Well I have been thinking about fasting for about a week now. I was wondering what I was going to fast. I am doing my fast until we bring our baby home!!!! So are you ready....wait for it....I'm fasting....C...H...O...C...O...L..A...T...E! Yes you read it right...I am fasting chocolate. And just so you know...I LOVE chocolate. So I don't know how long this is going to be...but I will be fasting and praying like crazy until we bring our baby home. Please pray for us. Thanks! Much Love, Kristin
My heart is breaking tonight. I feel horrible and guilty knowing that I have so much, and these orphans are sleeping on nothing...drinking muddy bacteria filled water. How can we as a church, as God's children just sit back and do nothing, and even more crazy is to just sit back in our comfortable little lives and just ignore what is going on outside of our back yard.
Tonight I pray that God reaches down and touches each and every orphan...letting them feel His spirit and His greatness...I pray that God protects them...I pray that God reaches down and breaks the hearts of the church for His children, His orphans. I pray that the church opens up our hearts to these orphans, and steps out of our little comfortable 'box'.
These are children, innocent children that need us, as a church, God's people, to step up and do as we are told. In the Bible it says that 'Pure and genuine religion in the eyes of God our father is caring for the orphans and widows in their distress and not letting the world corrupt you." James 1:27
He, our Father, has adopted us. We should be doing the same for His children. We owe him everything. This is all his...it can be taken away in a split second. Please pray for me tonight, pray for our family as we continue to try and raise money to bring home one of the approximately 147 million orphans in this world. Pray that God blesses us with the ability to care for as many of His children as he will allow. Pray that He also touches many more hearts and lets them feel what He feels towards the orphans.
There has been a lot of traffic on our blog the last few days...probably because I have been forcing you all to spread the word!!!! lol. But I thought it would be appropriate to tell our story again so that people would know a little about us and why we are adopting...here it goes.
Cory and I have been married since June 5, 2004. We are truly best friends! We have a wonderful biological daughter, Kylie. She is the most amazing little person on earth! We love and cherish every moment we get to spend with her. Kylie will be three in October of this year. As a family we pray together every night, and go to church together on Sundays. We love our church family and we put God first in everything we do. We love our time with Jesus and are so blessed as a family to be on the 'same page'.
In December of 2009 a friend of mine was selling shirts that she had designed for her adoption fundraising. I had watched several 'adoption' videos and 'gotcha day' videos. In the midst of all this I started feeling a tugging on my heart for adoption. After tons of research, prayer, and sharing it all with Cory, we both decided on Dec 26, 2009 that we would be adopting our next child.
At first we wanted to adopt from Korea. We felt that Korea was a great match for us. We ran into several things when researching Korea that deterred us. But we kept trying to move forward...knowing that's where we wanted to be. Then, while doing my daily adoption blog reading from others I ran across an astonishing statistic. I'm pretty sure this is what it said...'For every caucasian child born in the US there are 7,000 families waiting, and for every African American child born there are ZERO, yes 0, families waiting!
After I heard that statistic I called Cory and told him. He was amazed too. We then decided that's where we were needed, here in the US. We prayed and prayed for the peace and strength to deal with people who wouldn't approve. We realized that we shouldn't worry about those people...we are doing God's will, we are taking care of HIS children!
So that leads us to where we are now...fundraising! We are trying to raise the money for the homestudy currently and then on to the fundraising for the actual adoption costs. Please consider purchasing a shirt, purchasing something from our Pamapered chef fundraiser, or donating! We want to raise it as fast as we can! We are sooooooooooo ready to bring our baby home!!!!
Hey guys! We are also doing another fundraiser along with our tshirts! My fabulous cousin is a Pampered Chef Consultant and is doing a fundraiser show for us! Along with what Pampered Chef is donating Lisa will be donating all of her commission!!!!! HOW AWESOME! We have a chance to really make a dent in this fundraising!
Orders will be taken through November 2nd. Orders will be delivered before Thanksgiving! Please go to www.pamperedchef.biz/lisacregscooking and search for my name, Kristin Thomas. You can place your orders right there on the site with a credit card! The items will be delivered direct to your door! Please spread the word!
You should check out their new products that just came out Sept 1st! This is a great time to get your Christmas shopping done! Not only will you be giving GREAT gifts you will be helping us bring home our baby!!!!
So...counted the shirts we have left...if we sell them ALL then we will only be about $100 from our homestudy!!! We have the following left: In the black shirts we have; S=3, M=2, L=5, XL=6, XXL=5, XXXL=3, XXXXL=1...In the Grey we have the following left; S=2, M=6, L=2, XL=6, XXL=1, XXXL=2. PLEASE spread the word! We need to sell these shirts ASAP!