They Are Precious

one step, one heart, one life at a time

WE have LOA, so what’s next?!!!

So this past week has been a wild ride. We needed to raise $4,610 for our final fees knowing our LOA was coming. Once LOA comes, we can file our I800A which is immigration papers that need to get done and submitted to China so they will send us Travel Approval to come Adopt Emma. At least that is how I understand it all, and may have missed a few steps or called something different from it is since this is all new to me.
All I focus on is when they say “do this” I do it! And I focus on the NEXT fee. That is all I can do, it is like a walk, one step at a time. I guess you can kind of compare it to a mountain climb, you sometimes can’t see what is next over that next ledge, but you know you have to keep on moving and what you need to do to get to the top. So, I keep climbing and climbing, scraped knuckles, cuts, scrapes and tears!
Back to the fee we needed, I was fundraising like crazy and crying out to God, praying asking him to show me what I needed to do. Sometimes you don’t always get that little voice inside, or that audible voice, sometimes you just hear quietness, and feel the peace, and that is what I felt. We took all the cash, and buckets of change we had been saving up personally our selves and selling things, to the bank and asked for a bank check for all that we had in our account and cash/coins, then once we got that figure, I stood in the bank typed in my calculator and……Then laughed out loud as the clerk looked at me like I was crazy. Let me change the direction for minute and tell you that when you are adopting, you sometimes (well me) fix yourself on your FSP on Reece’s Rainbow. You study it so much that if there is a 10 cent change in it, YOU NOTICE IT, because you have that goal fixed, burned in your brain!! (Again, at least I do) Now back to the bank, the number that popped up on my calculator was the exact number our FSP was FIXED on for over a month, that I kept getting discouraged over, and thought “why isn’t this thing moving?!!” I know this might not mean anything to anyone, but right there and then I knew it was a GOD moment that he showed me, “I KNOW WHAT I AM DOING, I AM GOD!!” SO that is why I laughed like a crazy woman in the bank and felt the peace that passes all understanding. I don’t know why I always get down and think how is this ever going to happen, it is such a big task at hand, because God sends us messages all the time, and he answers prayers for us all the time. I wish I could be that Pillar of strength, never doubting he will provide and I know it will happen, but I am not. I will just keep walking down the path God has given me, and trust him more. Thank you God, for always showing up and showing me you are there, and I need not to worry. Thank you for the blessings you have given my family!

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We expect HARD LOA THIS WEEK!!

We expect to have HARD LOA this week! What does all that mean? That means China said they were mailing our LOA letter or acceptance to us, and that is called SOFT LOA because it is not in our hands. Our agency said they will have the paper (HARD LOA) in their hands this week! This paper then allows us to send immigration paper work into UCIS. We were told last week they will not send our papers to immigration until we pay our last fee. This was a big one, and yes, have been saving several hundreds and hundreds of our own personal money from every paycheck that we possibly could. As you may remember, my husband drives a semi truck and in March he rolled it over and out of work for a while because of it. Thank you God he is still with us today, but that put our own personal financial status in a big strain, but God did provide for each bill, food, and need we had. We have spent a lot of HOME time, and not spending unless it was a NEED.
We are still short $1,940 now for our fee, and We are doing all we can to save it and get it.
Our Mudlove bracelets are back up in prices, I can not afford to sell them all at our discount price, and still be able to pay for them. So if you would like to order any please see prices below.
THESE ARE $13 A PIECE PLEASE INCLUDE $2.50 SHIPPING FOR ANY ORDERS</blockquote

LOVE China red burgundy

LOVE Ukraine navy gold

Sold out of I LOVE YOU FOREVER

Be Brave brown burgundy

Be the Voice gold burgundy

Be Love red burgundy

Be the Change grey brown turquoise navy burgundy

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THESE FOUR BRACELETS BELOW ARE $9.00 PLUS PLEASE ADD $2.50 FOR SHIPPING ON ALL ORDERS

Faith red burgundy

Forever gold grey

Heart red burgundy

Jer. 29:11 brown

WE ARE ALSO making and selling essential Oils Jewelry, which are made from volcanic lava rock and allow you to apply your favorite Essential oils to them and wear them all day long. Here is the link to where we are selling them…. Essential Oils Jewelry.

