Wednesday, March 27, 2013

The best $5 spent and news

I think we will start this post out with a picture of the best $5 I have ever spent at the Swap meet. To fight evil is necessary  for one to have mud boots, plastic bat, Star Wars jammies and an super awesome Nacho Libre outfit!  In the words of my father in law, "Good thing that kids is home schooled!"  He was not referring to one of my children but now he can.

Now on to more important things:

We are so honored to be partnering with Lifesong for Orphans.  Their desire is to bring joy and purpose to orphans by mobilizing the church, His body, where each member can provide a unique and special service: some to adopt, some to care, some to give.

Our partnership allows us to have an account set up for our family for donations.  That means that 100% of all funds received by Lifesong for Orphans go directly to cover adoption costs.  Nothing is taken out for administrative costs.  To make donations towards our adoption, checks can be sent to the following address.  Please indicate last name and # in memo:

Kohler #3151

Lifesong for Orphans
PO Box 40/ 202 N. Ford St.
Gridley, IL 61744

We also have the opportunity to take part in a Both Hands project.  If you have 3 minutes...please check it out the video below.  

Both Hands is based on James 1:27 -- Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

It's an opportunity to bless a widow by working on her home, while also raising money to bring a child home to a forever family.  It works like a 5K race/fundraising event.  We ask friends and family to be on our team and send out letters to their contacts, asking them to consider a one day sponsorship as they work on a widow's home.  We would ask local business to donate supplies for the widow's home.  It will be a fun day for families to get together and serve.  The best part is that all the monies earned go toward our adoption fund to bring our little girl home.  Both the widow and the orphan are taken care of. Please let us know if you would like to be a part of our team.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

A Roman Viking Medieval Story

Far, far away lived a Roman Viking Medieval king.  He ruled his kingdom with dignity and humor.  He was but a rich man with many horses and chariots and a fabulous medieval castle with all the plastic accessories any Roman Viking Medieval king could possibly need.  The king was most excited to receive the news that the noble Kohler family had gotten there new adoption number for the month of February.  He enlisted the most talented painter to paint the number 107 and called all his people to celebrate.  The merriment lasted for days until the dastardly Lego guys broke up the fun.  Then mom said to clean up these toys or I'm going to suck them up with my vacuum (and you know my Dyson will suck them up!!)

February's Number is brought to you by Elias........107.  

Thursday, January 24, 2013

New Year of Transformation

My Utmost for His Highest

Transformed by Beholding

The greatest characteristic a Christian can exhibit is this completely unveiled openness before God, which allows that person’s life to become a mirror for others. When the Spirit fills us, we are transformed, and by beholding God we become mirrors. You can always tell when someone has been beholding the glory of the Lord, because your inner spirit senses that he mirrors the Lord’s own character. Beware of anything that would spot or tarnish that mirror in you. It is almost always something good that will stain it— something good, but not what is best.
The most important rule for us is to concentrate on keeping our lives open to God. Let everything else including work, clothes, and food be set aside. The busyness of things obscures our concentration on God. We must maintain a position of beholding Him, keeping our lives completely spiritual through and through. Let other things come and go as they will; let other people criticize us as they will; but never allow anything to obscure the life that “is hidden with Christ in God” (Colossians 3:3). Never let a hurried lifestyle disturb the relationship of abiding in Him. This is an easy thing to allow, but we must guard against it. The most difficult lesson of the Christian life is learning how to continue “beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord . . . .”

Friday, November 30, 2012

October's Number

Please forgive the delay of our monthly number due to technical problems (Mac was in the shop.)  Along with the monthly number is a photo of one of the beautiful guitars my husband builds.

October's number is......   117.  Yes, this month we moved one place.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

September's official number is...

Our new official number for September is....118.  We have decided to have a different family member choose creative ways to show our monthly number on the wait list and this is Ivory's month.

I also have something pretty for you.  We had the pleasure of attending a little ones 1st birthday and I made one of my Birthday hats for her.  So fun.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Dossier Done!!!! #122

Woo Hoo!!!!  We did it.  Our Dossier is in and we are officially on the waiting list.....

We are number 122 for our precious girl (age 0-3) 

Friday, May 25, 2012

What's going on with our adoption?

Photo by Brenda
An  adoption update.  We made an official decision to pursue adoption in Ethiopia in summer of 2011.  We took care of a few loose ends and payed off some debt.  Then we officially signed up with All God's Children International adoption agency on December 31, 2011 to pursue some worthwhile debt.  For the last 3 months we have been on the home study "paper chase".  We are happy to announce that our home study is completed and sent off to our Social worker.  Whew!! This was much more involved and required more than our domestic adoption home study.  Once we receive our notarized home study we send it off to USCIS and wait for our finger printing date in LA.  After USCIS sends us our approval then we take that and put it with home-study and other documents  that make up our Dossier.  We hope to have this all completed by the end of June.  Then we wait 20 plus months for a referral of our little girl anywhere from the age of  newborn to 3 years old.'s a girl.  

Some of the paper work...
Trusting God with all our heart,
The Kohler Family