Saturday, April 19, 2014

Let the Count Down Begin!! 10.....9.....8....7....6....... "I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you." John 14:18

Praising the Lord this day...we are just 10 people away from our goal! That's right...10 people to give $100.00 and we will be FULLY funded to rescue our children! Thank you Lord! Thank you Jesus!  We are sooooo close. We covet your prayers and encouragement! Thank you and HUGE hugs to ALL of you who have stepped out and come along side of us!



So...a few announcements!! It's NOT too late to join in the Give A Way!! Please visit that link:  Wrapping It Up Give A Way

We also have a sweet gal that has stepped forward to help us reach our goal in another way. Check it out here!  Paracord Products for Orphans

Here is the blurb she wrote about us:  


Do you LOVE the Winslow Gang like I do? Did you love and pray for sweet Zoey before she went to her new home in Heaven? Were you, like me, touched by the Winslows' dedication to bring home a second child after suffering such a painful loss? I don't know if they have a Family Warrior or not, but since they are my 'family of the month', I'm planning to shout about them regularly until they are fully funded! If you would like to help this amazing family bring home TWO sweet children, would you consider dropping a little $$ in their FSP, or saying a prayer? From now until April 30 you can also order a custom, handcrafted paracord bracelet for you, your kids, or someone else you love, from me via this page (https://www.facebook.com/paracordfororphans) and all proceeds will go to the Winslows! So far I've got a little over $40 with their name on it... can we get to $50 by the end of this week? That's only two more bracelets! AND you'll be blessing me by giving me something to do! Please message me (either personally or via the page) for details on ordering your personalized bracelet!

And so...would you please consider joining with us and partnering with us so that we can reach our goal as soon as possible?? Thank you in advance! We promise to keep you posted!


We have our Article 5 next Tuesday the 22nd. Here is what that is:

Article 5 explained:
 
The Bulgarian agency representative attends the visa interview at the US
Embassy. At this meeting, the US Embassy representative will review your
home study, dossier and the child’s information and will approve the
adoption to continue. If they have any questions about items in the home
study or with discrepancies between the I-800a approval and the child’s
referral, they may ask for additional information. If they approve everything
as is, they will issue the Article 5 letter the following day. You will be
notified via email when this happens.
Once the Article 5 letter is received, it is translated & authenticated. This
process takes a little over a week to complete. Once that is complete, it is
submitted to the MOJ, along with all the second stage dossier documents
that you completed.
Your dossier file is now officially complete.

Then from Article 5 this is what happens:
Preparing the dossier for court
Once your dossier is resubmitted to the MOJ (Ministry of Justice) , it goes through a series of
steps that take about a month to complete. It is first given to the attorney,
who reviews the file and prepares the official consent for adoption by the
sending country under Hague. It is then given to the Minister for her
signature. After the Minister signs the dossier, it goes back to the attorney,
where the court petition is prepared. The dossier then goes back to the
Minister for a 2nd signature. After the Minister signs off on the dossier this
time, the dossier is taken to the courts by someone from the MOJ.
Then it's time for: Court
Once your dossier is sent to court, it is assigned to a judge. The official time
line for this a judge to be assigned is 14 days. Once it is assigned to a judge,
the judge has 7 days to assign the court date. How far out court is depends
on the judge.
Some judges will ask for additional information from the adopting family
before court and others will not. You will be notified of your court date and
any additional documents required via email from your case manager.
An attorney from the Bulgarian agency represents you the day of court. You
will be notified via email the day of court about the outcome of the
proceeding. The adoption will be granted unless the judge or prosecutor asks
for additional information, in which case, court will be postponed and a
future court date given.
Once the adoption is granted in court, there is a 7 day wait period before the
adoption is finalized. After the 7 days, it takes 3-5 days to obtain the signed
court decree from the judge.
Once the court decree is obtained, the new birth certificate is applied for.
This takes up to 5 business days. At the same time, the court decree is being
translated.
You will receive a travel date for trip 2 after the birth certificate is
obtained. You will be notified of travel dates via email.

And so...there you have it! Please pray for a speedy process from this point on!! We sure do thank you and covet your prayers!


Love:

The Winslow Fam

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Thank you for "stepping up" and helping us reach our goal!!

"Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows." James 1:17



These are exciting times here at Grace Abounding Farm! I can't help but jump for joy as Glenn has completed our stairs. The treads are on, and the newel post installed and trimmed out, and the hand rail is in place. When we walked upstairs to tuck in the kids last night, it was soooo awesome! When we had church here today, everyone loved them!

