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Of Like Minds & Experiences

It’s funny how a person can have the most vexing kind of day, the kind of day filled with frustration, and then in the blink of an eye all of that changes.  Yesterday, I was admittedly a bit frazzled.  I was thinking about how rapidly the deadline for Honeybee’s payment was approaching, knowing that God was and is going to work it out, but frustrated at my perceived lack of progress in the support of our daughter.  I recognize now that a lot of that was the trick of the enemy intent on making me focus on the illusion of failure instead of the reality of God, His Grace, and His POWER.  Nevertheless, I was heavy hearted and, in a moment of pure vexation typed the quoted phase “Fundraising Frustrations, adoption”.  Please understand, I didn’t really expect anythingto pop up, maybe a few additional links to grants we have already applied for or ideas we’ve already tried.  What came up was a perfect hit.  I saw staring back at me “Fundraising Frustrations” and the word “adoption” highlighted in the Google query.

Curious, I clicked on the link of a blog entitled “No Distance Too Great”.  Immediately after clicking on the blog, I felt compassion, understanding, and empathy.  But it wasn’t from this blog to me.  It was from me to them.  The blog belongs to a beautiful hearted couple who are also in the process of adoption.  The particular post that was listed in the Google Search showed some of their feelings and physical manifestations of fundraising anxiety that I could relate to.  As I read their post, I felt the frustration of the writer because I was walking through it too.  I wanted to reach out and let them know they weren’t in this alone, that someone else was experiencing the same pains.  I wanted to let them know that the prayers they were praying and the scriptures they were seeking in encouragement were the same that crossed my screen and devotions…But I was afraid.

I didn’t know these people.  They didn’t know me.  I didn’t want them to think I was some weird person coming out of the woodwork.  What would I say?  What if they took it the wrong way?  Maybe I should just leave them alone.  I prayed.  Should I contact?  Again, what would I even begin to write?

Then, I noticed there was a separate link that read “Contact Us”.  In that beautiful page was a phrase “We also appreciate any words of advice or wisdom you could impart on us!”  I thought “okay, Lord” and quickly composed an email that thanked them for sharing the information, let them know that our family was walking through a similar journey and included a blog that contained some great fundraising ideas that have inspired some of the fundraising we’ve been able to use for our daughter.  I also told them about those fundraisers, wished them well, and covered them in prayers.  Finally, I apologized if I caused any inconvenience or offense and pressed send feeling sheepish, but comfortable that God had allowed me to find their blog for a reason.  I honestly didn’t expect to hear anything from them at all.
But I received a response.  It was simple, straight forward, and wonderful.  I read it and smiled as the word “like-minded” appeared in my mind and swelled in my heart.  The email was exactly what I needed and though I was only trying to help, it was I who was helped most of all.

I’m thankful for the blessing of encouragement and the understanding of similar journeys.  I am thankful for a phrase that was given in my head to pull a blog on a site that could have taken me anywhere in the world, but took me to a family of like-minded Christ-loving individuals walking a similar path instead.  For that, I am exceptionally grateful.

For those who are feeling especially generous, please visit the YouCaring site of the wonderful couple who showed such love and compassion to us at  I'm sure they would appreciate it.

Philippians 2:2-8:  Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord to one mind.  Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.  Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:  But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:  And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross (KJV)

1 Peter 3:8 Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous:

Introductions and Appeals

Hello everyone.

Please allow me to introduce myself. I'm WinterMommy. I am a wife, mother, and a follower of Christ. This blog was started as a means to get the widest dissemination of a fundraising request for my daughter's adoption. Her adoptive father (my husband) and I have been working very hard to let everyone know how great and wonderful this cause is and how much we truly love out family. We hope you'll visit this blog and take the time to get to know us.

We are a loving family of three (Daddy, Mommy, and a handsome third grader) who believe with every fiber of our being that we have been called to adopt. After lots of prayers, a few tears, and some disappointments in placements that were not to be, we were blessed to have a legal risk placement of our daughter in March 2014! We then became a loving family of four!

Our daughter is the most amazing and wonderful infant girl you would ever want to meet with an infectious smile and beautiful dark and endearing eyes! We were overjoyed to bring her home, but the journey is not yet over!

We still have to have her adoption finalized. The anticipated finalization date is Sep/Oct 2014 and we are fortunate that her agency offers payment plans that will allow us a small amount of time to pay everything off. The costs are well over $18K including legal fees. That's a lot of money, but we are doing whatever it takes to make those costs attainable so that we can have our daughter stay with us in her forever family.

We love our daughter. We can't wait to teach her how to ride bikes and tie her shoes. We can't wait to take family pictures with her that we're able to share with all of our family and friends (we can't now because of confidentiality agreements). We can't wait to teach her the rivalry in our household that is the Chicago Bears and everyone else :). We can't wait to for her to be legally ours as she already is in our hearts.

This is where we humbly ask your help. Can you please help our dream become a reality sooner than later? Should you feel moved to donate even $1, it would be a great help and wholeheartedly appreciated.

If you are not in a position to donate, you can certainly help us in other ways.

1. Pray. Pray. Pray. During the particularly hard days waiting for a match during this journey, Phillippians 4: 6-7 remained in our spirit, "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” We gained peace, left our concerns with God, and shortly thereafter received the call about the match for their daughter.

2. Share, Share, Share. If you know of anyone who would be interested not in the gossip of what is going on, but in supporting a movement that will assist in making our family whole, please share this site with that person. Perhaps they will be moved to donate. Perhaps they will be moved to pray.

3. Keep visiting. We're applying for grants. We're looking for adoption assistance. We're doing it all. In the event a grant is awarded, we'll post it here, let you guys know, AND will show how the grant has helped reduce adoption costs (meaning the goal amount will be reduced!).

We're really excited about the remainder of this journey! We hope you are too.

Thank you so much and so sincerely for all of your help.

We truly appreciate you!