Finally!

Standard

Hi! Here I am! I didn’t disappear from the face of the Earth…I may have wanted to a few minutes this past month, though.
God’s provision has been overwhelming.  I have been completely overwhelmed this past month picking up, pricing, sorting, and storing garage sale items; and baking and cooking.  I have had orders for fudge, cheesecake, turkey, ham, gumbo, dressing, brownies, and pie.  Can’t find me? Check the kitchen.
We are slowly working on the amount of money that we need to complete our adoption. Also this past month, our home study update was complete, and we had our medical appointments.
Boden has still been going to school, and is doing so very well!  Last Friday we finished up the semester here at Drake Academy, and are now enjoying the Christmas season.  We have made cinnamon ornaments, cookies, and have a few painted crafts planned.  There have been hot chocolate consumed and Christmas movies watched!
We try to use our Christmas money for something big for the whole family each year.  Last year, we were able to buy annual family passes to Moody Gardens in Galveston.  They expired on December 14, so on the 13th (Andi’s 9th birthday!!!!) we used them for one last trip.  It was so nice to be out and about again.  We have not been doing anything extra lately.  We could justify this though because it was free!  We even brought our own snacks and meals!  We had such a fantastic day at the aquarium, rainforest, Ice Land, Festival of Lights, and The Polar Express in 4D.  We even found a park to eat lunch at!
The kids all especially liked seeing the dolphins on the ferry.  Caleb even saw one jump completely out of the water.
Sorry I haven’t been around much.  Things are crazy busy around here as we try to work to bring home Pearson, homeschool, run a house hold etc.  Keep us in your prayers!

Update….

Standard

….to come

I haven’t blogged in over a month! So sorry that I’ve had you all in the dark. I couldn’t remember the username or password to log in to my account. I’m blaming it on adoption brain. =)
I am cleaning and putting a up a Christmas tree, and spending time with my sweet kiddos today.  I have been so busy working on local fundraising stuff.
I will blog-lighten you later tonight, so stay tuned!

Truth Be Told

Standard
I wrote the following email in response to an email received by someone who has read our blog:
It is only slightly nuts around here lately. Between home school, dr appointments, fundraising, and paperwork, I am running myself ragged.  I guess if you want to know the truth….I don’t feel like I’m glorifying God much.  I am worrying too much, and putting my trust in my own abilities (scary, right?).  I haven’t had a break in a while, and I am stressed and tired.  It is so hard to remember God’s grace and faithfulness right now in the trenches, when I should be focused on it more than ever.  Honestly I feel frail and inadequate right now. I guess I am writing more than you bargained for, huh?
  Our son, Boden has been home for 11 months and 4 days. He was twelve when we adopted him from Eastern Europe.  He turned 13 in April.  He has made so much progress over the past 11 months, but he still is very autistic in nature. He has Down Syndrome, and he was transferred to an adult mental institution when he was four.  He was there for 8 years before we were able to bring him home.  He is nonverbal, but SO VERY loud.  I know institutionalization is mostly what we are dealing with, not his diagnosis.  He is such a joy, and has the best smile…with dimples!
We saw Pearson from RR while we were visiting Boden.  We saw him from a distance everyday, but one day I was able to talk with him.  I use that term loosely, as he spoke Russian, and I do not.  He was sitting (like they do all day, every day) on the ground to the side of the sidewalk, and as I walked past, the he stood up and stepped in my path.  Before the nanny could jerk him out of my way, I bent down and told him that he was very sweet.  He grabbed my face with both of his hands, and pulled me down until our foreheads were touching, and stared into my eyes for a second or two (which is remarkable in it’s own right….Boden still hardly makes eye contact), and then I kissed his cheek, and his whole freckled-face light up……………..and then I had to walk away.  It was the hardest thing that I’ve had to do.  It was like he knew he needed to take the chance; he was begging to be seen–desperate for a family.  One day, hopefully soon, he’ll know that I saw him. That I came back for him.
Due to Boden’s needs, and circumstances at the time, we couldn’t bring him home then, so he has just been sitting….waiting.  There’s not a day that goes by that I haven’t thought about him.  And I am so grateful that God chose us as his parents.  We are working hard to get back to him.
So yes, we are fundraising.  Last night we were even offered a $500 matching grant.  Our FSP has to read $1289.88 to meet it.  Our tshirts haven’t been very successful, and my sensory rice project was a flop.  And so I stay awake at night scheming, trying to figure out how to make a buck for him.  We started a FB auction today.  I need it to be a success.  There are very few grants that we qualify for, since his birth country is an independent country, and we don’t need an agency.  The ones that we can apply for are Christian grants, and they are hitting me in the gut.  They are shining a light on my weaknesses, and I stare at them, and then don’t fill them out.  I am not strong right now.  I am tired, and stressed (and losing sleep and clumps of hair!).  I don’t want to answer the question “Describe your daily walk with God,” Because in my sinfulness and self-dependence, I am failing at the moment.  I am praying though. Praying for God to grant me peace, praying that God would grow my faith, praying for God’s provision, praying that I will be content with His timing, and praying for His forgiveness.
I am so sorry if this has let you down….it’s where I am at in this exact moment. I want to glorify God through this adoption.  And I know that he brought us to Pearson, so that He may be glorified….I am sorry if I did the opposite of that.  As brothers and sisters in Christ, could you just lift us up?  We are so thankful to be a part of God’s redeeming work.  I am so grateful that God has broken our hearts for the lonely and forgotten.  It’s hard sometimes being in the trenches. But I cannot WAIT to have my son home!  We are so happy that he’s ours =)
Thank you so much for reaching out to us, and for your prayers and support!
Sorry I’m Crazy……ha!Soli Deo GloriaAnd God, with His perfect timing encouraged me through this person with this response: 

