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We are H O M E !

Myles is an angel baby and we are SO in LOVE!

I am so grateful for the outpouring of love and support and meals brought and friends help that I could just burst.

Hoping to find my new normal soon and get the hang of this 3 kids thing cause imma be honest.

It be HARD.

But I love it. I love these crazy little monsters more than my heart can stand. I am so so so beyond grateful to The Lord for them. He gave me the absolute, without a doubt, desire of my heart and they rescued me from life as a normal person by making me what I always wanted to be.

A Mom.

It is shockingly and totally hard. Immensely Trying. Beyond Exhausting. And almost always sometimes I just want to give up.

But mostly it is the reason that I live.

I LOVE that I get to be their mom. I can’t believe He allowed me to be their mom. And if I didn’t go through so much legally to get them, I would think that I got away with something because they are the best I could have ever imagined. And if Myles would ever let me sleep, I may think that I am dreaming cause its all too good to imagine being real. ;) Thank you people, for helping us get our sweet babies home. We FULLY KNOW that it is the love and support of so many who have made our dreams become a reality, and we will forever be grateful.

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Myles says…

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Thank you for all your prayers and support throughout this journey.

Myles has been CLEARED by the U.S. Embassy In Addis to come HOME!!!

We are all in Matt’s sisters wedding next weekend & hope to travel as soon as we get

out of our fancy clothes. {tee hee. just kidding, but maybe the day or two after}

We requested our exit interview date with the embassy and haven’t heard back so sadly we

cant buy tickets yet like I want to. And oh yeah,  its Friday, so I wont hear back all weekend.

Awesome.

I keep telling myself, its only a week. Cause I want to go right this second.

We are beyond excited to go get him. To grab onto him and never let him go.

He will have a new home and a family and we will have a new son and a little brother.

Im so excited my insides are all spazzy. At least its a good spaz.

Wait. What am I doing ?? I need to go pack…

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SUCH EXCITING NEWS!!!

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Well, no. I’m sorry.

I shouldn’t say that when we are waiting for the U.S. Embassy to write us an email saying… “Hey, come get your son.”

Butttttt. I have some seriously not as exciting but SUPER exciting news to share.

Turns out that applying for grants and asking friends for help pays off.

We were awarded a matching grant of $2,100 through:image002

Another YWAM family graciously helped us with this grant by giving us what was leftover in their church fund and then Lifesong did the rest!!

THIS IS SO EXCITING.

And this means that whatever anyone donates to us will NOT only be tax deductible… BUT THEY WILL MATCH it dollar for Dollar!

Sound Familiar? Yup. Exactly. Just like what our amazingly sweet friends did for us last year when we were trying to get Caden Home.

God is SO good.

He has just taken care of this!!

He has taken care of Myles. He has taken care of us.

And now, we wont be paying him off of a credit card for years to come.

So if you would like to make a donation, no matter how small. The amazing people over at Lifesong will match it. Easy Peesy.

All you have to do is this:

Give by Check:
Please make checks payable to Lifesong for Orphans.
In the memo please note your gift preference with Family Account Number and Family Name.

MAXFIELD family account #3935

Please mail checks to:

Lifesong for Orphans
PO Box 40
Gridley, IL 61744

Lifesong has been blessed with a partner that underwrites all US administrative and fund-raising
costs (TMG Foundation and other partners). That means 100% of your donation will go directly to
the need…helping orphans.

OR

Give Online:
1. Go to http://www.lifesongfororphans.org/give/donate
2. Select Give to an Adoptive Family
3. Complete online form and fill in Family Account Number & Family Name Fields
*Please note that PayPal will charge an administrative fee (2.9% + $.30 USD per transaction). Your
donation will be decreased by the amount of this fee.

Individual donations $250 or more and yearly donations totaling $250 or more will receive a tax-deductible receipt. Receipts for donations under $250 will gladly be sent upon request.
Lifesong is a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization. If you have any questions about donations please contact us at info@lifesongfororphans.org.

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“How blessed is he who considers the helpless…” Psalm 41:1

Thank you so much for sticking with us through the end of this journey, like you have the two before. We are so amazed by our support system and so grateful for you all. I cannot even wait to have sweet lil Myles in my arms for good. And we have a lot of you to thank for helping us get to him!! It is simply amazing how God writes our story.

Myles will know just how much He is loved.

We will be sure to tell him.

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Hey All !

I’m sorry I haven’t written lately! Been SO busy trying to get the house in order, my special K started pre-school, we have shower & wedding goings on as well as people flying in that we are trying to get prepared for! Oh yeah, and we are working night and day to get a certain little boy home.

Very exciting stuff :)

We have managed to successfully switch Caden from the crib to a toddler bed without too much pain. But he now roams free. And that continues to be absolutely frightening. We also made the room suitable for a roomie. { a super cute one }  I was able to keep all the same decor from when we had Koral in there as a teeny tiny one. I said it with Caden and I’ll say it again.. I would have never through there would be little African boys in my “Island Girls” African nursery. Matt and I got all the decor in South Africa while we were on outreach with YWAM. And without meaning too, all my kids names have 5 letters and fit nicely in the frames above the crib. Added Bonus.

{Don’t judge the top of the closet. Its all clear now, I was just excited my friend put up another shelf for more hanging clothes & got shutter happy}

 

BUT!!! Lets get to the good stuff shall we………..

Our Case was submitted to the U.S. Embassy!!!!

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After much paperwork confusion and a lot of online problems with new forms we needed to fill out, we were finally submitted which means the U.S. is reviewing our case to clear him to come home! THIS IS HUGE. The last step. I need to just reiterate and give Praise to God right now.

It is an absolute MIRACLE that we are here. Not even 5 months from starting this process. God literally has miraculously orchestrated this entire thing cause I could NEVER have planned this, much less pulled this off on my own!! When God wants something done. BAM. It happens. And sometimes {like right now, for us} its really really fast…

The next email we get will hopefully say…

Congratulations Maxfield Family…Your case has CLEARED and you are free to fly to Addis and pick up your son!

Just to be clear. I have NO IDEA when said email will arrive in my inbox. The only thing I can guarantee is that it will come in the wee hours of the morning while I’m asleep. That is about as much as I am certain about. Every case is different. Every investigation is different. And I have heard that the embassy is really behind right now and to “expect” delays…

awesome.

But ya now what. God knows. So weather its before the wedding or after. Its ok. It’s ALL going to be ok.

Can you tell I am slightly stressed thinking he may be here for the wedding? We are ALL in the wedding AND I’m doing the hair AND hosting a ton of people before and after ANDDDDD.

But I am trying to literally calm myself down every day, multiple times a day because God’s timing is perfect. And I know that I am strong enough if HE thinks I am. I can do all things IN HIM.

SO, we wait.

While trying to soak in life as a family of 4… we still wait anxiously for our little boy to be welcomed home.

Because now that we have met him. Life just isn’t complete until he is here!!

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Hi Guys… soooo nothing new to report on the adoption front. We re still waiting to hear when we will get our file submitted to the U.S. Embassy AND then be able to clear and bring Myles home for good.

I am REALLY having to keep my mind off of it or else I just get so antsy.

I want to go get our little-little SO BAD.

But I was thinking today, there is a lot of exciting things to look forward to in the coming months for us! Matt’s sister is getting married and we are all in the wedding! She is planning a BEAUTIFUL and super fun wedding that I honestly cant wait for! Burlap, Lace and All things Pinterest! I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t told her MANY times, I want a do-over. Same groom, ALL NEW EVERYTHING ELSE. It has been fun to watch her plan and see all that she has going on. She and the whole evening will no doubt be simply beautiful !!!

But guess what just made that day even better?? Our best friends from back home are flying out and staying with us!!

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My best friend from high-school, college years and just married life happened to marry Matt’s best friend since birth. So we were both Maid of Honor/Best Men in each others weddings. And it has been WAY TOO LONG since we have seen each other. I’m thinking 5 years.

So in honor of her coming out and since I have never really done a “throw back thursday” I made some fun Lisa & Lindsey Collages. In our 10 year friendship we have enough memories to fill a lifetime. And for those, I am so grateful. SO many of my precious memories are with her. I am thankful that even when God takes us on different paths in life, we had the opportunity to be friends, and the best of friends we were!

Cannot wait to see you Twitch!! (Starting with 10th grade on to Weddings)

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Everything MUST Go !!!

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Hey All.

So I am REALLY trying to sell EVERYTHING out of my shop. After all, I literally ONLY opened it so that I could make money to get Myles HOME to us, for good.

All items are hand made by me and one of a kind. I KNOW you have been ever so patient with me.

You listen to me beg and plead talk about my shop everyday, on ALL social media outlets.

For  that I am so grateful.

For my personal friends. You may feel like this.

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ughhhWhile some of y’all just flat out cant take it anymore.

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I know. I Get it. I bother myself sometimes.

But guys. I NEEEEEDDDD to sell this stuff. We STILL have to get back to Africa to claim said child, from above.

That costs a pretty penny and imma be honest here. Our credit card cant take any more.

She is screaming at us; FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THAT IS HOLY to just stop. She is almost at her limit and she aint gonna budge any.time.soon. She’s had it.

I’m begging her to hold on and I’m making all kinds a promises.

Sooooo In the hopes that I can bribe *ahem, excuse me, persuade you to buy something, anything, or tell your friends to buy something OR do that “responsible Christmas shopping” in August like I have stooped low enough to ask of you before.

I am offering 25% off EVERYTHING in the store. Use the coupon code GETHOME in my Etsy shop until SEPTEMBER 14th and pick up something cute while helping us GET MYLES HOME !!!

Do THAT, And this is what I’ll do.

And I will mean it SO BAD!

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( I feel that T-Swift accurately describes my emotions, don’t hate )

An extreme case of Deja Vu

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Its so weird inside my head right now.

So many emotions and feelings. Some good, some bad & some hard.

Last April we went to meet Caden and appear in court. He was 8 months old. Just like Myles.

Driving down those loud, bumpy & crowded Ethiopian roads from meeting our boy

{in a van full of new friends who had all just had the same most amazing 
and totally weird experience of meeting their children for the first time
and then leaving them behind for an unknown amount of time}

I got a call on our cell.

Dad was sick.

Thankfully I didn’t quite know the full extent of what was happening until I got home. I am SO grateful for that because I’m not sure I would have made it the rest of the trip.

Well, fast forward NOT SO long and here we are. It’s kindof amazingly-terrible all at the same time.

Amazing in every sense and only terrible in how eerie being back there after just a year was.

The course of my life changed drastically on that drive back from Adama last April.

Being in the same guesthouse, seeing the same faces, pulling up to the same court house, climbing the long 4 flights of the same stairs & sitting in the same, small room, we were going through all the same motions.

It was total Deja Vu.

So while it creeped me out just a tad, this new sweet baby Maxfield made all of it melt away. We passed court and He is ours!! After only 3 months on this newest adoption journey, we have traveled & passed court. I feel like my head STILL hasn’t caught up to that reality!! What God has done in this short amount of time is mind blowing at best. Now we just have to wait the painstaking 6-12 weeks for the U.S. government to clear him to come home. Praying there are no snags or hold ups and we can get to him asap.

Cause Guys. We are in love.

So here is a small taste of our, very last minute, 2nd whirlwind trip to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to meet our second lil Ethiopian Bean.

I do not know how in the world we got so blessed. Thank you Jesus for all you have done for our family.

We are beyond grateful.

Leving on a jet Plane…

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DIDN’T WE JUST DO THIS???

yah, yah. we ToTaLLy did.

I’m telling you, I do not know what happened. I don’t know how this all has been possible or the logistics of what is going on in Ethiopia. All I know is, the Judge and my {AHHHHMAZING} case worker from when we adopted Caden, PUSHED hard to get our case seen. They did this because they didn’t want us stuck half way through between the rainy season. I also know God wants Myles home. I know Myles NEEDS us. {cause what little child doesn’t need parents?}  I am so grateful for the fact that our case is getting seen.

I will be brutally honest though.

I was told at 4 am on FRIDAY morning that I needed to appear in court in ETHIOPIA on TUESDAY morning. I may have run to the bathroom to throw up. I may have been a raving lunatic. My insides were spazzing out of control and not in the good way.

{as if I was on my way to a T-Swift concert eating Orange Leaf with my best friends all in the car singing at the top of our lungs with the windows down on a glorious day}

I was FAH-REAKING OUTTTTT.

I was out of all control and could not stop the room from spinning or my head from pounding. Matt was at work all day both days and I was alone to do it all. I was like…..

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But I got past it. I had a lot of people praying for me. Helping me. Sending encouragement and calling to talk me through. I have SUCH a great support system, I feel truly lucky.

