and the winner is…

Hello! Remember the raffle we’ve had open over the last few weeks? (see below)portrait session raffle

Well, today we drew and are announcing a winner! First of all, truly, THANK YOU again and again to everyone who have given and supported us along the way and specifically now through the raffle. We are, as I’ve said and hope to continue to say, blown away!

Are you ready for it?! Drum roll please!!!!portrait sesh raffle winner

You know who you are Cay-Jay! Looking forward to a sweet session with you two lovelies!

Until next time, if you’d simply like to support our adoption and be a part of bringing our little one(s) home, click here to help carry the load!

Rain boots and dancing

Because we like boots and rain, mullets and three-year-olds, love-you-so-bad-it-hurts kind of hugs, ‘who can shout ‘yay’ the loudest’ contests, and all around awesomeness. Who wouldn’t want to be their siblings?! To help bring home LL & W’s little sis and/or sis/bro and/or sis/sis Click Here!

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LL W - rainboots Aug2014-2 Yep she’s three and loving it.

LL W - rainboots Aug2014-3 And I am so loving this.

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LL W - rainboots Aug2014-5 Sabotage.

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LL W - rainboots Aug2014-11Let the competition begin…

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LL W - rainboots Aug2014-13yaaaayy!!!!

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There they are! The two bestests. Now let’s bring the other Asay Littles HOME!

 

update + Adoption Raffle Fundraiser!

Hello Hello!

We’ve been busy! Our home study has been completed, our mandated education is nearly complete and now we are awaiting our i800a approval from the USCIS. Between paperwork, running a household, fundraising, and trying to stay sane we could all use a nap (said every adopting parents I’m sure!).

In spite of needing a nap, remember my constant prayer? It’s simply that God would BLOW MY MIND throughout the entire adoption process, and I’d be cutting him short if I said he hasn’t done exactly that through each and every endeavor we’ve made thus far. He connected us with the very best social worker who completed our home study in record time (and well I might add). He’s provided the exact money we’ve needed when we’ve needed it. Our USCIS fingerprinting date happened to fall when Tad would be out of the country for work. We decided to risk it and just walked in hoping they’d give us favor – and they did. God is FAITHFUL. LL envelope

Currently we are gathering all the needed documents for our dossier and waiting for our i800a (I had a helper – see above). Once we receive that we can then submit our dossier and finally…wait. It’s strange to me that we want to ‘hurry up so we can wait’, but the sooner we start waiting, the sooner we can lay eyes on the face(s) that will soon be called ours.

So while we wait, we fundraise! We still need roughly $16,000 (Did you read that?!?! God has already provided us with over half of what we need!) $16,000 is still a lot of money, and we need help. Thankfully our next fundraiser lands you with a sweet portrait session with your’s truly out of the deal. portrait session raffleAs the picture says, for every $5 you choose to donate to our adoption between now and 9/20/14, your name will be entered another time into the raffle. A winner will be drawn on 9/21/14 and announced right here & other social media outlets. So PLEASE leave an email address in the message box while you donate. The prize is a 30 minute portrait session in the Ames/Des Moines area (a $135.00 value) and must been scheduled before the end of 2014. So come on all of you Christmas/New Year card loving peeps (or you ‘I don’t need photographs, but love adoption so I’ll donate anyway’ people) – it’s raffle time!!

PRAY:

  • That God would continue to BLOW OUR MINDS in how he provides for us
  • That Jesus would received all the credit for any accomplishments we achieve
  • That we’d be able to compile all the needed notarized and apostilled documents in time so that when our i800a is approved everything is ready to be submitted
  • That God would be caring for and providing nurture & protection for our future little ones
  • That we’d get a nap

 

BE one of the thousand.

Exciting things are happening friends! Remember my prayer that God would completely BLOW MY MIND in how he would provide for us? Well, he has NOT been slow in answering that request! He has been so extremely faithful to provide exactly what we needed exactly when we needed it and some even before and we can’t wait to see how he will provide for us as we move forward. So what’s so exciting (aside from God’s awesome provision) you ask? This PUZZLE!

asay adoption puzzle-5It is a ONE THOUSAND piece puzzle, of which we are ‘selling’ the pieces for $10/each to raise funds for our adoption journey. I am so looking forward to having you guys write your names (or I’ll write it for you) :) on the back of your very own piece as you become a piece of our puzzle! Some have already been added – see below!

