Monday, September 26, 2016

Adoption Update

Our home study should be finalized soon, which is the first big step in the process.  Our caseworker was so sweet and made us feel at ease.  She asked questions individually, as a couple and as a family before looking through our home.  She also called Luke since he's living on campus now at swbts.  At this point, I'm filling out many applications for adoption grants.  Just like scholarships, though we may apply for many, we may only actually get a few.  Everyone knows adoption is expensive and while we know God will provide every penny, we'd love for you to be a part of it.

I remember wanting ways for God to use me to take care of orphans as He calls us to do in James 1:27, before I felt called to actually adopt.  Thank you for considering supporting our family in this way.

Here are several ways you can be a part of bringing our baby girl home:

https://www.adopttogether.org/martinparty

Can we donate by check? 
Yes, through AdoptTogether, however donations given by check will be processed and posted once per month.  Checks can be mailed to: 251 W Central Ave. #278 Springboro, OH 45066 

NEW T-shirts only available until October 13:

https://www.bonfirefunds.com/martin-adoption-t-shirts

You'll have these shirts in time for Adoption Sunday, November 13.  They ship directly to you!

Monday, August 01, 2016

Thy Will Be Done

This song's chorus has been the background music in my head lately. I'm clinging to the "goodness in store" and the promise from 2 Chronicles 20:15-17
Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army (i.e.: discouragements, Home Study paperwork, unexpected expenses that deplete the savings, the enemy's attempt to make me question this whole process) FOR THE BATTLE IS NOT YOURS, BUT GOD'S....You will not have to fight this battle. (whew!) Take up your positions; STAND FIRM and SEE the deliverance the LORD will give you. 
Thy will be done, Lord. I know You have this. 
I hope this song encourages you today in whatever battles you face or joys you find hard to see.


Thursday, July 07, 2016

Peace

The violence and heartache of the news tonight brings me to my knees.  Come quickly, Lord Jesus.  The enemy knows his time is limited.  As His people, we must stay focused on His kingdom.  What is eternal?  God, God's Word and the souls of man.

As much evil as there is in this world, I'm choosing to press on, singing a song I learned in Sunday school when I was very little.

Jesus loves the little children....all the children of the world.
Red and yellow, black and white...they are precious in His sight.
Jesus loves the little children of the world.





Friday, July 01, 2016

Adopting: Why China?

Why China?
When we first considered adopting, we didn't have a specific country or place in mind. We just knew we wanted to be a family to a child who needed one.

As we began the process and asked questions, we learned that China has had a consistently smooth adoption process for many years now. Practically speaking, three things confirmed this matching decision for us: Our age - China approves couples 30-55app and the domestic program typically chooses younger families, The high # of orphans in China, Our openness to special needs and an older child.

Spiritually speaking, God continued to confirm this decision for us. My heart has never been more drawn to this country and it's people. On our cruise with Make-A-Wish, even with around 3000 people aboard, one family kept showing up wherever we were: A beautiful Chinese family with toddlers. I know God was showing us a picture of our future child and I couldn't help but smile every time.

Thank you for praying for this country and for our child.
Why China? Because that's where our daughter is!

Monday, June 20, 2016

Father's Day 2016


Happy Father's Day to a really Dad we love so much!