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Singing in the Rain & Selling out Again

So for the first time in our 3 years of doing Muffin Mondays in May, it actually rained.

We had an awning that a kept us all dry and even kept the wonderful smells of muffins inside.It was so fantastic to have your support…even in the rain!! I was sure we would sell a lot less but instead we sold out!!!  Thank you!!  Your support has come at a perfect time with our Haiti adoption coming sooner than anticipated.  Our greatest joy of this past Muffin Monday was God bringing the rain.  You may think I’m crazy but truly it was the best, for a very specific reason.  My best friend, greatest supporter, & love of my life was with us for the very first time!!!!!!

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The boys and I were thrilled to have Daddy with us for the first time!!!

Usually work keeps Daddy busy and he only gets to stop in to say hi; and maybe grab a muffin…if they haven’t sold out!  Since our business is working outside, Ryan wasn’t able to work so he came to be with us! You see God bringing the rain, meant God bringing my husband to be with us…my greatest joy!

This is our last Muffin Monday coming up!!!  We will not be selling Muffins on Memorial Day.  Here are the flavors that got the most requests & biggest reviews that we will be serving on Monday.  We are making the most muffins yet, so please come help us sell out with a bang this year!!!

Flavors for May 23rd…

Pancake & Sausage with Maple Syrup

Double Blueberry

Nutella Swirl

Vanilla with Cinnamon Crumb Topping

Salted Caramel

Key Lime Pie

Coffee Cake

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Muffin Flavors, Voting, & Rain…

Ok everybody, it is supposed to be raining tomorrow but we will have you covered! We’ll set up a couple of awnings to keep you dry so you can come get your muffins.  We have a new flavor this week that is so very good!!

This…

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Plus this…

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Gives you…

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Key Lime Pie Muffins!!!

I am amazed at how delicious these are! They are definitely a new favorite in our house!!

This Weeks Flavors:

Pancake & Sausage with Maple Syrup

Vanilla with Cinnamon Crumb Topping

Nutella Swirl

Salted Caramel

Coffee Cake

Key Lime Pie

We can’t wait to see you and share our yummy muffins with you!! Next week is our last week and the flavors will be fan favorites.  Be sure to vote for your favorite flavor, even a flavor from our previous years; the 6 flavors with the most votes will be what we bake for you next week!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rain & Muffins for May 9th!!

 

See that swirl in there?! That is super delicious salted caramel!!!! Yes, you’ve got that right, one of our new flavors this week is Salted Caramel Muffins!  They are so good, we’ve already sold 2 boxes before getting to Monday!! Here are all the flavors for this week…IMG_5287

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The Flavors Are…

Vanilla with Cinnamon Crumb Topping

Coffee Cake

Pancake & Sausage with Maple Syrup

Vanilla Chocolate Swirl with Chocolate Chips

Double Blueberry

Salted Caramel

Rain or shine, we will see you Monday morning!! We have awnings to cover you and keep you dry, so don’t let the rain keep you from stopping in!

Remember our muffins are sold for a donation to help us raise the over $30,000.00 it will take to bring an orphan child (or children) out of an orphanage in Haiti and home to be with us, their forever family!  Please pass on this weeks flavors to your family, friends, co-workers, and neighbors!  We would love to sell out again this week and inch a little closer to raising the money that we need.

Thank You!!!!!!!

 

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Haiti Update!!!!!

“You’re in!”

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!

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Wonderful News!

Aaron’s Adoption Update

We have spent the last couple of months really enjoying each other.  See pictures below 😉 !  Watching Aaron grow, attach to each of us, and get healthy as been so precious.  So far Aaron is not showing any developmental issues and his nervous system is continuing to heal.  He is making a lot of sounds and noises, drooling a lot, smiling HUGE smiles, and giggling.  We are all crazy about him!!!

Your prayers have been essential to Aaron’s situation!

Since our last update, we filed Termination of Parental Rights against Aaron’s father.  He had 30 days to appeal and he did not.  There is a lot more detail to the events that have occurred over the last two months but they do not need to be gone through on the internet.  Since he did not appeal the Termination of his Rights, the court will Terminate his Rights as Aaron’s father.  With great joy we are happy, no ECSTATIC!!, to announce that the courts have given us a court date on Dec. 4th for us to go before the judge to have our adoption of Aaron finalized!  This means that Aaron will legally be forever with our family!!!  

