Lipscomb Adoption Rally 2014

We had a time at the Lipscomb Adoption Rally tonight!  There were 13 other families being honored and raising money by tickets sold for their adoption cost.  Louis and I and another couple decided to stand outside in the cold and talk to people buying tickets at the gate to tell them about our adoption and ask if they would tell them they wanted to support the Turner or Brownlow adoption.

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I love basketball but I didn’t get to watch any of the game because I has to make sure I saw everyone. And I still didn’t see everyone. We were so blessed to have friends and family there to support us!

We were able to raise 2,049 with tickets sold! We raised about $500 outside of the tickets between the advertising of the event. We are so thankful and once again in awe of what God is doing! We have now raised over $11,000 towards our goal of $20,000. God has really been working in this adoption and the anticipation of waiting for this baby he has planned for us is unreal.

Thank you all for your support!

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Random Thoughts…

I keep some what of a journal in my iPhone. Basically when I am in deep thought about something I write it down. It has been good to document the journey so far. So… I wanted to share some with you! :)

Dec. 29th-  “thoughts to the birth mom” I sit here and think about all the beautiful waiting families and their beautifully written letters to you and I feel so much pressure to make a perfect impression! I am scared we might just blend in. BUT I know that God’s will is perfect and it won’t matter what we said to impress you or what we didn’t say, that when its the right fit it will just fit.

Jan. 7th-  I left work today feeling EXCITED! I am not sure why but I am excited… Maybe it is a good sign. I was also thinking that it is ok that it has taken longer to start our family because it will be perfect once the baby arrives. This time that has seemed so long coming will NOT be anything but a memory. Feeling excited about what’s to come! I feel like we are finally making it to the other side of this “season” and now I have appreciation for all of our blessings. I just appreciate where we are right now.

How does someone so small

Hold my heart so tightly

I don’t even know you

I love you completely…. <3…

“I get to Be the One”; JJ Heller (go listen to that song! Exactly what my heart is feeling!)

Jan. 22nd- This week has been a little harder emotionally. I really want to and I am trying to enjoy where God has us right now. I don’t want to live in the past or in the future but want to live for now. I want to enjoy where God has us RIGHT NOW. Even when it seems there is no end in sight I know there is a purpose for our waiting.

You are not just waiting in vain. There is Purpose behind every DELAY.” – Mandy Hale

Jan. 25th- Trusting in God isn’t about trusting him to give us the things we want but trusting him enough to allow him to give us the things that HE wants us to have.

We are now on the Bethany website!!!! It could literally happen at any moment.

-A

Goodbye 2013

Today I have the calming spirit of God over me. As we bring 2013 to a close I look back and see how hard is was for us! How much growth we went through (some painful growth periods). “Trying” to have a baby, “trying” to make it happen and trusting in my method got us no where but pain and discouragement however, through that painfulness we had no choice but to rely on God! He stretched us to places spiritually in 2013 that we have never been before. At times I miss that painful period because we had to lean on Him so much… I catch myself missing that time with Him! And I am reminded that He is always there! Not just when I “need” Him but in every aspect.

I am SO THANKFUL for where we are! I am THRILLED that God Called us to Adoption.

I think 2014 will bring AWESOME things! And I am willing to let God lead us! I plan on just sitting back and enjoying the ride!

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Thankful!

Thank you to our good friends Annie and Nathan for offering to put on The Turner Adoption Benefit! It meant so much to us! We are truly blessed to have you as friends! And thank you to the Borgeson family for all your help and opening up your home for the event! Last thank you to the very talented Mo Pitney for performing at the event!

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In AWE

A lot has happened in the last week! We had our in house home study, scheduled our one on one meetings with our adoption specialist, then found out that date would not work so due to the up coming holidays that meant pushing our home study completion back to mid Jan. (This was hard for me to accept because since day one it was my goal to have it DONE by Jan. 1st.), did lots of praying for our adoption benefit (my prayer was not just for God to be there but for people to feel His presence there all around this adoption), then attended an AMAZING event/benefit that was put on for us by dear friends of ours, Annie and Nathan!  We had an awesome turn out of friends and family there to support us! God has truly placed the most amazing people in our lives! We LOVE each and every one of you! Thank you so much for coming out and loving on us! The Benefit was almost as important to me as our wedding was! That might sound crazy but this is a HUGE deal for us! And a very spiritual journey!

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OUR BENEFIT WAS A BIG SUCCESS! Our Benefit brought in $5, 403! And everything was donated! Thank you to Singer/Song Writer, Mo Pitney for playing at our Benefit! We were honored to have you!

I was to the point where I honestly had no idea where the money was going to come from! I believed that if it was His will it would happen. And it did with time to spare. I read this verse last night- Matthew 9:29 ” Then he touched their eyes and said, “Because of your faith, it will happen.” Through this process God is teaching us GREATER reliance on Him!

Just had to share this with you!
It is amazing how he is lining everything up. And even with the delay of the home study it will be perfect! We don’t want just any baby we want the one He has picked for us! And I am convinced He has one picked already!

