Time to pray…and network.

So there really hasn’t been any news lately on the adoption front.  It appears we have hit a stagnant period.   It is insane the way you can see 3 or 4 emails a week with potential birth mother situations and then silence…for weeeeeeks.  We have not seen any situations in about the last month or so and are just patiently waiting on God’s timing.

Here’s where we are right now and how it works (in a nutshell)- We are working with Christian Adoption Consultants (CAC)  and they have list of recommended agencies.  There are about 4 agencies on the list that will waive the application fees for CAC families.  We have sent our application and profile book into these agencies, but since we have not paid the fees we are kind of a”back burner” family.  These agencies will first approach families who have paid their fees and then if they do not have someone in their agency they will send the situation to the CAC families.  This is the reason we have not seen very many situations/situations with high legal risks and/or significant substance abuse.

PRAYER REQUEST:
So, here is where the first prayer request comes in…there are also a number of recommended agencies through CAC where we can pay the application fees and become a fully active family.  JD and I have said we would wait it out for a couple of months with the agencies that waive the fee and then reevaluate based on how things are going.  We know this could be a long process regardless of how we proceed, but we also know God has a perfect plan for our family and that everything will come together at the exact right moment based on his timing.  We fully trust in this timing, but we also feel like we have reached the point where we must make some moves and get ourselves out there.  Our consultant, Susan, recommended that we apply to Adoption Choices of Nevada based on their great reputation and our budget.  We ask that you pray with us as we make the major decision of whether or not to apply to this agency.  The reason we are a little nervous is because it is SO far from home and any out of state adoption will require at least a two week stay once the baby is born.  This is an added cost on top of the already hefty price tag of $35,000-$45,000.  We know God will provide for this adoption in miraculous ways, but adding the expense of air travel and lengthy hotel stays makes the cost seem almost insurmountable. I know it is just another way the Lord is testing my faith and saying to me- “Hope, you have got to let go of EVERYTHING and trust me to handle the details.”  Every time I think I have successfully relinquished control He pushes me a little further outside of my comfort zone.

NETWORKING REQUEST:
We still have not given up hope on a local/private adoption.  We actually would LOVE for a private adoption to work out from a financial standpoint.  It would eliminate the need for expensive travel and the cost would be closer to $5,000-$10,000 which definitely makes my number-crunching husband much happier!  So this is where you come in!  We are trying to spread the word to EVERYONE we know that we are adopting in hopes that someone has a connection to a birth mother wanting to place her baby up for adoption.  We are hoping the news that we are adopting spreads like wildfire…so tell everyone YOU know too!  When we met with the lawyer in Decatur he told us to tell every teacher and healthcare professional we know since many times they come across young women looking to place their babies up for adoption.  I have been doing my best to get the word out, but feel free to share our story with anyone you come across ūüôā

Click here to read about our road to adoption

As we enter this next stage of the process we ask that you join us in prayer.  Here are some specific ways you can be praying with us:
-Guidance from the Lord on how to proceed/what steps we should take next
-Patience and peace as we face the unknown
-Letting go of the reins and trusting the Lord to provide
-Strength and stamina to continue on this journey
-Future baby Davis and his/her birth mother

Thank you for all of the continued prayers and the many ways you have supported us so far through this adoption process!

 

 

 

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Adoption Fundraiser T-shirt…Round 2!

Beauty for Ashes T-shirt

**UPDATE** Many of you have asked about our t-shirts so I am going to be placing another order!  We will be selling the shirts for two weeks and I will be ordering on September 19th.  Feel free to share this info with your family/friends/Sunday School class/co-workers!  We will sell to ANYBODY, ANYWHERE!  You can read about the meaning behind the shirt below or skip to the end of the post to check out ordering details.


OH MY GOODNESS YOU GUYS! ¬†I am so excited about the way this t-shirt turned out! ¬†We will be selling these t-shirts as a way to raise funds for our adoption. ¬†More details on how you can purchase one in a minute (or you can skip directly to the bottom of this post), but first a little backstory on the shirt…

One of my favorite verses is Isaiah 61:3:

To all who mourn in Israel,
    he will give a crown of beauty for ashes,
a joyous blessing instead of mourning,
    festive praise instead of despair.
In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks
    that the Lord has planted for his own glory.

I love the imagery of this verse and the hope it promises.  One morning, shortly before Asher passed away, this verse was in my devotional.   As I read the words I became a blubbering mess.  I knew that we were about to be reduced to ashes and that we would be mourning the loss of yet another son.  However, this verse showed me that God had a promise for us:  He promised we would receive a crown of beauty from those ashes and that we would one day be praising festively instead of mourning.  I feel that this verse has been applicable to our lives on SO many different levels, and just one of the ways is this adoption.  We feel that this adoption will be a crown of beauty (our new baby) for ashes (the losses of Taylor and Asher), and that once we meet our son or daughter we will joyfully praise him for blessing us with a child!

(Our Road to Adoption link)


So, that is a little explanation of why we chose “a crown of beauty for ashes” to be on our adoption fundraiser t-shirt. ¬†Now onto how you can own one of these shirts!

  • We do not place large orders and¬†keep¬†the shirts on hand. ¬†We have to have exact numbers from those who want a shirt and then we place an order…so don’t miss your chance!
  • It is a navy, nice and soft t-shirt.¬†
  • The shirts are available in youth sizes.
  • Tank tops are available
  • The t-shirts (adult and youth)¬†are¬†$20 each and the tank tops are $22.
  • We will be pre-selling the shirts for two weeks. ¬†I will place the order on September 19th.¬† The company will then ship the shirts to me and I will distribute them as soon as they arrive.
  • Send me a Facebook message, comment on Facebook or the blog¬†to let me know the size(s) you need.
  • You can make your donation a few different ways:
    1.  Through PayPal:  CLICK HERE TO GO TO OUR PAYPAL ME ACCOUNT
    2. Via check sent to-
    Hope Davis
    P.O. Box 2436
    Madison, AL 35758
    3.  You can pay in cash/by check directly to JD or myself (or someone who will see us)

***ADDED BONUS- your name will go on a puzzle piece for helping out through this fundraiser!!!***

Puzzle Pieces: Something special for future Baby Davis…