Monday, December 27, 2010
Friday, December 17, 2010
I hope my next post will be that we have been given a date until then I hope each of you have a blessed day!
Sunday, December 12, 2010
We set up(at the grocery store) last Saturday the 4th and then I set up Friday(10th) and Saturday(11th). I tried to remind everyone that was putting in for a "chance" to win a sled what they were really doing was having a part in saving the life of two little girls that will be coming to a HOME and will be orphans no more. We live in a small town so most everyone that came in the store were people that we know, yesterday (Saturday the 11th) a lady I love dearly, worked with for a long time, and who is raising her grandson who is a sever diabetic came in with her grandson. I hadn't seen her in a while so she didn't know that we were adopting, so I told her the whole story hehe and so she gave $5 dollars for 6 chances and then a $15 dollar donation. Over the rest of the day more people came in and more people entered to win the sled. I was about to pack up and head home and in walks the little boy and he came up to the table and stood. I asked him what he was doing, how his day had been, and he told me. As he was walking away, to go get the sodas that his grandmother sent him in to get, he came back to the table and handed me a dollar and I told him I said your grandmother has already put in and he said yeah I know but my uncle gave me 11 dollars for Christmas and I wanted to give a dollar to your girls. Awwwww I mean he is a child and he gets it. I mean I had a dollar thrown at me earlier, and yes thrown at me, and said I guess I'll give a dollar, I even had funny stories about some of the people that came in, I can't tell you how many people wanted to know "what" we were adopting I mean really we had pictures of the girls all over the place. But for this child who got 11 dollars as a Christmas gift from his uncle, who could have easily spent it on a toy, spent it on candy, or whatever he wanted to he chose to give it to Ellee and Johannah to help bring them home. He left and went and bought his sodas and left, but as he left the store he had the biggest smile on his face, and walked a little taller and he should by all means have the biggest smile on his face and he should walk taller. :) Hence the title "A Child's Heart"
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Christmas is only 24 days away and This year All I Want For Christmas is my daughters to be happy, to be safe, have a loving family, to never have to worry about being wet, hungry, cold, never go to bed without an I Love You, a kiss and a hug. I never want them to be scared alone again. I want them to know when they get up in the morning they have a family waiting to greet them. I can't wait until we get "the call" that tells us our travel date, I can't wait until the day that I write the blog post "Gotcha Day" I can't wait until I write the blog post that says "On our way home" and I can't wait until the day I write the post that says "We're Home!!!"
Please be in prayer for us as many things will be taking place over the next couple of weeks!
*Oh I thought I had nothing to post lol ;)
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Enter for your chance to win the Coca-Cola sled below! 1 chance for $1, or 6 chances for $5. To enter to win go to the donate button on the side and once you have made your donation please message me to let me know. This will help us bring our daughters home! Drawing for the winner will be December 12th Enter today for your chance to win!
Cokes not included lol
***If you live out of town you will be responsible for shipping charges*** Thanks a bunch! :)
Thursday, November 25, 2010
And as the old saying goes "What doesn't kill you will make you stronger" I totally believe that after the journey of paperwork! God is so good, and I can never thank him enough! My faith has truly been strengthened!
I love you Ellee and Johannah and mommy and daddy are coming soon!!!
Monday, November 22, 2010
By Sunday though I had become discouraged, I was almost giving up, because I felt no way was this going to happen. I skipped church because I was so bummed, and I didn't feel like going in and plastering a smile on my face and pretending everything was ok or was going to be ok. But little did I know that Heaven was going to be flooded and lots of prayers was going up that morning. My daughter's Godmother had special prayer in their Sunday School class, and then our pastor made an announcement for special prayer.
Meanwhile I had a family Thanksgiving meal to go to, and was bummed but I went and I did have a good time, but the whole time I was thinking we had failed God had failed and it was over, satan had won. Wow was I WRONG WRONG WRONG!!!!
