Beyond Comfort Into Blessing- (From 13 to 15) Adoption of Grace~Victory and Hope~Glory

Thomas and Kat Marr
Thomas and Kat Marr Sachse, Texas

Once upon a time there was a small family with three children, Tom, Sarah, and Anna. They thought comfort was the way life was supposed to work when following God.

(As they now tell their children, “That was just plain silly!”)

They started traveling on an invisible tightrope of faith, following God across the Grand Canyon.  As you can imagine, this was NOT comfortable.  The winds blew.  The monsters below roared.  The tight rope remained invisible.

Yet, they found such amazing blessing on the other side.

They found the blessing of Max across that canyon. In Eastern Europe he waited in a country now closed to adoption.

They found the blessing of Bekah, Gabriel, and Rachel on the continent of Africa.  The tight rope swayed, but the acts of God brought them falling into their arms.

In a far off Asian nation, through a house fire and a break in (Who knew those things were on an invisible tight rope?)….was a little girl named Jael of three and a half that would have amputation surgery and ROCK prosthetics.

Across the chasm they found a son, Jonathan, that would pass away and only be held in their dreams.

Across the bottomless chasm of faith, Benjamin followed from the same Eastern European nation.  They labeled him “Down Syndrome” and said that diminished his worth.  He was shuttled off to a mental institution and kept in a shed during the days and a dark room through the night…drugged to keep him compliant.

This family wondered if they could still keep going.  Faith was making them very uncomfortable.  They KNEW the blessing at the other side, but also knew the monsters that tried to rattle them while they were crossing.   “Fear” and “Attacks” were ugly monsters.  Their knobby and grubby claws would reach out when least expected.

Yet the ever growing family remembered the blessings.

These same blessings now stood on the tight rope with them calling, “Go Mommy and Daddy! Go!”

So they went across the Grand Canyon….again to Asia.  In May of last year they breached the abyss for a little boy named Timothy.  He had this crazy sounding diagnoses (even harder to spell) called “Arthrogryposis”.  It sounded like the monsters they avoided, but instead had beautiful almond eyes and a tiny body.  Yes, this little gift would endure many surgeries, but he would also smile like no one else’s business!

This chasm, that had seemed so great, had brought such blessing.  They sat and laid back, a picnic came into mind.  Yet on a whisper of a breeze they heard calling.  They heard the calling of the orphan, of the lonely…of two little girls that longed to be daughters, sisters, grandchildren, and loved.

They were given names from God, Grace~Victory (a whisper heard for two years) and Hope~Glory.  They had also been given the name “Down Syndrome”.  With Hope~Glory’s added name of “Heart Issue” they waited.  They waited for the family across the Grand Canyon…. to hear the whisper.

Would this family spread out their picnic and get comfortable?  Would they listen to the whisper?  That’s where this story began.

Our names are Thomas and Kat Marr.  The blessings are our children.  After 23 years of marriage….our two oldest children married with new born babies of their own….two more children await our arms. Two more children are whispering across the canyon.

We can’t do it alone though.  We need  your help.  We are in the midst of medical adventures with our children at home and financially cannot bridge this gap without you.  We need you.

We have been offered a matching grant of $4000 toward bringing our daughters home.  If we meet it, we receive $8000 of which we need every penny.  Actually, we need much more than that, but this will bring us about a third of the way there.  For this we are forever thankful.

We ask you to join us, in both prayer and financially.  We KNOW it is a sacrifice.  We cannot ignore those whispers though.

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If you wish to know more about our family or even follow us on our trip to the girls, you can find our blog at…http://everlastingmomentum.blogspot.com


STRIPE charges an online processing fee (2.2% +.30 USD per transaction). Your donations will be decreased by this amount. You may also send a check payable to “Lifesong for Orphans”. In the memo line please write “Marr 6758”, to ensure it is credited to our account. Please mail to Lifesong for Orphans, PO Box 40, Gridley, IL 61744.

Lifesong has been blessed with partners who underwrite all U.S. administrative and fundraising costs (TMG Foundation and other partners). That means 100% of your donation will go directly to the adoption.

  • In following IRS guidelines, your donation is to Lifesong for Orphans. This organization retains full discretion over its use, but intends to honor the donor’s suggested use.
  • Lifesong is a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization. Individual donations of $50 or more and yearly donations totaling $250 or more will receive a tax-deductible receipt. Receipts for donations under $50 will gladly be sent upon request.
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Raised to date by 21 people
 of  $15,000
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My Story

Once upon a time there was a small family with three children, Tom, Sarah, and Anna. They thought comfort was the way life was supposed to work when following God.

(As they now tell their children, “That was just plain silly!”)

