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   A little update on the Tshirt fundraiser. I’m SO excited to say that we sold (drumroll please)……  over 100 shirts!

We needed to sell at least 25 of each style to qualify for the lowest price rate on the shirts and going in to this weekend I’ll admit I got a little worried we wouldn’t make the cut. I’m not sure why because not only did God provide the 75  (3 styles x 25 shirts per style) he showed off a little and took us up to 100!

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU to each and every one of you who purchased one! I’m almost postive people have blocked me on Facebook from getting so tired of seeing me post about the fundraiser but that’s ok. : )

 We hope to receive the shipment by the 2nd week in October (if not sooner) and we will get your shirts out to you promptly after that. SO excited for everyone to get them and I can’t wait to see all my local friends wearing them!! Don’t forget we’d love for you to take a picture of yourself (or whoever you purchased a shirt for) and send them to us!

 I’m so happy to say that with the money we have raised we will be able to either:

 ~ Purchase (almost) one plane ticket

or

~ Fully fund our hotel stay in Korea

Love will ALWAYS find a way!

*~*~Oh, and the winner of the free shirt drawing (for sharing on FB, twitter, and/or blog) was Katie Ward! Thanks to all of you who spread the word for us!!*~*~

I’ll post an update on the blog when the shirts arrive! Thanks again for all of your support!

6 months waiting

In just one hour it will be exactly 6 months since we received the call that Maddox was ours forever. What a whirlwind. The good news is he “should” be home by the one year waiting mark. We pray it’s sooner rather than later but it’s all in God’s hands and we are trusting His timing.

I was looking back at old blog posts from the beginning of our journey to Maddox and we have come so far! The way the Lord has blessed us these last 6 months has just been amazing. Here is the post from the day we were matched:

https://onourdoorframes.wordpress.com/2011/03/19/maddox-jeong-hwan/

Please continue to pray that we will receive our emigration permit soon. We are so ready for our precious boy to be home!

Milk Expiration Moment

   I’m not really sure how to start what I want to say. The past several weeks have just been…intense. Lots of news on the adoption front but none that really seems concrete and some that is concrete that isn’t very good for our timeline. I’m choosing not to put it on the blog because so much of it is just hear say and I’d rather just stick to the facts and wait for an official statement from our agency. It’s depressing really and I will just say I try to keep most of that negativity off of here but at the same time I want to be true to the process and the process IS tough. So, just to have it out there…lots of tears around these parts folks.

  I am SO happy to say that I’m doing much better this week  and it was actually due to the last 5 seconds of the Bachelor Pad finale. Ha! ( Yes, I did just say that and yes my sister-in-law up north did just roll her eyes when she read it) I have this thing during my pregnancies (and well really any big date that’s approaching)…. I’ll explain. So, there is this moment when you look at your gallon of milk and you realize that your due date is AFTER the date the milk expires and you get all giddy like, “YAY, it’s finally getting close!” Anybody feel me on this??? It’s just a sigh of relief that the finish line can be seen! Praise the Lord!

  So, anyway last night I was up late (yes, 10 is late for me..I need my sleep!) and good ‘ole Chris Harrison had finished introducing the new Bachelor (YAY, I ❤ Ben ) and he said something along the lines of “The new season of The Bachelor premieres in JANUARY” in a completely nonchalant voice like January is right around the corner or something. I will call this my  “Milk expiration moment”. After all my pity party throwing last week I felt a spark of joy. January isn’t THAT far… It’s almost Halloween, and then Thanksgiving, and then Christmas…and then it’s January! If it’s not God’s plan for Maddox to be home this year and we don’t receive our miracle emigration permit it’s very likely we will be submitted for it in early January. Please hear me when I say this: I have two precious children that I adore and a pretty awesome husband to boot right under my roof and I want to be intentional about my time with them ALWAYS! I don’t want it to seem like I’m just wishing time away because that’s not the case  BUT, it was a bit of a reality check for me. And after months and months of the finish line being moved further away for just a moment I think I saw it off in the distance. We’ve got a lot to do!

  So, today I finally kicked myself in gear and started working on the nursery again. The walls had been painted WAY back in late Spring and when all the drama with the EP’s started happening my heart just wasn’t in it. I didn’t want to have his room all complete just to have it sit empty. Now that the holidays are quickly approaching I feel this sense of urgency to get it done. Can I just say how much fun I had!? I’m so excited to see it all come together. I had purchased a changing pad cover months ago and so I opened it up, washed it, and put it on the changing table. Then I pulled open the top drawer and inside was a stack of diapers. The biggest smile came across my face! You know the ones you can’t even make yourself straighten. Sigh. This is really happening. Not today, or tomorrow but Maddox will be home before I know it. Ugh. I’ve got SO much to do! : ) At the end of this crazy, up and down roller coaster I get a son. God is so good…SO good.

