So sorry, my apologies. Apparently the link I created was not working. Our new family blog can be found at http://www.theeccentricfamily.wordpress.com
Quite obviously a blogging sabbatical has taken place as we welcomed two children into our family. And yes, Zegaye and Erbeka joined our family over Labor Day Weekend 2010. Within the next month I hope to begin a new blogging venture, so if anyone ever still checks here hopefully soon a new blog will begin.
Thanks for reading over the past two years, and feel free to continue perusing the archives!
Woah! Well, hopefully most people know that I’m a slacker blogger and we have actually been to Ethiopia for court and returned! We did end up traveling for court July 19-27th and had a wonderful time meeting Erbeka and Zegaye for the first time. I’ll be posting a bunch of pictures here soon, but did most of our posting via facebook while we were in-country.
So much has happened over the past few weeks its difficult to think through typing it all out here. But to say the least God’s grace has been so evident in each step we’ve taken in this adoption. We just have to stop and thank God for again and again proving Himself faithful to our family. 10 months ago we just couldn’t logically think how in the world we’d be able to pay for another adoption and care for one or two more children, but as we’ve stepped out in faith to what we believed God was asking us to do we have seen Him provide WAY beyond our wildest imagination. We’ve had anonymous gifts sent through the mail, seen friends and family sacrificially give out of their abundance and even out of their need, within the last week we also had someone give us all the money we needed to purchase a van! **For those wondering we only need about $5-6,000 more to finish up this adoption, this means that over the last 8 months God has provided $34,000 to cover adoption expenses so far AND an additional $10,000 for us to purchase a vehicle that will fit our expanded family! But we do need this remaining amount within the next week to be able to pay for our plane tickets to Ethiopia and our in-country expenses while we’re there. ** If you’re interested in helping, the best option is to give quickly to our Lifesong account (info under the Funding our adoption page) this option allows you to receive a tax-deduction for any amount you contribute. If you’d like to send a personal check to us to help with the remaining expenses that is also an option. We’ve updated the Funding our Adoption page with the details of the expenses we have left to pay. Please take a look and see if you may be lead to help with one of the final expenses we have, our family would be forever grateful!
And now. . . here’s some photos from our time in Ethiopia! We just can’t wait to have Zegaye and Erbeka come home and join the Taylor Family Clan!
Well, still no word on a confirmed court date for our family, but we’re hoping to travel sometime the week of July 19th-25th. So with that in mind we’re trying to collect donations to take with us. If you live close feel free to drop any of the items listed below off at our home, or bring them to us at church. Here’s a list of a few things the orphanages are always needing:
- Formula -this is a pressing need and we want to take as much as possible
- Diaper wipes
- Medical gloves
- Common medical supplies- children’s tylenol and ibuprofen, triple antibiotic, lice treatment, ring worm treatment, children’s vitamins
And thanks again everyone for doing something to help orphans!
How does a family say thank you when they don’t know who to thank? Maybe I’ll just have to share, in hopes that you’ll read this and know that you were a very very specific answer to pray for our family this week.
As you may know we have all our paperwork submitted to court and expect to receive official word next week that we’ll travel soon. However to do so we needed to pay our final program fee of $1350 along with the $5-$6,000 dollars to travel and stay for a week. Well, this past week I emailed our family coordinator to see if we could wait to make our $1350 payment and try to pull together the funds for traveling. She said that unfortunately we could not and that our case would be delayed should we not be able to make our final program fee payment. I asked that the staff please pray for our family and she graciously said that they would.
Throughout this entire adoption we have seen God meet need after financial need in the most amazing ways as people have sacrificially and generously given to help us pay adoption expenses. Today we walked to the mailbox and opened a letter with no return address, inside was a bank issued check, signed by someone we don’t know, in the amount of $1,300, and Adoption Costs written in the memo line! Can we not say today that our Heavenly Father LOVES the Orphan?!?! That He rejoices in rescuing the perishing?!?!? That He desires that 2 children no longer sleep in an orphanage with no one to tuck them in tonight, with no one teaching them to read, wiping their skinned knees, and most importantly passing on the gospel that they can be adopted into His forever family!
So. . . thank you. Thank You. THANK YOU. You have provided a tangible evidence of God at work!
“Pure and lasting religion in the sight of God our Father means that we must care for orphans and widows in their troubles, and refuse to let the world corrupt us.” -James 1:27
Lifesong for Orphans is a wonderful ministry that does much work in caring for orphans, but a facet of their ministry is helping adopting families bring their children home. They do this by providing matching grants or by setting up tax-deductible giving funds on behalf of a family to help them in fundraising. We were blessed to receive a matching grant with our last adoption, however this time around we have been approved to have a fund created on our families behalf. Lifesong is a trusted organization administering the funds on our children’s behalf, and will pay adoption expenses out of funds we’ve received.
For those of you who would desire to support our family in this way, please click on our funding our adoption page for information on how to give to this account. And thank you for supporting our growing family through your prayers and finances. We are very grateful for any help you are able to provide.