Welcome Evangeline!

We have a confession: we’ve been keeping a secret for a month.

Evie

Welcome Ella Jane’s baby sister, Evangeline Elizabeth-Ann Elliott!

She was born Elizabeth Ann [surname withheld] in Texarkana, TX on February 19 at 12:46pm, 7lbs & 3oz, 20.5″.
After a series of roller-coaster days, Evie finally joined our family!

EJ feeding Evie

We are overjoyed, yet we are simultaneously heartbroken for her birth mother, a very brave young lady who loves her so much that she chose life and adoption for her. God blessed us to be able to minister to her in a way far beyond what we expected. We are awestruck by His sovereignty and goodness.
Thank you for all the prayers! We’ve felt them and they are effective. Please continue to pray for mercy and peace for the birthmom’s heart. We love and respect her a lot.

After that first week, the paperwork process did not go smoothly (to put it simply), so it took a long time for us to be cleared ¬†to come home from Arkansas. But we’ve seen God’s plan and provision in keeping us here and with the folks He’s connected in our lives. We will detail more of that later, but for now the big news is that


EJs new view

WE ARE COMING HOME!

Birthday News

EJ Cinderella

Yesterday, we celebrated our sweet daughter’s third birthday! We cannot believe she is three, or that she is so funny, smart, creative, beautiful, and delightful. But she is, and we’re blessed!

dancing

Dance party!

Serving ice cream

Serving ice cream

Presents

Presents

As you can see from these pictures, she is very into princesses these days; particularly Disney’s Cinderella. We just had a small family party with her grandparents and our friends/neighbors Jordan & Carrie — the latter of which made her cake! It was awesome, by the way. We’ll have a bigger party with Ella’s friends for her half birthday (we like pool parties, which are difficult to pull off in the winter).

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Cinderella’s Carriage Cake – by Carrie

Ella finds her cake.

Ella finds her cake.

This kid is getting big. We mean that literally and generally. Kim noticed the other day that she is half her height. That’s kind of sad. She is also at the age to properly sing songs, quote shows, recognize characters, draw pictures, act out stories, make up games, make up songs, argue, compromise, get along with the cat, and talk about being a big sister.

Oh yeah – about that ūüôā

You might’ve noticed quite a lull in adoption updates on this blog, but the wait is over.¬†Before the party yesterday, our lawyer called to get things rolling on an adoption plan for our next kid! Woohoo!¬†The truth is that we’ve had some “behind the scenes” stuff going on, but now some of it can be declassified.

We recently snuck out on a secret weekend trip to meet a brave young lady who has chosen life for her child. A couple of days after the visit, (on the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, which I think is significant) she contacted us to let us know she would like for us to parent the baby. We told her we would be honored, and that is an understatement.

We got connected with her through a friend, so it will be an independent adoption. However, our agency has been very helpful by giving what advice, answers, and referrals they can and they will still do our post-placement.

Thank you so much for all your support, excitement, and prayers for us on our journey so far! It was a wonderful gift to be able to tell EJ yesterday that the plan to bring home her new sibling is official. We can’t wait until that birthday!

God Are You Speaking to Me?

We originally heard God tell us to start the adoption process in October of 2011. October 30th I think it was. We immediately got to work¬†researching and calling family to let them know it was happening. Within a week we had (from 1 phone call) $7500 toward our adoption. We didn’t know it at the time, but that would be half of our total fees to our agency. There would be other confirmations about the path of adoption for our family.

Lately in this period of waiting I’ve (Kim) been struggling with, “Ok God, we are fully funded — now what?” and “Is this really from you? We have been faithful; now what do I do while I wait?” ¬†A couple of months ago I got a check and a card out of the blue from a couple at church for $250 toward our adoption. Now that we have bought and moved into our new house, we have to complete a ¬†home study¬†update. The cost? $250!!!! That’s God speaking to us, telling us that He still has us and we are still on the right path.

Just this morning I was talking to a friend about how I could use another one of those confirmations because the wait was getting hard again.   This afternoon I had another one of those moments. My God is so good to me.

A little back story: We have decided that if we adopt a baby girl she will be named Evangeline. We decided this months and months ago. For a while now, that has been the name that comes to mind when I think about our adoption. I speculated that our child would be Evangeline, though I’m not 100% sure that I’ve ever¬†distinctively¬†heard that from God. EJ also tells us she wants a baby sister.

I have just started a ladies’ bible study with some women from my small group at church. I’ve been hopeful to hear from God through this study but never imagined I’d hear so clearly so quickly from Him. I was working on my first day of “homework” for the study this afternoon and about halfway down the third page the author mentions a co-worker named Evangeline. Be still my soul: I’ve never seen it written before! I said silently, “Is that you God? Are you telling me something? Is our child Evangeline?” No kidding, the very next sentence is about the author’s other co-worker. Any guesses what her name is? ….. Kimberly.

That’s me, that’s my name! I started crying and praying right then. Thank-you God for speaking to me in such a clear way. Now I struggle what to do with this. After talking with Bucky and praying about it, we have decided to claim it fully. We will have an Evageline.

Will you pray with us for Evangeline? We don’t know how she will come — or when or from where — but we believe God is going to bring Evangeline into our family. Pray for her by name, pray for all the pieces to come into place, pray for us in the¬†silence of waiting.

Waiting…

On Monday of this week we handed in our finished profiles and gave our signitures on our home study.

Now we just wait. We wait for the phone call that will tell us who our new baby is; the one that will change our family forever. Several people along the way of this adoption journey have told me that this is the hardest part. They were right. ¬†You’d think it would be easy ¬†and feel really great to turn everything in and be done with your part, and it did the first day. But now everything is out of our control there is nothing left for us to do but wait. Thanks for all the prayers and continued support everyone has shown us so far in this journey. Please continue to pray for us, but specifically pray for our baby and for our baby’s birth family.

THANK YOU!

A gigantic THANK YOU to all who have helped us with our puzzle fundraiser and with raising the funds for our adoption in general. We are so excited to announce that our puzzle has been fully sponsored! Beyond that, we are also happy to announce that we are fully funded for the whole adoption as it stands now. God has provided for this adoption through our friends, family, and community and we want to let you know how grateful we are to each of you for being a part of this calling.

Puzzle Fundraiser

*UPDATE 3/27* 317 puzzle pieces have now been sponsored. We only have 183 to go! Thank-you to all who have donated so far!

*UPDATE 3/13* 111 puzzle peices have been sponsored so far. Thank-you to all those who have helped with this!

Kicking off our first fundraiser! We need a total of $14,300 for our adoption. Right now, we only have $1,800 to go – because Jehovah Jireh is awesome and our friends and family have shown us amazing love and support. If you haven’t been able to contribute yet – or if you’d like to do more, here’s how you can help:

‚ÄúLet the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.‚ÄĚ - Matthew 19:14

We’ve got this 500-piece puzzle which we’d like to hang in our home to represent Jesus’ love for children* (and His love for us as adopted children), but we won’t put any of the pieces together until they’re sponsored. Our goal is to raise $1000 with this puzzle, so each piece represents $2 from a partnering donor. You can sponsor just one piece or as many as you’d like, and we’ll write your name on the back of each. We’ll put the finished puzzle in a frame with a transparent front & back to represent the support and love given to our new child.

To sponsor, just click on the PayPal button and donate $2 for each piece you’d like to sponsor. Alternately, you can donate in person or send us a check. Thanks to all of you who’ve been on this journey with us and to those who are joining us now!

*The image in the puzzle is also special to us because it echoes how envision our precious Charity Kay, who we miscarried last year – hanging out joyfully in the arms of Jesus!