Tuesday, March 7, 2017

We found our Missing Piece.....

February 2, 2017

STOP✋๐Ÿ˜‰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! ❤️๐Ÿ’•❤️๐Ÿ’•❤️๐Ÿ’•❤️

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! ❤️๐Ÿ™❤️๐Ÿ™❤️

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 prayed๐Ÿ™ 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 funny๐Ÿ˜‰.  He loves to sing and recite poems๐Ÿ˜ฑ(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.๐Ÿ’•

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
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