Oh, how abundant is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear you and worked for those who take refuge in you, in the sight of the children of mankind! Psalm 31:19

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Benefit Concert

We are so excited about this fundraiser! This Sunday night we are having a fun concert in the youth building of our church to help raise funds for our adoption to Uganda (which definitely needs a status update on here that I will do soon!) Andrew, Sky, Matt, Trip and Barry are going to 'rock out' and it is going to be so much fun! Hope you can join us! If you can't make it to the concert, but would still like to support us; you can click the 'Donate' button to the right. Thank you for joining us on this journey!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013


Here is a link for an update (that my sweet husband videoed) of where we are in this adoption journey:


No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:37-39

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Puzzle #4 Update

We are so excited to announce that we have on our puzzle fundraiser!! We had so many friends and family members gift us with puzzle sponsorships for Christmas and we because of that we are SO close to completing our puzzle! Would you consider sponsoring a piece (or pieces) for $20 each to help us finish it? Click the Donate button on the right. :) A HUGE thank you to:

Papa and Grandma
Grandpa and Grandma Werley
Graham and Alisha W.
Cory and Kristin M.
Aunt Zuzu
Grandma G.
Grandmother W.
Alan and Megan A.
Lauren S.
James and Jessica H.
Curtis and Kelly M.
Vincent and Carol K.
Sean and Cami B.

Right now we are still waiting on USCIS approval (which we hope to get any day now) and then we will begin the process of getting all of our dossier ready to send to Uganda. We are praying to see our baby(ies) faces for the first time this summer and to travel to Uganda this fall. Please join us in prayer for no more delays and a smooth process as we gather last documents and have them signed and sent over to Africa. Pray for our hearts as we wait in eager anticipation for the child or possibly children The Lord is preparing for us. This is the most exciting and challenging thing we have ever done! It's calling to adopt has already blessed us far more than we anticipated. We continue to be overwhelmed by God's deep love for us and can't wait to see how this all unfolds! We love you all so much and are truly thankful for each of you and your support, love and prayers throughout this process.

'We give thanks to God always for all of you, constantly mentioning you in our prayers, remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. For we know, brothers loved by God, that he has chosen you, because our gospel came to you not only in word, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction. You know what kind of men we proved to be among you for your sake.' 1 Thessalonians 1:2-5

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Puzzle Update #3 and THANK YOU!!

We are so excited that our puzzle fundraiser is coming along and the picture is starting to take shape! Only 350 more to sell! We can do this! When we complete this puzzle we will have raised $10,000 and that will be a tremendous help for our traveling and in country costs to the Uganda government.
We wanted to say a huge THANK YOU to the people and families who have donated to our puzzle so far:
Rocky and Linda R.
Emily V.
Graham and Alisha W.
Alan and Megan A.
Clayton and April B.
Zach A.
Chris and Nedra M.
Barry and Debbie R.
Marc and Gayle B.
Jaimie S.
Barbara M.
Jim and Lana D.
Miron and Julie B.
James and Jeanne E.
Wayne and Jen J.
Brian and Erica S.
Paul and Stacey D.
Billy and Linda S.
Jeff and Bethany B.
Yvonne B.
Mike and Betty M.
Lee and Susan W.
Craig and Loretta Y.
Bill and Trish L.
Lauren and Cade A.
A Sweet Anonymous Person
All the ladies who came to our Blessing Unlimited Party where we raised $400!
Thank you to all of you wonderful people for giving and joining us on this incredible journey of bringing our baby(ies) home from Africa! One of the unexpected blessings of the adoption process so far is watching how The Lord is using so many people to love, pray, support us financially and walk beside us. It is incredibly humbling and such an amazing feeling! We are honored and filled with JOY as The Lord moves and teaches us.
Here is how you can donate: Just click the 'Donate' button on the right side of our blog to sponsor and we will put your name on the back of each piece you buy as a testimony to our adopted child(ren) of the Lord's provision and love for them before we even knew who they were. Thanks again to everyone who has sponsored pieces! You have blessed us tremendously!
"He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?" Micah 6:8

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Chosen Half Marathon

Andrew and I trained 3+ months, filled out all the paper needed, had shirts made (love them!), created the A Team (including us, Alan, Megan, Suzanne and Mandy), made all the arrangements for the weekend and headed to New Braunfels, TX for (my first!) half marathon. We were so excited to be a part of this day and a part of this amazing fundraiser for our adoption called Chosen- Running with a Purpose.

