I just haven’t met you yet

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Our dossier made it to Taiwan in record time and is currently being translated into Mandarin. After that it will be submitted to court, and we should be able to make plans to travel to Taiwan! It could be just a few weeks away or it could be August or even later…we just don’t know. We do expect to bring him home before the end of 2017, but there are often surprises in the adoption process, and we want to keep praying hard for things to run as smoothly as they have to date. We learned recently there is a small possibility of only having to make one trip to Taiwan instead of two before we can bring him home. This is the strong desire of our hearts, and we are praying hard for this to be a reality for the benefit of everyone involved. Please join us in asking God to allow us to bring him home in one trip instead of two!

We were allowed to send a care package to our sweet boy and were overjoyed to receive a few new pictures of him looking at a little photo album of our family we’d sent. We pasted his picture in with pictures of each one of us. The knowledge that he has seen our faces is overwhelming. The wait is excruciating, and we are praying all day everyday to hear the news that it is time to bring him home. In his package we included several light up toys (requested by the orphanage) and things that play music (he loves music), some soft clothes and teething toys (one shaped like a banana because he is particularly attached to a toy banana), some of our favorite board books, and a couple of recordable books with our voices reading stories to him and telling him how much we love him.

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We are so grateful for your prayers and hope you will continue to ask the Lord to move the court process along and to prepare his little heart for the transition that is coming.

Potentially, the next time we update the blog we might be leaving on a jet plane…

We give thanks for you often and are so grateful for how the Lord has worked through you to help bring our family to this point.

One generation shall commend your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts. On the glorious splendor of your majesty, and on your wondrous works, I will meditate. They shall speak of the might of your awesome deeds, and I will declare your greatness. Psalm 145:4-6

Taking care of business

We’d been warned many times about the mountain of paperwork that comes with adoption. With the Lord’s help we’re on the other side of the paperwork mountain and are pleased to report it was not as overwhelming as you might think. We would do it over a million times, and it really was nothing in the big scheme of things. Not long after I’d been neck deep in home study forms and grant applications we realized this had all made a clear impression on our children as well.

I had the pleasure of teaching Tommy in K5 this year at our beloved homeschool cooperative. One day, another student was proudly sharing photos of her new cousin who had recently made it home from China through international adoption. As everyone awed over the happy pictures I reminded them (in my teacher voice) that in the same way this child who was once far away now had a mama and daddy and a forever family so too anyone who repents and believes in Jesus is adopted into God’s forever family. Without missing a beat Tommy said, “Yeah, but Jesus didn’t have to do all this paperwork.”

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Sign, sealed, delivered, I’m yours

Our dossier is officially in the mail bound for Taiwan! We check the tracking information approximately every five minutes for progress. We are bubbling over with excitement to have hit this milestone, and it’s hard to believe this process began just over four months ago. The Lord has heard and answered many of your prayers along the way.  He has orchestrated people and paperwork and appointments and more… moving things along at lightning speed and we are so thankful. Please keep praying for our precious little guy. Please continue to pray his caregivers would take a special interest in him, meeting all of his needs swiftly, and pray that the Lord would prepare his heart for the huge transition that is ahead.

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What’s next?

We wait. When the agency in Taiwan receives our dossier they will review it and have it translated. Next, they will appear at the first court appointment on our behalf. After that, we should hear something and be allowed to schedule our first trip to MEET HIM! Both Lifeline and the agency in Taiwan anticipate we will be home for good from our second trip with our new son by the end of this year. Please join us in praying that it will not take that long. We are grateful for each of you and your willingness to join us in the journey. We’d love to hear what’s going on with you!

Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21

Shop to adopt!

Thank you so much to everyone who enjoyed Chick-fil-A in the name of orphan care on Wednesday. Because of you we are $100 closer to bringing our little guy home! It is extremely humbling to be on the receiving end of such generosity. We feel especially grateful that Wheeler, Tommy, Mac, and Betsy have been able to watch the body of Christ come alongside us in such a tangible way during this journey. We cannot wait to share this story of God’s faithfulness with number five one day soon, Lord willing.