 

 

Remember God’s faithfulness in providing for your first adoption. We forget so easily what God has done for us in the past. He is also using this to sanctify you. I think he is showing you your weakness for your good. Your frailty and inadequacy is normal and good. Consider what Jesus did in Matthew 14:15-18:

Now when it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a desolate place, and the day is now over; send the crowds away to go into the villages and buy food for themselves.” But Jesus said, “They need not go away; you give them something to eat.” They said to him, “We have only five loaves here and two fish.” And he said, “Bring them here to me.”
Jesus asked them to do the impossible, let them feel their insufficiency, then graciously supplied what they needed. He enabled them to obey his command.

God is glorified when his strength shines through your weakness.

2 Corinthians 12:9-10
“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
You aren’t letting me down, and if you did, don’t worry about it. Our aim is to please God (2  Corinthians 5:9).
I hope I was able to encourage you in some way. Stay on your knees before God and trust in His provision and timing!
We will be praying for you. 

 

Please pray for us as we fight for our child.  It feels like war. It is spiritual warfare….This is hard. But it is a hard that is so worth doing.  It’s a good kind of hard. A hard that’s ordained by God the Father, And though I may be weak……….

Tshirt Fundraiser is here.
FB Auction is here.
Christmas shop is here.
And here is our Family Sponsorship Page on RR where you can make a tax deductible donation towards our adoption.

Chugging along…

Standard

Something pretty awesome happened today.  We have lived in this house for the past 8 years.  We have broke even or had an escrow shortage and had to pay in every single year.  Today, I received a check for an escrow overage! How cool is that?!  Totally a God thing.  I have to keep telling myself, He will provide, He will provide.
Truth be told, I have been so discouraged lately.  I kind of feel like I am screaming in a crowded room, and no one is looking at me.  I think that I was putting my faith in people, and in myself, instead of God.  Please join me in praying for God’s provision.
We could travel to Pearson so fast. But the way our funds are, I haven’t started a lot of the paperwork because I don’t want it to expire. That’s hardly fair to someone that has been abandoned and parentless his whole life.
Please Help us get our Lost Boy! 8 days to sell 33 more shirts. Three people will win $10 gift cards when/if we hit our goal. I was going to say iTunes, but we could also do Amazon, or Target. PLEASE BUY A SHIRT!https://www.bonfirefunds.com/the-drake-family-for-pearson

