Thursday, October 31, 2013

10-15% DISCOUNT with Christian Adoption Consultants!!!!

Since November is National Adoption Month 
FROM NOVEMBER 1st-11th Christian Adoption Consultants
is offering a 10% DISCOUNT on
15% DISCOUNT for those interested in our minority program!

What in the world is Christian Adoption Consultants? 
Great question! 

We are THERE FOR YOU!  You get to have someone walk you through the entire process who has years of experience with adoption!  If you haven't read our story you can go HERE to check it out and find out about our experience!   

We connect you with several agencies!  This is what allows our clients to be matched with a child much sooner- less than a year, and some within a few months! 

We help families create a professional profile which really helps your family to get connected to the birth families.  Sharing the photos and information with them that forms those initial bonds!

We help give you so much more information- a full list of grants and loans, fundraising sites for adoption, state by state laws, agencies to help you with a home study (if you don't already have one), information about the initial questions to ask an adoption agency, taking those first steps in personal contact with the birth family, and so much more! 
  • Christian Adoption Consultants has been in business since 2005.
  • We have assisted over 500 families on their adoption journey.
  • Our Founders, Malcolm and Amy Young, have adopted 3 kids.
  • We currently have 9 staff located across the US.
  • We help families across the US in almost all 50 states.
  • Our Staff (families as a total) have adopted 19 kids and counting (both domestically and internationally).
  • Our average wait time for families to take placement of a child once their home study is complete and they apply to our recommended agencies is less than 12 months.  Some families only wait a matter of days or weeks before they are matched.
  • We assist between 75-100 clients annually.


    We have to say that one of the most important reason we believe in Christian Adoption Consultants has to do with the above picture.  You see our youngest 2 of 9 children came to us through Christian Adoption Consultants!!! 
    Think you can't adopt because of- age, not married long enough, married too long, have children in the home already, or thinking you just aren't sure? 
    THINK AGAIN!  :)

    Wednesday, October 30, 2013

    Take a breath......and remember who you are!

     A week before my GG was promoted to life this is what we were doing.  We had decided to surprise the kids by taking them to LEGOLAND!  Thank you for homeschool discounts ;). 
     We were stopping to take a breath!  For our family part of stopping to take a breath is most weeks we have a family day where we don't worry about anything else.  We go to a park, theme park, go to the beach, etc.  This is our Day of complete rest.   
     With things that go on in our lives we sometimes need to remember to STOP!  Stop and take time for worship!  Stop and take time to play!  Stop and take time to enjoy each other! 
     Let go of expectations!!  This is a big one for me because my expectations can get in the way of everything.  Seriously, I can get derailed easily :(.  So these days that we escape are our way of refocusing.  We relax.  There is no rushing.  We laugh and enjoy rides, or funny pictures.  We smile and play tag as we go. 
     Spiritually we were made to take time to remember who we are as well.  As a  mom, as a sister in Christ, as a wife, as God's Daughter, as a minister to those around us. 
     Today as I took the kids to enjoy a walk on a path close by I was fuming!  It was our time to enjoy each other, but I wasn't enjoying it.  You know the feeling- those expectations right? 
     My expectation was that we would go, walk, stretch out, and enjoy a beautiful day.  Sounds simple enough.  However, it is hard to do when there is disobedience creeping in it's ugly form and stomping on your relaxation time. 
     I was mad, I was upset, I felt like a failure, I wanted to instead I cried.  I prayed and begged God to show me what to do.  I wanted to well- you get the picture.  I had to repent.  I had to go back and pray some more.  I found some reasons to enjoy our walk no matter about said child. 
     When we came home I turned on some worship music.  I didn't tell everyone it was worship time, but I needed it.  I wanted it.  I craved it! 
     Said child was the ONLY one who joined in with my worship time.  I wanted to be upset, but instead felt the Holy Spirit tell me to hug her. WHAT GOD?  Are you kidding? 
     YES- do the opposite!  Offer grace and forgiveness.  Offer your love when you don't want to.  This is what I do for you!!!
     Don't you hate it when the Holy Spirit is sooo right ;) ? 
     I am thrilled that God has saved me from myself!  I am so thankful that He has forgiven me when I am selfish!  Believe me I am selfish and controlling a lot!!! 
     Do you know what happened when I hugged said child instead of giving them what for? 
     It changed ME! 
     It brought compassion to my heart for this child that God created!  It brought me back to a place where God could clearly speak to my heart. 
     There are so many times when I feel like I am not worthy.  So many times I just feel like I will never get there. 
     On those days it is especially important for me to go to HIM! 
     To have HIM whisper- I love you with an everlasting love......
     I forgive you and take your sins from you as far as the East is from the West! 
     I need you to model this for your children so they can know me. 
    Because I am not even close to perfect- I PRAISE GOD that I have a Savior who IS!  I praise God for His Spirit that works in me even in those imperfect times!  I praise God because today through my selfishness and upset- HE SPOKE! 

    Take a breath......and remember who you are!

    ***Oh yeah- I have a surprise coming with more pictures of those beautiful children God has placed in families!!!!  :)

    Friday, October 25, 2013

    My GG has been Promoted To Glory!

