Saturday, November 19, 2011

Open House

Guess what makes great Christmas gifts (even for the people who you have no clue what to buy for)? Answer: Coffee. We will be having an open house (at our house) where you can come and do some early Christmas shopping. We will have a variety of coffees from our Just Love Coffee store and some baked goods for you to enjoy. $5 from every bag we sell goes toward our adoption. So you get that person who is difficult to shop for a gift and it benefits our adoption. Our open house will be on Saturday, December 3rd at 2pm till 5pm. You can either come and go or just hang out! Or if you can't go and still would like to purchase some coffee go to our website: justlovecoffee.com/homewardground or email us what you want and we can place the order for you!
Hope to see you there!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Adopting without Debt


First, we would like to say that we are so thankful for those who helped with the yard sale last weekend. It was a huge success and we are so much closer to our goal!

Adopting debt free can seem impossible. For us, we wanted to raise and earn all of the funds upfront and then apply, so we won't incur any debt. I know this is a different approach and we knew that it was not going to be easy.

Before making a solid decision to adopt right now, we had some debt. With the help of Dave Ramsey we were able to pay off several thousands of debt from school loans in a little over one year. When we approached adoption, we knew that debt was not something we wanted to get into in the process. We advocate Ramsey's approach because it is simple and very effective. You have to be willing to follow through with your set budget. Example: Whenever I wanted something like a shopping trip, Wes will ask "did we budget for it?" And 9 times out of 10 we didn't and by the time we got around to save for it in our budget we didn't really want whatever it was we were craving at that time.

Dave Ramsey's book The Total Money Makeover is a must for financial advice, budgeting, retirement, and debt. Listening to his radio program we heard of Julie Gumm, author of Adopt Without Debt. I read her story on how her and her husband adopted two kids from Ethiopia debt free. It was very encouraging to know that others out there are wanting to do the same. Paying for everyday items up front has freed us from the burden of keeping up with monthly payments and has let us give to others in need without having to worry that we can only give this certain amount.

When we decided that we would adopt we immediately knew we had to be able to pay for it up front. We would like to have all of the funds for the adoption expenses by mid-February of next year when we can begin the adoption process with Lifeline. Now that we are 5 months into saving and fundraising, God has provided over half of our goal! God has been so faithful through this process and I know He will continue to show his faithfulness to us with the call that He has given us.

“The borrower is a slave to a lender.” –Proverbs 22:7 (HCSB)

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Thankful Hoarders

We will be having a yard sale this Friday and Saturday to benefit our adoption! We have been hoarding all kinds of things to sell including furniture, computers, books, clothes and more! Thank you to all who have donates items for this event. The sale is 7am-5pm both days. Below are some pictures of everything piling up in the house.



Saturday, October 15, 2011

Raffle Winner!

Thanks to all who participated in our raffle for the black and gold wreath! Gary from Natchez, MS was our winner. Our next big fundraiser is coming up the first weekend of November, where we will be having a yard sale. We'll have more details later.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Raffle for Black and Gold Wreath

We are raffling off a black and gold wreath to help raise funds for our adoption. This wreath would be perfect for all of you Who Dats who love the Saints! It's $5 per ticket if you want to enter for a chance to win. The drawing will be on October 15. If you are interested in purchasing a ticket, please contact us at sarai.barnett@gmail.com.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Our Coffee

Over the past month we have had two coffee tasting parties, featuring the JustLoveCoffee we are selling. We want to thank you all who have contributed either by buying coffee or directly up to this point. We are so excited to have so many friends and family who are supportive of us in our adoption. We hope that those who were able to come have enjoyed their coffee.

For those who have purchased before, would you consider ordering the coffee regularly? Imagine if you replaced your normal coffee with a bag of this coffee. Would you be able to do that? You would have enjoyable, tasty coffee and be contributing toward our adoption.

Here's a few more details about the coffee we are selling:

Why are you selling coffee to raise money for adoption?

