Monday, November 30, 2009


We have a court date!!! It's Christmas day, December 25th, can you believe it! What a wonderful gift that will be. News that our baby is ours.. leagally ours. Please be praying we pass court, only about 50% of couples pass court on the first try, due to all sorts of things, such as: power outages, (which are common) lack of internet service, or problems with paper work.
The boys and I just got this out of the Christmas decorations a couple hours ago...

I think I will.
I found this verse several months ago and underlined it in my Bible.
Ecclesiastes 5:8-9 "If you see some poor man being oppressed by the rich, with miscarriage of justice anywhere throughout the land don't be surprised! For every official is under orders from higher up, and the higher officals look up to their superiors. And so the matter is lost is red tape and bureaucracy. And over them all is the king. Oh, for a king who is devoted to his country! Only he can bring order from this chaos."
Please join me in praying for a king (judge) who cares and longs to see the orphan placed in loving homes quickly and effeiently. For I know the Lord turns the heart of the king which ever way he would have it to go,
Proverbs 21:1 "Just as water is turned into irrigation ditches, so the Lord directs the king's thoughts. He turns them wherever he wants to."
Thank you for your prayers. EXPECT A MIRACLE
I almost forgot, that advent wreath I just posted about now has a double meaning, count down to Christ's birth and our baby's court date. You ever notice how multifacited God is... he always accomplishing so much more than what we can see.

Advent Wreath

I don't know if you can tell, but this is an advent wreath the boys and I made. They really enjoyed making it and I hope it teaches them about the real reason for Christmas. Inside each tin container is a little note, for example one says take a long walk and talk about what it must have been like for Mary and Joseph, or get out the nativity set and act out the Chritmas story, or do something nice for someone today. We had fun making it and I know the boys will look forward to opening a tin each morning for our mission of the day. I got the idea for a magazine and then ordered the tins off the internet at Specialty Bottle. I'm looking forward to this new tradition at the Singleton household.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Go Get Baby

That has been Sam's (our nearly 3 year old) mantra every day since we got our referral. One evening we went out for supper and we were talking about when we would go get our baby and how excited we would be.... Well we pulled into our drive way after supper and Sam bursts into tears... MY GO GET BABY... over and over again. He was tired, but it was like he knew what our baby was facing, alone and without his forever family. It was heart breakingly sweet. Every child deserves a home of his own, with a mommy and daddy to love and be loved. Won't you meet that need for an orphan today.
On a lighter note, I told Sammy we needed to go to Wal-mart and he pipes up with the perfect reply, "to get my baby." He knows you can buy everything else there... why not baby too? If only it were that easy. He is such a joy and a wonderful distraction while we wait to bring our baby home.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009


I can't believe it!!!!! We just got our referal!!! I can't remember if we can post any of the details, I'll get back to you. How amazing is God, just two days after orphan Sunday he sends us another percious angel. I can't stop grinning at the picture. I know we can't post pics until after a successful court date. More to come later.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Orphan Sunday

