Tuesday, December 29, 2009

It's a boy!

On Christmas Eve, we received the call that we have been matched with a baby boy. We named him Nathanael Sung-En Shubert. Nathanael means "Gift from God". We had chosen another middle name for Nathanael, but when we got the call and were told his Chinese name and its meaning, we decided to keep that as his middle name. Sung-En means "praise and grace" or "praise His grace". We felt this was perfect for our little boy! We were told that it should be about 4 months until we are able to travel and bring him home! We are so excited. He is 21 days old today!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Meet Baby Shubert

We got the call this morning that we are matched with a baby. We are currently waiting to call back to find out if we are having a boy or a girl and to learn a little more. I had nothing to do while we were waiting so I decided to blog. Of course this means that we completed and sent in out homestudy last week. We are excited beyond words!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Update on fundraising progress and the FBI clearance

I just got news from our social worker that the FBI clearance will take one more week! I'm glad to hear that since I was thinking it might be 3 or 4. Also, we received several more donations for our adoption. According to estimates we have received from several people who have adopted from The Home of God's Love, we basically only have travel expenses left to raise!!! God is so good to us!

"Praise the Lord! My whole being praise the Lord. I will praise the Lord all my life; I will sing praises to the Lord as long as I live."
Psalm 146:1-2

Monday, December 7, 2009

Fundraiser Success and prayer request

We are overwhelmed by the love and support from our church family! Our cookie shop and silent auction fundraiser was a huge success. We made over 3,000 dollars toward our adoption!!! God is so good and so is our church family! Secretly, I was hoping we'd reach the 1,000 dollar mark and God and our church more than tripled that! We are so excited. With what we've paid in and with the gifts we have been given through fundraisers, we have more than 2/3 of the approximate cost of our adoption!!! How exciting.

On a less exciting note, PLEASE pray that our FBI clearance comes back. It should take 3-4 weeks and has now been over 6 weeks. We are not hearing anything about this. We cannot complete our homestudy or be matched with Baby Shubert until this clearance comes back. We would appreciate your prayers that this situation is resolved. I for one, feel quite helpless about it. However, I serve a BIG GOD!

"So I tell you, ask, and God will give to you. Search, and you will find. Knock, and the door will open for you. Yes, everyone who asks will receive. The one who searches will find. And everyone who knocks will have the door opened." Luke 11:9-10

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Fundraiser and Prayer Request

Remember the Trees of Christmas, Silent Auction, and Cookie Shop event at Crossroads Church of the Nazarene in Ocean Springs, MS from 4-6 pm on December 5th. There will be great gift items as well as delicious goodies to buy for yourself or give as a gift. There will be cards available for you to put in your gift stating that the proceeds from the gift went to the Shubert Adoption Fund.

In other news, Please pray about our homestudy. I have contacted our social worker several times with no response. We cannot be matched with a child until the homestudy is completed. We have been waiting on one item to be returned to her from a government agency. We need this detail worked out to move to the next stage of our adoption...which is meeting Baby Shubert through pictures and information from The Home of God's Love. We would appreciate your prayers about this matter.

"Give glory to God in heaven, and on earth let there be peace among people who please God." Luke 2:14 NCV