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As we are approaching our first adoption, the costs can be a little overwhelming. We're talking like $30,000 overwhelming. So we have to get creative! We are brainstorming up all kinds of cool ideas to raise the funds to bring home our babies, but it won't be easy and will take time. So, it's official. I'm opening up my blog for advertising!!! Every penny of the advertising money will go straight into our adoption fund. Even though we haven't even started paperwork yet, even that costs money. We are all about being out of debt, and want to get ahead on the adoption as much as possible. We hope to be able to pay every fee up front, and not have to borrow anything.

We are trusting God to provide for us, and we will do our part to love and cherish His children. We are following this BIG vision for our lives, and putting our compete faith in Him.

So if you are a shop or company looking for a way to give back, here's a great opportunity for you! Handmade shops -- love you to pieces and will offer a discount so e-mail me for special rates!!

Contact Me!! karakae (at) karakaejames (dot) com

 

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Ethiopia Call to Action

Recent news out of Ethiopia has us saddened and anxious for our pending adoption.  Nothing is confirmed yet, but The Ethiopian Ministry of Women's Affairs is claiming plans to cut international adoptions up to 90%. Currently, they are processing around 50 adoptions per day, and claim as of today - March 10 - they will only process 5 per day. This is BAD news for soon to be adoptive parents of an Ethiopian baby.

The agency that we have most likely decided to work with, are saying they are still unsure of what this all means. I hope to know more soon, as I'm sure many other adoptive moms and dads do.

Luckily, the Joint Council on International Children's Services has put together a "Call to Action". I am praying that their 'Emergency Campaign for Ethiopian Children' makes a difference and the Ethiopian leaders listen.

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How can you help?

1 - Sign the petition to the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Meles Zenawi

2- Are you an adoptive parent of an Ethiopian child? The Joint Council is asking you to send up to 3 photos and 50 words or less with what you would like the Ministry to know about your child – they will compile the information and send a book to the Ministry of Woman’s Affairs. Send your photos and stories to advocate@jointcouncil.org by Sunday, March 12, 2011 to be included. {Please note that sending photos and stories gives Joint Council unrestricted right to use the information you provide.}

3- PRAY This situation is in God's hands. These children are in God's hands.

Thanks you for your prayers over these children and that the leaders of Ethiopia makes the right choice.

my eyes were opened.

It was something about that day. The day my eyes were opened. The day we committed to adopting. The day that it became real. The Orphan Crisis.

I had always had a heart for children. For the hurting, the less fortunate, the fatherless. But I'm not sure it really made sense to me until I was a mother myself. Until I held my 9lb 5oz, 2 week late, amazingly strong baby girl in my arms for the first time. Then I understood the crisis.

All children need love. Need a home. Need a chance.

It was that day. That day in April 2010, when my newborn baby was only a few weeks old. That day my husband and I looked at each other and realized, we are called to adopt. It's what has always been the plan for our family, before we even knew it or said it out loud.

We are parents to a precious baby who hasn't even been born. Maybe more than one. God knows. It's been His plan all along afterall. It just took us opening our hearts, our minds and our home. To the hurting, the less fortunate, the fatherless.

I encourage you to open your mind. Pray. Ask God if adoption is for you. You might be surprised what He has in store for your family. Consider how you can make a difference in the crisis the children of our world face.

Just open your eyes a bit.

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The Idea Camp is coming to Northwest Arkansas in just a couple of short weeks. I encourage you to learn more, and get to know this incredible community of people. People that love, share and grow together. It's an honor to be a part of and use my voice to educate about adoption and the orphan crisis. Take some time to learn more here!

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love is greater than blood

I have always dreamed of having a big family. Having children, and lots of them is something my hubby and I have always talked about from the beginning. It wasn't an option for us not to. I always knew I was called to do something great. But I was never sure exactly what that was until hubs posed the question to me: "what if we adopted?"

My heart melted the day he said those blessed 4 words to me. I knew this man was more than perfect for me.

It had always been something I was interested in, mostly because my heart is pretty much in the shape of Africa. But I never brought it up to him, because I wanted him to be called to it as well. It needed to be something that God put on both our hearts. I'm so thankful that He did.

"Once our eyes are opened, we can't pretend we don't know what to do. God, who weighs our hearts and keeps our souls, knows what we know, and holds us responsible to act." Proverbs 24:12

After walking through a really tough pregnancy, delivery and recovery - we weren't sure how many times my body would be able to handle it. It's worth every bit of it, but I still need to physically be able to care for my family as well. Adopting seems like an easy fix to that, but it's so much more than that.

After we discussed it the first time, I knew there was no turning back. This was what God had planned for our family all along. To love and welcome an orphan into our family. To put love above blood. To care for and give a father to the fatherless.

I'm honored that God has chosen us to bring a baby home from Ethiopia.

This will be a long process, and will take lots of prayer, tears and funds. Adopting is not free. It's not easy. But God will provide. I ask you to begin praying for how you might like to be a part of our adoption. In the coming months we will begin asking for money, and doing everything in our power to raise the funds to bring this sweet baby home.

A baby that God already has hand-picked for us.

"I will not leave you as orphans, I will come to you." John 14:18

Please keep us in your prayers as we walk through the early stages of the adoption. Right now, we are studying and praying through the right agency and deciding exactly when we will begin our paperwork. Please pray for wisdom and clarity as we make these decisions.

We are so excited to share this wonderful news with you and bring you along our journey!!