Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Paperwork EVERYWHERE!

A few weeks ago, we officially registered with a placing agency.  And this week we signed with an agency to do our home-study.  That means we have been up to our eyeballs in paperwork!  We have spent hours filling out forms and making copies.  It seems overwhelming at times (hey, just keeping it real!) but we are making our way through it.  Just a few of the many steps we need to take to bring our son home.

Now that we have signed with our agencies, we have a more accurate breakdown of our expenses.  From the beginning we thought we would need to raise around $20,000.  Today we tallied it all up from both agencies.  What do we actually need to raise?  Approximately $32,000!  We were a little discouraged (again, just being honest!).  We are currently at $16000 raised towards our expenses.  We thought we were almost to our $20k goal,  We wanted to look on the positive side of things.  So, the good news is...  WE ARE HALFWAY THERE!!

Wonder why it cost so much to adopt?  Yeah, me too!  Click on the tab at the top of our page to see the adoption expenses breakdown.

Thank you for the prayers and support during our journey to bring Mahesh home!

I have been reading "Adopt Without Debt" by Julie Gumm.  There is a quote in the book that I really love: "There is not one example in the Bible of God calling someone to do something and then using debt as a tool to accomplish it!"  God has been with us EVERY step of the way and I know He will provide the rest of the funds we need!

Now.... on to planning the next fundraiser!

Monday, June 30, 2014

Our Hearts Are Full!

We started the adoption process just over 7 months ago.  Since then, we have been blessed with $13,050!!!!  We are almost 75% to our goal!
We are so thankful to each of you for your love and support. This whole process has been so peaceful for us.  We know that is because of all of the prayers we receive everyday.  THANK YOU!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Frequent Flier Miles - Got 'Em? We Need 'Em!


Looking for a unique way to support our adoption? Donate your frequent flier miles! Click HERE to donate. And, until June 30th, if you give miles, USAirways is giving bonus miles (For example, Share 50,000 miles & we will get the 50,000 miles + 25,000 bonus miles (75,000 total miles) and you get 25,000 bonus miles in return!). We can use the miles on our flights to bring Mahesh home!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Sale Update



Yesterday, we did a joint fundraiser with another couple that is adopting.  It was a HUGE sale.  We were blown away by God's blessings on the day!
Thank you so much to everyone that made our day so awesome. Some gave items to sell or auction. Some prayed. Some shared. Some shopped. Some volunteered. ALL blessed us in a mighty way! The total amount raised was $4673.28! That is $2336.64 per couple towards our adoptions!! God is so amazing and we are grateful beyond words. Thank you for loving and supporting us! 
We are now 64.7% to our fundraising goal!

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Thirty-One

We have partnered up with Emily and Michael Dunn  to do a joint fundraiser to bring Mahesh and their baby home. You can shop from home and help us.
Here is a link to start shopping with Thirty One Gifts now. 25% of all sales goes to bring these babies home!! (Thank you Shawna Ireson for setting this up for us!)
www.mythirtyone.com/shop/catalog.aspx?eventId=E4524836&from=DIRECTLINK

Monday, May 12, 2014

Small Town Love Then & Now


Ah Babylon.  The small village on the south shore of Long Island.  This is where I (Tobey) lived until I was 21.  No matter where life has taken me, Babylon will always be home.  I loved growing up in a small town.  A town where everyone knows each other.  A town that helps each other in times of need.  A town that felt safe growing up. In the 19 years since I left NY, I have returned several times a year to see my family.  I can walk down Deer Park Ave (the main road that runs down town) and see tons of familiar faces.  It is a great place to grow up and then to stay and raise a family!

A few years ago, when my brother was diagnosed with leukemia, people that I hadn't heard from in years reached out to see how they could help. At that time, we started Chip's Army.  A support group for Chip during his battle with cancer.  One fundraiser in Babylon raised almost $4000 for Chip's medical bills.  During Chip's final days, Babylonians flew to San Diego to see him one last time and to pay respect to the family.  And, in May 2012, there was an amazing memorial service on the beach to celebrate Chip's life.  If you're from Babylon, you get the enormous amount of love & support we felt during this difficult time for our family.

Flash forward 2 years to Mother's Day 2014.  I come home from work and decide to check email before bed.  I received this message, along with a $500 donation to our adoption fund:

"A few fellow BHS Alum hope this helps bring your son home sooner. We'll send an email on your Facebook Page with the messages included with donations. Happy Mother's Day Tobey!!"

I shared with Todd and all we could do was hug and tear up as our family once again feels the love and support of Babylon.

Thank you to the gals that set this up. Thank you to those that gave. Thank you to those that can't give but support us in so many other ways. Thank you to those that pray for us and Mahesh everyday. And thank you Babylon for being Babylon! Your Mother's Day gift put us over the half way mark for our fundraising goal!

We cannot wait for the day we can take Mahesh to visit Babylon and to share all of the encouraging messages we received during our journey to bring him home.





Thursday, May 8, 2014

Letter To A Waiting Mama



While stumbling across other adoption blogs tonight I came across a great letter that a woman wrote to all "Waiting Mamas" and I wanted to share it.  I know so many people adopting right now and the waiting is definitely the worst part!  Here is what I read:
To my many friends or readers who are in that purgatory — that hell — of waiting, I’m hoping to give you a little encouragement today. I know what it feels like. I know the constant ache of your heart, the struggle to be fully present for your family and friends when you feel like half your heart and half your brain (or more) is always wrapped up in something else. I remember all too well sneaking out of the bedroom in the middle of the night so I could secretly check my e-mail and see if there was any sort of paperwork update from the Congo, who was eight hours ahead. I remember bursting into tears whenever certain songs would come on the radio  (though I now love the song “Home”, I was convinced God was trying to torture me with its popularity and incessant radio time). I remember wanting to punch the people who said, “God has a plan.” I remember being torn between wanting to talk about my son all the time and dying for someone to ask me about him and wanting to hole up in the house so I could just stop answering the well-meaning “When will he be home?” questions. I remember feeling like I had nothing left to give anyone because I was so emotionally exhausted.Waiting Mama — this, too, shall pass. I know it doesn’t seem like it. It seems like you’ve been in this forever and maybe you have. Maybe you have been fighting for your child for years. Maybe you are on your third or fourth referral because the others have fallen through or because you’ve lost a child. It’s okay to be angry and upset that this takes so long. It shouldn’t have to. Children should be with their mamas and not in an orphanage and it is not part of “God’s plan” that your child is suffering hurt and pain while he waits for you. That’s part of the sinful, broken world we live in. You have a right to be outraged at the system that is keeping you apart. You have a right to your tears, to your void, to your heartache.

Just remember that you are not alone. Even though it may seem like you are out of control and you are the only one advocating for your child, God is fighting for you and for your child, too:

The Lord your God will fight for you; you need only to be still. (Exodus 14:14)


I know those words won’t suddenly make your wait joyous. I know they won’t necessarily take away the deep ache you have for your child. But I hope that they make you feel less alone. And I hope knowing that there are other mamas who have shared your same pain and longing and are now on the other side is somehow encouraging to you.
One day your child will be in your arms.
One day you will no longer be waiting.
And I promise you this, waiting mama: that moment is so very worth the wait.