I was looking at the Penny Jar Project funds and got excited about the jars coming in. Just in the past four months we have raised over $ 1700.oo with pennies! That is pretty cool! We only need about $17,000.00 more (not including travel costs). We have raised over $5000 so far. We are applying for grants and working on some fundraising events for next year. We want to say thank you to everyone who has donated a "jar" or two or lots more. We appreciate you all more than you could ever know. We know God will provide every penny that is needed for our kids to come home. THANKS EVERYONE!
Also, I realized that it has been one year since we started our adoption process. We applied for our adoption through Gladney in December. We decided to adopt in November of last year. I can't believe how fast time goes by. We will have our babies in our arms before we know it. We can't wait! I think about them every single day; how old will they be, girls or boys, what will they look like, are they ready for us to come get them, am I ready for four kids, how will they adapt to our family, and so many other thoughts. Every single thing I do during the day I think about doing it with four kids. I can't wait!
Well, that is all for today. I have four kids over my house right now (good practice) and need to get off the computer. :)
The first video was about attachment and bonding. It was interesting and informative because we will be going through that soon, I hope. I do pray that our kids will bond with our family quickly and without much trouble. But, I would be silly to think there would not be some struggle in the process. On the video they make you take an "adult attachment" quiz. I praise the Lord for my mom who loves me the way she does and therefore I don't have a problem with attachment. And I think my kids have a very healthy love in our home already.
We have been waiting one month now. It flew by so fast. Ever since we have been placed on the official waiting list for our adoption I can't stop thinking about that phone call that could come at any time. Although, I have been so busy that this month really did go fast and it made me realize how fast this time will go by just waiting. I am also reminded that God is in complete control of the time that is perfect for us to bring our kids home. I constantly think about the details and possibilities: what ages the kids might be, where they are right now and what are they doing, what they will look like, will they be boys or girls, are they ready for their forever family to come and bring them home, are they happy and safe, will they understand our language or speak it...so many questions going through my mind all day long. The kids talk about their brothers/sisters all the time also. They can't wait! But, for now, it is like being pregnant and dreaming of the day they arrive. We need this time to prepare for them to come home, finish all the details of the adoption process and raise the funds to complete the adoption. Our plan is to take Sophia and Silas with us to Ethiopia when we pick up the kids, so we are trying to raise enough money for that too. My mom might try to come also and help us with our 4 children while in Ethiopia.
"I will not leave you as orphans, I will come to you." John 14:18
God did not leave us as orphans, He adopted me and my family into His kingdom as His children. Therefore, we are adopting our children into our family so they may be adopted into His kingdom one day. What a blessing it is to be walking with the Lord in His journey!
Silas Jaxon is my handsome little man. He will be 6 years old next month. Wow!
My kids are just getting too big. These are the picture we took one day when they got some new school clothes for their birthdays. We just said these would be the "school pictures" this year. I will be taking more later this fall.
Like all families considering adoption, the daunting question of finances loomed over Toni and I like an impending storm cloud. There was never much conversation about whether we could afford $25,000 or not. In fact, the only sound you would’ve heard when that amount was mentioned was a collective snicker. And yet, we knew God had led us to this decision. I began researching all of the possible financial aids. Grants. Loans. Credit Cards. Tax Credits. There are many great organizations ready to assist families looking to adopt once the home study is complete. So I bookmarked the sites that I would eventually come back to and we waited for our home study…
I should mention here that I have an entrepreneurial spirit. At least that’s what I would call it. My wife would just call me a hopeless dreamer. But somewhere between the bookmarks and the home study, probably over a good cup of coffee, I got the idea to start filling Penny Jars. I know… genius, right?
