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 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: 
"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 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 :)


October 13, 2015

China received our paperwork today!!!!!!! We are official LID(Logged in Dossier)!!!! This means we are all set to be matched! Now just waiting and praying we find her and her file comes soon!!!!! ‪#‎chinabound‬‪#‎chinaadoption‬ ‪#‎onestepcloser‬ ‪#‎onelessorphan‬

No updates...... :(

October 2, 2015

Waiting........waiting........oh and more waiting, no updates. Just still waiting for China to receive our paperwork and be "logged in" so we can be matched. And they have a holiday so the government offices are closed October 1-7πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ lots of waiting but no worries I'm a professional waiter πŸ˜‚ ‪#‎chinabound‬ ‪#‎givingupisnotanoption‬


September 23, 2015

It happened!!!!!!! We are DTC!!!!!! Dossier to China!!!!!!! Oh my goodness I could cry right now! Our agency sent everything today to China, this is a huge milestone!!!!!! Now we wait and pray it all gets there and they approve it all. Next step we wait for LID (Logged In Dossier). I can't believe this day is here ‪#‎chinabound‬ ‪#‎chinaadoption‬ ‪#‎dtc‬ ‪#‎onestepclosereveryday‬‪#‎miraclesarereal‬ ‪#‎onelessorphan‬ ‪#‎ourheartsmatch‬

Sending our packet to the agency so we can be DTC :)

September 21, 2015

It's been a happening kind of day!!!!!! Everything is on its way to our agency. This packet is called a Dossier (pronounced Doss-ee-ay). Next step our agency reviews and prepares and then submits it to China, this step is "DTC"(dossier to China). Biggest milestone ever. Our agency plans to have it sent on Friday so we are praying all goes well and it is submitted. ‪#‎chinabound‬ ‪#‎chinaadoption‬ ‪#‎onestepclosereveryday‬ ‪#‎paperchase‬‪#‎miraclesarereal‬

Handmade Miracles.......

September 19, 2015

All set for the neighborhood Farmers Market. Here is a little taste of what Brooklyn and I will be making and selling today. Starting next week everything will be available to order online! God has blessed us with many miracles along this journey hence our name: Handmade Miracles. My mind and heart have been heavy with an idea of something I can do at home and God inspired this! We are so excited to kickoff Handmade Miracles todayEach purchase brings us one step closer to our little miracle in China. These will be great for Christmas or anytime gifts. We will be selling these until we travel.(likely 4 months at least away). Spread the word! And stay tuned next week for the link to buy online. There will even be a sports line inspired by John ‪#‎chinabound‬ ‪#‎handmademiracles‬ ‪#‎onestepcloser‬‪#‎fundraising‬

First set of docs sealed at the Embassy!!!!!!

September 14, 2015

It came!!!!! 1st set of DocsSigned✔Sealed✔Delivered✔  Now we just need to get one paper and then send this to our agency to send to China!!!!!!! ️#chinabound ‪#‎onestepcloser‬ ‪#‎onelessorphan‬ ‪#‎miraclesarereal‬ ‪#‎miracles‬

Where we are in the process.....

September 13, 2015

For those following us we are on Step #7 just to give you an idea......the first 7 steps can definitely take the longest, praying we will be matched quickly so we can move on to the next steps sooner!  #chinabound #chinaadoption #familiesareforever #lovemakesafamily #onestepclosereveryday