They Are Precious

one step, one heart, one life at a time

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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All in the Family

11009383_10205242582256133_8505438363360302472_n 10308192_10205242581936125_4450699528078797582_nMy 17 year old daughter wanted to help us raise the money we need to help get her sister home. So I took her to Hobby Lobby, and she is so creative so she came up with an idea and sat down and free hand painted this! She can make these personal to your child’s country, favorite colors and names if you like. It measures 30 X 12 inches. We are selling them for $40 and that includes shipping on them to anywhere in the United States. Message me in an email for your order to be placed, dbrook2010@hotmail.com

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In the daily life…

Our family is about to take a big step in a whole other direction. Daddy is about to go over the road and home on weekends for work. That being said, I still work full time as a case manager from home and maintain the home, and fundraise for our adoption.  Can anyone say YIKES with me?!  Yes, I am holding my breathe and trying to remain calm, but I think it is what it is!

Occasionally I hear, oh you work from home how nice!  Well, yes and no….I will not complain that I get to be there for lots of things that I normally would miss, but at the same time this really is a REAL JOB! I am being held accountable for many, many patients under my care daily and I have dead lines and time lines that if they are not done I reap the consequences of loosing my job. They don’t care I have a child vomiting on me or ripping my mouse out from under my hand or trying to close my computer on my hands while I type resetting all of it. But at the same time, I can hold and sing to the child that normally would be in a daycare.

Where we are in our adoption process is, we are awaiting fingerprint appointments and I am anticipating on getting that letter this week with the apt time and date. Then once those are done and approved our Dossier will be sent to China. I think we should be DTC in a month or so. We still need about $20,000 more to complete this adoption and I have applied for 4 grants so far and heard from Two of them we were denied. Keep us in your prayers as we transition to a whole new normal, pray for peace for me at home, and pray for our funding to come in. God has seen us to this point and I know he will not forsake us!

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Essential Oils Fundraiser

Our family has been using Essential oils for about a year now, and me being a nurse I have to say I was the first to raise my eyebrows and think oils was crazy. Until one day I gave it a try, and was pleasantly SHOCKED when they really worked! We are holding an online oils class and doing giveaways to help us bring sweet Emma home. We applied for a grant and got a denial letter today. I have to say I was pretty down about that, but I know God has a plan and I will keep moving forward doing what I can to raise the funds we need. Here is the link to come join the online class this Thursday 2/26 and 8 Pm CST. Please help us by inviting everyone you know! https://www.facebook.com/events/443973665753973/

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This Valentine’s Day

Today is Valentine’s day! A day for love, and to give love, but of course we do this all year long too.  Today we will be doing a local fundraiser to raise the $3,000 we are needing for a fee that is coming up. We just paid out over $3,000 for multiple fees for our adoption of Emma. It is all worth it! If you would like to help us bring Emma home who has Down Syndrome and living in an orphanage there is a button on the right of this post, just click on her picture and it will take you to the tax deductible site. We would love prayers as we climb this big mountain of financial payments! Thank you for your support!

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God Loves Emma

Sorry I have not updated lately with the holidays and work, things were busy.  I wanted to bring you up to speed to where we are in the process and what has been done so far. So far we have paid out a $500 promise fee, $2.425 for our UCIS fee, agency application fee, and home study. Miscellaneous fees for documents needed for home study and dossier. All total it has been close to $4,000 paid out in all these fees.

The good news is, our home study is DONE, and approved this week!!! The next step if for us to wait to get fingerprinted and our dossier to be certified. With the time line we are going on right now, and things are always subject to change, we may be traveling to Meet Emma the end of summer!

We still roughly need to raise $25,000 still to say we are funded. But I know my God is able, I know he called us, and it is His will to see Emma in a family! Thank you all for following us on this journey. He is Faithful!!

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Do you shop on AMAZON?! You can help us, just by shopping!

We have an Amazon link that if you use to purchase all your stuff on, we will get a percentage of the sales. There is NO EXTRA FEES OR CHARGES FOR YOU! It is as simple as that, you buy something using our link, and we get credit for you shopping on our link! Please share with everyone you know to use our link! Every order counts!  Here is the link, save it on your favorites so you can use it each time. http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2F%3F_encoding%3DUTF8%26tag%3Dbrook08-20&h=HAQFk-zyl

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CHANGE DRIVE…..CHANGE the Future for Emma Grace!

For the Month of December we are asking all family, friends far and close to collect all their loose change for Emma Grace! Send it in to me by Jan 1st and the person or group to send in the most change wins a $100 gift card or money card, their choice!!! JOIN THE EVENT BELOW. LET US KNOW YOU WILL BE JOINING IN OUR OUR DRIVE! IF you have a group, women’s bible study, golf group, sewing group, Sunday School class, cooking classes, any groups, have them join in on the change drive and do it as a group!!! https://www.facebook.com/events/359908227524449/?context=create&previousaction=create&ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming&source=49&sid_create=2272657757

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