At the same time as our stairs are being finished (after almost 13 years of living here!), we are "stepping" forward and getting VERY close to being fully funded for our adoption! Now we are only $1,000.00 from reaching our goal!!! How exciting is that?? Did you know that $7,500.00 has come in during the last 2.5 weeks??? Oh my goodness! God is sooooo good in His perfect timing!!! 

Thank you all SOOOOO much for "stepping" up to the plate and helping us! It's NOT too late to join in the give a way! You can see all of the items here:  Our Wrapping It Up Give A Way!!






  We are loving our new stairs! Thank you soooo much Glenn, and we are also lovin' how close we are to bringing home our new blessings, too! Step, by step, here we come, Jeremiah and JoyAnna!!!

 

Friday, April 11, 2014

Plantin' Pansies, Barefoot, Snowman makin', icecream lickin', raking fun this day!

"There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens" Ecclesiastes 3:1.

In this Spring season..(hoorayforSpringohhowlongwe've waited for you!!! )we had much to do this day! (Today)----This was a VERY good day. My Dad comes home from Florida today, and in preparation for his longly waited arrival, we went up North and planted pansies in my Mom's window boxes as a tribute to her. You see, each year on her way home from Florida, she'd have my Dad stop and get her pansies to add that much anticipated color to her winter window boxes!

What a beautiful celebration of Spring we had today, the kids, the dog and I! The only thing missing was Maddie who had to work...sigh...

 On the way to my Dad's we saw this lone Tom turkey!
 So...there is still a GREAT amount of winter hanging on at my Dad's, and so Edward and Jon spent our time there clearing the over 5 inches of ice build up on the walk way to get in! Tough work it was!
 So over the years my Mom has become quite famous for her window boxes!! It was such a blessing to do this tribute to her this year!






 On the way in, many, many, customers and even the post mistress came over to comment how excited they were for the flowers and the beautiful color!
 So...give us a 70 degree day, and still 2 feet of snow near the garage of my Dad's and what do you get?? Some barefoot girlies deciding to "chill" out and even build a snow man! Crazy!!!









 Hazel even joined in the fun!


 Here is Olof, the Spring snowman. His days are VERY numbered!





 And then...as though they knew we were coming...Bobby-Sue's icecream opened today! So of course, we had an icecream lunch after all of our hard work! Yay!!





 Then..when we got home, the kids wanted to rake and clean out the flower bed! Wow! Of course you can, I say! I also got to put in my own pansies in my window boxes this afternoon!
 It was a VERY good day indeed! Thank you Lord!

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Our Wrapping It Up Just Got Better!

We are VERY excited about our Wrapping It Up Give-A-Way!! Please continue to check it out! We've been able to add our Project Hopeful Support page as an option, and also, this morning, my dear friend Ashley Plourd added a $25.00 gift certificate to her awesome website:  The Salve Garden. Check it out! She makes awesome Salves and healing balms! We use many of them every day here!!! We thank you all so much for your generous donations to our give-a-way! It's been such a blessing! Now we are only $1,900.00 away from being FULLY Funded!! Amazing! In just 13 days, $6,600.00 has come in! Wow! We stand amazed!!! Thank you so much! That's $500.00 per day approx.! Wow!!!  So please keep checking out the Give-A-Way. Take a moment to check out the wonderful items!  We love you!

Monday, April 07, 2014

Wrapping It Up Continues...

Posted on my facebook page:

Be sure to check out our Wrapping It Up Give away page!! New items were just added including this awesome drawing by our friend Daniel!! Isn't it great???? Also season 3 of Duck Dynasty, and an awesome Bulgaria plate, too! Please share this link with anyone you can! We are getting MUCH closer to our goal!!! Thank you soooo much! Just a small donation will enter you to win! You can also enter to win by just sharing about it on your facebook page, or your blog and letting Frankie Miller, know about it! Thanks again!!

See the whole give a way right here:  
Wrapping It Up

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Wrapping It Up!!!

Hey Everyone...Check this out! It's our "Wrapping It Up" Give A Way!! Thank you soooo much to Frankie Miller for coordinating this!!! Check out ALL of the really cool prizes that will be given away!! Many, many thanks to our daughter Madelyn's employer Parable Bible Bookstore of Concord, NH for a lot of awesome donations!  Thank you, too, to Dede LaBelle for her donations of some 31 bags, too! Please, please, share this link with EVERYONE!!!!! We love you!!! Us Winslow Gang


 Go directly to the blog here for the give a way: Wrapping It Up Give A Way

Peruse the items below here!!

Wrapping It Up


The Winslow Family has such a heart to serve the Lord, especially through adoption.  They have brought home six children already, and have two biological children, and are working on adopting more, making their family of ten a family of thirteen! 


Tragically, Zoey, their precious six year old daughter, passed away less than a month after they met her in her orphanage.  However, she went to heaven knowing she was cherished and a beloved daughter. She experienced their loving touch, heard the Word of God and was spoken to and held with tenderness.  




