Monday, June 30, 2014

Our FEARLESS Envelopes are now open with an exciting surprise!!

Hi Fam and Friends!! Our FEARLESS Envelopes are now open!! And here is a little exciting bit!... there are 11 total gift cards from Starbucks and Target ranging from $5-$25 hidden in pre-selected envelopes!!! If you fill one of these envelopes, you win that gift card!

Each envelope represents an important, impacting opportunity to support. Envelop 1 can be filled for $1, envelope 2 for $2, up to $200 for envelope 200.

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You can fill as many envelopes as you'd like and win multiple gift cards!! If all envelopes are filled, you will have supported half of our adoption costs!!! We are already incurring adoption expenses and have some large expenses coming up. Any size envelope filled is a HUGE blessing!

Here are the details...

1. Reply with the envelope number(s) you would like to fill.

2. Leave your email address and I will give you the link to fill your envelope!

3. We will be thrilled and thankful!! :)

4. We will close the envelope(s) and write your name on it (unless you'd like to remain anonymous)!

(We just launched on Facebook last night and many envelopes have already been filled!! The picture below shows which envelopes are still open! :) And no gift cards have been won yet!!)

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Edited to Add: Envelopes 2, 14, 17, 45, 46, 54, 199 have also been filled!!

Hugs and blessings!!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

FEARLESS

Adopting for a second time in less than a year?! Are we crazy? We don't think so ;). We're taking a step of faith, and we hope you take it with us. And we can’t wait to share all of the details, as they come in, with you! The tough part is the large upfront cost of completing an adoption. Should a daunting financial challenge stop us from fearlessly moving forward to adopt? We definitely don't think so! There are too many little ones all across the world who truly need a family, and adoption is their last option. Our previous adoption cost $40,000 and many of you gave generously, totaling $14,000. This adoption is going to cost ~$40,000 as well. It is so hard to ask for help, especially a second time, but it would be such a blessing to us for you to partner with us to raise these funds to bring a little one into our family, forever!

Honestly? We are bit fearful right now posting this, because we don’t want to upset anyone, or really, ask for help at all. But this is part of us being bold (or trying to be ;)) and fearless (or trying to be ;)) and bringing another little one home to our family. Forever. We are so… so excited, and we are taking a deep breath and trying to be fearless. (That is why it has taken us so long to hit post ;)) But as we are told by many of you (thank you!), so many WANT to help, want to be part of our story, our journey, bringing our little one home. And we will be praying blessings on YOU!

We are in the process of launching some exciting fundraisers that we hope you will support and partner with us on! Praying, sharing these fundraisers with others, supporting financially, and helping us with any fundraisers are all incredible options to support our family.

Here are details on the first two that will launch soon!

*THE ENVELOPE FUNDRAISER* – There will be 200 virtual envelopes, each representing an important, impacting opportunity to support. Envelop 1 can be filled for $1, envelope 2 for $2, up to $200 for envelope 200. You can fill multiple envelopes, in any order. Or you can get a group together to fill one or more envelopes!! Sponsoring any envelop is a huge blessing and absolutely makes a difference! If all 200 envelopes are sponsored, half of our adoption expenses ($20,000!) would be covered!!!

*ONLINE AUCTION* – We will hold an Online Auction soon and are currently collecting items for auction. We greatly appreciate any items you might consider donating for inclusion. If you are local, you can drop items by anytime! If you’re not local, that works too! You can either send us your item(s) or send a picture of your item(s) to naturallycaffeinated@gmail.com and mail to the winner when the auction ends.

We can be creative with auction items! Any items from home businesses such as Scentsy, Thirtyone, Mary Kay, Pampered Chef, Essential Oils, Prints, Advocare, Origami Owl, Isogenix, homemade crafts of every kind, items from an Etsy shop, Tastefully Simple, photography sessions, scarves, gift cards to... anywhere! :) And anything else we didn’t think of! J Your name will be recognized with each item you donate! It would be wonderful if you share details with your friends or family who may like to donate any items!!

We are so blessed and beyond excited to be adding another amazing little arrow to our quiver. And we can't thank you enough for walking with us, praying with us, sending words of encouragement and excitement, and every bit of support you are loving us with. Thank you and many blessings!!!

*Why FEARLESS? Joshua 1:9 has been our family verse since our first little was born. We can all be FEARLESS (which can be hard at times!) and have complete faith in Him because the Lord our God is with us wherever we go.

Joshua 1:9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or lose faith, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.

Friday, June 13, 2014

We have some news!...

We have some news!...

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We are adding another arrow to our quiver!!! We have said YES to adopting again!!

