Edited: Good News & More to Come!

12 Oct

Good news! We have been matched yesterday with a baby girl who was born premature on 9/28. Heather’s traveling to visit her @ hospital tonight through the weekend. We are still short $13,255 for placing agency fees which are due a.s.a.p. To give, check out our Lifesong link & make a tax-deductible gift of any size through paypal or check. Please pray for us and for the health of our baby girl!( Update: My brain is a little scattered from making last minute plans for travel…I had to change my figures I posted this morning. Please forgive my goof….I’ve got a baby on my brain 🙂

https://brandtadoption.wordpress.com/make-tax-deductible-gifts/

 

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Update

11 Oct

We are weird by American standards… we don’t have cable or satellite television….our current TV is one of those regular heavy TVs not a LCD or flat screen model…Colin doesn’t know  most of the kids’ TV shows unless it is one he’s seen on PBS and most days we don’t pick up the signals for PBS…We make our own laundry detergent…We drive older model cars…We have date nights at home these days…We live pretty frugally so that we can save for our adoption and so that I can stay with Colin at home where we believe he needs me right now….

Our family  is more about memories of spending time together together playing outside, playing music together, reading books and acting silly.  Colin recently decided to start decorating his baby sister’s room with some of his drawings.  He got out tape and put up several pictures in her room.  Doesn’t he look proud of his work (in the photo)?

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We feel led to adopt our daughter just as we felt led to adopt Colin a few years ago and we are excited at how God has called us to trust in His plans for our family and His perfect timing.  Would we like to have our little girl home before Christmas?  You betcha!  But if it doesn’t happen, we will still trust in God’s plan and we will not lose hope.

We haven’t had any more gifts given to our adoption fund with Lifesong so we are extending our deadline to the end of November.   You can click on the Lifesong or Tax-Deductible Link/tab to make a gift of any size.

Please pray that God will remove any obstacles between us and our future daughter and that He will give us wisdom to recognize her when she is revealed.

Thanks for stopping by,

Heather & Alan

Link Love….

2 Oct

Today, I’m sharing some links that I think are worth checking out!

Mary Ostyn, an adoptive mama who blogs at Owlhaven, recently blogged about her experience at the Together for Adoption ConferenceKaren Purvis, who is absolutely my favorite adoption parenting expert, spoke at the conference. 

Visit the blog postings to get a glimpse of what is being presented at the conference.  If you haven’t read  Purvis’ The Connected Child: Bring hope and healing to your adoptive family, please do check it out or buy a copy soon.  As a former school teacher, I think it even has relevance for those in the education field. 

Here are the posts from Ostyn’s blog which summarize some of the sessions she attended at the conference:

“Parents on a Healing Journey”

Karen Purvis:  Real Hope for Help & Healing

Adoption Support & Training in the Church

Another blog posting I’d like to share is one I read awhile back on transracial parenting and racial issues.  It is a reposting of an interview with Thabiti Anyabwile, pastor of First Baptist Church of Grand Cayman.

Check out the inteview with Anyabwile :http://www.carolinahopeadoption.org/blog/archives/63/

Heather

Link Love….

2 Oct

Today, I’m sharing some links that I think are worth checking out!

Mary Ostyn, an adoptive mama who blogs at Owlhaven, recently blogged about her experience at the Together for Adoption ConferenceKaren Purvis, who is absolutely my favorite adoption parenting expert, spoke at the conference. 

Visit the blog postings to get a glimpse of what is being presented at the conference.  If you haven’t read  Purvis’ The Connected Child: Bring hope and healing to your adoptive family, please do check it out or buy a copy soon.  As a former school teacher, I think it even has relevance for those in the education field. 

Here are the posts from Ostyn’s blog which summarize some of the sessions she attended at the conference:

“Parents on a Healing Journey”

Karen Purvis:  Real Hope for Help & Healing

Adoption Support & Training in the Church

 

Another blog posting I’d like to share is one I read awhile back on transracial parenting and racial issues.  It is a reposting of an interview with Thabiti Anyabwile, pastor of First Baptist Church of Grand Cayman.

Check out the inteview with Anyabwile :http://www.carolinahopeadoption.org/blog/archives/63/

Heather

Rekindled Hope…

26 Sep

As summer has finally come to a close, we’ve been busy with a trip to Grandma  Brandt’s house and fun adventures, like taking Colin to his first rodeo.   (A rare photo of Heather–albeit hidden under a floppy hat).

