"I have come that they may have life, and have it abundantly."
~Jesus (John 10:10b)

Thursday, April 16, 2015

465 days of silence

It has really been that long? 465 days? In many ways, I cannot believe it. But I will give you three, precious, beautiful reasons why there has been so much silence:

My hands are so full, but my heart really is fuller. We welcomed Eden Geneva Lawson into this world on June 29, 2014. We met our little J-man on April 21, 2014. Our adoption journey has taken a slight detour for foster care for right now. It has been an exhilarating, fulfilling, exhausting, and demanding time in our lives. But we wouldn't trade it for the world. I hope to share some of our journey in the next few blog posts. The silence has ended!

Monday, January 6, 2014

Adoption Puzzle Fundraiser

We have been absolutely amazed at the Lord's provision for our little one overseas. One of the most recent provisions was through a matching grant!! Hand in Hand Christian Adoption approved us for a 4,000 matching grant! Potentially, this means we could have 8,000 when it is all said and done. God is so good!

Part of the way we would like to raise these monies in a unique fashion is by doing a puzzle fundraiser. We have this beautiful puzzle through National Geographic of elephants in Africa:

I love it! One of the things the Lord has taught me through this adoption, is how we can't do this alone. The Lord uses people to be a part (or piece) of our journey in this adoption. With a $10 donation, your name will go on the back of a "piece" of the puzzle. If you donate more, then we will add your name to more pieces. This is a 500 piece puzzle, so we have a potential of having 5,000 towards our adoption at the end of this fundraiser (even more with the matching grant!). When each of the pieces are accounted for, we will glue the puzzle together and frame it in our little boys room as a reminder of the many who loved him, prayed for him, and helped bring us home before they even met him! 

Here is how this fundraiser will work:

*Puzzle pieces cost $10 a piece (with the matching grant, you will actually be donating $20!)
*Email me at Evrytribe@gmail.com or message me on Facebook if you would like to donate. I will then write your name on the back of one of the puzzle pieces. If you donate more than $10, then I will add your name to more than one piece of our "puzzle".
* Make checks out with your donation to Hand in Hand Christian Adoption. Send the check to:
Hand in Hand Christian Adoption, Inc.
Lawson Family

18318 Mimosa Court
Gardner, KS 66030

It's important that you only put our name on the outside envelope and not on the check itself. All of the monies go towards Hand in Hand and then they will send the check with the matched amount to our agency to go directly towards our adoption fund. 

This will be fun! We will continue this fundraiser until all of the pieces are accounted for. However, you only have until January 24th (postmark by date) to get the money you donate matched. At that time, I will change the directions for the fundraiser.

We are so thankful for all of you!

In Christ by His Grace,
Amber Lawson

Happenings around the Lawson Home...

We have had a lot going on around here lately! A ton of blessings from the hand of our great God has flowed our way.

For one...

We are expecting Lawson baby #2 in July! Here is our latest pic:

This was at 10 weeks along. We are now almost 14 weeks along! I can't believe how fast this pregnancy is going compared to my first. Naphtali sure keeps me busy :-) Isn't this just a testimony of what a miracle a little baby is? At 10 weeks, we could see the heart beating and the little arms and legs swimming! I am amazed at God's good design. 

As for adoption news... we are now on the waiting list!! WOO HOO! Our long wait to get through immigration has passed, and now we have a number. This is huge. The wait will still most likely be between 15-18 months until we receive a referral (or longer), but we have reached this milestone. God has been so faithful to us in this journey. We are so thankful! Without further ado... here is our current waiting number:

Later this evening, I will be posting some other great news :-) But, I do believe it calls for another posting!

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Final Cap on Yard Sale!

Wow. Time has flown by! So many changes have taken place in our family since JULY... and I have failed to update my blog on them. Oh well, life goes on!

Without further ado... here are some fun facts about the success of our yard sale! I thought I would finish this thought before sharing all the fun new updates from our family :-)

First, because we all love pictures:

Sweet Hannah modeling a hair bow!
My girl and her friends chilling in the parking lot!

Ms. Robin and I on the day of the yard sale. So many people chipped in! We are so blessed!

A view of the yard sale from afar!

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Love this picture! My good friend, Jenny Cribb, made Africa sugar cookies for us! :-)

The Pope family was the mastermind behind the whole yard sale! We thank God for them!

One of my all-time favorite pictures from the event! Rett Moorcroft looking adorable :-)

Thank all of you for all that you did in support of us during this time! You know who you are ;-) We are so grateful to have such a loving and supportive church family and community. This little boy is well-loved already!