The Penny Jar Project was birthed from a desire to include our children in the financial process. We pray as a family every night for the adoption. Sophia and Silas pray this prayer; “God, we pray for the adoption; for the kids, for the paperwork, for their salvations and purity, and for the money.” Sincere as it is, it occurred to me that they had no idea how much money it would cost, or the sacrifices it would take unless they too contributed. Hence the penny jars. My recollection of past penny jars was that a full jar equated to approximately ten dollars. Unless of course your whole jar was full of bills, in which case you were much better at saving than I.
So… $25,000.00 / $10.00 = 2,500 jars… Suddenly the ugly, grey storm cloud that loomed began to seem less intimidating. 2,500 jars are attainable. Not simply by my family, of course. This would require the collaboration of many. Those we already know, and hopefully many more that we don’t. Compassionate people with a heart for helping children. Children who, unfortunately, face nearly insurmountable odds to merely survive past the age of five without being rescued. People that can spare their loose change or small bills for a month or two. Friends who believe with us, that ten dollars is a small sacrifice to save a life. Friends desiring to share in our journey to adoption.
2500 friends to be more specific. Friends that we have affectionately termed, “Jarheads”.
So, here's what you do...
1 / Fill it! Pick a jar from home and fill it.
2 / Snap it! When it's full, take a picture of yourself (or family) with your jar and upload it to www.pennyjarproject.com.
3 / Give it! Then count the change and donate that amount via paypal.
Thanks. The Kingsbury's
Our Angels in Africa Fundraiser
Adoption Yard Sale / Bake Sale and more...
When: May 15-16
Where: 512 Tyler Ct. White House, TN
(Mike and Marilyn Kingsbury's home)
What Time: 8-4
Thank you to everyone who has already donated (even some from Michigan). We will have all kinds of items and some great baked goods also. The kids will be doing a lemonade stand too. If anyone else has anything they want to donate please email me at email@example.com . I will be bringing some things from Oklahoma with me too. I will fit as much as I can in my van. For those in Oklahoma, I will be having a yard sale at our new house too if you want to donate. Thanks again for everyone's help. And, if you would like to help in any way we will need LOTS of hands to help! Please come out and help us bring our babies home from Ethiopia.
We have leaves and snow on the trees at the same time...
Sophia had some friends over last night and they wanted to play outside. They got so wet fast!
Well, we had fun in our Thunder-Snow today!
So far, Chester (our cat) sniffed him out and then has left him alone. Lucy (our dog) doesn't care.
She is so proud of little Fluffy. He is about 4 weeks old. They say he could live about 7 years. I never had one live that long. But, she is planning the next 7 years out with Fluffy. So cute!
"I'm taking appointments for photo shoots of families, couples & children, etc. from Spring thru Fall 2009. $100 for 1 to 2 hours at a park or my backyard gardens, with change of clothing if desired. You will receive 1 or 2 CD's with 100 to 200+ digital photographs, some enhanced with special effects. 100% of the cost will go towards a fund raiser to help my daughter and her family adopt a child (or two children) from Ethiopia. There is a sample album uploaded, that includes pictures of Toni & Scott and their children, Sophia (7) and Silas (5). Please help me to help them bring their precious child(ren) home from Africa. Contact me on FB (Nancy Rudnik) or email for an appointment. I'm looking forward to working with you. May God bless you.More photos and information on my Kodak website - http://www.kodakgallery.com/nansplace ."
So, if you live in Michigan and want your pictures done, here is a great way to help us too. Even if you don't live by her, you can still enjoy many pictures of my family on her website. She is very talented and loves what she does. Here are some samples:
Also, on a conference call today with the Ethiopian team at Gladney I learned a few things. The wait time for our home study paperwork to be completed will be 4-8 weeks after the actual study. Then there are still many other details that need to be in place before we are placed on a waiting list. And, once we are on a waiting list the wait is about 6 months average right now in Ethiopia. Then when we accept a referral it is another 4-6 months before we can bring the child/children home. This puts this into a little more of a "real time" for all of us. I just wanted to share that with all of you. We pray daily for these children and can't wait to meet them.