Thursday, June 14, 2012

Perfect Love...Unafraid!

It's been a l-o-n-g, l-o-n-g year (or so) of prayer.

Many discussions.

Lot's of questions.

Too old? (I say never!)

Can we afford it?  (Can we afford not to?)

What about our family dynamic?  (The more the merrier.)

Is this really God's plan for our family????
Is God speaking to my heart? Or am I just 'hearing' things?  Being emotional? Not thinking clearly?

Some people would {gently or not so gently} use the word CRAZY!!!!!  ha!

Over a year ago, I approached my husband.
Told him I felt we had another child waiting for us in China.

He said pretty concisely: NO WAY!

I asked him to pray about it.

Thus began a very prolonged journey......

A journey that would stretch our faith.
A journey that would challenge us.
A journey that would unite us.
A journey that would humble us.

A journey to our son!

Yes!  We are hoping to go to China and bring home {our} son!!!!!

I can hardly believe I am even typing this!!!!!

We did have a bunch a people praying along side of us!  Thank know who you are.  ;)

But wait!   There is more.....

We will have to do some fundraising for this adoption.
This was and is the humbling part for us.
Humbling!  I say.
My husband was not a big fan of this idea.
(It is hard to ask for help.)

We prayed.
We want to honor God.

We realized that this road of adoption is not about us.
It is about our child.
It is about trusting God.

This is the thing.
I have a child in China.
I will move heaven and earth to get to my child.
What mother wouldn't?
I will humble myself.

I will trust God!

God's timing is Perfect.
As usual.

Our dear friends, Mandy and Joel, are in the process of adopting from Ethiopia for the second time!
They need to fundraise as well.


The timing. Perfect. God inspired. Definitely.

We are teaming up.  We are fundraising together.

Kinda cool, don't ya think?

We wanted to try to fundraise in a different way.......with a different focus.

Most of our fundraising will be geared towards our community.  We are also hoping to bring awareness about adoption to our community as we fundraise.  We want people to ask lots of questions.  We want to educate, provide answers, and supply resources.

Our big and lofty goal????

To raise more money than we need.


We want to create a fund of some sort.....(not exactly sure what this will look like but believing God will show the way) offer financial assistance to other families who would like to adopt.

We want to pay it forward.
We want to honor God.
We want to glorify God!

Mandy and I, together, have a blog.  (She created it!)  (Awesome work, Mandy!!)

Perfect Love....Unafraid.

Together, we are chronicling this fundraising adventure.

Check us out!

Check out her blog, too!

Our first fundraiser:

A colossal garage sale.


I will be blogging about that real soon!

For now, will you please cover us in prayer?

I am excited....slightly nervous....not too much....just a little.

Deep breath!

This is God inspired.
His hands are all over this!

"There is no fear in Love, but perfect Love casts out fear...."
1 John 4:18

Oh yeah.

Mandy and I have partnered up with the Wild Olive Tees to raise funds for our adoptions.

How can I not???

I love their tees.

I love them!

Info is on my sidebar.


  1. Chris--- I AM SOOOOO Excited for you! I can't wait to see your son! I have been blessed beyond measure by our China boys! (and my home grown one too of course!) God bless your family as you step out in faith to honor God!

    1. Thanks Angie, I really appreciate your kind words.

  2. You got it, girl. We are in this together!!! Praying, voting, spreading the word, and keeping HIS plan in front of our faces. Love ya! Let's talk next week, when the graduation festivities die down here....

    1. Yes, let's talk!!! :)

      I've been thinking about you a lot lately......this graduation thing is hard on the ole momma's heart!

  3. Oh my goodness I am so excited!!!!! you all sound so much like Hank and I did as we prayed for our Janie. I can't even imagine not having her in our big ole OLD family!!:) Congrats, I am so happy for you all!!! Going to check out the fund raiser now!!!

    1. Thanks Paige. I love your big OLD family. :)

  4. Chris!!!! I am soooo excited for you & your family! This is awesome news!!! Do you have PA, or are you still in the beginning stages & just know that it will be a son? (Sorry if I'm missing it. I blame the toddlers!) Can't wait to know more!! XO

    1. We do not have our PA......definitely in the very early stages.

      Gotta love the toddlers around.....distracting but oh so much fun!!!

  5. I had a feeling.....:) Isn't that funny, just the other day I was thinking about you and wondering.......

    How absolutely wonderful!!!! You must tell us when you are ready where you are on your journey to your SON! Oh my that sounds delightful!! I might have some news too...soon! ;)

    1. News? You have news too????

      Can NOT wait!!!

  6. WOOOHOOOO!!!!! I'm soooo excited for you!!!!!

  7. Ahhhh, so excited and thrilled for you!! Sons from China are awesome:)!

    1. Can NOT wait to bring home a son from China!

  8. Yeah! We're going back too this year!

    1. You guys are going back???? How did I miss this??? I have been so busy lately.....

      What's going on?