Sunday, October 21, 2012

Be another part of our adoption! & an Adoption Update!

We were so blessed and excited that a few weeks ago we were notified that we were approved for a Matching Grant to help raise money for our adoption!! This is a letter (slightly altered for the blog and without our names and contact info ;)) we are sending to family and friends that we wanted to share with you, because you are included in our family and friends, and to document as another part of our story!

Hi Family and Friends!

As most of you know, we entered into an amazing journey almost eight months ago to adopt a wonderful little one from Uganda. It is something we had prayed about and discussed since we were married (over 9 years ago!). There are so many little ones that need a loving, secure, forever family. And although we are blessed to sponsor three little ones and their families in Uganda, we also believe our family is called to care for the orphan, the abandoned. For now, one orphan, for life.

James 1:27 Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you. 

We are so excited to continue sharing our adoption journey with you! We have been trying our best to send little updates here and there and update our blog to fill you in on the newest details. We so wish all of you lived close so we could give you all the adventurous details in person! God has been so faithful in preparing our family and providing patience and confidence that this adoption will help a precious orphan, expand our family, and ultimately glorify His name. And we have been so blessed by your prayers!

God has also been faithful financially. We were just blessed with notification that we received approval from Life Song for Orphans for a Matching Grant in the amount of $4,000!! This means that if we can raise $4,000 by November 19, 2012!, Lifesong, partnered with our church, will match it for a potential total of $8,000 towards our adoption costs. That would be incredible! As you know, the cost of adoption is significant from an earthly perspective—ours is estimated at $30,000—but when you weigh the eternal implications, it is most certainly not. With that said, we are prayerful and hopeful that we will be able to utilize this matching grant to the fullest extent possible. And if God inserts a miracle and we raise above and beyond the entire adoption costs :-), we will donate all of the additional money to another family or families following God’s call for adoption.

We are so excited about the Prayer Calendar (below) we have created, to ensure we are covered in prayer every day while in Uganda (which could be as much as 4 to 6 weeks!) picking up our newest sweet little, and to aid in the costs for our adoption. Using this calendar, you can sign up for a specific day to pray by donating any amount. We do not want you to feel at all obligated, but please know that ANY amount will be a huge blessing! Truly, the most important and comforting thing to us, is to know that you are praying for our new little, our family, and a smooth process. We will take this calendar with us to Uganda and will find strength, courage, and comfort as we seek God in prayer and know that you are praying along with us!

After you send your (tax deductible!) donation through LifeSong (details following!), you can send us an email with the date you would like to commit to pray and we will write your family’s name in that spot! We would be over the moon if we were able to have multiple family and friends on every single day. As we get closer to our travel date, we will send out an updated calendar and more detailed prayer requests to give you an idea of specific things we may need prayer for. And please feel free to pray the whole time too! ;-) It brings us such great joy to know that you are walking hand in hand with us to add this sweet little one to our little family.

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Another area we could greatly use prayer for… we readily admit that it is going to be very difficult to travel that distance and for that amount of time and leave our other little ones home (but we are blessed they will be in very good hands!). God has already begun working things out and giving us peace.

Please note that if you make a donation of any size, it is tax-deductible! Checks are to be made out to Lifesong for Orphans* and write Naturally Caffeinated Family #3082 adoption in the memo line. You can mail checks to: 

          Lifesong for Orphans 
          Attn: Naturally Caffeinated Family #3082 adoption (write in the memo on your check) 
          PO Box 40 Gridley, IL 61744 

You can also use Paypal**! To donate via Paypal click on the Donate button below! :)


Our deadline to raise $4,000 is November 19, 2012! 

We are honored and blessed to have you walk along side us! Thank you so so much. We love you all and appreciate you and your families joining us on this incredible journey.

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With so much love and lots of hugs!

{And in our mailed letter we had signatures from each of us, even each little!, here :)}

Hubby, NCF Mama, BabyBoy, Little, and Littlest 

Ephesians 1:5-6 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. So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son. 

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*Note: In following IRS guidelines, your donation is to the named non-profit organization. This organization retains full discretion over its use, but intends to honor the donor’s suggested use. 
**1.9-2.9% of your donation will go to Paypal service fees.

Below is our Prayer Calendar! :)

If you feel led to donate and would like to add you name to our Prayer Calendar, we would be so blessed and honored, just shoot us an email at naturallycaffeinatedfamily@gmail.com and let us know if there is a specific day that you'd like to sign up for!

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Adoption Update!

We are #22 on the waitlist! 

The latest update on the timeline is that they announced last month that, now, instead of seeing most referrals in about 12 months, it is now 12-15 months... We're leaning on God, we're leaning on God... we know it's all in His timing. We are about 5 months into our wait on the waiting list. As much as I want to insert a sad face right here, I can't, because we do know that His timing is perfect. {deep breath ;)}

If you have made it here to the end, I want to know about it, and you are now officially part of our family! ;-)

2 comments:

Becca said...

I love your adoption updates and journey -- y'all are in our prayers so so much! I'm going to sit down and read this post more carefully when I have 2 seconds, but just wanted you to know I'm excited for you!

Jennifer said...

I am so excited for you and praying for you along the way! You are doing an amazing work and God's hand is all over it!


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