Our Story and How you can help bring Caroline Home

OUR STORY

MADE IN CHINA
Several years ago God began working in each of our lives making a soft spot for adoption.  About two years ago (while pregnant with Luke) we started to seriously discuss the idea of adopting a child. This idea sounded totally crazy especially with the toddlers we already had and one more was on the way soon!  But we wrote it down in our journal that we would pray that our hearts and minds would open to the idea but honestly we were thinking let's just see how life with 3 goes first.  Over the past year lots of different things have come to us together and separately to start preparing us for this new adventure.  So the BIG announcement we are adding another little girlie our family this time from China!  We have found an agency we really like and have been accepted.  We are now currently in the middle of the paper chase stage and meeting with the social workers that will complete a home study. The paper chase is the stage where you run around like crazy to collect every document ever recorded about us and have it re-issued, notarized, and certified within a 6 month deadline due to various expiration dates on some of the documents.  This alone is overwhelming but God has already answered so many prayers in this area.  We are now slowing down and just waiting for some of the documents that we ordered to arrive. (4-6 weeks)

This label like most of the labels on everything we own I have for the most part ignored.  But all of a sudden each and every tag has a special meaning.  Especially through the eyes on my almost 6 year old.   To her joyful delight almost all of her toys are "Made in China" just like sister :)


Amazingly just like when you find out you are pregnant you start envisioning this sweet baby in your arms.  And as soon as we turned in our application the same thing happened we started to envision our little girl with sleek black hair completely beautiful the way God made her and we already miss her not knowing yet who she is.  

We named all of our children before we met them and couldn't help but to do the same with our new little girl.  Her name will be Caroline Joy (named 100% by her Daddy!)  She is more than likely just being born or already living in an orphanage.  From what we have researched the orphanages are not uniform in their care in any way.  We are so excited to have our daughter home but it will be a long time from now making pregnancy seem quick!  In the meantime we are praying earnestly for her safety, care, and that one of the workers in her orphanage will find a soft spot for Caroline to give her a little extra whether it be attention, picked up and held, clean diapers, or at least a smile.  We have already seen God start to provide for her adoption in some amazing and unexpected ways.  Please pray for us as we work our way through this paper chase stage and for Caroline.  We expect that our paper work will be complete and ready for China to receive this winter and then we will move to the referral stage where we will get a "match" for the girl that will be ours.  

Thank you all for your prayers as we step out and trust God for her!  This was a huge learning curve for us so if you have any questions please let me know and I'll try to answer as best as I can.

Grant and Julie







HOW YOU CAN BE A PART OF BRINGING CAROLINE HOME

EXCITING NEWS! We've decided to adopt a little girl from China!  We are over the moon about our latest addition.  And are so excited to welcome our Caroline Joy into our home, hearts, and lives.  We hope that you will join us on this journey to pray for her as she is waiting for a family somewhere in a China orphanage.  We have been working hard getting all of our documents together and finishing our home study.  Once that is complete we will move towards authenticating our paperwork so it will be ready to turn in to China.  We are applying for a child off the special needs waiting list.  Any child considered not "perfect" is on the waiting child list and that list is released monthly from China.  Please pray for us as the unknowns are scary that we will continue to trust God as He leads us.    
The cost of bringing her home will be about $38,000 in total.  We are saving, living frugally and plan to hold some fundraisers along the way in order to reach our goal.  Currently we still need to raise about $15,000.  We have started a fundraising account on Pure Charity for those who want to give a donation to help bring Caroline home.  We feel like God has asked us to grow our family by one more in this special way.  We can't wait to meet our daughter who God has picked out for us.  Please pray for her that she will have a care taker that looks out for her and that her medical needs will be attended to as much as possible.   
We appreciate every donation given to bring Caroline home and every prayer prayed for us and for her in this life changing transition.  Would you kindly consider making a donation? Also, please share our story with anyone who you think might want to be a part of Caroline's journey home.  
Thank you so much for being a part of our lives! 
Psalm 68:5 A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. God sets the lonely in families.
Click HERE for a link to give through our Pure Charity Website you will also find directions on how to send in a check if you would rather give that way.  Your gift will be considered eligible for a tax deduction.  Thank you for all who give every dollar helps :)

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