Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Saturday Farm Fun!

There is a place about 20 minutes from us that is a fantastic family fun day.  We try to go there a couple/few times a year and this was our first time this year.  Being that Saylor is older now, it was so fun to see her be able to interact with everything.  And Silas … it’s amazing how independent he’s become.  Doing things all by himself when it used to take Daddy’s help.  Sometimes, this independence isn’t a good thing as he thinks he can run off and do the next cool thing without asking … but it’s so great to see his mind and body grow to be able to do things.  Below are a ton of pictures of the day but it recaps all the things we did so great.  I’ll let the pictures do most of the talking…

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Before we went out, I got to do breakfast with this boy while our oil got changed.

 

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Sneaky on his tip toes

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Thankful mama was there to ride with Saylor 'cause it would have been a sight to see with daddy trying it.

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Saylor enjoyed "driving"

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Silas loves "driving" these tractors

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He could spend hours in the corn

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Out of the mouth of pigs…

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I can do it, Daddy!

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Ring that bell!

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New skill Silas wants to learn. 

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CHEESE!

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Stretch?

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"I slip, Daddy"

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Watching Silas climb up the tires

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Ringing the bell again!

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she loves her swing … like her brother

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Mama llama

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She was timid of trying to feed them but loved them.

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Baby llama

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They were so happy they were able to get the baby goat to come over to them

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She was scared of him at first but when she got up there, she liked him and realized how soft he was :)

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And that's a wrap!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Puzzle Fundraiser

Once we have our home study approved, we will have our “official” referral.  With this official referral comes all the fees from our adoption agency.  The total amount of fees we are looking at is around $33,000.  We are assuming this will be due in the next 3-4 weeks.  I had my friend Tymm tell me as we were praying for our children that “the cost of redemption through adoption is OUTRAGEOUS.”  That is some hard truth there.

So, in thinking through ways to help us in this journey, we thought that a puzzle fundraiser would be a great way to do that.  Let me give you the details on how this will work…

We had a custom image made to represent our family.  (See below … but the actual puzzle does not have hearts over their faces :).  We had it made as a 300 piece 16”x20” puzzle.  The way it will work is that for each $15 donated to our adoption, we will put that family’s name on the back of a puzzle piece and add it to the completed puzzle.  So, if a family donates $60, they would have 4 puzzle pieces.  We also have a puzzle for each of our children so there are 600 pieces total.  If we can complete this fundraiser quickly, it will give us $9000 of the $33,000 needed for our official referral.

Another really cool thing we’re doing with this is if you donate puzzle pieces to our adoption, we will send you the exact piece(s) of our children’s puzzle that have your name on it (we will need your address to mail you the puzzle piece so please email that to us at luchtadoption@yahoo.com).  We had a couple extra puzzles made so that we could send the pieces out to everyone.  It will have a magnet on the back so you can hang it on your fridge as a tangible reminder of being a piece of our puzzle.  It can also serve as a reminder to pray for our children.

What’s so fantastic about this is that our children will be able to tangibly see the village that helped bring them home.  We plan to frame each puzzle with a clear back so they can see the names any time they’d like.

Another great thing with this puzzle fundraiser is that the donations will be through our Pure Charity site at https://www.purecharity.com/LuchtAdoption.  Donations are tax-deductible since the funds go directly to our adoption agency.  On our Pure Charity site, we have a YouTube video telling our story.  It’s 9 minutes (it’s hard to summarize God’s journey for our family in a couple minutes!) and I’ll include it at the bottom of this post.

Would you pray for our family that the funds will all be there for our official referral?  Would you share our story with your social media circles?  Thank you for joining us in this journey!

Here is the puzzle we made:

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Here is the video we put together for our Pure Charity fundraiser:

And here is the link again for donating through our Pure Charity site:  https://www.purecharity.com/luchtadoption.

(In the coming days, we will also highlight the other ways to help but they are listed here if you’re interested.)

Thanks again for helping us bring our children home!

BIG NEWS!!

If you’re on our blog and you see ‘Big News’ you most likely have a good idea what it is (and the new design/header/etc kinda gives it away as well) but here we go…. :)

Over a year ago, we hosted a boy in a children’s orphan choir.  We had done this before (when we were in process of waiting for Saylor), so we knew what to expect.  The boy we hosted, ‘A’, was a sweet boy and he and Silas played together well.  The choir moved on to their next location, we said goodbye and kept in touch with the choir.  We were actually able to see them a couple more times and were able to host “A” again.

