With the 4th fun and getting our big kids to VA yesterday we are just now getting a moment to update each of you. Below is the final video from our big kiddos. What a joy it has been to share and rejoice together with them as the Lord has provided each step of the way.
As we laid our heads to rest on Friday, July 4th we had received $522 over the week with Give1Save1! Saturday was full as we woke the kiddos up early to drive them half way to meet my dad and friend (brave men and grandpas!) who then made the final trek back to VA.
As I got the kids ready to get on the road the Lord had another reminder of His love and provision and then again when we arrived home. Yesterday we received additional donations bringing the total to $1027! God wasn’t done blessing us as we reminded once again of His extravagant love…the total donations received this week was $1277.
In May, after looking at the numbers and seeing what would be the minimum that we would need we began praying the Lord would provide $2000 before we traveled for baby. How the Lord loves to lavish His blessings on His children and how feeble my faith can be. Since beginning that prayer we have received $2409 in generous gifts! We are amazed, once again, by His goodness and grace. We hope that others are encouraged by His faithfulness to provide! We are humbled and so grateful to each of you who have prayed with us, supported us by sharing our story and financially giving, and generally walked this adoption journey with us.
Last picture as a family of 4!
Baby will be here Thursday, if not before! So excited to walk this next portion of this adoption story and have so many of you continue to love on this little one!
We apologize for missing day 4 update for our Give 1 Save 1 total, we had a bit of excitement yesterday. First, below you should find the kids update video for day 3 (1 more video coming). In the four days as the featured family we have received $522 in donations! What a tremendous blessing!
As for the excitement, we received a call from the attorney yesterday that baby *might* be on the way and we needed to be ready to go. Haha, I repeated back to her what she had just explained to me and then tried to stay relatively calm (eh, not so much) as I began calling Husband, a dear friend who would help with the big kids, our adoption consultant, my dad, and our hosts in GA. All were ready and willing to do what we needed to get us where we needed to be. An hour or so later, after making all these calls and beginning a frantic packing session, that baby is holding tight for now. We’re “on call” and my phone ringer is at an obnoxious volume level, so if you hear me as I’m running last minute errands, sorry!
Yesterday’s events definitely put into perspective that we may plan and the C-section may be scheduled but that doesn’t necessarily mean all will go according to plan. Once again, leaning on Our Father who knows all and sees all. 🙂 Happy 4th to you all!
Today was Day 2 as the featured family on Give1Save1. Y’all, how blessed we are to see the Lord work. Thank you so much to each of you who have shared, gave, and generally supported us. The total donations we’ve received thus far is $407! Y’all, that’s incredible! We began asking the Lord to provide $2000 before we traveled, at the beginning of this week we still needed $868. In just 2 days we are almost half way there! How encouraging! So without further ado…Thank you, once again, from the Hodgsons!
We know the day is not finished yet but for our kids, day is done. 🙂 Throughout this adoption journey we’ve had our kids do quick video updates of donations. We think they’re cute (some of their facial expression crack me up more than once!). Moreover, we’ve found that by doing these little updates it encourages others to see what the Lord is doing AND it teaches our kids to recognize the Lord’s provision for bringing home baby brother/sister. Part of this journey is showing us the character of the Lord, He is Jehovah Jireh. Even at our kids ages (5 and 3) they are seeing that God uses His people to bless us. Therefore, He can use us to bless others! What an amazing reality for our kids to witness.
To each of you who have prayed, shared, and given, thank you! So without further ado, Day 1 as the family of the week total $152!
*For daily updates scroll down to post below to see what God is doing!*
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?
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.
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.
The creativity of the Lord’s provision for this adoption continues to amaze me. As we have become more and more in the adoption community I have seen folks who have incurred some large last minute flight expenses. Due to our birthmother having a scheduled C-section our travel to the birth will be a bit more planned than some others may experience. At this point in time we won’t be paying for our airfare! We are truly thankful!
Part of the way I contribute to our family’s finances while at home is by following various deal blogs and forums. Through these forums I have been my introduced into the world of travel hacking and points and miles blogs. Oh my! What a vast and unknown territory I had missed previously! And now I can say I’m barely skimming the surface but it has been enough to provide what we need for this moment! It is through the tips on these blogs that we’ve been able to earn over 100,000 points towards travel with Southwest. Southwest also has the unique benefit of the companion pass that we are very close to earning which will save us even more on our flights. You may be wondering what’s the big deal? We have been able to book our flights to GA using these points (plus the required $2.50 security fee). Additionally, since we are not sure when our paperwork will be approved and we will be able to return with baby we have been able to book multiple return flights for free using points. Flights with Southwest are fully refundable, so by booking now we can “lock in” the low point rate instead paying the rate showing for last minute flights. Then we simply cancel flights we don’t need and we’ll get those points back.
How in the world did we earn so many points? Well, I would like to share what I’ve been learning in the past months that has dramatically help us save on our travel costs. I share with some hesitation because it requires folks to be aware of and exercise a lot of self discipline in terms of their personal finances. My father lovingly warns that I’m giving away all my information…you may agree, if so this is probably not the best method for you.
Some of you may already be using credit cards to earn cash back rewards for your purchases. We realized after a year or two of marriage if we could be disciplined to completely pay off our credit card each month that we would be better off using a cash back credit card for our expenses rather than our debit card linked to our checking account. We choose one that has bonus categories that seem to align with our spending habits and I am thankful to say we have stuck with that initial commitment.
Southwest is currently running a promotion to earn 50,000 bonus points when you sign up for their Rapid Rewards Visa. You can earn additional bonus points by signing up for the business version as well. These cards do carry an annual fee due the first month so you should factor that in when you consider if this method. Frankly to go into details would be a post in and of itself, which I am delighted to do and give more resources if there are folks who want to know.
Generally, I wanted to let folks know that there are ways, with some time and a little extra brain power, to obtain free and cheap airfare by researching points and miles blogs. After this adoption is completed I hope to further explore ways we can do the same for the international flights we’ll need to book to Ethiopia. Also, I have dreams of using points to give travel “grants”, so to speak to help other families travel for their adoptions! I’m so thankful for the unique way the Lord provided!
Seeing the Body of Christ at work has been and continues to be one of the most encouraging parts of this adoption journey. What a tremendous blessing! We have had brothers and sisters in Christ walk with us, pray for us, and help us each step of the way.
Next week I will travel to meet our expectant mom. I am so thankful for this opportunity to meet and love on her before baby comes. In planning the trip we wanted to be wise stewards of what the Lord had given us. Knowing that I would need to stay overnight during the trip I knew I would need to find a hotel for at least one night. I began praying for the Lord to provide for that night. I was initially thinking someone might donate hotel points or perhaps it was driving a Caddy?! God had even better plans!
Would you? Could you drive a Caddy? In the spirit of every. little. bit., this Saturday I’ll be test driving a Cadillac Escalade for $100! Teehee. This makes me giddy to think about.
Photo credit: caranddriver.com