Tuesday, August 31, 2010
This video is of bringing Alina home and their first meeting. Have tissues ready - it touched my heart to see this little girl with her family. Looking forward to our homecoming video. Thank you to Lisa for letting me post this. Her blog: www.lovingalina.blogspot.com
Monday, August 30, 2010
I think the fellowship was so sweet, and count the evening a success because of it. That was the most important goal for us: a time to bring honor and glory to our Lord as well as share the need and our burden of providing for the fatherless.
We were also so blessed in that nearly $7,000 was raised with the silent auction and donations combined. Praise the Lord! What a TREMENDOUS blessing. To that ~ we want to express our most sincere gratitude! For all who helped prepare, brought food, provided music, helped with sound, took pictures, donated to the silent auction, bid on the silent auction, bought hair pretties, made hair pretties, allowed the use of your home, set up and took down, prayed and came ~ THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH! You helped make the evening memorable and it could not have been done without you.
Next blessing: a sick and screaming baby. Yes, those are blessings too. You see, we received our USCIS fingerprinting appointment last week. It was scheduled for September 21st. This was cause for concern, because of the delay with USCIS in processing approvals. We are trying very hard to have our paperwork (dossier) in to the country by October 1st. The scheduled appointment was pushing it too close, because even after fingerprinting there is a wait for approval.
So, we were able to schedule an appointment with our local USCIS field office in HOPES that they would allow us to be fingerprinted. We went in EARLY this morning. On the way there, Justus throws up and looks miserable - a terrible virus is abrewin'. We press on. After waiting in the lobby for nearly two hours, we finally decide that perhaps this is not the day and go up to the window and state that we may need to come back. Our baby was quite fussy, and is now feverish. She says there is no guarantee but that we should wait around and try to be fitted in. She says that the month is just going to get busier. We reluctantly wait. Knowing that Phillip is becoming MORE tardy for work, and my sweet Justus is working himself into a fit. I think I bounced, and rocked that baby in every which way ~ hoping to quiet him into sleep. Just when I wanted to turn and burn, Phillip taps me on the shoulder and says they called our name!!!
THEY CALLED OUR NAME! OHHHH ... it was as if the trumpet sounded itself! We piled into a tiny room filled with waiting people ... and my screaming baby! He was not happy. He was done ... and loud. We had five people ahead of us, and I wanted sooo badly to be done. I was sweating now. He was soooo very loud. Well, the USCIS workers must have had pity upon us. They whisked me in next to take my prints. All the while I heard Justus' maddening screams and a dear old Asian woman yelling at my husband to put milk in his mouth! All he could muster to say is ... "I'm sorry, I don't understand you. He just wants his Mom!"
As soon as my worker said I was done, I split! I ran, grabbed the baby and flew out of the building. I'm sure applause followed behind me! Well, it's all fine now. It is because of that screaming little baby that we got our fingerprints .... DONE! The workers had pity on us and got us through. I praise the Lord ... even for screaming babies.
Friday, August 27, 2010
I was able to schedule an appointment in our USCIS field office for Monday. This was at the suggestion of a very kind immigration officer via email. I am hoping this will equate to us getting our biometrics done! (prayers please)
I also wrote a couple of letters this morning asking for inquiry from our senators. I am hoping this is not overkill, but due diligence. Of course, God is ultimately in control - and I trust that He will see this all through in His timing.
Thursday, August 26, 2010
We received a notice from USCIS just a couple days ago that is basically a receipt in acknowledgment of our I-600a application. Great news. Well, today we received our biometric (fingerprinting) appointments - scheduled for September 21st, 2010. This is great, but I am praying and hoping for an opportunity for an earlier appointment. I went ahead and wrote and email to the USCIS asking for a sort of medical expedite (due to Ivanna's heart condition). We will see. God can do anything and we are praying for an expedited approval from USCIS. Matthew and Ivanna's country closes down for holiday between November and February. They take no new submissions during this time. If we do not get our dossier in country by October, we very well may not be submitted until February. This means we would have to re-do most of our dossier - as the E.European country we seek to adopt from considers documents older than five months at time of submission to be expired.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Bowden Family ~ Congratulations! We are so very thrilled for your family!
Friday, August 20, 2010
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
I will list the names, and amount of which you bid ~ for your convenience, so you don't have to scroll through the pages. If I made a mistake, please let me know. I will try and fix it.
There is a 'chip-in' at the end of this post (below name list) for you to pay for your items. It will take you to paypal. You can also pay via check to Reece's Rainbow - see info at bottom of post. Some items will have to be shipped, so please include your address for that. I wish I could meet you and thank you in person!!!
