Monthly Archives: March 2011

More of the Story and a Kick-Off!

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We have had such overwhelming support and congratulatory wishes from friends and family, since the news of our adoption has spread. This is – without a doubt – going to be a ride of highs and lows,… and we are so grateful for such support.

I still can’t make an official announcement (and I’m waiting rather impatiently, I must say), so I can’t share with you the name or picture of our Little Guy, ‘K’ (although I CAN tell you he IS a handsome fellow), but I can share with you a little of the story…
But FIRST, let me tell you about our awesome Kick-Off for ‘K’!
I am so excited about this. In order to jumpstart our fundraising, I’ve been scrambling around, gathering some pretty awesome prizes for giveaways, and I can’t wait a second longer to show you.
Starting TODAY, for each loving, faithful friend who donates $5 or more to bringing K home, you will be entered to win one of the following prizes:
Set of 6 Hand-Knitted Cotton Dish Rags

My ‘honorary’ niece Haley made some of these for me, and it took me weeks to actually put them to use because they are so pretty. The winner won’t actually get MY used dishrags, but will get to choose from a few sets like the one pictured here.
Hand-Made Soap & Hard Lotion Bar
These were made by Yours Truly. The soap is hot-process with pure ingredients, including coconut oil and olive oil. The lotion bar is great for rough spots like heels and elbows. Jeffrey and I each have one stashed in our beside tables. Our family motto is Hazletons love to share… but maybe it doesn’t apply to lotion bars.

Thermal Tote by Thirty-One Gifts


We love our thermal tote, and the ‘Cheeky Elephant’ print is perfect for my crew. But the winner will choose their own print and personalization.

Handmade Beaded Necklace AND Earrings

These were made by my friend Nicole when she was fundraising for her mission trip. The necklace can be worn long or doubled-up. The earrings are sweet and dainty. I have been saving them for something or someone special, and though I’d love to hang on to them, I can’t think of a better way to send them off!
Beautiful Mod Fabric Wreath

My friend Meagan is a super-crafter and her home is filled with beautiful things made with her own hands… She made this wreath and I really wanted to keep it for myself, but it will go to one blessed winner of our drawing in the Kick-Off for K Fundraiser!
Doodle Wrap!


(Also made by my friend meagan) This cozy baby-wrap carrier is double-sided (reversable) with a print that is adorable for baby boy or girl. It carries newborn up to 30 lbs. and comes with a storage pouch and an instructional dvd!
Again, here’s how to enter. Click on the ‘Chip-In’ button on the right-side of our blog. Each person who donates $5 or more towards our adoption will be entered to win. We will draw for one prize every few days until all the prizes are gone. The first drawing will be Monday, April 4th, and the winner will be announced the next morning. So if you are kind enough to make a donation, keep checking back here to see if you’ve won.
But WAIT – there’s MORE!
For TWO chances to win:
1. Kindly make a donation using our Chip-In button, and then
2. Tell about our Kick-Off for ‘K’ fundraiser on your blog or Facebook (link back to this post).
3. Come back here and leave a comment telling us that you shared about our fundraiser.
I can’t wait to see who wins – I LOVE prizes!
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Now, for more of the story…
Adoption is something we never talked about much, but each of us thought was in our future…. one day. You know, years down the road. Honestly, it wasn’t really even on my radar.
Then the Lord really began to stir our hearts towards adoption and open our eyes up His own heart for orphans. We agreed that this was definitely something the Lord was calling us to do, but we saw no feasible way to be able to adopt in the near future. Financially, it was just impossible. And I didn’t feel emotionally capable of even beginning all paperwork involved in beginning an adoption. We left it in God’s hands.
It didn’t take long for God to bring it around again. I had been researching adoption here and there. My best friend and her husband had adopted a little girl from China, so I wasn’t completely unfamiliar with the process. Another very close friend of mine is in the process of an international adoption, and it was through there family that I learned of Reeces Rainbow.
I prayed for some of the children I saw on the RR site, and one particular boy kept coming back to my mind and heart again and again. I brought ‘K’ up to Jeff and showed him his picture. We talked about it and prayed.
For the next few weeks we talked about it and prayed.
We knew that God had called us to adopt. But was it now? Was it this child?
We talked about it and prayed.
Finally, on a Friday night, something just clicked. The peace was there. Not just peace, but joy. We finally felt we had a green light. Now we just needed about $2600 to start the process. $2600 just to get a toe in the water- just to call up the agency and say, “take that boy off the list; he’s OUR son!” That’s all. Just $2600.
The next morning we were handed a check for $5,000.
Yep. God is so good; let me tell you!
Can you believe that after that first step of faith in saying, “okay, let’s do it”, God gave us almost double what we thought we needed. Now we could pay for our home study, too.
That’s just the beginning of the story, and there’s so much more to tell, but this post is getting really long! So I’ll tell more of the story tomorrow.
For now will you help us get the word out on our fundraiser? Help us bring ‘K’ home!!