I AM THE PRINCE OF PEACE. As I said to My disciples, I say also to you: Peace be with you. Since I am your constant Companion, My Peace is steadfastly with you. When you keep your focus on Me, you experience both My Presence and My Peace. Worship Me as King of kings, Lord of lords, and Prince of Peace.
You need my Peace each moment to accomplish My purposes in your life. Sometimes you are tempted to take shortcuts, in order to reach your goal as quickly as possible. But if the shortcut requires turning your back on My peaceful Presence, you must choose the longer route. Walk with Me along paths of Peace; enjoy the journey in My Presence. “Jesus Calling” by Sarah Young.

Be BLESSED!

Audrey

Meeting 1 of the Home Study is behind us!

We made it through our visit Home Study meeting. I was surprised at how calm I was the day and night before. I really like our Adoption Specialist! She started out our meeting by praying first! Very sweet!

We now have a To Do List that seems like a mile long. This next month will be VERY busy! It is crunch time but there is light at the end of the tunnel! In about 5-6 weeks our Home Study should be DONE and we should be in the system waiting and praying for our baby!!!!! :)

We have to schedule a physical, turn back in a whole bunch of paper work once filled out. Do 7.5 hours of training online, Meet with our Adoption Specialist again at our house in 2 weeks, Put together our profile (shutterfly book that tells about us, for birth moms to look at), Have physicals completed and documentation completed, drug test, TB test and continue to RAISE MONEY!!!!! 

By the end of December when our Home study is complete and before we can go live we will be required to pay $5,000! Luckily we have $900 towards that already.

Breakdown of the Basic Fees so far:

Preliminary Application- $100 done

Formal Application- $900 done

Family Assessment and Support and Services Fee- $2,000 (we have $900 towards this so far). done

Birth Parent Support Fee- $3,000 done

Placement Fee for our income- $13,000

I started to WORRY about the money! But I feel like God is telling me it is all going to be ok, that we won’t have to worry about money! We have our Benefit coming up. We hope to raise $4,000! Then we are applying for grants! and will continue to work hard to make the funds! I start my part time job working nights and weekends in just a few weeks. The extra money will go directly towards the adoption fund. And Louis will be using his Grant writing skills during his off time to ensure we have the best chance possible at getting these grants.

Be Blessed!

Audrey

 

 

We were Approved!

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Our Formal Application was approved within just a couple of days! We are officially starting the home study stage!

Our craft fair went well! My Dad and I had fun working the booth! The 2 months of hard work paid off by bringing in $400.00 towards the adoption. I loved seeing my Dad interact with people telling them about our adoption. He kept telling people “YAY! I’m going to be a grandfather again!” :) Our Lia Sophia party was a success bringing in $300! This money was used to pay for the Formal Application.

Our next goal is to get our Home Study complete by the first of the year. We have heard that this process can take up to 8 weeks. We don’t have 8 weeks left but I know that with God all things are possible. To do this we have to raise 2,500!

Our Action Plan!

1. We will continue selling crafts that are left over from the craft fair.

2. The Turner Adoption Benefit Dec. 8th.

3. I will be starting a part time job in order to make the funds needed. Working nights and weekends. This is a great opportunity that I have been given and am very excited. But it will take away free time. Prayers are appreciated as I start this new job.

4. And Louis has started looking for and writing for grants!

God has shown so much Favor and I am trusting fully in Him!

<3 Audrey

Overwhelmed with Joy by the Support

I am amazed by the amount of people we have in our life who are showing so much support and love. We have had encouraging words from people, people who have helped financially by donating money through pay pal and buying fund raising items, and we have people who are lifting up prayers for this sweet baby that we don’t even know yet.

At first I didn’t want to fund raise because it felt like it was too hard or that maybe people would think we should do it alone. I quickly realized that was not from God, that was Satan trying to make a positive into a negative. I realized that if we went the path of doing things on our own without the help of our friends, family and community we would not be sharing our story and hopefully reaching out to others who are going through similar situations. I believe that would have been selfish for us to keep such an amazing gift to ourselves.

What we would like you to pray- we want to pray for Gods will for our family, whatever that looks like. And if it is His will for us to adopt a baby we pray for a healthy, happy, God loving baby. Not anything else. We want a baby, yes! But we want His will more.

Update on the Adoption- We have almost raised enough funds to submit the Formal Application (a very detailed application). We were pre approved but this is the next step. With all the fund raising (ink cartridges, website, selling of clay necklaces compelleddesigns.com and hair ties) we have raised about $600. We have $400 more to go to pay for the Formal App. How we plan to reach that- Craft fair, Nov 8th 7am-3pm at Centennial Medical Center. We are taking this process one step at a time and believing that God will provide.

Love,

Audrey

It isn’t official until it is on FB!

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Now the whole world knows that we are adopting! I feel very vulnerable now that everyone knows our secret that we have been keeping. But I know that God is working through our story and that we have to share it for him to use it!

It is so much more than wanting to be parents. We are saying yes to a calling that we are very willing and want to do but at times have not understood why. It is a hard process to go through mentally, emotionally, physically and financially! I keep wanting to tell God “Hey wouldn’t this be easier?” , “what about my plan? That would work right?”. I find myself asking a lot of whys, why us? why not? why now? why so?….

We are trusting God to hand pick our baby for us.

Psalm 46:10

“Be still and know that I am God,”