We also have  BUY IN NOW PAGE, where we are selling items to raise the funds, and many items are from CHINA brand new!BUY IN NOW

And lastly but certainly not the LEAST, you can always make a donation to our PAYPAL account which is dbrook2010@hotmail.com.

I can’t believe it is so close to us going to get this sweet girl that we have been working towards since Last November. God is awesome and has been with us each step and many of you have too, and we THANK YOU! We can feel your prayers, and I can’t tell you how much that means to us, and I know it has gotten us through some rough points. Walking in FAITH and HE IS ABLE!!

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FLASH SALE!!! WE HAVE SOFT LOA!!!!

WE have Soft LOA and the hard copy will be in our agencies office next week!!! This is happening, FINALLY!! Will still need $2,800 more to pay our last agency fee to move forward. We will not be allowed to move forward until this is paid! Do you hear a mother’s plea right now, a mother’s heart wanting to get to her daughter?! Can you imagine someone telling you , you can’t move forward until you pay a fee. I am looking around my home trying to see what I can sell right now, where I can get this money from?!! I have to stop and remind my self in these moments that God goes before me, he loves EMMA so much, and God’s plan is better than MY Plan. I am going to do what I can and then turn it over the God and trust him
I am doing a FLASH SALE on the MUDLOVE bracelets for this weekend only!! Please look at the CUT IN PRICES, and help us get this fee and GET EMMA HOME!!   Please Add $2.50 for shipping on all orders please.

FLASH SALE>>>>> THESE ARE $10 THIS WEEKEND ONLY!!! Until  6/21

LOVE China red burgundy

LOVE Ukraine navy gold

Sold out of I LOVE YOU FOREVER

Be Brave brown burgundy

Be the Voice gold burgundy

Be Love red burgundy

Be the Change grey brown turquoise navy burgundy

The ones that are $10 are:
FLASH SALE>>>>THESE ARE $8 this WEEKEND ONLY!! Until 6/21
Courage 8 brown 8 turquoise

Faith red burgundy

Forever gold grey

Heart red burgundy

Jer. 29:11 brown

mudlove bracelets 3 copyMudlove bracelets 2 copymudlove bracelets 4 copy

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Lava Rock Jewelry

We have a huge mountain in front of us friends, and I am in daily prayer about this need. We are pounding away and trusting God to help us get to Emma. Thank you so much for those who have been praying for us and helping us on this journey. I believe with God all things are possible!

I have started making Lava Rock Jewelry to help us with our fundraising needs. They have been a big hit, and I give God all the praise!  Lava Rock is very porous which allows you to wear your favorite essential oils all day long. Please share our website with all your friends and family who love Essential oils. Thank you for your support!

http://dbrook2010.wix.com/on-the-rocks

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Mudlove Bracelets!

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Mudlove bracelets 2 copy

Mudlove bracelets 1 copy

mudlove bracelets 4 copy

We are selling Mudlove Bracelets that my niece Stephanie designed just for our adoption! Buy one, two, three or more! These not only help us fund our adoption, but proceeds also go to helping Africa with clean drinking water! We have different colors, and styles and only a select number of each one. The Chinese writing says ” I Love you forever”

I put how many I have of each color next to the style of the bracelet. Shipping is a flat $2.50 Domestically no matter how many you order.

So I will post below what is available in which colors!! I absolutely love these and hope to see a few on everyone’s arms!! Here is the break down of what we have.

