieces but a few requests came in at the same moment. We sold 254.....And a few others have asked to send something anyway. For the extra pieces I am going to put a mat around the puzzle and write those names on the back of it. Thank you for helping us raise all of the fees we needed to get things started. You are all amazing. I have enough to send the 2nd set of fees next week that are due ❤️❤️❤️ 
I will be introducing you all to our son tonight and will get the puzzle put in a floating frame this weekend and share the final result with you. I'm so grateful to each of you for listening to your hearts. I know there are many that were not able to participate openly and I know you love, support and pray for us often, just know you are appreciated. Your part is just as important. Thank you for helping us complete our puzzle. I'm finishing up writing on the last ones! πŸ’•πŸ™❤️😁#chinabound #loveheals #faith #prayer #hopesoon to be #onelessorphan #myheartisfull

First Fees sent off!

February 8, 2017

I'm just grateful and humbled right now at what has happened in less than a week.  We have sold 195 out of 252 pieces.  Because of this I was able to send off our first agency fee and home study fee and pay for our finger print appointment this week, and I have extra to go toward the next fee due in a week❤️ I am just in awe really of how so many of you have answered our prayers to bring this little boy here to our family and give him a home.  Traveling to China changed our hearts forever and helped us realize how truly great the need is everywhere in this world for children to have homes and families.  Thank you for your part in this little boys life❤️

If you would like to be part of the last pieces remaining you can pay through our PayPal link here(choose friends and family): https://www.paypal.me/JerdeFamily or contact us to send or drop off a check or cash.  Each piece is $20. We feel so blessed and grateful. ❤️ #chinabound #followingourcall #onelessorphan #humility #faith #hope

We found our Missing Piece.....

February 2, 2017

STOP✋πŸ˜‰We are so excited to share with everyone information about our first fundraiser to help us bring our son home!  And there could not be a more perfect month than February to share this with you!  Because dear friends and family LOVE CROSSES OCEANS! ❤️πŸ’•❤️πŸ’•❤️πŸ’•❤️

On the other side of the world, a sweet precious boy has waited for a family for over 5 years!  Oh my heart breaks when I think of this!  The Lord has guided our family to change that for him, and we'd like to invite you to be a part of his story.

When we came home with Ellie in April, we hoped that possibly "one day" we would head back to China for another child. This last fall, as time was drawing near to decide if we would reuse our paperwork in China, our hearts kept pulling away.  We did not have the resources to complete another adoption so soon.  We were disappointed but also trying to be “realistic” in our decision.  We figured in another year or so we could look at starting the process again.  Little did we know that the Lord would show us this child so soon.❤️

The Lord guided our 8 year old daughter to the file of a little boy.  He instantly captured her heart and she knew he was her brother.  After much fasting and prayer we also knew.  God has confirmed over and over that this sweet boy is our missing piece and we are so incredibly excited to add him to our growing family! ❤️πŸ™❤️πŸ™❤️

I think I always knew in my heart that we would go back.  The details of how it will be possible are beyond my view.  As soon as both John and I received confirmation this was our son we immediately began looking to all of our possible resources to begin the process.  Each of our plans to begin this on our own have been thwarted in more ways than we can count.  As we have prayed and prayed and prayedπŸ™ and asked the Lord to please provide a way…our heart keeps coming back to this❤️.  Sometimes it's really difficult to ask others for help.  But we know the Lord has a plan and this is what He is asking us to do.  This little boy deserves a family and deserves parents that are willing to do anything to bring him home.

We are humbly asking for your help as we start our first fundraiser.  I had grand plans (for later down the road) of fun things to do to raise funds.  We are out of time.  We NEED part of these funds yesterday.  I do not have the time needed to plan and organize anything of this magnitude.  So I am humbly asking each of you to pray and help as you feel led.  We are in a time crunch and need to complete specific paperwork and have it submitted to China in order to be officially approved for him.  But first, let me tell you a couple of things about him.  He is smart and funnyπŸ˜‰.  He loves to sing and recite poems😱(he and Brooklyn will get along great).  He was also born with a form of Spina Bifida.  We know that once we get him home he will thrive and grow and become an amazing part of our family.❤️  We feel blessed that the Lord has entrusted him to our care and we are so excited to be his parents.  And what an amazing and unexpected miracle that he is also from Ellie’s orphanage…..they grew up together.πŸ’•

We are doing a puzzle fundraiser. Here's how it works…..

