Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Our New Adventure

If you haven't heard, we have some very exciting news: Jeff, TongJie and I are traveling to China to adopt our newest family member, Ezekiel ZeYou!  Ezekiel is 16 months old and we can't wait to meet him.  We're leaving for China this Sunday, June 21, which also happens to be Father's Day.  So the next few days will be spent packing, finishing up last-minute things around the house, and all the things that you generally do when you're preparing for a two and a half week trip to a foreign country with a four year old and a new one year old.  I'd love to post a few photos of Ezekiel, but I can't quite yet because he's still not officially our son.  We are planning to update the blog during our trip, so if you're following, you'll see some photos pretty soon!

In the meantime, we wanted to let you all know about the fun fundraiser we're doing to help us with the last of our expenses of the adoption.  Most of you have probably already heard about this (more than once!) but in case you haven't, we're putting together a puzzle to be displayed in TongJie & Ezekiel's room.  This puzzle is special because the back of it is filled with names of friends and family who have donated money to help us bring Ezekiel home!  When it's finished, we will frame it between two pieces of glass so all the names can be seen.  We are asking for a suggested donation of $10 to sponsor a puzzle piece if you'd like to add your name to Ezekiel's puzzle.  We are so, so appreciative of all our generous friends and family who have donated so far!  As you can see from the photo, it's really coming along!  When it's all said and done, we plan to use the remaining unsponsored pieces to write Bible verses or sayings on and maybe draw some fun little pictures so we can get it framed soon.  So . . . if you'd like to sponsor a piece or two, let us know and we'll reserve them for you.  You can send us a check if you'd like (send us an email if you want our address), or if you want to donate by PayPal you can use our email address:  Thanks everybody!  It's not very fun asking for money, but it sure has been a fun project to see the puzzle come together little by little.  I can't wait to be able to see the back of it!

That's it for now, but stay tuned and we'll let you know how things are going along the way!