Tuesday, March 27, 2012

New Asian Family of The Week

OK, guys, here's the big change I've been messing with. I don't know if it's going to fly. It's up to you guys. But I think there's some awesome potential here, so let's give it a go. We're maxing out Give1 Save1 by adding the final region, Asia, to the line-up. I will never ask you for more than $3 a week (Africa, Haiti, and Asia), this is as big as it's going to get. But adding these regions will teach us more about options and changes and what's going on in the world outside of America and Africa. And I'm really excited about expanding the Give1 family. I think it will ultimately lead to higher donation totals for everyone. Crossing fingers!

So for our first Asia reps, let's give a warm welcome to the Russell family. The are adopting a 5 year old boy from the Philippines. I asked Mom about the program and how it works, and I'm telling you, it seems like such an organized and smooth process. I am NOT any kind of expert at all in this arena, so totally don't believe me, do your research. But it looks well worth researching if you're just starting out. Here's a few things Emily had to say about it:
The Philippines is a GREAT place to adopt from.  First of all, in the international adoption world, it is significantly less to adopt over there.  You only have to make one trip, and it is only 4-6 days, which makes it so nice for us mommas that have to leave little ones at home!  It is a Hague country, and they are very thorough in their medical reports.  There is a very long wait for babies, but if you are willing to take a waiting child it is 6-12 months from the time you submit your application to the time you have them tucked into their new bed!  Our agency (which I highly recommend) has whats called a pre-approval.  If we find a waiting child we would like, they send the request to ICAB - the Filipino board of adoption- and ICAB chooses whether or not to pre-approve us for the child.  If they say yes, then that child is on hold for us, while we get our dossier over there, so you don't run the risk of falling in love with them, and having another family get there first. 

Let me know if you have any questions! 

You can follow the Russells adoption as it unfolds over here at their blog.

You can donate right here. And you can watch their video right here.

 [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qcmmOxac4ho]

***So far our running total is $640!!!***


  1. for heaven's sake, how cute are they!?

  2. We love you Emily!! I am SO excited that the Lord has called so many of us to the same growing need!! God bless you and your family!!

  3. it'll fly . . . let's do this :)

  4. They are even more adorable in real life! ...she's my big sister and I am so, so proud of her.

  5. Love you guys!! Praying for the blessings to pour in!! :)

  6. I'll be praying that the funds come in quickly and the process is a smooth one. God Bless you Justin and Emily and your family.!

  7. My Nephew Josh and his wife Stephanie are adopting from Ethiopia right now. How blessed all this children will be.