God is writing another story

God is writing another story. It starts with 3 Johnsons, a ministry to unwed mothers in Taiwan, 2 passionate God-loving ladies, an 18 year old girl and 1 tiny baby. Let's see where the story goes...

Saturday, March 26, 2011

The Latest News

Here's a quick summary of what's new with our adoption process...

Selah's room:
~I have been prepping the walls today and filling nail holes.  I hope to start the first coat of paint this evening.  I'll post before and after photos.  The paint color mom and I chose is so fresh and pretty--can't wait to show it off!  I am also on the lookout for cute wall hangings.

Family Photo Pages for the Taiwan judge:
~We've been hauling our camera around with us wherever we go.  You never know when a great photo opp will present itself!
~We will finish Selah's room quickly since a photo of the nursery will be included in what we sent to the judge.

Official Documents:
~We hope to receive our Chinese translated documents from His Hands in the mail next week.
~We expect to receive our IL state certified marriage license next week.
~We did not apply for our "change of country" with US immigrations yet.  We will apply soon since we don't know how long approval will take.  Our finances are super tight lately due to my hours being cut at work and this application has a fee to submit.  Please pray that sales pick up at Chattanooga Coffee Company--the owners and all of us employees really need to see business picking up asap. 

Raising the Funds:
~Eric and I knew from the start that we'd have to make time for fundraisers for this adoption.  Our referral came as such a surprise that we didn't have the money saved up.  We are thinking of doing a benefit concert / ice cream sundae bar.  We are also thinking of an all church garage sale / bake sale / bazaar.  Or maybe an auction of some kind with donations from local businesses.  We are open to ideas...

~Honestly, this part stresses and intimidates me big time.  With our first adoption I had more free time to write grants and plan creative ways to raise funds.  Our life now is much more active and involved.  Eric and I sincerely appreciate your prayers for God to provide.  We seek his wisdom for which avenues he wants us to pursue.  We certainly don't expect him to hand us a pile of money on a silver platter! lol  (although...He DOES own the cattle on a thousand hills...no no I digress...heehee!)  Seriously though, please pray that we have the strength, energy, creativity and courage to do whatever he leads us to do.  Thanks all!!

No comments: