We are so excited to start Muffin Mondays again!!!
We have such a great time seeing all of you each year and seeing new faces too! The support and encouragement we have received from all of you as been priceless to each of us. Thank you for caring so much for our family and for the orphans who need forever families!!!! This year we have a precious, new little face for you to meet (if you haven’t already ;-)) As always none of our events are done in our own strength and wouldn’t happen if we didn’t have so much love and support from our friends and family!!! Since we do have an extra little helper this year, we have gotten extra help from dear friends in getting your muffins “Fresh Baked and Served Warm” for you. All of the muffins were also made with local eggs that were donated by a precious friend. You can buy as many or as few as you would like for a donation, we do not have prices. As always, you can pre-order and we will have them warm and ready for you to pick up. With our Haiti adoption moving an entire year faster than we expected we have a lot of saving and fundraising to do!! So please come see us starting this Monday, Aaron will have his smile on and be ready to see you!
Now for the important part…
This year we have your regular favorites and some amazing new creations for each week. Here are the flavors for our first Muffin Monday of 2016 (May 2nd):
Vanilla With Cinnamon Crumb Topping
Pancake and Sausage with Maple Syrup
Chocolate Vanilla Swirl with Chocolate Chips
Our new flavor for this week, drum roll please…..
Hmmm, I wonder what we’re “in”?
Last week we received an email from our Haiti Adoption Coordinator with the subject line, “You’re in!” I wondered what it meant, maybe we were in the schedule for upcoming phone calls that our agency was doing. I opened the email and there was an attachment of a form from Haiti in Haitian Creole. Our coordinator explained that the Haitian form was a receipt showing that our dossier had been received by IBESR! In Haiti, IBESR is basically the government office that reviews family dossiers and children who need adopting. They are the office that chooses a child or children that they feel our family is a good match for. This is much earlier than we expected…like a year earlier!!!!!!! We aren’t sure why exactly and didn’t ask; it doesn’t really matter the reason why because we know Who has ordered these events for this time. God is working, moving, and doing something on behalf of precious souls in Haiti. Please join us in praising Him for moving in this way!! Now, there is no “normal” or “average” in Haiti so we don’t know how long we will wait for our referral. It could be a couple months, it could be many months. As our coordinator put it, now we “wait”. This is a season of waiting, both for our family and our child or children that are not home with us (yet!). As we get any more information we will be sure to share it with you, so stay tuned!
We also ask for your prayers:
Pray for the staff in the IBESR office to be guided by the Lord in their decisions and recommendations in choosing children for our family.
Ask God to sift through the many papers in the IBESR office and bring our papers together with the child(ren) that He has always planned to place in our family.
Pray for these orphans to be loved, cared for, protected, and sustained by God. In Haiti a child isn’t even available for adoption until they are 2-3 years old. There are many reasons for this, but more importantly they are waiting. Waiting for a family, waiting for a home, waiting to know where they belong, and waiting to know where and when they will go. Once they are matched with a family, there is still more waiting that can take 4-6 months or longer to finally go home to their forever family. They need us to intercede for them, please join us in bringing these little & big ones to the throne of God!
Hello Everyone!! We have missed keeping up to date with all of you, life has been wonderfully full since Aaron’s homecoming. Our homeschooling as gotten re-established in it’s new routine that works around the naps and noises of a little one. 😉 Since the beginning of November one or all of us have had a cold or illness of one type or another. There have been a couple of weeks when all of us were well but that usually changes rather quickly. We are grateful to not have had the flu, so it’s not too bad! In December we appeared in Florida Court via telephone and were able to finalize Aaron’s adoption!!!!! I honestly was surprised to find out that when I logged in to send you this update, I hadn’t sent this information out to you already. Sorry about that!!! Ryan’s mom came for a visit to meet her newest grandson and she will be here again in a couple of weeks to see how he has grown.
Here we are after our court hearing! So happy and such an amazing time!!!
Aaron LOVES to jump and bounce, he giggles a lot, is so happy, and has an amazing smile!! He is sitting up, has starting eating solid foods, rolls over and is just beginning to work on crawling. He is truly a wonderful blessing to each of us!!!
He really enjoys books…..reading them and eating them. 😉
We continue to stay in touch with Aaron’s birthmother and her family. They are such wonderful people and we are amazed at how God has grown our families together to be one family. His thoughts and ways are not ours and are far greater than ours!! At this time, we do not have a relationship with Aaron’s birthfather. We pray for him regularly and hope for a time when we can have a connection with him.
It still amazes us and leaves us without words how all of you and many more have prayed for us, encouraged us, supported us, helped us, and donated financially. You have been used by God to do His mighty redemptive work. Thank you. Thank you for caring, for obeying God’s call, for serving, for loving, and for making this possible.
With Much Love, The Rankin’s