Blog Auction 2 Winners:
Boathouse Stay ~ Jenny Savage ~ $255
Family Portrait Session ~ Newcomb Family ~ $50
Lacey Rugg Hair Clips ~ Mark ~ $18
Loose Beach Glass ~ Amanda Hand ~ $50
Red Spindlenique Bracelet ~ Debbie Marks ~ $50
Spindlenique Gift Certificate #4 ~ Gretchen Thibault ~ $50
Jaxson's Blankie for Babes ~ Gretchen Thibault ~ $40
Amethyst Necklace ~ Gretchen Thibault ~ $50
Rafter Cross Bible Cover Gift Certificate ~ Holly Hilson ~ $25
Birdhouse ~ Mark ~ $36
Silverware Earrings ~ Gretchen Thibault ~ $20
Crepes Catering ~ Malissa Farmer ~ $25
Small Denim Bag ~ Kim Hoback ~ $40
Garden Bracelet ~ Jenny Bodin ~ $20
Flower Hair Pretties #2 ~ Rachel Zettle ~ $35
Flower Headbands ~ Amanda Savage ~ $40
Knotted Bead Necklace ~ Gretchen Thibault ~ $15
Children's Photography Session ~ Holly Hilson ~ $15
Fun Center Gift Certificate ~ Jessica Perez ~ $76
Korker Bows ~ Lisa Banks ~ $10
Spindlenique Boutique Gift Certificate#3 ~ Tuck Whitaker ~ $50
Personal Trainer Gift Certificate ~ Becky Henson ~ $25
Nursing Cover ~ Rachel Zettle ~ $30
Fluffy Scarf ~ Amanda Savage ~ $25
Pajamas ~ Annie Ament ~ $20
Flower Hair Pretty Lot #1 ~ Sheri Burger ~ $20
Coach Wristbag ~ Jill Spicer ~ $40
Black Hills Gold Earrings ~ Tuck Whitaker ~ $40
Whimsical Hair Pretties #1 ~ Karilee H. ~ $10
Bear ~ Kristi Long ~ $30
Fleece Blanket ~ Nicole ~ $20
Yellow Crochet Blanket ~ Nicole ~ $15
Whimsical Hair Pretties #2 ~ Sheri Burger ~ $25
*** NOTE*** The question was posed in the comment field of wether it would be better to pay via the provided 'chip in' or making a check out to Reece's Rainbow. The Chip In is provided for your convenience, because so many use paypal for online shopping. The downfall to using the 'chip in' is that it is not considered tax deductible, also - when we go to pull money out of the paypal there is a fee associated with that. We just avoid that by waiting until our travel date to use the money. The plus side to using the 'chip in' is that the funds are available to us now, if need be. If you would like to pay by check to Reece's Rainbow - it will be counted as a tax deductible donation - and a receipt will be mailed back to you. Please put our name: Browning; in memo section. Funds will be available to us as soon as a travel date is received.
*you can also pay via our "button" on sidebar. It will take you to a paypal page also for Reece's Rainbow, if you pay this way be sure to mark "Browning family" in memo. ~ this method of payment is also tax deductible.
If any payment is made through Reece's Rainbow, please let me know so I can get your item to you. I won't know you paid unless you tell me. Thank you!
Reece's Rainbow Address:
P.O. Box 4024
Gaithersburg, MD 20885
Either way - is fine with us. We count it all a blessing and thank each and every one of you.
Monday, August 16, 2010
Again, THANK YOU to all who donated and bid! You have been a tremendous blessing!!!
Saturday, August 14, 2010
We are also providing child care at the Boil. It's not mandatory that you use it - as we love for children to be apart of the dinner, etc. Just an alternative for those who are looking to enjoy a little time with their loved one. Child care is free - and a BBQ meal is provided to the children. It is also on site, and so you don't need to go to a separate location. Very convenient.
We know that this evening will be special, even if just a few of us gather. We will be having a local boyscout troop serving the tables and young musicians playing the piano. Our heart is that many will be reminded of how precious each child is ~ ~ ~
I hope you will attend ~ it would mean so much to our family to spend time with you and yours in such a beautiful location.
** A bit of an update ** We received our finalized/notarized home study yesterday - and wasted no time in filling out our I-600A application for the USCIS and mailing it with our home study today. We hope that the approval won't take long (please pray it doesn't). The country we are adopting from goes on holiday between November and February! That means no new submissions during this time. So ~ we need to submit our dossier by October in order for a travel date this year. We are very excited to be in this phase of our journey. We are nearly complete with our dossier requirements - and only have five more documents to finish. Our second auction seems to be doing quite well (praise the Lord) and we even have had several inquiries if we will hold a third auction. So we are entertaining that idea now - perhaps for October? Let me know if that is something you think would be a good idea. THANK YOU to all ~ for your participation in auction, coming to the Boil, and for your prayer!
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
1. The auction is scheduled to run for one week.
2. Place bids by leaving a comment for the item with the amount you are willing to pay. If someone "outbids" you ~ feel free to go back and leave another bid.
3. At the end of the auction, if you have won the item - please pay via the chip in that I will post at the auction's end.
4. Make sure that you hit "older posts" at the end of each page to see more items available.
5. This is all done in the spirit of fun and helping to bring home Matthew and Ivanna ~ HAVE FUN!
Thank you so very much! If there are any questions - please feel free to contact us.
This beach house is kid friendly - and welcomes your whole family. You can also just choose to get re-aquainted with your spouse as you have a relaxing few days together; just the two of you.
This package includes a 1-2 hour session at an agreed outdoor location, 20-30 digital images on CD for prints/enlargements/sharing online all for your convenience.
Yes, that is the Browning crew in the upper right hand corner. Jenny has done our portraits for years and years now. We love her work. She has a great eye, and ability.
For more information on Savage Photography you can contact Jenny Savage at: email@example.com
This package is valued at $200.00