We had come to the conclusion I was going to have to fly to Phoenix hand deliver it and then fly home. Boy again was I wrong! Andrew just happened to log onto his fb, mind you he didn't put anything on his fb because he is a man I LOVE YOU HONEY ;) but low and behold God was at work! One of his friends posted "About to head to Tuscon!" This was perfect!!! So Andrew called him and talked with him, and asked him if he was flying into Phoenix. Jerry explained to him...Are you ready??? That he was flying into Phoenix but that it was where his connecting flight is. I mean that is Awesome! Our thought was that he would fly into Phoenix and drive to Tuscon, but again we were WRONG! LOL Do we see a pattern??? God is in Control! Andrew explained to him our little girls' lives depended on it and asked him if he would be will to take it to Sam. Jerry said the only problem that might arise was that he wouldn't have to go back through security since it was a connecting flight so she would have to try to come through security. After talking to Sam and the airlines we found out that she wouldn't be able to go through security, he was still going to take the package we were just now going to have to trust a complete stranger with it. Boy was I panicky! :)
So this morning we set out for Nashville bright and early to get the package to Jerry before his flight at 11:00. We met Jerry at his hotel, gave it to him, with a kiss and much prayer over it. I kept thinking we would hear something at 4 because I kept thinking that Phoenix was an hour ahead of us instead an hour behind us. So when I didn't hear anything at 4 I got a sick feeling, but Andrew told me that his flight wouldn't be in until 6 our time 5 theirs. So I had another 2 hours of pacing the floor, along with others pacing with us, which I could never thank enough for hanging in there with us. So at 6:30 Sam called and said "The Eagle has Landed" I think I might have screamed in her ear. I was laughing, crying, jumping for joy! The funny part was they didn't have to go through another person Jerry handed it straight to Sam. They asked the security officer if he could give her the package and with a strange look and a shrug of the shoulder Jerry handed the package over the security guy to Sam! Isn't God so Good!!!
My friend Linny has been through a lot today with her family, and this next little section is a snit bit from her blog, and because she said it so well I snagged it from her. I told her though lol ;) This is what she said "No doubt, the enemy is ticked!! I don't often talk about the enemy and his tactics, but I strongly believe that he, indeed, "comes to steal, kill and destroy".....and when God's children challenge the status quo, speak passionately on behalf of the orphan and are relentless to make a difference, the enemy wants to ruin their day. He wants to to discourage, to torment with fear and to harm...so thankful we serve the mighty God of the Universe - - - who is far more powerful in every way!!!"
She is so wise!!!
Thank you to EVERYONE who helped, prayed, called and showed us lots of love during this time!!! We love you all!!! (And Amber who lost sleep with me)
Now to wait until Thursday to get that email that says "You have been submitted"
To be continued until Thursday with A Reason to be Thankful Post....
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Friday, November 19, 2010
Package leaves Ky, heads to Denmark, from Denmark to Poland, in Poland gets stuck in customs, then is released from customs, but then Poland has a horrendous storm so it gets stuck in Poland, leaves Poland heads to girl's country, where it is stuck in customs yet again, but lets take it one step further the government gets a hold of it, it then is released to our facilitator over there. Wow what a journey. lol :)
Let's pray for a Happy Thanksgiving!!! (For those who don't know what I am talking about, the girl's country only take dossiers on Thursdays, this Thursday will be an even more special Thursday for 2 reasons, 1 it is Thanksgiving, what a better Thanksgiving present and more to be Thankful for, and 2 the SDA closes down from the end of November until the end of February. So we have to be submitted this week if there is any hope of us traveling to see and get our girls this year) Please keep us in your prayers, and pay attention to Thursday's post!!! LOL :)
Again it shows you my GOD is bigger than satan!!!
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Next... We are having a pampered chef fundraiser. If you would like to purchase anything you can go to http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.pamperedchef.biz%2Fkcorbin&h=0bcbb and click on shop online, and under option one enter Lane and then click on my name and shop away. :) Help us bring our 2 beautiful daughters home!