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I found this fundraising idea on another adoption blog I was perusing the other day and thought it would be a fantastic way to let even more people (1000 to be exact) be a part of bringing home our sweets. Ten dollars is like…2 mochas. Or ONE trip to the pool for me and the kids! (we’ll probably play in the backyard with the hose from now on).

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So stop what you’re doing, CLICK HERE, give ten little dollars, and BE one of the thousand! Make sure you include your name (or the name you’d like to have written on your puzzle piece) and don’t forget your kids! They will want to have their name on their very own puzzle piece, most likely, just sayin’.

asay adoption puzzle-61This is what the finished puzzle will be. I designed it and ordered it through this sweet etsy shop. But we can’t put it together until each and every piece has been purchased and has a name on the back! Help us put our puzzle together, purchase a piece – or 3, and watch as God provides through all of you! Get excited – big things are happening through all of you!

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You can also purchase puzzles pieces from me or our family members in Des Moines, Omaha, and Kearney, NE areas in person as well – just stop by or send a message and we will connect.

Another way to be one of the thousand is to send a check to:

Cornerstone Church
56829 US Highway 30
Ames, IA 50010

Make sure you write ‘Asay Adoption: puzzle’ in the memo line!

 

Big News! THE ASAYPLACEY HAS GOT SOME SPACEY

Let’s just come right out and say it: The asayplacey has got some spacey so we are adopting!

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We are in the process of adopting a sweet little person, whose face we long to see, (likely with some minor special medical needs) from eastern Europe into our family! Can you tell we are excited?! It’s exciting to be adding a new awesome kid to our family.

But can we share something we’re really not so excited about? We are not excited that children are in need of families to begin with. It’s not okay that there are over 210 million children is even one child carrying the label ‘orphan’ throughout our world (there are roughly 300 million people living in the USA to give you an idea). But because there are children without families, and out of an overflowing joy in having been adopted ourselves into the family of God through the work that Jesus did on the cross, we desire to care for and give the joy of a forever family to even just one sweet little one. We desire to defend the cause of the fatherless, to take action, and to be changed for the better by welcoming a child into our family.

When Tad and I were first engaged (this is still how we roll nearly 6 years later),engaged5

and were talking about our future family together, we made a decision that someday we would eventually like to grow our family through adoption, and due to some specific health issues that may make it dangerous for my and/or our biological baby’s life should we become pregnant, the decision was pretty clear that, ‘Hey, now is the time to start adopting!’

So we set out on an up-hill hike journey seeking a direction that lined up with what had been pulling on our hearts – to adopt in a little girl (or girls) out of a situation where child trafficking or child prostitution would be a very likely future for her. We know trafficking and prostitution are of issue in so many places, but one specific region had been placed on our hearts. In an effort to keep our story short, we pursued a specific country multiple times where this awful event occurs rather rampantly, but the door seemed to keep closing. We pursued yet another country we felt would be a good fit for us, and the door closed there as well. And the same result came about when we pursued yet another option. We felt stuck until we found an agency that we trusted who had an open program in eastern Europe. After doing some research on the program, country and adoption process and after much seeking of the Lord, we felt at peace and realized that for the first time, the door was wide open! So to answer the question, why eastern Europe? The answer is simply that the door was wide open, so we’re walking through it!

We have begun the miles of paper work, notarizing of legal documents, and background checks, have severely depleted put a very large dent our savings to get the ball rolling, and are thinking of every way possible to come up with the… are you ready for it? $35,000+ it will take to bring our little love out of the orphanage where she won’t be receiving the love and care she needs and into our home where we are anxiously waiting with open arms.

We are confident in the goodness of adoption and the call that we have to grow our family through adoption, but let’s face it; adoption comes with far too heavy of a financial burden to carry alone! We are doing what we can including giving of what we have, are selling many of our goods we can go without (and are probably better off without!) and are putting 100% of our small second income from my photography business (LibbyAsayStudio.com) into the fees associated with an international adoption, but much financial burden remains. So here’s the question – Would you consider being a help in carrying the load?