Our Big ‘Un-Official’ Announcement

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Hello All!

Things have been quiet on the blog, but that’s never a reflection of what’s going on in our life. In fact, if things are quiet on the blog, you can bet-your-bottom-dollar things are hoppin’ around our home. Quite literally, actually. I have two little girls who love to hop, skip, scamper, roll, jump, bounce, run, and sliiiide in their socks on the wood floors. (Although their Daddy doesn’t do that anymore, since I had to retrieve a log-of-a-splinter from ‘neath his foot), and the little brother is following fast behind the girls.
Nope. Not quiet over here at all.
In fact, we have a major ‘Un-Official’ announcement to make today.
This has been months in the making. The Lord has been stirring our hearts and shedding light on our path. It is an exciting, yet scary adventure on which we’re about to embark…
We are adopting.
I can’t give you all many details at this point. We can’t make an official announcement, so I cannot tell you our little fellow’s name, or where he lives. For now, we’ll just call him ‘K’. And while we’re enjoying spring here, where he is, it’s pretty cold outside.
There are many things to share with you in the days to come, and I can’t wait to give credit and glory to the Lord for the way he is already moving on our behalf- on K’s behalf.
For now, we ask you to PRAY for us, for our family, for K. Stay tuned for more of the story, for our official announcement, and for more exciting things to come!!
Shannon

Lookin’ For a Four-Leaf Clover

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This morning the kids and I played in the backyard. The girls ran around and played on the swingset while I pulled Carson around and around in the wagon, wearing a trail in the high grass of our unkempt yard. (I actually like it that way; I LOVE all the wild types of weeds and flowers and greenery that spontaneously grows in place of plain-ol-grass if we leave it alone.)

We are in full spring here; these past few weeks have been the best weather Southeast Texas has to offer. We simply have to drop what we’re doing and head outside while it’s beautiful- before we begin the six months of humid, miserable heat.
Today, as I traipsed through the yard in my flip-flops, I looked on the ground at all the clover. Since it’s St. Patrick’s Day, and the girls and I had already done a ‘Shamrock’ picture earlier in the morning, I wanted to pick some clover for them to inspect more closely. A brown spider sprinted across my toes as I squatted in the yard. After I gave the girls some clover (clovers?), I kept pulling Carson in the wagon and my eyes kept falling down to the clover, searching for that four-leaf clover I still have never found.

I will always remember my friend Patsy, who seems to have an innate ability to find four-leaf clovers constantly. Fitting, don’t you think? Patsy always finds four-leaf clovers? Well I have an Irish name, too, thank you very much, but I still haven’t found that four-leaf clover.
I’m not at all suspicious (or whatever the opposite of that is, in this case.) I have not an inkling of belief in luck. But it would be fun to find one, and show the girls, since four-leaf clovers are rare.

Nope. I don’t believe finding a four-leaf clover will bring me luck, or be a good ‘sign’. But it seems lately I’ve been looking for four-leaf clovers in other areas of my life.
Do you do that? When you’re praying about something – whether it’s small or life-changing – do you look for a sign that God is pointing you in a particular direction? It seems that’s what I’ve been doing lately. There are a handful of things the Hazleton family has been praying about in recent weeks and months, and I have found myself on several occasions wishing, hoping, praying for a sign. God, just tell me what you want us to do!

I wonder if the answer is right there in front of us, in His Word. Written centuries ago, and still alive and powerful and able to light our path.
The Lord brought a particular Scripture to me yesterday morning, and then, about 12 hours later, a friend sent me the same verse:
And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying,
This is the way, walk in it,
when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left.
(Isaiah 30:21)
This is the way, walk in it. Is it true that His Word has really given us all we need for life and godliness? Do we make it too difficult? His Word will light my path. His voice will lead us in the way. And I may step on that four-leaf clover as I’m following His voice, because it won’t matter. I won’t be looking down on the ground for a sign. I’ll have my eyes fixed ahead on where He is pointing. And not all the luck or signs in the world is better than that.