Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Fundraising Information

So, can I just say (again) that I do not love fundraising. In a perfect world, we would just have enough money to do this completely on our own. However, it is not a perfect world and we want to bring this child home as fast as possible. So, that requires fundraising. Many people have asked me what all we have done, and what all we are currently doing to raise funds. Many people want to know if we are doing it solely through fundraisers, so I wanted to put a little information about us into your hands.

What have we done?
In 2014, we did our first waive of fundraising. First, we sold t-shirts (they are technically still available, but I need an order of at least 13 and do not have that) to help get the word out about our adoption. Second, we had an online Facebook silent auction right before Christmas. Lastly, we started selling Just Love Coffee (this is ongoing).
In 2015, we have opened a GoFundMe account after being asked several times to do so at http://www.gofundme.com/khmmk4  and we continue to sell Just Love Coffee https://justlovecoffee.com/about/beneficiary/mummertsadopt/

What will we do in the future?
We have received several offers for future fundraisers. Someone is planning to do a garage sale for us in the spring, we have thought about a bbq or a pancake fundraiser. Many of my friends who do direct sales have offered to throw parties where the proceeds go toward our adoption. We are contemplating another auction as well. Please feel free to pass on any ideas you have! Once our home study is completed, we will begin applying for grants. Many people do not start fundraising before the home study is completed, but there were a large amount of fees that we needed covered before then so we started a little earlier.

Is it all through fundraising?
We really do not think it would be appropriate for us to raise all the money through others and not contribute ourselves. Please, do not think that about us at all. We are saving each month from the husband's pay check. I have taken a part-time job where all the proceeds go to the adoption account we set up. Also, I have a small cottage baking business out of my house and all the money from their goes to the adoption. I also do odd jobs and babysitting for people to earn some extra money.

The good news! Between our work/savings and the donations of so many, the fees we needed before the home study's completion are all covered! There is still a lot to go, but we see God providing so perfectly and surprisingly exactly when we need it. So thankful for all you coming alongside, praying, and donating to help us bring home our Little Pickle.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

13 Months



Ok I need to be honest with you guys - I totally missed that he had turned 13 months old. I was on vacation (pictures to come)! On the one hand, it's not his birthday, but on the other hand I don't want to miss a single thing in this little man's life. He is so precious and happy and wonderful. I'm so blessed that I get to see his smile every day!

Fun facts for month thirteen:
Weight: 20lbs 3oz (GUYS, he gained THREE POUNDS in a month!)
Height: 27.5+ inches
Eating: We are done nursing, 3 meals/1 snack

Sleeping: 2 naps per day, all night
Diaper: Size 3 diapers
Clothing: 6-12 months, 9-12 months, 12 months

What's new for month thirteen:
  • He gained SO much weight last month! 
  • He can walk a few steps to me/Cal and it is heart warming. 
  • He is loving putting things in a box and pulling things out of the box. 
  • He is climbing on everything 
  • He can put rings on his stacking toy and put the cups back together! 
  • He is talking all the time - he isn't saying that many words, but he is trying so hard. It's adorable. 
  • He has changed from saying "baba" for RB, to saying "rrrrrrbaba"
  • He has started to sit still long enough to read a book... or TWO
  • He is just the happiest baby I have ever seen
  • He eats non-stop
  • He loves bubbles and cries when I put them away - he laughs hysterically while he tries to pop them in the air or if they pop on his face 
  • He is immune to discipline (he just smiles when you tell him "no")
  • He is more climate sensitive than RB - he does not like to be very cold (although no problem with hot)
  • He is sort of a dare devil. He is always trying to throw himself backward or over my shoulder or off of things while laughing 
  • I think he still remembers what cake is because he lunged at a cake that I was baking the other day.
  • He likes to take his hat off and put it back on (while laughing) - he has discovered he can do that with RB's headbands too
  • His favorite food is...cream cheese.
  • He has gotten a little more cuddly and sometimes in the midst of playing, he will come over to give me a little cuddle/hug before he goes to play some more. 
  • His favorite toy is his wooden stacker
  • He takes after his sister in that he likes to touch foreheads with you when he's being sweet 
  • He loves giving open mouth kisses 
  • He love his ride on firetruck, but RB steals it a lot
  • He loves to pull out all the toys and books, then explore the whole room of mess he has created
  • He loves to look out the window
  • He loves his sister and they are playing so well! She gets down on the floor and they crawl around laughing hysterically

Thursday, December 11, 2014

One Year

Happy First Birthday, Little Man!


