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

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Final Cap on Yard Sale!

Wow. Time has flown by! So many changes have taken place in our family since JULY... and I have failed to update my blog on them. Oh well, life goes on!

Without further ado... here are some fun facts about the success of our yard sale! I thought I would finish this thought before sharing all the fun new updates from our family :-)

First, because we all love pictures:

Sweet Hannah modeling a hair bow!
My girl and her friends chilling in the parking lot!

Ms. Robin and I on the day of the yard sale. So many people chipped in! We are so blessed!

A view of the yard sale from afar!

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Love this picture! My good friend, Jenny Cribb, made Africa sugar cookies for us! :-)

The Pope family was the mastermind behind the whole yard sale! We thank God for them!

One of my all-time favorite pictures from the event! Rett Moorcroft looking adorable :-)

Thank all of you for all that you did in support of us during this time! You know who you are ;-) We are so grateful to have such a loving and supportive church family and community. This little boy is well-loved already!

GRAND TOTAL: $618- I'd say it was successful!!!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Yard Sale #2

Yep, you read right. We are gluttons for punishment, starting on Yard Sale #2! We are excited to be working again towards making payments for our adoption. This means progress. This means taking steps closer to seeing our little boys faces. This means we are one step closer towards holding them in our arms. How this thrills this Mama's heart!

Here are the details for the Yard Sale:

What: All Things Baby through Teen Yard Sale
When: July 20th from 8am to 2pm
Where: Rockdale Community Church parking lot
2455 Old Salem Rd SE C
onyers, GA 30013
Why: To help bring our boys home from Uganda!

If you would like to donate, please message me. We will be taking donations at the church on Thursday from 9am-3pm and Friday from 6:30pm- 8:30ish.

Here are some pics from our last yard sale:
 (Fun with signs)

 (Loved using the church for our sale last year!)

 (Yummy baked goods!)

 (The guys working hard!)

 (Oh my! How little she is?! Time flies TOO fast!)

Looking forward to sharing more photos this time around! So blessed by our church family, Rockdale Community Church, to allow us to use their parking lot and to volunteer so much time and donations for our adoption! 

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

We are making... PROGRESS!!!

Paperwork Frenzy...

"Enter His gates with thanksgiving And His courts with praise.
Give thanks for Him, bless His name.
For He is good;
His lovingkindness is everlasting and His faithfulness to all generations."
~Psalm 100:4-5

Guess what? The Lord has provided for our every need! We are moving forward in the process!! All glory goes to our great God. Thank you all for praying for us,  encouraging us, and supporting us. Let this paperwork pregnancy CONTINUE!

In celebration, we had PB and J's in the shape of Africa for lunch today. The Lord has provided for our financial needs through the opening of a small in home preschool. I have two little ones joining our home throughout the week. It brings me great joy (with a bit of exhaustion) to have a houseful of toddlers 3 and under! NEVER a dull moment hear! Praise the Lord with us- HE cares for the Fatherless and will not leave them destitute. 

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Dark Night of the Soul

"Whoever receives one child like this in My name receives Me; and whoever receives Me does not receive Me, but Him who sent Me."    ~Mark 9:37

"You may feel delayed, but God is designing"   ~John Piper

"Jesus has tailor made mercies for the miseries of the day." ~John Piper

"Adoption is wonderful and beautiful and the greatest blessing I have ever experienced. Adoption is also difficult and painful. Adoption is a beautiful picture of redemption. It is the Gospel in my living room. And sometimes, it is just hard."   ~Katie Davis, author of Kisses from Katie

These are some quotes that have given water and refreshment to my soul these past few months. To be honest, this is my third attempt at writing a blog post. Nothing has progressed since I last wrote but a lot has changed. We are going through a trial right now in our lives, one that I know many have walked before us and have suffered well through it. We are facing unemployment and therefore, a hold on our adoption. Daniel does have a job, but it is not enough to sustain our family. We have placed hundreds of applications in, and we have received very few responses. The few interviews that we have went through, came to a halt after the second or third interview. We have been broken, humbled, struggled with God and our own unbelief, prayed fervently, clung to each other, and sought to cling to the Word of God.

He is sweet. Knowing Jesus makes miseries lighter. However, we still struggle.

My heart breaks as I know my two boys are on the other side of the world, in Uganda, desiring a Mommy. A Daddy. A Family to call their own. I LONG to see that beautiful country that they call home, to meet the amazing people that live there and know that culture, to look into my boys eyes, hold them tightly and bring them HOME. It has been a year since we started this process. Adoption is trully the longest pregnancy ever (side note, but TRUE!).