   I’m slightly obsessed with this verse right now:

  Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.~ Romans 12:12

 It’s my new mantra. And on top of that the Lord had me in Micah yesterday morning.  I hang my head in shame that I’ve never read that book or if I have I didn’t recall much. So, I really took my time and soaked up all 7 chapters. He was a cool guy that Micah. I was seriously loving this verse:

  “But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my savior, my God will hear me.” ~ Micah 7:7

On a completely different note, I’m so in love with fall! The four of us headed out to the walking path by the park tonight and it was so fun to finally enjoy being outside again! The kids got to ride their bikes and then we all headed over to the park and played until almost dark. Fall is my favorite!

 

14 months, September WBC, and exciting news

Maddox is 14 months old today. He was 7 months old when we first saw his precious face. In ways the time has flown. In others it drags on…and on. On a positive note even in a worse case scenario we are on the downward slope. With the information we’ve been given it looks as though we have 6 months or less left to wait for our travel call. Please Lord, let it be less!! 🙂

We received Maddox’s September Well Baby check today. He is doing well. Still cute and fine. He weighs 22 lbs but is soo short! He is still walking furniture (but not walking unassisted or standing alone. I’m ok with that.) He also has 7 teeth.

We learned that the agency received a DVD that was supposed to be of him but when they tried to play it it was blank. They even had their IT department check it to be sure and they also said it was blank. So, they requested a new one last week and hope to have it soon. I’m assuming they will mail it to us. Hopefully we will receive it sometime this month.

Today and tomorrow is a national holiday in Korea called Chuseok. I honestly do not know much about it (shame on me). I really should know more but my basic understanding is that it’s similar to Thanksgiving. Here is what Wikipedia has to say:

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chuseok

Happy Chuseok! To celebrate why don’t you hop on over to our other post and order a t-shirt!? Please! We really need to sell a good bit more of these to make our minimum order. Can you help?

Friends for Adoption

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I was SO excited to open my mailbox to find all these goodies! A few weeks ago I signed up to participate in this really cool swap with fellow adoptive mamas. It’s called “Friends for Adoption“. When you sign up you fill out a little questionnaire about where you are in process and a little about yourself. Then you are matched with someone that is in a similar place as you. Each month you send your “friend of adoption” a care package just to lift their spirits and be an encouragement during this long wait!! What a GREAT idea!!

Anyway, within a few days I was sent my match, Rachel. And can I just say we have SO much in common! It’s pretty wild how similar we are!

Today I received my first package and a sweet card! It was filled with a face mask, bath salts, a skin conditioner bar, and a bag of Hershey’s Bliss! 🙂 Yes, please! Can’t wait to enjoy my “Spa night”.

Thank you SO much, Rachel!!! Cant wait for you to receive yours!

 

Simply Love, Y’all! T-Shirt fundraiser

*~*~ Extra challenge: If you tweet, blog, or Facebook the link to our fundraiser we will enter you into a drawing for a free shirt of your choice. No purchase necessary and you can get one entry for EACH way you share the link! Just be sure to comment on HERE on the blog that you did!*~*~*

FINALLY! The t-shirt fundraiser is up and running. Due to some issues listing them on this blog I had to come up with a different gameplan.  Each shirt is $19.99 and the shipping is free!! SO, if you want to check them out and hopefully order one…or two please follow the following link:

 If you plan on being at the airport when we travel home with Maddox this would be a great outfit choice! : )

 We will have them available for the next two weeks. After the two weeks are up we will place a bulk order (on September 26th) and as soon as they arrive we will ship them out to you! : )

 We thank you in advance for bringing us one step closer to our sweet boy. All proceeds to this fundraiser will go towards the completion of our travel costs.

Thanks Y’all!

One of a kind!

Maddox’s ENT visit went splendidly and his X-ray was perfect. Apparently, he wanted to join his foster mama in the restroom and he fell and hit his face on the ground just outside the door. Poor guy!

They emailed us a few new pictures to show us his nose. I’m assuming they were taken at the foster family’s house.

I cannot handle all this cuteness! I’m ready to go get my boy!!!!

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