Thursday, June 5, 2014

Keep the Change for Lance

*It's Natalie the blog hijacker again.  Hosting another fundraiser for Laurence and his family.  

One of the hardest parts about being an adoptive parent is not being with your child for the milestones---birthdays, holidays, first day of school, first loose tooth.  July 5th is Laurence's 13th birthday.  That's usually a scary birthday for orphans in his country since it means they only have one year left to find a forever family.  But Laurence can celebrate this year---his mom is on the way!!  And, with your help, his mom can celebrate that day, too.    

Keep the Change!


From June 5th to July 5th.  

It's pretty simple:

*Find a container--it doesn't have to be anything fancy--an empty cup, an empty jar, a bucket...whatever you have. (You can grab a picture of Laurence from his Reece's Rainbow page if you'd like.)

*Put the container in a visible place in your home---next to your purse, on the kitchen counter, on your dresser.  You could also consider putting it in your office or work space.  What a great conversation starter!

*At the end of the day, empty all the change from your pockets and wallet into the container. Say a prayer that Laurence will be celebrated on his birthday and know that he is loved.

*On Saturday, July 5th (Laurence's birthday), take your container to the bank and cash it in.  (Or sometime around then since it's a holiday weekend.) 

*Deposit the money into Laurence's FSP on Reece's Rainbow.

This is a very simple way for all of us to bless Laurence and his family on his birthday--even they can't celebrate together.  (Can you imagine how fun it will be for his mom to watch his grant grow on his birthday?) 

I have a jar of change that I've been saving since my adoption ended. I can't wait to cash it in and see what's in it.

If you want to participate, leave me a comment here and let me know!  I'll keep a running list of people who have agreed to pray for and bless Laurence and his famiy during the month leading up to his birthday.

So, start looking for the perfect container.

Participants:
Natalie 


Friday, April 25, 2014

Update on Lance

I am ALMOST done with my homestudy.  Just when I think I am done, there is just one more thing that I need to do.  My homestudy agency sent me to classes, then when I gave the certificates to my adoption agency, I was told that the hours don't count because they are not Hague approved.  There is so much to learn in this process!  So, I am going to try to get these classes done ASAP. 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Avon Sale

It's Natalie again.  Since I helped Kathleen set up her blog, I figure I can hijack it any time I want.  (Sounds fair to me!)  


I've been looking for ways to help adopting families since I completed my own adoption.  I love knitting and will keep doing so but it doesn't make a ton of money in the spring and summer.  So, I've decided to sell Avon online.  I have no interest in selling in person or going door-to-door.  I just want to organize online parties for adopting families.

My first family is Laurence's family.  The commission from any purchases made from my site during the month of April will go to his family.  You don't need a special code or anything.  Just make a purchase!

Laurence's family currently has a matching grant through a local church.  That means, my commission donation will be doubled!!  40 to 80% of the price of your purchase will end up going to help this family!!  And, you still get a great product.

Summer is coming.  We all need to stock up on sunblock and bug spray!

Please pass this link on to your friends and family.  Who doesn't want to help someone while buying things they already need?


~Natalie

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Lance wanted to send us this pic

We sent Lance a photo book of our family.  Shortly after, Lance wanted pictures sent to us so we can see him "right away".  This is one of the pictures that he took.   I am told that he asks every day when his mom is coming to pick him up.  So sweet!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Lance at Bring Me Hope Camp


Check out this slideshow from Bring Me Hope Camp.  This is run by volunteers who help children from orphanages and poor areas experience fun, love and healing at summer camp in China.  Lance is in several of these pictures in this slideshow.  He had so much fun!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Family Warrior

This is Natalie.  I've hijacked the blog for a quick post.

I have officially decided to be the Family Warrior for Lance/Laurence through Reece's Rainbow.  That means that I've agreed to walk along side this great family and help them fund raise, pray for them, and encourage them.  Since I walked down this road a year ago, I have some idea what it's like.  My daughter has a different disability and is from a different country but I understand some of the stresses, fears, joys, and excitements that come with international adoption.

I wrote a blog post about Laurence's amazing family on my blog.  Stop by and check it out.  There are some practical ways listed that you can help this family in their beginning steps.

The most practical way you can help is prayer!  So many details have to fall into place behind the scenes for an international adoption to come together.  Pray for Laurence, his mom, everyone who handles his file, those in government positions, EVERYONE!

Thank you for helping support this family!  I can't wait to see what the future holds for them!

*Natalie