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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

July Adoption Update!!!


Dear Friends and Family,
Our adventure continues in this adoption! Last week we spent a wonderful HOT and HUMID day with birthmom "S" and her daughter "I" at the Tanganyika Wildlife Park. If you haven’t been there, we highly recommend it! You all know that we LOVE animals! It’s a good thing we live on a farm isn’t it? They found the experience at times a little overwhelming (lorikeets swarmed them) but overall, so excited to spend time with us. I think their favorite part was feeding the ring-tailed lemurs. We had good conversation and our girls enjoyed talking and playing together! Karis even showed I how to feed the giraffe!


As each interaction with this precious family comes to pass, we are reminded that we are in such a unique experience that we simply do not have an ability to predict what’s next. Yet we know that HE knows. We are praying that our love for her, her daughter, our baby she carries, is not so overly expressed that they fail to see our love for our Savior is that much greater.

We pray for opportunities to minister to their heart, that they feel a caring connection beyond the end result of this experience. Matthew 5:14-16, Jesus identifies us as the Light of the World!
14 “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do they light a lamp

and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 Let
your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.
The connection of Christ adopting us, our inheritance to His Kingdom, seems such a ripe and appropriate avenue to reaching hearts that are lost. This is what we pray for in wisdom, that each time we are able to spend with S and I, the Holy Spirit counsels us towards boldness. Pray for our Light to Shine.

Thank you for your continued prayers, journeying with us, encouraging us, financially supporting us. We stand in awe of the generosity of His children.

The day after our visit with them, S had her first doctor appointment since moving here to Kansas. She was a bit nervous that they’d find the baby to be a boy since her early ultrasound was not 100% sure. Turns out...it’s a GIRL for sure!!!! S is healthy, and all is great with her! Baby girl is healthy, growing and already pretty active at 25 weeks! Please continue to pray for both S and baby’s health.

On a side note....
God’s magnificent timing allowed us to drop off S and I back in Wichita later on that day. As we were coming back home from this blessed day, we decided to stop in Hutchinson to buy a few things in Walmart. It wasn’t but 5 minutes into entering the building, did one of the worst hail storms came tearing through**. Had we NOT stopped into Walmart, we would have been continuing on home. We would not have made it.

God’s plans are so much greater than ours!
As we continue to journey on, we hold on to Proverbs 19:21. Commit this verse to memory!

Blessings
Cheyenne, Alison and Karis Kroeker
** Our car is now in the auto hospital getting treatment!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Fundraising with Amazon.com!!!

We are still continuing to fundraise in FAITH that God will provide again for a baby HE has picked out for us!

If you haven't signed up for a FREE 30 day Prime trial with Amazon through our fundraising link, now you have the opportunity to and instead of just $2 we will receive $10 for each free trial!!! How's that for starting the new year right!? Costs you NOTHING and helps raise $10 towards our adoption!!!!!

To sign up for the free trial click: Prime HERE  for Prime Video click:  VIDEO HERE

Note: in order for us to get credit you have to use these links that have our code embedded in them!

What an easy way to help us out!!!! And if you only want the free trial then just remember to cancel before your 30 days is up! You don't even have to use the prime trial for the full time if you choose not to. Once you sign up, you may cancel right away or anytime within the 30 days and we still get the $10 promotion for you signing up!

If you already have a prime account, we'd love it if you could pass this on to anyone you know who might enjoy trying it out! Remember there's soooooo many movies, shows and lots of kids shows too, that you can stream for FREE when you have amazon prime!!


What does Amazon's Prime program do:
* Instantly watch over 40,000 movies and TV episodes with titles for everyone
* Borrow books from the Kindle Owners' Lending Library
* Get unlimited FREE two-day shipping with no minimum order size

Monday, July 8, 2013

Another roller coaster ride


Dear Friends and Family, 

Remember the roller coaster ride we (you too!) have been on? 

We are overjoyed to share with you that in a matter of less than a week, we have been matched with a new expectant mother that is due with a baby girl in early November! On Friday (our 10th wedding anniversary) we were able to speak to her on the phone and introduced ourselves to each other, asked a few questions about each other. We were able to share about who we are, our desire to adopt another child, and how we've already been praying for her. After our conversation, her social worker called us and shared how this birth mother is very excited about us and wants to commit to us adopting her child.  She is from Texas, and has come here to Kansas to live until after the baby is born, which will also give us a wonderful opportunity to get to know each other better and share God's love with her.

Our confidence in this, however, is more rooted in confidence in our Savior, rather than man. We will be gathering more and more information as the days go by. We need the strength of your prayers and supplications. How can we thank you enough for walking with us through our experiences of these last few weeks and months?

1 Thess. 5:16-18 says: 16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 

This is what we continue to do!

Thank you for sharing in this experience with us! Here are some prayer points to lift up:
Pray for the health of both the birth mom and baby girl
Pray for opportunities to share Christ with the birth mom
Pray for finances to be available
Pray for details of this process to have clarity at every step
Pray for us, as a family, to be well prepared to grow as a family

Our favorite book of the New Testament is James. Chapter 1:2-4 reminds us to reflect in the end goal of trials...complete, lacking nothing. 
Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

Cheyenne, Alison and Karis Kroeker