We've been praying and waiting on God for the right time to announce! We don't know from where, who our newest little will be, or what gender. We have a couple possibilities as to where but nothing is definite yet. We just said YES. We talked with our agency last year about adopting again. We were a little nervous about announcing before we had more details of what country or a referral but because we have been waiting so long, we know there is a possibility things could move quickly when it happens! There is a possibility we could receive a referral from one of the countries soon! The more praying with us and for us, the better!!

We are excited, the littles are excited, for whoever their newest sibling is going to be, for whoever our newest son or daughter is going to be. We are overjoyed to share our continued journey with you, and we hope you will walk with us. We covet your prayers for our family. For our newest little. For our process. For our journey. For each member of our "little" family. Thank you!!!

Psalm 127:4-5 Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one's youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be ashamed when they speak with their enemies in the gate.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Hellooooo

Hellooooo fam and friends!!! It has been so long! Too long!

We have been doing great! Hubby and I are a bit tired but we are all doing so well. We are enjoying being a family of six!! And the littles, as you will see in the pics to follow, have become... siblings. Quick siblings. They love each other, they have toy tiffs with each other, they protect each other, serve each other, they help each other, laugh together, joke together, be silly together, push each others' buttons, and get to be siblings together forever. What a blessing! And baby girl has THREE big brothers to protect her... do I need to say, what a blessing, again? ;)

We have been busy homeschooling, playing, going to parks, playing in the backyard, celebrating birthdays, spending time with family and some friends, and hope to get to spend more time with loved ones too. There are always "days" and things to work through, but God has been faithful in walking with us every day.

I can be a liiiittle long-winded, but that is because I love talking about my people. ;) So I will stop "talking" and just show you a few (and I mean I have thousands of pics that maybe I'll get to posting to have them all on our online scrapbook :)) for now! I have been posting a lot of quick pics on Facebook and Instagram (my name is ncfmama) since we've been back, so hopefully I can get back in a blogging groove too. :) And I know some wanted to hear more about so many things, so hopefully I'll get to it all soon! Hugs to all of you and I hope to get back to catching up with all of you soon!

(In no particular order, just a few ;), from the past several months :-))

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I hope you have a great day!!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

The best holiday cards!

Hi fam and friends! I have been on a little hiatus just enjoying my people, settling in, and keeping up with all of their naturally caffeinated selves. ;) I've been posting a lot of our everyday adventures on Instagram/Twitter/Facebook but I hope to get back to more regular blogging soon too!

But I had to pop on to tell you about where to get your holiday cards if you haven't gotten them already!

Shutterfly!!

Why?? :)

They not only have cute, pretty, and fun cards but they also have fantastic customer service. We have been long time customers and have enjoyed creating and giving so many gifts that everyone has LOVED annnd every single time (except maybe two or three... see I'm being honest) I have called customer service for one reason or another, they have been so kind and just wonderful to work with.

And you know I love a good deal and they always have discounts and you can stack coupons to get great deals!

They have SO many cards to choose from, including Happy New Year cards if you need more time. :) Here are some of my favorites this year!

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So go check out all of the 2013 Holiday Cards!!

Right now you can get up to 50% off with the code HOLIDAY and free shipping over $49 with the code SHIP49.

Happy Shopping!! And thank you for reading!! And clicking! :)


*Disclosure: I received a credit to use for our holiday cards but every little opinion is completely my own. They seriously have the best customer service (and great products)!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

August Fun in Pics

Starting where the previous, We're Home!, post left off, we've just been spending as much time together as possible. Doing fun things, lots of new things, just hangin' things, together things.

These first two were within the first few days we were home in July :)

Fun going to church together!

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Coloring fun :)

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Bounce house fun

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Supporting Newest Edition's first doctor appointment at home fun!

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Walking/Running fun through our neighborhood :)

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Mr Potato head fun ;)

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Puzzle fun!

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More neighborhood walking fun!

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Hiking fun! (Also partly known as, make mommy nervous fun ;) PS Hubby is up their with the boys ;))
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Biking fun! And lots of it! We found this great track (and a couple playgrounds) and rode all the time! Hubby and I ran sometimes while they were riding, it was awesome!

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Family fun :)

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Backyard squirt gun fun ;) I have another picture somewhere my mom took of all of us playing another time too :)
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More bike riding taking a quick break fun!

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Fun with playdough :)
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Reading with Daddy fun ;) I love that pile of boys! :-)

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Fun running around and playing tag and soccer in the front yard :)
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Super big breakfast fun :) (I LOVE big breakfasts ;))

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Trampoline and baseball in the backyard fun! I can't find the pic but we had a real deal baseball game going one evening! It was so much fun!

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Fun going to a farmer's market after church AND seeing a fire truck!

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We had LOTS of pool fun, until the day it closed!

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National Day out at our community pool and a local shopping center seeing a fire truck, ambulance, military swat vehicle, and helicopter (even take off!), and more, fun!

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That was just some of the fun the first half of August ;) 

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