They started traveling on an invisible tightrope of faith, following God across the Grand Canyon.  As you can imagine, this was NOT comfortable.  The winds blew.  The monsters below roared.  The tight rope remained invisible.

Yet, they found such amazing blessing on the other side.

They found the blessing of Max across that canyon. In Eastern Europe he waited in a country now closed to adoption.

They found the blessing of Bekah, Gabriel, and Rachel on the continent of Africa.  The tight rope swayed, but the acts of God brought them falling into their arms.

In a far off Asian nation, through a house fire and a break in (Who knew those things were on an invisible tight rope?)….was a little girl named Jael of three and a half that would have amputation surgery and ROCK prosthetics.

Across the chasm they found a son, Jonathan, that would pass away and only be held in their dreams.

Across the bottomless chasm of faith, Benjamin followed from the same Eastern European nation.  They labeled him “Down Syndrome” and said that diminished his worth.  He was shuttled off to a mental institution and kept in a shed during the days and a dark room through the night…drugged to keep him compliant.

This family wondered if they could still keep going.  Faith was making them very uncomfortable.  They KNEW the blessing at the other side, but also knew the monsters that tried to rattle them while they were crossing.   “Fear” and “Attacks” were ugly monsters.  Their knobby and grubby claws would reach out when least expected.

Yet the ever growing family remembered the blessings.

These same blessings now stood on the tight rope with them calling, “Go Mommy and Daddy! Go!”

So they went across the Grand Canyon….again to Asia.  In May of last year they breached the abyss for a little boy named Timothy.  He had this crazy sounding diagnoses (even harder to spell) called “Arthrogryposis”.  It sounded like the monsters they avoided, but instead had beautiful almond eyes and a tiny body.  Yes, this little gift would endure many surgeries, but he would also smile like no one else’s business!

This chasm, that had seemed so great, had brought such blessing.  They sat and laid back, a picnic came into mind.  Yet on a whisper of a breeze they heard calling.  They heard the calling of the orphan, of the lonely…of two little girls that longed to be daughters, sisters, grandchildren, and loved.

They were given names from God, Grace~Victory (a whisper heard for two years) and Hope~Glory.  They had also been given the name “Down Syndrome”.  With Hope~Glory’s added name of “Heart Issue” they waited.  They waited for the family across the Grand Canyon…. to hear the whisper.

Would this family spread out their picnic and get comfortable?  Would they listen to the whisper?  That’s where this story began.

Our names are Thomas and Kat Marr.  The blessings are our children.  After 23 years of marriage….our two oldest children married with new born babies of their own….two more children await our arms. Two more children are whispering across the canyon.

We can’t do it alone though.  We need  your help.  We are in the midst of medical adventures with our children at home and financially cannot bridge this gap without you.  We need you.

We have been offered a matching grant of $4000 toward bringing our daughters home.  If we meet it, we receive $8000 of which we need every penny.  Actually, we need much more than that, but this will bring us about a third of the way there.  For this we are forever thankful.

We ask you to join us, in both prayer and financially.  We KNOW it is a sacrifice.  We cannot ignore those whispers though.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

If you wish to know more about our family or even follow us on our trip to the girls, you can find our blog at…http://everlastingmomentum.blogspot.com


STRIPE charges an online processing fee (2.2% +.30 USD per transaction). Your donations will be decreased by this amount. You may also send a check payable to “Lifesong for Orphans”. In the memo line please write “Marr 6758”, to ensure it is credited to our account. Please mail to Lifesong for Orphans, PO Box 40, Gridley, IL 61744.

Lifesong has been blessed with partners who underwrite all U.S. administrative and fundraising costs (TMG Foundation and other partners). That means 100% of your donation will go directly to the adoption.

  • In following IRS guidelines, your donation is to Lifesong for Orphans. This organization retains full discretion over its use, but intends to honor the donor’s suggested use.
  • Lifesong is a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization. Individual donations of $50 or more and yearly donations totaling $250 or more will receive a tax-deductible receipt. Receipts for donations under $50 will gladly be sent upon request.
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Only $4175 and We TRAVEL!!!

June 7, 2017

We are only waiting on our travel approval now!  We have $4175 left to raise!  When we reach $11,000 on this site, we will have met our goal! We are keeping this open for one more week as a tax deductible way to give!!!

 

WOO HOO!!! God is moving mountains!!!

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Quick Explanation

June 7, 2017

If you’ve read the last update, our total needs to reach $11,000 (approximate) for our adoption to be FULLY FUNDED!!!!  We only need $4,175! When donations are made online, then a SMALL portion is taken out, thus the total of $11,000 needed.  

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Grace~Victory Update!

