Friday, July 24, 2009

Yard Sale Update - Plus Another Yard Sale!!! ;-)

Below is an e-mail I sent out tonight:

Hello to everyone tonight...

I am sending out a quick update... sorry it's taken me so long to let all of you know about the last yard sale, but as always it was amazing! God blessed us with an additional $1500.00 in donations... and the 3 days were full of witnessing to the true power and faith of Jesus!! Thank you Lord!!!

Our dossier (HUGE packet of adoption paperwork) is officially in Kazakhstan which is a HUGE relief and step in this amazing process... We have NO idea about travel times, but do know that we are heading in the right direction. Lots of you have asked so here are the steps that remain:
Dossier at the MFA (Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
Dossier at MOE (Ministry of Education)
Dossier assigned and submitted to a region.
Country of Kazakhstan (and region) issue an LOI (Letter of Invitation)... we have travel dates.. and travel... :-)

This could all happen quickly, or it could be months... Our agency has NO idea given the recent changes in the adoption process, however I feel very safe in saying the chances of us traveling by the end of 2009 are slim... It's looking like Spring of next year or early Summer...

The recent movement of our dossier has brought excitement and questions, but we know God will provide!!

We will need to have around $30,000 when we travel to complete this adoption, so as you can imagine we are jumping back into fund-raising FULL FORCE!!!

First on the list: YARD SALE scheduled for next weekend... July 31st and Aug. 1st @ _______________________. It is so much easier to have these yard sales while I'm not working, so we decided to cram one more into the summer.. As you would suspect, we need items and donations... It never fails how we always end up with new stuff every time... God is so Good and always provides TONS of items... I've had several people ask us if we were going to have another yard sale.. and that if we were they would have items to donate... Here's your chance!!!!
Contact us in anyway you would like if you have items and would like for us to pick them up or schedule a drop off time... :-)

Thanks in advance for your love, support, and help! We couldn't make it through this journey without all of you!! Thank you!! Thank you!!! Thank you!!
Phil and I pray that God will pour out his blesses on all of you!!

FYI: We have several fundraisers in the works... if you have an idea, or would like to help in ANYWAY.. we'd appreciate it so much...

Check out the blog for additional info:

Many Blessings,
Phil and Lanetta (and kids ;-) )

Saturday, July 18, 2009

NEW MUSIC VIDEO ~ Building 429

A friend of mine posted this video on FB tonight... it moved Phil and I so much... Wow!! God is ALWAYS there and he NEVER fails, even when all hope is gone... God KNOWS our pain and HIS promise remains!!!!!!
(Be sure to pause my play list at the bottom of the page...)

Thursday, July 9, 2009

The post I've been waiting to get to post... NEWS!!! BIG NEWS!!!!

I can not even express the emotions when writing this tonight... today has been incredible...

What a day!! We are within hours of another AMAZING yard sale... WOW! Once again we stand in awe of God and how much he shines through our family, community, church, and friends... We are more than blessed!! We've only been home a few minutes... cause the donations just kept rolling in... and in a few short hours we will head back to the church to really get it all set up... (5 AM will come WAY to soon!)...

I just wanted to say thanks to everyone who helped out tonight... I could not have made it without you.. (my mom, Adrienne, Julie, Pastor Mike, Justin Ray C. :-), Julie Hall ;-), Derrick, my girls, Phil... the list goes on and on... Christy and Cody helped for hours on Monday night... and then we all worked last night... it's amazing how it all comes together in the end.... God is SO good...
and now I will have NEWS to tell anyone that asks......


Our dossier will be sent to Kazakhstan tomorrow!!! (This means that our dossier was successfully been approved and processed at the DC consulate!!!) Let me tell you this has been a HUGE step for us!!! We are thrilled and beside ourselves... wondered if this day would EVER come... yes, we really are doing this... and yes, we are coming boy(s)...

This will all happen in God's PERFECT timing... and when it brings our Savior and Lord the MOST glory and honor... and who.. I ask you WHO would dare want it to happen before then?!
Thank you Lord for always encouraging us at the EXACT moment that we need it... Thank you Lord for providing and carrying us through this amazing journey!!!

Thanks to all of you for all your love, support, and prayers...
We are truly blessed... and always remember:
"And whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name, welcomes me!” Matt 18:5

I will let you know how the yard sale goes.... if you live locally and have donations... we are still taking items.. it's NEVER to late...
Please pray that God will bless, and touch hearts and lives... and while all that is going on (touching hearts and lives and witnessing to others for the kingdom of God)... he WILL take care of the finances of this adoption... it's done.. he called us to it... He will see it through!!!! "The one who calls you is faithful and HE WILL DO IT!" Thes. 5:24

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Yard Sale - Fundraiser - This weekend!

Just a quick post to let everyone know that we are having another yard sale this weekend....
Whew... I think I'm still tired from the last one... (: Remember all the stuff we had left... and we stored it in my mom's garage?! Well, we started pulling it all out tonight.. and hauling it to the church fellowship hall... wow!

Please pray once again that God will not only bless us financially through this sale, but that our story will continue to touch people as they see Jesus work through us.... that's our hearts cry.

I have been struggling a little... as I shared in the last post, but every time that I get to my low points and begin to feel sorry for myself.... God brings someone across my path and I once again see and KNOW God is moving on behalf of our family. Last Thursday I once again was moved and saw our story/adoption touch 3 men's hearts... I was very bold and shared a little about the story with them... after they inquired regarding the upcoming sale... God used that opening and it wasn't long until they were teary eyed.. and I was bawling!!! God is so good, and always shows us and encourages us at the right moment... It's always amazing how I open my mouth and he fills it!! Thank you Lord!!!

If anyone reading this lives close and would like to donate items for the yard sale, we are still taking donations.... (:

I will try to post pictures.. and let you know how the sale turns out... please remember us in your prayers....
Many blessings...
And whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name, welcomes me!” Matt 18:5

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God bless!

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