Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Let the adventure begin!

Man, it's been a while since I'd posted! HA! As you probably all know, I'm not the most consistent blogger in the world.

I'm much more likely to update my Instagram or Twitter....I think because they are so much faster then a full length blog post. Which, by the way, are you following me on Instagram? I'm @storehousecrafts. Come say hi!

Things have been crazy in the Ott's House since Christmas. I still feel like I'm trying to get my feet back under me.

We had lots of fun with family in Texas and vacationing with my parents in Missouri!

About to open gifts!

My fierce Pirate! Arrrrr!

Daddy and oldest waiting patiently...

All the cousins acted out the Christmas story!!

The boys had so much fun at Silver Dollar City with Nana and Gdaddy!

We also got to visit a Butterfly Sanctuary...so pretty!

So, that was Christmas...mostly...with a little case of strep for the hubs thrown in and coming home to a broken heater. But, hey...whatcha gonna do?!

So, now that we're moving into the new year...we're taking the big steps to start our adoption process!

We have partnered with an agency out of Texas to adopt two little girls from Cameroon in West Africa. We are now working with an agency here in Illinois to do our home study process. This step takes about 3 months from start to finish and thankfully we have raised all the money needed!! Woo hoo! Praise Jesus! Through love offerings and people's generosity we have enough to pay for this first big chunk.

I've been working on selling handmade and vintage things online to raise money for our adoption!

Last night I had a little sale on Instagram and I think we made close to $200!!!

I have been making a ton of these hoops and they've been selling so fast!! I'm so thankful! I've been joking with a friend that we're "bringing these girls home one hoop at a time"!

And really that's how it's going to happen. By faithfully doing the next thing God tells us to do and slowly but surely seeing Him provide. And at the same time, we are believing for the BIG gifts as well...like full paid for airfare for our two trips to Africa!! Come on, Jesus!

It's been such an exciting journey and we can't wait to see it all unfold. I'd love for my blog to be a place for me to share our process with others and hopefully encourage others who are in the adoption process as well.

So, please follow along!!!

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