Thursday, June 30, 2011

"I want my life to fit in this book..."

We've been in the process of adopting for over a year. A year where we have grown tremendously in our relationship with each other, as well as our relationship with God.

Some have told me they don't understand how we could do this, adopt two kids when we already have four. I usually nod my head and acknowledge that it is indeed difficult to grasp. However, my fear is that they won't ever understand, and that we will always be considered "weird".

Francis Chan spoke at Catalyst 2010 and talked about what's weird...




There are over 210 MILLION orphans worldwide. If we are weird for trying to bring two of them into our loving home...so be it.

I gladly accept the label.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

donations, anyone? UPDATED!!!

 UPDATE:
We just got word that an anonymous donor would like to give us a matching grant up to $3500! That means if we raise $3500, we will have the $7000 needed to be fully funded! This will include our plane tickets for 2 trips, in country fees, the whole kit and Kaboodle! This is VERY exciting news! If you'd like to give a tax deductible donation, please send your check here:

TAX DEDUCTIBLE DONATIONS:
International CARE
PO Box 1603
Bel Air, MD 21014
(*please include a separate note referring to Jeff & Katie Seevers adoption)


God has been soo faithful! I know that He will provide the rest of these funds needed to get our sweet B***** and M***** home!





 It's hard to believe that this is real. Jeff and I are going to Africa next month... to meet our kids... to go to court and hopefully pass on July 21st!!! It's so unreal, and amazing all at the same time!

Honestly, I can't even believe that I am typing this post!! This is one of the posts that I've dreamed of writing... our donation list. Haha. I know that sounds kind of crazy, but if I'm writing this, it means we're going to Africa soon! Well, we're leaving in 24 days! Can I hear an AMEN???! God is soo good.

We are going to take donations with us. For those of you in Ohio who would like to help us, please let me know ASAP and we can take them along. Here are some things we will take:
diapers (all sizes)
unscented baby wipes
bibs
hand sanitizer
vitamin D drops and Iron drops for babies and children
infant and children's vitamins
powdered formula (target brand is fine)
children's clothing (new or like-new)
Croc shoes for older kids(Avent for 8 and 12 oz.)
diaper rash cream (A+D original oinment is preferred)
development toys for babies and toddlers
bubbles
children's DVDs and CDs
sidewalk chalk
puzzles for young children
paper towels
Tri-vi-sol multivitamins (0-6 months)
Poly-vi-sol (6 months-2 years)
Chewable multi-vitamin (2-9 years)
Infant and Children's Tylenol (generic acetaminophen is fine)
Infant and Children's Motrin (generic Ibuprofen is fine)
Neosporin
Benadryl liquid/ elixir
chewy granola bars
fruit snacks
lollypops
cheese crackers


We will be delivering these items to both the orphanage where our kids came from, as well as the transition home where they've been since February. We'd also like to have some of these snacky items on hand to give to the kids on the street who are hungry. Starvation is very real in Ethiopia, and we always want to be prepared to give some sort of food item to those that we meet on the street. 
We do still need to raise about $7,000 to be fully funded, so a monetary donation would be appreciated as well. 
Even more important than these donations, we really need prayer coverage. We are very aware that the enemy doesn't like adoption, and when God's people adopt, it can feel at times that we have a target on our back. Jeff and I have had to step up our spiritual warfare over our family, as we've felt defeated, overwhelmed, and just plan exhausted at times. 
Ephesians 6:10-18  has been on my lips a lot lately. 
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord's people.
So please join with us in prayer. Please cover us with God's Word. He's doing an amazing thing in us and we are so very excited to be a part of this.
Blessings,
Katie
and Jeff

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Ethiopia bound

In 25 short days, we'll be on a jet plane flying over land and sea for approximately 18 hours to meet our 2 precious kids! How did that happen, you may ask? I have NO IDEA! Actually, I do know who has been orchestrating this beautiful symphony, I just didn't realize it would be quite like this. We are beyond thrilled. My head is still swimming.

























Here's how it went down: Yesterday June 20th, the phone rang at about 4 pm. I glanced down at the caller id... it was the coveted 703 area code. Heart pounding. "Why is it pounding", I thought. We were expecting to get a call that B******'s paperwork was found, then, we were told, we'd be submitted to court, which could take 2-4 months to get our court date. That would be well into the rainy season. So we assumed, barring a miracle, that we wouldn't go to court until at least October.

Of course, God had a better plan. I answered the phone and it was Kristen, our travel contact. I'm thinking, "why are you calling me, we're not traveling yet". She said that she had good news for us... we were assigned a court date for July 21st! I said, "um. are you sure you called the right family? This is the Seevers' family. We are adopting B***** and M******. Are you sure you're calling the right person?" She laughed and said, "Yes! I AM calling the right family". Seriously? A. Mazing.




