Thursday, August 27, 2015

Big News...

Big News.... ALL THE ENVELOPES ARE GONE and Hannah Ruth is schedule to be delivered via C-Section on September 8!!!
We cannot say thank you enough to everyone that has given, prayed, 'shared', 'liked', and been an encouragement with our adoption fundraising. As long as everyone that took an envelepe gets the money in and there are no last minute financial surprises our adoption fundraising is complete!!! THANK YOU!

Thursday, August 13, 2015

The difference 2 letters make

If Christians are going to call for the end of Abortion, then we must also be ready to lead the way in Adoption. "It's amazing how much of a difference, two little letters make!" 

For a free book challenging towards this move, check this out:

One of Russell Moore's other books is Adopted for Life. It is the best book that I have read in the last 12 months.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Adopt an Envelope - Kear Adoption Fundraiser

Only 38 days until Hannah Ruth arrives! And that is assuming she doesn't embrace the Kear baby nature to show up a little early. Y'all have been amazingly supportive. We need your help in the last few weeks to finish up our fundraising and be ready to bring Hannah Ruth home. The total cost of this adoption is around $37,000. If you haven't read the story of our adoption and what God has been doing check it out here:

We have numbered 180 virtual envelopes. Our hope is that all 180 envelopes will be "adopted" by you, a friend, group, church or business. Once you have selected an envelope you are committing to donate the corresponding dollar amount. Envelope #1=$1, #2=$2 and so on. The highest number is 180 so the most anyone would commit to is $180. If you just feel crazy generous and want to give more than $180, you are more than welcome to take multiple envelopes.

If the amount you want to donate is already taken, then use multiple envelopes to equal the amount. (i.e. If you would like to donate $140 and #140 is gone, then you could do #80 and #60.)  If all envelopes are adopted we will raise $16,290 to finish out our adoption expenses!
  • Step 1: Pick your number(s) 
  • Step 2: Go to and make a corresponding donation which will be tax deductible, or you can just give directly to the Kear family and we'll put it in the jar. 
  • Step 3: Comment on our blog or Facebook event to let us know which envelope(s) you or your group adopted so that we can mark them off of our chart and keep track of our progress.
We're almost there! Thanks of helping us spread the word and finish strong!!!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Garage Sale Thank You

THANK YOU to everyone who donated stuff, hauled stuff, organized, sold lemonade and bracelets, cleaned up, spread the word and told their friends and who prayed! The sale was a HUGE success. God is so good and he has given us some amazing community. 
We raised over $7,000 in the garage sale this week! That will cover 20% of the total cost of the adoption. That is amazing! 
Especially thanks to Marcee Watkins and her amazing boys Adlee and Sam, Jennifer and Brad Rusher and their sweet kiddos, Roslyn Kear, Tina Falkner, Colleen Joslin, Casey Thurow, Jared Joslin, Charles Summers, Rachael & Josh Kear, Jenna Warren, Blake Phillips, Rick Kear, Zion Kear, The Johnsons, The Hammers, The Goldbergs, Bailey Nobles Smith, Greg Nobles, Travis & Jordan Mays, Brian Roach, Scot Wanamaker.
Thank You

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Adoption Fundraiser Yard Sale

It's time for our first adoption fundraiser event, and we sure could use your help!

We are having a BIG indoor yard sale on Friday, July 24 (7am - 2pm), and Saturday, July 25th (7am - noon).

We are thrilled that it will be located in downtown Conway at The Venue (1069 Markham St., across from Larry's Pizza), so it will be indoors and COOL! Thank you so much to Greg Nobles for graciously offering us his facility for our sale! This will be the first yard sale that Chris and I have done (except for a little one when we were first married), but we know that for this to be successful, we need to have a ridiculous amount of stuff and some sweet friends and family to help us run it.

Here are the 4 main ways that we are needing help to pull this off:

  1. We need stuff! Please let us know if you have anything you would like to donate to our sale. We are taking everything from clothes, to household goods, to furniture, to baby gear and toys. You can either drop stuff off at our house, or we would be happy to come pick it up from your house sometime before Thursday, July 23. We will have access to a moving truck all week leading up to the sale, so nothing is too big for us to come haul off for you! If you do not have our phone numbers, contact us via email: or
  2. We need help sorting and pricing before the sale, as well as a few people to help during the sale. 
  3. Please stop by on the July 24th and 25th and shop! We'll make you a good deal and it would be so encouraging to see your smiling faces. 
  4. Spread the word!!! Tell your family, friends, and co-workers about our indoor yard sale.
I will hopefully be posting pictures of a few of the fun items we will be selling as we get them in case anyone wants to pre-shop. We have been blown away by the amazing support and response we have gotten since making our adoption story "official" yesterday. I cannot express how much we love you guys and appreciate your prayers for our little family. 

Here's a picture of the madness that is currently Crosby's room 
as we are going through his toys and finding ones for the sale. 

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Why Abba Adoptions

Since our first meeting with Kandi Cox (the owner and founder of Abba Adoptions) we have been really impressed with Abba's amazing pro-life ministry. It is so much more than an adoption agency, it is a pro-life ministry. We believe that in working with Abba for our adoption we are doing more than paying for the expense of an adoption, we are investing in and funding a pro-life ministry so that they will be there when the next girl walks in their doors scared and alone.

You cannot be pro-life and not be pro-adoption.

Here is a video of Kandi speaking on the sidewalk of the only abortion clinic in Arkansas (which happens to be located in West Little Rock right behind the Butcher Shop restaurant, ironically enough). Listen to Kandi's story and check out more about Abba Adoptions at

We're Expecting #3!

We are so excited to share our news that we are going to become a family of five in September through the miracle of adoption! The old blog is getting dusted off so we can keep y'all in the loop during this journey. This has been the most amazing experience, watching the Lord unveil His plan for us over the past month, and I will do my best to include all of the neat details in this initial post.

We received a call on Wed, June 17th, from Kandi Cox at Abba Adoptions (a private Christian adoption agency in Benton) asking how close we were to finishing our application and asking if she could share a story with us. Kandi proceeded to tell us about a birth mother that has been with Abba since February and is due September 21 with a little girl that needed a family. It needed to be an Arkansas family because of some legal custody hoops that we'd have to jump throughAbba was out of Arkansas families, but knew that we were very close to applying with them.

After talking with Abba and praying we told them on Friday, the 19th, that we were interested in being the family for this baby girl. We submitted our application. Then we wrote a letter to the birth mom as well as sent some pictures of us and our family.

The Abba case worker met with the birth mom and birth dad at lunch on Tuesday, the 23rd, to share our letter and pictures with them and see if they felt good about us being the family to receive their baby girl. The birth mom got there before the birth father. The case worker showed her the pictures of us, and the birth mom started crying. She said that she knew us. The case worker was confused and inquired how she knew us. The birth mom told her that she had a dream right before she found out she was pregnant where she saw Chris and me in the dream. She said it was very vivid and stood out more than other dreams. She woke up crying and told the birth father about it. She just knew that we would be important in her life, but she had no clue what that meant.

Apparently the pictures and letter were more than enough confirmation for the birth mom to feel at peace that we were the right family. She liked the fact that I was a stay at home mom. The birth father likes to trout fish and got excited that one of the pics of Chris had a brown trout in it.

So, at 1:50pm that day we received a call that birth parents picked us to be the parents of their baby girl due on September 21... 90 days away! We are so excited and a little shell shocked. We waited to tell the kids until after we heard that they had picked us, and they could not have been more excited to get the news! :) 
We got to meet the birth parents and our caseworker, Amy, last Thursday for the first time. It went very well, and the birth mom even invited me to come to her OB appointments. She told me that she is so glad that we will be able to give her baby the life that she knows she can't give her, and that she just hopes that some day when she grows up, she will thank her for it. Wow, such a loving, selfless decision! I have so much respect for her.

One of the cool things is that we have been praying and looking forward to adopting kiddo #3 since we were in the hospital on bed rest for preterm labor with Emmaline. We knew we wanted to adopt in birth order (a child younger than Emmaline), but we really didn't have any preference about race, sex, or place of origin. We were praying, but waiting on God's leading in regards to the timing of when and where to take steps of obedience. Anticipating and preparing for growing our family through adoption was a big reason as to why we bought and renovated the foreclosure last summer allowing us to have more space and another bedroom.

Right around the start of January 2015, I told Chris that I was ready and thought we should attend the adoption informational meeting for The CALL. That was the start of us taking active steps of obedience to God's call to adopt. The long story made short was the last 6 months have been a crazy roller coaster of exploring avenues for adoption. We looked overseas, and God answered prayers through closed doors (I'm pretty sure he actually slammed those doors closed), we looked into various domestic options until we came across Abba Adoptions. Right away we were blown away by Abba's pro-life ministry and focus. It became clear that going through Abba was more than participating in adoption, but partnering in a pro-life ministry. 85% of the birth mothers that work with Abba walk in their doors abortion-minded. So back to my prompting by the Lord to begin taking steps in January that lead us on the winding road of where we are today... a baby due Sept. 21 would have been conceived right at around the first of January, in fact 
The Call meeting was January 18, the same day that the birth mom told us she found out she was pregnant! It's almost as if there was a sovereign God guiding us right to this little girl. :) The last cool thing is that since the beginning of us talking/praying about adoption, Crosby has wanted to adopt a 5 year old boy to share his bunk bed and toys with, and Emmaline (our little mama) has wanted to adopt a baby girl (at times it has been twin babies named Mary and Joseph). Well, a few weeks before we got the call from Abba, Crosby told me out of the blue that he changed his mind and thought we should adopt a baby girl! God was so gracious to even allow Crosby's heart to change and align with His plan for our family.
Here we are with Kandi Cox the day we signed the adoption papers at our house and made it official.

Please continue praying with us! Here are some specific things to pray for:

  • That the birth parents would come to know the Lord if they don't already (we don't think they do, but the case worker is going to ask some more direct questions around this topic)
  • Baby girl would grow healthy and strong.
  • Financial provision... this is going to cost a huge sum of money... (around $37,000), so we will need to do some major fundraising. We fully believe that going through Abba is funding a pro life ministry, not just an adoption.
  •  Completion of our home study
  • All the stuff that logistically goes into getting a nursery and home ready for a baby in about 70 days
  • Crosby and Emmaline's continued excitement.
  • That the Lord would prepare our hearts for welcoming this sweet baby girl into our family.
Thank you so much for your prayers!!!

I will keep you posted!

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