HOW TO ORDER….ON THE TOP RIGHT HAND OF THIS PAGE, YOU SEE THE WORDS “MUD BRACELETS” UNDER NEATH THOSE WORDS IS A MAKE A DONATION BUTTON, CLICK ON THAT AND PLACE YOUR ORDER.**IMPORTANT** WHEN MAKING A PAYMENT PLEASE< PLEASE< PLEASE< CHOOSE SENDING MONEY TO FRIENDS/FAMILY SO NO FEES ARE TAKEN OUT**** DON”T FORGET TO LOOK BELOW AT WHAT THE COST OF THAT BRACELET IS, WHAT COLOR IS AVAILABLE, and INCLUDE the $2.50 SHIPPING IN YOUR PAYMENT ALONG WITH YOUR ADDRESS TO SHIP THEM TO. IT IS ONLY $2.50 NO MATTER HOW MANY YOU ORDER. DOMESTIC SHIPPING ONLY, PLEASE CONTACT FOR INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING,

The ones that cost $15 are:

LOVE China     9 red 10 burgundy

LOVE Ukraine     10 navy 10 gold

I Love You Forever    5 red  9 burgundy

Be Brave    9 brown 10 burgundy

Be the Voice     8 gold 10 burgundy

Be Love     10 red 10 burgundy

Be the Change        4 grey 4 brown 3 turquoise 4 navy 4 burgundy

The ones that are $10 are:

Courage    8 brown 8 turquoise

Faith     4 red 4 burgundy

Forever   6 gold 6 grey

Heart     6 red 6 burgundy

Jer. 29:11   15 brown

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You can pay for the bracelets right here using this donate button:

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DTC!!!

We are DTC! Dossier to China is what that stands for! God is so good, and has brought us to this point, I know he will see us through. I sometimes have to stop and tell myself, that God loves Emma so much more than we can love her, and he wants nothing but the best for her life. I am grateful for God’s provision as we walk this journey to give her a home, a family, siblings who are going to love her and encourage her to be the best she can be.  Sweet precious girl has no idea still that a family is praying and loving her from Afar.

As Mother’s Day approaches this weekend, I am thankful for the blessings He has given me in my children, and soon to be grand-daughter. I can’t imagine how full my heart would be in this point in my life, but it feels so good!

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mother’s out there! And to the grand mothers too!

 

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Approval!!

WE have our I800a approval! I can’t tell you how wonderful it is to hear it is on the way!  That seemed like a forever wait and it is finally over. That is the last piece of paper we needed to send to be authenticated, and to the Chinese consulate, then off to China. When our dossier is in China, it is DTC (Dossier to China). I am told that once it is there, we will travel within 4-5 months! Oh my gosh! This is really happening! Several things have happened in the past few days too, that I can’t really share at this time. But I am seeking God about it because I feel there was a reason for it.

Because of what happened, I got to see a picture of Emma, and I wish I could say it was a happy sunshine picture of her. Don’t get me wrong it wasn’t a horrible picture of her, and I even asked someone who knew her, lived with her, what they thought of the picture. Their thought was that it was a look of “Whatever” which I was relieved to hear them say that, because the first thing this mama thought was she looked sad, and lost.  Please pray for Emma, please pray that God will prepare her heart for us, and that he will comfort her and prepare her for us to go get her.

Now the dreaded financial part of adoption. We still need close to $18,000 to go get her. We are doing all we can to bring her home, and now seeing that picture of her, makes me want to hop on a plane and go get her now.  We have an online auction going on with quite a few cool items, that you can bid on. https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Red-thread/864551266918400?fref=ts          Please share our link with everyone you know. Don’t want to bid, but want to help us get Emma home to her family there is a link at the top, you will see her picture, just click on it and it will lead you to a site that you can make Tax Deductible donation to us, and it all goes to us. Thank you for your prayers and following our journey!