April 12, 2017

We received some beautiful pictures of Grace today…after almost two years.  She looks so sweet, but is obviously not in as good a situation as Glory.  She’s tiny at three and a half and weighs much less than her new two year old sister Hope~Glory.  I’ve added her pictures to the album.  Please pray for our girls!  Thank you all for continuing to stand and pray with us!

 

Please Pray….
*For Grace and Hope, that they are healthy, loved on, and protected.  Please pray that they dream of us and attach quicker than ANYONE could imagine.
*That, IF God Wills, we receive the waiver we’ve requested.  Adoption fees are often not arbitrary, but pay for families and children’s needs.  We pray that only if this will not bring any hardship, that we may receive it the waiver.
*That we hear from the three grants we have yet to hear from.  I sent an email yesterday to see if we missed something during the surgery.  We did hear from one (that they had not tried to communicate with us at this point).  Please pray we receive at least one grant.  It would help TREMENDOUSLY!
*Please also pray for Thomas and I.  Please pray we can use this time before travel to gain physical strength.  We have two more little ones and really need to focus.  We have several physical needs for the girls, but strengthening our bodies comes before every one.

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Grant Matched and New Pictures of Hope~Glory!!!!

April 11, 2017

Our grant is met!!!!  Happy Dance!!!  PRAISING GOD!!!!

We still have $10,000-$12,000 to go (having to guesstimate travel based on other people).  God will get us there!!!!   You can still give through Lifesong (this link or a check with our name and Family number on it).  It will still be tax deductible!!!!

This morning our joy overflowed again with new pictures of Hope~Glory!!!!  I’ve already uploaded them for you guys to see! OH HAPPY DAY!!!!!! GOD IS SO GOOD!!!!

Please continue to pray….

*For Grace and Glory to be healthy and protected (and LOVED).  That they dream of us and attach to us quicker than anyone imagines!!!

*For Grace~Victory’s update to come.  This orphanage is big and can take quite awhile for an update.

*For us to get news on our grants (yes or no) and that we may receive at least one grant.  We are awaiting news on three grants.  We emailed in case we missed something while focusing on Timothy’s surgery.  One has replied only that we didn’t miss anything (which is good).

*Please pray IF it’s God’s Will that we will receive a waiver that is for an adoption fee that we requested.

*Please pray for Thomas and I to grow in strength as we prepare for the girls to come home.

Thank you friends!!!

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Almost There!

April 8, 2017

I cannot believe we have almost met our matching grant!!! Thank you all for joining us!

We are at $3910!!! We have to subtract a few fees, but this is HUGE!!!!  WE ARE ALMOST THERE!!!!!

Big picture, yes…we still have a long way to go, BUT….this will get us over a third of the way there when it’s matched!!!! WOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!

We still have in country fees of close to $15,000 (since we are adopting two daughters) and all the travel.  Guesstimate for travel is around $11,000-$13,000 (includes airlines, guides, in country flights, three weeks hotels that we don’t book, more smaller things the agency lists to proceed through this adoption).

With our matching grant and our adoption account our next fee is just ALMOST THERE TOO!!!! WOO HOO!!!!!  

We have requested a waiver on one adoption fee.  All these fees pay people, take care of their families, children, etc.  We are praying for the waiver only if it can be within God’s Will (not cause hardship).  Please pray that if it is within God’s Will it will be waived.  We also are asking for prayers that we hear from two grants we have now applied to.  We are praying we receive at least one.  Though it may be my human side trying to figure out “how”, God’s Favor on these two things would have the adoption almost fully funded!!!

We KNOW God provides though.  We never imagined getting THIS matching grant.  God will take care of getting our girls home!  HE knows how!

Please also pray for our girls.  Please pray they attach quicker than we could ever imagine and they are thoroughly protected.  

We also appreciate pray for Thomas and I’s physical strength.  We have a lot ahead and feel the need to focus there.  Our girls may have intensive needs.  We just don’t know at this point.

Thank you for joining us on this journey! It’s getting real!!!

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LOA and Home Tomorrow!

April 4, 2017

Thank you friends!  Thank you for getting us to this point!  

We are heading back from Timothy’s surgery out of state today.  Tomorrow we sign our LOA and mail it to our agency!  We are within maybe two months or so NOW!

Your love and support is a gift from God.  THANK YOU!!!

We appreciate all prayers! 

Our current prayer requests….

*For Grace and Hope to dream of us and attach quicker than anyone can imagine.

*For them to be protected as things are happening around them.

*For our matching grant to be met and for the remainder of the funds to be raised as well.

*We have asked for a specific fee waiver.  Can you please pray it’s granted?

Thank you for giving and praying our girls home!

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