For several weeks now the Lord has been leading me to share with our congregation on Orphan Sunday. I knew I had to share, but what, our story, God heart for the orphan, well it bacame both.
The week leading up to Orphan Sunday was a battle, and I mean a spritiual battle, all the kids were sick, that's right three sick boys with one tired overwhelmed mother, trying to figure out what she is suppost to say on the upcomeing Sunday and keep them all comfortsable and did I mention Ben is is the midst of harvest and is rarely home except to sleep. It's been so wet this fall and you guessed it, it was completely dry this weeek so they had to hit it hard, working long hours. That is the life of a farmer. It's a good life, but it's also somtimes means mom is on her own, for periods of time. Well Sat. rolls around kids are better, but now I am sick and I'm not done with my "talk" and the boys are tired of being home. Well I got out my cell phone and began texting like a champ to my girlfirends and family asking for prayer and they prayed my up and Orphan Sunday was beautiful. I say all this to point out that satan tried his best to keep me from defending the cause fo the fatherless this week, but I will not be detured from this calling, not only will we adopt untill our family is complete we will defend the casue and try to help others realize their calling concerning the orphans. Below is a copy of my "orphan sunday talk"
Don't Let Fear Steal From You!!!
What has fear stolen from you? It could have robed me of my family, if I hadn’t had a persistent nudging of the Holy Spirit and my husband. Choosing to adopt was a scary decision. The “what if” scenarios were endless. What if he or she doesn’t fit in? What if we don’t love them enough and they have issues? What if we don’t have enough money? What if this completely changes my life? Now as I think back on that time and I think what if we hadn’t chosen to adopt. We would have missed so much without our son Abraham, with his silly ways and beautiful smile. And his hugs, he has been declared the best hugger in the family. And Samuel what if we had refused the clear leading of the Lord to adopt again, this time to Africa. We would have missed out on his beautiful, and persistent child. Samuel is a delight, his current favorite song is, in his words, “Saddle up your horseys” it’s a bible school song. Let me read you a few lines, saddle up your horse we’ve got a trail to blaze, through the wild blue yonder of Gods amazing grace, let’s follow our leader into the glorious unknown, this is a life like no other this the great adventure. Those words fit Sam he’s persistent, fearless, and charges headlong into the unknown seeking adventure. What if we did that everyday going fearlessly with God into the unknown?
Many of you know we have started another adoption. We are going to Ethiopia again, it’s where Sam is from. Are agency told us to expect a referral in 1 to 3 months. A referral is when our agency sends us pictures and information about a specific child or children. We have requested 1-2 children 0-12 months old, boy or girl. We are getting excited and waiting expectantly for their arrival. We expect to travel a couple months after referral. We would appreciate your prayers and support. We have started a blog so friends and family can follow our journey to bring another Singleton home.
Today is Orphans Sunday and I have felt God pushing me to share with you his heart for orphans. God has called our family to adopt, but he has called us all to care for the orphans in some way or another. James 1:27 says, “The Christian who is pure and without fault, from God the Father’s point of view, is the one who takes care of the orphans and widows .” Before, I wasn’t seeing the heart of God. I thought only a few were called and I didn’t want to push my passion for adoption and orphans off on someone else. But recently God has been showing me how wrong I am. Orphans are close to his heart, again and again in his word he calls to defend the cause of the orphans, feed the hungry, cloth the naked, visit the sick, orphans are all these things and when we’ve done all these things to them then we’ve done it to Jesus. There are 143 million orphans in the world today. Ethiopia has nearly 5 million alone and it is the size of Texas. The need is real and overwhelming but with all of us doing our part we can change the world one orphan at a time. Let me read you a paragraph from Tom Davis’s book Fields of the Fatherless, “Here’s that number again 143 million. I know that seems like a lot, but compared to the number of professed Christians living on the earth. That number is 2.1 billion. There are 159 million people who claim to be Christians in the United States alone. I know you see where I’m heading, but is it so far-fetched? With so many Christian in the world, is it so far out of the realm of possibility to imagine every one of those orphans being adopted into a family just as God has adopted us? If only 7% of professing Christians around the world responded, every single orphan in the world would have a home.” Adoption is a beautiful wonderful way to build your family. There is nothing like walking hand and hand with God as he leads you to that child he has ordained from the beginning of time to be in your family. Don’t let anything stop you if you feel God leading you in this direction.
There is a verse in Psalms 116:6-7 that perfectly describes Sammy’s adoption, it says, “he stoops to look, and lifts the poor from the dirt, and the hungry from the garbage dump, and sets them among princes.” What do you think of when you think of princes? I think money, power, and influence. All of these are prevalent here in America and that’s what God did for Sammy he reached down and plucked him out of poverty and placed him in a nation and a home that is rich in so many ways one of which is in the Spirit of the Lord. What if we hadn’t adopted Sammy, would he have known the Lord, now he asks daily if we’re going to church and he wants to hear his “saddle up your horsey song” again and again. With this current adoption the Lord has placed a different verse on my heart, Psalm 68:6, he gives the lonely families, and so we go again. How can we not, our baby is lonely and in need of a home and God has given us so much, and truly we are rich in so many ways we have to share the wealth. Now I know not all of you are called to adopt, but that isn’t the only way to help an orphan. You can pray for them, speak up for them, provide for their needs by sponsoring a child, support those who are adopting or providing foster care homes, visit orphans on mission trips or read any of Tom Davis’s books. I know God has created each of us for a specific purpose and plan for our lives seek to fulfill your calling concerning orphans.
You could help rescue a lonely child. I appeal to you search your hearts and the heart of God and find out how he is calling you to serve the orphans. The Lord has lain upon my heart to defend the cause of the orphan, so I beseech you to follow the Lord in the leading that you might too become a defender of the fatherless too. For I orphans are close to the heart of the Father and therefore they should be close to our hearts.
Ben and I are always open to sharing our story and heart for adoption if you want to speak with us or know someone considering adoption and needs someone to talk to we are eager to be of service.