"I have come that they may have life, and have it abundantly."
~Jesus (John 10:10b)

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Africa Cookie Cutter- LOVE!

How adorable is this cookie cutter? So, the Wallace family is another adopting family! They are adopting a little boy from the Congo as well. They have just starting selling Africa cookie cutters- and I just LOVE them! So, if you would have adopted, know a missionary friend, or just want to support another adoption, you can add this adorable cookie cutter to your cookie cutter stash! :-)


Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Yard Sales, Growing pains, and Great Sermons

Hello all! So, we are now in the midst of one of the biggest whirlwinds of our lives- our adoption from the Congo. I was explaining to Daniel just the other day, how I felt as if adoption was similar to pregnancy in that, it is a LOT of work. Whereas pregnancy entails your body working overtime to grow a baby inside of you, adoption entails mounds of paperwork that only continues to grow and the overwhelming financial cost of it all. And yet, there is this sweet anticipation- this love that grows inside of my heart. It is very similar to being pregnant with Naphtali. My love for her only grew over time. My love for these two boys is growing all the same. I guess that's why many call it a paperwork pregnancy! :-) 

So, some updates! This is yard sale season around here and we have some furniture and miscellaneous items around the house we were going to sale for the adoption on craigslist. Then our friend, Jenn Sutton, an adoptive Mama herself, suggested we do a yard sale and even had some stuff on hand she wanted to donate to us. Yard sales are not a favorite in the Lawson household, but this one is becoming exciting! Our church has graciously allowed us to use the church parking lot to host our yard sale and has asked members to donate any items they are wanting to clean out of their homes anyway! We are just struck with the love and support of the body of Christ. It is so encouraging! Truly, we are blessed to be a part of a body of Christ that displays love for one another. Love, love, love our church!

So here is the info in short:

When: July 14th 8am-2pm
Where: Kenwood Baptist Church
What: Yard sale to get rid of unwanted items! ALL proceeds go towards our adoption

Come and shop and support our adoption if you are in the area! 

One last thing before I sign off here... 

Daniel and I love Heine brothers Coffee.. and we love sermons... especially sermons about orphan care right now... A few nights ago we sat down with some Heine Brothers Coffee and listed to a David Platt sermon on orphan care.

Here is a must to listen to! So good and encouraging and convicting in our lives:


In Christ by His Glorious Grace,
the Lawsons

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Buy Coffee and help bring our children home!

Did I ever mention how much I LOVE coffee? Next to the Lord, my husband and family, and the church- comes COFFEE. Ha ha, maybe not that strong of a love, but it is definitely a comfort in my life!

This is my love and I with our Mr. and Mrs. coffee mugs! It's a must for Saturdays!

Well, thanks to JustLoveCoffee, we are selling coffee that will give a portion of the proceeds towards our adoption. I have been very impressed with this organization. They were founded by a couple who went through the adoption process themselves (they adopted two little girls from Ethiopia) and understand what it is like to go through raising the money to bring their children home. In their first two years of business, they raised $200,000 for adopting families! 

So, enjoy a nice cup of hand-roasted, organic, fair trade coffee in the morning and know that you have helped give orphans a home!

Here is a link to our storefront! We also have a link that will stay on the sidebar of our blog. Enjoy!

With Love,
The Lawsons

We are adopting!

So, we decided to repost this on the home page! I think the blog was a little confusing the way it was set up! So, here is the repost :-)

Our Adoption

We have some GREAT news! The Lord has enabled us to start the adoption process! We are so excited about this next step in our journey as a family. We are going through Lifeline Children's Services and adopting two boys from the Congo.
Our family sending off our application to Lifeline!

We found out yesterday that we have been accepted into their adoption agency and are gearing up for our home study. Our hopes are that this blog will be a way to keep our family and friends updated on this part of our journey to grow our family. We will also post some creative ways you can support us and help bring our boys home to their forever family! 

We will continue to add to our blog information about the Congo and why we are adopting and a host of other interesting tidbits of information.  
Naphtali in her Big Sister shirt that I made!