Melott Family

Melott Family

Sweet S Adoption Fund

Friday, March 14, 2014

The Waiting Game.....

As any adoptive parent knows, in the adoption world everything is hurry up and wait.  Rushing to get this document updated, rushing to get papers notarized, rushing to send things off by overnight mail, only to then be stuck in the waiting phase again.

BUT, good things happen in the waiting.  Hence, so many verses in the Bible about waiting.
Psalm 38:15- "Lord, I wait for you; you will answer, Lord my God."

We are currently waiting for news about court in India.  It has been 7 weeks since we received our NOC so we hope to hear something about our court orders soon.

During this season of waiting we received a HUGE blessing!  Our family received a grant from JSC Foundation.  We were able to finish up the last of our India fees with this grant!  We were again overwhelmed by God's goodness!  We also received the blessing of a photo of our sweet S receiving the picture/family book that we made for her.  She is growing so fast and we cannot wait to have her home with us.

While we are finished paying all of our agency fees, we will still have travel expenses to pay.  Our unbelievable friends and family have been MORE THAN GENEROUS in assisting us in our fundraising efforts.  Thank you for being patient with us as we ask over and over again for your assistance!  I have two of my half marathons for the 4 BY 40 Fundraiser this month (23rd and 29th.)  I am excited to get to run the Dallas Rock n Roll Half Marathon with my sister next weekend.

We are also in the middle of our Bonfire Funds t-shirt campaign.  Our friend Laura James designed an amazing shirt for us.  You have until April 2nd to purchase one of these great shirts!  Get your shirt here.

Thank you all for your love and support as we wait to go get our girl!

Sunday, January 26, 2014


"Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD will personally go ahead of you.  He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you."  Deuteronomy 31:8

Wow, wow, wow!!  Although I know this verse from the Bible very well, I often times forget how He really does go before me and makes a pathway for me (and our family.)  On Thursday, January 16th I shared with you that we had received our state level approval and asked you all to join with us in praying that our national level approval would come quickly.  I didn't mention that many families who already have four children at home are often times denied NOC (the national clearance) and have to appeal the decision, thus extending the time it would take to bring a child home to their forever family.

But, oh yeah, MY LORD goes before me and makes a way!  On Tuesday, January 21st, I got a call from our adoption agency Ind*a program director informing me that we have NOC!!  National clearance in five days...what?!?  We were screaming, jumping up and down, laughing and crying.  It is now getting very real that we will be bringing our sweet S home by summer time!!

There are still the court and passport hurdles to jump over, but we know He is in control and He will make all things happen in His perfect timing.

So, we have one final payment to the adoption agency and then travel expenses before we can go get her.  I know you are probably tired of our fundraising efforts, but we are ALMOST there!  In an effort to jump start the last of our adoption expenses, I am going to participate in my very own 4 By 40 half marathon adventure.  I will be turning the big 4-0 (gasp!)  in May and will be completing four half marathons between now and the big day.  You can help us with adoption fundraising by sponsoring me per mile per race or just a flat donation for all four races.  I stole this fabulous idea from my adoption momma friend, Jeanette.  Donations can be made using the Paypal link on the blog page.  Here are the races I will be participating in:  Seguin Christian Academy Half Marathon (next weekend), Zooma Texas Half (4/12), Dallas Rock n Roll (3/23), and Moe's Better Half (3/2).

So many of you have been so incredibly gracious with your money, your prayers, your encouragement, and your support.  We can't imagine taking this journey without you all!  I cannot wait for S to see how loved she has been before she even knew she had a family. 

Love and hugs, 

Thursday, January 16, 2014

SARA Approval!!

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

Another step forward in the adoption journey!  Please join us in praying that the next government agency will find favor on our family and issue NOC quickly.  Once we have NOC we can send our girl a photo book and she can finally know that she has a family!

Hold on baby girl, we're coming as fast as we can! 

Monday, January 6, 2014

Missing her today....

How do you miss someone you've never even met?  How do you long to hear a giggle or see a smile from someone you've never heard or seen?

I'm having a sense that someone is missing form our home this morning.  Hearing the girls chatter, play, sing and do school is bringing on an extreme longing in me today to have our daughter home.

There are two families who are currently in Ind*a picking up their daughters.  I LOVE following their blogs (you can too here and here).  These families who are traveling have become an incredible source of encouragement to me during the wait to bring S home.  I love seeing their pictures of first meetings and the sights of their daughters' birth country.  Reminds me that I am a child of the Sovereign God who will, in His time, work out the details for us to get on a plane to bring S home to her forever family.  Until then, I will rejoice with those who are uniting with their children for the first time.

We were able to send a package of small gifts to S's orphanage for the holidays.  I tracked the package today and it has still not made it there, but I am anxious for the children and caregivers to receive the gifts.  It, in some small way, makes me fee connected to her a little more to know that she could be playing with a toy that we sent.

I hope you are all having a great start to 2014! 

Sunday, October 13, 2013

One Week Left!

We have ONE week left to determine Uncle BoBo's mustache style!  We have been beyond blessed with the donations AND the willingness of Uncle BoBo to let us have control of his facial hair for a short time.  We have currently raised a little over $1400, but we are only $75 away from :


Even better?  If we reach our goal of $2500 by 11:59pm (CST) on October 20th, YOU get to vote on the final outcome of his facial hair.  How fun is that?  Donations towards bringing S home to our family forever can be made through any of the "Donate" buttons on this blog site.  

Thank you all for the continued love and support!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Tombstone- Virgil Earp?

Wow!  We are overwhelmed by the great response to the fundraiser that Uncle BoBo
has so graciously agreed to do for us to help bring Sweet S home to our family.  The donations are currently at $600 which puts Barlow at receiving the sweet 'stache of Sam Elliott:

In my (humble) opinion, he would be getting off way too easy with a Sam Elliott mustache.  Just $150 more moves him up to the Hulk Hogan:

But, the real fun comes when we raise $2500 and YOU get to decide what facial hair route Barlow has to go.  You can donate through any of the DONATE buttons located throughout the blog.

Thank you for being a blessing, 

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Uncle BoBo

This is my brother, Barlow.  He is also known in this house as Uncle BoBo.  He is a handsome chap, but the standard beard is becoming a bit too commonplace.

Might he look better in a Tom Selleck?

Or a Hulk Hogan?

Maybe the Farmer Brown?

Or possibly even the Tiger Tail?

The good news?  You get to decide the fate of his facial hair!

  Uncle BoBo is anxious to meet his new niece, sweet S, and has agreed to allow us to use him to raise money to bring her home.  

It will work like this:  Every $250 raised moves Barlow up to the next level of crazy facial hair.  We now have a DONATE buttons on our blog (towards the bottom) that will allow you to donate directly to our adoption.  Each time we hit a new level we will post the current 'stache (or beard) to our page for all to see.  If we can raise $2500 by October 15th, YOU will get to vote between three pictures for the final outcome of Barlow's beard.  We will have a "Reveal" party on October 25th and he has agreed to wear the beard for at least a week.  
 We can't wait for this little girl to know how much her Uncle BoBo loves her!

Stay tuned,