Our Chick-fil-A Spirit Day is over, but you can still help using the Planet Fundraiser App. Next time you buy groceries or drive through the car wash, would you consider uploading your receipt to have 3-15% of your purchase donated to our adoption fund? Here’s how it works…

  1. Download the Planet Fundraiser App and choose Brown Party of 7.
  2. SHOP at a participating merchant.
  3. SNAP a photo of your receipt to upload before the 5th of the following month.
  4. Local merchants will GIVE 3-15% of your purchase to our adoption fund!

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A gracious friend and Beautycounter Consultant, Clara Schoen, called to ask if she could host an online social and donate her entire commission to our adoption fund! Between now and April 3rd, 25% of any purchase will help bring baby home. Click here to meet Clara and learn more about Beautycounter or click here to order. Clara is offering a free full sized product from her goodie bag with any purchase over $100!

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Would you consider posting a link to our fundraisers and/or website on your social media accounts? Please help us spread the word through Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter! Social media buttons are below.

Update

Our Beautycounter fundraiser has ended. We are so grateful to Clara Schoen, Beautycounter Consultant, for offering this online social on our behalf. We are grateful for your partnership in welcoming a little one in Jesus’ name.

Eat more chicken…on March 15th!

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Drive thru, dine in, or cater an order at Chick-fil-A in Hoover Commons on WEDNESDAY, MARCH 15TH to help fund the Brown Family Adoption.

Here’s how it works:

1. Download the Planet Fundraiser App and choose Brown Party of 7.

2. SHOP at Chick-fil-A at Hoover Commons all day on March 15th.

3. SNAP a photo of your receipt & upload it to the app.

4. Chick-fil-A will GIVE 15% of your purchase to the Brown Family Adoption Fund!

Beyond March 15th, checkout the app for a list of participating vendors. Shop anytime at merchants all over town anytime & upload your receipts to keep supporting the Brown Family Adoption Fund!

Would you consider posting a link to our fundraisers and/or website on your social media accounts? Please help us spread the word through Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter! Social media buttons are below.

Update

Our Chick-fil-A Spirit Day is over. Thank you so much to Adam and Shannon Cress, David and Tammie Jackson, and the folks at Chick-fil-A at Hoover Commons for making the Spirit Day a success!

Moving right along…

We’re thrilled to share that our home study was officially complete as of February 27th. We picked it up and drove straight to the post office to send off with our immigration paperwork! We’re currently waiting on this immigration paperwork to be approved which Lifeline estimates will take 6-12 weeks. As soon as that happens, next step is to send Taiwan a list of documents needed for the court process (dossier).

Even bigger news is that the Lord answered our prayers, and we received our “soft match” with the little boy we have been pursuing! We are overjoyed and so grateful for each step that gets us closer to being able to bring him home. We don’t yet have permission to share his photo but are very eager to introduce him to you as soon as possible!

Would you please keep praying for his protection and for someone to take a special interest in meeting his needs while he waits. We are also asking God for swift processing of our immigration paperwork with no delays. Please also pray with us that no evil shall be allowed to befall him, and no plague would come near his tent. May God command his angels concerning this sweet boy to guard in him all his ways. Would they bear him up on their hands, lest he strike his foot against a stone. (Psalm 91)

Below are three little boys who pray daily for the chance to be his big brothers. Thank you so much for keeping up with the journey. We love you!

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Thank you, thank you, thank you

Our first fundraiser, a t-shirt sale, has officially ended. Because of you it was a smashing success, raising over $3,300 for our adoption fund! It is humbling to be on the receiving end of such generosity. We began this process less than three months ago, and already the Lord has provided nearly half of our ultimate goal! We are so grateful to everyone one of you who have given generously and helped share our page on social media. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:19-21

Our home study should be wrapped up any day now, and we are eagerly praying for a soft match from Taiwan. They are reviewing our paperwork, and it could be a number of days, or it could be several months before we hear anything. Please pray with us that we will find favor in the eyes of those considering our family as a home for this little boy, and that he would dwell in the shelter of the Most High and abide in the shadow of the Almighty (Psalm 91).

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