Monday, January 30, 2017

Update, Prayer requests, and a Matching Grant

BIG NEWS!  We were approved by China to adopt our boys on January 19th!  We have sent in our 1-800 and are working through the VISA/Immigration process right now.  This is getting real, y'all!  Our agency says we will travel in 9-12 weeks!  They usually underestimate, so we think it will be closer to 9 weeks.

The adoption process is L-O-N-G, y'all.  Through this time we have filled out paperwork, built up savings and exhausted our savings, held a yard sale, held a facebook auction, filled out more paperwork, sold craft items that we made, had a necklace auction, filled out more paperwork, sold t-shirts, had a LulaRoe fundraiser, filled out grant applications, had a square fundraiser, worked small side jobs to earn extra money, and most of all prayed that God would provide.

We still have about $17,000 - $18,000 to raise to cover our orphanage fees, in-country fees, Visa fees and travel costs.  This does not include our post adoption report fees.  It seems like a lot (and it is), BUT God has provided what we need right at the time we needed it EVERY STEP OF THE WAY through this adoption.

 One blessing we have to share is that we just found out that we have been approved for a matching grant!!!
  God's Grace Adoption Ministries will match gifts given to our family up to $1,000.  So if $1,000 is given, we will receive $2,000 after our adoption is finalized.  Isn't that awesome!?!  It reminds me of how Jesus multiplied loaves and fishes to feed his people.  Donations for this matching grant must be given through their ministry (Bonus, that makes it a tax deductible gift!) and we (Brian and I) are not allowed to donate.

If you'd like to donate online,  Click on this link and choose Joseph and Heather Shubert - Washington from the drop down menu. This is located under the heading "Who would you like to help?". 

You may also give by mailing a check to:

God's Grace Adoption Ministry
Joseph and Heather Shubert Adoption
P.O. Box 4
Modesto, CA  95353

Please also write "Joseph and Heather Shubert" in the for section on your check. 

Thank you all for praying that God provides.  Thank you for praying that our boys get home safely.  Will you also pray that they are being prepared to be adopted?  I have connected with families who have adopted from the orphanage where our older son is located.  It seems that it is not common for them to be prepared to be adopted.  I can only imagine how frightening it would be to be taken to strangers and left with them.  God is bigger than what "usually" happens and we are praying that our sweet boys are prepared to meet our family.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

We can't wait for China!!!

A dear friend of mine arrived home from China this week with her precious son!  How exciting!  I loved following her journey via Facebook and seeing her son become a part of her forever family!

We have had some movement on our adoption since I last updated here.  We were DTC (dossier to China) on November 23rd.  We were LID on November 28th.  This means our file has been logged in to China and our dossier is in translation!!!!  This is a big step!  We cannot wait until we are visiting the Great Wall pictured above and bringing our boys home!

We do most of our adoption updates in a secret Facebook group.  If we are friends and you'd like to join it, feel free to comment below or message me on Facebook.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Good News!

So if you've adopted you know that the process is full of a lot of "hurry up and wait".  We've been working to get our dossier documents to our agency.  I am happy to report that they have all of the documents they need from us.  Now we wait for the sealed documents to be sent from the Chinese Consulate to our agency via a courier.  These documents are currently being processed.  At that point, our agency will review our documents and prepare and send our dossier to China!!!  I can't wait until I can share these initials DTC!  That means Dossier to China.  So we've been hurrying and hurrying and now we are in a waiting season.  

During this time, we also held an adoption auction, a LulaRoe fundraiser, and a necklace auction which MANY of you supported!  Through these, God provided the rest of the funds we needed to be able to submit our dossier.  Thank you all for praying for and supporting us! 

We also received word this week from Show Hope that we were approved for a grant from to help with some of our adoption expenses!!!  What a blessing!  I have to share a bit of our story here.  In 2001 while getting ready for work, I was listening to a Focus on the family broadcast featuring Steven Curtis Chapman.  He was discussing his family's first adoption from China.  I listened intently with tears running down my cheeks to their family's precious story!  God made it clear to me in that moment that international adoption would be a part of our family's story.  At the time we were too young to adopt from China.  We began a years long journey of researching adoption, praying about our options, being discouraged by the costs, and asking God what his plan for our family was.  As most of you know, we adopted our son from Taiwan in 2010.  Yet, China has always been in our hearts.  God worked out the details and in March we were matched with Josiah and later in June we were matched with Gideon.  I am humbled when I look back and see how God used this radio broadcast to speak to my heart and is using Steven Curtis Chapman's organization (Show Hope) to help bring our two precious boys home!  He knows how to perfectly weave the tapestry of our lives together.  Today I am standing back in amazement as I look at this beautiful piece of artwork he has created!