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"Do not fear, for I am with you; I will bring your offspring from the east, and gather you from the west. I will say to the north, 'Give them up!' and to the south, 'Do not hold them back.' Bring My sons from afar and my daughters from the ends of the earth."     Isaiah 43:5-6

10/5/2015

We had our first fundraiser in August!


God was so gracious and blessed my family. Our friends, family, and church family really went above and beyond and made our sale a huge success. We were blessed with so many item donations. So many of our friends and family dedicated countless hours to help set up, run the sale, and tear down. I was blessed to tears on numerous occasions at the love and generosity of God's people. He did huge things that week and brought in $4,000!

1st Fundraiser


The sale allowed us make our first payment towards the adoption! One step closer to our daughter!

We are now preparing for our home study and putting together our dossier... and our second payment, which is due in March.

We stand firm on God's promise that He provides for our needs. He has called Matt and I to adoption, so while we see HUGE mountains in our path, God sees needs that He will meet.

Our next fundraiser is this weekend. An amazingly sweet photographer friend has sacrificed her entire weekend for a mini photo session for friends and family. Every cent goes towards our adoption! A huge thank you to Chrissy for volunteering her weekend and to all the friends who signed up!

My mom has been a major support and help. She has planned a couple fundraisers coming up soon. She came up with a turkey dinner raffle! We will be selling tickets to raffle off an entire Thanksgiving dinner, that we will make and deliver on Thanksgiving. The only catch is that we will only deliver within a 20 mile radius. So if you are local and don't want the hassle of making Thanksgiving dinner, then you should definitely purchase a couple tickets for your chance to win! It's going to be delicious!

My mom is also heading up a Cookie/Craft Walk the first Saturday in December. She has some amazing ideas for goodies and crafts. We'll be super busy gettin' our craft on really soon. You can get involved in this fundraiser by either volunteering your time to help us craft, donating homemade cookies and candy, or stopping by the sale on December 5th.

10/5/2015

We had our first fundraiser in August!


God was so gracious and blessed my family. Our friends, family, and church family really went above and beyond and made our sale a huge success. We were blessed with so many item donations. So many of our friends and family dedicated countless hours to help set up, run the sale, and tear down. I was blessed to tears on numerous occasions at the love and generosity of God's people. He did huge things that week and brought in $4,000!

1st Fundraiser


The sale allowed us make our first payment towards the adoption! One step closer to our daughter!

We are now preparing for our home study and putting together our dossier... and our second payment, which is due in March.

We stand firm on God's promise that He provides for our needs. He has called Matt and I to adoption, so while we see HUGE mountains in our path, God sees needs that He will meet.

Our next fundraiser is this weekend. An amazingly sweet photographer friend has sacrificed her entire weekend for a mini photo session for friends and family. Every cent goes towards our adoption! A huge thank you to Chrissy for volunteering her weekend and to all the friends who signed up!

My mom has been a major support and help. She has planned a couple fundraisers coming up soon. She came up with a turkey dinner raffle! We will be selling tickets to raffle off an entire Thanksgiving dinner, that we will make and deliver on Thanksgiving. The only catch is that we will only deliver within a 20 mile radius. So if you are local and don't want the hassle of making Thanksgiving dinner, then you should definitely purchase a couple tickets for your chance to win! It's going to be delicious!

My mom is also heading up a Cookie/Craft Walk the first Saturday in December. She has some amazing ideas for goodies and crafts. We'll be super busy gettin' our craft on really soon. You can get involved in this fundraiser by either volunteering your time to help us craft, donating homemade cookies and candy, or stopping by the sale on December 5th.

7/16/2015

Father, Lead Us

First off, I'm not any sort of writer. But I would love to share my heart with anyone who wants to hear our story.

It's really humbling to look back over the years and see how God has prepared us for this journey to our daughter. Matt and I had specific hopes and dreams for our family. I'm so very glad that God took those hopes and dreams and molded them into what He wanted for us.

So often, as Christians, we set our plans and then ask God to bless them, instead of asking Him to lead us. If we are being led BY Him than our plans will most certainly be blessed by Him as well.

Proverbs 16:9 "The mind of man plans his way, but the LORD directs his steps."

Over a year ago, God placed a desire on my heart that I could not ignore. I believe He started to prepare my heart for that desire long before He placed it there. For those who don't know us well, we struggled with infertility for 8 years year. It was 2 years ago that Matt and I felt our infertility journey was done. It was a huge burden released from our hearts, yet the end (or so we thought) of our hopes of having more children. So when God placed this new desire in my heart, I was thrilled! Matt took a little more work. :) We started praying about adoption together in August of 2014. Slowly, ever so slowly, God started to place the same desire in Matt's heart! I may or may not go into more detail about how hard it was for me to wait on God and my husbands heart... that'll have to be for a different post.

We felt God leading us to Africa, so we started looking into Christian adoption agencies who partner with them. I don't know if you know this or not but Africa's a pretty huge continent. It was a daunting process, we desperately prayed for guidance. Again SLOWLY, God started to draw our hearts where He wanted them. This led us to Burundi. See if you can find it on a globe... It's a tiny little country right next to Tanzania.

We started attending Kulture Church last October. This church is... AH-MAZ-ING! If you've never been there...come... you'll never want to leave. We sing this song:



Watch it... I'll wait for you.

This is our family theme song. I would belt this song out every Sunday.

Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior.

Burundi. God has called us to Burundi. He's leading us to a place where our trust is without borders. Deeper than our feet could ever wander. Burundi, where our faith will be made stronger, in the presence of our Savior. We know we will be in His presence because He's leading us. He promises to go with us.