We have a 252 piece puzzle and we are selling these pieces. As you buy 1,2,3 or 10 pieces (there is no limit!) Your name will be written on the back of those pieces. We are selling each piece for $20 each. Our goal is to have all of the pieces sold by Valentine’s Day! Once all of the pieces are gone we will share our son’s photo with you and his chosen name from us!  This puzzle will hang in his room as a keepsake for the many that helped gift him his family.  And we will have raised $5,040!

Your donation will go directly toward:
Agency Fee 1: $2,250
Agency Fee 2: $2,000
Home Study Update: $600
Finger Printing: $130
Immigration Update:$1,550 Total Needed: $6,530

Mother Teresa once said, "We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But if the drop was not in the ocean, I think the ocean would be less because of the missing drop." $5,040 is a very large ocean to us right now, and your $20 drop is needed.
A little boy in China without a family is counting on your drop.  We are so grateful to you for helping us to bring home our missing piece.
Even if you are not able to help financially, we greatly appreciate your love, prayers, and support as our family grows through adoption again.

Please feel free to share our story and this fundraiser with your family and friends too.

You can send a check or pay through our PayPal link here (please choose sending money to friends and family):

https://www.paypal.me/JerdeFamily

Thank you for following our story.  You can continue to follow our journey on our page Hoping to Adopt - The Jerde Family
#chinabound #hope #love #humble #praying #bestillmysoul #onelessorphan

Monday, March 6, 2017

We are going to China again!!!!!!

January 27, 2017

The Lord knows us better than we know ourselves....
for a few months I've been ignoring this feeling piercing my heart. And each time I discussed it with John we dismissed it very quickly. I kept feeling like a piece of my heart was in China. But it also scared me. The last year and half have been both the hardest things we have had to do and also some of the most wonderful and miraculous. And to be honest, I'm exhausted. The Lord quickly realized that John and I were not listening to these stirrings in our hearts, so He sent a messenger to deliver the news.
This messenger is the sweetest, kindest and most loving angel we know. With a heart ready to hear what He needed our family to know❤️ The Lord sent an answer to a prayer we were ignoring through our Brooklyn Girl.
As John and I were busy, Brooklyn came across a photo in my email(over the past few months Brooklyn and I periodically look at waiting kids....). She immediately turned to me with tears in her eyes and asked who he was. I said it looks like a little boy Jennifer is trying to find a family for. Looking right into my eyes she said "Mom, I'm in love with him, he's adorable! Can we please bring him home? I think this is him, this is my brother!" Wooooaaaaaa slow down there excuse me what did you say?!?!?!😳. "Mom I really think he's ours can we please go get him?" Phewwww deep breath....
Well daddy and I haven't decided if we are going to adopt again from China. "Mom, please pray about."
Okay we agreed to pray. Needless to say through fasting and prayer John and I knew deeply in our hearts the Lord wanted us to go back to China. But we didn't know how we felt about this boy specifically. His file seemed out of our realm.
We told Brooklyn we would request his file from the agency and think about it. The next morning, which was Monday, she reminded me to get his file. And then added "Mom I've been praying all weekend and I just know he is ours. The spirit confirmed it to me as I prayed." Well what do you say to that?
We requested the file and sat down to review it......I just knew as soon as I started watching a video of this sweet little boy that he was OURS.
It was overwhelming and scary and just the thought made me want to sleep. We had some questions about him that needed answers so we took another week of praying and researching and it all came back to the same answer. Yes....he was ours, and nothing was too big that we couldn't overcome with our Lord and Savior on our side.
Then my heart was pounding and I was terrified and excited all at once. I have a son! Oh my goodness I. Have. A. Son. Breathe. Just Breathe. I have had some fleeting thoughts like "I can't do this" "I CAN NOT do this". Those thoughts were immediately replaced with "Yes you can. You have already done this before, and you can do this again for I will provide and strengthen you and carry you."
Okay. Here we go!  #chinabound again less than 1 year later and we are starting it all over again.
The Lord has brought us so much peace and comfort the past few weeks. And each day I am more determined than ever to work and do everything possible to bring him home.
The most amazing part of this story? He grew up with Ellie! They are from the same orphanage and know each other. In fact, I recognized his cute face from a video we received of Ellie right before we traveled....it was both of them and another friend playing together. Be Still My Soul! They know each other! They share a past and will always have this special connection. This fills my heart with joy❤️. Secretly in my heart I always felt we would go back to the same place.❤️
Brooklyn is so excited to have a brother and from what I can get from Ellie she remembers him but can't express her thoughts and memories yet.
How is this possible? I just can't describe what is going on in our hearts right now. Too much and we feel so humbled and in awe of how Great and merciful the Lord is.
Sometimes or rather many times from the hardest things come the most wonderful and amazing blessings. We hope to be able to pull everything together as quickly as possible and if it all works like we are hoping we should travel in 6-9 months. I hope you are all ready for an amazing journey to follow to our son. We are not able to share his cute face yet until we get official approval from China. We are blessed and grateful to be surrounded by so many that love and support us❤️China! Ready or not here we GO! #prayer #faith #listen #hope#weareblessed #onelessorphan #expecting#chinabound2017

