Archive - February 2013

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Crazy Love is at an End, but the real Crazy Love is just beginning
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10 days left! Show some Big Love for Lola!
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Love Big Shirt Now Available in Youth Sizes!
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In the details
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1907 Apparel and Lola

Crazy Love is at an End, but the real Crazy Love is just beginning

Today marks the LAST day of our amazing opportunity to raise funds with Project 615 and 1907 Apparel. The “Crazy Love” campaign for Lola has been so much fun and gone so fast all at the same time. I’m still waking up in the morning, rubbing my eyes and thinking… what did I do to deserve such kindness. From people I know and don’t know.

It’s pretty exciting to see people come together for the good of a child.

It’s overwhelming to be reminded that God will seek and pursue us no matter where we are.

So this is it! The last day of 7%, the last day of Love Big shirts.

But only the beginning of Crazy Love for my beautiful daughter. Not just my love, but a lot that stretches through the hearts of many and straight up to the Creator of it all.

10 days left! Show some Big Love for Lola!

It has been so fun to watch friends, family and even those we haven’t met support our adoption through purchasing Love Big shirts. We just want to say we Love YOU BIG! We have 10 days left of our partnership and would be so grateful if you would either purchase a shirt or spread the word!

Two Options:

Order from 1907 Apparel (youth sizes available @1907)

Order from Project 615

discount code 615 gets you free shipping!

Love Big Shirt Now Available in Youth Sizes!

Hey ya’ll! The Love Big shirt is now available in Youth unisex sizing S-L. You can purchase the shirt on 1907 Apparel’s website or in-store. The cost is $18 and the design is printed on a quality 65% polyester/35% cotton fine knit jersey t-shirt.

Here is a pic of Charlotte modeling the size small. She is 3 so it’s still a little big, but super fun for a night shirt! It fits Elliott but he wasn’t into modeling. 🙂

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In the details

It’s no secret that adoption is expensive. We built-by-adoption families talk about it all the time. Many of you probably wish we would stop talking about it all the time. Unfortunately it’s just part of the territory and sadly it’s the reason many families are not able to adopt. I admit, it’s seriously daunting to look at the fee sheet for an international adoption. For us, adoption costs more than I make in a year, combine that with three kids in childcare and ministry jobs… yeah, I don’t need to make my case any further. It’s pretty evident, we are just a normal family. When God led us to the China Special Needs program only a few months after completing Liam’s adoption I hesitated briefly, wondering if we could possibly fund another adoption in such a short time. I thought surely Calvin, the one who makes sense of our bank account, would encourage waiting a bit longer. But no, he was in. There were no excuses and one thousand good reasons to begin the adoption process again. And so… we did.

We wrote many large checks from personal funds or little things we could sell, almost hesitant to launch any fundraisers or ask for donations. I mean, we did just fund-raise for an adoption last year. Would people start to block us on Facebook?? I began to realize, by doing simple math, that this just wasn’t going to happen unless hearts were moved to help us. So slowly but surely we waded back into the fundraising waters, we sold beads and Christmas ornaments from Uganda, had a garage sale, sold some stuff on Ebay and became the recipients of donations made directly to our agency. By the time we turned our dossier in we had paid, through personal funds and fund-raisers, half of our adoption expenses. Huge progress! But still quite a mountain to go. And that’s when we saw Lola for the first time. Things got real very quickly and God confirmed everything we had been working for and feeling in the months prior. This was all about her and He was going to figure out the details. Sometimes the signs are so obvious it boggles your mind and leaves you standing dumbstruck at the feet of God the Father.

Sign 1: When we submitted our dossier to our agency we had not yet locked Lola’s referral. Therefore the translation and service fee was $1200. However, we DID lock Lola’s referral before AWAA sent the dossier to China.

Lola’s age was a few months out of our approved age group on our home study. We had to amend our 1-800A application to reflect this change to the tune of $380 dollars. I got an email the day our dossier was sent to China stating that because we had a referral when our dossier was sent to China we would be refunded… $380.

Sign 2: Our home study addendum, to change our approved age parameters, cost $180. Yesterday, at 1907 Apparel, an art piece was sold with all proceeds going towards Lola’s adoption. Selling price? $180.

Yes, I sighed heavily when I was told we had to come up with more money to change our approved parameters, yes this $180 and $380 was on top of the already $15000-$16000 we have left to raise. Yes. I wrote the checks.

And then… the money came in, the checks were covered. The math makes sense and doesn’t make sense all at the same time.

God gently reminded me that He is in the details of Lola’s story. He reminded me that He is the orchestrator of the Heavens and money means nothing to him. And finally God reminded me that He is in the details. Always.

1907 Apparel and Lola

1907 Apparel in Nashville is partnering with our family to raise money toward Lola’s adoption. During the month of February 7% of their profits will be given to Lola’s fund. In addition, they have created the “Love Big” shirt with Project 615 , a Nashville based t-shirt company that employs formerly homeless men. 100% of the “Love Big” t-shirt profits go directly to Lola’s adoption fund.

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The t-shirt is available online, in-stores and you can even order over the phone by calling (615) 509-0795 If all else fails you can leave a message on their facebook page to order. 1907 Apparel is also hosting a special on-site event with the Cupcake Collection on February 10th from 12-3. The Cupcake Collection is even donating a portion of sales toward Lola’s fund! We will be there that day and encourage you to come visit, and check out this amazing, big-hearted store.

We are so thankful for our friends over at 1907. We are humbled and amazed as people step up for Lola and our family in BIG ways. We are blessed. I encourage you to help us say thanks by liking their facebook page. Check out what they have to offer, everything product in their store gives back! That’s my kind of store.

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