GRAND TOTAL: $618- I'd say it was successful!!!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Yard Sale #2

Yep, you read right. We are gluttons for punishment, starting on Yard Sale #2! We are excited to be working again towards making payments for our adoption. This means progress. This means taking steps closer to seeing our little boys faces. This means we are one step closer towards holding them in our arms. How this thrills this Mama's heart!

Here are the details for the Yard Sale:

What: All Things Baby through Teen Yard Sale
When: July 20th from 8am to 2pm
Where: Rockdale Community Church parking lot
2455 Old Salem Rd SE C
onyers, GA 30013
Why: To help bring our boys home from Uganda!

If you would like to donate, please message me. We will be taking donations at the church on Thursday from 9am-3pm and Friday from 6:30pm- 8:30ish.

Here are some pics from our last yard sale:
 (Fun with signs)

 (Loved using the church for our sale last year!)

 (Yummy baked goods!)

 (The guys working hard!)

 (Oh my! How little she is?! Time flies TOO fast!)

Looking forward to sharing more photos this time around! So blessed by our church family, Rockdale Community Church, to allow us to use their parking lot and to volunteer so much time and donations for our adoption! 

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

We are making... PROGRESS!!!

Paperwork Frenzy...

"Enter His gates with thanksgiving And His courts with praise.
Give thanks for Him, bless His name.
For He is good;
His lovingkindness is everlasting and His faithfulness to all generations."
~Psalm 100:4-5

Guess what? The Lord has provided for our every need! We are moving forward in the process!! All glory goes to our great God. Thank you all for praying for us,  encouraging us, and supporting us. Let this paperwork pregnancy CONTINUE!

In celebration, we had PB and J's in the shape of Africa for lunch today. The Lord has provided for our financial needs through the opening of a small in home preschool. I have two little ones joining our home throughout the week. It brings me great joy (with a bit of exhaustion) to have a houseful of toddlers 3 and under! NEVER a dull moment hear! Praise the Lord with us- HE cares for the Fatherless and will not leave them destitute. 

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Dark Night of the Soul

"Whoever receives one child like this in My name receives Me; and whoever receives Me does not receive Me, but Him who sent Me."    ~Mark 9:37

"You may feel delayed, but God is designing"   ~John Piper

"Jesus has tailor made mercies for the miseries of the day." ~John Piper

"Adoption is wonderful and beautiful and the greatest blessing I have ever experienced. Adoption is also difficult and painful. Adoption is a beautiful picture of redemption. It is the Gospel in my living room. And sometimes, it is just hard."   ~Katie Davis, author of Kisses from Katie

These are some quotes that have given water and refreshment to my soul these past few months. To be honest, this is my third attempt at writing a blog post. Nothing has progressed since I last wrote but a lot has changed. We are going through a trial right now in our lives, one that I know many have walked before us and have suffered well through it. We are facing unemployment and therefore, a hold on our adoption. Daniel does have a job, but it is not enough to sustain our family. We have placed hundreds of applications in, and we have received very few responses. The few interviews that we have went through, came to a halt after the second or third interview. We have been broken, humbled, struggled with God and our own unbelief, prayed fervently, clung to each other, and sought to cling to the Word of God.

He is sweet. Knowing Jesus makes miseries lighter. However, we still struggle.

My heart breaks as I know my two boys are on the other side of the world, in Uganda, desiring a Mommy. A Daddy. A Family to call their own. I LONG to see that beautiful country that they call home, to meet the amazing people that live there and know that culture, to look into my boys eyes, hold them tightly and bring them HOME. It has been a year since we started this process. Adoption is trully the longest pregnancy ever (side note, but TRUE!).

 Some trials we have experienced and some mercies The Lord has given:

1) I lost my nanny job around two months ago
2) Daniel has had a couple of job leads, that only ended without a call back
3) Our income did not match our bills for around a month and a half

Sweet mercies from the hand of The Lord:

1) Peace and encouragement from HIS Word and HIS people when I lost my job
2) The Lord has abundantly provided for our needs- even when on paper it did not make sense!
3) Daniel's family has been overly generous in caring for us
4) Both families have been encouraging rather than discouraging- they have been such a blessing to us!
5) Our family- how the little things in life have really become sweeter; so thankful for the necessities that The Lord provides!
6) We have seen our hope, our significance, our faith, our timeline, become more grounded in the unchanging Word of God. Jesus has been sweeter. His sacrifice, His suffering, has become more dear and we have become more thankful for HIM.

That is where we are at. We are so thankful for your support and prayers during this time! It does look like things are changing in the near future regarding these issues, and so, Lord willing, we desire to get the ball rolling again on this adoption!

*Pray for our family, to trust the Lord as our provider and not a job.
*Pray for His provision.
*Pray for our boys, for the Lord to sustain them and for them to receive proper, loving care from someone until we can bring them home!

In Christ by His Grace,
Amber Lawson