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Y’all, I’m so excited to announce that we have been chosen as the “featured family” this week Give 1 Save 1’s blog. This is a such an honor and an amazing opportunity to raise the remaining funds we’ve been asking the Lord to provide before we travel next Wednesday. I had the delight of meeting one of the editors at an Usborne party. It was one of those moments you think “I know this person!” and spend the next little while going through your memory files to figure out how you know them. She started sharing about their family and love for adoption and it all came together. She’s on Give 1 Save 1! This adoption journey has been a sweet reminder of the family of God in the larger sense. So neat to meet this sister face to face! She encouraged me to apply to be a featured family and as typical I procrastinated…they graciously accepted us as a last minute family!
Let me introduce you to Give 1 Save 1. I like to think of them as a blog using social media to the glory of the Lord by helping families who are adopting. How do they accomplish this? Their “about page” will give you all the ins and outs but basically they are “mostly funding adoption for the people, by the people”. Each week they sponsor a family, spreading that family’s adoption story. They also ask folks to donate just $1. You see, when many folks give just $1, it adds up. Go like their Facebook page so you can learn what the Lord is doing in other families lives through adoption.
Many of you have already been sharing our story and so many of you have supported us financially as well! It’s hard to find the words to express the magnitude this has blessed us. In just 11 days we will meet our little one, face to face. We will give him/her a name and this whole amazing journey will begin a new chapter in our story. We started asking the Lord to provide $2000 before we travel in May. The Lord is faithful and we have received $1132 in donations towards our adoption since beginning that prayer.
If you’re visiting for the first time, hello and thanks for taking the time to get to know our family and our adoption story! You may want to check out “our story” page, the calling to this domestic adoption, and then some questions answered.
Will you share our story again this week? Will you consider being part of our week with Give 1 Save 1 and consider donating just $1 (you can use the donate link on the sidebar or below)? Will you pray with us that the Lord would use this week to provide the remaining $868?
A few years ago I was introduced to Tropical Traditions and their Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil. What a blessing it’s been to our family! As we’ve used this coconut oil more and more we’ve been recognizing that it has many uses not limiting itself to cooking. If you’ve never used coconut oil it is a bit surprising at first to realize that at room temperature it is actually more of a solid. When warmed/heated it will become the more expected liquid state.
While pursuing this adoption I have been doing what I can to continue eating healthy. One way I have been able to do this is to make much of our food from scratch. Popcorn is a family favorite snack. We’ve been using this recipe for a few years with great success. The Tropical Traditions Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil is so simple to cook with, has a fantastic flavor, and smells heavenly! When trying other brands that are not virgin coconut oil and are mass produced we quickly realized there is a superior quality offered Tropical Traditions Gold Label vs. the alternatives.
As we prepare for our little one’s arrival we are hoping to use an alternatives to commercial formula. We have a trusted medical professional who has shared a recipe for a homemade formula that she herself has used with her little one with great success. In almost all recipes coconut oil is an essential ingredient to aid in baby’s digestion. We will certainly be using the Tropical Traditions coconut oil that we’ve come to love and trust for its superior quality.
Although it is higher than what you may find at your local store, I think it’s worth the extra for the quality of what you receive in the Gold Label. If you sign up for their newsletter they are often offering sales to lower the price and make it even more affordable! Another reason I am willing to spend a little more is Tropical Traditions founder, Brian Shilhavy, has purposefully chosen to boldly speak his personal testimony (in multiple languages!) and shares Christ on his company website. I respect him for doing so.
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Since the FDA does not want us to discuss the health benefits of coconut oil on a page where it is being sold or given away, here is the best website to read about the health benefits of coconut oil: http://coconutoil.com
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Disclaimer: Tropical Traditions provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product. Additionally, some of links included in this post may contain referral links.
It’s been longer than I’d like since we’ve had an update. Husband and I were blessed with a day’s getaway last weekend. For Christmas last year we had won an auction for a night away and decided now would be a perfect time to use it before baby comes. I can’t quite find the words to explain how incredibly relaxing and refreshing this 24hours of focused Husband/Wife time was for us. I was reminded how blessed I am to have this man to do life with, grow with, cry with, and simply enjoy. He truly is a perfect gift from the Father for me. I know, I know, enough sappy talk.
