"God places the solitary in families and gives the desolate a home in which to dwell" Psalm 68:6

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Handmade hair accessories with a huge help!

Glad to report that we had a great day at the festival today, introducing our hair accessory collection and talking about ministry to ophans. Thanks to everyone who came by to talk, shop, and donate, and everyone who prayed for those opportunities. We feel blessed!

If you weren't able to come by today (because you were already committed elsewhere or because it's just too far away from you) we have a special opportunity for you, as well! For the next two weeks, that's until 11:59 pm Sat, November 13th, you can get your choice of any of our available designs for free with any donation to our adoption fund! That's right, ANY donation!!

purple rosette

yellow and red flowers


headbands in assorted color schemes

Just make a donation through our paypal donate button on the right side bar and in the paypal comments on your transaction, list these things:
       - your choice of flower, rosette, holly, or head band
       - preferred color
       - choice of french clip, snap clip, pony holder, or pin for flower, rosette, or holly
       - age of headband wearer (infant, toddler, big girl, adult)
       - address to ship if your different from your paypal account.

OR if that doesn't work for you, just send me an email at lauradavis05AThotmailDOTcom with the amount and name on your paypal account and the item you would like and I can get it to you. When considering your donation, please keep in mind the shipping costs involved, as well.

Finally, for all our new friends, a little bit about why we're raising money! God has told my husband Rob and I (Laura) that we have two more children who, for only months longer, live in the Democratic Republic of Congo. We have no idea what their names or genders or specific ages are, but we know that today they live in a dangerous, chaotic country where they are most vulnerable and most susceptible to the atrocities that surround them. We also know that God has chosen to redeem them and place them in a family and church where they will witness daily His great Love for them.

We are deeply honored that you spend the last several minutes reading about our hearts and efforts to bring our children home. Thanks

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

sneak peek ;)

This Saturday a new collection of hair accessories I've designed will debut at the Covenant Christian Academy Fall Festival! I'm very excited about it, because they scream "fall" to me and the falling leaves outside have inspired me to wear one most days this week. So you can be excited, too, I thought I would give you a tiny sneak peek (in blurred iphone fashion) of what's in store . . .

This weekend, all our bows, head bands, pins, and clips will be available for any donation to our adoption fund!!! If there are any left, I'll have details here on Monday about how you can get one. Monday afternoon, righ after we return from our USCIS fingerprints!!!

See you Saturday, at CCA from 10-3 on the field! CCA is located on hwy 20 between Grayson and Loganville.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Meet Liza!

Hello, Friends! Please meet Liza! She is a 16 year old Latvian orphan who will be spending a month with us over Christmas. She is a great student with a (I'm sure you've noticed) sweet smile. We'll be hosting her through New Horizons For Children, a pro-adoption organization that matches orphans with Christian families who show them practical, intimate, love as they experience functional, Godly family life. Liza will even have an opportunity to shadow at CCA during on some school days. We are very excited that God has asked us to have her as a guest in our home as we celebrate His Gift this coming season.

To be honest, we were tempted to say "No thanks, we're adopting from Africa. Maybe later . . . "  We could've felt justified saying "We'll help someone else . . . buy some socks or a sweater . . . " We would've been safe saying "We don't have any money. We still lack over $10,000 for our children that we're obligated to pay soon!"

Instead, by God's grace, we listened. We heard Philemon: 
So if you consider me a partner, welcome him as you would welcome me. If he has done you any wrong or owes you anything, charge it to me. I, Paul, am writing this with my own hand. I will pay it back--not to mention that you owe me your very self. I do wish, brother, that I may have some benefit from you in the Lord; refresh my heart in Christ. Confident of your obedience, I write to you, knowing that you will do even more than I ask. v. 17-21

Now, we're sharing with you, because we know God desires to use others in Liza's life, and that starts now. God has resources for her and we ask that you pray fervently with us for those resources to be loosed generously on Liza's behalf. Please share this work God is doing with anyone Holy Spirit prompts you to share with. And, most desperately, pray for Liza to meet her Savior this Christmas!

Friday, October 15, 2010

How much is enough?

The past several weeks have gone by and Rob and I have noticed something:  we are changing. I don't yet know how many different ways, but as God shows us we'll share with you! One question that was been sticking in my mind often as a I lay in bed at night or am sitting at a traffic light is this, "how much is enough?" We think so often about what our children in DRC don't have, even as we bemoan (while picking up toys) what our children in Loganville do have. So, where is God's will in our stuff? I'm sorting through clothes now, putting sleeveless away and airing out sweaters, storing what has been outgrown and unpacking new sizes to grow into, and I want to know "how much is enough?"

Share with me. How much is enough for your family? Is it a week's worth of clothing? Two weeks? One pair of jeans, or two, or six? When do you say, "Thank you, God! Who can I share this with?" When do you spend family resources to get more?

Thanks for helping me work this out!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Fall fun!

On October 30th, Covenant Christian Academy will be having their annual Fall Festival. We will be there with a booth selling head bands and crocheted hair bows for any donation to our adoption fund and raising awareness for adoption and the needs of the people of  The Democratic Republic of Congo. There will be music, bake sales galore, games for the kids (the best kind--Anthony's class is sponsoring the Lollipop Tree this year!) and surely a few other crafty things. So come by and see us! Even if you only have boys! Help make our booth crowded! The address is 3425 Loganville Hwy | Loganville, GA 30052  I'll post some reminders and pictures of the bows as we get closer to the date.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

"So, what's happening now?"

One of those things we hear a lot in this adoption. I think it's the equivalent to the pregnancy "how are you feeling?" question. I truly appreciate each person who asks, because just that simple question reveals that they've been thinking about us, and our children, and hopefully praying for us all, and maybe even asking so they can pray more specifically. That is really encouraging!! But sometimes, when I have that same dreaded "waiting" answer . . . again, it can feel a bit discouraging. So, I won't tell you that we're waiting for our I600A to go through levels upon levels of paper shuffling. Instead, I will tell you that we are resting. We are praying. We are filling out as many grant applications as we can find. We are praising God for His perfect timing. And we are beginning to understand that this adoption, which seems so BIG in our lives and even BIGGER in the lives of the children who will soon be ours, is not the main event, but a beginning. We have a longer wait to see what will come.

with Love,


P.S. for those that might be interested, because you are waiting too, we sent our I-600A on Friday, October 1st, via UPS and was delivered Monday October 4th, at 9:45 am. We'll let you know when we get any official word from USCIS that the envelope has been opened.