"But these things I plan won't happen right away. Slowly, steadily, surely, the time approaches when the vision will be fulfilled.
If it seems slow, be patient! For it will surely take place. It will not be late by a single day." Habakkuk 2:3

Monday, May 21, 2012

HUGE MULTI-FAMILY / CHURCH FUNDRAISER SALE TO HELP THE STUTZMAN FAMILY ADOPT THEIR SIBLINGS FROM ETHIOPIA! THIS IS GOING TO BE A MASSIVE SALE!!! WE HAVE TONS OF STUFF THAT HAS BEEN GENEROUSLY DONATED! PLEASE SHARE THIS ON YOUR FACEBOOK PAGE TO HELP RAISE SUPPORT-THANK YOU! WE WILL HAVE THE SALE AT OUR HOUSE IN SILVERTON -404 CHARLES AVE. SILVERTON NEAR CITY PARK (MAIN ST. TO COOLIDGE TO CHARLES). THIS COMING WEEKEND (MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND) MAY 25TH, 26TH, 27TH FRIDAY & SATURDAY 8-5 AND SUNDAY 8-1

Sunday, May 20, 2012

HOW GOD WORKS THE MIRACLES TO GET HIS KIDS HOME~

Things around our house are moving rather quickly this past week!  We wanted to share some amazing news that only God Himself could ordain.  First, we got an email from JSC Foundation saying that one of the grants that we applied for had been APPROVED!!!  We were being GIVEN $10,000 for our adoption!!!!  That put me in tears and just praising God for his goodness!  He is totally and 100% faithful in bringing His kids, without a family, that are fatherless, into a family to give them a hope and a future!  For those of you who say that the reason you can't adopt is money, please know that YOU CAN, HE WILL PROVIDE FOR HIS CHILDREN!!!!  He is doing this in our family and we started out with zero with the enormous amount of approximately $44,000 to raise!!  As our pastor said it this week, HE is providing the funds for two kids half way around the world that don't even know they have a mom and a dad yet!  That IS OUR GOD!!!
Then, more great news just 48 hours after we got the message about our grant, and just TEN days after we were submitted to the Ethiopian court system, we got a call telling us that we had a court date!  This wasn't the most shocking part-we have to be in Ethiopia in TWO weeks!!! AHHHH!  WHAT are you kidding me!?
The week of good news just kept going-the day after this, we found out we were picked to receive a NO-INTEREST loan for $7,500 from another organization, Pathways to Little Feet, that we had applied for!
So, with all of this unexpected news, we quickly booked tickets and we will be flying out May 31st for our court date of June 5th.  Our kid's birthfamily court date, (where their family member has to appear to permanently relinquish them) will be May 29th-our hearts will be breaking for them as we go to bed that night to sleep, because while we sleep, they will be before a judge severing their rights to these kids-because they know that if they stay there, they will suffer in poverty for the rest of their lives without a mom or a dad, probably growing up to live on the street....how heart-wrenching is that!?  Adoption is ordained by God to make a tragedy into something beautiful, but because of the loss involved, it has a very sad and grieving side to it as well.  We are thrilled to be able to give these kids a hope and a future in Jesus and raise them the best we can to know and serve Him! 
So, we should know by the time we leave whether or not the birth family appeared and if their part is complete, or if the court system needs anything more from them, paperwork, etc.
Our trip will consist of us going over, meeting the kids in a group and playing with them for a couple hours (they may not know that we are their parents-we don't know what the orphanage is telling them, but we did ask them to begin preparing them if they could).  The next day will be court, and the next day, we will go back to the orphanage and TELL THE KIDS THAT WE ARE THEIR PARENTS!!  CAN YOU IMAGINE THIS?! 
I SO think of God and how he adopted us into His family and how HE knew way before we did, that we would be joining Him, but we had NO clue until it happened....this is how they will be.  We know, we are more knowledgeable than they are, and we are about to change their lives, just as the Lord changed ours!  AWESOME!
Every single step in this adoption has been completely fast-so different from Seble's!  It is unreal how fast this has went, I mean, we JUST saw the kids on a waiting child listing in JANUARY!  That is unreal-we leave NEXT WEEK!!!  So crazy!  Some friends at work were asking me if we had anything for the kids yet-beds, clothes, "what about socks", etc.  I said NO!  I don't!! -it's like going into pre-term labor without wipes and diapers! :-)  We are not ready, but after this trip, we will get ready and figure all that out and I know it will be ok! God Himself has carried us this far, He has this all handled and we rest in Him. 
Thank you all again for the support, love, financial support, words of encouragement and prayer!  We are continuing to fund raise as we still have our second trip to go back and pick up the kids, that we need to raise the funds for, but we know that He will provide for this. Our huge yard sale is coming up this weekend and it has gotten out of control big, so we are really hoping that we get a lot of people!  It is at our house all weekend in Silverton.  We hope to see you there!!!  We feel very loved and can't ever thank you all enough!  Continue to pray for us these next couple weeks-we can really use it!  Love you all-

Sunday, May 13, 2012

OUR NEW ADOPTION T-SHIRTS ONLY $16!

HERE ARE OUR NEW ADOPTION T-SHIRTS JUST $16 EACH! Let me know if you would like to order one! Just add $3 to ship.

CLICK ON OUR SIDE PAYPAL LINK TO ORDER, OR SIMPLY MESSAGE US TO GET OUR ADDRESS AND MAIL US A CHECK. 

REGULAR CUT-(MENS) S-XLG
WOMEN'S CUT: SM-XLG
KIDS: XSM(2-3), SM(4-6) MED(8-10) LG12-14) KIDS XLG-SAME AS ADULT Small




Saturday, May 12, 2012

LIST OF OUR UPCOMING FUNDRAISERS


*Huge Garage Sale- Memorial Day Weekend –
At Our House 404 Charles Ave. Silverton OR 97381 (near city park)
Friday/Sat. May 25th/26th from 8-5 & Sun. May 27th from 8-1

We can pick up donations from people with our utility trailer at any time. 

*Applebee’s Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser- Sat. July 14th from 8-10.  We have 250 tickets that we need to sell for $7 each.  We will also have 8 items to raffle off at the breakfast.  We will sell each raffle ticket for $1 or $4 for 5 tickets. Contact Adam & Amber @ 503-873-6934 for tickets.

*Dinner fundraiser August 18th-some local families are having an evening for adults with dinner and entertainment.  Call Linda Webb @ 503 508-7387 for tickets and information.

 ONGOING Fundraising:

*Zachary Stutzman POP-CAN DRIVE- collecting cans/water bottles.  We can pick them up from you or drop off at 404 Charles Ave-(across from City of Silverton Park).

*Cassidy Stutzman- Candy Bar Sales

*Jacob Stutzman- Mowing lawns, and house / pet sitting.

* Adoption T-shirt Sales: go to our blog to check out our t-shirts: http://adamandamberstutzman.blogspot.com/

*$10 for Ten- asking everyone we know to give just $10 to help bring our kids home-you can donate at this link with Paypal, debit or credit cards http://www.acharityproject.com/f/10FOR10

*MICHE Bag and Accessory Sales to benefit our adoption-Go here to order: https://rayann.miche.com/Shop?partyId=47190

Monday, May 7, 2012

ZACH'S CAN DRIVE IS GOING STRONG!


THIS IS WHAT HE COLLECTED IN JUST ONE DAY AT THE CAR WASH!

CAR WASH A Success!












We had a great time at our carwash today and raised $495!!!  SO thankful to everyone that came out to help-we so appreciate it!! Thank you for your hard word!  We had a great time!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Local Newspaper does story on our Family~

Silverton, Mt. Angel & Scotts Mills www.ourtownlive.com
Plus two: Stutzman family plans next adoption
May 2012 Posted in People By Kristine Thomas

Jacob Stutzman, 13, was the first to say what other members of his family were thinking. “When are we going to adopt again?” the Evergreen Elementary School student asked his parents Amber and Adam in November. Jacob traveled with his parents to Ethiopia in 2010 to visit the orphanage where his now-little sister lived. He saw people living in dumps and children roaming the streets. The oldest of six, Jacob will become the oldest of eight, when a brother, now 12, and a sister, now 6, arrive – hopefully in late August or early September from Ethiopia. In December 2010, Adam and Amber adopted Seble, from Ethiopia. Almost 2 years old, Seble toddles after her older siblings who include – Cassidy and Zachary, 10; Noah, 8; and Logan, 7. At Coolidge & McClaine Park she follows them up the stairs to the slide; holds up her arms to be placed in a swing and joyfully picks daisies and dandelions with Zachary and Cassidy. The news that two more children will become part of their family only seems natural and the right thing to do for the Stutzman children. “It’s exciting and it will be fun,” Jacob said. “I am excited to have a brother close to my age.” “We are going to have an even bigger family,” Noah said. “I will have three sisters but there are still more boys.” Already driving a 12-passenger van and requiring two carts to go grocery shopping, Amber realizes there will be more laundry, more food to prepare and more things to add to her already never-ending list as a mom. When people question her desire to adopt two more children, she simply looks at Seble and knows she has to do what she can to help two more. Sitting on a park bench next to Adam, Amber recalled how she went to the government agency where Seble was first housed. “I remember there were two caregivers and about 17 babies in the nursery,” she said. “They were crying and their diapers were wet and they were holding up their arms to be held and taken care of.” When she went to the toddlers’ room, the children just laid in their cribs, no longer expecting someone to come to their aid, she said. That could have been Seble, Amber said, as she watched her daughter gleefully grab handfuls of sawdust at the park and put it in her husband’s hands, then giggle as Adam spilled it back onto the ground. “I know I can’t save the world, but I know I can help one kid or two kids,” she said. “Our life has done a complete shift after returning from Ethiopia. It has made me appreciate what’s important and understand there is so much more to life than things.” With her adventurous personality, Seble fits right into the family, Amber laughed. “You would think I would get at least one laid back child, but all of them are constantly on the go,” she said. As Amber and Adam sat on the park bench, they marveled how the older children looked after the younger ones. “Without God in our lives, I would not have the strength to do all this,” Amber said. “You have to have a foundation as a mom. I hope my children learn from all this that you have to get outside your comfort zone in order to make a difference.”
http://ourtownlive.com/ourtown/?p=2304

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

DON'T FORGET THIS SATURDAY- WE ARE HAVING A CAR WASH and CAN DRIVE TO BENEFIT THE ADOPTION OF OUR KIDS FROM ETHIOPIA. PLEASE COME OUT AND SUPPORT US IF YOU CAN!! IT WILL BE AT FIGAROE'S PIZZA IN SILVERTON ON SATURDAY, MAY 5TH FROM 9AM-3PM. Bring your dirty cars and your cans/water bottles!!!

Our Airport Homecoming for our 2nd Adoption~

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Our Journey up to our Referral

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Seble's Referral Video

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"Although it may not always be obvious to us, there seems to be one distinct moment when God begins a new story in each of our lives. He writes words on our hearts that long to be spoken and strain to be lived out. Then with His own great hand, He begins to write the script. Experience by experience through seemingly ordinary days, He supernaturally orders our lives. Only when we look back and reflect on what appeared to have been the ordinary events of life does it become clear what a miracle the Lord has performed." Jan Beazely

LUCY LANE-AGCI-ADOPTION VIDEO! This inspired us to follow our dream!

WHY WOULDN'T I....WHY WOULDN'T YOU?

What Adoption is About! What a Testimony! Lundy's Adoption

We Love this family and this video is inspiring!

HANNAH'S HOPE ETHIOPIA

FATHER, BREAK OUR HEARTS FOR WHAT BREAKS YOURS~

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