Our Blessed Life

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Storytellin' & Fantastic News!

Okay, I have to admit I am more than a little excited about this!!!  Two bits of news I am bursting to share!

First, for those of you who haven't already heard via Facebook, or in person, we received an email late Friday afternoon... Kirk & Lori's country voted on Friday to OPEN ADOPTION PROCEEDINGS back up.  It will be made official this week, and that means that (I quote from the email) "you should be getting a travel date in coming weeks."


So, instead of being delayed for 3 months, it looks like we might possibly be traveling by the end of this month!  When I read the email I almost jumped, squealed, cried and panicked all at once.  (Okay, maybe I did do all of those things... just a little bit.)

What this means is that we are now full-force fundraising.  We basically have to be ready to get on a plane, and we are not at our fundraising goal just yet.

Tons of friends are stepping up and helping us throw a HUGE garage sale at our church this coming weekend, and I am ridiculously excited about that - the opportunity to purge items from my house/attic/garage, and work to bring my kiddos home! I cannot think of a better way to spend my weekend.

But it's likely that even after this weekend, we will not yet be fully funded, so we have a few more tricks up our proverbial sleeve...

Which brings me to my second piece of news I'm bursting to share...

I wrote a Book!

Well, technically, it's an eBook, as no publishers have been scrambling to sign me up, as of late...

And technically, I suppose it's an eBooklet, since it's short & sweet, and an easy read.  Here's the scoop...

A few years ago, as we were going through the girls' bedtime routine, I was sitting on one of their toddler beds, and we were telling them a Bible story, as had become our habit.  And I felt the Lord clearly lay an idea on my heart.  This will happen from time to time - the Lord will speak to me about writing something, and it gets added to an ever-growing list of works-in-progress in my head (and on my iMac.)

I think it was the very next day I sat down to begin writing Tell Me A Story, in which I share how our family came about telling Bible stories to our girls, and how that has become a cornerstone in how we disciple our children.  I felt the Lord laid on my heart that this would be a useful tool in helping other parents - especially busy, working parents  - teach the Bible to their children as well.

The little book lay almost complete on my faithful external hard drive for over a year.  There was something just keeping me from finishing.  But just in the past few months, the Lord revived the project in my heart and mind again.

So now, for anyone who would like to make a small donation towards our adoption, you can 'purchase' the Tell Me A Story eBooklet straight from our blog.  At the top right corner of our blog (above our family picture), you can click the 'Add to Cart' button and set your own 'price.'  

So... I think this is an exciting way to start off the week, don't you?  Would you help us spread the word?

Stay tuned for Jeff's next installment of The Day We Met.  (I think he's having fun with it.)

'Night Ya'll!


  • At 7:30 AM, Blogger Hannah Andrews said…

    Yay! I'm so excited!

  • At 12:17 PM, Blogger Jessica said…

    I'm bursting with excitement too!!! I'm so excited that I dreamed about Kirk and Lori's orphanage last night. lol I dreamed that I was with you on the day you met them. Wishful thinking, right?! lol Praying for you guys still and so very very very happy for you!


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