Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Romans 15:13

 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace

as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope

by the power of the Holy Spirit. 


So much joy to share and be thankful for!! 
This story starts about three weeks ago.  We sent off one of our biggest payments for the adoption. This large payment was going to be paid to our orphanage which we thought was already decided.  (However, we found out this morning that we will be using a different orphanage now because of various reasons.)  This pretty much depleted our nest-egg of savings that we had put aside.  We were feeling rather anxious as the account was near $0.  We decided that August was going to be a Super-Super Saver month (you can ask later if you want to know what we do for those months!) so we knew that money would once again be trickling in.  However, uneasiness, doubt, and worry were rampant in our hearts and minds. 
Last week, as we were on vacation with Ryan's family, we got an exciting phone call!  For Hudson's football team, we were supposed to sell 10 raffle tickets, however, we decided to take the easy way out and just buy them ourselves because of lack of time.  Well, we won the grand prize of $1,000.  Yes, you read that correctly - $1,000.  We were so shocked as we forgot all about the drawings being held since we were out of town.  We laughed at ourselves because we let the doubt crowd into our minds.  We were (sadly) ashamed at our doubting and forgetting Who is in control of this whole journey!!  We were once (AGAIN) reminded that God can work in any way for good!! 
Then this week....yes, the story continues!!  We got a phone call from one of our grant applications saying that we had been accepted for one of the Matching Grant opportunities.  What a blessing once again!  We are continually blessed by God.  This grant (LifeSong) is a matching grant up to $2500.  If you feel led to contribute to this grant - see details below. 
We want to give God all the glory for leading us on this journey - He has never left our side and what joy He has given us these past few weeks as we wait to find out what children He has hand-picked for our family!!  Please rejoice with us!!! 
LifeSong Grant Information:
Please make checks payable to: Lifesong for Orphans
In the memo please note our name and Family Account Number (4780)
Mail checks to:
Lifesong for Orphans
P.O. Box 40
Gridley, IL  61744
Or if you wish to give online, go to
Select Give to an Adoptive Family
Complete online form and fill in Family Account Number (4780) and Family Name Fields
Please note that PayPal will charge an administrative fee (2.9% + $0.30 per transaction).  The donation will be decreased by the amount of this fee.