Monday, April 25, 2011
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
This most likely will be one of our final blog entries on this blog (turns out there isn't as much time to write these days!) and we think it fitting to give as much glory to the Lord as possible for providing the money we needed in order to adopt. So let me share with you how the Lord has provided every dime we needed to bring home our four kids...
- Friends and family contributed to our adoption fund
- We received thousands upon thousands of dollars in grants
- Our new employer reimbursed us $16k for our adoptions
- Friends threw us a wonderful shower which took care of all the baby items we needed
We got Kaden and Makyra home and even had some money in the bank. We praised the Lord for his provision and thought we would move on...
However, soon after we brought them home we really felt as if the Lord was leading us to adopt again (See previous blog if you want to read about what led us to this decision) but this time I wasn't working and we didn't see any realistic way to fund the adoption. So, at first glance, this looked like a "closed door" but we just prayed that the Lord would provide.
And PRAISE THE LORD, even though for this adoption we received very few grants, He decided to use other means to provide this $30-$35k. Such as:
- Dave's employer again will reimburse us $16k
- There is a significant tax rebate for families who are adopting this year
- Friends we hadn't seen since college heard we were adopting and decided to mail us their tax return.
- A couple in our church got married and instead of asking for presents at their wedding, they asked all their guests to contribute money to adoptive families in our church.
- Our church also helped us financially.
So, in sum, the Lord provided around $65,000 within the span of a year and a half for two people who started off as full time students working part time jobs.
We write this because we want everyone to know that the Lord answers prayer and that the Lord is not limited by finances. His Word is very clear that he cares deeply about the orphan, widow, world missions, and so on. He is committed to these causes and he has all the resources in the world to see to it that the orphans are cared for. Often he directs these resources to those who will care for them.
Unfortunately, the orphanages in Africa and the streets of Africa are still full of children that need to be adopted. So if you are thinking about adoption, but are hesitant because of finances, let the testimony of how the Lord has provided for us compel you to adopt. It is not irresponsible to look to the Lord for provision, it is faith.
"For from him and to him and through him are all things. To God be the glory forever. Amen."
P.S. For future family/ministry updates, please visit our blog at haretranslation.blogspot.com
Monday, March 14, 2011
I have some updates from Stacey:
1. Zoey has scabies and an umbilical hernia. Scabies are yucky, itchy, and contagious - but treatable with a topical creme. The hernia is not a huge deal, though it could require some minor surgery.
2. We passed Embassy! So Stacey and Karen will definitely be bringing the kiddos back on Thursday, 3/17/11 at 6:30pm. You are all invited to our Airport Party! (see below)
3. The trip has been very hard. Stacey has not slept barely at all due to jet lag and the kids have not been adjusting very well.
How you can be praying for Stacey and Karen:
1. Endurance, endurance, endurance - especially on the plane ride home.
2. That the kids would sleep on the plane ride home.
3. That Zoey would start feeling better and that the hernia would resolve itself and not need surgery.
4. That God would use this time to draw Stacey and Karen closer to himself and remind them of his love in the midst of trials.
Sunday, March 13, 2011
Saturday, March 5, 2011
Zoey - this is my (Dave's) preference. Adding the 'y' seems to eliminate any possibility of someone calling her 'Zo' (like Toe). I also think it is cool to have a name with both a 'z' in it and a 'y.'
Zoe - Stacey's preference. This is the more common spelling. So, peer pressure I guess :)
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
We've recently found out that our kids are only 9 days apart (Elias DOB 7/11/10 and Zoey DOB 7/20/10). We thought that was a fun fact being that their are very different in size.
We would love your prayers during this transition. Namely that our hearts would selflessly love our children at all hours of the day and night and that we would die to ourselves as we seek to serve and parent them well.