Thursday, November 11, 2010
So many of you if you are my friends on facebook has seen the ups and downs of my post this week. Monday morning started off like any other Monday morning. Woke up, drug myself to the bathroom, took a shower, got ready for work, left thinking wow a little bit later of a start but today will be a good day. Boy I couldn't have been more wrong in my life. I go into work turn on my computer to start the day, go to check emails and there is one from Chris our stateside worker. He was informing me that he received an email from our facilitator in the girls' country and there was a list, and when I say a list I mean a list of documents, that have to be redone. So I would like to tell you I held it together, that I got right to work to fix everything, and that everything was a bed of roses. No I had a BREAKDOWN the kind where you cry until you can't see straight you lose you"re breathe and the whole room spins. Well then I pulled it together, Right, No I then blamed everyone that I could blame, then I pulled it together Right? No I cried some more, and then I got to work right, Right :) I emailed, I called, I emailed more. Most of the items on the list were an easy fix and then we got to two of them. Both of them were not an easy fix. One was the state police checks, and the other was medicals. We contacted the state police and Chris was wonderful and very sympathetic, but really wasn't anything he could do. He gave us 2 options one was to go to the police station and do our fingerprints again, and then send them in and it could take up to 3 weeks to get it back. 3 weeks!!! We DON'T HAVE 3 WEEKS!!! Option 2, more Andrew and Jennifer friendly come to the Capital and it would take 20 mins, so since we have to go to the capital anyways once all the paperwork is redone that is the best option and exactly what we will do.
Next was the medicals WOW those have been the craziest. I won't go into that because it has been a big mess from the beginning. The reader's digest version is that because we had our physicals 6 months ago we need a new date put on the form, and they wouldn't do it. But we are still praying about it and know that God is in our adoption, he has been since day 1 of his plan lol, not our plan, even before we committed to the girls he was in it. God will not let us down now, and we will make this second deadline, and our girls Will be home by the first of the year!!!
Now on a more positive note I got an email today(actually a fb message which I couldn't reply to until I left work because our system blocks fb so it was just a text message of the actual message), and I will keep that special woman's name anonymous, unless she wants it known, and then I will let you know who that is. Anyways I received this fb message and it said that she was about to have her son's birthday and that instead of gifts that she was asking everyone to donate money and it would go to help bring our girls' home!!! Wow how amazing is that!!! I mean I was speechless, I didn't know what to say. I of course cried but this time it was tears of joy. I couldn't wait to get home and email her and let her know how thankful I was for her, and her great big heart. One of the things that she said that touched me also was that she wanted the girl's home too! How amazing!!! She knows who she is, so when you read this I just want you to know how thankful we are, so thankful that God has put you in our lives, and so thankful to call you my friend! Again you are amazing and we love you and that very handsome little boy of yours!!!
Saturday, November 6, 2010
Now If you don't want to purchase anything and you just want to donate, you can click on the Help bring Ellee and Johannah home and make a tax deductible donation.
Please help us bring our daughters home!
Thursday, November 4, 2010
But in different news a mommy and daddy are over adopting their beautiful daughter from the same orphanage that our beautiful daughters are in and were able to get some great pictures of our beautiful daughter Ellee!!! They are awesome! So many thanks to them and blessings to them on their journey!!!
Monday, November 1, 2010
I also want to thank everyone who has visited our blog in the past couple of days. We have had a lot of new people to stop by and read about our journey. We have also had a couple of people donate to help us bring our daughters home, and we have also had a few people buy jewelry to also help. Thank you so much!!!
You can still go to http://www.etsy.com/shop/thepickygal and order your Christmas gifts, birthday presents etc and help bring our daughters home. We hope to be traveling in a few weeks and we still have lots of funds to raise. This was my fb post from today, so I will put it on here to, Did you know there is only 54 days until Christmas? How would you like to shop for Christmas gifts and help bring home two beautiful little girls? Well, here's your chance! :) Please go check it out and help us bring our daughters home! :) Please make sure you put the Lane Family when checking out! :)
Thank you all so much and please keep the prayers coming!
