WHY WE ARE ASKING YOU TO SIGN UP FOR OUR 5K RACE – ADOPTION UPDATE

I’ve had people ask me how our adoption is going, what’s up next, how fundraising is going, why we are still raising funds and many other questions so I wanted to put all those thoughts in one spot and give an adoption update to our friends and family.

HOW IS YOUR ADOPTION GOING?
The process is going quickly and very smooth. It helps when you have been through it all before. Things like writing a 12 page narrative on questions about your family, upbringing and parenting make more sense the second time and the task is not as daunting. As far as a checklist goes, we submitted our application to our agency, had our background checks and fingerprints done, did our online education classes, had a fire inspection of our home, and have done round one of our in-home study with a social worker. We have one more visit with the social worker and we should be completely done with our end of the preparation. Even though we are only 95% done with this portion we are already in the cue of people who are contacted about potential matches.

HOW IS FUNDRAISING GOING?
The total needed for our adoption is $21,000 and we hope to raise $15,000 of that. We did a gofundme campaign for $10,000 of that and that was successful and came together very quickly. God showed himself in some big ways through friends, family, acquaintances, and even some people we have never met. We are blessed to have people around us who believe in our heart for adoption and want to help us add to our family.

WHY ARE YOU STILL RAISING FUNDS?
We are still raising funds, because we hope to raise another $5,000 so we can put as little burden on our finances as possible. Last time we only raised $7,000 of $19,000 (the price has gone up) and while we saved and did our part we would like to avoid dipping into savings since we will have a family of 6 and the ongoing needs on the other side of this adoption.

SO WHAT’S THE DEAL WITH THIS 5K?
I believed we could raise 10k with gofundme but I didn’t want to just ask for handouts and put all our eggs in one basket. We had some friends recommend that we do a 5k and we thought it would be a great way to give people a fun event that they could bring friends, family, and co-workers to, that might not even know us and also give them some return on investment. On October 25th we are sponsoring the Heart 4 Adoption 5k in Hilliard at YMCA. You can click on that link to sign up and get all the info. We have contracted a legit racing company so you will have a first class racing experience, be timed, and we have awards and prizes too.
We have had tons of people say they are going to do it, but I haven’t wanted to shamelessly promote it like I probably should and sign ups are slow. If you are interested or already know you are going to participate, can I ask you to sign up today? This is my nice way of asking if you are going to start the wheels in motion so that this thing can snowball. Planning is easier knowing some numbers and there is a deadline for the free t-shirt that comes with registration.

This event should be the thing that takes us across the finish line of the fundraising process and gets us one step closer to hopefully having a baby in the next 6 months. Go sign up right now….please. Spread the word, spread the urgency and if you are planning on joining us put your name down and commit to what we are trying to do.

Thanks for loving our family and helping us walk this journey.

HELP THE ARTRIPS ADOPT….AGAIN!

We are asking anyone who wants to invest in us as a family to donate to our adoption fund. Our goal is to raise $10,000 (of the $21,000 total) as soon as possible so that we can be matched with a baby this fall. If every Facebook friend gives $5 we will meet our goal.

STORY

4 years ago we wrote this blog entry outlining our heart for adoption and our plan to start the process. We believe that God has a HEART FOR ADOPTION and we want our family to express His heart. With the help of our friends, family, and network of people we were gifted $7,000 that helped us adopt Mercy.

Here is the entry of Mercy’s adoption story and how God brought that day together. You can also read Kristin’s account of the finances and details here. If you haven’t seen a picture of Mercy yet, you clearly don’t follow me on Facebook, twitter, or Instagram.

I always believed we would adopt again but we wanted to be patient and take it one child at a time and make sure we had clarity as our family changed. In the last two years we have moved, changed jobs, and planted a church. As life has settled down and Mercy has gotten older we have started to have the conversations and pray about this and seek the counsel of close friends and mentors. We know that God wants to add to our family one more time through adoption.

THE PROCESS

We will again be working with the same organization – Adoption Link. We have already sent in our money and initiated the first phase of background checks and being re-approved. This will take a few months while our books are simultaneously shown to birth moms.

HOW YOU CAN HELP?

Please pray for us. We knew this before the last time and we know it even more now, adoption is a road with many twists and turns and we want to trust God as he writes this story.

The second major way our friends and family can be involved is in the fundraising process. Even after the thousands of dollars we have already invested this year, the remaining costs are estimated around $19,000.

We thought it would be neat to again leverage our personal network in the most common way it exists: Social Media. Our idea is to ask all of our Facebook/Twitter/Instagram friends to personally donate $5 to our adoption fund. We are also continuing to save our own money and put into this account every month. You may be reading this and not have Facebook, or you may want to give more than $5 and that’s ok too. We just think it will be great to see God use our friends and family who want to invest in a very practical, tangible way.