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Meet Ellie!

Brooklyn has an announcement to make!!!!!!!!! Meet her little sister Ellie who just turned 2! We are so excited that we finally can share her with all of you.
This journey of complete faith and trust in our Lord has been refining and such a faith building experience. Last year on March 16th I knew there was a little girl in China that was our daughter. God planted her in my mind, heart and soul. And through each step along this journey I have pulled from that faith and trust in Him and His infinite wisdom and timing.
2 weeks ago we saw her face for the first time and my soul knew hers immediately! She is our little girl born thousands of miles away. And through a miraculous chain of events we found her, or rather God did and he brought her to us.
When you have waited for 5 years for another child and finally you have found her......there are no words to describe it. We want to express the depth of our gratitude and love for each of you and the role you have played in bringing this beautiful child of God to our family. The joy in my heart is overwhelming and constantly sneaking out of my eyes as Brooklyn says. As you can see she is really excited to finally be a big sister.
We can't believe this real. Thank you for your continued love, prayers and support and helping us climb this mountain that only last year seemed way to high to climb all alone. May God bless each of you for your giving hearts and kindness to our family. With Him no mountain is too high to climb! ‪#‎chinabound‬ ‪#‎miracles‬ ‪#‎Godanswersprayers‬ ‪#‎bigsister‬‪#‎wearecomingforyoulittleone‬

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Sending I800 paperwork to agency

January 21, 2016

So for the last 9.5 months we have been running an "iron man" X 10πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚...... Now its more like a sprint to tge end, Olympic Gold Medalist sprinterπŸ‘ŸπŸƒπŸΌ. Today we sent more paperwork to our agency so we can file to adopt a specific child through immigration!!!!! From here on out its a sprint!!!! Hang in there everyone we are so close to being able to share more! Love you allπŸ’•Oh and by the way below is a photo of the forms and to the back are the step by step instructions the agency put together so we completed them correctly πŸ™πŸ˜πŸ˜³‪#‎chinabound‬ ‪#‎bestdayever‬ ‪#‎gift‬ ‪#‎miracles‬
January 21, 2016
This is a beautiful perspective on our fundraising efforts. When we knew this was our path I was so scared at first, But the Lord whispered to my heart if we did the work the miracles would come. πŸ’• 
Not once have we sat idly and waited for it. I have planned, lost sleep, baked for days, handmade things to sell etc. I tell you there has been blood, sweat and a lot of tears. Others have joined in and done more than I could ever have imagined. I can't describe how it feels to know you have a daughter so far away and needing to pay people so much in order to be "allowed" to bring her home. She was placed in our hearts 10 months ago and now we are so close!πŸ’•
We are paid up full to our agency and most of our government fees. And have a little more to put towards what is next. We still need our in country travel and our orphanage donation to raise funds for. We started with an estimated $35,000 needed.....now we are down to only needing around $12,000(in country travel, guide, interpreter, visa application, medical evaluation and of that$6,000 is a mandatory orphanage donation). We are so close and have about 8-12 weeks to come up with it all. 
I know is that the Lord has truly magnified our efforts and prompted so many to help us. For that we are so humbled. πŸ’• ‪#‎chinabound‬‪#‎fundraisingbringshumility‬ ‪#‎followtheLord‬ ‪#‎miraclescome‬ ‪#‎faith‬