 Some trials we have experienced and some mercies The Lord has given:

1) I lost my nanny job around two months ago
2) Daniel has had a couple of job leads, that only ended without a call back
3) Our income did not match our bills for around a month and a half

Sweet mercies from the hand of The Lord:

1) Peace and encouragement from HIS Word and HIS people when I lost my job
2) The Lord has abundantly provided for our needs- even when on paper it did not make sense!
3) Daniel's family has been overly generous in caring for us
4) Both families have been encouraging rather than discouraging- they have been such a blessing to us!
5) Our family- how the little things in life have really become sweeter; so thankful for the necessities that The Lord provides!
6) We have seen our hope, our significance, our faith, our timeline, become more grounded in the unchanging Word of God. Jesus has been sweeter. His sacrifice, His suffering, has become more dear and we have become more thankful for HIM.

That is where we are at. We are so thankful for your support and prayers during this time! It does look like things are changing in the near future regarding these issues, and so, Lord willing, we desire to get the ball rolling again on this adoption!

*Pray for our family, to trust the Lord as our provider and not a job.
*Pray for His provision.
*Pray for our boys, for the Lord to sustain them and for them to receive proper, loving care from someone until we can bring them home!

In Christ by His Grace,
Amber Lawson

Thursday, March 7, 2013

New items in Etsy Store!

It has been a while since I have updated all of you! We are finally settling into our new home, with our new jobs, a fabulous new home church, and the adventure that awaits us here in Georgia!

I wanted to announce the newest items in our Etsy store! I absolutely LOVE these little pouches! They are the perfect size for a make-up bag or just to use as a collect all bag for purses that can become a "blackhole" (I am thinking of my own here!). They are a no sew bag- the lining is actually duct tape! A special thanks to Christina Bailey for making these stylish bags to sell in our Etsy store!

We are selling them for 9.99 and ALL the money goes towards our adoption!

You know you want one :-) Check them out at our store: Threads for Africa

Thanks for looking! Enjoy your day!

In Christ by His Grace,
Amber Lawson

Thursday, January 3, 2013

The Lord be magnified!

"Let all who seek You rejoice and be glad in You; Let those who love Your salvation say continually, "The Lord be magnified!"  ~Psalm 40:16

As the year 2012 comes to a close and a new year begins, this verse is our cry to the Lord. We want our very lives to cause His people to say, "The Lord be magnified!". We don't know what this year may bring our way, maybe another little Lawson to join the family! But in all that this year holds, it joys, changes, and tears, we pray He is magnified.

These past couple of months have been a roller coaster ride of significant changes in the Lawson home. The Lord has been gracious in guiding us. We wanted to fill all of you in!

One exciting change that is taking place in 18 days is a move back to Georgia! We are so thrilled to be settling into the home that we will grow in as a family. Daniel's grandmother passed away last year and left her home to the Lawson family. We are able to move in, rent it out, and make it our own! This is definitely a HUGE blessing to us. We now live in student housing, and were attempting to make changes to a 880 sq. foot apartment to allow for TWO more little ones! Though I LOVE Ikea (LOTS of help there for small spaces) and could have totally made it work, more space is definitely a plus. We will be moving into a 3 bedroom, 2 bath home with a garage and fenced in back yard. Oh, and I should not forget to mention, a DISHWASHER! My first since I have been married! We are really grateful for the blessing of this home and Daniel's grandmother who took impeccable care of it, paid for it in full, and left her family a financial blessing to make this possible. We are so thankful!

This amazing artwork is by Fred Mutebi,
a Ugandan artist that Daniel has come to love
Also, there have been some major changes in our adoption. As you may have gathered in recent posts or facebook updates, Congo is a very unstable country as of late. We have grown to greatly LOVE this country and have grown in love and respect for its natural beauty with strong people who have lived through some difficult times and hardships. We have prayed for DRC and continue to pray for peace and protection from the M23 invasion. We are praying for our agency, Lifeline, to wisely sift through so much of the corruption and child trafficking that is taking place. This is harming many children that have families and leaving destitute those children in desperate need of families. We LOVE our agency and fully trust them. They have been so wise and sought to be ethical in all their dealings with the Congo and its officials. With that said, due to such a lack of stability, Lifeline has been unable to give us a timeline that we could possibly bring our little ones home. All we know, that it is going to be a LONG road in finishing an adoption. With our young family, we knew we could not wait a significant amount of time longer. We prayerfully then considered working through the DRC program or switching to another program. With tears, Daniel and I took a date night, and prayerfully talked through our options. After much research, advice from others and our agency, we have prayerfully decided to make a switch to adopting from Uganda, a neighboring country. We are sobered about the loss of adopting little ones through the D.R. Congo, a country we have come to dearly love, and yet trusting the Lord's sovereign hand in leading us to adopt from Uganda. We are looking forward to learning more about this country and growing in love for the people as well.

We also wanted to share a PRAISE! Our homestudy has been completed! We are so thrilled! And through your generous giving,prayer, fundraising, and working overtime, we have exceeded the next payment! One great thing about reaching this milestone, is that we are now eligible to apply for grants. We are thanking the Lord for that! Lord willing, grants will play a huge part in funding our adoption.

 Pray for us in all of these changes! May He be magnified through these!

In Christ by His Grace,
The Lawsons