We are collecting the money through a gofundme page that we have set up. You can access the site here and even donate with a credit card.

THANKS

Thanks for taking the time to read this and hear our dream. Thank you to those who walked with us as our family grew through adoption last time. If you have any other questions, or want to contact us personally, we would love to talk more and share our hearts.

Blessings,

Mark, Kristin, Malachi, Canaan, and Mercy Artrip

markartrip(at)gmail.com

HELP THE ARTRIPS ADOPT

We are asking anyone who wants to invest in us as a family to donate to our adoption fund. Our goal is to raise $10.000 as soon as possible. If every Facebook friend gives $5 we will meet our goal.

THE STORY

From the moment Kristin and I met and started dating we have always talked about our future.  We always knew someday we would get married (2004), be in ministry together (2006), own a home (2007), start a family (2008), and expand that family through adoption (?).

Adoption may come as a surprise to some, but it has been on our hearts both separate and as a couple. We feel the next step for our family is to pursue the adoption process.

THE PROCESS

This year as Malachi and Canaan grew older we started taking steps to work toward adoption.  We saved money and completed an Ohio home study, which includes background checks, a home profile, and a fire inspection among other things. We have worked with an adoption lawyer from our church to begin the process and become eligible through the court system as well.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

The next phases are ones that we want to involve our friends, family and support network of people in. We are pursuing a private adoption, so that means we need to connect with an expecting mother who believes that adoption is the best route for her and her baby.

We have always wanted to have a family that reflects God’s creation and diversity and so we are pursuing adopting a black or bi-racial baby. If you or someone you know has a connection to potential birth mother we would love to have her speak with our attorney, see a more expanded family profile, and answer any questions about the process.

John M. Shady

Adoption Lawyer – Columbus, Ohio

(614) 436-5424

The other major way our friends and family can be involved is in the fundraising process. Even after the thousands of dollars we have already invested this year, the remaining costs are estimated around $13,000.

We thought it would be neat to leverage our personal network in the most common way it exists: Facebook.  Our idea is to ask all of our Facebook friends to personally donate $5 to our adoption fund. We are also continuing to save our own money and put into this account every month. You may be reading this and not have Facebook, or you may want to give more than $5 and that’s ok too. We just think it will be great to see God use our friends and family who want to invest in a very practical, tangible way.

Donations can be sent to:

Mark and Kristin Artrip

Adoption Fund

1961 Dina Ct.

Powell, OH 43065

*Donations are a private gift and are not tax deductible.

THANKS

Above everything we want to ask for your prayers. We have been warned extensively about the faith walk adoption can be and how easy it is to become overwhelmed or have your hearts broken. We are trusting that God has a child for us in this and are acting in faith on that promise.

Thanks for taking the time to read this and hear our dream. If you have any other questions, or want to contact us personally, we would love to talk more and share our hearts.

Blessings,

Mark, Kristin, Malachi and Canaan Artrip

markartrip(at)gmail.com

Canaan Joshua Artrip

Well #2 is here. 7lbs. 7ounces, 18 inches.  Contractions started at 3:30, got to hospital at 4:50, Got in the room at 5:07, he was born at 5:27.

Mom is a champ and already looks so hot.

I think Canaan looks like Malachi alot…..so far:)

I will update with more pictures on facebook.com/markartrip tomorrow.

BYE BYE HONEY

My wife is leaving Saturday at 3:30am to catch a 4:30ish flight to San Francisco.  She is helping to lead our level 2 HSM trip to the YWAM facility there.  You can follow the team and all their adventures and prayer requests by blog and pictures here.

The good part is that as I have shared I get Malachi all to myself… 

I have had him overnight a couple times, but this is the big one.  The grandparents will both be in for the days next week while I am at work, but Saturday, Sunday, and Monday are all mine.

 

Here are some things we will have to do…

  1. Work out and swim everyday
  2. Take showers, because men don’t take baths
  3. Have some hip-hop dance parties.

 

Having Malachi is the exciting challenge, but the bad side is that I will be away from my wife Here are some reasons I will miss her.

  1. She is hot.
  2. I come home everyday and download my day to her. Sometimes she calms me down and sometimes I get her worked up.
  3. She is my best friend and we do everything together.  

MALACHI IS ONE TODAY

Today is Malachi’s 1st birthday. I would be lying if I didn’t get on here and write a post about how great being his dad is.  I would apologize for gushing but I already gush one day a week on average with pictures so you are all used to it already.

We celebrated today by going to the zoo (pictures here) and yesterday we had a party with our families and some church people too (those pictures here).

Being a Dad and having a family really has gotten more fun each day.  I am a blessed man who loves his son very much.