November 24, 2015

Gingerbread Houses & Our Baby

Molly was totally cracking us up as we made gingerbread houses.

It was clear she could smell the spices.

I could almost hear her thinking, "These cookies came from crinkly packages. Must be for me!" (Treats from plastic bags that we open in the living room usually are dog treats. Lol.) Molly danced around and couldn't understand why we wouldn't let her even lick them!

Silly girl.  :)

It was Dave's first time making gingerbread houses. He did the construction part, so they were quite sturdy little structures by the time the frosting dried!

As we decorated with more frosting, gumdrops, and other little candies, Dave reflected, "This will be so fun to do with our son or daughter someday."

We both smiled.

Lately, we find ourselves talking a lot about what we're looking forward to showing and teaching our baby. We're excited to experience the world through our baby's eyes and watch his or her own unique talents and personality develop.

We are completely amazed by how God is bringing together all the details for our adoption, especially in terms of opening doors for buying a house.

We still have a long way to go on fundraising, but donations keep coming in, and we have more plans for fundraising and applying for grants this winter. We keep stepping out in faith, trusting that God will provide everything we need.

Dave and I just wanted to say that we are so blessed by all your prayers and words of encouragement. It's a long journey, but we're so excited about what lies at the end of all the paperwork, interviews, and adoption education: our baby!

And in a few years, we hope to have another (very messy) gingerbread house to go alongside these, decorated by the tiny hands of our son or daughter.

November 3, 2015

Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes

Dave and I both care deeply about kids around the world. We always look forward to packing shoeboxes full of presents to send to kids through Operation Christmas Child! What we love about this ministry is that boys and girls are also introduced to the Gospel and have the opportunity to attend a discipleship class to learn more about Jesus.

By packing these shoeboxes, we can help meet the spiritual and physical needs of kids around the world. What a powerful opportunity!

I know that sometimes people wonder, "What should I pack?" Well, here's what we packed in our shoeboxes this year. Hopefully, you can glean some ideas of your own from our lists!  :D  This year, we chose to pack shoeboxes for boys. Overall, girls receive more shoeboxes than boys. When we found out that boys ages 2-4 and 10-14 typically receive the fewest boxes, we wanted to do what we could to help meet this need.

For boys 2-4, we packed:

A giraffe Beanie Baby
Sticker sheet
Sticker/activity book
Small lined notebook
Bead lizard
Child toothbrush
Plastic bowl
A small 4-year-old-sized t-shirt
Tootsie Rolls & Laffy Taffy (see candy restrictions here)
3-pack of bar soap
Soft bouncy-ball

For boys 10-14, we packed:

Pencil sharpeners
Small notepad
Water bottle
Small sports ball
Laffy Taffy & Tootsie Rolls (see candy restrictions here)
Duct tape
3-pack of bar soap