Or if you would rather just donate to our FSP on Reece’s Rainbow, you can do that, too.   http://reecesrainbow.org/82284/sponsordrake-2

SHOP TIL YOU DROP

Standard

If you are not on Facebook, and you would like to shop from our One Stop Christmas Shop, here are the links you follow to each “party.”

https://audreybraman.scentsy.us/?partyId=259739597 This is the link to our Scentsy Fundraiser.  We get 25% of all sales through this link.

https://v3726.myubam.com/64299  This is the link to our USBORNE fundraiser.

rasheffield.myrandf.com  This is the link to our RODAN+FIELDS fundraiser.

http://www.Origami4Orphans.origamiowl.com/parties/4Orphans488909/collections.ashx  This is the link to our ORIGAMI OWL fundraiser.

https://www.mythirtyone.com/shop/catalog.aspx?eventId=E5048667&from=DIRECTLINK&extern=true&verify=true This is the link to our THIRTY-ONE fundraiser.

www.pamperedchef.biz/askewacres  This is the link to our PAMPERED CHEF fundraiser.  You must put DRAKE ADOPTION as the hostess

http://horvath.jamberrynails.net/party/?uid=9e6e152f-d05d-47ca-ba43-57904d33abe1This is the link to our JAMBERRY fundraiser.

http://www.norwex.biz/PublicStore/event/572589/default.aspx  This is the link to our NORWEX fundraiser

youngliving.org This is the link to our YOUNG LIVING fundraiser. You must use this ID code for us to get credit: 1569871

Happy shopping!!!! =)

Or if you would rather buy a T-shirt, you can do so here.
Or if you would rather make a tax deductible donation, you can do so here

30520132428-232x300.

Fundraiser Update

Standard

Our USA Map fundraiser is doing great! This is where we are at:

new update
So we don’t lack too much with it! You can donate  $10 here and email me at mehgandrake@yahoo.com or comment to let me know if you sponsored a state.

However, our T-shirt sales have not been quite as successful. We have only sold 11 shirts.  One more shirt, and I will share a new picture of Pearosn!!! You can buy a shirt here:  https://www.bonfirefunds.com/the-drake-family-for-pearson
We only have 13 days to reach 50 shirts, or no one gets shirts, and we don’t get donations.
Also our Christmas Shop is still going on now through October 31st!!
Thank you for all your prayers and support!! We are working hard to bring home our son!! =)

US Geography–Enter to Win a $50 Gift Card

Standard

Here is a United States map:

10728587_755879097794255_981531329_n

But, it is no ordinary map.  You see this map will magically help bring our son home. This is how it works.  People from around the country–THAT’S YOU– will (Lord willing) donate $10 to sponsor a state.  Your name will then appear on your state.  When the map is full, we will have $500 for our adoption, and one lucky winner will be drawn to receive a $50 GIFT CARD!!!  (This gift card can be to anywhere of the winner’s choosing)

Please donate to our FSP.  Then comment here, email me at mehgandrake@yahoo.com, or if we are friends on FB send me a message and let me know what state, or states, you are sponsoring! Thank you so much! And feel free to share!

Also, don’t forget about our Tshirt fundraiser we have going on now through October 29th.

shirt

You can also shop at our One Stop Christmas Shop now through October 31st.  You can browse through Norwex, Jamberry, Thirty-One, Scentsy, Pampered Chef, Usborne, Origami Owl, and Rodan +Fields.  Representatives from each of these companies have generously offered to donate their commissions to Pearson’s adoption.

Please shop, donate and share to help us bring home our little man!  We have a short process this go ’round, as we already have immigration approval and a home study, but we can not go to him until we are financially able.  We are working hard, and we are ready to have our boy home!
30520132428-232x300