We are in full swing of preparations for baby’s arrival. Husband has been hard at work finishing projects around the house, while I’ve been nesting in general. I started getting out baby clothes to know what we had and then realized I had nothing to put them in once they were out! This prompted the painting project (that seems like it may never end) of the $20 dresser I bought over a year ago that’s been sitting in the garage waiting for a fresh coat of paint.
The “big” kids are getting more and more excited about their Virginia vacation. We’re working on lists for things to pack and not forget. Getting them ready for their big time away and wondering what it will be like to come home and be a family of 5. There are many folks in VA ready and excited to see and love on them.
Last weekend my sweet sister(in-law, but I’m delighted to think of her as my sis!) and dear friend hosted an adoption reception for our VA church family. Isn’t the table lovely? Only wish we could have been there with them!
We’ve been so excited to see how the Lord continues to provide for this adoption. Yes, we’ve said that quite often and what a good and right thing, don’t you think!? Seeing the Lord’s faithfulness not only blesses us but we’ve had so many folks say how encouraged they are to witness His faithfulness. Today we received more donations in the amount of $245! This brings the total to $1032 of the $2000 we are asking the Lord to provide before we travel. He is good!
(Can I just note that my kids faces throughout this video are a bit hysterical!)
Finally, check back over the next week as there will be two surprises you won’t want to miss! We’re excited to see what the Lord will do before we travel in just a short time now! Folks, 2 weeks from today baby is coming!
Today we’ve had the delight and privilege to celebrate the father’s in our lives. Both Husband and I have been blessed with fathers who love the Lord, have taught us and shown us His love, ultimately pointing us to Him. I am so grateful that the Lord has given me Husband who does this for our children as well. He loves them, cares for them, disciplines them, provides for them, holds them when their scared, prays for them, teaches them the Gospel and delights in his chillins. What a gift they have in their daddy. We celebrated with a tasty meal followed by a water gun fight. Fun seem to be had by all and the kiddos are good and worn out this evening. 🙂
Here’s my handsome hubby with our kiddos. Next year, daddy of 3!
Also, wanted to take a minute and update on the Lord’s continued provision for this adoption. To date He has provided $787 of the $2000 we are praying for before we travel! To Him be the glory! What an amazing joy to witness so many joining in our adoption story! Thank you each for your continued prayers and support! It’s coming soon now!
June 15 Thank You from Liz Hodgson on Vimeo.
The Lord is good! What an amazing privilege to watch Him provide for this adoption. We asked on May 20th if you would begin praying that the Lord would provide $2000 before we travel on July 9th. We are delighted to report that to date we have $600 towards this goal. Only $1400 left to go in a little over four weeks! Thank you for sharing our story with others and joining with us in this adoption journey!
June 6 Thank You! from Liz Hodgson on Vimeo.
In the last year I have followed an amazing blog known as “Give One Save One“. Every week they feature a family who is adopting, both domestically or internationally, and ask that you donate $1 to save 1 life. This is an amazing ministry and they have blessed so many families in this manner!
We are a little too late to apply to be be a featured family but we’d like to take this week (June 2nd- June 8th) to ask you to share our story with your friends, family, neighbors, your church, those friendly people you meet at the grocery store (just kidding! but you get the idea)… Then would you consider donating just one dollar to help bring home one child, the child that the Lord has for us? The Lord delights to use His people! If each person donates just $1 and shares, and they donate and share…each and every one adds up to many and much. To donate, use the button on the right sidebar. You don’t have to have a PayPal account, and it goes directly to our adoption expenses!
We have realized that many of you may not know all of our family and yet you are praying for and supporting us as we seek to adopt this precious little one. We’ve created a very simple video to introduce you to our family and briefly share our adoption story with others. Please feel free to share!
As always, thank you for your love, prayers, and support! Blessings!
Hodgson Adoption Story from Liz Hodgson on Vimeo.