Monday, January 2, 2012

.meet the menzer family.

I am SUPER excited to introduce all of you to the Menzer family.  Mandie, Dave, and charming Malachi are kicking off 2012 for us and they are our partnering family for January.  I could not be more thrilled to introduce them to everyone!  Mandie and I went to Liberia together 4 years ago (that went fast) and have been really close since.  Her and her husband, Dave, brought their sweet little guy home in June and our family could not be happier for them.  I encourage all of you to go to Mandie's blog and read through her experience - but if you can't there is a glimpse below of their story.  Please help support their adoption fund in January and purchase items from Hannah James!

"God's word refreshed and encouraged me daily through the adoption process!" Mandie Menzer

Tell us a little about your adoption?
We started the adoption process in January of 2010, actually we requested paperwork on January 18th, two days after we were eligible to adopt from Ethiopia (Mandie just turned 25).  We finally had our dossier to Ethiopia on August 6th, 2010.  We were matched 20 short days later with our sweet little 7 month old man.  Because of Mandie's mission trip with Desiree (this blog's author) to Liberia a few years prior, Africa has always been on our heart.  God has shared his love for orphans with us.  We knew we would adopt eventually, but we really felt Him saying that it was the way we would start our family.  Because Ethiopia was the most experienced and established adoption program in Africa, and the only one from the agency we desired, that is where we felt led.  

Our process slowed down tremendously after we received our referral.  We waited 6 long months to meet our son and have our court date on February 14th, 2011.  We did not pass immediately because there was some missing paperwork.  We finally brought home Malachi on June 5th, 2011, and he has been more of a blessing then we could ever imagine.  

What are some of your families favorite activities?
We love to go for walks.  My husband and Malachi love music more then probably anything God has given them, so we always have music on.  Daddy is a drummer, and Malachi just got a whole bunch of instruments for Christmas, so our house is always full of noise and a little boy trying to be like Daddy :)

Why do you blog?
I blog mainly because I love to read, which has lead me to love to write as well.  It is a fun way to relate with other moms, and families in Christ.  I don't blog nearly as much as I used to because my little love fills my time after I get done with work.  As a teacher, summer is a great time for reading and writing during naps. 

Favorite Color?
Purple

Favorite Candy?
I like sushi!

What were some other fundrisers you did?
We had a rummage sale, sold magnets, and partnered with Lifesong for Orphans.  God blessed us with incredibly giving people in our lives who were willing to sacrifice wants to bring home His precious little one.  

Where do you live?
Wisconsin

Favorite place to visit?
Ethiopia, but on a more affordable note Door County, Wisconsin

And for those of you who like to cry.... here is a video Mandie made of their journey.  I cry every single time because their wait was hard to witness as a friend - and I am so thankful that they have Malachi home! 

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Throughout January 45% of Hannah James profits will go to help the Menzers pay off adoption fees.  Thank you for the support!

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