Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Its Official.

1) my flight is January 12-25.

2) I'm going solo. Dad has given me his final answer.

I'm refocusing and pretending I never knew it was a possibility. I get to see C and Z in just 14 days!!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

May be changing my flight...

a bit EARLIER. Long story short but there was a possibility of my dad coming with me and because of prior commitments on his part we looked at bumping up the flight. Am VERY sad to say I think he's NOT coming with me (soooooo bummed as it would have been so much fun just Dad and I to go to Africa)...but it did get me thinking that me arriving home from Africa on Jan 31st and flying out on business on the 2nd of not so smart. (always knew that but that was our only option at the time). So I am able to move my flight to the 12th instead...returning 25'ish. I will call Golden Rule (HUGE THUMBS UP!) travel agency and confirm tomorrow.

Just talked to Tanis a few minutes ago and she said that option fits her schedule way better...because the missionary plane is coming to pick up a Canadian family that same day (14th). No. NO. NO!!!!!!! I'm not very excited about flying in the what...4 seater...missionary plane 3-4 hours. Sob. Ok...there's going to be a lot of praying on this trip. Can you tell? I hate flying. And I definitely hate flying 4-6 seater planes.

Then Tanis says...we have no bugs here so that will make you happy. Yes. True. She continues with ..." no bats in the house for the last few days" (I wanted to interrupt)...welll... I can't see them but I can hear them flapping up in the ceiling..." Ok. Can I take sleeping pills every night for 2 wks...? :) Maybe if I curl up to C and Z I'll magically fall fast to sleep. :)

Tanis thinks we won't go to the boys' village this trip we'll save it for when Dean comes (that is, unless Dad joins me...).

The list is now:
sweat pants for the boys.
Size 9 shoes for C.
summer polo shirts in solid colors for the boys.
Chai tea and green chai tea for Tanis
and...sleeping pills by the dozen for Janice :)

All kidding aside...I'm so excited I feel like I'm dreaming. To know you are right where God wants you to be doing exactly what He wants you to do..and He is supplying the need every step of the a peace that is almost tangible. (Hope it sticks around for that missionary plane ride...) ;)

Tonight I'm going to bed praying...that my dad is going to bed praying...that this is an opportunity of a lifetime and that God will work out the details so he can have peace about going with his youngest girl to Africa to see his future grandsons.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Flight is booked and ....drumroll....

THE HIPPO SOLD TODAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (you gotta hear this story~!!) when we bought our bedroom set off Craigslist in Portland the lady told us she had a load to send to Goodwill and asked if we wanted it. Dean picked through a few things and put them in a box (I didn't know about this). A few wks later I came home to see Dean outside and the boys playing with a hippo outside. The hippo was looking a little spendy so I decided to check it out online. Dean laughed. Meanwhile its Jay Strongwater. (means NADDA to me...but does to someone) ... it sells exclusively on Neiman Marcus for .... $995!!! So I put it on ebay. For $795 with best offer option. I got an offer for $250. I refused it. I've listed it twice since. Today, Christmas day I got an offer for $545 (my asking price was only $595 this time). So sweeet!!! Paying for these adoption expenses one random thing at a time :)

Flight is Seattle-London-Lusaka January 16-30. While ESTATIC to go to Africa (a dream in itself)...and then to meet our boys and spend 2 wks with them and Tanis (cannot wait) I'm all of a sudden weak in the stomach thinking about leaving my family for 2 wks.... ahhh....

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Ok an update!

So Tanis had quite the day on Monday in Solwezi!! She took Z and C with her and also a christian friend that is also a social worker in the area. She couldn't believe their proposal...skip the attorney altogether as everything Tanis has been doing is what the attorney does. (TRUE!!!!) and we have not paid him yet. Sooo...that was interesting. They said they simply want to monitor me with the children for a few wks asap and then will get the ball rolling, saying we could likely come back in Feb to complete the adoption. I'm leaving out a ton of details but the bottom line is I'm travelling to Lusaka, Zambia January 16-30th. (The travel agency closed sooner than I thought today so I didn't get a chance to book it today but will tomorrow morning.) Its with British Airways and layover in London (which I'm hopppiiinnnnng I'll be able to meet up with my childhood friend, Mel and her family in London :).

Want to hear more amazing news?! Ok so late last night I decided to clean a pile of mail on the counter....I just start tossing envelopes of junk in the trash. One of which was our mortgage statement. I pay online so I don't need my statement. Then there was another mortgage statement envelope. Threw that in the trash too. Then thought..."I should check them...thats weird. Why 2 statements in one month!?" I open the first one in the trash and I must have had my jaw on the floor!!!! $2120 refund from our escrow account!!!!!!! I RAN upstairs to Dean who was in the shower and I'm screaming going "You will never ever ever believe whats in my hand!!!" It was such a great moment. All in the same day that I found out I'll be travelling to Zambia in a few weeks!!