Fun facts for month twelve:
Weight: 17lbs
Height: 27.5 inches
Eating: Nursing once a day, 3 meals/1 snack

Sleeping: 2 naps per day, all night
Diaper: Size 3 diapers
Clothing: 6-12 months, 9-12 months, 12 months

What's new for month twelve:
  • He is walking with one hand held if he wants something, ha
  • He bangs the table any time wants more, but has started doing this if he wants you to do something again also. He laughs and waives both hands up and down (read: again, again!)
  • He loves advent activities and thought his birthday party was The Best! 
  • He likes to take his hat off and put it back on (while laughing)
  • He is starting to put the rings back on his stacking toy!
  • He shoved his ENTIRE face into the cake
  • He is finally starting to sit through one book a day. I just want him to like reading so badly! 
  • His favorite food is...butter. Yep. This kids throws his hands up and squeals if you'll put some butter on his toast.
  • He has gotten a little more cuddly and sometimes in the midst of playing, he will come over to give me a little cuddle/hug before he goes to play some more. 
  • His favorite birthday toys are a green truck (with legos included), his wagon, and a ball.
  • He takes after his sister in that he likes to touch foreheads with you when he's being sweet.
  • I asked him for a kiss the other day to see what happened and he open mouth slobbered all over my face. It was gross and hysterical! 
  • I feel like he eats more than any little kid should, yet he cannot keep his weight up. 
  • Everything is a jungle gym to this kiddo.
  • He loves the push toy
  • He has figured out how to walk using the wall for support
    He tried to say some of our families' names this year! It's adorable!
  • He wants to walk so badly
  • He has a bit of a rebellious streak (as in the word "no" means nothing to me)
  • If you put his arm in the sleeve, he will push his hand through. Or if you put the shirt over his head, but do not uncover his eyes, he will try and pull it the rest of the way down.
  • He loves to pull out all the toys and books, then explore the whole room of mess he has created
  • He loves to look out the window
  • He loves his sister and they are playing so well! She gets down on the floor and they crawl around laughing hysterically
  • He can give you a high five!
  • He loves being outside!!
  • He is still anemic, pray that changes soon.
  • If you can hang with all the pictures below, you'll be rewarded with some cake pictures!





Uncle Bubba!

Thanksgiving Dinner - he's not complaining!

Plenty of hands to help out

First Spaghetti - yumm

He loved advent - cutting out paper snowflakes

Don't hug meeee

Birthday cake!





Dinosaur coloring for the bigger kids







RB's a fan






Escape!

Gigi and C!

We decided that he needed a bit of cake for breakfast on his actual birthday as well.

Outside!




Pop! Whoa!

Great Grandaddy time

Helping pick out his first real Christmas tree

Christmas lights in Canton, MS!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

According to John

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things weer made through Him, and without Him was not any thing made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and hte darkness has not overcome it...The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, yet the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and His own people did not receive Him. But to all who did receive Him, who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen His glory, glory as the only Son from the Father,full of grace and truth.
(John 1:1-14, ESV)

I have begun our advent reading for the year. A friend and I made them (or more like she made them and I helped with the brainstorming and the cutting/gluing part) this year and I have been so excited to get started. Each day has a reading and an activity. Yesterday, we learned a new Christmas Carol. I taught RB "Jingle Bells" for the first time, and then the husband and I went to worship choir where we learned a new version of O Come O Come Emmanuel that touched my heart so deeply (arr. Matt Maher). 
Then we got home and put the kids to bed like normal. But in the midst of getting ready for to call it a night, our littlest awoke screaming. Sometimes he wakes up crying for just a minute and then falls back asleep - it happens so fast that you can't go in to help if you wanted. But last night was different for some reason. He cried and cried and cried. The husband tried to help, I tried to help, and the husband tried to help again. Our little just could not be consoled. It just hurt my heart to hear him crying like that, to know he's exhausted, and not to be able to help him reach sleep. So the husband sent me to bed, but I could not wind down. In the midst of all that, we realized we had not done our advent reading for the day. So last night, much later than I should have been awake, we read through John 1:1-5. It never ceases to feel so beautiful to me. It never stops filling my heart with awe and joy. I love that. It helped me take a spiritual breath before sleep.

