Sunday, July 17, 2011


We got our FBI background checks in the mail on Friday and Saturday! Thank you for praying that they would come back quickly. Our fingerprinting appointment for our i-800A (USCIS paperwork) is on August 25th in Charlotte. We're in the process of deciding whether or not to try and "walk-in" one morning this week. I'll let you all know to be praying the night before if we decide to go for it. We really don't have the funds to drive to Charlotte only to get turned away, which is a possibility. I know the 25th is not too far away, but everyday counts when you have children waiting in an orphanage.

Our iPad 2 giveaway is up and running. We've had $450 donated through the chip in and some checks are on their way, too. We've almost covered the cost of the iPad2, so someone will be the new owner of an iPad2 when the giveaway is over. We've set up a facebook event to help spread the word. It's a public event and you can check it out here and invite your friends. We've found that facebook is a great tool for spreading the word about our boys.

We're also doing a Celebrating Home Catalog fundraiser and I have some people already selling. If you'd like to help with that, please contact me and I'll get you set up with a catalog. We are making 50% profit off the sales!

I wish I had an update on the boys, especially Samuel as he has been heavy on my heart this week. Will you join us in praying for both Samuel and Joseph? Pray for their safety, health and that their care would be in compassionate hands until we get to them. I'm asking God for an update on Samuel to come soon. We've had many updated photos and videos of Joseph and they bring so much comfort. We'd really love to be able to put "eyes" on Samuel and see that he is doing okay. God is really growing our faith and trust during this adoption process. Pray for us, too, during these growing pains.

Thank you for reading, praying, supporting, and caring.

Hidden in Christ,


  1. Hi Mandy,
    email me your address so that I can send you a "Live Life BIG" bumper sticker. :)
    lakesmit AT gmail DOT com