T-Shirts!

Wow!  We've been so thankful and overwhelmed by everyone's responses and encouragement to our announcement!  We are thrilled and absolutely can't wait to meet Scout and it makes it even sweeter that we are surrounded by people so excited alongside us!

When we began this journey of adoption we knew we didn't have the full amount of money to be able to bring a child home but we trusted that God had clearly called us to adoption and that He would provide a way.  Seven years ago I opened a checking account and started saving the money I made from sewing/monogramming and photography to go towards bringing home a baby one day.  It has been incredible to watch the Lord use that account to help fund our adoption.  There is a story in the Bible (1 Kings 17:7-16) about Elijah asking a widow for bread.  She tells him that she has nothing to give.  That she is gathering sticks to make one last meal for herself and her son to eat before they die.  Elijah instructs her to make him some bread anyway and then says "For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the Lord sends rain on the land.’”  She obeys Elijah and trusts that God will provide and it says "So there was food every day for Elijah and for the woman and her family.  For the jar of flour was not used up and the jug of oil did not run dry, in keeping with the word of the Lord spoken by Elijah.".  

Y'all.  This is what has happened for our journey.  Every time our account has run low the Lord has provided in such a sweet way.  One example of that was recently when we had to get our visas.  The total for this was $480.  That night when we arrived home I checked the mail and a dear friend had mailed us a check for $500.  It has happened over and over again as we've walked this path and we are so humbled and grateful for the way He has used our family and friends and community to come alongside us and help us bring Scout home!

As a final fundraiser before our trip to China (we're hoping to travel just after Christmas!) we are selling t-shirts!  (We have our final bill, the largest one, and our flights left to pay for.) We would love for you to purchase a t-shirt to help us bring her home!  You can find all the options at the link above (or by using the link in the menu bar!).  We have adults, youth and kids shirts so you can purchase them for the whole family!  

We decided to design a shirt that meant something to our family.  Wild and Free has become a mantra of mine over the last year and a half.  I read the book Wild and Free which was so encouraging and convicting and liberating.  A book about being exactly who God designed you to be.  Not holding back because you're worried you're "too much" or living under the lie that you're "not enough" but embracing who God designed you to be!  We also want this for Scout.  We pray that she'll grow up knowing that God designed her with purpose and that He will raise her up to be a God-gloryfing, Kindgom-minded, woman after His own heart!  

Not only am I thankful for the freedom to live out the life God designed for me, and to bring a baby girl home and raise her up encouraging her in the same thing but we wanted this to be a shirt that resonated with people.  We want people to live this one life they've been given as a wild and free people!  Living life to the fullest, exploring all God has created, and reveling in the freedom from sin we have been given through Jesus' death for us on the cross!

(Also:  the fact that we have three wildmen under our roof and that neither Jordan nor I have ever been considered quiet or calm added to the reasons for going for a Wild and Free shirt!)

So, if you're interested in purchasing a shirt, jump on over and order one!  There is flat rate shipping of $4.95 OR local pickup in Graham at The Flame Company (located on Highway 54) or in Shoals (at my parents' house)!  This is a preorder for shirts and they will ship by December 15th!  We'd love for you to also help us promote the shirts by sharing my posts on Facebook or Instagram or posting a picture of you in your shirt and using #shirtsforscout!   Again, we are so humbled and grateful for every one of you and the way you've supported us!  It means the world to us and it means a whole new life for Scout!

Good News!

Oh, y'all.  Today I'm here to update with the best news ever!  

WE'VE BEEN MATCHED WITH OUR CHINA BABY!!!

May I introduce you to our DAUGHTER!

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We were matched with her three days before she turned ONE!  We've decided to name her Scout!  And we're hoping to travel to get her right after Christmas!  

Oh, y'all.  What a glorious day this was!  When I opened her picture and watched a short little video our agency sent of her, I was overwhelmed.  I burst into tears, couldn't stop giggling and jumped up screaming all in the course of a few minutes.  It was such a sweet night of so many emotions:  relief, hope, and joy.  I can't wait to travel to get her and I find myself totally in shock that she's OURS!  We got matched on a Wednesday and then went to Great Wolf Lodge for the twins' birthday.  While there Tate made a wish when he blew out his candle and said, "I wished for China Baby to come home fast".  We told them the following Wednesday on their actual birthday (before family arrived) and it was so fun to see Tate's "wish" answered so quickly :)  When our family arrived to celebrate the twins we ended up giving them each a little gift bag with a poem announcing her arrival and inside their gift was a framed picture of Scout!  It was such a fun night to surprise them and celebrate!

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There are all the big details!  If you are interested in reading more of a timeline of how things have played out, I've added a tab to the blog to keep people up to date.  You can see a history of every step of our journey here!

If there are additional questions y'all have, I'd love to answer any of them!  I know adoption seems like this big, scary, impossible task but I think it's really the unknown of it that makes it so scary.  I'd love to chat with any of you who might be considering adoption or just want to know more about any of the details!  So please feel free to reach out and ask any questions.  We love to talk about it so I'll be excited to chat about it any time!

waiting.

I've been silent on here for so long.  I think I just keep processing all that is going on but never find the time to actually type it out here. 

The wait is something we anticipated.  We knew, starting our adoption, that waiting would be a part of the process.  What I didn't know was just how long the wait would be and just how emotional I would be through it.  

We were logged into China (which means we were eligible to be matched with a child through our agency) in March.  We anticipated waiting two to four months to get a referral.  Two months came and went.  Four months came and went.  And we were still waiting.  Then six months.  Then seven.

We are just so excited for this little one to be a part of our family!  We have been referring to him/her as China Baby.  It's been sweet because we talk often, like multiple times a day, about China Baby.  Our boys are always asking about what time it is in China, devouring any books they find about China, and they pray for China Baby at every single meal, every bedtime and any other time they pray.  In fact if one of the boys forgets, Worth always yells "DON'T FOR-DIT TIINA BEBE".  The question we answer most frequently (other than "can I have a snack?") is "when is China Baby going to be here?".  The way this process has united all our hearts in waiting for our newest addition has really be a sweet thing for our family.

It all sounds sweet and precious and, don't get me wrong, it has been.  However,  it's not been without big emotions on my end.  I have been in this place of longing and hoping and praying for what seems like forever.  I've cried more tears than I can count and prayed harder than ever and fallen asleep with China Baby on my mind every.single.night.  I just can't wait to have our child home.  Although China Baby is already a part of our family, I am so ready for them to physically be here, with us.  There have been ups and downs of potential matches and watching other families get referred and watching friends go to get their kids.  It's been tough.  We were hoping our sweet China Baby would be home by July or August.  It's October.  

But you know what I know?  

I know that God is faithful.  

I can hang my hat on His faithfulness.  Throughout all this waiting, we've known that God's hand is in every part of this process.  That He knows which child is ours and that all of the parts of the process that have moved more quickly or slowly are all for a purpose.  We KNOW that to be true.  We fully trust the God that has called us to this.  

He is sovereign, He is in every detail.  He has not forgotten us.  He has not forgotten China Baby.  As I stand in worship every Sunday tears stream down my cheeks and I sing with every ounce of my being that God is faithful and it is there that I realize, as crazy as it sounds that it hurts so good.  

I am truly aware in these moments that God is faithful.  I know it to be true.  So, in the midst of the heart-wrenching waiting, I must still claim that He is faithful.  

He has put the call on our lives to bring our baby home from China and He has put the faith in us necessary to trust Him when our feet are to the fire.  And, as I wait, I know my heart is growing a bigger and bigger hole that is the shape of our China Baby.  Just waiting to be filled when God says it's time.