Saturday, December 18, 2010

Adoption T-Shirts

Our adoption t-shirts are designed (see image below) and ready to order! PLEASE read below and respond ASAP.

We must order these t-shirts next week to keep the pricing the same. We were planning to order 100 and just guess sizes. However, if you know now that you would like to order a t-shirt, PLEASE email your size to Cindy at CynthiaEmerson@comcast.net.

T-shirt color:  Chocolate Brown
Ink color:  Blue
Design:  Front and Back of T-shirt
Adults:  $20
Children:  $15

Sasquatch Design Society designed this t-shirt and it is AMAZING!!!! I know! I know! Many of you are wondering why I (Cindy) didn't design it myself. Well, I saw their design portfolio and just LOVED it! They are also printing the t-shirts. A BIG THANK YOU to Meagan Woodis for introducing me to this great company!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Save Money & Help Us Too!

EBATES

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this site! We learned about this site through Kelly Sutton on Fox 17's Tennessee Mornings, and it has already saved us TONS of money on Christmas presents AND earned us some cash back! Our first purchase was two small items at FootballFanatics.com, and we earned $4.02 back. Ok...we could tell you the two small items, but our children read this blog. :/

Honestly, we have purchased 95% of our Christmas presents online this year. We have saved money with ebates.com, coupon/promo codes and NO SALES TAX. Plus, we're not buying those little extra things while walking through the stores.

How can eBates.com help YOU? It gives YOU up to 26% Cash Back every time you shop online. You can shop at over 1,000 stores including eBay, JCPenney, Macy's, Nordstrom, Overstock.com, Wal-Mart, Kohl's and Home Depot. Plus, you get additional savings with exclusive coupons, free shipping offers, and limited-time sales!

How can eBates.com help US? When you sign up and make your first purchase, we'll receive a $5 bonus! It's a WIN-WIN! For us to receive the credit, you MUST click here or on one of the other eBates.com links within this post. Signing up is FREE and takes about 15 seconds.

Happy Shopping!
:)

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Bad News First

Dr. Bernard, head of the adoption agency, has indicated that "it is long and dark days in Haiti right now with the turmoil about the election for their new president." He asked for all of us to pray for Haiti and its people. Also, please pray that they seek Christ Jesus as the majority of Haitians practice voodoo.

"I am the light of the world.
He who follows Me
shall not walk in darkness,
but have the light of life. 
- John 8:12

Dr. Bernard will be receiving an email from us shortly requesting approval for adoption. Please bathe this request in prayer! We're not sure how long this process will take, but we will let you know the minute we receive an answer.

Don't forget that Friday, December 10th is the last day to order Lia Sophia jewelry. Details are listed above underneath the tab "Fundraisers."

Oh!!!! Oh!!!! Oh!!!!! I almost forgot to share some FANTASTIC news! Kelly Sutton from Tennessee Mornings on Fox 17 and Shane Tallant from Designed to Sell offered to help us put together and host a Songwriter's Night to benefit our adoption! Seriously! How cool is that?!?!?!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Great News!

We had an adoption meeting yesterday at church, and received some GREAT NEWS! The timeframe is now 12-18 months and the cost has been reduced by $5,000! God is so good!

I expected for Trey and I to have several fundraisers (like the Lia Sophia jewelry party) and yard sales in order to afford the adoption. What I did not expect was for our friends and family to offer financial contributions. I must admit that I am amazed and humbled.

Never before have I trusted in God like I am through this adoption process. Never. Never have I given 100% of myself to Him. I've always wanted some type of control, but I gave that up at the beginning of this process. I am in tears just writing this, because my God - your God - has shown up in a way that I have never experienced. I know we will have rough times, but God will carry us through them.

I've thought about why I have been able to finally give 100%, and I truly believe it is because I have an amazing husband who prays with me, for me and for our family every single day. He does not miss one day! I am blessed to have him in my life, our children are blessed, and one day soon, Beatrice will a part of this.

With the financial blessings received, we have been able to start the Home Study application process. From our understanding, it takes two to six months to complete - please pray for two! Once the Home Study has been completed, we will be able to set up an Abba account. All donations to Abba in our name is tax-deductible and our church, Long Hollow Baptist, will match up to $1,500! So, a $20 donation will become $40! I'll let everyone know when that is ready.

Until then, please do not forget that you can still order Lia Sophia jewelry through this Friday. The instructions to order online are at the top of this page.

If you would like to receive a notice when a new post is written, please email me at cynthiaemerson@comcast.net and I'll add you to the list.

Thanks and many blessings,
Cindy

Monday, November 29, 2010

Coffee with a Cause

Let us tell you about Just Love Coffee Roasters. The owner, Rob Webb, is in the family business of roasting coffee. When he and his wife adopted from Ethiopia, he developed a vision for using his expertise to help others. Since all of their coffee is fair trade, the poor farmers all over the world are helped by his business. And they offer fundraising opportunities for adopting families, like us. So if people make purchases from our “store,” we receive $5 per bag – mailed directly to us monthly for our adoption fund. Talk about a wonderful company!

Please consider supporting our family and this amazing company. What a great and unique Christmas present! But, of course, purchase some for yourself too, and help bring an orphan home.

Click here to order your coffee now from Africa, Central America, South America or even Asia!


Saturday, November 27, 2010

Our First Post!

When we went for nine months of pre-marital counseling five years ago, we talked a lot about what having a blended family with six children would mean. At that time, we had no idea that God's ultimate call for our "blending" would involve an 11 year old Haitian orphan named Beatrice. When we went to Haiti for a medical mission trip in May 2010, God made it very clear to each of us individually and then as a couple that we were to adopt and care for this young girl.



Initially, we were told that adoption from Haiti would be possible and relatively inexpensive compared to most international adoptions. We found out shortly after we returned that Haitian adoptions were closed and that we would have to wait until the new government took over in 2011. We were then told you had to be married for 10 years. After that, we were told that the orphanage where Beatrice lives was not going to do adoptions. It seemed that at every turn, there was an impossible hurdle to clear. We would go to church and just cry when they mentioned our Jeremie orphans.

Despite all of the dead ends and frustrations, we continued to pray that God would either take her off of our hearts or provide the way. Well, guess what? Doors started opening! In short order, we found out on November 11, 2010 at 9:55 am from our church coordinator that "Haiti is ready to roll!!!!!," that there could be an exemption to the 10 year marriage rule, and that the orphanage was not only open to adoptions but was very excited about them. God proved again that He is faithful beyond our wildest dreams.

Today, we look forward to our perfect seventh addition and know that the time will come soon for her to be here with us. We invite you to pray for us and with us, participate in our fundraising (if you find something you like) and countdown the days until we can bring our daughter, Beatrice, home.

Don't forget to subscribe to our updates at the top right corner or send us an email to CynthiaEmerson@comcast.net and we'll be happy to add you.

Many blessings,
Trey and Cindy