     Now let me clarify.....she is technically my grandma, but since we have had kiddos, (a long time now) we collectively have always referred to her as GG.  She passed away last Friday night, and her funeral was yesterday. 
     THIS is my grandma's legacy!  This right here- all these beautiful faces!!  There were 25 People gathered!  Of course some wives and kiddos, and my cousin's family that is in Taiwan doing mission work couldn't make it. 
     But this....
     family- we are her legacy in this world. 
     As if that was not enough......there are many many many many more!  Carrying on the name of Jesus as well that my grandfather and grandmother ministered to over the years. 
     Here is her obituary......
    GEER, Ethel F. After a long, rich life of love and service to her Savior, Ethel Florence Geer, 92, of Brandon, walked into Heaven on Friday, Oct. 18, 2013. Ethel was born in Salina, KS, on April 6, 1921, to Clarence and Letia Shannon. She was the oldest of 12 children. Brigadiers LeClaire "Bud" and Ethel Geer were officers in the Salvation Army in the Midwest for more than 45 years. She was a "Crusader" upon her commissioning and ordination in 1941. They served in 17 appointments, the last one being at the Rockford Adult Rehabilitation Center, where they oversaw the building of a new residence. After her retirement, Ethel continued to be active in many capacities, including serving as the Home League Secretary and Chaplain at the St. Petersburg ARC. Many lives were influenced for the Kingdom during her lifetime. Preceding her in death were her parents, Clarence Jay and Letia Maude Shannon; her husband of 47 years, LeClaire Eugene Geer; her son, Paul Geer; her granddaughter, Heather Dawn Tejada; and her siblings, Margaret (Don) Yeagley, Arthur (Anita) Shannon, Gladys (Wayne) Denny, Mary Alice (Elton) Knight, James Shannon and Austin Gay. Ethel is survived by her children, Brenda (David) Flatness & Rebecca (Douglas) Stearns; her loving daughter-in-law, Marla Jane Geer; and her eight grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her siblings, Letia Mae Gay, Jack (Barbara) Shannon, David (Glenna) Shannon, Carol Shannon, Charles (Bobbie) Shannon, Clara (Del) Herbel and Clarence "Joe" (Cheryl) Shannon; nieces & nephews; and many extended family members & friends.The visitation will be at The Salvation Army St. Petersburg Corps, 3800 9th Ave. North, on Oct. 24th, at from 12-2 pm, with the service following at 2 pm. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to The Salvation Army.
     She prayed faithfully for her own family!  The oldest of 12- SEE larger family run in my family!  :) 
     She got to see her own parents come to know the Lord! 
     She and my grandfather led many hearts to Christ. 
     The modeled Faith in Action to their family! 
     And their children all modeled it for their families! 
     When I think of how sometimes we underplay how important being a Christ Follower is when it comes to - I am only a mom or a dad.  I only help lead Sunday School or I only help with camp once a year.  I only help with parking at the church.  I only .........

    I think- THERE IS NO SUCH THING!  Every time we serve the Lord- HE is faithful to Bless others through that! 
     I think of my own children.  Our lives could be very very very different had it not been for the faithfulness of my grandmother. 
     What if we didn't have Faith?  Would we have even adopted? 
    We wouldn't have spent years in the camping ministry. 
     In turn would our marriage have made it? 
    Our faith is the foundation- the reason we bother getting up in the mornings! 
     The reason all these children are special to me and my cousin!  The reason we fight daily for every child to have a family- a Christian Family who will teach them about the love of Jesus!  The reason we know all life is precious!
     The reason we sing about Him daily!  The reason we do devotion time which was important to my GG, to our family growing up, and in turn why we do devotions in our home now! 
     Our lives have been indeed BLESSED! 
     THIS is what I want my legacy to be.  It isn't easy.  It doesn't even look pretty sometimes.  Sometimes you want to throw in the towel.  But when you daily get on your knees, read the Bible, and pray for your children, grand children, and great grandchildren- God is Faithful! 
     He guides your steps as hard as some days may be......
     I just think about all those who are in heaven now because of my GG's life and it makes me cry those happy tears of JOY! 
     That JOY UNSPEAKABLE! just her body I told our kids as they cried for the loss........
     Cause you is cold and empty......she is no longer with us- she is WITH JESUS! 
     My GG is up in heaven singing praises to a Savior she knew personally!  One that she worshipped daily.  One she knew through her personal study of Scripture!  One she deeply devoted her whole life to!  He was her ROCK! 
     That is what has been passed on............. 
     This was from Christmas time!  It was a pleasure to live only a mileish from GG for the past few years!  Our children have spent many hours with GG.  Singing worship songs to her during every visit!  Telling her about our latest crazy life stories.  Jason always making her laugh at something. 
     THIS is my GG's legacy!  She has made an imprint on our hearts!  Taught us what it means to be faithful.  What it means to share God with everyone you meet.  What it means to really serve the Lord and others! 

    Psalm 27:4 (NIV)

    4One thing I ask from the Lord,
        this only do I seek:
    that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
        all the days of my life,
    to gaze on the beauty of the Lord
        and to seek him in his temple.
    I love seeing the JOY we had in sharing with GG.........
    ONE DAY- I want to be just like GG!! 

    My hope is in this alone....One Day I will be rejoicing in the presence of MY SAVIOR and KING with her!!!  What a day of rejoicing that will be!!!!!

    Romans 8:31-35; 37-39

    New International Version (NIV)

    More Than Conquerors

    31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? 33 Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. 34 Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?
    37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[a] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.