Friday, July 24, 2015

Last chance to order tee shirts!


Last call!

We are selling tee shirts to help bring our Avery home! I have had a few people ask to order shirts. There were two shirts that didn't arrive and will have to be printed. SO….that means you have one more chance to order!

Ways to order! 
#1 You can place your order via the donate button on the right side of this blog. Once your order is placed I will send you a message asking about your size and color choice.

#2 You can also send me a message and I'll send you my address and you can mail in your order.

This fundraiser will end July 1st! Once the tee shirts are delivered to me I will mail them out ASAP!





Short Sleeves
Small - XL $20.00
XXL $21.00
XXXL $22.00

Colors: Ant. Heliconia, Ant.Saphire, Cherry Red, Charcoal, Dark chocolate, Heather Irish Green, Heather Navy, Heather Purple, Light Blue, White

Long Sleeves
Small - XL $25.00
XXL $26.00
XXXL $27.00

Colors: Black, Cherry Red, Charcoal, Dark Chocolate,
Navy, White

YOUTH SHORT SLEEVE
Youth Small - XL $20.00
Colors: Black, Heliconia, Cherry Red, Dark Chocolate, Lite Blue, Purple, Navy, Charcoal, White

YOUTH LONG SLEEVE
Youth Small - XL $25.00

Colors: Black, Charcoal, Red, Lite Pink, Lite Blue, Purple, Navy, White

I will close out this order on Tuesday, July 28th!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Answers to some recent questions!

It has been brought to my attention that some of you have tried to donate via my donate button.

I've learned that it will not work from a cellphone. The donate button takes you to a paypal account. Once the donation is made I receive an email at my yahoo email address.

I have also been told that some email attempts have bounce back. The address on the blog is not right! I somehow messed it up. 

If you need to email to ask a question you can use my yahoo email address.

vickysimpson52@yahoo.com

Please feel free to leave comments or questions here on the blog or PM on Facebook!

I hope this helps!

Thanks!

Monday, July 20, 2015

BE STILL!

Be still and know that I am God
Psalm 46:10

My dossier is on the way to China and now I wait! There is nothing to do at this point! After months of paper chasing, appointments, and home visits it is time to BE STILL!

God even reminds us in his word to BE STILL! How easy it is to forget this command, especially in today's society.

Now, is the time to BE STILL and rest in God's love, timing, and provision! As I wait I will worship, honor, love, and trust Him. 

The wait becomes one of peace while resting in the arms of my Lord and Savior, Jesus! Yes, while I wait, I choose to BE STILL!

Friday, July 17, 2015

Good News . . .

It is official!









Dossier

















TO






















CHINA



Now the wait begins for LID (Log In Date)!

What we have been up too . . .


It has been a while since I last blogged and I'm way behind on my photos.


 Kayte is growing up way to fast! She knows what she wants and isn't afraid to go after it! Strong qualities that will serve her well in the future!


Kendall never misses an opportunity to have her photo taken, especially with Kayte!



Jackson is 4, where did the time go?
He is such a sweetheart! Jackson has such a kind loving personality and such a joy to be around!

In June the girls had a long weekend at the beach with Aunt Shery! Shery is a wonderful hostess and they really looked forward to their time with her!


The girls love the park near my sister's home!


Time for a little putt-putt!


Silly photos!


Mackinley, the "fish whispher"!
She caught this fish with her hand!
No fish were harmed in this outing, 
it was released back into the ocean!


My sweet sister with Eden!



A visit to the beach isn't complete without ice cream!


Shery took the girls by to see where she teaches Middle School, their mascot, the Dolphin!




The girls had a wonderful time visiting Shery at her home in Gulf Shores!


International Children's Day was celebrated!


Chinese Dumplings and Bubble Milk Tea
 from Mr. Chen's


Chinese Cookies, Candies, and Frozen treats!


Each also received a new summer tee shirt in their favorite color!


This was so much fun, the girls had no clue that I was going to surprise them with these treats on Children's Day!

On a warm summer afternoon


there is nothing better than


visiting with friends!


Vikortia is from Kunming, China!


For all those that worry about the girls not getting enough social skills, we are visiting Viktoria again next week!


We reached another mile marker on our adoption journey!


We witnessed God's beautiful promise after a hard drive in the rain!



We had a visit from a dear friend and her children!


The 4th was celebrated with family in Dothan


Family and Friends


Art work


Selfies


More selfies!


Games


and more games!


The evening ended with fireworks, I was working and missed the show and the photos!


The girls worked on this puzzle and completed it in two weekends while at Nena and Papa's!


Another first, staining the wall!


Bobie and Don have been helping the Reams with their home construction! Mr. Ream started the project before he was diagnosed with ALS!


The girls volunteered to help along with Aunt Shery!

 They are great workers and join in anytime there is a need! I'm proud of their heart to serve!


We are waiting on our dossier to be sent to China! In the mean time we continue to fund raise. Our latest fundraiser is a Yeti Tundra Cooler!

Each $10.00 donation receives one entry and each $25.00 donation receives three entries! We are a long way from being completely funded and could use your help as God leads you.

Until next time . . . waiting for our tee shirt order and our DTC!

Monday, July 6, 2015

Tees, Celebrations, and Coolers

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! Yesterday, with a final push I went over 50 on my tee shirt fundraiser! I'm so grateful to all of you that purchased shirts!

I hope to turn in the order this evening. I am waiting on one person to confirm the size she wants. Susan if you read the blog would you check your email and let me know! Thanks!