Deuteronomy 31:8, "The LORD is the One who goes ahead of you; He will be with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear of be dismayed."

 

About Burundi

Africa
Burundi, Africa
Geography

Wedged between Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Rwanda in east-central Africa, Burundi occupies a high plateau divided by several deep valleys. It is equal in size to Maryland.

History

The original Burundians were the Twa Pygmies, but they were soon squeezed out by bigger groups. First came the Hutu, mostly farmers of Bantu stock, from about 1000 AD. Later, in the 16th and 17th centuries, the tall, pastoral Tutsi from Ethiopia and Uganda arrived. Relations were cordial, but the Tutsi gradually subjugated the Hutu in a feudal system similar to that of medieval Europe.

At the end of the 19th century Burundi and Rwanda were colonised by Germany, but after WWI the League of Nations mandated Rwanda-Urundi to Belgium. Taking advantage of the status quo, the Belgians ruled through the Tutsi chiefs and princes. The establishment of coffee plantations, and the resulting concentration of wealth in the hands of the Tutsi elite, provoked tensions between the two tribal groups.

Years of conflict followed. In the mid-1990's civil war broke out. In 2004 the UN began operations in Burundi, sending more than 5000 troops to enforce the peace. Parliamentary elections were successfully held in June 2005 and the former rebels, the Forces for the Defence of Democracy (FDD), emerged victorious. FDD leader Pierre Nkurunziza was sworn in as president in August. One rebel group, the Forces for National Liberation (FNL), remains active in the country, but they are now fighting their former allies and a Hutu majority government. The country is finally on the road to stability and all sides need to embrace the spirit of national unity to bring Burundi back from the brink.

Orphans

610,000 children in Burundi are orphans. In addition to the high number of children who have been orphaned by AIDS, many more have been abandoned by their parents due to the precarious economic situation they face. As a result, Burundi is also home to thousands of homeless children who roam the streets either alone or in groups. In order to survive, many of them resort to begging. Others work as street vendors and some are even forced into commercial sex work. Overall, an estimated 25% in the age group five to 14 are involved in child labour activities.

Fundraisers

Curly Que's Creations

Curly Que's Creations

Buy custom handmade signs and t-shirts!
Helping Hands

Both Hands

Both Hands helps families fundraise for their adoptions. A family gathers a team of volunteers and Both Hands coaches them to coordinate a service project fixing up a widow's home.
My Story

My Story... Lifesong for Orphans

Funds raised for adoption through mySTORY go directly into our Lifesong account. This allows for donations to be tax-deductible.
My Story

Gobena Coffee

50% of sales come back to us to help raise money to bring Baby Boo home!
Every dollar of profit after that goes to caring for orphaned children around the world!

Our next big Fundraiser

Helping Hands

The Both Hands Project


Step 1 - Gather a Team

If you can think of at least ten friends or family members from your work, church, recreational group, etc., this project is for you! The saying goes 'It takes a village to raise a child.' Through a Both Hands project, it takes a village to bring home a child. Families who complete a Both Hands project are often moved by the overwhelming support they receive from their volunteer team.



Step 2 - Find a Widow

The loss of a beloved spouse often makes it difficult for a widow to keep up with the necessary improvements and repairs on her home. Widows are often overlooked in our communities and need help, but aren't sure how to find it. Both Hands guides a family through finding a widow in their community to serve for their project.



Step 3 - Serve for a Day

On the project day, the family serves a widow alongside their team of volunteers. We encourage tasks to be labor-focused rather than material-focused. Labor-focused tasks often include painting, cleaning, landscaping and de-cluttering. We also coach families on how to get local merchants to donate any needed supplies.



Step 4 - Raise Funds for your Adoption

The family and their team raise sponsorship for their project day through sending fundraising letters and also sharing their fundraising webpage. For 2016, families' projects raised an average of $12,100. Both Hands is committed to fundraising support for its operating costs through private donors, NO funds raised by a family and their team are deducted for Both Hands' operating.


Our Journey

Start

We have several friends who have adopted internationally and domestically. We loved watching their families love on each other. After many years of infertility, we were blessed with our son, Aden, and we thought we would always be a family of 3. A couple years ago, God placed adoption on Tiff's heart. After praying as a family, for a year, we decided that God was calling us to adopt from Burundi, Africa.

Journey

We started our journey more than a little overwhelmed, but through many successful fundraisers (a HUGE garage sale, cookie walk, family portraits, turkey raffle) we soon saw God is good. We were able to raise and make payments toward our adoption totaling over $12,000 dollars in just 6 months!

Pause

About 6 months into the adoption process, Tiff was diagnosed with breast cancer. Everything was put on hold for a year while Tiff had chemo, surgery, and radiation. Even with this diagnosis, we never doubted that God was calling us to adopt. Once given the all clear by Tiff's oncologist, we started the adoption process back up.

Current

We were able to make payments totaling about $13,000 in July of 2017!

We have all our paperwork complete for our dossier (all the paperwork that needs to go to Burundi), it has been translated, and will be mailed to Burundi, by our adoption agency, hopefully by the end of September. At that point, we are in a holding pattern until we are matched to our child.

Between now and then, we must raise about $13,500 dollars to cover Burundi government payments, travel expenses and some other odds and ends (visas, in Burundi doctors' visits for Baby Boo, etc.). We have several fundraisers that we hope help us to reach that goal. Gobena coffee sales, Curly Que's Creations, tax deductible donations through My Story by Lifesong.

The big fundraiser coming up is the Both Hands project. Over the next few months we will be planning and organizing this fundraiser.

We're happy to hear from you!