Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Redemption!

I sit here at my computer in awe...in tears...
I'm not sure where to begin...
This has all happened so fast yet it was God's perfect timing...

We are honored...
proud...
humbled...
excited to announce....

the Lord has blessed us with a beautiful baby boy....
a precious little guy who was born on November 17...
an amazing little miracle that many of you prayed for but what you didn't know is that you were praying for OUR SON :)

his little face was plastered all over facebook...
all over blogs...
all over websites...
thousands upon thousands of people viewing his story...sharing his story...

many of you praying for him...
praying for his precious birthfamily...
advocating for him...

a gorgeous baby boy that we had the privilege of meeting yesterday...
the gift of loving on him and his birthfamily...

ohhh, the beauty of his story...
the beauty of how the Lord brought this to be...
the JOY ... the restoration ... the redemption as we still grieve our Zemirah...

Today, we received the most glorious news...
We have been chosen to be this little mans forever family...


INTRODUCING...

SIMEON MASON RICHARDS

We are confident God has called this one to be ours. His fingerprints are all over our Simeon's story (a post for another day ;).  Many of you have read bits and pieces of his story but there is so much more!!  Some parts we will keep private...some parts we will share.  But for now....

We have an URGENT need....
our sweet boy came to us as a surprise...
a surprise to us...
NOT a surprise to God!

We have an URGENT NEED to raise the funds to adopt him...
for him to be able to be placed with us...
The fees are $15,000....
the fees are due NOW!....deep breath...

God called him to us...we are trusting He will provide.  Our greatest need is your prayers for our entire family...for the birthfamily. If you feel led to donate, that would be a huge blessing.

We are honored that Project Hopeful has come alongside our family and has committed to helping us raise the funds. All donations can be made directly through the link HERE or on the DONATE button on the right bar of our blog.  All donations are tax-deductible and all funds go directly to adoption fees. Many hugs my sweet friends!

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And there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; and this man was righteous and devout, looking for the consolation of Israel; and the Holy Spirit was upon him. And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord's Christ. (Luke 2:25-26)

55 comments:

Marie said...

Wow! Wow! Wow! I can hardly believe it! I saw his face and the urgent request 2 days ago and couldn't get him off my mind...I questioned whether this child was for us, but didn't think so at all and yet he hasn't left my mind...and now to find out he will be yours!!! How cool and awesome is that?!?!

brownswissmomma said...

And your arms are not empty anymore !!

Lauren said...

Tears of joy, what an answer to prayer! Such a special, precious boy; may God use his life mightily for His glory!! :')

aheartforadoption.wordpress.com

No Greater Gift Mom said...

So, SO excited for your precious family, Stacy!!! I cannot wait to see what God has in store for perfect Simeon!
In HIM,
E

Jessica said...

I don't know you, but two of my friends posted this link, and I am hoping my little contribution helps and praying your boy comes home to you soon :)

Living in China said...

Stacy- Yay! God is so good. He brings beauty from the ashes of our lives. Had you not been paper ready for Zemirah, Simeon would not be yours- but you know that! I'm just recounting the facts for the glory of God to be reviewed over and over and over:) Praying for every aspect of this adoption.

Havis said...

My husband and I have two children (so far) and have adopted them both. Our eldest has Down Syndrome. When friends of mine told me about this little boy we quickly pursued him but realized that we didn't have a current homestudy in place and that would take us "out of the running" (so to say)! We know that God's will is BEST and so we are thankful that he has closed this door for us and look forward to what's next. I'm so happy to see the family he is going to. I know that before the foundations of the universe God created this little guy to be your son and you his parents. Having a child with Down Syndrome will be the joy of your life. I'm just so thrilled for you family and pray God's favor over every aspect of this adoption. Blessings to you and yours. ohmacyn.blogspot.com
Heather

Handmaiden said...

Praise the Lord!!! What an amazing answer to prayer!!!! This is what Grace looks like. We are soooo thrilled for you guys and can't love on Simeon in person!

Handmaiden said...

^ that was me. :-)

Linda

Amy said...

We are a fellow adoptive family...one of the 'posters' on fb. SO thankful he belongs to you and your family. God writes big stories. Happy to contribute and pray that the Lord will multiply the fishes & loaves! Blessings!!

Our family: said...

Oh my GOODNESS!!!!!!Stacy!!! I just saw this!!! How utterly and totally God wonderful!! What a sweet baby boy! I can not wait to hear the whole God story and meet this precious boy!!!! Congratulations on another beautiful gift of God!!

Our family: said...

.....and praying for the Lord's provision. It's there already and will come just in time! He will provide just like He always does! AND I LOVE Simeon's name! Precious!

Jill Funkhouser said...

so excited for you all...yah! Praise the Lord!

Stephanie kaczmarzyk said...

Seriously unbelievable!!!! I don't even know what to say except, God is so faithful!!!

Anonymous said...

God is good and you answered His call! How beautiful! Blessings to you and your familiy :)

Kim&theBean said...

wonderful, I've been following and sharing his story. I'm so happy he found your loving home <3

diplofam said...

YEAH!!! I am so glad that he will be a part of your wonderful family!!! We contacted the agency and said we would take him if a CA family didn't step up but I knew that God had someone else in mind. He is beautiful. enjoy!!!

Melanie said...

He is beautiful and is PERFECT for your family!!!! So very exciting!!!!

Truly Blessed said...

Congratulations again, Stacy, what a beautiful, precious child for your family!

❤ Rachel said...

Oh my goodness, I was so excited to see this. I shared his picture a few days ago on my facebook, and was wondering who ended up being his forever family. Was so excited to see it was you guys, one of the blogs I love to follow! :)

Andrea said...

Oh, I'm so excited for him and you! I feel in love with his sweet face. Being that we're in Virginia, there was no way he could be ours. I've been praying for him. I'm so truly happy for you. I hope you don't mind, but I blogged about it in hopes of some financial help for you all. God Bless. http://live-with-laughter.blogspot.com/2013/01/lets-get-him-home.html

Shauna said...

Oh Praise the LORD!!! We were praying and my heart was aching as we are a CA family. I have read your blog of and on so I am THRILLED to see this! ((hug))

Brittany said...

Oh how happy I am for you all! God's plan is so amazing, so wonderful! You have our prayers and congratulations as we rejoyce with you and your family!!!!!!

Valerie H. said...

I am at awe of the heart that Jesus has given you. More precious that any earthly treasure. I was adopted myself and am grateful that God has given you the heart that you have. I also just had a baby boy with Down Syndrome and see how God prepared me for this very precious boy. He gave me a heart to become a Special Education teacher 4 years ago. I am more than prepared. I will be praying for God to provide for you. We would love to help, but being that we have debt to pay, it would be wrong for us to give. I am blessed by you blog and story. Blessings to you!! If you have any questions about your new guy. I'm here.

Laura said...

AAAAAAHHHHHHHH!!!!! So excited for you guys!!!

Anonymous said...

Please accept my small but heartfelt gift to help you bring this baby home. We have a child with Down syndrome and know what a blessing they are. Thank you for opening yur hearts and home to this little one!

Mike and Barb said...

So very happy for you and for little Simeon!
Barb

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Jolene said...

When you posted the picture I just KNEW you would be adopting this little one! LOVE IT! Isn't God great!

Chelsea said...

God bless you and your family! Shared your post and the donation link.

Vikki said...

So happy for you! Blessings to you and your family. Thank you for stepping forward and making this little man your own.

Vikki

Lindsay Smith said...

I have shared and shared and shared this sweet boy's story as much a I can and to see his family is such a huge joy! CONGRATS to you!!!! As the mama of a special needs baby boy, I can tell you that you're about to experience a life of richness you can never imagine... God is so good!

I will do my best to call my readers to donate so we can see this sweet boy come home SOON! Please let me know if I can do anytning else to support you alll!

Lindsay
www.OnLoanFromHeaven.blogspot.com

Rachel said...

He's precious! Congrats!!!!

Dee said...

SO happy to see this sweet little guy has a forever family!

See if you can get a short-term loan. The adoption tax credit has been extended and that will be $12,650 you can get next year. Also contact the Show Hope folks - http://www.showhope.org/AdoptionAid/Miracles.aspx. There are grants out there!

April Kelly said...

We are a very small business. But i will donate a portion of all of our sales this month to you and share your story. We are small lucky package on facebook. Praying for you.

Tara said...

I am so excited! My son, Simeon (whom we call "Eon") sports an extra chromosome, as well. It means, "One who hears". Who better to hear the voice of God than one less encumbered by the cares of this world.

Praying for divine provision!

Melba said...

Sometimes there are no words, and this is definitely one of those times. WOW...just WOW. This story keeps getting better. I, for one, cannot get it out of mu mind. What a beautiful, precious baby boy, and what a wonderful family he has found. Congratulations!!

transformingtidbits said...

So excited to be part of your amazing journey! Thank you for letting us partner with you. We have been blessed with 3 adopted and 2 foster (hope to adopt) children. I can appreciate your passion for children. Blessings!

Jamie and Sherrie said...

Happy Tears stream down my Face!! I'm so grateful this precious Angel found his forever family!! I would love to chat with you or email you!! We too are adopting a sweet little one with Ds who is Chinese too. Our little ones look like twins!!! He Blesses our life daily!!! Hugs to your family!!!

Jaylene said...

Thankful tears and joyful tears have flowed through my eyes today after reading the news that by the providence of GOD, your family has been chosen to care for, Love, teach and guide this Precious Boy! I had posted the original story on my Facebook and had been praying for a Godly family to come forward. Then I received notification that you had been chosen. Rejoicing with you, your family and this Precious addition to your family today! Blessings!

The Gang's Momma! said...

Weighing in as another momma who FB-shared his story over the holidays. So grateful to hear he has found his forever home. Praying for mighty influx of all you need to finalize AND care for him and his birthfamily - financially, spiritually, emotionally and mentally. All to HIS glory and honor and praise!

Shea said...

So happy!!!!

Christy said...

I have been watching the dollar amount diminish and I am blown away with what can be done when we mobilize as a community. The Lord brought Simeon to you and He knew 15k was nothing to gather in a couple days. His hands are all over this and are guiding so many to donate and pray for Simeon. This is such a miracle unfolding and I can't wait to finally meet your little man in person!!!! Maybe a play date when things settle???

Lauren said...

Watching God provide and seeing that dollar amount continue to decrease has been so inspiring and faith building... LOOK at what God can do when you step out in faith to do His work and will! :-D Many tears of joy for Simeon and your family, and for his amazingly strong first mommy and daddy. God has big plans for this boy. <3

May God continue to bless :)
Lauren, aheartforadoption.wordpress.com

chinamomof2 said...

So amazing! God is so good. What a blessing for all of you!
Also blessed by adoption x3.
Leslie

Andrea said...

It's not much, but please accept my donation to bring Simeon home! Such a sweet love.

Cindy said...

So thrilled to partner with you in fulfilling James 1:27.

Charmon Allen said...

Stacy! so excited for you! so happy I can help you in your journey like you helped us with our beautiful bracelet!! God bless my friend!

Stephanie said...

Stacy, I was thrilled to learn this precious baby had found his family, but I am even more thrilled to learn it is YOU! What a blessing for him and you! Praying for Simeon and your sweet family.

Stephanie

Anonymous said...

thoughts & prayers for Y'all. Pray the continues to bless U greatly. my hubby & i have a huge heart for adoption. Please when it's convenient for U...please share how to get started with the adoption process. We are in awe of all the children that the Lord has given U. Please forgive me for asking, but how have U adopted so many "domestically"?? we've heard from so many domestic adoption is very hard to come by; and extremely expensive too. Sure would appreciate any & all info. that U wish to share. Thank U so much, John & Sharon J.

PS: we are in Florida

(sharonherby@hotmail.com)

Anonymous said...

Pray the *Lord continues to bless U all greatly (:

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