Rathjen Family

Rathjen Family
Rathjen, Party of EIGHT

Friday, March 9, 2012

Wrapping Up Our Adoption Quilt

Since we are officially in the "Waiting on Travel Approval Boat," (yay) I am setting my sights on finishing our "Piecing Together Our Family Quilt." We are humbled and honored by all the people who have so generously given to our Adoption Fund. We feel so blessed and are very moved by how many of you expressed through your kinds words and donations support of our adoption. Our costs have risen slightly, as we have decided to include the children on our trip to China. Tyler had raised funds to go to Europe, but fell short and was not able to go, so he is able to use those funds to pay for himself. We feel it will be a life changing, unforgetable trip for him. After much prayer, weighing out pro's and con's and plenty of pondering, we came to the conclusion, Zoe and Rance also need to be included in the last leg of this journey. We feel it may prevent resentment as well as create some very happy memories from our first couple weeks of a family of seven! We are so fortunate my mom has volunteered to come and help with the kiddos, and we continue to get encouragement from God that we are making the right decision and He will continue to provide as we pursue His children.

Quickly, I wanted to share a verse I came across last night as I was studing about finances:

From the Message:

Give away your life; you'll find life given back, but not merely given back-given back with bonus and blessing. Giving, not getting, is the way. Generosity begets generosity.

Luke 6:38

I felt so comforted by this. We are not adopting to get some good marks with God. However, it is comforting to know, He will reward our efforts, and more importantly, He will see us through. He will continue to provide, He always has, He is SO faithful.

Again, thanks so much to all of you for your prayers and support. Your names are hand embroidered on our family quilt, and we will never forget your kindness. I can't wait to wrap it up and share the finished product, with two little cutie patooties parked in front of it. Oh how God has planted so much love in my heart for these litte ones, and we cannot wait to bring them home!!!

Many Blessings,


Just in case you have forgotten how cute they are...


  1. I can't get over how CLOSE you are to TRAVEL!!! Praise God!!! :)

  2. He looks soooo sweet. His expression says, "I want more money if you really expect me to pose for more pics!" He's adorable.