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God’s Mercy and Grace

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One week ago today, I called my husband to let him know my mother was sick and to ask when he would be home. He is a truck driver and was on his way home. As he answered the phone and listened to me talk, he answers back with “I just rolled the truck!” As I sit stunned and I ask questions, I am in shock. Later as the day goes on, and several phone calls later I hear more and more about what happened and then I see the pictures…..I sit in shock looking at them. I think, how is he even talking to me? How is he alive?!! It is a divine miracle that he is still with us, and I for one am very thankful he has more days here on earth with us! As he was processing the violent wreck and telling the story to me over and over, I would just allow him to talk and not ask questions. I felt it was better for him to talk about it and me just listen. The next day I asked questions because one thing he told me kept standing out in my mind and I really wanted to know what he meant! He would tell me as the truck went over on it’s side he would just see WHITE, “It went all white”. What do you mean “it went all white”? He told me he didn’t know, it just was like a bright white light everything was just white! I knew immediately it was God protecting him, I really believe it was God surrounding him and putting a hedge of protection around him entirely!

You see, we are right smack in the middle of our adoption and rounding the corner to the end of it. The Enemy is mad, and is doing a lot to try and stop us. We have been dealing with sickness like never in our life time, then the wreck that almost took my husbands life. We are beat up good friends!
We still need $18,500 for this adoption and we need HELP! We are beaten down, but we are not walking away, we are not given up, we are HERE TO STAY and STAND on God’s promises and HIS word!
We are holding an online auction and we desperately need items to be donated towards this auction. Please, yes I am begging, please search your closets, drawers, under your beds, kids toy boxes anything you think we could use for this online auction. Our next payment we need we are short $1500 and I pray I can raise it with this auction. If you would like to just make a Donation towards this $1500 you can do it directly to our PAYPAL account at dbrook2010@hotmail.com.
Help us Cross the finish line!
Thank you for following our journey and praying for us!!!!

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Fingerprints done!

So Thursday, Hubby takes off work, I make time in my schedule, and pull 3 kids out of school, drive to Tampa to get our fingerprints done. It is an hour drive down there, wait in line, after going through security, and Bella screaming and carrying on since it was nap time, only to be turned away at the desk. “I’m sorry Mam but your appointment isn’t until March 12th and today is only the 5th”.  I looked at her and pleaded to please let us get them today, after all we had gone through to get there and after all my husband is leaving the State for a new job and we can not make the apt. The plea turned into tears and a supervisor was called over to talk to me as I held up the long line of people.  After I told him my story through my tears, he agreed to allow us to come back on Friday, the next day to get them done. Yes, that is a HUGE inconvenience for us again with the kids and work BUT WE WILL TAKE that offer and thank you for it! You see, there is a little girl waiting for us and needs us to get to her. So to sit there and hold a screaming 3 year old and come back another day and do the same thing again, NO PROBLEM for us! WE will do whatever it takes to get to her! So we did the same thing again on Friday and  that time was a SUCCESS!! We have our fingerprints done and we are moving forward!

 

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Each step I feel you near me

With each adoption we have done I can say it has been a different feeling and experience. I don’t know why that is, and why God choices it to be that way. With Isabella’s adoption, it was a roller coaster of emotions and right down to the wire to raise the funds to go get her.  With Kolya it was a very stressful adoption, and that is putting it very nicely! It was tough, and tested my faith even after a few months of being home. This adoption of Emma, is so far a very peaceful calm one.  I heard God early on tell me not to worry, not to stress, and if and when I do, I get a gentle reminder from him saying, I got this!   I am also reminded often that HE loves Emma far more than I possibly ever could love her and that he wants what is best for her, to be in a family. So no plan of attack against our efforts, can stop HIS PLAN!

I cautiously say all this, because I feel and know whole heartedly I have to DO my part in HIS plan. I have to cut back on my expenses, I have to give my “extras” to HIM, I have to WORK hard and raise the money we need and HE will Bless our endeavors. We can’t do this alone, we can’t do this without HIS hands and feet in the Body of Christ. We need your prayers and we need your help. We still have a long ways to go, and it is such a large number right now, that I really don’t even want to put it out there, but you know what? GOD KNOWS that number and I have FAITH he will see us to EMMA because he loves her and wants what is best for her!

Thank you for following our journey, and pray for us, if you feel lead to help in a donation, please click on her picture on the right hand side of this and it will take you to a link that will allow you to donate to us. It is also a Tax Deductible Donation!

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