SO blessed by the people in my life and I just cant thank you enough. All of you.

SO we head out first thing in the morning. The kids were definitely not ok on Friday. But I think they are doing good now, so for those of you praying for them.. PLEASE don’t stop! Leaving your kids like this is just HARD. We start to realize all the ways in which we do not trust God with them and it can get ugly. But He LOVES them more than we do. Like just a tiny bit more cause lets be honest, that’s impossible.

SO we have been squeezing in some extra snuggles and praying over them, talking up their “mini Vaca” as much as possible.

Myles even overnight-ed them a package to get in on their good sides, I think it worked ;)

So we will be leaving these two behind to go meet another. Its like being torn in two. I hate it every time and feel like I just cant do it, but I must.

Myles deserves a family, so as hard as this sometimes is, we do it for Him. Like we did it for them.

In the end a family is worth it.

For Myles, the whole word will change. And He will in turn change ours! So I welcome a week of discomfort, unknowns, the bank account being drained, fear, anxiety, 30+ hours of travel, long layovers & I’m sure a little adventure ;)

Please pray for us. We SO NEED IT, count on it and are so, so, so grateful for it.

Night Night. Tomorrow ….we fly.

Have you heard the Word??

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Hey Guys! I never announced it officially on here that I have started an ETSY shop of my very own and love love love creating, designing and making ALL sorts of fun stuff to sell in order to bring Myles HOME!

I did write up a post a while back as a teaser for things to come and showed you I was MAKING all these shirts myself, but this is me making an official announcement.  And lets be honest.. I NEED to sell this stuff. I NEED my store to be empty.

Because then……. I get closer to my boy. Closer to financially being able to purchase plane tickets and make plans to

GO GET MY SON OUT OF THAT ORPHANAGE!!!!!!!

{let that sink in.}

Please stop by, pick up a goodie or two and then YOU get to sleep at night knowing your purchase is helping us get our little boy out of an orphanage and home where he belongs.

Everything in my shop is hand made by yours truly and one of a kind!! I’m working my tail off guys. (if I had a tail anyways)

But seriously. I’m trying to do all of the ‘possible’ so that God can blow me away by doing the impossible!

I mean, look st this stuff: Even I am impressed ;)

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All you have to do is buy something cute. For yourself. As a gift. SHARE THIS with your people. YOU could be sooooo organized and make all your friends jealous by doing some super early, yet very responsible, Christmas shopping!! 

Yeah, I just went there, IN JULY!!!! Behold and see what desperation looks like. It may not be pretty, but Its what we Adoptive Parents do.

Then, after you buy something; I will applaud you, thank you, jump up and down (like I do with every sale) & I will say cool things like:

Look at you, changing the world… YOU ROCK.

or

Changing the life of a child is obviously how you roll…and I like it!!

because it will be true.

Thanks to all of you who have had a hand in bringing Myles Home. Believe me when I say:

WE COULDN’T HAVE DONE IT WITHOUT YOU!

Our Bean is 2!!

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Wow…. has this last year just FLOWN by for everyone else…or just me?!?!?!

I can’t even believe that our sweet lil product of Ethiopia is 2 years old! I feel like I just did his last birthday post and we were fresh off the plane from Africa.

{I shudder to think of doing this all over again in a few short months, but Myles is SO worth it}

Even with everything on my plate at the moment, I somehow managed to completely throw together a very last minute, groupon offer of a birthday party for our sweet boy at a local bouncy place.

He was in heaven and was none the wiser of what was in my mind, an Epic Mom Fail. I always take time to plan their parties. They have a theme and I try to home make everything myself. But I just couldn’t do it y’all.  So ‘Bounce You’ in Apex was a wonderful alternative and many thanks to my MIL for making the cupcakes.

easiest.party.ever! keeping it real, I may have to be a slacker more often.

So here are a few pics of our class clown’s VERY FIRST American Birthday Party.

Complete with friends, presents & lots of activity.

Minus the Jet-lag, explosive poo & feeling like you are surrounded by strangers.

And for fun, Ill give a little contrast to last years birthday. We got home from Ethiopia a week before his birthday. An answer to prayer for me. He was still unsure of a lot of things, we wondered if he would EVER get a personality {God help us now} And he apparently hated chocolate cake.

“WHAT ARE THESE STRANGE WHITE PEOPLE FEEDING ME?!?!?!?”