Now, the amazing news is that we HAVE a court date! Woohoo! However, we still need all of you to be praying that they are able to locate B*****'s abandonment papers before we go to court on the 21st. If these papers are present, and the MOWYCA letters are present, we will pass court! insert smile. This is what we are believing for... what we are expecting.

If for some reason the papers aren't present, we will not pass court until they have these important papers. Another piece of good news is that although we don't know exactly WHEN court closes, we assume it will be at least at the end of the 1st week in August. There is still plenty of time between now and when court closes for The Lord to allow those papers to be located. We are trusting that He's "got this".

I'm choosing to focus on what I know is TRUE. We are going to ET in 4 weeks to meet our kids. We have a court date on the 21st. We believe that passing court IS going to happen. I'm choosing to keep my eyes focused on Jesus... not focusing on the "what ifs".

I watched a great video a couple years back by a pastor who was talking about this very thing. He reminded me of the numerous times in the Old Testament when God's faithfulness to His people was present... even with enemies all around them.

One event in particular sticks out in my memory as the pastor spoke of the detailed directions to the Israelites as to HOW and WHERE they were to set up camp, with their enemies encroaching all around them. God gave them the exact direction (north, south, east and west) that each tribe must set up camp. Each tribe was to face forward towards the Ark of the Covenant, where the very presence of God resided.

Now by doing this, as they were directed, it actually left their backs exposed to the enemies all around them.

What God was teaching them, is that they didn't need to keep turning around and checking to see if they were safe. They didn't need to keep asking the "what if" questions. God Had Their Backs.

He's Got our Backs now. When the Israelites followed God's directions, they were NEVER attacked by the enemy. Wow. I want to keep my eyes focused on Jesus. I want to not turn back in worry, fear, uncertainty etc. He's Got Our Backs!

And we are THRILLED to be leaving for ET in 4 weeks. I'd better wrap this up so that I can start making lists... booking flights... and thanking my sweet Jesus for answered prayer. We're coming, kids!!!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

It's been a long time since I've updated our blog. It's not that I haven't wanted to... believe me, I wish that I had soo much good material/ news that I was updating twice a day. It's actually for lack of time... and lack of news.


We haven't had an update on B******'s paperwork since May 12th. That's a whole month. No news is NOT good news in this case. Of course we realize that this is a great opportunity to press into Jesus. ahhhh. It is soo sweet to draw closer to Him, yet the process has been painful at times.


  As I am not able to share pics of B****** and M******, I thought I'd share some pics of our other sweet kids.














































we spent the week at my parents cottage on the lake this week with my sister and her 4 kiddos. It was a much needed respite.

































As we patiently... ahem, sort of patiently, wait for word on B******'s paperwork, we are enjoying the moment with our awesome kids, and the amazing dog days of summer.

The verses that I've been clinging to lately are Mark 9:24 Immediately the boy's father exclaimed, "I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!" and also a new favorite Jude 1:2 (The Message) Relax, everything's going to be all right; rest, everything's coming together; open your hearts, love is on the way!

God is faithful. Our kids WILL get home to join our family. The question is just "when". I'm choosing to trust in Jesus. He's a much better driver than I am. He has B***** and M******'s best interest at heart. His timing is perfect. 

 I know that one day we'll look back at this wait and see His faithfulness around every corner, His grace flowing over us. One day, this wait will be forgotten as we go about our daily routine with 6 kids!! Eeeeekkk. I can't wait! 

Eagerness would be an understatement. For now, I'll rest in His arms.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Thursday, June 2, 2011

they just get it...

Last week we took a road trip...


















to Atlanta... to see some sweet friends, The Hoffmans.



















like us, they're kind of into this adoption thing;)

























A few years ago, they received a referral for a precious little boy. He got sick before they were able to get to him. Because of the lack of nutrition, he didn't make it. It's devastating... and it happens EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.  Many of these illnesses are completely preventable with proper nutrition and clean water. As a result of their tragic loss, they started a non profit organization called, Brighton Their World.
Laura and Tymm collect and ship/take infant formula to third world countries, for the babies in the orphanages who soo desperately need it. We are soo grateful for the many friends/ family who contributed to our formula bounty that we were able to hand deliver to the Hoffmans;)

We were soo blessed by our conversation with them. I feel like we met two more "kindred spirits"

Thanks, Tymm, Laura, and Meron for hanging with us for the evening. More importantly, thanks for working so hard to reach the most vulnerable children in our world. So many lives are saved due to your efforts and God's blessings on it.

On a side note: we are THRILLED to celebrate with the Hoffman's for their finally passing court yesterday for their sweet girl that they'll be bringing home soon. God is awesome! 


















We were once again humbled by God's blessings of introducing us to such awesome peeps that are living for HIM, and caring for "the least of these" as we are commanded to do... we are honored to call this family "friends"