There are MANY ways you can help beyond giving of your money including:

  • duh! PRAY for us, the whole process, and our child who waits
  • DONATE your talents, products, or services to help us fundraise
  • DONATE your ‘JUNK‘ to add to our garage sale or online fundraisers
  • BOOK a session with LibbyAsayStudio (who doesn’t love fresh photographs?!)
  • GIVE of your time (fundraising seems to steal lots of this these days)
  • GIVE when the time comes of your in good shape items that you’re no longer using (car seats, clothing… that third car that holds 3+ car seats that’s just sitting in your driveway [does this really apply to anyone?! Maybe!] etc.)
  • GIVE of your money (click here)

We will be keeping you all updated as we begin new fundraisers in the coming days/weeks. For now, please stop right this minute and pray for us. Ultimately we are placing our trust in the Lord to provide for ALL of our needs as He has already proven himself SO faithful to provide just what we need. We also know He delights in using people in His provision so if you feel the urge to give of your goods or services (or junk), please shoot us an email to share the details or show up at the asayplacey doorstep, and if you would like to help carry the financial load, please click here to give.

Every hour, prayer, and penny counts. Let’s bring our sweet little love home and together we’ll carry the load.

Please subscribe to the blog to keep up to date as we move forward with the adoption! We’ll be having fundraisers in the very near future so keep an eye out for those as well.

**If you’d like your donation to be tax deductible, you can send a check made out to Cornerstone Church with ‘Asay Adoption’ in the memo line to the address below:

Cornerstone Church | 56829 US Highway 30 | Ames, IA 50010

 

LL is THREE!

Our girl is three. THREE! I realize that next year I’ll be saying (Lord willing) that she’s four. FOUR! But right now, three is just so big. She is such a treasure to us from The Lord. A clever, strong-willed, tender-hearted, sweet and sassy treasure. And we love her so.

Here are a few snippets from our celebration:

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Do you see what I see?!

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It’s Larry Boy!

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A dear friend of mine from Bite-Sized Bakery hand crafted these little pieces of edible artwork for Linley’s birthday party – and though my tummy would throw a major upheaval if I would have chosen to partake, I have had MANY in my day and can assure you (as can the nanas and papas and grandpas and grandmas) that they are DE-LI-CIOUS!

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But for the sake of not having to javelin the cake balls with the birthday candles, I opted to make some coconut cupcakes as well (which I CAN eat, were also super delicious, and SCD legal.)ImageImageImage

Linners seems to get stage freight when there are too many people starring at her without her planning the event, so she required some candle blowing assistance from daddy and Whitter. She clearly needed no help, however, taking the first bite.

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Some people wanted to preserve the Larry boys, but Grandpa Rob new that Larry was a treat meant to enjoy, and that he did!

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It was 80º on the day we celebrated and LL did NOT want to come inside for cake and gifts, but once we sat down, I think she felt like we made a good choice. . . Especially since there were BOOKS involved. Her fave.

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Sleepy little brother. He’s a love.

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Baby C with his Papa.

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It was just too nice to stay inside, and too warm to wear a long sleeved dress – so of course we decided to wear a new dress!

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Oh how they love each other soooo much.

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Girl at play.

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Boy at play.

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I told her she could take mom’s photo if she let mom take some for her special day. She played along.

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And then go into it!

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I’m three! Tell the world!

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LL’s turn!

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Nearing quitin’ time?

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Yes. Yes, I think so.

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The end!

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Happy year #3 LL! Askign the Lord to bless you with a fruitful year of growth and peace sweet girl. So SOO thankful I get to be your momsies.

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We had such a wonderful time celebrating the mind-blowing truth that God himself left his thrown in perfect heaven to become a man by being born of a virgin as a baby to dwell with us in our dirty fallen world so that he could teach how to live, to be tempted in every way yet without sin only to give up his life in order to pay the debt that we owed to him, which in all of our efforts we could never repay, by being a perfect, sinless sacrifice in our place, all the while knowing that he would soon conquer sin and death itself by raising himself from the dead so that we too can have the hope of an eternity spent with our maker in his kingdom. Whew! What a thing to celebrate!!! Perhaps I’ll take time to commentate later – for now enjoy the photographs of our eve/morning. 

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Fever

Whittaker had somewhat of a fever from about Monday through Friday on and off last week. He slept all but three hours of the day Wednesday. I woke him up to feed him and this was the look on his face:

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Poor buddy boy, as LL puts it.

We don’t have photographs to prove it but his top two teeth have been pushing their way through! I think the worst of it is over. Though night waking is allowed when quality snuggle time is involved. We will take what we can get! His first birthday is next week meaning our baby snuggle days with Whittaker aren’t going to last much longer. Sigh.