Tuesday, November 30, 2010

New fundraiser!

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 Smile Enter today for your chance to win!

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sled 3 Cokes not included lol Winking smile

***If you live out of town you will be responsible for shipping charges*** Thanks a bunch! :)

Thursday, November 25, 2010


Wow we have so many things to be thankful for! First and foremost being saved by the Grace of God! Family and friends to share time with, and this an extra special THANKSGIVING We were submitted to the SDA (state department of adoptions) in the girls country. A big step! Now we wait for them to send us an apt date and invite us to their country. I can not wait to meet my beautiful daughters! I can not wait to hold them in my arms! I can not wait to bring them home! I have so much to be thankful for!!!

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

The post everyone has been waiting on since our rollercoaster ride started on Saturday

As you know we found out on Saturday that we had mistakenly sent 2 copies of my state background check... Our fault for not triple checking and being in such a hurry, but the state guys fault for giving us 2 copies of mine instead of one of mine and one of Andrews, which he later corrected with sending us 2 copies of Andrew's and we received on Thursday. But we still didn't know anything was wrong with our paperwork until Saturday and didn't realize he had sent us 2 copies of Andrew's until Saturday. Now with all that said, we are determined people, we know God has called us to adopt Ellee and Johannah and nothing will stand in God's way! We have a great team who works really hard with us to. We had the extra copy but we had to somehow get it over to the girls' country in time for us to be submitted this Thursday, and if you remember from an earlier post this last package had a ride, so we didn't particularly trust a delivery service. So Nancy told us to send out an email and ask if anyone was leaving out on Monday or Tuesday so we would have time to get it to them. So I did that and a wonderful lady named Samantha came back and said that she was leaving out Tuesday (tomorrow the 23rd) and she would be willing to take it for us if we could get it to her in Phoenix in time. Ok so how are we going to get it to Phoenix in time. So we started calling delivery services, there are no delivery services open Sundays, so we were looking for maybe a same day service but the cheapest we found for that was $500 What are you kidding me. Next option seeing if anyone had frequent flyer miles they would be willing to give us because we did not have the extra money for a plane ticket, plane ticket $300. No one had frequent flyer miles. We put out requests on facebook, and believe me if you want something done put it on fb, because we had wheels turning everywhere and Heaven was being flooded with prayers for our beautiful daughters.

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

If you haven't already heard...

Well if you haven't already heard here is the sad sad sad news.... Our dossier made it but the state police clearance for my husband didn't. The guy who done our clearances made two copies for me, why would he do that!!!! I checked them, my husband checked them but some how we missed that detail. We have contacted several families that were willing to take it with them to the girls country, but the problem is getting it to them. No delievery service picks us or delivers or even open for that matter on Sunday, flights are to expensive, and driving well driving isn't completely out of the question but how I would do it is hard enough. Needing lots of prayers right now! Our adoption hasn't fallen through, but it looks like we could possible have to wait until they open back up in Feb which I am NOT happy about it breaks my heart!!! I don't know what to do!!!

Friday, November 19, 2010

It made it!

40,000 calls to UPS, a billion hours of lost sleep, and a trillion times checking the ups website our second packet of paperwork has made it. What are the chances of the trip that our dossier took. Oh yeah 1 in a billion and of course we were that one lol but that's ok because God will NEVER give us more than we can handle. If you would have told me a year ago that we would have gone through all of this I would have said I will never be able to go through that but God has changed me and has made my faith even stronger. Anyway are you ready to hear the journey....

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

Fundraisers and paperwork

Wow this past week has been crazy, crazy, crazy!!! As you know from my last post we got an email that stated that quite a bit of our paperwork needed to be redone because it fell under the 6months or older rule. So we set out getting it all fixed so we could get it back out ASAP. And up until Thursday night we feared that it wasn't going to happen, but just when you think there is no way God shows up and poof it is done. So Monday all paperwork went back out to the girls' country and is now somewhere on the other side of the world. It will arrive in the girls' country tomorrow. It will need to be translated and then submitted. It would be great if it could be submitted this week, and it is possible with God, but it looks like it will be next week. So please pray for us!!!

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

Satan Attacks!

Please read to the bottom this story is not all doom and gloom!!!
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

A hard but necessary post, but not a sad one.

November is national adoption month and tomorrow is Adoption Sunday (November 7th 2010) although our adoption will not be final it is a very real possibility that we will travel at the end of this month and get to see our beautiful daughters, in person, this month. Even though we have done several fundraisers, I still haven't liked to ask for money, but with traveling soon and getting the girls soon, we now have to ask. We are still not asking for money with nothing in return for you, but we do have a fundraiser that is still going on. You can go to http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.thepickygal.etsy.com%2F&h=9365c and you can purchase something for your self or someone else. I have been doing a count down on my fb page for Christmas and right now there are 49 days, which is 7 weeks, away from Christmas. You can purchase Christmas gifts and know that you are helping bring two beautiful little girls home!!! Please don't forget to put the LANE FAMILY when you purchase your items!:)

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

Wasn't our week! :(

I anxiously waited an email, phone call something but nope nothing. So this week just wasn't our week to get submitted, but there is always next week! :) Some other pretty awesome people were submitted this week and will soon be getting their travel date. I hope that we travel around the same time so that we can get to know them more closely. So here's to hoping and praying that next Thursday is our Day!

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

Dossier has arrived!!!

So as of 11:00 this morning our Dossier was in country awaiting clearance, at about 3:30 I checked again and it had been delivered and signed for! Yay! I was on chat tonight and asked how long it would take for them to translate and I was told it could possibly take just a few days and there could be a possibility that we could be submitted this week! :) So now we just wait and see because it could be next week since there was a few in front of us, but it is there and we should know something in a matter of days or possibly a week. But we are so close to our daughters. We are extremely happy!

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!