Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Christmas Eve Update!

CHRISTMAS EVE - DECEMBER 24, 2010Merry Christmas as we celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus and the homecoming of our Miracle baby - Tin Tin!

Our Lord has done yet another miracle for Tin Tin! Rejoice with us as we rejoice in the Lord's saving grace!

Tin Tin may not be home for Christmas but praise the Lord she has a home! Yesterday afternoon we received the documents that we had been waiting for. We did not expect these documents for at least another week or possibly even after the New Year! We were amazed and in awe and praising the Lord! We have now been officially accepted for Tin Tin by the Philippine government. Tin Tin 's entire adoption has also now been paid in full! Our Lord has paid for our lives in full as we too can be adopted into the family of God through belief in Jesus Christ! We celebrate the miracle of Christmas and our Miracle baby!

She is coming home! Once again the timing is in the Lord's hands and I have stopped trying to determine the date! I had resigned myself to the fact that we would not hear from the Philippine government nor receive papers until after the holiday and that I needed to be content in His timing and the knowledge that the Lord is in control! Then yesterday we were blown away by the documents that we needed! It was like the Lord simply handed us the papers and I can not even remember what the Fed Ex delivery person looked like - I was so in awe of what was being handed to me! TIN TIN'S LIFE WAS HANDED TO ME TO ACCEPT! WE READILY ACCEPTED OUR DAUGHTER!

WE are praying that we can travel for her by early to mid January! There are just a few logistics that need to happen and once again the Lord has a better time frame than I do so it is HIS story and I am completely blessed and amazed!

Yesterday was also an amazing day because a group of 1st grade children from LAMS blessed Tin Tin with gifts, toys and diapers. These are the same children that have been praying daily for Tin Tin's adoption and paperwork! I was invited to their room to visit them - Ellianna and I visited together since we did not have Tin Tin home just yet. They presented us with many gifts and their joy and excitement was an incredible blessing and I know that our Lord Jesus is just smiling at the gifts given by "children"! They did service projects for months to earn $1.00 for each project. They kept track of the amount of projects that they did by a beautiful paper chain that was hanging from the ceiling. They made a new link for each service project. Then they used the money to buy gifts for Tin Tin! I am crying as I remember the joy I felt and the love I saw in their hearts and eyes. Would not our World be such a beautiful place if we all had that kind of love in our hearts for others! It was a sight to behold! The first graders then helped to carry all the gifts down the hallway and out to our van. We loaded the gifts in the van for Tin Tin and we all had our pictures taken together for Tin Tin!

These children witnessed their prayers being answered first hand one morning back in the fall. It was the morning that Tin Tin's immigration approval was granted. They were praying at 8:30 that morning for Tin Tin and her immigration paperwork. Kim was their substitute teacher that morning and left her cell phone on when she usually turns it off when teaching. It was at 8:50 that I got the message that our approval was granted and I called her phone to give her the good news! She heard the phone beep and checked who it was! She figured if I was calling that it was good news! She left the first graders hear my message about the approval being granted! Their prayers that had been prayed just that morning at 8:30 had been answered. You should have heard their cheering and screaming! The Lord had done miracle for Tin Tin!

We rejoice in His birth and we rejoice in the gift of Tin Tin! She is coming home and stay tuned for more exciting miracles as we watch the story of Tin Tin continue to unfold! We celebrate and give glory to our Lord Jesus and to HIM alone!

May you know the peace of Jesus Christ in your own heart and may you be adopted into His family through the acceptance of Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior - Merry Christmas from our home to you!

Brian Stephanie Sasha Ellianna and Tin Tin too!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Our "Miracle Girl" is one step closer to being H-O-M-E for Christmas!! Please pray

Another miracle for Tin Tin!! We just received word today (12/14/10) that Tin Tin's adoption documents are going to be processed on Thursday in the Philippines - this means our Wednesday night(12/15/10)!!!!
God is performing so many miracles in and through Tin Tin's life. Please, pray and ask everyone you know to pray during the next 24 hours!! This is the next part of the process that we are waiting on and we need the release of her adoption paperwork!

The adoption agency does not expect to hear word from the Government until next week or receive the documents until next week BUT we are praying for another miracle and for word to be received on Friday and for our documents to arrive on Friday! We are believing that the Lord will provide the documents for Tin Tin this week - we are believing that the Lord has more miracles to perform for Tin Tin! Pray and believe with us and for Tin Tin!

God's timing is perfect!

Some of you have said that you'd like to post a comment, a prayer, an encouraging note but can't b/c of not having a yahoo account.
You can send messages that will be forwarded to Tin Tin's parents to Kim at kimzim@dejazzd.com

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Rejoice with us on the funds raised!!!

Lots of you on "Team Tin Tin" are asking/wondering where we're at with Tin Tin's adoption expenses?! It is with a huge smile on my face and with so much gratitude to God and all of you out there that really want to make a difference for an orphan; that I report the following:

"Rejoice with those who rejoice"! All expenses for little Tin Tin's adoption costs have been raised! We continue to raise money to meet 100% of travel expenses. We had to order our second shipment of Ten For Tin Tin Tees!! How great is that! We sold out of many of the various sizes and had to place a second order. TODAY they arrived on my doorstep.
So keep passing the word ......purchase a $10 tee shirt and 100% of donation goes to Tin Tin! (contact Kim at kimzim@dejazzd.com for any t-shirt sale/info. you have)

Another question I have been asked...."What if you meet all of the adoption costs AND all of the travel expenses, what will happen with the remaining money you received? Another GREAT QUESTION!!!
ANY AND ALL MONEY that might come in over and above little Tin Tin's expenses will go directly toward the adoption of another orphan!!! We will share any of that news should another miracle or a "two for one" miracle unfold!!! STAY TUNED!

God has really blessed me by allowing me to be a small part of this miracle! I hope you can "feel the blessing" too!!

News Update: Please Pray!

Tin Tin's all important immigration approval made it to the Philppines! This was the paper we have been waiting for and checking the mailbox to receive. This is the I797 approval...without this approval no international adoption can take place!

Now we need a few important documents back from the Philippines!

These documents go to our United States Immigration so that they can release the provisional Visa for Tin Tin!

Then Tin Tin needs her Medical clearance check up and her passport which the orphanage will work to ensure that she has ready.

It can still happen by Christmas but every day closer it becomes more and more a simple act of God where He will get all the glory because it is becoming more and more impossible for man to pull this off in such a short time! God can do this all overnight if He wants to! We serve a very big God! I remember saying that to the facilitator for Sasha's adoption when we made decisions to fly to Russia without a court date! He said it won't happen and we said WE SERVE A BIG GOD. HE SAID THEN YOUR GOD BETTER BE PRETTY BIG! Well Sasha is living proof that our God is BIG! She came home with us on the appointed date! So the Lord is in control and He is bringing Tin Tin home! It is His timing and if he wants it to be Christmas I have no doubt it will be Christmas! So I am choosing to keep my eyes on the Creator of all Space and Time and let Him guide the when of Tin Tin's homecoming! Join us in prayer and be ready to be wowed!