The good news continues...we are on a streak ;) The travel agency I'm dealing with that offers special fares for adoptions and mission travel got us a ticket of only $1475!!! Need we say how excited we are about that?
Its a good day.

All in a day that changed our family 2 years ago today. The day Dean's mom passed away so suddenly and tragically on our Christmas vacation at the West Edmonton Mall in AB. Mom and Grandma we miss you and we will never ever forget you. Our kids still ask about you and often ask God to say Hello to Grandma for them. XO

Monday, December 21, 2009

A January Trip!!!!!!!!

I just spoke to Tanis (middle of the night for her but she was awake b/c C and Z were wired after sleeping all day in the car).... and bottom line to a very long story is I am set to travel in January my pick of dates!! No court hearing...simply me being watched interacting with the twins for 2wk (they want 3 but hopefully they compromise ... ) I've already left a message with the travel agency and we'll see what they have for times/fares etc.

Ok...... THIS IS SO SURREAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Today is the day...

Tanis is driving right now as I type (we called her on her cell) to Solwezi to visit the social welfare department and she is going to push (we are going to pray) for a court date!!!

I hope to give a positive update soon!!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Social Welfare update

Tanis texted us Thursday to let us know the Thursday appt she had to meet with the Social Welfare office (about 6hrs drive away for her) was postponed to Monday. So we hope to have good news on that soon!

Also in reading over our blog I'm seeing some friends congratulate us on baby #5...I'm sad to say we've lost baby #5. It was very early in the pregnancy which I'm thankful to say...its hard to imagine how painful it would be half way through etc. We now have 2 babies waiting for us in Heaven...

The total raised from our Krispy Kreme Fundraiser was $890!! Wanted to give you all that update :)

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Our Adoption Grant and how YOU can help bring our boys home!

"I will not leave you as orphans, I will come to you... John 14:18

Some of you know we have felt called and directed by God to adopt two special orphan boys into our family. We are adopting twin boys from Zambia, Africa. The boys turned 5 years old in August and are currently known as Jacob & Meleki. As a family, we’ve been excitedly praying for them and can't wait to bring them home!

Did you know it is estimated less than 10% of all orphan children are adopted into evangelical Christian families? According to current estimates, if only 10% more Christians in America would adopt, it would be equivalent to providing homes for all the orphans in Eastern Europe (1.5 million), Latin America (400,000), and the US foster care system (150,000).

Some of you are probably wondering what has prompted us to adopt. Well, primarily, we’ve felt so clearly directed by God to adopt that we want to obey Him, and we also have always dreamed of giving an orphan child (children) a family they wouldn't otherwise have. God desires for orphans of all nations to be loved, cared for and adopted into Christian families – ultimately so they can become saved, and be adopted into His eternal family through Jesus Christ! There are so many things God has used to prick our hearts and move us to adopt, here are a few:

Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction… James 1:27

While we were praying about whether or not to adopt, we were eating dinner one night in our dining room. Tirzah pointed to two empty chairs and said "we need two more kids so our table will be full"...little did she know, God was just about to direct us to two little boys to fill those empty chairs!

The biggest challenge for us is not opening our hearts and home to another child, but it is in finding the finances to make this happen. We estimate our total cost for adoption fees, document preparation, home study, airfare, travel, attorney fees, etc. to be $14,000 - that’s certainly money we don’t have, but we know God is faithful and is leading us to trust Him. So far we have been able to pay the initial $2750.

Honestly, it’s a little difficult (because of our pride), to make our needs known to the Body of Christ around us, but we also know it’s very Biblical to do so. We appreciate your friendship very much and would like you to pray & consider helping us in our adoption. There are two ways you can help:

1. Prayer – Please pray God would care for Jacob & Meleki in Zambia until we are able to bring them home, that God would prepare Tirzah, Zion, Azlan and Azahria for the upcoming changes to our family, and that God will give us wisdom, discernment, and insight as we raise them to know Jesus.

2. Financial support - Will you please consider making a tax-deductible donation to help us pay the remaining $11,250 in adoption expenses, to bring our boys home?

Lifesong ( HYPERLINK "" has graciously given a Matching Grant of $3,000 to help.

If you would like to be a part of God bringing Jacob & Meleki to Himself through our family, you can send your tax-deductible gift between now and FEBRUARY 10th to the address below. Lifesong is a trusted organization administering the funds on our boys' behalf, and will pay adoption expenses out of funds received.

