Saturday, November 14, 2015

End of year giving?


Friends and family, it is my understanding from an accountant friend that each of us can make up to a $500 dollar donation each year and not have to supply any receipts for any specific organization. Of course, you should research that on your own, I am not responsible for your actions or outcome.
If you are sitting down to decide your end of your giving please consider our family's adoption process as your cause this year, we would accept it as a "gift".

Thank you so much for the consideration,
Lynette (for K and P)

A sincere thank you! Our Pie Social and Craft Festival was a success!

Thank you so much for supporting our orphan-&-adoption fund, and caring for our family as well.

With your help at the event at Calvary Baptist Church in Oceanport NJlast week we raised $1,115 dollars! GO JESUS!!

That is a wonderful contribution for which we are so grateful, and we will continue to work towards the overall fees. 

up to 6,000 dollars for the home study and the US processing fees, Dossier items, etc (as outlined here: ) 

15,000 dollars all at once which would be at the time of being matched with our child ("sooner or later")

Holt updated their program information and new estimates for the overall costs are growing to 40,000, so we really do covet and need your support, we do hope that small svaings as a returning family will help with this, and we will apply for the Special Needs Adoption Grant with our agency. 

Of course Kevin continues his regular job, taking on additional hours wherever possible,  to support our family's regular bills. We are not rich, and like all adopting families, everything appears to be breaking just because we are adopting ;) My husband spent last week taking the old washing machine apart to replace the belt. We are a regular family, and due to specifics of my husband's job we remain in our state of NJ which is a more expensive place to live. We share a job cleaning our church, and I have an additional job at our daughter's school. Plus the fundraising and the paper work for the adoption is a job unto itself, so I personally wear many hats!

I wish I could name all of you individually who have helped on scene at CBC with the Pie Social and Craft Festival. By the GRACE OF GOD there are so many that we could not possible list all. You do know who you are and I have prayed thanks to Jesus on many occasions for YOU each and ask for Him to bless you.

On facebook I have been thanking all the businesses and hand crafters who have been donating items in "real time" as they donated. Again THANK YOU! 

Kev and I feel that the Lord has placed us in a position of advocating for the orphans and see this as a mission of ours. If anyone has any questions about orphans or their care, please reach out.We will do our best to answer your questions, or if we cannot do so we will give you resources.

Blessings and THANKS, Lynette (for Kev and little P)

Here are some pictures from the Pie Social and Craft Fair.:) 

Monday, October 5, 2015

Some helpful links

Here is some information from our agency's website, specific to the China program.
Please peruse this info.

"Holt International is a non-profit agency serving vulnerable children around the world. Holt's board of directors mandates that we keep our adoption fees in the mid to low-mid range, compared with other agencies of our size and scope. We advise families to budget $30-$32,000 total for an adoption from China, which includes the adoption trip and all related adoption expenses between application and placement. Additionally, all in-country adoption costs, including the $5700 orphanage donation, are included in the China program fee. Holt wires these funds to China prior to the family's travel. Holt families are not required to personally make large cash payments while in China. Our fees are on par with, or less than, many of the leading agencies."

" We always need families for boys! Many children come into institutional care in China because their birth families cannot pay the fines for exceeding the family size limit set by the one-child policy. Other families are unable to afford the cost of medical care needed to treat their child's medical condition. In the latter case, the number of boys entering care with special needs is close to the same as girls. And since adoption from China is now primarily for children with special needs, the ratio of boys and girls who need families is also close to 50/50. However, more families are requesting to adopt girls than boys, which means boys often wait longer to have a permanent family. Adoptive parents who are open to a boy may be matched more quickly than those preferring a girl."

FEES breakdown:
(**EDIT** There is a new cost layout with an increase in the overall fees, see here )

Most adoptions are "special needs", here is a checklist. Do not let it scare you, there are plenty of mama's and dads who are willing to help you through this list:

FAQ's page:

If you are interested in adopting, please comment and I am happy to help you find the information you need. I do NOT have all the answers, and I do NOT work for an agency. I DO have a huge heart for the orphans, and I love when families grow through adoption of any type.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

More than you can shake a knitting needle at ...

254 dollars raised with the knitting pattern fundraiser. 

That is awesome.

Thank you, Jesus!!

Happy dance!!

Thank you, Larissa!! I have said it before and will again, you are very talented.

You have been a very sweet and caring Auntie, thank you for creating your pattern and offering it to help our journey. 

Thank you knitters who purchased. :) :) :) :)
Send me pictures of your finished shawls, pretty~pretty please. 

Thank you to each of you who did even the easiest task of hitting that little button and SHARING on fb, instagram, emails, etc.

We feel so blessed.