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Thursday, October 28, 2010
We made a trip to the State Capital last night, and went first thing this morning to the Secretary of States office to get documents apostilled. After leaving from the Secretary of States office, where we found out there was no fed ex in Frankfort, so we drove to Louisville and found the fed ex where we shipped off our Dossier to the girls’ country and it will be there on Wednesday! So very very very excited!
So here are some pictures from today’s trip
And last but not least…..
The Beautiful Fed Ex package!
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
We got it, we got it, we got it!!! I could not be more happier (I don't even know if that is proper English at this point) then I am right now. God has truly blessed us, and God once again showed up when to us it would be humanly possible! We had a deadline and we are going to meet it! We were able to speak with Bill Johnson who was running for Senate in 2010 and who will be running in 2011 for Secretary of State. He was able to put us in touch with several people but one in particular Mitch McConnell. Andrew spoke with him yesterday and he said that he would do what he could. So today we find out that our I-600A had been approved and that we would be getting our I-171H by fax and by mail! :) I can not be more thankful to God and for other's willing to step up and help us bring our girls' home!!!
Thank you everyone for your love, prayers, and support!!!
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Our family by the Reece’s Rainbow table
Our team: John Andrew’s Zoo Crew…We walked for John Andrew and we wore our adoption t-shirts and carried the girls’ picture since they aren’t physically with us this year. But they will be for Buddy Walk 2011!
John Andrew receiving his medal!
Thursday, October 21, 2010
We are believing that we will be going in the next month so we are still needing lots of funds, so please be in prayer for us, and if you can give and are feeling called to give you have 2 options. You can click on the "Bring Ellee and Johannah home" and that donation is tax deductible, or you can click on the orange donate button. Thanks a bunch!!!
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Our next fundraiser will be November 6th at 8 a.m. we are having a 5k walk/run. The cost will be $10 per person. Please pray that this is a success and that many will come out to help bring our girls' home, and if you can come out, please come out and help us bring home our girls!
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
I know you have to wait 9 months before your baby or babies normally arrive, but I have waited 8 years and 8 years is long enough! I can't imagine my life without Ellee and Johannah and I think about all the joy that they are going to bring to our lives and the love that they are going to give, and the love that I know we have to give!
I am really hoping we hear something in the next day or so...Ok here is my prayer/hope Thursday is my birthday what a better birthday present than being invited to come and take fingerprints ;)
Friday, October 1, 2010
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Right now we are waiting on the USCIS and getting our fingerprint appointments, along with the deadline that we need to meet so we can go get our beautiful daughters. Have you ever been so close to something, and it seem like you will never get there. A lot of hurdles have been thrown our way during our journey, some that we knew would come up others that we didn't, but God has been there the whole time with us and helping us to get over them all. I am just so ready to go get my beautiful daughters and have them home with us. They have a mommy and daddy who are ready to shower them with all the love that we have to give, a brother and sister who can't wait to be a big brother and a big sister, grandparents who can't wait to spoil them rotten, aunts and uncles both biological and adoptive that can't wait to love on them and spoil them rotten, and so much more.
Please pray that we hear something from the USCIS this week or beginning of next!!! My God is bigger than any hurdle and he has called us to these two beautiful little girls and for these two beautiful little girls to be apart of our family!
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Look at those faces how could you resist not shopping and helping bring them home! :)
Friday, September 24, 2010
Monday, September 20, 2010
On Sunday after church we will be having a spaghetti luncheon after church.
We are waiting on the last (our) government step, and then we will be able to mail our complete, or should I say the rest of our dossier to EE and hopefully ;) get submitted pretty quickly and get invited to our beautiful daughters country.
It is very exciting and I can't wait to be able to meet my beautiful daughters, hold them, kiss on them and of course bring them HOME!
