Wednesday, September 25, 2013


In keeping with Tonya's posts about food I figured I would share my most recent experience in the world of Chinese cooking. 

I'm trying ya'll. My boy loves his Chinese food, but I'm a little too steeped in American ways and not nearly patient enough. These Chinese cooks spend forever on their food! But every so often I can give it a whirl.

took an entire two days to make.

Two days! But it was worth it when I saw the look on my boy's face as these were steaming away. 

Dumpling Dough
Two cups of flour to 1 1/2 cups of water
(I added a bit more flour as it seemed tacky to me)
So mix it with your hands. Yep your hands.
Let it sit for two hours.
Knead it.
Let it sit for two hours...again.
Knead it...again.
Let it sit overnight.

Dude, I warned you...two whole days.
The next day you roll it out at thin as possible and cut it into round circles
about six inches in diameter.

Dumpling Filling
You can add and choose your own fillings but this is what I used.
I cooked the pork a day in advance.
I put the pork into the steamer with green onions on the side for flavor. 
(Forgive me, I was out of leeks)
I then chopped very finely an onion and more green onions.
*You must drain as much water from the onions or vegetables as possible*
Wrap them in cheesecloth and twist until water drips out of the cloth
Mix ginger, soy sauce and sesame oil in with the veggies.
Shred the pork very finely or grind it in a processor.

Now, take those blessed little circles of dough that you currently want to scream at and 
place a scoop of the meat mixture slightly off center, wet the edges of the circle.
Pinch from both the left side and right side into the middle.
Fold the left and right side to form an "envelope" shape with the dough.

Don't worry, you are almost finished now.

If you would like to steam them then place a paper towel in the bottom of the steamer.
Wait for it to fill with steam and add your precious little dumplings in until they are nearly transparent.
5-10 minutes and DONE.
Phew. You did it.

Now...find a maid to clean up the mess cause, Sister, "Ain't nobody got time for that."

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Groves Family/New Experiences

Well, hello! Thanks for stopping by! No new family this week so the Groves will be here through next weekend! Go watch their video and give while you're there.  {link on the right side of the blog} They are adopting from India and are grateful for your support!

I'm in Korea enjoying new friends, new food and lots of sightseeing! What's your favorite Korean dish? 

Are you an adventurous eater?? My husband and older son are while my youngest son and I are "slightly less than adventurous"!  New things are exciting though, right? What's your favorite "new food" that you've tried?

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Groves Family!

I hope you're having a good week! Have you given to our family of the week yet?  They're adopting a sweet little girl from India! She will be joining her mom and dad and brother, Aiden.

Hear from the Groves...
           "God has turned our hearts toward India. We learned about a beautiful country with a cultural preference for boys. Often times this preference leads to baby girls being abandoned and even killed because of their gender. This reality gave us a burden for the plight of girls and women in India. As we thought more about this reality our hearts were softened toward specials needs children. Many of these young girls are already unwanted due to their gender then add on a disability of some sort. Our hearts were broken and we said yes to a little girl we have yet to meet. We anxiously await the day when we will see the face of our daughter for the first time. We continue to trust God to provide all we need to bring her home."  

Thanks for supporting each other! 

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Time to Meet the Groves Family!

Hey, how are you? I'm glad you visited our blog today.  If this is your first time here, I'll tell you what we do:  We feature a family for 1 week, we all give $1, we all share this blog page on our own Facebook walls, or Twitter, or our blogs.  And we tell others about it.  And then they come and give their $ get it!  The more we share, the better. Will you also come back next week and support that family, too? $1 every week would be $52 for a whole year.  Not a lot to you, but it means a lot to them!

I'm happy to introduce you to our family of the week. The Groves family, Johnathan and Kristen, are adopting a little girl from India.  They have one son, Aiden, who just turned 3.    The Groves are waiting on their referral.  Visit their blog to learn more about them, but first, watch their video.

Are you ready to give your $1??   Share this blog page and let's show the Groves family our support! Give your dollars through the link on the side (for $5 and up)  or by sending your donation to hopingforhaddie@gmail.comtheir paypal account.  Thanks!
Have a great week!!


Friday, September 13, 2013

An Awesome Update!

Look who broke $200!! Thanks, friends!   Still 2 more days on the blog!

And there's this from Ashley Haden.............. 

  " My original goal was simply to raise funds to buy 31 nets to cover babies in one orphanage...and you guys blew that away! You bought 86 nets for babies and children and 12 wind up/solar lanterns (upgraded from flashlights because these are larger and will light an entire room) for orphanages. And as if that wasn't enough, several generous folks sent unearmarked donations that purchased 3 first aid kits, many sets of new underpants and 20 plastic zippered mattress covers (mattresses often have mold growth due to soiling/lack of access to diapers) for 2 orphanages. I'm blown away by your generosity and HUGE hearts. I'm eager to share photos of all that you have done for these children. From the bottom of my heart, thank you!!"

     Do good.  Be rich in good deeds. Be generous and willing to share.  I Timothy 6:18

But you already know that.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Bujnosek Family AND An Additional Opportunity!

Thanks for supporting the Bujnosek family this week.  They're SOOOO close to $200! Can you help bump them up a bit?  They are traveling NEXT month!!