Lastly, the fundraiser is over, but I invite you all to follow Larissa, who still has the pattern for sale for her own shop here   and she often has amazing things to share with you be it a new pattern, or a new book.

She is the author of Beautiful Wreck, so please go see her on amazon, and Good Reads!!

Oh, I have also heard that someone special is purchasing the original shawl made for the pattern photos, grateful is the word.

image from

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Last Day >>Knitting Pattern Fundraiser<<

8/19/15, today, is the LAST day for your purchase of the shawl pattern to be directed to our adoption fund.

Go here>


If you purchase this pattern and make a shawl, be sure to send me a picture of it!! :-D

Monday, August 17, 2015

Calling all Knitters !!

 My sister, Larissa Brown, has offered this fabulous fundraiser which will be live from today Monday, August 17th, 2015 through Wednesday, August 19th, 2015.

Proceeds from this shawl knitting PATTERN from Mon to Wed will go to our adoption fund. 

It is a ravelry download for only $2.99

Be a sweetie and share, share, share. We have a few days to make this a huge success and I know the knitting community will adore this intricate and lovely pattern!

Thank you, Larissa, and thank you to all who share and purchase this pattern. We are grateful!!

"For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb". Psalm 139:13

This is the shawl that the pattern makes:
(and be sure to check out The Unique Sheep, for luscious yarns, as linked from Larissa's page):

This is my beautiful and talented sister, author, Larissa Brown.
Isn't she gorgeous?:

(photo by me, Lynette Fitzpatrick)

Monday, July 27, 2015

Blessings, in the waiting room.

People have asked where we are with our adoption process.

We are in the waiting room.

The still, quiet, waiting room.

Oh, hey there, you fellow adopting parent, I see you in here too, welcome here in this room while we pass the time together.

Our family waits together, each in our own way. We are prayerful, and stepping out in faith, and to be honest, just about in the same place as we were a year ago.

The agency picnic was a recent summer treat, a wonderful joyous time, and it was nice to see our Social Worker who supports us and answers all the questions while we wait. This was pleasant, a reminder that each little footstep is in deed that>> tiny but >> forward motion. 

We are at the beginning. Still. And that is ok.

Broken record time: It is the financial hurdle holding back our footsteps; Not to raise the child, but to pay the fees as they come around for this process, so we have decided on purpose to go slowly and to keep following His lead, even if we wait.

With Phoebe's adoption I was GO GO GO GO,  get it done yesterday, leap now, worry later!!

This time I have a calmness, a patience and a peace.

Will I, and do I, feel calm all the time about these circumstances? Not at all.
That is my human answer.

I know once we have the financial ability to move forward, to jump into paper work, and actually get "a move on", I will be trying to fly faster and faster........for now we w.a.i.t.

**BUT** I serve a God who knows every hair on my head, and Kevin's and Phoebe's and, as Phoebe has recently dubbed the hopeful new addition "small Chinese person", too.  

I try very hard not to talk to her that much about this person, but she knows. She is a smart and inquisitive 4 year old, who is ALL about her family and wanting to be part of all the discussions, the hopes, the dreams, the family dance. (And she is one awesome fb auction assistant!)

She knows "adoption" in the way that she can, and just the same "Chinese". It took me by surprise when she suddenly realized yesterday that this child, if he or she comes home to us, will be Chinese "LIKE ME??!!" (insert HUGE smile face whilst jumping on the bed, and **gasping**)

Amazing, the love and the tenderness I felt in my heart at that moment, watching her put two and two together. She dancing with absolute glee, me having one of those mothering moments wrought with such emotion, a lump in my throat tinged with joy and sorrow.  "Yes, baby, like you".

Patience yes, but in a flash an all consuming yearning for that child to be home now, in an instant, in a moment when big sister is rejoicing over YOU and bonding with you in her very real moment; a mother's heart for all orphans pounding in her chest, and this mother's heart wanting YOU in my arms NOW.

But ....oh.... yes....the waiting room.

Thank you, Jesus, I praise you while I wait.

I know if this is Your will that You will provide.

Crafts, bracelets, auctions, it all seems insignificant when we talk about a life...but it is how I can try to help, it is how I can DO this, if at all. It is how I can be your hands and feet even if I feel like I am floundering. Even if I sometimes I feel like I am yelling loudly, alone, in a sound proofed room.

I know you hear each prayer. I know you see significance in each small thing.

Therefore, in the meantime, while I wait I will do so actively.  How is that for an oxymoron?

Adoption is riddled with oxymorons.

I will keep going way, way out of my comfort zone to ask, to tell, to show, and when I feel forgotten or let down, to do it all again. To try to teach, and to share your heart for the orphans.


To hope for our family's growth though the MIRACLE of adoption.

Yes, I wait on miracles, because my Abba is a miracle worker.