I had to work this weekend and what usually turns out to be a very busy weekend was relatively quiet! The girls pray that I will have a quiet night and it really strengthens their faith when I say yes, it was quiet! How grateful I am to God that he sees fit to answer their sweet prayers.

The family gathered at my mom and dad's for the celebration of the 4th! It was good to see a couple nieces that I haven't seen in a while. The food, as always, was good! The girls enjoyed croquet, badminton, and fireworks with the family. I was already at work when the fireworks started! 


Have you heard about our next fundraiser? I'm excited about this one! A sweet adoptive mom suggested this fundraiser to me, and I loved it! We have a raffle for a Yeti Tundra 35 cooler! The plan is to draw for the cooler August 15th just in time for those tailgating parties! Each donation of $10.00 earns one entry, while donations of $25.00 earns three entries! I will order the cooler from Yeti and have it shipped to your home!

For those of you that do not want to use the donate button at the top of the blog you can private message me for my address.

Process, our paper work should be in the last stages of verification and authentication! That means my dossier should be on its way to China within the next two weeks. I can't wait for this huge step!

Pressing on and trusting God!

Friday, July 3, 2015

The Cost of Adoption

The Cost of Adoption

First, for those not in the adoption community, adoption is expensive!

For single mom's this process can be somewhat overwhelming as many of the grants and adoption loans available to married couples are not open to them.

I wanted to share where I am in this process. I have one more agency payment that is over $3000.00 dollars. Thankfully due to some very generous donations and tee shirt sales I have over half of that in hand. How I thank God for his provision and for those that gave and bought tee shirts!

China travel and fees are next up! Last trip I had to wire over $18,000 dollars to China to cover China travel, hotels, orphanage fees and the other miscellaneous fees that make an adoption possible.

In addition to this I have my airfare to and from China to pay for. Last trip this was right at $5,000 dollars.

I will also have to get another China visa for my passport and I'm sure there are some other miscellaneous fees I haven thought about at this writing.

Adoption is expensive! Adoption is worth every penny spent! I have been blessed with four amazing girls. They are kind, loving, talented and strong. I will say this again, any hardship that I face in the adoption process pales in comparison to what these girls would face if left unadopted!

Can you imagine "aging out" at the age of 14! The day a child turns 14 they have lost all hope of having a family! Depending of the orphanage these kids are sent to live on their own between the age of 16-18! Now let's put this in prospective, these kids at best have an elementary education, they have grown up without a family and are very naive to the ways of the world. Now let's add the fact that orphans are considered "bad luck" so shop owners will not hire them and if they have a physical disability that makes things even more difficult! How do they stand a chance?

Did you know that many of these kids commit suicide within a year of being sent out on their own or worse yet they end up being trafficked! 

There are those called to adopt the little children and babies, however there are those of us that have a heart for those that are "aging out," those with a last chance for a family, that that have been over looked for years!

Did you know that Eden was adopted just days before she turned 14? Mackinley was just three months away from her 14th birthday! Avery will turn 14 in December, time is quickly running out for her!

My next fundraiser will be a Yeti Tundra 35 Cooler. The drawing will be August 15th just in time for those college tailgate gatherings!

One ticket for $10.00 and Three tickets for $25.00

You can enter via the donate button on the blog or message me for my address.

Adoption makes a difference and I am thankful that God has allowed me to be a part of his plan for me daughters. 

Until next time!


Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Tee Shirts for Avery

We are selling tee shirts to help bring our Avery home! 

Ways to order! 
#1 You can place your order via the donate button on the right side of this blog. Once your order is placed I will send you a message asking about your size and color choice.

#2 You can also send me a message and I'll send you my address and you can mail in your order.

This fundraiser will end July 1st! Once the tee shirts are delivered to me I will mail them out ASAP!



Short Sleeves
Small - XL $20.00
XXL $21.00
XXXL $22.00

Colors: Ant. Heliconia, Ant.Saphire, Cherry Red, Charcoal, Dark chocolate, Heather Irish Green, Heather Navy, Heather Purple, Light Blue, White

Long Sleeves
Small - XL $25.00
XXL $26.00
XXXL $27.00

Colors: Black, Cherry Red, Charcoal, Dark Chocolate,
Navy, White

YOUTH SHORT SLEEVE
Youth Small - XL $20.00
Colors: Black, Heliconia, Cherry Red, Dark Chocolate, Lite Blue, Purple, Navy, Charcoal, White

YOUTH LONG SLEEVE
Youth Small - XL $25.00

Colors: Black, Charcoal, Red, Lite Pink, Lite Blue, Purple, Navy, White



Thursday, June 18, 2015

Last Call for Tee Shirts for Avery




Short Sleeves
Small - XL $20.00
XXL $21.00
XXXL $22.00

Colors: Ant. Heliconia, Ant.Saphire, Cherry Red, Charcoal, Dark chocolate, Heather Irish Green, Heather Navy, Heather Purple, Light Blue, White

Long Sleeves
Small - XL $25.00
XXL $26.00
XXXL $27.00

Colors: Black, Cherry Red, Charcoal, Dark Chocolate,
Navy, White

YOUTH SHORT SLEEVE
Youth Small - XL $20.00
Colors: Black, Heliconia, Cherry Red, Dark Chocolate, Lite Blue, Purple, Navy, Charcoal, White

YOUTH LONG SLEEVE
Youth Small - XL $25.00

Colors: Black, Charcoal, Red, Lite Pink, Lite Blue, Purple, Navy, White