We wanted to be somewhat creative in raising money for this. Coffee is something that many people already buy on a regular basis, and after reading about JustLove's plan, it seemed like a good fit. The coffee is good and priced reasonably for the quality.

Who or what is JustLove?

JustLoveCoffee Roasters is a normal everyday coffee roasting company, except that they have a heart toward helping orphans. The couple who started the company has adopted themselves and wishes to help others in the process. You can read more about their story by going to our online store and clicking "Our Story."

So how does this work?

We sell coffee through our JustLoveCoffee webstore, and $5 from every regular bag of coffee goes toward our adoption (other products [shirts, etc.] also contribute toward our amount, but it depends on the product). We also like to order the coffee in bulk ourselves and sell it directly.

Ok, how do I buy coffee from you and make sure you get that $5?

There are two ways you can do this. The first way is to go to our online store located at justlovecoffee.com/homewardground (just click the link). Add the coffee you want to your cart and then checkout (be sure to note that there is more than just one page of coffee; use the left hand menu and "next" buttons).

The second way is to just contact us directly. If we know you in person than just talk to us about ordering some coffee (so just email, call, etc.). We'll get you the coffee you want directly to you as well and the $5 per bag will go toward us.

As stated above, if you have enjoyed our coffee, please consider getting it regularly. Would you consider two bags a month? Maybe you don't drink coffee that much, so could you do one bag a month?

But I really don't like coffee... what if I just want to give you money?

Of course you can give money directly. You may not drink coffee much, so if that's what you feel like doing, go ahead! You can do so online here on the right by clicking the donate button, but if you know us, you of course know how to reach us.

Thanks again to all who have attended these events so far. We look forward to having more like these in the near future with other friends and family. Feel free to leave a comment or question about this below!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Just Love Coffee Special

I just wanted to give a quick note that our coffee store is having a special through Sunday, July 17. Buy three bags of coffee and get a bag of Just Love Coffee's newest blend free. Remember, we get $5 toward our adoption for every bag sold through our store!

Just Love Coffee Roasters was started after their founders adopted from Ethiopia. Their coffees are all 100% Fair Trade. Just Love partners with couples wishing to adopt in order to help raise funds for their adoptions. Check out their site to learn more.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Country Update: Ukraine Adoptions Resume

As you have all read from our first post, we are currently considering Bulgaria as the country from where we adopt. However, at this point we are certainly open to other countries. Ukraine was one country we crossed off our list a few days ago, because we had thought they had suspended adoptions. But, now according to LifeLine, things are opening back up again, at least for those who are currently in the process, so we may have to consider it in the future if things open up completely again.

One of the challenges in adopting is that the world situation changes so quickly, so that one day a country may be open, but the next it may be closed, and vice versa.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Here we go!

First, welcome to our blog! Many of you readers will probably know Sarai and I personally. This is intended to be the first post of many describing our adventure in going through the process of adoption.

Before Sarai and I married we discussed that at some point we wanted to adopt a child. As Christians we know that God cares for the fatherless. We also know that there are millions of children in the world who have no parents. (More on both of these in posts to come.) Recently our church has had an emphasis on this, and this has brought this back to the forefront of our minds. We feel that now is the time for us to begin the process of adoption.

Our plan is to adopt without debt. Therefore, we are beginning to save and raise funds right now before beginning the application process. One of the ways that we are doing that is through Just Love Coffee. If you visit our web store and buy coffee from it, we will receive $5 per bag sold toward our adoption. We will also be raising money in other ways in the future.

We currently have an adoption agency in mind, and we are specifically thinking about adopting a child from Bulgaria (more on why later). We know that adoption is a long process, and we are looking forward to the journey to get there!

Throughout the process I'll give updates to where we are. I also intend on publishing posts about God's heart for the orphan, books on adoption, adoption agencies, and so on. We hope you'll join us! (You can sign up for email updates on the right)