Two Weeks

Two weeks from today, we will be preparing to board a plane to meet our son and daughter.

I have no words for how excited I am.  So much emotion is wound up in all of this.  It is more than two decades since adoption was laid on our hearts.  There have been so many failed attempts to adopt.  And I remember the name of each child, I still pray for them, I wonder where they are and how they are doing.  So many disappointments for us, but I hope many blessings for them.  It’s so hard to believe that we have finally made it to this point in the process.  This time every obstacle has fallen away as we’ve met it.  We have had a mighty army of prayer warriors flanking us every step of the way.

We are amazed once again at God’s provision.  His generosity can not be outdone.

If you look just over there on the sidebar, you will see the miracle we witnessed two days ago.  I was out all day with the girlies, who had taken me out for a luncheon to celebrate my birthday.  We didn’t settle in until evening.  I checked on our FSP and was thrilled that someone had donated $10.  Every donation is precious and it’s such fun to see the numbers changed.  I was about to navigate away when I realized that something seemed out of place.  I looked again at the total.  I stared at it.  It took so long for it to register.  And then I was sure that something was wrong, and error.  But no, someone had put several thousand dollars into our account.  We have no idea who.  Only the ladies at Reece’s Rainbow know.

Whoever you are, THANK YOU!  Thank you for responding to His grace.  Thank you for helping us to bring our son and daughter home.

I am making a Novena of Thanksgiving for the intentions of our donors – current and future.

O God, of whose mercies there is no number, and of whose goodness the treasure is infinite; we render thanks to Thy most gracious majesty for the gifts Thou hast bestowed upon us, evermore beseeching Thy clemency, that as Thou grantest the petitions of them that ask Thee, Thou wilt never forsake them, but wilt prepare them for the reward to come.

Because of this generous donation, all of our placement fees are now covered, as well as a significant portion of our travel fees.  We are approximately $2500 from being able to cover all of our second trip – the one that brings them home with us.

We can close that gap to just a few hundred dollars if we have just 94 more donors for our swallows and forget-me-nots fundraiser.  For everyone who will donate $25 through that fundraiser, we will send a bottle of our favourite Sancta essence of Chrism essential oil.

Adoption Update!

Just a quick note to say that we have news!

I opened up my email this morning and the first message into the box was one from our placement agency entitled “Travel Dates!”.

We’re leaving here on the 21st of May, and will be meeting N&N on the 24th.  One short week.  We are so, so excited.  It’s thrown the household into a bit of a tizzy.  We are busy researching plane fares, making packing lists and to-do lists, and smiling.  A lot.

We are awfully close to our placement fees needs.  We are also going to have some travel expenses.  Our van (our only vehicle) broke down a couple of weeks back – $4000 in damage.  That was our travel savings.  All of it for the first trip.  So, we’ve got about three weeks to bridge the gap.

You’ll see a new fundraising thermometer over there in the sidebar, just below the link to our Reece’s Rainbow family sponsorship page.  It shows the whopping grand total goal (including travel for both trips), and our progress so far (which includes RR, savings, and other gifts).  And don’t forget our Spring Fundraiser – for every $25 donated through Reece’s Rainbow, we will send you a phial of Sancta essential oil (Essence of Chrism).

Swallows and Forget-Me-Nots

It has been quite a busy time on our farm and I will do my very best to catch you up on all of that.  In the meantime, here is an update on our adoption progress…

Our dossier is in Bulgaria now and we are waiting for word that it has been approved, which should be followed (within days) by a written invitation to make our first trip to meet our children face-to-face!  We still have a little bit more fundraising to do to cover our placement fees.   And we need to do it quickly because our dossier is on the way to Bulgaria very shortly.

We thought that it would be fun to have another envelope fundraiser, but this time, every envelope is the same donation amount and every envelope purchased sends a little birdie to your door with a 1/2 oz. phial of our Sancta (Essence of Chrism) essential oil.

