Remember Nastya??

Our friends, Chad and Nicole, are in the process of adopting a teenager from Rus.sia.

Remember now?

Well, they have hit a brick wall in their adoption process.

They are now pursuing this adoption through a different avenue.

This adoption is gonna happen…just not through the way they had originally thought.

That is all I can say.

Please pray that this new avenue will know how to jump through the loop holes necessary to get Nastya home.

Financial help is also still greatly needed.

Click here to donate a piece to their puzzle.

And now, just hang in here with me for two more minutes and listen to this:

On average, this blog gets 350 hits a day.

If every single person who clicked on my blog, clicked on the link above and bought just ONE puzzle piece ($5) …

… Chad and Nicole would have $1,750 more in their adoption funds!!!!!

And, seriously, who of you reading this right now does not have FIVE BUCKS to give??? Smile

What a tremendous blessing we could be if we put our resources together and donate to Chad and Nicole!!!!


How many people do you know that have been married for just over a year and are adopting a disabled teenager from Rus.sia?

I just want to do something to lift their spirits.

And dumping some money in their account sounds like the perfect spirit booster!

If you choose to donate, leave a comment saying you did.

If this were one of those really cool blogs, this is where I would say that I will randomly choose one person who left a comment and give them a cool prize.

But I don’t have an awesome giveaway.

All I have is a desperate plea, from my heart to yours, to please pull together your resources!


I wish…

It is nights like last night that I wish…

… Dave and I could plan our family and be more in control of when things happen. You never know with adoption. You can start the process and have no wait time (like Little Bug’s adoption) or end up waiting years for THE CALL.

… dealing with another birth mom wasn’t in the cards for us.

… we could spend the first moments of our child’s life knowing that that child really is ours. Instead, the first two days of our child’s life is going to spent on pins and needles until TPR is signed.

… I didn’t have to worry whether my child will be exposed to drugs or even have prenatal care.

And then I wake up (after only a couple hours of sleep) and I am reminded why as I walk into Little Bug’s bedroom.

She greeted me this morning by saying, “Poop. Tub.”

She woke up with last night’s events on her mind, apparently.

Last night she pooped in the bathtub – a first since she was probably 3 months old.

I heard something that made me suspect this might be going on, but I didn’t hear what I used to hear most every night.

“HELP! Please!!!!”

So I assumed things were under control.

(Daddy’s come a long way in handling things like a pro.Smile)

Anyway, I know why.

We all have something in our lives that God uses to show us our need for Him. Something that requires us to put our trust in Him, surrender to our own will and desires and walk in obedience with Him as He takes the something and uses it for His good and His Glory.

I know that is why.

There is no doubt in my mind.

My something is my inability to conceive because of endometriosis and other issues.

I wouldn’t change a thing, though. If it wasn’t for all that, I wouldn’t be Little Bug’s mother.

I just sometimes wish things could be a little easier.

But it’s not, so I can either sulk and feel sorry for myself or jump on the band-wagon of the next miracle God will do.

I’m jumping on, because even though at this point in my life, I have no idea when and how God will bring us #2, His promise stands strong as ever.

God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.

I’m not itching for a baby, now, by the way.

In fact, just before we received the phone call from the lawyer, Dave and I had decided that after Little Bug turns two, we will start the adoption process for #2.

Neither of us felt ready to tell the lawyer to match us with a new birth mother as soon as possible after things with Tracy fell through.

There is no sense of urgency whatsoever.

I am quite content with my little family of three, but I know I won’t be in the future because I want Little Bug to have a sibling.

Little Bug wouldn’t make a good only-child! She needs a playmate!

And I know the baby itch for me isn’t too far off. It will come again.

All this serves as a real good reminder to us all.

God’s in control of my family planning and He’s also in control of whatever your something is.

For me, it’s a matter of realizing that I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. (Phil. 4:13)

God is going to give me what I need to go through another adoption.

Exactly what I need at the precise time I need it.

He did that with Little Bug’s adoption. He did it during this recent situation with Tracy.

And He is going to do it again as we start the adoption process in the future.

For when I am weak, it is then that I am strong because my strength comes from the Lord.

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow!

Thank you for all the “hugs” in the form of sponsoring puzzle pieces for Nastya’s adoption.

I need some more, though. Smile Click here, if you want to sponsor a puzzle piece  and give me a hug.

It put a huge smile on my face to see that some of you have sponsored puzzle pieces. Thank you for helping to make a difference in the life of a 13 year old girl named Nastya.

And if you are reading this but missed what I said at 4am this morning, click here.

When God says GO FOR IT: Another inspiring story of adoption

Today, I would like to introduce you to Chad and Nicole.

They are adopting soon!

However, their adoption story is unlike any I have ever heard.

They have hearts as big as … Rus.sia!

Chad, and my husband, Dave, are good buddies. Chad was in our wedding.

A couple years after our wedding, we learned Chad had met a very special woman named Nicole. It wasn’t long and Chad and Nicole were married.

They have been married for a little over a year now.

This past December, God opened their hearts to sponsor a child from Rus.sia for the Christmas Holidays.

A girl named Nastya was placed in their home for the holiday season.

It wasn’t long and both Chad and Nicole had fallen in love with Nastya and felt God leading them to adopt her.

Obedient to His calling, they started inquiring whether this was even possible.

Why might this not be possible?

Nastya is 13 years old and Chad and Nicole are in their 20’s!

Stop right here for a minute, please.

Newlyweds are opening their home, their hearts, their everything to a teenager?

This is just another example of God at work in the life of His willing servants.

To Chad and Nicole, Nastya is already their daughter. They love her and can’t wait to have her home for good.

Chad and Nicole have taken this giant leap of faith and have said yes to something that is bigger than them and can only be of God.

Chad and Nicole have recently gotten the clearance, in spite of their young ages, to adopt Nastya!

Trusting in God to keep paving the way, they are now full force into the adoption process that is going to BRING NASTYA HOME!

They have overcome one huge obstacle: age.

Now it is time to help them overcome another huge obstacle that stands in their way: money.

Chad and Nicole have a “Puzzle Piece Fundraiser” going on right now.

If you feel lead to help bring Nastya home, you can sponsor a puzzle piece (or as many as you want!) for $5 each using PayPal.

Right now, Chad and Nicole have 500 puzzle pieces to be sponsored. 124 puzzle pieces have already been sponsored!!

They are 26 puzzle pieces away from having the funds they need for their final home study appointment.

Will you please help me get them there??

Click HERE and you can sponsor puzzle pieces to help get this precious girl home!

Also, click HERE and you can read Nastya’s amazing story.

Please join with me in praying for this couple as they have a long road ahead.

I know that one day in the future I will be posting a family picture of Chad, Nicole and Nastya and just like Baby Sunshine’s story (Rebekah Love) we will all once again stand back in amazement at the faithfulness of our God.