Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Kingdom Salsa

It was an amazing day set up by a sweet church family to help bring Lottie home!
Saturday, many vendors came and gave their entry fee to our adoption fund.  
Some even gave a percentage of their sales.  This total was $2000!!

Our adoption ministry at church, P1:27, also worked to sell concessions all day.  Moriah loved taking orders and worked all day to help bring her little sister home!  That total was $500!

Right there, the match was made. (See the earlier post!)  Praise God for Lifesong and Tapestry ministry of Irving Bible Church.  We are so grateful!!!

And then there's salsa.
Salsa, people!  It's not famous or special.  
It has nothing to do with China, but it is very popular in Texas!
It just happens to be something I enjoy making, giving and some people apparently like it!
I sold 32 jars on Saturday and placed orders for 25 more.
We made $1000!

God is blowing me away with how He's using His people to give to bring our daughter home!
Isn't it just like Him to use unlikely things like salsa and ordinary people like us???

We are humbled and honored to be a small part of Your kingdom work.
I cannot wait to meet this baby girl You have for us.

Sunday, February 12, 2017


The biggest challenge is not opening our hearts and home to a child, but it is finding the finances to make this happen. The estimated total cost for the adoption is around $30,000.  Yes.  That is a big number.

But...Our God asks us to pray big prayers and He will move mountains.  
We know God is faithful and is leading us to trust Him.  So that's what we're doing....daily.  

Please pray and consider helping us in one or two ways with our adoption. If you have already given, we humbly thank you.
1. Please pray God would tenderly care for our daughter and her orphanage until we can bring her home, and prepare us and our other children for the upcoming changes. Pray God would heal her and protect her!
2. A local adoption ministry in our area called Tapestry of Irving Bible Church, has partnered with Lifesong for Orphans and committed an Adoption Matching Grant of $2500 to help pay our adoption expenses!  We are so grateful!  Will you please consider making a tax-deductible donation to help us meet this matching grant and cover the remaining amount needed to bring our child home? Our goal date is May 31, but funds will be accepted until the adoption is complete.
Please make checks payable to "Lifesong for Orphans". In the memo, note "family account 6646" and "family name Martin" to assure it goes to the correct account. Please mail to Lifesong for Orphans, PO Box 40, Gridley IL 61744. Lifesong has been blessed with a partner that underwrites all US administrative and fundraising costs (TMG Foundation and other partners). That means 100% of your donation will go directly to the adoption. Another option is to give online. Go to www.lifesongfororphans.org/give/donate. Select "Give to an Adoptive Family." Complete the online form and fill in "Family Account Number, 6646" and "Family Name, Martin" fields.
In following IRS guidelines, your donation is to the named non-profit organization. This organization retains full discretion over its use, but intends to honor the donor's suggested use. Individual donations of $50 or more and yearly donations totaling $250 or more will receive a tax-deductible receipt. Receipts for donations under $50 will gladly be sent upon request. Lifesong is a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization.

Thank you for investing in the Kingdom through prayer and finances; it will be an investment with an eternal return! 

Thursday, February 09, 2017

A Lottie Update

After a very long 4 days of checking email after Chinese New Year ended, we finally got some news! 
We made it to the next step and our Dossier is Logged-In (LID). Now we can watch it go through the next steps like translation and review to LOA (Letter of Acceptance) which should take 2-3 months. It's always good to hear we've crossed another step.
We also got a precious little report from the orphanage about our baby! 
1) Please provide current measurements: [Basically, she is only a bit under the average for a 3 year old stats. Most important to know is that she wears a 7 or 8 toddler sized shoe! Anyone have some their little girls have grown out of?]
2) We sent pajamas in our care package. Were they too big or did they fit?
yes, fit good [Yay! They were 18-24 months from The Children's Place]
3) Has she been spoken to about adoption and does she know she is being adopted? 
we told her but maybe she is not understand that clear , we are teaching her now ,
4) Does she sleep in a bed or crib; does she share with another child?
she sleep in her own crib and share room with other kids ,
5) What seemed to be her favorite thing in the care package we sent?
toy dog 

This does a waiting mom's heart such good. My friend Deborah and I were just texting about how weird a feeling it is to miss someone that we've never met. I do miss her and cannot wait to hold her and kiss her and hear her little voice.

Monday, January 23, 2017


January 23rd = Quite a day in the history of the Martin family

1998 - Luke, our first baby and only son, came into the world at 1:11pm to 24 year-old kids who didn't have a clue how blessed we'd be 19 years down the road. #Lukesbday19

2013 - Grace went for her first colonoscopy after losing 21 pounds and we finally got an answer to what was causing all the havoc in her little body:  Crohn's Disease.  (How thankful we are that she has had very few symptoms since the removal of her colon in November of 2014!)  #nocolonstillrollin

2017 - As we wait for LID/LOA/TA (translation: the process we are waiting for to get word we can leave for China), we celebrate our sweet girl's birthday.  We don't know how they decided on this date as her birthday, but yes...it's also her brother's.  Luke & Lottie's Chinese name also mean the same thing:  Light.  I believe this means they will have a special connection.  Thankful that our agency's liaison in China could send her a birthday party complete with cake for all her friends and that we got pictures back today - which brought tears of JOY as well as a great longing to be with her. #Lottiesbday3

Tuesday, January 17, 2017


Hooray!  Our Care Package arrived!!!  It came apart in the mail, so I received this picture to see if this was everything and it was!  I was so thankful that even though the package it was shipped in came undone, everything in it stayed intact.  Praise the Lord for watching over the little things.

We are officially DTC - or Dossier To China - for more definitions and steps in this process see this link.

Today, I subbed in a preschool class with 2-year-olds.  I got there in time for lunch and then nap time.    I sat down by 2 little boys on their nap mats and rubbed their little backs.  The boy on my right fell right to sleep.  The boy on my left...said over and over and over "I want my mommy."  
At first I answered him and it'd go something like this:
I want my mommy.....I know, buddy.
I want my mommy....She'll be here soon.
I want my mommy...I know you do and right after nap time, she'll be here.
I want my mommy....Me too, buddy.  I love my mommy, too.

After about 10 more rounds of this, I told him I was sleepy and closed my eyes to rest.  (An age-old tactic I'd used on my active little boy who turns 19 next week.)
 As I sat there for the next 20 minutes in the dark rubbing sweet baby backs, I prayed.  
I prayed for my baby across the world who would've been sleeping in her bed, since it was the middle of her night.  I prayed that she'd have peaceful dreams and warm blankets.  I prayed that when she awoke someone would be there to meet her every need.  I prayed that she'd feel loved.  I prayed that as she opened our photo album and looked at our pictures that God would warm her heart to begin to see us as her family.  I prayed that God would put someone in her life that would whisper in her ear and assure her...."Mommy will be here soon...She'll be here soon."

I'm thankful for God's promises that He will always be here for us and that He is coming again.

Prayer always gives me more peace.  I highly recommend it.