There's also another project you may be interested in.  We were contacted by Ashley Haden, a past G1S1Africa mama, in the middle of her 2nd adoption from Africa. This is what she wrote:


"There are 31 babies that need mosquito protection nets in this orphanage! My lofty goal is that perhaps we can provide each child with a net for their crib/sleeping space. This will reduce their chance of being bitten by a disease carrying mosquito at night by up to 90%! The nets I am purchasing are World Health Organization endorsed and insecticide treated (necessary for full protection) and cost $13/net. I will order them personally, receive them at my house and ensure they are delivered to the orphanage. If we end up with more net donations then we need I will use any excess to order wind-up (no batteries required) flashlights (Cost is $10 for 2 flashlights on There are very frequent power outages and the "mamas" that care for the children are finding it very difficult to feed bottles and care for sick babies in the middle of the night with no power. Thanks for helping these babies!"

Okay, I know you're already on board and ready to donate.  Get on your paypal and send a gift (remember, by choosing "sending $ to fam/friends"  you can avoid the fees)  Send your gift to: 


Let's go ahead and buy all 31 babies a net. It can truly save their lives.

Thanks so much!

Monday, September 9, 2013

Not Alone {LINK}

Remember our friend Camille? She graciously wrote a blog post for us a few weeks ago and today, she is featured at the Created For Care site!

"Last week, I sat at the kitchen table in front of the computer, eagerly awaiting 11 p.m. when Created for Care 2014 tickets would go on sale. I wanted those tickets more than a 14-year-old Belieber wants front row center. 

Last year was my first C4C; I was on the waiting list and got tickets at the last minute. I know now that God intended for me to be there.

God. That guy is a master of timing." more at Created For Care.  I know you'll enjoy it!


Sunday, September 8, 2013

Meet The Bujnosek Family!

Happy Sunday to you! It's time to meet the Bujnosek family, our family of the week!
Jason and Tanya have one beautiful daughter and are very close to bringing home a sweet 18 month old baby girl from China! Would you like to help them out this week? You can give your $1 and share this blog post on your own Facebook page, blog and Twitter.    It all adds up!
Watch the Bujnosek's video and get ready to give!

You can visit their blog at Bujnosek Family. Ready to give? You can donate over there>>>> on the right side of our blog:) THANKS!
Have a great week, everyone!

Friday, September 6, 2013

Roepnack Update

Hey there! Happy Friday and thanks for stopping by the blog.

Thank you for supporting the Roepnacks this week.  They have an ongoing puzzle piece fundraiser that you can learn more about at their blog.  They have 135 pieces left. Finishing this puzzle fundraiser will take them over the 1/2 way mark of their total fundraising need. Interested?

                                                                        Visit their blog.  

Thank you for your generosity!  Have a great weekend of fall-ish weather, football and fun!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Roepnack Blessings

The Roepnack family is having a wonderful week of being prayed for, given to, and supported.  The adoption community is close knit and those that support us are part of that community.  So, thank you!

Read what a sweet, fellow adoptive mom (Mary Ostyn) shared on her own blog about the Roepnacks......and while they have never met in person, their shared love for God's children connects them.  As it connects all of us.
Visit her blog at Owl Haven and see if you can relate.  I can.

If you missed Sunday's post, here ya go:)  You can read more about Paul and Missy Roepnack and their sweet family on their blog.  (there are some super cute photos there, too!)

Keep praying, giving and sharing--it works!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013


How are ya? Thank you for following the blog. If you're new here, welcome! Let me tell you what we do.
We  (fellow adoptive mamas)  feature an adoptive family for 1 week and allow them to fundraise by sharing our blog posts on social media, blogs, email and word of mouth.  We ask YOU to pray for our family of the week, give $1 and share their story. Very simple. We ask the family to promote their week and it all comes together with a week of dollars adding up to a big blessing for the family and  their supporters!

Will you come back every week? We're asking for $1 from you....if you gave all year, that would be $52.  When we all give, it makes such a difference.

Acts 20:35 says
"...remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself says, "It is more blessed to give than to receive."

Thanks for supporting our families and each other! 

Monday, September 2, 2013

Monday's Update

Happy Labor Day! I hope you're enjoying your long weekend as much as I am!

Thanks so much to everyone who has visited the blog and donated to the Roepnacks! They've raised $625 so far thanks to you!  The Roepnacks are so grateful for you supporting their adoption AND sharing their story--they want to share the gospel as much as or more than they want to share about their adoption of Haven.                                      

Isn't she precious?
You can visit their blog and DONATE here.  

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Meet the Roepnack Family!

It's Sunday night and you know what that means on our blog......time to introduce you to our family of the week!                                        
The Roepnack Family!

You may remember Missy from the Africa page, where she's been a contributor. We're thrilled to welcome her back, along with her family!  
 Paul and Missy Roepnack are adopting a BEAUTIFUL daughter from China, named Haven.

 This sweet girl will join her brother and 3 sisters at home.  This will also be the Roepnack's 3rd adoption and we are thrilled to be able to share in their journey.  I think you will love their video--it shows the Roepnack family's heart in a very real way.

After you watch their video, visit their blog  to see how you can be a part of the Roepnack story.

Are you ready to give your dollar? You can donate on their blog (using the "donate" button) and while you're there, you can read more about their puzzle piece fundraiser, their family, and their adoption story.  Thank you for your generosity!
Enjoy your Labor Day and have a wonderful week!