They are continuing with "Edward"'s adoption and will be bringing JoyAnna home, too.  Edward is ten and JoyAnna soon will be seven years old.  They will be celebrating their next birthdays with their family!! 

To help wrap up the fundraising, we are hosting a giveaway.  It's a simple one.  Just donate any amount $5 or more,  leave a comment here (I won't publish your comment), or message me on Facebook, if we are friends.  Your comment must include the following: 

Your full name
Your e-mail address
A copy of your receipt for your donation so I know how many entries to give you

If you do not include your e-mail address in your comment, I will not be able to contact you to get your mailing address!  Please do not forget to send your e-mail address!!

Here's the scale for donations.  The more you donate to the Winslow's FSP (http://reecesrainbow.org/51244/sponsorwinslow), the more entries you will receive!  You can also get a FREE entry by sharing about the giveaway on your facebook page (make sure to make it public and let me know that you shared!) or if you blog about it (leave me a comment with your blog address so I can enjoy your post!)  You can notify me about your shares or posts by commenting here or by e-mailing me at bornagain and proud at yahoo dot com without the spaces, of course.

$5.00 - 1 entry
$10.00 - 2 entries
$20.00 - 5 entries
$35.00 - 9 entries
$50.00 - 13 entries
$75.00 - 19 entries
$100.00 - 25 entries
$150.00 - 36 entries
$200.00 - 47 entries
$250.00 - 58 entries
$500.00 - 110 entries

At the end of the giveaway, I will contact the winners and give them one week to respond. After a week, if I have had no response, the prize winner will be redrawn. If two winners go without responding, the prize will be given to another giveaway in the future per the donor's wishes.

So, let's get to the good stuff!  What can you win?  

Prizes, in no particular order:

Two handwoven potholders, made with love by Nicole. 
Colors will vary. 

 We've Come This Far By Faith by Carolyn Wilde. FOUR winners will receive new copies of this book. It's an amazing book of God's provision and this family's faith along their journey! A must read in the adoption community!


This is a new in the box Precious Moments Angel Holding Nativity Star. It's musical and plays Joy to the World.


This is a new 31 Tote a Tablet in the Island Damask pattern.


This is a new organizing utility tote from 31 in the Garden Bloom pattern.



This is a new 31 zippered coin pouch with a clasp to attach to another bag.


This is my favorite framed print. It's brand new. It's from the life verse collection and it's a Julie Chen original. It has James 1:27 printed on it. A must have for everyone in the adoption community! 


This is a Gaither Vocal Band cd 12 classic  Hymns. 


This is a best of the Booth Brothers cd from the Homecoming Series.


This is a music DVD called Majestic by Kari Jobe.


This is a DVD bible study by Richard Stearns. Includes the DVD and a corresponding book. There are six sessions.


This is a book by Irene Garcia that is "a remarkable story of imperfect people saying yes to God." Over the past 45 years the Garcias have birthed, fostered, or adopted thirty two children. This is a story about a family that is cemented in hope!


With this NIV Once a Day Bible, you can read through the Bible in a year...or at your own pace.


Enjoy this story of relentless love and redemption. Katie Davis was Glamour Magazine's 2012 woman of the year!


In the heart of a child, One Moment can last forever! These are 68 stories that will inspire you to bless a child's life.


This is a harrowing journey of a mother's courage and a race to freedom during her adoption from the Ukraine.


This is a wonderful study Bible and a refreshing way to experience God's word and a trusted way to apply it to your life! 


FIVE winners will receive a copy of this wonderful book written by Britney Carr and her husband. They are adopting from Eastern Europe right now. This book was written about their time as missionaries in China. I LOVE it! It's called The Night Lions of China:




This crib sized afghan will be the perfect thing for a baby to snuggle in this springtime.


This amazing Origami Owl charm is valued at $89! The charms included represent adoption and family life.  Thank you, Wendelyn!


Hooked on Hope will send one winner their choice of a child-sized bunny hat or a chickie hat. 

This is a set of brand new Signature Wonderlier Bowls.  The set includes a 6 cup, an 81/4 cup and a 12 cup size. They are excellent for serving, storing and mixing.  Thanks, Alice!



This is a set of vintage sewing accessories and two antique tatted mats. 


Great prizes, huh!  Remember, donate, comment with the required information and you are entered! More prizes may added, so check back often.  

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Wrapping It Up


The Winslow Family has such a heart to serve the Lord, especially through adoption.  They have brought home six children already, and have two biological children, and are working on adopting more, making their family of ten a family of thirteen! 


