Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Matching Grant!

Adoption Grants & Loans

Where to start...

On Orphan Sunday back in November, our church started an adoption ministry through Lifesong for Orphans.

We were blessed to be the first family chosen to be a recipient of this ministry!  

We were asked to speak at all 3 services and share our story to and about Michael.  It was an incredible honor to share our God filled story.

Quite a few people came and spoke to us afterward and wanted to know more.  Not only about our story but about adoption in general and about adoptions from China!  God truly blessed not only us but I believe everyone who was there that day.

And here's how we were blessed!  Not only did we receive a $1000 "direct grant", but we also received a $1000 "matching grant"!

So what that means is, all funds donated to Lifesong on our behalf will be matched dollar for dollar up to $1000 giving us a possible total of $2000!  We also have already received $244 of that to be matched!

Amazing indeed!  And thanking God, our church and Lifesong for helping us bring Michael home!

If you would like to donate to our matching grant, there are a couple of different ways you can.

First by check:

Make checks payable to:

Lifesong for Orphans

Their mailing address is:

P.O. Box 40
Gridley, Il  61744

Be sure to note on the Memo line of your check:  For Cecil and Cathy W. #1704

The second way to donate is by clicking on the link below:

Click on the "Donate" button and this will take you to the Paypal screen.

In the Purpose box (top left), please be sure to type in:   

For Cecil and Cathy W. #1704

This is how Lifesong will know the donation is for our family.

Once again our family would like to thank you for supporting and blessing us to bring Michael home!

God Bless!


Sunday, March 27, 2011

And the winner is!...

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Congratulations Debby!

We would like to say thank you everyone that joined our giveaway and for blessing us to help bring Michael home!

We raised $91!!  We are so grateful for that $91, really!   Every little bit adds up and honestly, God showed up (yet again) for us.  You see, this morning we were behind and we ended just a few hours later, $91 ahead!  See how great God is!

We are still in awe and very humbled that friends and even those we don't know would be willing to donate to help bring our son home!

Thank you just doesn't seem like enough, but we are so so appreciative!

Also, we finally have an update on our Hip Mom Jewelry fundraiser we had in January.

We raised $108.00!!

Unfortunately, other than 2 people we know that ordered, there are those we don't know who you are.  But our gratefulness isn't any less appreciated!  So thank you for your support and for blessing us with your orders!!

So in the next day or two we will be announcing a great blessing bestowed upon us.

Thank you again and God Bless!


Wednesday, March 23, 2011

It's here!

We got word on Monday that our agency received our LOA!!!

We couldn't believe it!  Our LID (Log In Date) was 2/18 and here on 3/21 we have our LOA!

It was actually issued on 3/17.  Just 28 days after our LID!!!

Now let me back up a little bit and explain how it all went.  I wouldn't usually go into detail, but honestly it had God written all over it and I just have to share!

On Monday morning, I checked my email and there was one from our agency to the group saying they received 3 LOA's and 2 TA's.

I just knew we weren't one of the three since it was only a month after our LID.  In other words, it wasn't long enough.

Then the phone rang about 15 minutes after getting their email and my heart skipped a beat and it turned out to be someone else calling for my hubby.

So I got the kids breakfast ready and said prayers and asked God to please let our LOA come soon.

After getting the kids fed, I decided to tackle the paperwork that needed to be done for the next step for the adoption.  After all, I thought to myself, I might as well get it done, just in case our LOA comes next week.

So while I was working on the paperwork, I heard that another email came in, so I went to check it and it was from our caseworker at our agency sayng she wasn't able to have Fed Ex deliver a package to us over night, but we would have it Wednesday.

I thought, Fed Ex package?  What would they be sending us?  I mean after all we didn't get LOA.  

So when I scrolled down, there it read, our last name - LOA.

I jumped out of the chair and ran down the hall (to wake my sleeping husband who was home) screaming, "we got LOA!!!!!  "We got LOA!!!!!"

So I worked like a crazy woman getting the paperwork finished while we waited for our LOA to arrive!  2 whole days from the email date saying we got our LOA.

Today once the Fed Ex guy pulled into our drive way I was out the door with camera in hand.  :)  Poor Fed Ex guy, he had no idea what was about to happen.  :)

I asked if I could take a picture of him delivering our package and he was like, "um yeah, sure."  You know what I mean, with the sound in voice like okay this is weird.

So once I explained why I wanted his picture, he got a big smile on his face and said, "congratulations!"  "Why yes, you can take my picture." 

So here is the nice Fed Ex man letting me take his picture with our LOA.

Look at his smile  :)

And here's the coveted LOA!!  That means so much to parents that are adopting.

So all the paperwork that I was working on the last couple of days is finished and copied and is now on its way to various places it needs to go.

Thanking God for delivering our LOA so quickly and confirming one more time that we are supposed to bring Michael home!!


Wednesday, March 9, 2011

A special date!

We got news today that our LID is 2/18!!

What does this mean?  It means that it took only 7 days from when our dossier was received in China to be logged into their system!

What does it mean to be LID?  It means we can officially start counting down the days we are into the wait for our LOA (Letter of Acceptance)!!  We are on day 20, as of today 3/9, for our LOA!!

Looking at the time frames for others receiving their LOA from our agency, it's on average about 1 1/2 months to 2 months.

So we could possibly get our LOA at the end of this month?  We can only speculate we may get it sooner rather than later, but we ultimately know that is all in God's timing and we know one thing for sure, it WILL happen!!

So something as little as knowing our LID date is something very dear to us, because we know it's one more step down to bringing our sweet boy home!