Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Auction Pictures...Part 2

These are the adult section books...

Gardening, Art, Travel, Music, Language, Party Planning, Decorating, 
Pets & Crafting Books. Parenting, Adoption, Special Needs, 
Bible, Inspirational, Health, Cooking, Fiction, Non-Fiction, 
NY Bestsellers, History, Miscellaneous

Bidding ends at 11:59 PM EST on November 7th. 



















All of these books are available to be bid on here: 


Auction Pictures...Part 1

Here are some quick looks at some of the over 700 books up for auction in our current auction. There are a lot without any bids yet and many that are going for only $1-$3. This is the perfect time to shop for gifts and get a great deal plus help bring our daughter home at the same time!

Below you can see the New, Signed books, Educational books, Christmas themed books, Children's books, Ballet and Horse themed books!











 
















Friday, October 24, 2014

Book Auction Is Live!!


We have seriously around 1000 books just in this second auction. Amazing how God has provided through the generosity of others!

Go take a look-we really do have something for everyone! Educational books, ballerinas, horse, Christmas, New & Signed, New York Times Bestsellers, board books, picture books, readers, chapter books, history, gardening, classics, character building, science, animals, art and music, parenting and inspirational.....the list goes on. You need to see it for yourself :-)

Bidding ends at 11:59 PM EST on November 7th so you have plenty of time to browse and place your bids. Outbid notifications are not working when others post but do when I do. I plan on commenting on every picture as the auction gets close to the end. That will allow you to defend your bids if you have been outbid but didn't realize it!

Happy shopping and thank you so much for helping to bring Esther home!!




Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Updates-Books-Prayer Requests and No News...

I haven't blogged in a week because there isn't any news to report yet. Yesterday we got a message from our caseworker saying that we are still waiting for a signature from the MOJ and that we *should* be in the next pile that gets signed. We have heard that before so I'm not sure how excited to be about the possibility or when it might happen. Soon, and in God's timing, we know and believe and are resting in that!

Tomorrow will be three months since I said goodbye to Esther. It has gone by fast but feels longer since we have no idea when she will be home. I've resigned to the likelihood that it won't be until January again. I've been pretty patient and okay with the wait until just recently. I think seeing so many who traveled the same time or even after we did, receive court and travel dates for pickup has made it harder. I miss her and love her and can't wait to have her here with her siblings and to get to know her as our daughter. It helps to see her on Skype, even though she is very blurry. When another person is there with her, she is quite chatty and I love hearing her voice!



We are slowly preparing for bringing Esther home. We moved all the girls into our master bedroom to give them more space. It is working out very well so far. We still have lots of details to finish up, painting to do and other things to tie it all together but I think we have plenty of time left to do that so there is no rush.

We took a day off to visit the children's museum. A much needed break from the daily grind!


He found all the letters and put them in the right order himself!



I will be getting Benjamin's FINAL PPR scheduled soon! Looking forward to being done with those, only to start all over again, haha :)

Ben is doing very well. He is starting to outgrow his size 5 pants! He is still shorter than his 5 and 7yo sisters, despite turning 8 next month, but he is growing. He loves helicopters, airplanes, singing and birthday parties. He is learning very quickly and enjoys school. He loves to talk but we are still working on conversational speaking, and being quiet when necessary, lol. Unfortunately, we have seen a lot of regression and testing boundaries since he started school. We expected some of that with the change of routine and being away from home and family and everything/one he knew but not to this extent. We thought with time things would settle down and improve. He is very social and happy and isn't fearful of school at all. He has a great teacher and is the perfect class and arrangement, with OT and speech therapy weekly. Not much learning can happen if he isn't cooperative, though. Many kids who come from an orphanage background tend to have a hard time respecting and trusting other authority figures. A lot of it is attachment related and so we are trying to figure out what is the best for him right now to give him what he needs. We aren't quite sure how to help him understand that the rules at home are the same as they are at school.

Adoption is NOT for the faint of heart, both before and after they come home! Definitely a refining and character building process for myself!

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We are gearing up for our FINAL BIG Bountiful Blessings & Books auction!! This one is looking to be even bigger than the last one, though not as many signed books. The books are coming from some very generous people and I'm just amazed at God's provision. 

Bidding starts on Friday, October 24th and ENDS at 11:59 EST November 7th. 

Due to the size of this fundraiser, it was impossible to put it all on our blog in an easy to manage way. This second auction will be located on the same FB page as the last one. Please be sure to "LIKE" the page and share the link. We have books for everyone!


Funds raised above and beyond what we need for our adoption expenses will be shared with other adoptive families bringing children home from the same country. 

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So that is all I have as far as an update. Please keep praying for our precious Esther, that we will get news soon. For her health and safety, that her heart will be prepared to join our family. Also, please keep praying for our unspoken prayer requests. We are trusting in the outcome and God's perfect plan in those situations above everything that makes sense from a logical standpoint or even our own desires. Thank you!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Waiting...

2 1/2 months since I said goodbye to Esther.

We are waiting for news about the next step in our adoption (MOJ sig and then court). There is no consistent timeline for this step but I'm preparing that we won't be traveling for pickup until January. I remember well how hard it was to wait during this phase of Ben's adoption. It isn't any easier now, I miss Esther and want her home...but I have a peace and a patience while we wait, I just don't know where it is coming from! I know she will be home soon and this time will be a distant memory. It does help to see her weekly on Skype, though it is getting harder to come up with things to do during each session to hold her interest. I just want to hold her, rock her, care for her and get to know her in person.

We are keeping very busy finishing up the final fundraisers we had planned. Gearing up for round two of our Bountiful Blessings & Books Auction which we hope to start on October 24th!

We are praying for clear answers to an unspoken prayer request.  For this to be possible, it would take a miracle, which we know God can do IF it is His will. Sorry for being vague, but I can not share details now. We would appreciate prayers!

We decided to put the girls into our master bedroom so that took quite a bit of time rearranging this past week. Now I can finalize getting Esther's bed ready and clothes in the closet. Maybe it will feel real that she really is coming home once that is done. :)



Monday, October 6, 2014

Book Auction Total

The grand total raised through our book auction was:

$2,970!!

Isn't that amazing?

I can't thank everyone enough for their book donations, sharing and bids...
We could not have done it without you <3

We are knee deep in getting them all packaged up to send out. It took 7 hours to sort them alone. Then add in entering everything into Excel, packaging, weighing and then printing shipping labels. There are 120 different packages being mailed out!

All I can say is...

She is worth it!