Not flesh of my flesh, nor bone of my bone; but, still miraculously, my own.
Never forget, for a single minute you didn't grow under my heart, but in it.

Monday, March 1, 2010


I am STILL bawling with excitement!  I got a phone call from my agency who got a letter in the mail today from SHOWHOPE!  WE GOT A GRANT!!!!!!!!!!!!!  They have awarded our family a $4000 grant!!!!!!!  The notification letter to us came just about a half hour after the phone call so its like my proof!  LOL  I am beside myself with excitement!  God is sooo amazing!  :)  This means that as far as agency and orphanage fees we ONLY owe $23.86!!!!!!!  :)  Now, we still need about $6500 MINIMUM for the flights, hotel, train, food, Jeremiah's Visa, and expenses in country but that is IT!!!  PRAYING for travel to NOT be in the summer months as we are told the air fare will be WAY more and we will need to budget even more!  THE prayer is that we will travel in May!  There are 2 very important days in May for my daughter so I am praying we travel between them!!! :)  This is such amazing news!  Now the hard part starts because teh money left to be raised has to all come to us , or to our travel agent!  A friend asked about other grants but most grants send the funds direct to the agency, not the family so that won't work.  I am wondering if I might can find one that would send to Todd our travel agent!  Another friend suggested seeing if folks would sponsor nights in the hotels but I have no clue if anyone would be willing to do that or not or how!  LOL  She was thinking I could say what hotels we will be staying in and maybe folks can someone get a gift certificate or something but I do not think they do that in Taiwan.  I mean I have seen gift cards to hotels here in the states but not for Godlen China and Tayih Landis!  lol  Anyway, PLEASE be in prayer for me this week as I prepare to do a Chicken Spaghetti Plate Sale Thursday!  We have sold 51 plates so far!  Pray I can get good deals on the food and packaging items and such so we dont loose too much profit!  Also please remember the auction in the post below!  Today is the last day!  It ends at 11:59 pm tonight!  I am excited and whatever we make on the auction will go to Travel after the $23.86!  LOL 

I want to say thank you for those who have committed to save their change from now till March 29th for Jeremiah's Birthday! :)  It is so exciting to think about folks thinking about my baby boy and all while they gather their change! :) 
Jeremiah my sweet frogie boy!  My love for your grows daily!  You are teaching me so much and you are a world away from me across the ocean!  I can't WAIT to hold you close and snuggle you and begin to teach you things about having a mommy, a daddy, a big brother and big sister!  To teach you about being in a family, to teach you about the God that loves you and bridged the ocean to bring you home to us!  To teach you that in the midst of so many bad things that happen in the world these days that a love for you and a desire to help you come home brought so many people together to roll up their sleeves and help!  Your daddy and I are so blessed in this journey and we will always remember how hard it was waiting but how blessed we were to have so many helping us.  So many will cheer for you when we step off the plane at home!  Baby boy, I am sorry it is taking us so long, I am sorry that during the wait there are times you are sick and have no mommy to cuddle you and wipe your nose and help you feel better.  That there are times where you might not have your cries answered as quickly as you need them because your nannies are so busy with so many of you and your roomies to love and care for.  I am sorry it is taking so long and I will spend a lifetime making it up to you angel boy!  Hang on tight my frogie boy and while you wait catch my kisses in the wind and KNOW Mommy loves you!


Kat said...

AWESOME! Here's a question...can funds/grants come to your agency (many allow grants to) and they write the check for travel to your travel agent. Just thought I'd ask :).

The Family K. said...


Anyone who has doubted whether God would come through for you is probably eating their words right now.

The finish line is so close now, my friend.

Are These Kids All Yours? said...

Praising Jesus with you. We got a grant from Show Hope for Jonathan's adoption too! It is awesome to know that a chunk of your adoption is paid. Even when there is still a bit to go.....God can do it!!!!!

Wife to the Rockstar said...

HOW awesome!!!

I would love to feature your family on my blog - to help you raise funds!

Jesse, James and Lindsey's mom said...

WHOO HOO!!!!!!!!!
I know that SCC daughter' Maria and my Chelsea are dancing in Heaven right now! You are sooo blessed!!!!!

momwithfaithandhope said...

God is GREAT!!! Wonderful news Tami.

Lisa said...

OH MY GOSH....what incredible news!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And so deserved.....praying the rest comes quickly!!!

Christy O said...

Check out A Child Waits - they send our grant directly to our travel agency! And they were amazing to work with!!!!

Praise God for your grant! You are moving forward!!!!!

Rachel said...

have you tried the abba fund or lifesong for orphans?

THE WAIT FOR NOAH IS OVER!!!! November 3, 2007~September 8, 2008 First heard about Noah~Noah in our Arms!
April 1, 2009~ June 7, 2010 First committed to Jeremiah~Jeremiah in our Arms!

The FIRST Picture we EVER saw!

The FIRST Picture we EVER saw!
Noah WesLee 5 months old

The First Picture we ever saw of:

The First Picture  we ever saw of:
Jeremiah Harold Sisemore ~1 year

Kisses in the Wind

I hold you in my heart and touch you in my dreams.
You are here each day with me, at least that's how it seems.

I know you wonder where we are... what's taking us so long.
But remember child, I love you so and God will keep you strong.

Now go outside and feel the breeze and let it touch your skin...Because tonight, just as always, I blow you kisses in the wind.

May God hold you in His hand until I can be with you.
I promise you, my darling, I'm doing all that I can do.

Very soon, you'll have a family for real, not just pretend.But for tonight, just as always, I blow you kisses in the wind.

May God wrap you in His arms and hold you very tight.
And let the angels bring the kisses that I sent to you each night.

When Love Takes You In!