We are back!

The website was down for awhile but now it is up and running thanks to a smart friend.


The adoption process has slowed down greatly. Right now it looks to be about 3 or 3.5 more years until we get our little girl. At times, I have been dicouraged at how things have slowed down but going into this process we knew that most things we out of our control. We are fully relying on God to give us the strength and patience as we wait.


To shop through us on the Amazon site click on our store. You then click on the link that say powered by Amazon on the top right hand corner. Thank you in advance for supporting us this way. We can not see not see who purchases items but know that we are extremely grateful for your support.




Money and Adoption

Most of the time when a person thinks of adoption they think of the money. James and I both felt led to adopt from Ethiopia. It is expensive folks, but we did not want that to stand in our way. We are trusting God, planning well, and working hard to turn HIS adoption vision into reality.

I am not sure what part of the process is more painful all the paperwork or asking for help with funding our adoption. Last year, we opened a home equity line of credit to pay large expenses as they arose. It was a difficult decsicion for us, because neither of us like having any debt. Last year, we to had to pay 8,000 dollars toward our adoption. We paid some of the money ourselves (from savings), held a garage sale, and were blessed with many donations from friends and family. By the end of the year we had paid off our loan. YEA!

We just turned in our dossier and had to write another large check ($7,950). It is always scary to not be in control but I am not letting fear creep in on our adoption. We have a plan of attack but it will take work and support from others. The last thing we want is for people to think we are entitled to their money. We understand this is our calling to adopt. We welcome funds from people who feel God is calling them to give but we never want people to feel like we expect them to give to our adoption.

To raise extra money this year, I have been watching two sweet babies for the rest of the school year. We also are in the process of applying for grants. Yea, more paperwork! :) Another garage sale will be taking place this summer. We plan on having a dinner at our church to help raise funds as well.

Many people have asked how they can help here is what I have for you at this time:
1) Pray. We all know how powerful prayer is and right now we just ask that you lift our daughter and her birth parents up to God. We know there is a tremondous loss before their is a great gain for our family. No one knows the story except for God at this time.

2) Shop on Amazon via our website. Click on the our store link at the top of the page.

3) Sign up for a Pure Charity account and whenever you shop online you can donate to our adoption. This costs you nothing and we get a percentage of what you spend. Just click the link below, click on the signup link on the top right. If you make purchases online a percentage of your purchase goes into an account. You can direct the money from that account to our adoption. This takes 2 minutes to set up and is a huge blessing to us.  https://www.purecharity.com/whatleys-adoption

4) Buy Coffee from our link on the side of our webpage. We get a big percentage back every time you make a purchase.

5) Donate items to our garage sale. We will collect items at any time.

6) Spread the word to your friends and family to see if they would be willing to help.

Thank you for your support! We are blessed to be on this journey with you.

Pure Charity

We have now added Pure Charity as one of our fundraisers. When I heard of this organization around Christmastime I fell in love it. I was excited to learn that recently Pure Charity has just added an adoption fundraising section in their organization.


You can go the site and sign up. Then whenever you shop at certain sites you get a certain percentage added to your account. You can chose to spend the money in your account to an organization listed in Pure Charity.

This is a great way to give us money that costs you nothing.

They do a great job of explaining this on their website. I am going to just add their link before I confuse you too much.
You can watch the video or scroll down and get more information.

To install the webapp on your computer click here:

Here is are fundraising page on the site:

Please feel free to contact us with any questions.

It is finished!

The paperwork portion journey is mostly complete. We sent in our dossier yesterday. It needs to cleared by our agency and then will be making it’s way to Ethiopia in the next few  weeks. Once it is sent off to Ethiopia we will be added to the waiting list. Woo-hoo! The time frame right now looks like it be anywhere from 1-2 years.

Our family is anxious to add another to our team. This is a good test for patience on all of our parts. I think our boys will be surprised when the day actually arrives since we have been talking about it for over a year.

I have tried to film my boys more to capture their personalities. This clip is our family in a nutshell. It is a three ring circus at our house.



Easter is my absolute favorite time of the church year. I love going to church on Thursday, Friday, and Sunday. It is a great reminder of God’s great love for me. I all too often forget the pain Jesus took on for me to get to Heaven. I was reminded again not too take sin lightly and to try and walk the way of Christ instead. This Easter, there was a great message about Jesus and how important He is compared to anyone else in history. I wish everyone could listen to the message.



I guess the boys got used to attending church every day, on Monday the one of them  asked if we were going to church again that night. Ha.

It is hard living so far away from family at times but thankfully we have a great friends here who take us under their wings. We are blessed. God is good.

My baby turned two

Last weekend my little one turned two. He was sick and not in a mood to celebrate.  He was also mad at his mom and dad for only feeding him applesauce and bananas.

We invited the church over to our house yesterday to sled. I set up a hot chocolate bar and    cookie table. My birthday boy saw an opportunity and took advantage of it. He decided not to sled and spent the entire afternoon drinking hot chocolate. Thankfully, he did not get sick on his binge.

This little man has brought such a joy to my life. I want him to stay two forever.


A lot of time has passed since this blog has been updated. We enjoyed a wonderful Christmas, but I will not lie and say it was not hard. It is difficult knowing that our entire family is not together. I ache to have our daughter in my arms and part of this crazy household.

In January, I was blessed to be able to go on a mission trip to Juarez. We had wonderful family come up and help with the boys. It was a trip I will never forget. My favorite part was getting to visit the orphanage. The night I left the orphanage, I wept for joy that sometime soon I would be able to take a child home and call her mine. I also cried tears of sadness for all the children that will not have a family on this Earth. Thank the Lord the He claims us all and chose all of us to be in His family. There is no greater picture of God’s love than adoption.

I found this video tonight.  I found the information very sad. Please pray in how you can help be a solution to this problem.


We can now check a huge item off our checklist for our adoption.  Our home study is now complete. The next item is to get our fingerprints and then we are able to send our dossier off to Ethiopia. Please keep praying for our daughter.