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Fall Happenings

October 8th, 2014

We have said many times throughout our adoption journey,

“It is often said, ‘It takes a village to raise a child,’ but we have found that sometimes it takes a village to bring them home.”

The last picture we received of the girls together before they moved to the new children’s home:

Sisters August

We never could’ve gotten where we are today without the unimaginable generosity of the “village” God has placed around us.  We often tell people we are at the “tail end” of our adoption but the truth is, we don’t truly know.  Right now, the suspension is still in place and our girls have been safely and successfully moved to their new home, along with about 17 of their friends from our agency’s orphanage, which now no longer exists.  The wonderful thing about the girls’ new temporary home is that Eliana will be able to go to school, all three of the girls will take English lessons twice a week, and we’ll be able to SKYPE with them VERY soon!!  On top of all that, our new monthly fees for their home, care, and education is $1300.  This is two hundred dollars less than our agency’s orphanage with several new perks.

Unless the Lord intervenes very soon, we will have this new monthly financial burden indefinitely.  While it is a blessing to no longer owe our agency a dime, the thought of having a somewhat permanent $1300 bill added to our monthly budget is something we cannot bear on our own.  We have shaved our monthly budget down to the nearest penny, even to the point of switching our health insurance to save money.  With all of that, we only have $800 in our budget for our daughters’ monthly care costs.  We are fervently praying that the Lord would provide a handful of families that would be willing to partner with us for one quarter at a time to help make up for the remaining $500/month.  This would only require a three month commitment and then everyone could decide whether they want to continue to help or stop.  Every single dollar helps, whether you can commit to $10/month or $100/month.

Would you prayerfully consider committing to the last quarter of this year?  We desperately need our village to help carry us through the end of the year.  If you’re able to help, you could use our “donate” button to the right of the page and sign up for “recurring payments” for the next three months, or however long or short you’d like.  Or, you may email me at to make other arrangements.

Please feel free to share this post on your facebook page, with your Bible study group, family members, Sunday School class, or even your co-workers.  We know the Lord hasn’t brought us this far only to leave us on the final leg of the journey.  Thank you in advance for your prayers and support.  This is yet another chapter in God’s story of delivering our daughters home.


P.S.  Annie Rose was born on August 6, 2014 at 2:15am.  She was 7 lbs 5 oz and 19 1/2″ long.  She is a precious ray of sunshine!

Annie Two Months


blessings to you,


US Geography Flashcards NOW AVAILABLE!!

July 23rd, 2014


My cycle 3-related geography flashcards are finally ready!  Once again, all proceeds go toward our remaining adoption expenses for our three daughters in DR Congo.  At this time, I am only offering the digital download because I’ll be having a baby any day now.  Once we settle in with our new addition I will offer to make complete, color, laminated sets for $35.  The digital download is $5 and can be paid for by clicking the “Donate” button to the right of this page.  You do not have to have a Paypal account to make this purchase.  You can use Paypal to process your debit or credit card.  Your downloadable link will be sent via email within 24 hours of your completed purchase.


There are three cards and labels per printable page for a total of 41 pages.  There is a separate card for each and every location.  You just have to download, print, cut, fold the label over, and laminate (if you so choose).  I haven’t cut and laminated my cycle 3 cards yet, so below you’ll see a sample of a few finished cycle 2 cards as well as a picture of what your cycle 3 cards will look like when you print them:

This is an invaluable fundraiser for our adoption so please feel free to share the link to this post, share on Facebook, and tell your local Classical Conversations community!


God bless!