Sunday Safari: Primary Polka Dots - Queen of the First Grade Jungle

Sunday Safari: Primary Polka Dots

I have been HORRIBLE with Sunday Safari. I am going to try and do it a little differently.  

I asked Lindsey here to write a guest post.  See how that works- I get off easy :)

In all seriousness I can't wait for you to read Lindsey's story- perfect for a Sunday!

Hey, ya'll! I am so excited to be featured as a guest blogger today for Katie! I have never been a guest blogger so it's a privilege to be here!

First, let me give a little background on myself. My name is Lindsay and I live with my husband in New Orleans, Louisiana. I am originally from a small town in Kentucky, but we moved to NOLA in July 2011 for my husband to pursue his degree in Youth Ministry from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. I taught 4th and 5th grade reading for 3 1/2 years in Kentucky and I LOVED IT! Since moving to NOLA, I have taught 5th and 6th grade reading and social studies, and now will be teaching 3rd grade reading. Needless to say, I LOVE teaching reading and all things ELA! It's truly a passion of mine! I have  most recently started a 3rd Grade Reading Blog called Primary Polka Dots to chronicle my teaching journey in reading!

Secondly, the reason I am here today as a guest blogger is to share about another exciting part of my life that doesn't involve the classroom. Last March of 2011, my husband and I felt that God was calling us to adopt. That was a very scary thing for both of us, since that was never a plan that we had set for ourselves. However, if you know God, then you know that His plans are always different than your plans. Through lots {and lots and lots} of prayer and seeking His wisdom, we felt called to adopt a sweet baby from Ethiopia. I have been blogging about our adoption journey since last year. Click {here} to read our testimony {in detail} of when and how God called us to adopt, and specifically from Ethiopia.

Most recently, on July 6th, 2012, we received the news that we had been longing for for so long. We finally made it to the wait list! For those of you that have adopted, you understand the excitement and hurdles you must jump to finally land on this coveted list. For those of you that have not adopted, let me just tell you, it's a lot more than flipping through a catalog, picking out a cute face, calling it yours and paying a few dollars to get that baby home! I can honestly say that God has called us to adopt, but He has also called us to be faithful to His promises along the way. Our newest numbers on the wait list are:

Basically, it means we are #113 in line for a boy from Ethiopia that is 0-4 years old, and #131 for a girl that is 0-4 years old from Ethiopia. There are so many factors that go into this wait list time, but we work closely with our agency {All God's Children, Inc.} to stay as informed as possible about these numbers. With this information, we can typically expect to wait anywhere from 18-24 months for a referral of a child. Then, we  must make two trips back and forth to Ethiopia within a 6-8 month time period before we bring our sweetums home for good {OH! What a day that will be!}.

So, with all that being said, my husband and I completely trust that God will continue to provide for this sweet baby in all ways; spiritually, physically, emotionally, and financially. To date, we have already paid {through fundraisers and out of pocket} close to $12,000. We have another $15,000 left to raise within this time frame that we wait for a referral. So far, no matter how many times I start to doubt, God always {and I mean always} provides the money that we need, whether $100 or $7,000 dollars {Isn't God good? I love watching Him work!}! 

Most of the financial support comes from my Teachers Pay Teachers store and Teacher's Notebook store. Combined, since January 2012, I have raised $2,400 dollars by selling my teacher's resources. I am SO thankful, and I know that God has blessed my husband and I to help us raise these funds!

If you would like to help to bring our baby home, please visit my Teachers Pay Teachers store by clicking this picture of Africa:
Click this picture to visit my Teachers Pay Teachers store

 Click on these pictures to download a copy of two of my most popular {FREEBIES} on TpT!

Click on this picture of Africa below to visit my Teacher's Notebook store:

Click this picture to visit my Teacher's Notebook store 

I am so thankful today to get to share a small portion of our adoption journey with you all! Please feel free to follow our adoption journey at Journey of Faith Adoption! We look forward to the day when we get to see our sweet baby's face and know that God has brought us down this path for a reason, and that reason is to share His love and to give Him glory for His mercy, faithfulness, and love towards His children, and the orphans of this world.

Jeremiah 29:11
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you, and not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future. 

Until then,


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  1. Wow! I had no idea it took that long to adopt. I knew it was a process, but I had no idea people were placed on a waitlist that was a hundred people deep! Best of luck to you!

  2. I pray that your adoption journey goes smoothly and that little one is home with you before you know it. :)

    My (Not So) Elementary Life

  3. My sister-in-law just went through the adoption process. It is a an emotional time. Prayers headed your way to help you through your process!! May your time go quickly, and you bring a bundle of joy home soon!

  4. Blessings for you and your family.
    Amazing story:)

    The Resourceful Apple

  5. Lindsey, My husband and I are both from the New Orleans Area. We are currently both teaching overseas on a military base in Japan. We have also adopted 2 children from Japan (not easy at all so I completely understand what you are going through!!) Good luck to you both. Adoption is not easy and there are many struggles. Thank you for following God's calling and taking this journey to bring your child home. God has one picked out just for you! So exciting to think about!!

  6. Thanks for sharing your incredible story with us. I wish nothing but the best for you and your family.

    Ѽ Lori
    Teaching With Love and Laughter

  7. Adding prayers of support through this amazing journey.

    Debbie Clement

  8. I will keep you in my thoughts & prayers as you embark on this journey of adoption. God bless & I hope everything works out for the best.
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  9. what?!?! I didn't know you were adopting! HOW did i miss this?!!? Yay for getting on the list!!!!

  10. Adding my prayers to you and yours. It is a wonderful thing to adopt and think that the people who do are truly special individuals!

  11. Lindsay, Thanks for sharing so much of your life with us. What an amazing adventure. Prayers as you all go forward. What a blessing you will be for some special child!

  12. Lindsay, I loved reading your story! My pastor and his wife are leaving next week to meet two little boys in Russia that they are adopting.They have to travel there twice to visit too...I'm so happy for your family! We serve an AMAZING God!!
    Chrisy :)
    Mrs. Christy's Leaping Loopers

  13. Thanks, SO MUCH to everyone for their prayers and support!! It truly MEANS SO MUCH to me and my husband!!! We have a long way to go, but I know that He is holding our hands every step of the way! :) We are SO blessed to share this journey with you all! :)

    Lindsay :)

  14. Such an inspirational story. I love it. Thanks for sharing. My husband and I just may be a few behind you on that wait list in the future... :) Good luck!

    Tangled with Teaching

    1. That's so great, Emily! :) HOW EXCITING!!! I'm praying for your family, too! :)

  15. Another Kentucky girl! And a Wildcat fan!? Woohoo! Great story about her and her 'soon-to-be-growing' family. Praying they jump up faster on that list! I'm a new follower.

    The School Supply Addict

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