God has…

  • Preserved Aaron’s life in the womb when there was no chance for life.
  • Guided & strengthened Aaron’s mom to make an extremely difficult, selfless, and loving decision for her son.
  • Cleaned and healed Aaron’s body from the drugs he was exposed to in the womb.
  • Increased our faith and trust in His plan, timing, and our ability to surrender ourselves and our children to Him.
  • Brought two families together forever that were complete strangers just a few months ago.
  • Has rescued & redeemed Aaron’s life from darkness and addiction to light and freedom.
  • Been our great provider; having provided all the money needed, all the endurance, and the healing of many illnesses.
  • Set Aaron’s mother in a long-term rehab when there was no where for her to go to seek sobriety.
  • Protected Aaron from his father’s lifestyle and inability to care for & protect Aaron.  There is no greater protection than the King of Kings and Lord of Lords!!!
  • Shown His great, great, great magnificent love that He has for us all!
  • …And so much more with more to come!

If the Lord brings us to your mind on Friday, shout praises to Him on Aaron’s behalf.  Please continue to pray for Aaron’s birth parents who need His transforming power to set them free and bring them to complete freedom which is only found in Jesus Christ.

Thank you for your prayers, encouragement, support, donations, volunteering, and so much more…your investment has made an eternal difference!

Please enjoy these photos and then read the update on our Haiti adoption that follows.

Haiti Adoption Update

We received word 2 weeks ago that our Dossier has been sent to Haiti!!!!  I would love to tell you that this means we are moving through quicker than a snails pace but that is not so.  Haiti doesn’t do “quick”.  Our Dossier will now sit and wait in Haiti for about a year until our family can be presented to be matched with a child or children.  It is fantastic news that all our part is complete and has been accepted and has moved on to the next step!!!!  It is even greater that God will bring us together with the rest of our family at the perfect time for us all!

In Him,

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Haiti Adoption Update!!

So I have meaning to do a Dossier update for a long time and now I finally have the time.

One List of Documents to Acquire

One List of Documents to Acquire

Another List of Documents to Acquire and what has to be done with each document.

Another List of Documents to Acquire and what has to be done with each document.

Our Dossier (legal term for “A LOT of documents”) for Haiti is finally complete!!  WHEW!!! I’m amazed that we have made it; there were so many documents to gather, documents to notarize, appointments, phone calls, traveling for biometric fingerprints, blood work, and on and on it went.  Until this now all important moment has arrived…

USCIS Approval!!

USCIS Approval!!

Our approval from USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services) means that we are all clear to adopt from Haiti!! Now all of our handwork will finally leave us and go into the hands of our Haiti adoption agency, All Blessings International.

Here is the travel itinerary for our Dossier:

1. All Notarized documents go to our State to be authenticated.

2. All the documents go to the Hatian Consulate in Chicago to be legalized.

3. All the documents go to the translator to be translated into Hatian Creole.

When a quota spot is available our Dossier will go to Haiti to be reviewed by them and for our family to be matched with an orphan(s).  This is over-simplified but it gives you an idea of where we are and where we are going.  If we get matched with a special needs child we will be moving through this process much faster.

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Wahoo!! We’re back with Muffin Mondays in May!!!

 

After a long season of preparing Dossier paperwork (I’ll have more on this soon!) for our Haiti adoption and renewing our US adoption paperwork, we are ready for Muffin Mondays in May!

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See the excitement on those faces!

We are back with our 5 great flavors and we’ll be having a surprise flavor each week!! The main 5 flavors are: Chocolate Vanilla Swirl with Chocolate Chips, Zucchini Bread, Pancake  & Sausage with Maple Syrup, Vanilla with Cinnamon Crumb Topping, and Honey Cinnamon. We are so excited about our new flavor that we have to give you a sneak peak!!

1st week surprise flavor!

1st week surprise flavor!

Doesn’t it look so YUMMY!! Well we taste test all of our recipes for quality control and we can tell ya, they are YUMMY!!

We so enjoy making these for our community and enjoy even more all of you wonderful people who greet us with your smiles so early in the morning!!  All the while raising the enormous amount of funds ($60,000.00 or more) that it will cost to bring these precious children home and grow our family.                            

Such joy!

Such joy!

In just a few days we’ll be waking up at 3 AM to get these muffins baked so they will be fresh and warm for you. Don’t forget you can also pre-order! You can be sure to get the flavor of your choice and get enough for the office, your child’s classroom, for house guests, or a busy morning. Just send me an email with your order and contact info and we’ll make your muffins! So come see us and spread the word… 

 

Muffin Mondays in May

7 am – 9 am

Calvary Baptist Church Parking Lot

1660 Big Horn Ave.