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Saturday, June 22, 2013

Lifesong for Orphans

When we thought Baby C # 3 was going to be adopted, I applied for several grants/loans online. Lifesong was one of those organizations, and they have asked that I share their monthly orphan blog here! I am so excited about this because orphan ministry is so so important, and this is something I can do from my house that will hopefully touch some hearts. We are still so excited about adopting, and I love feeling like I am doing something in the mean time. So, here it goes:

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"God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure." Ephesians 1:5 (NLT)

Adoption. One of the most beautiful pieces of the Gospel. An all-powerful and loving Father God chose us, in our sinfulness, to be His sons and daughters. Does it get any better than that? The fact that we, as Christians, can replicate this relationship in our own families to tell the Gospel through our lives is an complete honor and joy.

"WE SAID YES TO ADOPTION" // Andy & Laura's Story

Andy and Laura, adoptive parents of Eli from Ethiopia shared how God provided every step of the way, crushing fears and showing that HE is faithful to finish what He starts.

Part of God's provision came from Lifesong and its partner, Legacy 685 Adoption Fund, helping this family financially with a matching grant and funding support.


Meet Volodya and Lyliya, one of the many Ukrainian families blessed by Adoption without Borders, an initiative that intentionally links like-minded families and churches in the USA with Christian families in Ukraine who are seeking to adopt.  

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"(Adoption is) the deepest evangelism we can provide, to dedicate our lives to bringing children to the Lord. Our biggest dream is that all of our children would commit their lives to God." --Volodya & Lyliya, adoptive parents of five Ukrainian children


Because of your support, the families above have been able to give a forever family to a child in need. Are you looking for ways to join the cause? What you could do:


How Could We Not? -  Erik & Erin's adoption story is unique, but beautiful as they stepped in to help a family member in need by providing Austin with a stable and secure family. Read Full Story

Worth the Wait - Guest blog post from Jeff & Rachel,  adoptive parents of Kate from Ethiopia. Read Full Story

God Creates Family from Strangers - Sharon, adoptive mom, shares her heart of on an ordinary day four months after bringing Asrate into their forever family.  Read Full Story

US Churches impacting Ukrainian families! - Three US churches wrap around a Ukrainian family to ensure home repairs where finished soadoption could be complete. Read Full Story

"I know you guys!" - Read as Robert & Alexis share about meeting their son Jacob for the very first time. Read Full Story

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Perdido Key 2013

We took our vacation in May this year because of football (Jake), and it was absolutely perfect! It was warm, but not hot, and we all had a wonderful time! Also, when we got home, the summer seemed so long stretched out in front of us because FL is usually our halfway point!
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The kids were up bright and early for some beach fun.
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The boys finding beach creatures.WP_20130526_010 WP_20130526_014 WP_20130526_015
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Preston climbed up in my lap every day for a snack and capri sun, and then would nap for 2+ hours under the tent. Total beach baby!WP_20130526_019 WP_20130526_023
Note to the diggers: it takes a long time to bury a 6’5 1/2 man!WP_20130526_025 WP_20130526_026
Jake still loves to dig holes!WP_20130526_029 WP_20130526_032 WP_20130526_035 WP_20130526_037 WP_20130526_039 WP_20130527_001 WP_20130527_003 WP_20130527_005 WP_20130527_006 WP_20130527_009 WP_20130527_011 WP_20130527_013 WP_20130527_017 WP_20130527_019
We each take a night to cook! Meme and Bretty did delicious Mexican!WP_20130527_023 WP_20130527_026 WP_20130527_030
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There were these weird creatures everywhere one day.WP_20130527_035 WP_20130528_001
Blake was trying really hard to get his kite up…and Jake was a lot of help :)WP_20130528_003 WP_20130528_004 WP_20130528_006 WP_20130528_011 WP_20130528_013 WP_20130528_014 WP_20130528_020 One of the highlights of my week was getting to see this pretty face! We talk often, but there is something about an in person hug that just does me good!WP_20130528_022
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What I think I look like:WP_20130529_011
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His frat boy shorts were completely see thru when they got wet! Hahaha! Jake was so embarassed!
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Blake did ribs for his meal! The best in Memphis!WP_20130529_077  WP_20130529_078
Creepy jellyfish and cute baby belly!
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This is what happens when we take Daddy to the outlet mall…new dress, new heels, new headband! Spoilt!
Yummy Lambert’s dinner!
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Our room had two sets of bunk beds…so Kate and I were on the top!WP_20130531_001 WP_20130531_004
Swimming with Jake!WP_20130531_005 WP_20130531_009 WP_20130531_014 WP_20130531_018 WP_20130531_025 WP_20130531_028 WP_20130531_029
Jake was running from the sea monkey!WP_20130531_030 WP_20130531_031 WP_20130531_032 WP_20130531_035 WP_20130531_038 WP_20130531_041 WP_20130531_051
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We had a wonderful week in the sun! My Canon, which I used daily!!!, died on me, so all I have is my phone camera! Ehh! I am so glad the Windows phone has an awesome camera, but I miss my rebel so much!