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Friday, June 25, 2010

Adoption



Even if you don't order the Chosen Necklace we will donate 10% of your order total to one of our families if you mention their name upon checkout!

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50% of the proceeds from the Worthy of the Prize Chosen Child {Adoption Band} will also be donated! Click here for the band.


Get to know the families and checkout their blogs (links below), you'll find giveaways and other fundraisers going on at some of their blogs! And you'll be touched by their journey to adoption.

Akins Family
akins family
Rob and Nichole have been married for almost 7 years and live in Madison, Alabama. About a year and a half ago they begin to try to conceive a child. Adoption has always been in their hearts and after lots of talking and praying, felt that God is leading them to adoption. There are millions of children all over the world that need and deserve a loving family and they KNOW that they can give a child a great life.

Rob and Nichole have started the adoption process with Catholic Family Services in Alabama and are anxiously awaiting completing their family. "We sincerely appreciate ALL of your help. We ask that you continue to pray for our family and our future baby on this journey to each other."
Visit the Akins Family blog here.

Lovett Family
Lovett Family
Ken and Sarah Lovett are in the process of adopting 2 children from the Ukraine and they need our help raising funds!
Here are a few words from Sarah's heart---
I am married to such an amazing godly man and my best friend, Ken. We are in Kentucky for Ken to attend seminary but we are originally from Alabama. We have been married for three years and over the past several months we have been praying about adding to our family. We now know that God is directing us to adopt two children from the Ukraine. We would love for you to join us on this amazing journey! Did you know that in the world today there are 143 million orphans? They have no family to claim them and no parents to call their own. Many of them age out of the orphanages and become homeless, turning to drugs, suicide, or prostitution. Yet they are not without hope! The Lord cares for the orphans and following God’s call in our life, we desire to give them a home, love, and a family to call their own.

Please join us in praying for the orphans around the world that they would have enough food to eat, for someone to care for them, and for their protection. Please also pray that God would care for and provide for our children while they are in the orphanage in the Ukraine until we are able to go over and bring them home with us. Pray that God would give us wisdom, discernment, and insight as we raise our children.
Visit the Lovett Family blog here.

McLamb Family
McLamb Family
Meet Justin & Tara McLamb of North Carolina! They have been best friends for 8 years, and married for 5. After 5 surgeries and several rounds of fertility treatments, they have been told by the nation's best specialists at Duke and UNC that having their own biological child will be impossible.
After much prayer, Justin and Tara felt led to start the adoption process in January. They are excited to be parents and have been matched with a birth-mother in Oklahoma!! Their little miracle will arrive Nov. 5th, 2010! As you can imagine, the adoption process is not cheap and travel to and from Oklahoma is not included in the adoption fees!
"We are so thankful that we were chosen by God to raise this baby and that we were offered the opportunity to partner with Worthy of the Prize in raising funds and awareness for adoption. We are honored that God would use our situation for a testimony, and we praise Him for friends that have already come to know Him through our journey!"

Brian & Jen
Spence Family
Brian and Jen have been married for seven years. Jen is a dreamer and creative. Brian is practical and patient. God sure knew what He was doing when putting these two together. They really balance each other. Both love the Lord and live to share His love and follow His leading. Family is about love, patience, forgiveness and acceptance. Brian and Jen know that the only way to make a family work (whether a family of two or a family of 10), is for Jesus Christ to be the center of everything.

After several years of trying to start a family the traditional way, God opened Brian and Jen's hearts to the idea of adoption. They began the process in June 2009. And although it is taking longer than they had hoped to save up the money, their resolve has not changed. They know that God has a child just for them---a baby that needs them as mommy and daddy.

Brian and Jen don't exactly know how they will finish paying for the adoption, but they are believing Psalm 145:17-19, "The Lord is righteous in all His ways and kind in all His deeds. The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth. He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him; He will also hear their cry and will save them."
View Brian and Jen's blog here.

Stefanich Family
Stefanich Family
David and I (MacKenzie) have been married for one exciting year :)  We are both elementary school teachers, and so far have 2 pugs in our growing family.  We love the outdoors and love to ride bikes, jog, and go to the beach.  

Since before we were married we always knew adoption would be a part of our family plan.  Once we decided to start a family, we felt so strongly called to adopt, that we knew we had to move on it right away.  We felt like our children could be waiting for us in an orphanage, and if so, there was no way we could wait to adopt.  

While were researching adoption, we saw a video on our adoption agency's website.  It was a video of children in an Ethiopian orphanage.  We didn't even need to discuss it.  After watching that video, we knew our children were waiting for us in Ethiopia.   

David and I hope to adopt 2 children from Ethiopia.  Our true desire is to adopt a sibling group, but we trust that God has a plan for us and our children, and will go through the adoption process again if we adopt only one child this time around.  We are so excited to start our family and cannot wait to meet our children!  Thank you so much for helping to support us through this process.  We appreciate your thoughts and prayers as we go through this amazing adoption journey!
Visit the Stefanich Family blog here.

Summers Family
Summers Family
Meet Matt and Kelly Summers from Texas but living in Corsica working for an international company. They have been married for 3 1/2 years and have a precious little girl Sadie.
"Recently, The Lord asked if we would do something for Him, if we would welcome a little child on his behalf {Mt 18:5} and show sacrificial Love to him as He has to us. He asked if we would let His Love shine through us and this new child to those around us. And he promised that every penny, all the paper work, every court date...All of it would be worth it. He promised that he would be at every obstacle with us, helping us defeat it. And He showed us that by not doing it would cost the child so much more then it could ever cost us. St. Francis of Assisi says it well, "Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible."

We cannot wait to welcome the next child God has planned for us into our family. We realize that Sadie didn't choose us, and these precious {147 million} orphans didn't choose their situation either, and we must "act justly and love mercy and walk humbly with our God." Micah 6:8. Please join us on our journey and help raise awareness for these precious children of God."
Visit the Summers Family blog here.

Young Family
Young Family
Bryan and Kim Young prayed before they met each other for God to bring someone into their lives that they could share their walk with. He answered those prayers in such detail as to not leave His work in question.
"Now the Lord is asking us to share our joy with the fatherless in international adoption. The Lord has made it blatant to us that this is His plan for starting our family. Despite not having the funds to complete something so huge, the Lord has given us confidence that He will provide the means if we go where He asked us to. So rather than running from Ninevah, we are jumping in with our eyes on Him. He has already provided the funds for us to get all of the early fees covered and we entirely trust Him to provide the rest. We have love for a child we do not yet know. We are excited to bring a child home from Ethiopia and spend our lives loving him and teaching him about the Lord."
Visit the Young Family blog here.

6 comments:

The Summers said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

thank you thank you thank you!

Lanie said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

So glad you stopped by today. I love your creations! They are beautiful! ~Lanie J.

Angela Brian said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

i love this post.

and your work.

my husband is adopted.

i love how you help other by doing what you love.

-ang

greensubmarinediydesign.blogspot.com

The Girl Creative said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

That's really nice that you are doing that for these families. I pray you are blessed for your generosity. :)

Kim @ seven thirty three said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I love these necklaces and all of the great stories. Thank you so much for sharing this. Adoption plays a large roll in my life - three of my 5 siblings were adopted as was my oldest daughter and 10 cousins. It is not always an easy course and each and every person who is able to open their heart for these children are truly unique and special.

Kara@ Creations by Kara said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I just found you over at Sumo's Sweet Stuff. Your jewelry is beautiful! As a family waiting to adopt, I just want to say thanks for supporting adoption. As soon as we find our baby girl, I'm getting one of these necklaces! (Hopefully it will be very soon.)

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