In Japan, it is good luck to receive 1000 cranes.  We haven’t got room for 1000 of anything in this little space, but we thought it would be sweet to do 100 swallows with sprigs of forget-me-not instead.  Swallows are symbolic of homecoming, and forget-me-nots need no further explanation.

Here’s how it works:

  • Choose how many swallows you want to purchase, and comment below and let us know how many you want.
  • Donate $25 for each swallow to Reeces Rainbow through PayPal
  • Email us your confirmation/receipt  (nissa_@_gadboisfamily_._com) from Reece’s Rainbow, along with your mailing address.
  • Whenever a swallow is sent, a wreath of forget-me-not will appear to show how many we have left!

Claim as many little birds as you wish!

Spring Adoption Fundraiser94 phials left!

When all 100 birdies have been claimed, we will have reached our goal for placement fees, plus a bit left over for travel expenses! Please share our fundraiser on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, email, and whatever other social media that you are a part of.  Feel free to pin our graphic above to your Pinterest account (and re-pin as it updates).  Every donation through Reece’s Rainbow is tax deductible.

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{Made for Learning}: Main Lesson Books

It has been a long while since the last post. Life is busy and I promise to update as soon as I can.

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Today, I want to share some pages from some of the children’s main lesson books for religion.

If you are unfamiliar with main lesson books, they are meant to be self made reference or text books for particular topics. Those topics may be broad ( religion, science) or quite specific (monasticism in medieval England, optics). I like to think of them also as memory books. I feel strongly that when we put ideas to paper – in art or word – we better commit them to memory. And later, what a treasure for parents or indeed the grown child to look over.

It’s also a great opportunity to practice and learn new art and penmanship techniques. But don’t fuss about perfection. That will come with maturity and the development of each child’s style.

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One Year

One year ago today, I received a message from a friend, asking me to prayerfully consider whether Brian and I would be interested in adopting a brother and sister from Bulgaria.

Happy birthday!

I was, admittedly, hestitant.  It was a tough time for us, financially.  And although adoption had always been part of our family plan, the timing couldn’t be further from right in our minds.  But we promised to pray and discern what God wanted us to do.  I asked my friend to have all of the information she could get forwarded to me.

Two weeks.  That’s how long I gave us to discern.

I can tell you that it took about two seconds for my heart to swell at the sight of the photos.  Precious, precious children.  I opened and read the information about their history.  I took in the knowledge that they were in about the best place they could be as far as institutions go.  And then I shared it all with Brian.

We prayed and talked.  So much to consider – home study, paperwork, fees.

Two weeks.

Over that two weeks, emails and messages flew back and forth.  What would we need done?  How soon would they need this paper or that document?  How long would our home study take?

It became obvious that we were slowly being led to a YES.

There have been lots of obstacles along the way – as is true for just about any adoption process.  Seemingly impossible deadlines, frustrating delays.  But the one thing we worried little about was funding.  Every time we needed to make a leap of faith in the process, the funding appeared.  Every. Time.  Any time we gave to another family in process, it came back to us tenfold.  There have been many, many people along the way – most of them unknown to us – who have given of their treasure to help two children halfway around the word to come home to their American family.

It is all a testimony to God’s grace.  Please believe me when I tell you that miracles exist.  Miracles of all sizes.  Family-sized miracles.

If all goes well, these two precious children will be celebrating their birthdays in our back yard this summer.

So if you are one of the people who responded to God’s grace with a YES and have helped us in any way – with your prayers, shares, or donations, thank you!  And we ask God to bless you with all good things.

We are still raising funds for N & N’s adoption.  We need a little over $2500 more for placement fees.  And our two trips will cost about $4000-$5000 each.  If you are moved to help financially, please donate through Reeces Rainbow, or make a monetary gift directly to our PayPal account {nissa_@_gadboisfamily_._com}.  We are still collecting auction items – especially new and gently used books, and handmade items.  And we are working on organizing a couple of dinners or breakfasts to raise our travel funds.  And if you need anything on Amazon, please consider clicking through our link here on the blog before you shop.  All of our commissions go directly to our adoption bank account.

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