The wonderful Aunt Zuzu stayed behind to take care of our kiddos for the weekend. They had a blast and we were so grateful for her help.

We made it!! Memories from the day: how COLD it was!, running beside two of my favorite people in all the world- my husband and bestie Mandy and how much they encouraged me and pushed me along, seeing all these wild deer on the course, how much fun we had with Mandy and the Adkins, how beautiful the course was, the emotions and how I wanted to thank every runner for helping us with our adoption, the amazing feeling of unity and spirit of encouragement among the racers, the winner of the marathon (who PASSED us!) and how joyful he was as he praised God running to the finish line, the wall I hit at mile 8 and how wonderful it felt to cross the finish line holding hands with my husband, and how emotional I was after the race knowing we would get to share one day with our kiddo from Africa about this amazing journey The Lord has taken us on before we ever even met them.

The race was such a picture of how this adoption journey has been for us. Training is like all the paperwork, training videos, books and home study we have had to do. The anticipation (and fear) of the race weekend feels the same as our anticipation for the child on the other side of the world who we will bring home in the next year. We can wait to see their sweet face and to hold them for the first time. We can't wait to see how their personality develops and watch The Lord capture their heart and give them a passion for His kingdom. We can't wait to have our family complete and to be on the other side encores going others through the adoption process.

We raised $2,000 from our Chosen race experience! That was more than expected and we were so excited! It was totally worth it and was a completely incredible weekend! We are coming for you, sweet one!

"I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you." John 14:18

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Puzzle Update #2

Praise the Lord! We have continued to receive sponsorships for "the PUZZLE"! We are so thankful for how God is working and for the willingness of family and friends to sacrificially step out in faith and join us in this ministry of adoption! We only need 3 more puzzle pieces sponsored to complete the edge part of our puzzle! Each piece is $20 and we would LOVE to complete this phase of the puzzle by the end of the weekend! Just click the 'Donate' button on the right side of our blog to sponsor and we will put your name on the back of each piece you buy as a testimony to our adopted child(ren) of the Lord's provision and love for them before we even knew who they were. Thank you to everyone who has sponsored pieces! You have blessed us tremendously!

'I will give thanks to you, O LORD, among the peoples; I will sing praises to you among the nations. For your steadfast love is great above the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.' Psalm 108:3-4

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Monday, October 29, 2012

Puzzle Update #1

Here is our puzzle so far!!

We are so excited to announce that we have raised enough money to mail in our I-600A and Home Study forms into the USICS (US Citizenship and Immigration Services) for approval!! Thank you so much to everyone who has given to our puzzle piece fundraiser! It is so fun writing the names of the families and individuals who have supported us in this way on the back of each puzzle piece. What an amazing testimony it will be to our child(ren) from Uganda to see all the names of the people who loved them with Christ's love before they even saw their sweet face! With every piece of the puzzle that we put together, I look forward to the day when I can sit with our child(ren) and read them the names and tell them about our amazing God who loves them and knew them before they were born, and who works everything together . . . for our good and HIS glory!!

It will take 4-6 weeks for USCIS approval and then after we are approved, our agency will submit our paperwork to the orphan home to receive our child referral. This part if the process can take up to 7-9 months. The USCIS approval fee for our agency is $2,500 and then $3,000 will be due to them upon our referral acceptance from Uganda. This is the amount of money we are hoping to raise by the end of the year through our puzzle fundraiser and others (that we will share shortly:). That way we are ready to say YES when we are referred a child from the orphanage! If you would like to support us by purchasing a puzzle piece, click the donate button on the right side of this blog. :)

Thank you again for all of your love, support and prayers for our family as we 'Joyfully Endure' and wait for our forever child on the other side of the world. We have such peace knowing we are being obedient and that the Lord will provide everything in His timing. What an amazing journey we are on and what an incredible God we serve!

"I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart,
and I will glorify your name forever." ~ ~ Psalm 86:12