Plus One Coming Soon!

Plus One Coming Soon!
Plus One Coming Soon!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

The First Month

The First Month

       Well, we are officially a month into the adoption process!
We are constantly getting confirmation that we are following the path that God wants us to take!
Our children are VERY excited (although I'm sure the newness of the idea will wear off, as the process takes more time!)
  Lauren has rearranged furniture in her room to accomodate a new little sister, and Adalynn is drawing Izzie new pictures every day!
We are currently "In" the homestudy process now. Gathering every officially document we have (and don't have) as well as meeting with our caseworker, Maggie
Tomorrow Maggie comes to the house. She will conduct her second interview with Steven and I, as well as her first interview with the children.
The kids are excited to meet Maggie and talk with her, Mommie and Daddy are exhausted from getting the house ready! (I forgot to mention we are also having a yard sale fundraiser next weekend, and our house is full of STUFF)
   
Fundraising is going slow but steady. I want everything figured out NOW! While Steven holds fast to his faith that God is bringing our girl home, we just have to obey. I'm relying on and learning from him....   
Our fundraisers so far are a "fill the board with dots by pledging money" fundraiser, as well as a tshirt fundraiser. Our first big fundraiser will be the yard sale this weekend. Our church is AWESOME and is allowing us to use the church property as home base, as well as supporting us with donations. We are praying for great yard sale weather!

This past week Steven and I applied for our passports....little did I know they mailed off our ORIGINAL BIRTH CERTIFICATES! but by the time I realized she wasn't handing them back they were already sent down the chute. She said no worries they would come back...but goodness, we need those! 
Here is a picture of Steven and I getting ready for our passport photos. Let me tell you...those pics are just georgous! 
  
Please continue to pray with us. Pray for our family, that stresses associated with the process are minimal. Pray for the finances, that God would make a way for us in a way that only He can.  Pray for our children's hearts as they prepare for Izzie, and pray for sweet Isabelle, that she would be protected physically and emotionally, and that our path to her would be smooth.

Much Love

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Why we are adopting!?!

Because He first loved us....

 Have you ever had a nagging feeling, and it seems like everywhere you turn, and everything you see and hear reminds you of the thing that's nagging you?
Enter Holy Spirit
 My name is Abbey Weems, and I have been married to my husband Steven for 15 years. We have 5 biological children. Luke (13), Emma Grace (11), Lauren (9), Troy (7), and Adalynn (5).  We live in Leeds, Alabama where my husband serves as a senior pastor, and I am a preschool teacher.
We have always said, in a lofty, unspecific way..."We would love to adopt when our kids are older", never talking specifics or gathering information. We were happy in our lives.
Then God stepped in.
Over the past year, it seems like everywhere I turn someone is talking about adoption. We have friends who have adopted. Sister churches have adoption fundraisers. I went to a yard sale that turned out to be a fundraiser for an adoption.
Then last fall we were faced with an immediate need for a baby we knew. Immediately Steven and I said we would offer to adopt the baby. I think our readiness to offer shocked both of us....but nevertheless we offered.  The baby has since been taken in by a family member and will be loved for the rest of his life...which is a happy ending!...but we were disappointed.
How could I be disappointed?  I have 5 beautiful, healthy children. I have a husband who loves me. This baby boy found a home with family that loves him.  How could I desire something else?
The Holy Spirit
 God sent His Son, to save US! Orphans.  We could do nothing on our own to save ourselves, yet he gave us a way. He paid the ultimate price to save us from our humanity, and bring us into His family.  All we have to do is praise Him. Praise Him and tell His story to our community and to the nations.  
Steven and I feel led to open our home to another child. Not by birth. By adoption.
We are commanded to care for widows and orphans and the needy. 
So we have decided to go, and bring one out of her orphan status, to become a Weems
Why China?
 We have been researching, and reading, and going to meetings, and listening to podcasts.
We have prayerfully considered foster-to-adopt, private domestic adoptions, and international adoptions.
After MUCH prayer, and in consideration of our family's current status..we have decided to adopt a daughter from China.  Many of the children in the orphanages are malnourished or have unresolved physical problems. Their only hope of escape is through adoption.  And our hearts, and our children's hearts, are ready to answer that call!
Our Journey Begins
 We have now officially been accepted into the international adoption program through Lifeline Children's Services. We will soon begin our home study which will take about 3 months.  We are excited to get started on this journey, and will need the help of our friends and family. We are asking for our friends and family to come alongside us and support us in several ways.
In PRAYER-Please Pray for our sweet Isabelle. Even though we haven't seen her sweet face yet, we can pray for her. For a hedge of protection around her heart and her body. Pray that the Lord would protect her. Keep her  physically safe.  Let her know God's love, even as an infant.
           Please pray for our sweet family. That God would continue to lead us in the way He would have us go. That our children's hearts would be protected and loved. That our marriage would be strengthened, and that our love for each other would be made stronger.
       Pray for those who will be watching our journey. That we would share the Gospel in this process. That God would be made known, not just to those we know, but to everyone we come in contact with. We are all orphans, and Christ died and rose again to make us part of His family!
In SERVICE-We will be embarking on lots and lots of fundraisers. That will probably need help from our friends and family.
In FINANCING-Y'all, adoption is expensive. An International Adoption from China is approximately $34k. We will be applying for every grant and scholarship we qualify for, but we will be asking for donations. This goes directly into a pure charity account (not directly to us ) https://www.purecharity.com/bringing-isabelle-home We don't like asking for money, but we know God has called us to this, and He will provide the way for us to bring our Isabelle home!