Please make checks payable to: Lifesong. You may preference how the donation might be used by writing “preference Dean & Janice Walker Family Adoption” in the memo section of your check.

(*Note: In following IRS guidelines, your donation is to Lifesong which retains full discretion and control over its use.)

Mail checks to:

Lifesong for Orphans

Att: Dean & Janice Walker Family Adoption

PO Box 40

Gridley, IL 61744

Thank you for investing in our family and God's family through prayer and finances – it will be an investment with an eternal return! (Matt 6:20)

For Him,

Dean & Janice

Tirzah, Zion, Azlan & Azahria

December 16, 2009

Dear church, family, and friends of Dean and Janice Walker,

Lifesong for Orphans ( HYPERLINK "" is a non-profit Christian ministry dedicated to help meet the needs of orphan children around the world, and obey God’s call to “visit the fatherless…in their affliction” (James 1:27).

The number of children worldwide without families to love and care for them is astounding… there are over 5.5 million orphans in Africa alone!

God tells us in His word He has heard the cry of the orphaned and abandoned children (Psalm 10:17, 18) and He has made a way for them to be cared for – through adoption. As believers, He adopted us into His family through Jesus, and did not leave us as spiritual orphans!

We believe adoption at its core is evangelism--a vital part of the Great Commission is bringing the mission field home. God desires orphans from all nations to be adopted into Christ-honoring families so they may ultimately be adopted into His eternal family through Jesus Christ. God calls us to fulfill James 1:27, “visit the fatherless…” but not all are called to adopt. Some are called to pray, some to give financially, some to go on mission trips, and some to adopt.

Dean and Janice have sensed God’s call . . . and have joyfully stepped out in faith and obedience to adopt Jacob and Meleki from Zambia. As you may already know, international adoption can cost around $25,000 and prevents many godly families from adopting. Lifesong believes God has raised up the Walker family “for such a time as this…” and we have committed an Adoption Matching Grant of $3,000 to help raise the funds necessary to complete the adoption of these special little boys. This means Lifesong for Orphans will match “dollar-for-dollar” everything the Walkers raise from their church, family, and friends between now and February 10, 2010, up to $3,000. We invite you to support them financially to make this adoption possible. Your gift is tax deductible and you will receive a tax-deductible receipt. *100% of all funds raised will go directly to cover adoption costs--nothing will be taken out for Lifesong for Orphans administrative costs.

Will you invest financially in the life of these precious twin boys? . . . It will be an investment with eternal return.

God bless you for laying your treasures up in Heaven,


Andy Lehman

Vice President

p.s. I trust God will do great and mighty things through this, and all for His Glory!

ι PO Box 40 ι 202 N Ford St ι Gridley, IL 61744 ι

ι phone 309 747 3556 ι fax 309 747 4647 ι ι

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Social Welfare and Fundraiser update

We got a call last week from Tanis saying she received a call for the Solwezi Social Welfare office saying they received the file for our boys and they would work on getting us a committal court date asap (have we heard that before...?). Ok so now at this point we are praying for a mid January court date.

We did our fundraiser yesterday morning. First of all a HUGE HUGE thank you to my special friend Amanda Cadman and her nieces (who don't even know me!) for all their full-effort help!!! It was sooooooooooooo cold and we truly could not have done it without EACH OF YOU: Tim & Karen Phillips, Craig & Sarah (from our small group), Kip (also from our group) and Derek and Stephanie and children who selflessly went above and beyond to serve. We are indebted to each of you and take it as a gift to Jesus.

How did it go? was cold. Have I said that already? And there were at least 130 dozen donuts left over unsold....and well...honestly its nice to know thats God's deal-not ours. This was so in His hands. We did it (out of my comfort zone) and He could have easily sold them all in an hour...we did it for Him. We did profit - the total is not in yet. We were amazed and the pure kindness of complete strangers. Many who gave to us not even wanting the donuts but just wanted to give to help with the costs of our adoption! Strangers simply driving by and seeing a need!!

We are continuing to wait to hear back from LIFESONG to hear if we were approved for a matching grant of up to $4000 for donations. When we do hear back we will be sure to update the blog on how you could give a tax deductible donation if you feel led.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

An emotional journey.

This is such an emotional journey. God started it and He is going to have to complete it. So much of this is out of our hands included the financial side! Today after reviewing more than 10 granting organizations--consistently--the rules are they will not off grants unless you are adopting through a licensed agency. Sigh. That eliminates us!!

Talking this morning with 2 friends over coffee they suggested doing a bake sale. Hmmm this could work!!