But, don't you know it, God wasn't finished with me yet. He wasn't done with me and this passage.

A good friend and I are currently reading through John 1-12 over and over right now. Just really grasping it before we move on (if you want to know more about this, I can write a separate post). So this morning when I got up to read, don't you know it was time to start over in John 1? I got to read that beautiful passage again, but then I got to read below that too. The True Light. It was so beautiful and then I got to the section that says "But to all who did receive him, who believed in His name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God." And it just hit me again - we have been so graciously adopted by the One who has made all, seen all, known all. He who does not need me, chose me, adopted me, into His family. "He gave the right". He allowed it,  He graciously gave it. We did not earn it. We weren't the prettiest in the bunch or the smartest or strongest or fastest. But He gave it because He loves us and longs to bring us into relationship with Him that His name might be the more glorified. 

It's this beautiful difficult path, salvation and sanctification. It's so hard all the time and so amazing. It's painful and lovely. It's pruning and it's comfort. It's strength and it's brokenness.

That's exactly what the adoption process has felt like too. It's beautiful and it's difficult. It's strength and it's brokenness. God is just forever working this process  and His Word together in a beautiful symphony, changing me into a woman after His own heart. Allowing me to be His child. Weaving a fabric of glory. And I think that He's doing me a favor in just allowing me to adopt this little one and to be a part of His story. It's so lovely and so weighty all at once.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

11 Months

Happy 11 Months, Little Man!


Fun facts for month eleven:
Weight: 18+lbs
Height: 27+ inches (ummm when he wakes up I'll check)
Eating: Nursing twice a day (but dropping the night one sometimes), 3 meals, 1 snack (at least)
Sleeping: 2 naps per day, all night
Diaper: Size 3 diapers
Clothing: 6-12 months, 9-12 months, 12 months

What's new for month eleven:
  • He is walking with hands held like a stud! 
  • He loves the push toy
  • When he's pulled up on something, he can keep holding on with one hand while bending down and picking something up with the other hand
  • He is trying to walk around furniture
  • I'm pretty sure "dada" officially means daddy and is no longer just a fun word to say 
  • "Baba" is what he calls RB
  • He is climbing so much and on everything, nothing is safe haha! I love it (but for real, I love it)
  • Pulling up all the time on everything (see above)
  • He wants to walk so badly
  • He is becoming happier all the time
  • He responds to his name and knows "nono"
  • If you put his arm in the sleeve, he will push his hand through. Or if you put the shirt over his head, but do not uncover his eyes, he will try and pull it the rest of the way down.
  • He is finally trying to turn pages in books and will occasionally sit to read an entire book (small miracles, y'all)
  • He loves to pull out all the toys and books, then explore the whole room of mess he has created
  • He loves to look out the window
  • His favorite toy is the stacking cups!
  • He LOVES solid food - his favorite food is beans!
  • He loves his sister and they are playing so well! She gets down on the floor and they crawl around laughing hysterically
  • He can give you a high five!
  • He loves being outside!!
  • He is still anemic, pray that changes soon.
  • See below if you want to know what it's like to try and take pictures of a kiddo who is constantly moving. A ton of them came out blurry










Wednesday, November 5, 2014

National Adoption Monthhttp://mummertsadopt.blogspot.com/2014/11/national-adoption-month.html

http://mummertsadopt.blogspot.com/2014/11/national-adoption-month.html

Check it out, y'all.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Are you added?

Do you want to be added to our new blog about the adoption? There's a new post up!

http://mummertsadopt.blogspot.com/2014/10/home-study-application.html