 Mama in Hat & Colin @ Rodeo Lanesville Sept. 2010Colin @ Rodeo Lanesville Sept. 2010

We expect an update on our adoption Monday(tomorrow).  Please pray that God will continue to lead us to the baby girl whom He has intended for our family….that He will make the path clear and provide what we lack to bring our daughter home. It would be wonderful to have our baby girl home before Christmas but we know that in adoption there really is no way to predict anything. 

‎This week I read the quote, “Expect hope to be rekindled.Expect your prayers to be answered in wondrous ways.The dry seasons in life do not last.”-Sarah Ban Breathnach

Hmmmm….Living in expectance can be challenging sometimes…the world makes it so easy to be pessimistic or “realistic.”  When someone is “too” hopeful by the world’s standards, they are often mocked.  But as a Believer in Christ, I am supposed to be living by different standards.  I choose this week to believe that our “dry season” will not last forever…That God will lead us out of the dry season and will answer our prayers for our daughter in “wondrous ways.”    While we still don’t know if our daughter has even been born yet, we pray for her well-being and that of her birth mother. 

Fundraising/Grants Update:

We have received $100 from donations family and friends have given through Lifesong.  There is still time to give a tax-deductible donation of any amount through Lifesong.  Just click on the tab above or to the right on this blog.  We are still being considered for a grant and hope to hear something in October.  Please pray that we will receive this grant to help with the remaining projected expenses for our adoption.  We still lack  $3,445-$27,880 (projected)  but we are trusting God will provide for us and that it will be to His glory!

Thanks for your prayers & encouragement,

Heather & Alan

Updates…

13 Sep

 Colin & Papa in Savannah(Photo of Colin & Alan from our summer visit to TN.  Colin had been playing with the water hose.)

Last week, we were submitted to another situation (possible match with a pregnant birth mother ) but we were not chosen.  This little one yet to be born was not our daughter. 

We don’t tell Colin this sort of thing.  We honestly don’t mention his baby sister a lot but as we try to prepare her room or put aside things we might need for her we do naturally find ourselves talking some about her.  Yesterday on the way to church, Colin asked if we could go to Target.  We asked why, expecting him to mention the toys which he loves to play with at Target.  Instead, he said he wanted to go to Target to get clothes for his baby sister.  We tried to explain that we don’t know what size she will be for sure and that we need to wait before we get any more clothes.  He tried to ask us when she is coming home and we had to tell him that God knows but we can’t be sure of when it will be.  He said something indicating that she would be coming soon.  No, our little boy is not a prophet but he does have the faith of a child.  He implicitly trusts that she IS coming and, with his very rudimentary understanding of the passage of time, he believes it will soon.

Because we have only estimations of what the costs may be for our travel and placing fees and legal fees, we are still saving and raising money.  We lack about $3,445-$27,880  based on the estimations of our adoption consultant.  Lifesong is graciously accepting tax-deductible gifts on our behalf.  You can click on the link at the right(the paypal box) or the one at the top of the page for info. on how to give (It’s labeled “Make Tax-Deductible Gifts.”)  Make sure you follow the instructions on how to label the gift so we will receive it. 

We are so thankful for the prayers, encouragement and gifts of our friends and family!  You have lifted our spirits and helped us to keep on keeping on as we wait on God to reveal the little one He has planned for our family.  Please keep praying for our future daughter’s well being and for her birth family. 

God bless,

Heather & Alan

Pendant Sale Extended to TODAY, WEDNESDAY, 9/8 to Benefit Brandt Adoption

8 Sep

Sarah has extended our fundraiser to today!  You can still order pendants today & we will receive $5 for our adoption funds for each handmade pendant you purchase from Sarah’s Treasure Box (etsy store online). (Custom orders do not count towards our fundraiser other than the custom order listing Sarah has  for $19.99.  You can email Sarah through etsy if you have questions). Remember to leave a comment saying you are shopping for our fundraiser.  Please share this sale with others 🙂 Trust Pendant with silver chain if you forgot to put the comment that it was for our fundraiser, please just email Sarah through the etsy shop & I think she’ll honor it.

http://www.etsy.com/shop/sarahstreasurebox

Thanks for sharing news of this EXTRA DAY for our fundraiser!

Heather

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