Monthly Archives: March 2014

Girls Will Be Queens Part One – Bring Me Hope

Becoming a Princess - Carlee
Boys become kings, girls will be queens, Wrapped in Your majesty…When we love, when we love the least of these.” (Audio Adrenaline)

In 2013, Bring Me Hope was asked to visit the lovely state of Indiana and speak about our work.  It was a joy to connect with everyone but especially to meet one of my favorite adoptive Moms, Jenny.  She had 4 kids and was in the process of adopting another child from China.  What made this adoption hit close to home, was that her new daughter was one of our sweetest Bring Me Hope campers.  As we talked life, I knew Carlee was going to have an amazing family and would love every minute of life with them.

With the chance to talk to Jenny again, it was time for an update!  We are going to be featuring Carlee again in a couple of weeks but wanted to give you a chance to hear from her Mom first.  We are so excited to have this opportunity and again so blessed to see how Bring Me Hope and our advocates can change lives!  1982263_10202130735004651_670835339_n

What is one piece of advice you would give adoptive parents?

Go into each adoption with realistic expectations.  Not just where the new child is concerned…..but for other family members, and the parents themselves.1939892_10202130746804946_1050126276_n

What has been the easiest and most fun parts of adoption?

Getting to watch all the “firsts”.  New experiences are a blast.  For example, the first time we took Carlee shopping after she came home, she saw a frilly Rapunzel princess nightgown in the store.  Even at age 13, her face lit up when I took it off the rack and handed it to her.  She couldn’t WAIT to put it on and twirl around the living room in it that night.


What has been one of the biggest challenges?

Adoption does not come without it’s challenges.  I would be lying if I said it did.  In our case, we brought home a 13 year old.  That is 13 long years of never having a family.  The biggest challenge has probably been the fact that Carlee was not used to “rules”……now she has parents that insist she follow rules.  It’s been a bumpy road at times, but we’re getting there 🙂1922328_10202130746644942_1239552410_n

How did you find Carlee & how did you know she was your child?

We found Carlee on the Waiting Child page of our agency’s website (WACAP).  After we brought Reese and Hannah home, we had a strong feeling that we had another child in China.  We still felt like God was calling us back there.  When we saw Carlee’s photo…..we knew.  We prayed about it and God made it very clear that we were to GO and bring our daughter home.1237065_10202130746244932_1907964661_n

 How was Bring Me Hope involved?

Some of Carlee’s fondest memories of China were at Bring Me Hope camp.  She talks about it all the time and LOVES to look at photos from camp.  While we were waiting to bring Carlee home, BMH was awesome about taking photos of her while she was at camp and even helping us skype with her.  Huge blessing for us.

Thanks so much Jenny for chatting with us and sharing a few thoughts 🙂  Below is a picture of Carlee at Bring Me Hope camp and their weekly video!  If you haven’t gone yet, help us celebrate our 10 year anniversary and volunteer for a week!DSC_0220

For The Kids!

Caitlyn & Bring Me Hope Team

Walking to Support an Orphan – Night Walk 2014

It’s that time of year…NIGHT WALK 2014, has come around and I beyond excited to tell you more.  WHY is this year completely amazing?

  • I love this years camp theme, “Jubilee”
  • I want to beat last years number of Night Walkers, we had approximately 155 people
  • And last but not least, Bring Me Hope is celebrating their 10 year anniversary (can I blow my party horn to celebrate?)

Oh, and I almost forgot one more reason, they are not only introducing a new T-Shirt but are bringing back 3 others from their “Vintage Tees” collection. So, if you can’t decide on what design you like best, feel free to order all 4 (the “Vintage Tees” collection are limited in number and are a first come, first serve product).  NightWalk_2014_Blog-FacebookAd

So, now back to the logistics.  For any new people reading this, let me give you a little background.  Night Walk is a chance for us to show orphans love.  On May 2nd, we will gather together in the evening and walk for an hour, while Chinese orphans walk during the day.  Our goal during this time is to get as many people together to raise money for orphan sponsorships.  Each walker that signs up (you get a free shirt when you sign up before April 19th) provides Bring Me Hope the funds they need to send orphans to this years summer camp.  The more walkers/sponsors we have, the more kids get to leave the orphanage and go to summer camp…the more kids that come to summer camp, the more lives that are changed and get to be advocated for.  This is a chance for those who can’t volunteer at Bring Me Hope to be a megaphone for the voiceless and help fund these kids.auburn_kunming

What does Bring Me Hope need?

Leaders!  They had 31 groups last year…let’s try to double those numbers.  If one person from each state would lead a group we would almost be there.  Leading a group is pretty simple…it requires getting people together and finding a location, that’s about it.

Walkers!  They need people willing to get together with an awesome group of friends and walk on May 2nd.  You can walk at a local park, through the city, on a bike trail or at your local school track.

Sponsors!  They want anyone that can’t walk or lead to sponsor someone else to walk or buy a T-Shirt.8789296496_b24bea9639_o

I want YOU…if you are reading this, you can take part.  Click HERE to see more about a walk that happened last year in the Alamo.  Visit to sign up or sponsor another walker or click one of the buttons below.  If you are interested in leading or need more information, contact Regina (

Night Walk Sponsorship Night Walk Sign-up

For the Kids!

Caitlyn & Bring Me Hope Team