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Friday, September 3, 2010
Please keep us in your prayers! :)
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
I was so excited after I heard the news that I started shaking extremely bad :) I took ham to my desk instead of putting it on my sandwich, and I couldn't form complete sentences. I was so giddy! :)
Please pray for us because now we have to kick in to high gear to do more fundraising and have several things to get together! :)
In your weakest moment God shows up and does something amazing! :)
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Wait and Work
Blessed is a man who endures trials, because when he passes the test he will receive the crown of life that He has promised to those who love him. James 1:12
As individuals and as a nation, we become impatient for the changes that we so earnestly desire. We want solutions to our problems, and we want them now! But sometimes, life's greatest challenges defy easy solutions, so we must be patient.
Psalm 37:7 commands us to wait patiently for God, but, for most of us, waiting quietly for Him is difficult. Why? Because we are fallible human beings who seek solutions to our problems today, if not sooner. We seek to manage our lives according to our own timetables, not God's. Still, God instructs us to be patient in all things, and that is as it should be. After all, think how patient God has been with us.
Wow what do you say to that? God knows exactly when we need to hear something. And I know that God has to be super patient with me ;) because I am only human and a lot of time my human nature is what gets the better of me, and I forget that God is in control. So my goal is to wait patiently on God and try no to be spastic and know that everything happens in his timing and that it will happen!
Thursday, August 5, 2010
Needless to say we are in cruch time now. God has done soooo many miracles in helping us get our girls and we know that he will continue to do so. We have been blessed with so many wonderful friends, family, and strangers in our journey and will never know how to repay each of those people, but we know that God will bless them bigger and better than we ever could!
Saturday, July 31, 2010
Friday, July 30, 2010
More to come later :)
Sunday, July 25, 2010
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Thank you everyone who has called, emailed, texts, and most of all prayed for us during this time!!!!
Thursday, July 1, 2010
The funny thing, not ha ha funny, but the funny thing is throughout this whole journey we have had people reach out to us and help us and has given us things. A friend (Amy) that I can truly call a friend now has stepped out and she has given us items for the girls and is even throwing a baby shower for us along with my great friend Kim. Words can not express how I feel. It is like I told Rainy today that thank you seems like a super small word, but unfortunately in the English language that is all there is so I have to settle for that, but if anyone knows a bigger word to express how I feel please tell me ;)
Thank you all for your wonderful thoughts, prayers, your and love!
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
In different news ;) We have 3 seperate fundraisers going on right now. The first one is a T-shirt fundraiser. You can order whatever color you would like including tie dye the cost is 12 dollars for sizes up to XL, then 2X and above is 2 dollars more. The front of the t-shirt says " Adoption Every child needs a safe and loving home" the back of the shirt says "Touching lives....Two at a time" and gives our blog address. *The second fundraiser is a puzzle piece fundraiser...We have a puzzle being made that has the girls picture on it, and you purchase a puzzle piece at $5 dollars and we will place your name on the back of it. *The third fundraiser is an adoption benefit on July 10th from 12-4 at our church. There will be bouncers, food, and a silent auction.
You can donate through the "Bring Ivy and Rose" button or on the donate button. Thank you all for your support!
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Today we have had some really great blessings from friends, and companies. My friend Marla is donating a Longaberger basket, and a couple companies have donated some items. What a blessing! I can say we have been truly blessed!!!
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Saturday, June 19, 2010
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Now if we could just get more good news. We are trying to get another fundraiser together and it has not been going good, but I know God is good and that is all that matters!!! Still praying and believing in faith!
Monday, June 14, 2010
I heard from someone recently the more bumps you hit in the road here the less that you will hit in country. Boy do I hope that is true!!!!
Just feeling a little frustrated tonight and wish that I had Dorothy's ruby red slippers and I could click them and say what I need and poof it would happen, but we all know that was just a bump on the head and a dream.
Ok now that I am done complaining...
Saturday, June 12, 2010
God is such an amazing God!!! We prayed and prayed and prayed for that TV to be sold and it was sold, and all the other big items that we wanted to get rid of we were able to sell. The moral of the story is that God is GREAT!!!! :)
Friday, June 11, 2010
Yard sale starts in t-minus 14 1/2 hours. Praying that it goes well!!!!!
