Ok...I just adjusted the "goal" to $20, 861.00 This reflects the actual costs of the second trip (about $10,000 in total (ish)) minus some donations that had gone towards that amount...I am confident the with God leading in through this adoption HE will provide the means to cover the cost IN FULL!!!!! We are being faithful and working as hard as we possibly can!!!
Now that it is getting chilly it is time to think about fun hats I have quite a few already made feel free to come by and look thought them or send me a message about having one made or shipped (Due to the time parenting 7 children takes I may not be able to them super fast this year super sorry but the kiddos come first)...we are SO VERY CLOSE to paying this adoption off...I know for sure that God brought us to this point and will continue to guide us forward! Truth is such a gem of a little lady and we are blessed to have her hear!!!! Earning the rest of the money needed honestly feels a little silly now that she is here but I had to get on that plane and BRING TRUTH HOME so the travel expenses got charged on a credit card. Please join us in prayer that I would be able to follow closely to Jesus and not worry about the $$ part of this ;)
TRUTH IS HOME!!!!! She is such am amazing child! I she has slid into the rolls of "big sister", "daughter", "mommies helper", "friend", "Christ follower" very easily. She seems to love being home finally! and as we are very sure she misses her created family in Ethiopia we think she is adjusting well! We have dragged her to a couple outings to which she MUST think we are crazy ;) such as fireworks, dressing up as a cow for free food, and the movie theater! We could not be any happier. We also have found a unique blessing that came with Truths arrival...Everett's violence is currently GONE. PRAISE JESUS for this entire path! While we are home we are still going to be paying off this second trip to Ethiopia for a while. Please cover us in prayer for her continued bonding, that Truth knows that she is our daughter forever, and for the other 5 children and their relationships with each other, and for us to be able to pay off this second trip in a timely fashion...AMEN
AMAZING ANNOUNCEMENT!!! THE FIRST TRIP IS PAID IN FULL!!!!! Our tickets we purchased on a CC and then PAID IT OFF from all the AMAZING DONATIONS!!!! We have enough cash to pay for the hotel, transportation, vaccinations, and all the little "extras" that of course pop up!!! (like visas and extra paperwork and so on ;) )
THANK YOU THANK YOU for listening when God asked that His money be put towards helping to BRING TRUTH HOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!
We are BEYOND EXCITED that in about 115 hours we will MEET OUR OLDEST DAUGHTER! The daughter that God created when I was 15! The same time that Ryan and I met!!! It was almost like our world began at the same time!!!!
We would love your continued prayers for our trip and for the children that we are leaving at home. Prayer over my son Everett especially!
EXCITING NEWS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We have received word that Truth's first court date (without us) is March 29!!!! That is only 42 days away!!!!! After that date we will be given OUR COURT DATE!!!!!!! EEEEKKKK KEEP PRAYING!!!!!
41.23% towards goal AMAZING!!!!! Thank you to everyone who has given of your resources to help BRING TRUTH HOME!!!! As we near "the call" I am moved beyond words everytime I think of how we have been able to pay for the adoption in full and how close we are getting to paying for the first trip to Ethiopia!!!!!! I am very very excited by the number of friends and family who have said a GREAT BIG YES when God has asked you to give to Truth!!!! So once again THANK YOU!!!!! If there is anyone following who still does not believe in my Jesus keep watching as He brings His daughter into our family!!!
I have tried to find time to write this over and over again but for some reason :) I find myself very busy! I wanted to update here about why our adoption seemed to take a rather long "pause". We were matched with our daughter Truth on April 1 2011 we were THRILLED to have been matched sooooooo quickly all the paperwork was flying by everyhing looked to be falling in line for a really quick adoption! June 1 2011 (which was 1 year to the day that I had had a miscarriage) we discovered that we were pregnant! The range of emotions I honestly cannot discribe...from excited to scared to overwhelmed to blessed!!!! In August when we had our ultrasound and were sure that this little one was chugging along we told our agency caseworker at WACAP...the staff at WACAP decided to stop the adoption of Truth due to the pregnancy. WE WERE DEVESTATED...This was OUR daughter that God had asked us to raise for him and an agency built a wall between us and her because of a new life. I felt completely alone even my close friends were no help in easing the pain of loosing Truth they did not understand. The agency told us that if we were still interested in adopting then we could re-apply when the baby was 6 months old. The pregnancy progressed and so did my desire to be Truths mother...I felt the need to hide a lot of my emotions becase they were not well received I had may nights that I cried myself to sleep or paced the house. We discovered that we were expecting a GIRL which Ryan was thrilled about and I wanted to run away. The comments of "well now you are getting your girl" "see God IS giving you a daughter just not the one you thought" were at the begining of too many conversations. It was as if no one truly understood that I was greiving the loss of Truth and would not accept a replacement! God had said to Ryan "Go to Ethiopia and bring home your daughter" and I am SURE the a baby in my belly is NOT from Ethiopia!!!!! In late December I started to feel strange, very run down sick like, I could not catch my breath and just talking was exhausting...but I am Dani and need to wear the strong face so I would mention it to the Drs but did not share with many others...I was at the Drs over and over and over again telling them something was WRONG!!! I had even spent a day in the hospital being observed but they did not find anything. Sunday January 15 2012 I was sitting in church listening to Jason preach and kept having a stabbing pain in my chest I told myself over and over that if it happened again I would leave and call the Dr and when it would happen I would say if it happens again...until finally I got up and called they asked that I come straight the the hospital where they did a CAT scan and found that I had a pulmonary embolism, a PE. For those of you why do not know a PE is a blood clot in your lung, about 60,000 people die of this every year. The Drs did not know what to do, they told Ryan and I that with what my CAT scan looked like they were shocked that I was still walking around and that Ryan is "lucky" that I did not drop dead...now we all know this was NOT LUCK ;)...This started a 10 day journey to the birth of the MOST JOYFILLED baby I have ever met!!! The hospital stay was trying and there were many unknowns but one thing that was for sure was that I was NEVER ALONE Jesus was there the WHOLE time! They induced me and it was the most pain I had ever felt (no pain managment due to being on a blood thinner) BUT labor really only lasted about 2 hours with 8 mins of pushing!!!! Sweet Baby Selah is an amazing addition to our home! When Selah turned 1 month I contacted WACAP and let them know that we were still interested in adoption BUT only Truth...they again said we needed to wait until Selah was 6 months and that it was unlikly that we would be aproved for Truth...At 5 months old I contacted them again and warned them ;) that there was only 1 MONTH LEFT until Selah was 6 months old and that we were COMING FOR TRUTH!!!!! We actually received a VERY EXCITING PHONE CALL!!!!!! Explaining that the woman who was "against" our adoption was no longer in that position (OUR MOUNTIAN HAD BEEN MOVED OUR WALL KNOCKED DOWN!) The new woman in that position wanted to chat with me by phone, that conversations was AMAZING! She said that she was confident that we were the family for Truth and that we could BEGIN THE PROCESS NOW!!!!! EEEEKKKK We were rematched with Truth this past fall and the rest of the story is yet to be written!!! We look forward to meeting Truth and someday sharing this AMAZING JOURNEY TO TRUTH with her!!!
FYI "Dani Pay Check..." as listed in the donation line is when I deposit a pay check into the adoption account. I work very part time, though God has been providing more and more work!!! Ryan and I decided that ALL the money I make goes straight to the adoption!!!! So our prayer is that "Money pour down like rain" to bring home our daughter and help other children from the "Happy House" at Fields of Promise find families!!!! Some great friends help me with some of my odd jobs from time to time and I want them to know how greatful I am to them...Thanks Megan E, Amy R, and Beth H for giving of your time to help Bring Truth Home!!!!
For everyone who has given so far I have found a way to add them to this site :) I am very excited about that...I want everyone to see how God provides when you do something He asks of you...Gotta love my Jesus!!!!!
I am raising money for...The expenses that go hand in hand with adoption. We have been matched with a wonderful 11 year old girl we are calling "Truth". My Husband and I currently have 5 children at home with us. They are 6, 5, 4, 3 and 1...three of our children have entered our family through adoption and two through birth. We feel honored that our Lord and Savior had trusted us with so many of His little ones and are amazed each time He asks us to care for another! We love the trials and joys that come with each child. We feel as if with each adoption we not only adopt a child but a family, history, and culture! Our daughter is currently in Ethiopia and is in need of medical attention! We will be able to provide for her once she is home and are asking Gods people to help with the expense of that transition.
The money collected will go towards...The travel expenses to Ethiopia. We need to travel two times and depending on airfare we could be looking at 2,200 per person per trip=8,800 total in airfare...the in country expenses will be around $1,100 each trip=2,200...just for the trips to adopt and then later pick up our daughter!! We will also be traveling back to her home to day goodbye to family and friends.
Supporters can also help by...PRAYING...our daughter is living in a home with other children who are as sick as she is and NEED homes!! If you are interested in following our journey you can through our blog www.fasnachtgang.blogspot.com.
Our daughter is just one of many children needing a family...she knows that she is "unwanted" in the eyes of her community due to her illness, please pray that she knows that she is fearfully and wonderfully made by Father who loves her through all!!!
Those of you who may not "believe in" supporting adoption or believe that we should pay it all on our own...please do not donate, but please take a good look at your life and see where you could be the change this world so needs!
I pray that eveyone who reads this is covered by Gods Grace, and I pray that He burdens you with the pain He feels for these little souls! I pray that the pain will not leave you until you say yes to God and care for the "homeless and the Loveless" James 1:27...Amen
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