In our last two adoption processes, elbow grease has been a large part of bringing our kids home. That’s not a problem, as we refuse to allow the expense of adoption keep us from stepping forward. The fact of the matter is, many people would love to adopt but sometimes feel it is too out of reach. I understand that fear, and it has been a major walk of faith for us to bring kids home through adoption. So many people would love to adopt but are left astounded at the expense involved. They may feel they could provide a loving home to kids and know they could provide for them, but might not necessarily have $30,000 sitting in the bank waiting on whatever. (If you have any questions about the expense of adoption, please email me. I’d love to help bring understanding about why adoption costs so much- and also, why it’s beyond worth it.) That’s why I find joy in being super transparent about this part of adopting domestically or internationally. I want people to see that there is no barrier God will not cross to place the orphan in a family. It doesn’t hurt me one iota to express the beautiful ways God provides for adoption, bit by bit. God alone has done the miracles as we have been obedient to step out. We have always done our best to work and make things that people might already be buying or like and put our hands to the plow. There have been hundreds of scarves and aprons made. There have been lots of candles and soap and jewelry made. We have cleaned up and sold scrap iron, sold t-shirts, picked up hundreds of pounds of pecans by hand with family, sold things we really didn’t need like extra guitars, cars and campers. We have had garage sales, and chicken dinner sales. People have given to us and organized fundraisers on our behalf, which we have been so humbled and blessed by. We have tightened our budget and found fun things to do as a family that are free or virtually free. We have tightened our living expenses and groceries by choosing cheaper meals and outings. Over and over again, as we have said yes to the call to adopt, we have watched God work the miracles.
Our home is currently for sale and it is our prayer that we will be able to meet the expense of this adoption process through selling it. We do not know fully how God plans to pay for this adoption, but we are grateful He does know and we will rest in that. Right now, as we have been waiting for our home to sell I have been praying for God to open my eyes to something I could do to help out with the expenses we are now facing until that happens. It hit me a few days ago that I could make a soy-blend candle and soap that is solely for the adoption process through the business I co-own with my superific friend, Denae Hula. This candle and soap are made up of oils native/common to Ch*na. A truly refreshing, clean aroma with top notes of fresh rose petals, middle notes of wisteria and cyclamen, and bottom notes of sandalwood and vanilla. All proceeds from this candle and soap will go toward bringing Chapel home. The 12 oz soy-blend candles are $15 and the 5 oz sweet almond oil soaps are $5 each. I will happily deliver these to locals and will soon have them listed in the shop section here. Until then, if you’d like to order you can simply send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and specify what you’d like. Shipping costs have recently gone up extensively for us, unfortunately. Shipping for 1 soap will be $3.50 and shipping for two soaps or a candle and soap will be $7. 2 candles- $10 shipping. $10 shipping is the maximum shipping expense if you exceed that number of candles or soap. This is a pre-order. I will not send out invoices for the candles or soap until I hit a minimum of 10 of each. Turn around should be about 2 1/2 weeks as I get these made up! I think this scent will be a hit!! 🙂
And speaking of sweet little Chapel, we received some new photos of her! <3
Her little mouth…be still my heart.
These photos seriously make us so eager to get this sweetie home. That part is tough. We are happy to see that she is sitting up now and also has gained a couple of pounds!
We will send her a care package through our agency in the next couple of weeks. We can send a variety of different toys, books, or clothing to her. It feels like an ever so slight connection, but we are still thankful for it, no matter how small.