Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Exciting News!

Jason and I are so excited to share with everyone that after much prayer and research, we have officially committed to adopt precious Dalton! He is in a different country in Eastern Europe, so we should  not run into the same issues we had with the last country and agency. As a matter of fact, we have already been approved by our new agency and are working on official country committment documents to register him as matched with our family in his country.

Here is a link to our new family committment page http://reecesrainbow.org/33667/sponsorfields. The agency was so kind to send us updated information on Dalton and this is a picture of him from the end of April.

God has been so faithful to us and I am excited to be able to share more details with you along this portion of our adoption journey.

Just yesterday, in my prayer time, I was asking God, if you really are calling us to adopt this child (we have already had this coversation times before, but I can be stubborn) can you plesae reveal to us what should be his name? Out of nowhere, literally nowhere, the name Jonah came to my mind. I was like....ok...is this me...or is this God....and then Jonah 3:2 came to me. Here is what 1-2 says:
 "Then the Lord spoke to Jonah a second time: “Get up and go to the great city of Nineveh, and deliver the message I have given you.”

Wow, talk about a verse just reaching out and speaking to you. This was not the first time I have prayed to God for clarity and I love how God is pointing out the second time and get up and go! So we will be changing Dalton's name to Jonah Andrew.

Please continue to pray for us :> We are kicking up the fundraising efforts and would love to get this little man home as soon as possible!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Seeking Him in the Wait

I just wanted to thank you all so much for the wonderful outpouring of love a support. We knew that this road was not going to be easy and it has been difficult for Jason and I to stop cold and wait patiently for what God is really calling us to do. It has been over the course of the last two weeks that we have really pressed into HIM and listened....for his voice....for his direction....and we are seeing God move.

We know that the door is COMPLETELY SHUT to us to persue a Russia adoption, we just have too much school loan debt for the agency to feel comfortable moving forward with us. However, we know that God has called us to adoption and he who began a good work in us is faithful to complete it in Christ Jesus! Stay tuned....we see changes a'comin! :>

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

News and A Call to Prayer


Jason and I have felt such love and support over the last three months as we have begun this adoption journey, it has been amazing. Time and time again, we have seen God meet our needs and grow our faith in ways that we have never experienced before. The garage sale we had covered the cost of the honestudy just about dollar for dollar, who can say that was anything but the hand of God?

So....it is with heavy hearts that we have news to share. Due to the depreciated home value and our outstanding school loans, our debt income ratio is out of balance. We have been informed by the adoption agency that there is no way that a Russian court would approve us to adopt at this time.

We have been formally REJECTED. Kind words, calls and emails to explain, but that does not change where we stand........

Why did God bring us this far just to close the door? What is going to happen to precious little Sutton? I do not know the answer to these questions, but I know the one who does.

Friends, please pray that God gives us clarity in what to do next. We know that he is calling us to be a voice for the orphan.....

With that, we are making sure that every donation that has been given to us on Sutton's behalf will be going into his Reece's Rainbow fund. This fund will stay with him, even when our connection to him has been removed.

If anyone has any questions, please feel free to reach out to us. Thank you all so much.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Eatin' Broccoli!

The kids were soooooo cute last night eatin' their broccoli, I just has to share!

It is so great, they go after broccoli like it was candy or something. :>

Saturday, March 24, 2012

God is GOOD!!!!

Can I just say God is GOOD?!?!?!
Thank you so much to everyone who came out to support us at Chick-fil-A in Waxahachie on 3/21 World Down Syndrome Awareness Day! Jason and I felt so loved and encouraged by so many of you all taking time out of your schedule to support us in our adoption efforts. One employee shared with me that this was a VERY busy Wednesday night, in fact, they had never seen it so busy :> After the talley...they shared that over $1,000 worth of recipts were contributed to our spirit day. They are mailing in a check to our FSP on Reece's Rainbow for $175!
Also, we had a garage sale today. We did not widley promote it, but so many of our family and friends contributed donations in a flash anyway:> Also we had several friends come and mow our lawn Friday night because with all we had going on and the rain, we had not been able to. What a blessing right there. When the garage sale was all said and done, we made $1035!
So our fundrasing total for this week was $1210!!!!!
I am so truely humbled and greatful that God has chosen to use us and is continuing to bless us as we progress:>

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Chick-fil-A Fundraiser 3/21

Hello there!
If you are local, please consider dining with the Waxahachie Chick-fil-A on 3/21 and leave your recipet. They have been so kind to agree to donate 15% of all recipts turned in toward our adoption! When we coordianted this, we did not even realize that it is World Down Syndrome Day! Please come out to celebrate World Down Syndrone Day with us :>

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Piece of the Puzzle Fundraiser

Hello All!
Today, in children's worship, this verse was shared:
"Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy." Proverbs 31:8-9. Have you ever heard a verse and just immediatley identified with it? This is exactly where our family is right now. I am so humbled that God has chosen us to be Sutton's voice and allowed for us to be part of this journey that we pray will bring glory to Christ in each step.
How would you like to be a piece of the puzzle to bring Sutton home? We have purchased this beautiful 1,000 piece puzzle depicting a scene in an American classrom.
For $5, we will place your name on the back of a puzzle piece, which we will put together and hang in Sutton's room. This way, we can show him everyone that was a part of the puzzle in bringing him home.
Please feel free to use the Reece's Rainbow FSP or Chip In on the side of this blog and email me at lorisue777@yahoo.com with how many puzzle pieces you would like to purchase. Also, if we cross paths in our day-to-day, we would be happy to take $ from you then as well:> So far, we have sold 4 pieces....we appreciate your prayers and support.