Tragically, Zoey, their precious six year old daughter, passed away less than a month after they met her in her orphanage.  However, she went to heaven knowing she was cherished and a beloved daughter. She experienced their loving touch, heard the Word of God and was spoken to and held with tenderness.  




They are continuing with "Edward"'s adoption and will be bringing JoyAnna home, too.  Edward is ten and JoyAnna soon will be seven years old.  They will be celebrating their next birthdays with their family!! 

To help wrap up the fundraising, we are hosting a giveaway.  It's a simple one.  Just donate any amount $5 or more,  leave a comment here (I won't publish your comment), or message me on Facebook, if we are friends.  Your comment must include the following: 

Your full name
Your e-mail address
A copy of your receipt for your donation so I know how many entries to give you

If you do not include your e-mail address in your comment, I will not be able to contact you to get your mailing address!  Please do not forget to send your e-mail address!!

Here's the scale for donations.  The more you donate to the Winslow's FSP (http://reecesrainbow.org/51244/sponsorwinslow), the more entries you will receive!  You can also get a FREE entry by sharing about the giveaway on your facebook page (make sure to make it public and let me know that you shared!) or if you blog about it (leave me a comment with your blog address so I can enjoy your post!)  You can notify me about your shares or posts by commenting here or by e-mailing me at bornagain and proud at yahoo dot com without the spaces, of course.

$5.00 - 1 entry
$10.00 - 2 entries
$20.00 - 5 entries
$35.00 - 9 entries
$50.00 - 13 entries
$75.00 - 19 entries
$100.00 - 25 entries
$150.00 - 36 entries
$200.00 - 47 entries
$250.00 - 58 entries
$500.00 - 110 entries

At the end of the giveaway, I will contact the winners and give them one week to respond. After a week, if I have had no response, the prize winner will be redrawn. If two winners go without responding, the prize will be given to another giveaway in the future per the donor's wishes.

So, let's get to the good stuff!  What can you win?  

Prizes, in no particular order:

Two handwoven potholders, made with love by Nicole. 
Colors will vary. 

 We've Come This Far By Faith by Carolyn Wilde. FOUR winners will receive new copies of this book. It's an amazing book of God's provision and this family's faith along their journey! A must read in the adoption community!


This is a new in the box Precious Moments Angel Holding Nativity Star. It's musical and plays Joy to the World.


This is a new 31 Tote a Tablet in the Island Damask pattern.


This is a new organizing utility tote from 31 in the Garden Bloom pattern.



This is a new 31 zippered coin pouch with a clasp to attach to another bag.


This is my favorite framed print. It's brand new. It's from the life verse collection and it's a Julie Chen original. It has James 1:27 printed on it. A must have for everyone in the adoption community! 


This is a Gaither Vocal Band cd 12 classic  Hymns. 


This is a best of the Booth Brothers cd from the Homecoming Series.


This is a music DVD called Majestic by Kari Jobe.


This is a DVD bible study by Richard Stearns. Includes the DVD and a corresponding book. There are six sessions.


This is a book by Irene Garcia that is "a remarkable story of imperfect people saying yes to God." Over the past 45 years the Garcias have birthed, fostered, or adopted thirty two children. This is a story about a family that is cemented in hope!


With this NIV Once a Day Bible, you can read through the Bible in a year...or at your own pace.


Enjoy this story of relentless love and redemption. Katie Davis was Glamour Magazine's 2012 woman of the year!


In the heart of a child, One Moment can last forever! These are 68 stories that will inspire you to bless a child's life.


This is a harrowing journey of a mother's courage and a race to freedom during her adoption from the Ukraine.


This is a wonderful study Bible and a refreshing way to experience God's word and a trusted way to apply it to your life! 


FIVE winners will receive a copy of this wonderful book written by Britney Carr and her husband. They are adopting from Eastern Europe right now. This book was written about their time as missionaries in China. I LOVE it! It's called The Night Lions of China:




This crib sized afghan will be the perfect thing for a baby to snuggle in this springtime.


This amazing Origami Owl charm is valued at $89! The charms included represent adoption and family life.  Thank you, Wendelyn!


Hooked on Hope will send one winner their choice of a child-sized bunny hat or a chickie hat. 

This is a set of brand new Signature Wonderlier Bowls.  The set includes a 6 cup, an 81/4 cup and a 12 cup size. They are excellent for serving, storing and mixing.  Thanks, Alice!



This is a set of vintage sewing accessories and two antique tatted mats. 


Great prizes, huh!  Remember, donate, comment with the required information and you are entered! More prizes may added, so check back often.  

No comments:

Post a Comment

I love comments! Please feel free to leave kind words, new ideas, requests for recipes, even gentle criticism if needed in the spirit of Proverbs 16:24.

"Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones."