And the Pieces Fit

I think I am like most people and music has always had a special way of speaking to me. “The Pieces Fit” by Considering Lily has always been a favorite of mine. It reminds me of countless discipleship meetings in youth group, among many other people and fond memories. When Jesse and I began talking about this puzzle fundraiser, this song stirred up in my heart. Here is a verse and chorus. It is on iTunes if you’d like to hear it!!

I was like a story without an ending, a mystery with no clue
A maze where each direction is deceiving, with no one to lead you
I was confused till his answers reached me
Unaware till he came to teach me
It was a match made in heaven from the moment we connected

His grace for my shame
His death for my blame
His stripes for my pain
And the pieces fit
His joy for my grief
His hurt my relief
My doubt his belief
And the pieces fit

And now the moment that gives both Jesse and I butterflies in our stomach, a lump in our throats and tears in our eyes…Our First Fundraiser…*drum roll please*

The Art Work

The Art Work

Here is a 1,000 piece puzzle, painted by a phenomenal artist named Jodi Queenan. We are selling the puzzle pieces for $10 a pc. We will write your name on the back of the puzzle piece, and as the pieces sell, we will assemble the puzzle. When the puzzle is finished, we will frame it in a double sided frame so that we can turn it over and see all the names of those who helped bring our little girl home! As we complete this fundraiser it will bring us almost 1/3 of the way to our financial goal!!

Jesse and I Praying over this fundraiser.

Jesse and I Praying over this fundraiser.

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The Pieces

If you would like to purchase a piece of the puzzle scroll to the bottom of the page and Click the “Buy Now” button under the Buy a Piece of the Puzzle heading.

**If you are on a mobile device and would like to purchase a puzzle piece you will have to scroll to the bottom of the page and click “view full page”**

Thank you! Thank you for making The Pieces Fit.

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One meeting down…way more to go!

After a month of gathering what seemed like endless paper work, filling out a questionnaire that asked some deeply personal questions that made us sit back and really think, we had our first meeting for our home study today. It went really well! And we have our next meeting where she comes to out house scheduled for a few weeks from now.

As I was getting ready this morning it kinda hit me, this is it, we are really in the adoption process. Until today I feel like we have been all talk but today was the first of many meetings and it made me so excited! We are actively pursuing our little one!!

This morning as we sat down with our case worker and discussed our childhoods, our marriage, and how we parent, I learned a lot about myself and Jesse. Due to so many people praying for us, we weren’t nervous at all; we both just had such a peace. We were able to talk to her like a friend and just hope that she would like us 🙂

So the next steps are that she will come do our home visit in about two weeks, then her report within the following two weeks. After that, we send it to our agency to be reviewed and then we’re really off and running!

We just want to thank everyone from the bottom of our hearts for all the prayer that has been being poured out over not just today, but this entire process! It has been needed and very comforting.

AND even more good news!! Our first fundraiser came in the mail today, so watch our “Tapley Ever After” Facebook page and here for more details on that!

Jesse says “Tapleys out” Good night Y’all 🙂

 

And so it begins…

I can tell you when my heart changed. When God began to shake it up. Wreck my idea of perfect.

A new sweet and dear friend handed me a book. She said, “Read this one! It will change your life!” We laughed and as I looked at the cover I thought how is this going to change my life? If you would’ve asked me in that moment how I felt about the orphans in Africa I would’ve told you “It’s sad. They deserve better. Our church goes there and does good work.” Now ask me that question…I dare you…I’ll tell you. My heart is broken. It literally aches, and I need to do something about it!! Half way thru the book I shut it (slammed it shut with tears in my eyes) and said to Jesse, “We are going to get a little black baby or maybe sponsor one. I don’t know but something is going to happen.” A month later Jesse and I know without a doubt we are going to go adopt a little child (hopefully a little girl age 2-4) from Africa.

Our church works in a little country in Africa called Burundi, our church’s mission is a home and a family for every orphan in Burundi. We thought, “Hey! Maybe this is why God called us to NPC (Northpoint Church). He called us here so we could help the church with this mission! Let the adoption research begin…On the very first phone call we hit a road block. We are too young to adopt from Burundi. The country of Burundi is very strict to adopt from, and for VERY good reasons, but their law is that both parents must be at least 30. It is a very reasonable age, but was a devastating blow. It hit us like a punch in the stomach. We knew God had stirred us in this direction but was He calling us to wait? Three to four years isn’t too long but, MAN thats a long time!! In a bible study I was learning about men and women of great faith that had to wait…Noah built the Ark for 100 years; when God called Abraham and Sarah out of their hometown with the promise of a child and a nation, they had to wait 25 years just for Isaac to be born. It is hard to complain about 3-4 years, and while we don’t want to push anything, we felt the doors close on Burundi (at least for now!).

We began to pray and ask God for our child and not just FOR a child but WHERE our child was. We opened our heart and we know that we can love more and now our family is incomplete. We are ready, this process is scary and lengthy, but we are willing. We also feel like it was time to check into the Democratic Republic of Congo. So we began to look into the Congo and felt like it was the right place for us; that our little one was there somewhere. Now in early March we are in the process of our home study. Today I went and saw my sweet friend at the bank who so kindly notarized some papers for me and we are checking things off our “checklist” and looking forward to each step we need to take.

One thing we ask is support, we ask that you pray for us. This is going to be a long year (or more) with many ups and downs that we most assuredly will not be able to handle without the Lord’s help. We cannot ask enough for your prayers. Not just for us, but for our little girl who is half a world away. We don’t know her yet but we are already praying for her, for her safety, for her heart, for her health and well being. We will begin fundraising very soon as this is a very expensive endeavor, and while it is very hard for Jesse and I to ask for help…We need it. We will be fundraising by selling t shirts and other things, using social media and by asking for good old fashioned donations. We understand that not everyone will be called to adopt or to go to Africa but we do know that we are, and that we can’t do this alone.

James 1:27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

Provers 3:5&6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding;  In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct  your paths.