In late summer, Amber constantly had this boy on her mind for some reason – especially at church.  It got to the point of her becoming emotional thinking about “A”.  She shared this with me and the first time, I honestly didn’t think much of it besides her compassion for him – the Proverbs 31 girl I married.  Skip ahead a month or two and she still has him on her mind and through some concrete God confirmations, we contacted the adoption agency about him.  He had just returned back to Ethiopia from the choir tour and the agency was compiling families that showed interest to the children in the choir.  If we were wanting to pursue him, there was no guarantee from the agency.  We would have to build a dossier as quickly as we could.  So, we did the only thing we knew to do … PRAY!  We had a few others praying with us and I still remember us taking a weekend where both Amber and I went out individually for a run to spend time with God.  I came back from this run with clarity that He was asking us to pursue this boy.  If I believed ‘A’ was my son, why was I holding back?  As Eric Ludy says in Depraved Indifference, I should be clawing through a concrete wall to get to him.

So, there it was.  We decided to talk to the agency and after a few conversations and understanding that if we did pursue him, we may not be his family.  Well, in early October we chose to dive completely in!  We knew God was leading us this way.  We filled out the application, contracts, paid the contract fees and started working on our home study and dossier.  We got almost much of our paperwork done prior to me leaving for Ethiopia in November.  I had planned for almost a year to go over to do mission work with my friend Belay who I had met through His Little Feet.  The amazing thing that God allowed on this trip was for me to see “A” a couple times while in country.  That was just more God confirmation for us that we were on the path He was calling us to. 

I got back from Ethiopia, we finished up our paperwork, got our home study approved and were about to send in the documents to USCIS when we got a call from the agency a week before Christmas telling us that they had referred “A” to another family.  Even knowing that we may not be his family, there was definite loss/grieving that occurred.  We were happy that “A” had a family … we really were.  But were we really hearing from God right before?  What was His plan in all this?  Why would He send us down this path if this wasn’t the answer?!  The answer we got was that He wasn’t finished walking down the path with us.  That He still had a plan in all this and we needed to trust.  Listen, be quiet, step back, and trust.

So, that’s what we did.  In the midst of that, a mutual friend had posted in early January about siblings from Ethiopia that needed a family.  (Sidenote - we had talked about siblings prior to pursuing “A”).  Amber told me about them but we both knew we were not ready to even think about that yet.  Amber chose to individually pray for these children and for their family.  A month or so goes by and she sees new pictures of these children posted and she emails me late one night after I went to bed asking if I would pray for them and the potential for us to be their family.  I learned a long time ago that God speaks through Amber in how He wants to build our family (reference back to Proverbs 31).  I’ve learned to listen the first time (usually) :).  So I do spend time praying for them/us and the LORD’s direction in that … I remember taking a lunch hour at work and sitting at a table with their pictures out just seeking direction from the LORD.  What came was peace.  Not really a trumpet sound of this is the exact direction but a peace in moving forward.  A friend had shared a similar peace when they were walking through a waiting child adoption as well.  So Amber and I agree to start asking questions.  Over the next month, we talked to the agency multiple times, our social worker multiple times and other professionals.  Again, that same peace remained true.

In early March, we said YES!  We had to update our homestudy (current status: we’ve been waiting on a document from another state for weeks that just came through this week).  A draft of our homestudy is complete and we’re hoping to have the approved homestudy next week so that we can accept the “official” referral and begin the next steps in bringing our children home.

We can’t show their faces until they are home but it is evident they are Lucht’s and they are part of our family!

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We ask for your prayers as we walk this path God is leading us on.  I PROMISE to blog more to keep you up to date on our family and our adoption process!

Friday, December 6, 2013

18 Months

Our precious daughter is 18 months old today!  She is growing up way to quickly for our liking, but nonetheless, we are enjoying witnessing every moment!

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This girl has quite a personality that continues to develop with each passing day.  She brings such joy to our house, and she is a constant source of entertainment.  Here is a little about what she is up to lately:

1.She is talking quite a bit, and she has no problems making her needs known! Some of her favorite words are ‘me’(when she wants something to eat that Silas has), ‘Si-Si’(what she calls Silas), and ‘see’(when she wants to see pictures on daddy’s phones).

2. She loves to eat,and fruits tend to win out over most things these days.  Of course, she also loves her sweets like the rest of our family.  Her drink of choice is whole milk.

3. She loves to dance! She can really get her arms and/or shoulders moving when an upbeat song comes on the radio.

4. She loves to help us do things around the house such as emptying the dishwasher, putting in the laundry, and throwing things away in the trash can.  I am hoping this love continues for a LONG time;)

5.She is such a lovable little girl, and she is very quick to give a hug when she knows she has done something wrong. 

6. She likes her shoes!  She regularly goes to her closet and brings out shoes for me to put on her.  This is cute now, but daddy may not think so when she’s a teenager!

I could go on and on, but I will stop to let you see a few pictures of this precious girl (with a few from Thanksgiving weekend thrown in).

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Happy 18 months Saylor!  We continue to thank God every day for your life! You are the perfect fit for our family, and we will forever be grateful!