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August 29, 2011

Personal News: Adopting!

Today's post is very personal but I really want to share it with all of my digi-scrapping friends & customers. Because, even though you might not know it, you guys are all a big part of the 'how' in this adventure in my family. So here goes.

We are adopting a little girl!

That's right! We started the process back in February. Our part of the paperwork is done. The home study is done & now we are just waiting on one document to come through & then we'll be sending our dossier off to China. At that point, we'll begin waiting for a referral.

Now that you know what is going on I'll give you some more details on the 'why' we are adopting.

When I look back on my life with my hubby I see how God has worked in our lives & brought us to this point. It's pretty amazing when I think about it. I think this whole process actually started 12 years ago with some volunteer work that my hubby & I did. We felt a burden for 'unwanted' children. Then we've had some amazing friends (you know who you are) that have inspired us. Then after have our 3rd baby girl the doc recommended that I not have any more children. We knew that this didn't mean we wouldn't have any more children. We actually said to each other, “Well, we can always adopt.....one day!” Then about a year ago, after a bible study that we had been doing, we really felt a call to some Bible verses: James 1:27, Isaiah 1:17 & Proverbs 31:8-9. Clearly God was speaking to us. How could we ignore these precious, orphaned, children when we knew God had given us the ability to love, provide & care for them.

We knew it was time. So we started the process back in February & here we are. We really do feel like God has given us all that we need to do this.....the love & patience to care for more children, the finances to be able to do this (this is where you guys come in), the strength, & the peace to know that He is in control!

So I want to personally thank all of you who have supported me over the past couple of years. I've been very blessed with this little business of mine. Our adoption has been, in large part, funded by my digi-scrapping business.

I hope you guys don't mind reading this super personal post but I thought you should know what is going on with me & my family. I'll keep you updated on the process. We are hoping we'll be traveling some time next year to go pick up our little girl.
 

25 comments:

Kimberly Hill said...

Congratulations!! Our 8.5-year-old was adopted from China when she was 15 months old and I can't imagine life without her. With 2 boys in college, it's a whole 'nother world...

Tammy said...

Thank you for sharing such a personal story. As one of your fans, I am so happy to know that your wonderful artistic talent has been shared with us, and we in turn helped get you to this point. I know we all can't wait to see pictures of her. God bless you & your family through the rest of the process. So thrilled for you!!

momto4boys said...

That is a truly amazing thing you are doing Liz, I envy you so very much. CONGRATS to you all.

MaryRuth said...

Congrats!! That's sooo exciting!!! we're hoping to adopt one of these days!

Thanks for sharing and good luck!

xoxo

MaryRuth (a super fan!!)

LaRessie said...

LOVE how God works! :) Love ya Liz!! Praying for you all!!!

Christine Elizabeth said...

super exciting ! congrats !!

Decembre said...

This is so exciting to hear! I'm so happy for you and your family, congratulations! I have very close family friends that have went through the process of adopting, and now have 2 beautiful girls apart of their amazing family! It is such an amazing process for them, I wish you the best of luck with everything! The wait is worth it!

Ellas Ellagance said...

Congratulations and I hope the process continues to go well! There are so many little ones that need good homes. I am sure you, your husband, and babies will bless one of those little ones soon!

Christie said...

I cannot think of a family that inspires me more. Honestly, in your service to Christ, in your witness as a family and household. If I knew you all -how you are now- when I was younger, I KNOW I would have wanted to grow up to be and have a family just like yours. Unfortunately I am older than both of you...but I am gleaning from the awesomeness of your healthy solid Christian family. Continued blessings on you guys!

Denise said...

Wow!! That is wonderful!! Thank you so much for sharing your news!

Stefanie said...

That is wonderful news, congratulations! Wishing you all of th every best.

DoggiNo said...

Liz, what an amazing path to take ! I admire your courage and wish you lots of luck in your journey.

Kristi a.k.a. Kristi8004 said...

What a fantastic story Liz. Thank you for allowing all of us (your fans) to share in your excitement.
CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Rebecca said...

This is such a beautiful story to read about, it really made me smile. Sending you and your family all the best for the next steps in your adoption journey. :)

Helen said...

It is amazing to watch the tapestry unveil itself one woven thread at a time! I am thrilled to be just one tiny thread in God's plan! Thanks for sharing and I will be praying for you all throughout the rest of this journey.

Rachel said...

Congrats! You have such an inspirational story and I will keep you guys in my thoughts and prayers in the coming months.

Tiffany B said...

Congrats! I am so excited for you!

Kirsten said...

That is fantastical news! My son was adopted 5 years ago @ the age of 2 from Kazakhstan. The experience is the most amazing thing that God can ever give anyone! Thank you for sharing with us, the strangers that follow your life. If you keep a personal adoption blog, I would love to read it!

scrapper@heart said...

That is Fantastic news!!! I am so happy for you! I had always had it in my head that I wanted to adopt or foster a child as well..your willingness to follow God's will for your life has really got me thinking about it again. I know sometimes we get in the hustle and bustle of life and say "not now God" but you just reminded me that Gods time is ALWAYS the perfect time! So happy for you!!!

Kait said...

Wonderful news and congratulations on the future addition to the family. A new adventure has just begun!
Thank you for sharing it with us.

Kait

CoralTurtle said...

Wow, what a lovely story. I'm so glad to know buying your awesome products has helped such a wonderful thing come to fruition. God Bless!

mischalaneous said...

SO, So very happy for you. How wonderful are God's works and how blessed we are when we allow Him to work in us.
CONGRATS!

Scrapping With Liz said...

Thank you all so much. You don't know how much these encouraging coments mean to me. I'm overwhelmed by the support I've received in the digi-community. You guys are amazing.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

I will keep you updated.

Scarlet 357 said...

Isn't it wonderful how Our Lord begins to prepare us for a special event years before the actual event. He is so kind and gentle about this process of life. Congrats to you and your hubby again.

GlitterQueen said...

That is wonderful news! So happy for you, and I'll be sure to continue to help by buying more of your templates, he he!

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