Here is a blog that truly describes the spiritual process of fundraising. A Spiritual Approach to Fundraising.


Sending off our official referral packet!!!!!!

January 19, 2016

Sent off one of our last packages via FedEx this morning. There was crying....poor clerk at FedEx cried with me too! Last payment to the agency thanks to the Student Group for doing our fundraiser and to the amazing family and friends for selling Papa Murphy's coupons for us! Your efforts made this package possibleπŸ’• Can't wait to share our news with everyone!!!!!!! We are so in loveπŸ’• with God anything is possible ‪#‎chinabound‬ ‪#‎faith‬ ‪#‎journeytosissy‬ ‪#‎wearecomingforyou‬ ‪#‎hangonlittleone‬

Prayer is so important in our Journey

January 18, 2016

Sometimes as we go through each day we meet difficult challenges.....I remember when we knew we had a child in China I was completely overwhelmed and felt like an impossible task was laid before me. I also knew from past experience that I trust the Lord and He would bless us if we followed. So that is what we have done. He has blessed and multiplied our efforts through the love and compassion of others tenfold. In His infinite wisdom and perfect timing we have been brought to this point and know that He is always with us. Through constant prayer we have been able to navigate this journey of obedience, love and spiritual strength. I thought I knew what was best but I am humbled and in awe if His blessings and know that He knows what is best for our family.πŸ’•
A beautiful poem written by Eliza M. Hickock expresses what is in my heart today: 
Prayer
"I know not by what methods rare,
But this I know, God answers prayer.
I know that He has given His Word,
Which tells me prayer is always heard,
And will be answered, soon or late.
And so I pray and calmly wait.
I know not if the blessing sought
Will come in just the way I thought;
But leave my prayers with Him alone,
Whose will is wiser than my own,
Assured that He will grant my quest,
Or send some answer far more blest."

Handmade Miracles is on the move!!!

November 19, 2015

handmademiracles.org just sent out Another order......made right here in our home and "filled with love". Those are the best kinds of gifts according to my daughter...."because they are gifts from the heart and filled with the givers love, homemade is always better". And I completely agree with her! ‪#‎chinabound‬ ‪#‎onestepcloser‬ ‪#‎handmademiracles‬‪#‎togetheranythingispossible‬

Magic Night Fundraiser Event!

November 14, 2015

I can't head to bed without expressing my Best Day Ever! What a wonderful successful fundraising event we had tonight! I know everyone had so much fun. And I met some wonderful people that touched my heart and were excited to be a part of our story. Thank you to those who were able to come May you and your family be blessed we are so gratefulThank you to Billman's Steakhouse for donating the venue and for many others that contributed their time and talents to make it a success! We are one step closer!  ‪#‎bestdayever‬  ‪#‎gratefulhearts‬  ‪#‎chinabound‬ ‪#‎faithineverystep‬

Handmade Miracles Logo

October 25, 2015

Here is the official logo for Handmade Miracles, Brooklyn designed and drew the picture! Love it!!!!!  It turned out beautiful, this little sissy is going to have a great big sister :)