8.03.2014

Secret Hiding Place Room Turned Reading Room

The thing about really really old houses is this. They tend to have odd nooks and crannies. We always looked at this as a plus. With a little TLC any odd nook can come alive. Take for instance our Secret Hiding Place Room. It's small with a short hallway, has no ventilation and has a slopping ceiling. We always joke with people that are new to the house that this room is where we stick the kids when they act up. 

The previous owners had painted it to look like a playroom of some sort, but we just didn't know what to do with it. Our temporary solution (if a year is temporary), was to slap a string of Christmas lights up and tell the kids it was a secret room. Take a look. It's pretty pitiful. 



















I attempted to paint over the once pink side walls with some left over white paint (because I'm determined to make it a non girly room for Harper's sake), but I lost my gusto and knew the white wasn't gonna cut it. Fast forward a few weeks later, and I finally convince my wonderful, painting hater husband to jump on the project bandwagon with me! I love when that happens! I had been envisioning a reading room for the kids, and we finally made it happen. One of my biggest goals for the Littles is to instill in them a love for reading! Besides missing a few wall decorations and some bean bags I'm pretty satisfied with how it turned out. 




















We painted the walls, ceiling, trim and floor and made the bookshelves from vinyl guttering. It ended up being a super easy Pinterest project turned reality. I would recommend it for sure! We snagged the nightstand at a flea market, the rug and fish pillow from Walmart and the rest are things gathered from other parts of the house. 

I'm relishing in these pictures because I'm about 85% positive that once Kinley and Harper see it tomorrow it will never resemble a Reading Room again. But! I have hope. They are getting older and are enjoying reading more and more. I don't think a relaxing room for them to grow their inner book worms is far from reach.

7.30.2014

Easy Homemade Baguettes



It has been a minute since I've posted on the eats here in the Gandy house so I thought I'd share a recipe that I'm loving at the moment. Although we try to do a mostly gluten free diet sometimes a girl just has to have some bread. A friend of mine shared this recipe with me a couple months ago, and I've made it three times since then which is proof enough that is quick, easy and delicious. Not to mention kid friendly. Winning! 

So here it is:


Quick & Crusty French Baguettes
  • 2 cups very warm water
  • 1 packet yeast
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3-4 cups flour ( I use half white and half wheat)
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.  In a large bowl, whisk together the warm water, yeast, and sugar.  Set the bowl on top of your preheating oven for ten minutes.  Stir in the salt and add the flour a half-cup at a time, until the dough becomes soft but not sticky.  Knead the dough until elastic.
Cut the dough into four even pieces.  Roll each of them into four long, thin ropes.  Twist together two of the ropes to form one loaf.  Twist the other two ropes together to form a second loaf.  Transfer both onto a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper. (Last time I made them I just made four long ropes and popped them in the oven without twisting. It made enough that I could freeze two of the loaves.)
You can now bake the loaf right away (if you’re in a hurry) or allow it to rise for an additional 15-30 minutes on top of your warm oven.
Now for the SECRET: Fill a large bowl with 3-4 cups of ice.  Open your hot oven and place the baking sheet with the baguettes inside, then toss the ice cubes on the bottom of the oven and quickly shut the door.  Do NOT open your oven for 15 minutes.  Bake until golden brown, about 15-18 minutes.
Serve fresh and hot with your favorite olive oil for dipping.

** If you choose to freeze some for later use, let the loaves cool, wrap them in a towel and put them in a Ziploc bag. When ready to eat let them thaw, slice into pieces, add butter and seasoning and warm in oven. They freeze great!

Enjoy!




Taken from Babble.

7.28.2014

The Curvy Road


A people - pleaser by nature, I write this post with a bit of trepidation.  Adoption is a beautiful thing, but it also has many discussion points and sensitivities. Until now I haven't really gotten into the details surrounding why we are adopting or our view points regarding adoption in general. In this post I'd like to touch on the 'whys' and also on some of the adoption discussion points Steven and I have been talking through together. If anything else just to have them here, to allow an organized place for our thoughts and maybe start a dialogue with others about some of these things.

When we began this process we decided and shared that we would be working on a domestic infant adoption. However, since the beginning and through the last couple of months we have been struggling with this decision. We understand that people adopt for various reasons, all depending on their situations, beliefs and feelings regarding the topic. Of course, we want to grow our family more or we would not be doing this, but this is not the main reason adoption is on our hearts. We have two beautiful biological children, and although we tried to conceive for a year without any results, our urge to adopt comes more from the perspective that we want to offer a child a safe, loving family to be nurtured in and to also come to know the Gospel, where in their circumstances, they might not have that otherwise. So this is where our struggles come in. 

Again, I want to stress that we believe all forms of adoption are good and necessary. From domestic infant adoption to international adoption to foster care. What we are having a tough time rationalizing are the feelings we have about the needs of fatherless children in the world. Especially parts of the world plagued with a poverty we really can't imagine or hardly even understand. Are children placed in domestic infant adoptions in need of families? Absolutely. But the reality is there are so many families willing and waiting to adopt babies in America so we have been struggling with where we fit into that category. As I've mentioned before, we don't feel compelled to enter into the foster care world at this time for our own reasons, and because we don't feel that is where God is putting our hearts. Here is a great blog post discussing 5 myths about foster care if you are interested. But what we have felt, is this little nudge pushing us towards the fatherless children in other parts of the world. Children who don't have a whole lot of people petitioning for their future. We are praying through these things right now. Now that it is time to solidify our adoption process monetarily we absolutely have to feel peace about the direction we want it to go. 

One thing we want to be sure of is that if we do choose to adopt internationally the agencies we work with go above and beyond what is expected to assure that children placed in the specific orphanages they work with are only there after everything has been done to promote family preservation within the child's birth family. Sadly, there are many corrupt institutions that prey on vulnerable women and coerce them to give up their children all for the sake of money. Family preservation is the main goal. Unfortunately, there are tons of cases where that is just not an option due to a multitude of reasons. 

We also want to be weary of the false bravado that we are swooping in and rescuing someone. That sense of pride can only last so long, and when our child is home and realities set in, it won't be there to cling to. We would never want our child to feel like he or she was or is a victim to be rescued. We would never what them to feel like their home country was a bad place they needed to be saved from, but yet a beautiful part of their identity and story. The day a child leaves all they have ever known and gets on an airplane with people they have only met once or twice is not the best day of their lives (at least not in that moment). It is a terrifying day that will have very hard days following it. Of course the degree of the intensity of these situations will vary greatly depending on the age, personality and past of each individual child. It is a good place to start to think through these things, but fear sets in when the thought of actually intentionally implementing these things come to mind. Thankfully, we live in the land of plenty in regards to education and training!

Other very real things to think through are growing a trans-racial family while preserving the child's culture, realizing that adoption isn't a one time thing, but a lifetime thing and understanding that adopting only because Jesus tells us to care for the orphans is not enough to make it work. He will provide redemption and His grace will be there for sure, however. 

Although this is just a natural by product of adoption, the reality of how Kinley and Harper's future will be impacted by this is something I find so beautiful. I cried (no surprise) just talking about this with Steven. My prayer is that not only Kinley and Harper, but our entire future family, will understand the Gospel better in the end. I pray a humbleness is formed in all of us when we are faced with certain challenges unique to adoptive families. I pray a new form of gentleness and awareness is formed. Towards others in our society and towards hurting parts of the world that are far away from ours. Since my main goal as a mother is for my children to deeply love Jesus, I have to believe that living out the Gospel is greater than talking about the Gospel. 

For right now, Steven and I are researching an agency that works with orphanages in Haiti and are wrestling with the things I have just shared. We are feeling pretty confident that unless something drastically changes, we will be moving on in this new direction and will begin working on the paper work and home study.

We have been relentlessly talking and praying about this new curvy road that is lined with unfamiliar landscape. Applications, dossiers, referrals, home studies. There are nagging thoughts - we aren't smart enough to do this, what will people think, we don't have enough patience, we don't have enough trust in the One Who Ordains All Things. At the end of the day, the nagging thoughts come down to one thing. Fear. And one thing I do know is that fear will not make our choices for us. 

The other night in our hotel room, the kids in one bed and us in another, Steven looked at me with a smile and said, "What are we going to do when there is a little Haitian kid over there in the bed?" To which I replied, "Yell over to them to close their eyes and go to sleep just like we are doing now!"

Isn't it an amazing thought that people can be so different from one another yet so much alike at the core? 

Anyways, I feel better getting all that out, and I applaud you if you are still reading. 

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Also, praising God that we have surpassed our first financial goal! It has been such a sweet thing watching people put their arms around our family in support of bringing a fatherless child into a family that has so much love to give. While we still plan on doing some fundraising, God has really shown His provision by giving Steven a substantial pay increase with his current promotion at work which will allow us to save money of our own even quicker than we had anticipated. Amazing how things work out if you just take the leap. Praying through all of this that God gets all the glory in our story!

If you are interested in making a flat donation to our adoption fund you can do so by clicking our PayPal link in the top right column of this blog. 

7.20.2014

Tell Us What You Think!

July has been a busy and productive month for us. Three days before we left for Texas, Steven got word that he was promoted to District Operations Manager for Home Depot in our region. With little notice they asked him to do a week's worth of training in Dallas, turning our one week planned time away into two weeks. It was great getting to spend time with friends and family, but man we were glad to get home! 



While we were away, we had time to talk with many of you about our adoption process, the personal struggles we are having with it, and our plans for the future. We received layer upon layer of encouragement and support. I thought I would give an update on where we are at this point. 

We announced our plan to adopt on May 21, just a short two months ago, and in that time YOU GUYS have been amazing. Our goal is to reach $1750.00 so we can move on to get our home study done and begin applying for adoption grants. I'm so excited to say that we only need another $251.00 to reach this goal! Through general donations and birthday blessings YOU GUYS, friends, family, friends of friends, family of friends, have donated $1,110.00 to our cause! Through the Apparent Project jewelry fundraiser YOU GUYS bought $778.00 worth of jewelry! Half of that amount goes to our cause and the other half goes straight to the men and women working with the Apparent Project in Haiti. 

In two months you guys. Steven and I are so thankful to have the support we do, and are planning ahead to other fundraising options. Which brings me to my next topic. We are currently working on getting a T-shirt fundraiser going. We all love a good T-shirt, right? So we need your help. We have found two shirts that we really like. We thought about coming up with our own design, but came across two on Pinterest that we fell in love with. We would like your opinions on the shirts. Leave a comment and vote on your favorite and whichever one gets the most votes wins! Keep in mind we are just looking for opinions on the design, and not the style/color/fabric. So here are the two choices:






The gray one is specific to domestic adoption, which is why the United States is featured. The saying on the blue shirt is one that Steven and I and our besties back in Texas used to always say to each other in regards to helping each other raise our children so it has a special place in my heart. Although Steven doesn't care for the font or size of the design on the blue shirt we love the saying and would probably just change it up a bit. Let us know what you think!

Tomorrow starts a new week, and I'm anxious to get settled into a new normal with the kids and with Steven's new schedule at work after so many days of vacation. Routine is my homey. Make Monday beautiful friends. :)

6.09.2014

What I Want You to Know



I am writing this out of a heavy heart and with complete humility. I want to address some issues we are having so far with our adoption process. I know that if we are facing certain struggles others are too. Or will one day. What I want you to know. 

I want you to know that this fundraising stuff is hard. Yes, it is extremely hard for us, and most people, to ask for financial help. Most people don't have $26,000 or more laying around to adopt a child. We knew this going into it. The majority of families who feel led to adopt have to ask for help, and all the fundraisers we are doing or have planned for the future come from ideas that those who have gone before us have been successful with. We aren't tricking people, being manipulative or being dishonest. We are asking people to consider, just consider, giving to a cause we deem honorable, just the same as charities do. If you don't feel led to contribute to our cause then that is okay. And I mean that. It really is okay. We are using our own money too, and as soon as our home study is approved we will be applying for adoption grants. This adoption is not happening on donations alone. God led us to this path, and it will work out. I honestly believe that. I wish the adoption world was less of  a "business" and easier. I wish it wasn't so expensive. I wish we didn't have to market ourselves. But this is just how it works. Regardless, there are millions of children that need loving homes. And each one is worth every dollar spent. 

I want you to know that your prayers, encouragement and emotional support mean just as much to us as your monetary support. Adoption isn't for everyone, but that doesn't mean you can't walk beside someone else who feels a connection to adopt. It's a worthy cause! It is so worthy that Jesus adopted us into His family!

I want you to know that yes I'm tired. Parenthood is exhausting work, and sometimes I need a break from my children. This doesn't mean I'm not capable of adding another child to our home. Steven gets tired form working too, but that doesn't mean he can just quit his job and rest leisurely on the couch for the rest of his days. Instead, he has days off or takes a vacation. Motherhood is a hard job too. Mothers deserve days off and vacations too. There is nothing wrong with that. In the grand scheme of things, twenty years from now, when my children (however many that may be) come home for Christmas vacation to occupy their bedrooms once more and sit around the Christmas tree, these days of sweeping Cheerios and wiping butts will be but a distant memory. From what I hear, memories that I will miss and hold dear to my heart. I will never regret another child around my Christmas tree. 

I want you know that Steven and I have thought and prayed about adoption for years. We have spent time researching adoption and speaking with people we know who are experienced with adoption. It is not something we woke up to one day and started blindly. We have tried for the past year to conceive a child with no pregnancy. We decided that was a clear sign from God that now is finally the right time for us to adopt, and we are excited about it! We love talking about it! We love that we feel so clearly this is what we should be investing our time, money and efforts into right now. We want you to be excited too!

I want you to know that if you have already contributed to our fundraisers that we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We have our little wad of money folded neatly into the envelope of our first birthday blessing (along with others), and that envelope is tucked neatly into our adoption folder that holds all of our paperwork. It will stay tucked inside that envelope until our first goal is reached and it is sent to our agency. I have loved raising money for us and the Apparent Project in Haiti by our jewelry sales. I have thoroughly enjoyed writing each and everyone of you a thank you note and sending them via snail mail for the birthday blessings. It's almost sacred to place a stamp on each envelope and clip them to my mailbox to watch the mailman take them away. A secret message of gratitude from us to you. 

I want you to know that even though we are still in the beginning of this journey, God has opened up the doors for us regarding our spirituality. It has forced Steven and I to sit down and have hard conversations. It has forced us to pray more. It has forced us to depend on other people more. It has forced us to shift our priorities. And for that, I am already thankful.

An Update:
We initially thought our first payment due was the amount of $550.00, but realized when we received our contract fee paperwork that it is actually $1750.00, due to them needing our first installment of our home study fee as well. To this day, we have gathered and saved $480!! In less than a month! Thank you thank you for walking beside us! If you would like to read previous adoption posts, and learn more about the two fundraisers we have going on right now, please click the links below.

An Announcement

Worthy Consumerism -- Partnering with the Apparent Project


6.05.2014

Consumerism at its Finest -- The Apparent Project {Adoption Update}

As my birthday is drawing near and the Birthday Blessings come in, we are still in the thick of fundraising for our adoption. (and will be for a long time :)) I am excited to announce to you a fun way you cannot only contribute to our adoption, but also provide an income for men and women in Haiti. We have partnered with the Apparent Project to bring to you a tangible way to contribute to our lives, our future baby's life and lives across seas.

The Apparent Project is a non profit organization that empowers the poor in Haiti by creating jobs and teaching the skills Haitians need to be successful in order to keep their families together. You can read more about their mission HERE. Below is a video that shows the Apparent Project at work.


Men and women working with the Apparent Project make beautiful jewelry out of trash. That's right, trash. But can I just tell you how amazing their work is? I cried when I opened my box full of jewelry. Each bracelet has a tag with a picture of one of the Haitian women on it that tells their story. Stories of redemption. 


"We never want people to purchase their goods out of pity or as a "charity purchase" and for that reason we maintain the highest standard of quality and creative, original craftsmanship for our artisans.  While the products sell themselves, we are committed to telling our artisans stories well.  We want to present an alternative to the materialist cultural norms that dehumanize trade for both producers and consumers by hiding unfair profit margins and detaching us from the sources of the things we buy.  We see trade as a kind of dialogue within a global community.  We want you to know our artisans' stories, and know the deeper purposes and impacts of this trade." -- from Apparent Project
All bracelets and earrings are one of a kind, varying in color. The necklaces' leather chains vary from tan, blue, red and black along with either the word faith, love, joy or peace on the metal pendant. 



So how does it work? Purchase either a bracelet, a necklace, earrings or a set of all three from me. The Apparent Project and I split the earnings 50/50. So half of your purchase goes towards the Gandy Adoption and the other half goes to men and women in Haiti who are working to keep their families together. What could be better than that?

"The Apparent Project was birthed out of a desire to see impoverished Haitian men and women be able to raise their children with dignity and not have to consider giving their children to orphanages because of poverty.  It can cost as little as $50 a month to keep a family intact. 
-- from Apparent Project

Costs for contributing to two wonderful God honoring causes?

Necklace $12.00


Bracelet $8.00


Earrings $6.00


Set of all three $26.00

There are a few ways purchases can be made. If you have a specific color/word you would like for your necklace please specify. 

1) Either leave your Paypal email on the comment section of this blog or Facebook or email it to me at egandy8@gmail.com, and I will invoice you and ship your order to you once I have received payment.

2) Send your payment of cash/check directly to me and once I receive it I can ship out your order.

3) Show up at my front door and personally choose your jewelry and take it home. :)

Please prayerfully consider watching the above video, reaching out to me and making a purchase that will go on to shape the lives of many. 

Consumerism at its finest. 

6.02.2014

Ephesians




Ephesians has always been one of my favorite chapters in the Bible. For no particular reason except for that it has been good to me over the years. A good place to land for encouragement and some truth. Our church is currently going through the book of Ephesians, and last Sunday our pastor preached on a particular set of Scriptures that hold heavy meaning to me. And really they should. The are the meat of the Gospel.

Last year when Steven and I decided to come clean to each other about some skeletons we had been keeping from each other we had our pastor come over one night to talk things through with us. (something I recommend doing if you find yourself in a situation needing biblical guidance) Those skeletons will never be published here because they are too personal, but I do want to share a part of that experience. 

We sat around the table and opened up to the book of Ephesians. To the same Scriptures we sat and listened to at church last weekend. Ephesians 2 - 1:10.
And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.  
But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.  
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. 
I can't remember the exact words our pastor spoke to us that night at our table. I can't recall the entire sermon from last Sunday (and I forgot my pen so no notes). But I do know what this passage means to me. 

It means that whatever happened because of me or to me before I knew Jesus doesn't define me. My spirit was dead then. But God found me and I found Him. Not because I was good (because I certainty was not). Not because I did good things. But because he is full of mercy, grace and love. Because he wants me to know Him even with all my mess. Because he wants to graciously give me this saving relationship with Him that I am unworthy of. I have been forgiven through my repentance and I am able to offer (or work towards offering) that same grace and forgiveness to others. Even to my husband and him to me. 



This passage always makes my eyes swell up and makes my stomach turn a bit. In a good way. I believe it is because when I look back on my twenties I can see that one day where everything in my life as I knew it changed. It all changed because a God who is rich in mercy saw fit to lead me to Himself. It all changed again last year because a God rich in grace saw fit to let Steven and I practice that very same grace, in return, strengthening our faith and our marriage. And it still changes things today because a God so rich in love continues to pursue me and He continues to use me to bring Himself glory.

Jesus and Ephesians are good things my friends.

5.25.2014

Camping & Six Years


Can I admit something right quick? I love the idea of camping. Everything from being out in nature to the cooking over an open fire to the sleeping in a tent. But, this weekend was the first time, I myself, have ever been camping. Except for when I was a wee tot to which I don't remember. And that one time I slept in a tent next to the Guadalupe River, but I don't really count that. I know. It's a shame. Closing in on 30 and I just had my first real camping experience. 



These two crazy kiddos acted like they camp every weekend. Here they are guzzling down a carton of strawberries in 0.24 seconds. They were in absolute heaven out in the backwoods of good ole Missouri. We got rained on a little here and there and hid under our tarp (while eating snacks of course) that our super sweet Daddy set up for us, but by mid-afternoon the sun was shining and we were all headed to the river.







If you go camping with toddlers remember to bring three things: 1) Snacks. If you think you've packed enough add more. And then add a little more. 2) A potty. Mine prefer one that makes Lightning McQueen race car noises. Be prepared to have them using said potty in the middle of the campsite with no shame. 3) A nature bucket to hold all your tadpoles, crawdads and minnows. You might have to wipe a tear away from your child's face the next morning when all of their nature is belly up. Just call it a good life lesson. 



After swimming we sat around and prepared more food of course. Smoked ham, corn on the cob, homemade french fries and potato salad. If I ever thought camping meant not eating well, I obviously didn't know what camping with my brother was like. He fed us good with an equally amazing breakfast the next morning. The women sat around while the men cooked. It was a little slice of heaven. 

Looking to the future I hope to make camping a regular thing for us. It is an invaluable way to let the children cut loose and make wonderful memories with each other. Same holds true for the adults too. A perfect way to pause and just thank God for creating so much beauty. 

You should be proud of me. I only screamed three times. Once when a spider crawled across my toes, once when minnows were sucking on my ankles in the river and once when I got too close to the lantern and a june bug flew into my face. Overall, I think I did rather well. 






Oh, and how could I not mention that our six year wedding anniversary was this weekend. As Kinley and Harper were getting ready for bed, Steven was carrying their potty out to the woods, to dump the dump if you will, when he looked over my way and let out a, "Happy Anniversary, Babe!" If anyone would have told me on my wedding day that exactly six years from then Steven would be hauling our child's poop out into the woods I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have been able to believe that. It may not be a glamorous life, but it's ours... and I wouldn't change anything about it.  

Here's to first time campers and six years of being married to my best friend.  

5.21.2014

An Announcement



Hey there friends and family! It comes to no surprise to you, if you have been following this blog over the years, that Steven and I have always had a love for adoption. And it's not so much that we need more kids. Really, more kids need families. We are at a place in our lives where we feel we can be that family. The one that opens their arms and welcomes in a family-less child as a valued and loved part of ours. 

This is a rather impersonal way to share, but it's also efficient. 

We are teaming up with Bethany Christian Services at their St. Louis, Missouri branch to embark on our domestic adoption journey. As with anything new, starting this process leaves us with a variety of things to figure out and work through. From the financial aspect, to the emotional aspect, to meeting the requirements of the many steps involved. We would like to use this blog to share those things with you. Not only in the hopes of having you support us with all that's mentioned above, but to also shine light on adoption and make it less of a scary unknown thing "other people" do and more of a tangible thing someone you know or even you yourself can do.

We have completed the first two steps of the process which were to fill out a preliminary application and participate in a webinar with our agency. Just in these first two steps we have wrestled with hard questions like why we want to adopt and if we are prepared to handle the ups and downs and waiting. 

Our next step is to send in our formal application. Once it is approved we will need to pay our first payment in the amount of $550 to continue on. Hopefully this will happen in the next few weeks. Which brings us to another avenue. The road of fundraising and ultimately asking you for your money. No one likes to ask people to hand over their cash and believe me, this is the most uncomfortable part of adoption for us. I will not choose to be embarrassed about this. We can afford the month to month costs of having another child in our home, but we do not have the $26,500 needed to complete this process from start to finish. We have been researching fundraising ideas, and I'm actually excited about some of the things we have planned! We want to feel involved in the process from doing things like selling T-Shirts to selling bracelets hand made from Haiti. I can't wait to share these tangible acts of service with you. Applying for grants will be on our list of things to get done also. 

Of course those things take time, so for now I am asking you to bless us and our child that is out there for my birthday. Instead of sending texts, Facebook comments, presents or birthday cards would you consider donating to our adoption fund for my birthday? Any amount will help! I turn 29 on June 12th and already have everything I could ever want or need. To be able to make our first payment in our adoption journey and move on to the next step for my birthday would move me to tears. I look forward to sending each and everyone of you a personal thank you! We are praying that through everything money will not be what holds up our adoption. We are also partnering with a non profit fundraising organization where your donations will be tax deductible, and once we are approved for our profile to go live we will share that on the blog, but for now you can send my birthday blessings to: 

The Gandy's
528 Sycamore St.
Carthage, MO 64836 

I will plan on removing our address after June 12th and from there we will provide more information on how you can play an important role in helping a child be placed with their forever family. We also ask that if you are the praying type, you consider praying regularly for us as we believe that is something we need to get us prepared for what is ahead.  

We trust in the path God has led us to and are looking forward to the growing pains this adventure brings us in our walk with Christ. We hope that you walk with us every step of the way.