Monday, July 20, 2015

A is for Amy, and for Awesome. Coincidence? I think not.

The greater adoption community has turned out to be quite a cornerstone for me, and our family.

One of those people in the community who I consider a friend is, well, a "poor blogger". (Ha ha those are her words, not mine. See?:

I understand that, the whole poor blogger thing. I too had neglected our old blog for our journey to Phoebe. But I am so thankful for having it as it was healing for me, helped during the wait, and serves as a journal to her blessed story.  This is it:

I think that, while Amy and I may not post exceedingly regularly, we do post some awesome stories that paint the picture of our lives, and our loves.

In fact, Miss Amy has a wonderful way with amusing words which knits together a picture of family beautifully, of loss and gains, of fighting for another, of the surprising and sweet things that come from the mouths of babes, and so much more. All the while working and keeping her house hold running. She is a great mom, sweet friend, and rather good at doing that juggling trick that us moms learn to hone as a useful skill.

Recently, she reached out to me to do an auction together to help raise money for both of our children (oh, and that was after already working to help another family in need) You see, Amy has an amazing heart.

We are kindred spirits in many ways.  Even down to the fact that we are both intelligent people who sometimes cannot walk and chew gun at the same times.

That is ok. we don't need to.

Who needs mobility whilst partaking of a gummy treat ANYWAY?

We have shark week and that is good enough.

I am thankful for her.

And last but not least, thank you to all of you who donated items, attended the auction, shared it to your pages, and bid at the auction. We two ladies Praise Jesus for YOU, we really are so thankful.

xie xie

Saturday, May 2, 2015

A Sucessful Spring Auction

The auction way surpassed my hopes and goals.

We made it to 364 dollars, and that includes the winning bids, some sweet "additional" donations, and a couple of purchases after the auction ended which included jewelry, and an anonymous donation that allowed me to send the little angel bear to a couple of dear little girls.

I want to publicly thank everyone who gave to the auction both personally and through their business.

Those of you who donated personally, and those who made the winning bids and the "along the way" bids. (Too many of those along the way to name but  I thank you soooo much, and I will cite the winners). Accept my loving thanks. I have prayed over ALL of you! <3
Bonnie, Ellen, Kevin, GG (Eileen), Kelly, Tracy, and Alison. Roxanna, Dawn, Amy, Connie, Bridget, Sara, Ellen, Megan, Rebekah, Rachel, Lindsey!

Here is a list of the fb pages or shops of people who gave their wares. {In no particular order}.
Thank you for being willing to share of your business, and I am giving back in the best way I can, some word of mouth advertising for YOU, both on facebook, and here on the blog!


  • Jennifer Webster's Thirty One. 
  • Angela Campbell does Usborne Books, Thirty One, and also Young Living Essential Oils.
  • Mary Sammons is Trunk Keeper #826 for Matilda Jane clothing
  • Stitched by Sara's Sara McGowan
  • Dawn Baron 
  • Nicole Cheetham makes lovely jewelry. Website under construction (I will gladly update this post when she has a webpage)
  • Heritage Kid Designs by Yvette Kreb
  • Meghan Nurmikko's
  • Lindsey Sellmer's Nail Art Parties. Local to Point Pleasant, New Jersey (please reach out with your contact info if you would like to plan a painted fingernail art party for your child)
  • for Leah Krotzer
  • Lynette Fitzpatrick ( that's me. My etsy shops have been quiet for  along time. I think they will be more active this year. ;) Here is my main shop: )
If I have left anyone out, kick me now, remind me later, and I will update this list. But I have been praying in thanks for each of you by name, reviewing my lists obsessively, and just so incredibly grateful. My husband and I thank you all from the bottom of our hearts! 

There have also been a few purchases of coffee cozies, peanut butter cookies in the half dozens, and a few Make an Offer purchases at our fb virtual yard sale. Every little bit counts, and we are getting closer and closer to the next big step. I literally cannot wait to be able to announce our home study, and each step of our Dossier process. :-D

1Thessalonian 5:18 - In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

Psalm 107:1 - O give thanks unto the LORD, for [he is] good: for his mercy [endureth] for ever.

Ephesians 5:20 - Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Praying and Hoping

We are a family of three.

Our 4 year old daughter was adopted in 2012 from China, when she was just a wee toddler. You can see her story here:

It has been a while since I have been blogging, and I am excited to start again, as we embark on the amazing journey called adoption.

Our family is praying and hoping, as we attempt the long financial climb that is the "process". It sometimes feels unattainable. We trust in Him, and submit our prayer according to His will.

Our hearts are ready, our hands and feet are able. Join us in prayer as we hope to bring home the fourth "Fitz".

We know this will be a long journey. We hope you will come along!

Romans 15:13 - Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.