Thursday, June 10, 2010
As I was reading one of the other families that are adopting through Reece's Rainbow blog they were able to get their sweet Sophie today, and keep her until they leave the country. I can't wait until that happens with us. The emotions they must be feeling now. Wow what a great gift!
As I am writing this it is 12:23 P.M. here and where my beautiful daughters are it is 5:24 P.M. I can't help but wonder if they are eating dinner and if they are what are they eating. I also think about how many times today they have been hugged, if at all. I think about if they have been bathed. Wow so many thoughts are running through my mind right now. Geeze I can't wait to get them home so I know that all of these things are being done.
Please continue to pray for our Yard-Sale this weekend. Please pray that it is a success because we still have so far to go, but we know that God will provide!
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
This weekend we are having a Yard sale Fundraiser! Please pray for us that it goes well and we can collect more funds. We still have a long way to go, but we know that God will provide. He has been in this before we were in this and will continue to be in it.
Thank you for everyone who has been praying for us, support us, and have financially helped us. We love you all!!!!
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Saturday, May 22, 2010
We are still waiting on quite a few things to come through so hopefully we will soon have a travel date, and be ready to go. I am so excited and can't wait. God is really teaching me patience, but that is ok because the outcome will be such a blessing.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Friday, May 7, 2010
Can not believe that it is just a few short months away, before I will have my daughters here. I almost said until I am a mother, but I feel like I am a mother already. I have been trying to imagine how life is going to be after the girls get here, and I just keep thinking of how wonderful life is going to be.
So many people have asked how they can donate to help us so I added a donate button tonight. You are able to donate straight to that account and it will go towards the cost of paperwork, and then of course travel, lodging, visas and medicals for the girls, and so much more towards the adoption.
Saturday, May 1, 2010
Next month will be our first trip and I can not believe that it has come so fast. I was talking to my mom last night she told me that she is getting more and more anxious to meet her granddaughters and it was funny because she said "Grandma is ready to meet my grandaughters," My mom never wanted to be called Grandma she wanted to be called mamaw or memaw, but never grandma. I think that has changed ;-)...
As it gets closer I truly feel like a kid in a candy store. :)
Sunday, April 25, 2010
God is so good and I am so glad that he has chosen Andrew and I as the parents of these two beautiful girls.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
We serve such an awesome God! Hopefully it won't be so long before my next post.
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Monday, February 22, 2010
I have to say God has opened my eyes to so many things over the last few weeks, and I feel so blessed to think of what the future will hold. God is so amazing and these little girls are going to bring so much more joy to my life. I can't wait to bring them home!
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
One of the funny things is I told Andrew today to call the Love Basket and see if they had found out anything, because I am impatient and want to know something now. I had called him around 10:00 to remind him. Around 11:40ish I had checked my email and the director of the Love Basket had emailed me to let me know that we had been approved and would move forward with our next step. I am super super excited, and so very glad that we are one step closer now.
Thank you all for you love, prayers, and support! More to come…
Monday, February 8, 2010
After the first of the year we started back to school. On January 14 a really good friend of mine sent me an website that had children with down syndrome waiting for adoption. I was scrolling through the pictures of the children on the site and came to the first little girl Ivy. I fell in love with her then. I knew at that moment that she was the one God was calling us to. I immediately got in contact with the director of the agency and inquired about Ivy. I was very surprised at how quickly she responded to me considering it was a weekend. After corresponding back and forth with Andrea for a few days and getting the process started with Ivy she asked me how we felt about adopting two. At first I thought I don't know because I was only looking to adopt one at this time, but now there was two. Before I could answer her she sent me pictures of Rose and again I was in love. I knew these were my daughters. I feel like when you ask God for a blessing that is exactly what you will get. It will probably be bigger and better than you actually thought.
Thus has started the Journey with the Lanes, and taking us all the way around the world to Eastern Europe.