As I write this latest blog post, my heart is just bursting with joy. I am so unbelievably overwhelmed by the beautiful outpouring of love that was just recently shown to my family ~ specifically to Felix!! It further validates us, a family that has been built through adoption! It tells us that, YES, many of you trust us and support us in answering the call The Lord has set before us. You have given us a sure-footed reminder that, with Christ, all things are possible! Most importantly, you have reaffirmed that when God promises you something, HE WILL FOLLOW THROUGH!
Last night our t-shirt fundraiser through Bonfire Funds ended, after three weeks, at exactly 11:59 CST (believe me, I was diligently watching until the end!). When it was all said and done, we ended up selling 69 t-shirts & hoodies and raising $1040!!! Did you catch that?!?
69 t-shirts & hoodies and raising $1040!!!
Even after I have written it in bigger, bolder, and red font, I am still amazed! I am not so much amazed at the number or the amount of money as I am at the amount of love that went into every single dollar ~ no ~ that went into every single penny. Our God moved mountains so that the world could see that His children, His precious orphans, deserve the love of a forever family. They are worthy and they are capable of so much more!
David and I will never get over the fact of how blessed we are that He would choose us to Go! And, we will never get over the fact of how blessed we are that so many of our wonderful friends and family are choosing to GO! with us by trusting us enough to lend their support. Our adoption support is not just through money. Our adoption support is through prayer, love, the acceptance of our children, encouragement, comforting words, the sharing & re-telling of our story, the lending of a helping hand (figuratively & physically), the lending of a shoulder to cry on when things get rough or overwhelming. I could go on and on about how support has manifested itself to us. You see, every ounce of this support has been what it took to build our family and what it took to make our beautiful precious Copeland, Silas, Teague, Trenton, Maclayne, and soon-to-be Felix An Orphan No More!!
As promised, and in being good stewards to the money that our donors have entrusted us with, this is the breakdown of how the $1040 will be spent for Felix’s US Homeland Security adoption fees:
$720 ~ USCIS Application form fees
$ 85 ~ David’s biometric fees
$ 85 ~ my biometric fees
$150 ~ towards Felix’s $215 in-country medical exam fee
Finally, David and I would like to thank the following people who have donated to Felix’s adoption fund through our t-shirt & hoodie fundraiser:
Linda Wade ~ TX Anonymous ~ TX
Ginger Lambert ~ TX Barbara Balthrop ~ TX
Jeri Newman ~ TX Shirley Bowman ~ TX
Heather Farester ~ VA Laura Homan ~ TX
Sherri Hamby ~ TX Beth Brennan ~ TX
Cindy Cregar ~ MD Kelsey Cregar ~ MD
Anonymous ~ TX April Jurisch ~ TX
Brenda Baswell ~ AL Clydene Moore ~ TX
Peggy McAdams ~ TX Kayla Groen
Danni & Rhaya Edison ~ TX Kristen Abel ~ TX
Mistie Sutko ~ TX Dandy Fleming ~ TX
Colleen Salinas ~ TX Sandra Lizcano ~ LA
Katy Pyle ~ LA Ann Lee ~ TX
Stacie Lee Mercer ~ TX Charlette Flowers ~ TX
Carol Miller ~ NC Anonymous ~ TX
Mary Anne McCartney ~ TX Colleen Krizak ~ TX
Rhonda Jackson ~ TX Heather Woodall ~ TX
Heather Johnson ~ TX Reby Lawler ~ TX
Anonymous ~ TX Cordelia (Cordie) Everman ~ TN
Shirley Massey ~ TX Keshia Melton ~ New Zealand
Wesley Barnett ~ MS
Wesley Barnett ~ MS
The fees above are being paid for because each of you willingly chose to love Felix and each of you wanted to give him the chance that every child deserves: the chance to be loved and supported by a forever family and countless friends. For that, our wonderful friends, we are forever humbled and blessed! Thank you!
8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I. Send me!”