Tuesday, February 28, 2012


There is only 1 more day to enter into our awesome giveaway!!  We are so very close to having $1000 for each of our families!  That is almost $3000 total!   In order to meet this goal, we need $300 more.

You have the chance to win amazing prizes...

A Kindle, $500, autographs, homemade items, gift cards to some great companies, Oreck Vacuums, and more!

33 prizes will be given away on March 1st!

Here is the link:


Your donations are greatly appreciated!  Thank you so much for donating and sharing our giveaway! 

Don't forget, if you share this blog 3 times, email us for your free entry!

Thank you!  Y'all are amazing!!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

He's Starting to Sweat!

Hi all!  Well, we have GREAT news!  Our Dossier was translated very quickly and we were officially submitted!  Our dossier is now being reviewed and we are waiting for approval and an invitation to meet our son!  We are SO excited!

And so nervous...


However, I think we are making the devil sweat!  I think  he's actually shocked that we are making such progress so he's starting to attack our pocketbooks!  2 weeks ago, we had to put new tires on Chris' truck which ended up costing about $600.  He was sliding all over the icy roads so we had to do it.  Then this week, his truck broke down and it will cost $800 to fix.  Unavoidable.  We will not be shaken, though! 

Another expense has been added...We have decided to take our baby girl to the states so that my mother can give her some extra TLC and bonding time.  With this being said, we will have a child in 3 different countries because Gracie will be staying here in Germany.  Please pray for this momma's heart!  It is being torn into 3 pieces!

If you will take a look at our fundraising thermometer, you will notice a HUGE jump!  Our income tax refund was deposited into our account.  We are currently waiting for our adoption loan to be approved around March 6.  Please pray that it is approved!  Also, we have 2 fundraisers going on for the month of February (only a few more days!):

 Pampered Chef-


Under the host name please input "Maria" as the first name and "Solomon" as the last name to ensure that we are credited with your purchase. Then shop as you normally would online.

All of Lura's profit will go into our adoption fund.  She has an amazing heart!  AND, she's in the process of adopting 2 little ones of her own!  (Lura is also one of the 3 families involved in the Share the Love Giveaway listed below!)
When the show ends on Feb. 28th, all orders and payments will then be processed.


Share The Love Giveaway- Helping 3 military families to adopt 4 orphans from 3 different countries!


A donation of only $5 could win you one of 33 GREAT prizes! 
Share our giveaway blog 3 times and you can receive a FREE entry!

Your support is so very appreciated!  We have had some of the most wonderful people step up and offer prayers, encouragement, support, and donations.  We could not have made it this far without you!  It is so easy to get discouraged, but just as that begins to happen, you swoop in to rescue us!  God bless you all!  We are almost there!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Wreckless Shopping Carts






Not ready.

And the list goes on and on... This is what I feel every single day... and the closer we get to being able to travel to meet our son, the feelings become stronger.  Adoption is a roller coaster of emotions and all one can do is just hold on for dear life.

With all of the waiting and roadblocks that we have encountered, I'm reminded of a conversation that happened between my daughter and I when she was 2 years old.  My husband was stationed in S. Korea for a year and we were in the midst of being approved to move to Germany, which was another very stressful point in my life.  My daughter and I were at Wal-mart and she was insisting on pushing the shopping cart.  We had just made it through the checkout line and were trying to navigate through the crowd to head toward the exit.  She was begging to push, so I finally gave in.  I kept my hand on the cart, straining to keep her from causing injury to some poor person, as she pushed with all of her might to make the cart go, but she just couldn't see over the top of the buggy. (okay, I can't call it a shopping cart anymore, I'm from the south, and we call them buggies. :-))  Finally, I had had enough.  I picked her up, plopped her in the buggy, and explained to her that she is just too small to push the cart right now.  It was then that God clearly spoke to my heart... I had been trying to control so many things in my life and He used that moment to finally stress to me that HE had had enough with me.  He picked me up and plopped me in the buggy right alongside my sweet little daughter....

And He said...

"Maria...you are too small... you can't see... I AM bigger than this world.  I know where you need to go, let Me steer."

It was a voice so clear within me...and those words were spoken directly to my heart. 

I love how God has used my daughter to teach me how to love with a childlike faith.  He has used her so many times to basically reset my faith button.   He has brought me back to the basics of how we should love our Lord and it really is quite simple...but we try to make it so difficult.

Mark 10:13-16 says this, "13 One day some parents brought their children to Jesus so he could touch and bless them. But the disciples scolded the parents for bothering him.
14 When Jesus saw what was happening, he was angry with his disciples. He said to them, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children. 15 I tell you the truth, anyone who doesn’t receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.” 16 Then he took the children in his arms and placed his hands on their heads and blessed them."

Children "get it".  They are so innocent, yet so bold.  They will believe wholeheartedly...they are so trusting and have no problems believing that God is real.  As adults, we begin to question things too much...we have to know every single detail...every "why", every "how"... when actually, all that really matters is this:

John 3:16 “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life."


Romans 10:9  "If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved."

Trust me... if you give it all over to God and just start at the basics, at that childlike faith that God desires so much... those trivial little details that you must have the answers to will disappear.  I'm proof of that... I am enjoying learning even more about my Lord through the eyes of my daughters. 

I read this today... A person who has not accepted Christ as their Savior by the age of 14 has only a 10% chance of accepting Christ later in life.

I know what my priority is.

So this isn't exactly where I was headed with this blog but apparently God wanted us to end up here... You see, I really don't have choices in these matters since He plopped me in His buggy. :-)   I know that God knows much more than our earthly minds allow us to even imagine.  We can say that we want things a certain way, but we just have to have faith that God is steering us the best way.  He really is an amazing God and is quite capable of taking care of our little bitty selves.  Today, God moved a mountain and we are able to mail our Dossier.  Tomorrow it will be on its way.  I know that there is one little bitty self sitting in an orphanage whose life is about to change forever... in God's timing.  I will be patient.  I will be obedient.  I will let Him steer.

I'm in His buggy.  

Friday, February 3, 2012

A Fabulous Giveaway!

So, we have teamed up with 2 other adopting families here in Germany and we will be having an awesome giveaway for the month of February!  So many people have donated some awesome prizes!  Everything from gift cards to autographs, Oreck vacuums to handmade treats.  Please check it out and let people know!  Your help is greatly appreciated!

We are on the home stretch right now with our adoption and we look to be traveling pretty soon once our Dossier is submitted (and we will be submitting that very soon).  Would you like to purchase one of our adoption t-shirts to help us raise some extra money?  Please check out our fundraising page.  We have t-shirts available in medium, large, and X-large, if you are interested!  

This month, we should be finding out if we have been approved for our adoption loan.  Please, please pray that we are approved!  It is an interest free loan and would be a huge blessing!  We are also having our taxes done very soon so we are praying that we get a great return to go toward our adoption.  We will give an update on how much money we have left to raise and save.  It's getting close, y'all!  Very close!