‘Tis the Season– “We love because He first loved us”

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‘Tis the season… for many things!  ‘Tis the season for parties, decorations, gifts, happiness, snow, giving, celebration, family, and fun.  And so much more!  Christmas is about celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ, who was sent by God for all humankind.  God gave us the greatest gift of all because of his great, never-ending love for us.

Those are my 2 favorite things to see in action at Christmas time – giving & love.  For me, that is the best way to celebrate the season, by following God’s example and sharing those things with others just as He did for us. 

There’s one special way that you can give and show love to an awesome teen this Christmas.  Sasha, my future brother, is spending one last Christmas in a Ukrainian orphanage this year.   The rest of our family is at home preparing for his soon-coming arrival.  And you can help make that arrival Sasha is dreaming of become a reality.

This Christmas, my family is sending out an extra card along with our Christmas cards.  It explains how God has brought this special young man into our lives, the journey we have started to adopt him, the great financial need to make it happen, & an opportunity for you to help. 

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Click the photo above to see the entire card.

Please take a look at our card and consider if there’s a way you could demonstrate the spirit of the season by giving and loving a Ukrainian orphan this Christmas.

We appreciate all of your prayers, love, and support throughout this journey!


To Donate – Follow this link and click the yellow “Donate” button. 
Once you get to the “Review Your Donation” page,
please click “Add Special Instruction to Seller” and type “¢ozza Family Adoption”.

Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.
This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God. And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.
   God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
We love because he first loved us.
1 John 4:7-19 (NIV)


Adoption Fundraiser – You Can Be a Piece to Our Puzzle!


our puzzle pictureHere we go… ready to kick off our adoption fundraising! 

Our family is working to raise $25,000 for Sasha’s adoption.   A cost that high keeps many families from ever considering adoption… and our family was always one of them.  But everything has changed.  No, we did not suddenly get the money.  God has opened hearts and guided us to take this enormous step of faith all for the sake of one special young man.

This Puzzle Fundraiser has the potential to raise $5,000 towards the total adoption costs.  Here’s how it works:

We have created a 500-piece jigsaw puzzle out of one of our photos from last Christmas – while Sasha was with us for hosting.  It’s going to be great to display in our home someday… but we won’t be able to put the pieces together without your help! 

For every $10 dollars that is donated for this fundraiser, you will be contributing 1 piece to our puzzle.  We will then write your name on the back of the piece to symbolize your partnership in making Sasha a part of our family forever.  When the puzzle is complete we will display it in a double-sided glass frame to show all the people who have helped bring our forever family together.

Your piece to our puzzle can be any size!

  • $10 = 1 piece
  • $50 = 5 pieces
  • $100 = 10 pieces

iCare, a Christian non-profit foundation, has graciously come alongside us to help in handling our raised funds.  All donations can be made online and are tax-deductible.  

To Donate – Follow this link and click the yellow “Donate” button. 
Once you get to the “Review Your Donation” page, please click “Add Special Instruction to Seller” and type “¢ozza Family Adoption”.

Thank you for being a piece to our puzzle to bring Sasha home!

UPDATE: As of 6/10/12 … 397 pieces sponsored 103 to go!

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