Adoption Fundraiser

IT WAS ALL A SCAM!! THE BRIGGS STORY (PT.1)

Josh and Hannah experienced something recently that was heartbreaking! The kind of thing that makes you question where you went wrong or how did you not see this coming? It makes you stop and question if you should continue on the journey to adoption or maybe this isn’t meant to be. Emotionally it’s hard, but also financially it’s hard too.

Josh and Hannah had saved and fundraised for a long time in the hope’s of becoming parents through adoption, just to have that money lost by someone who was scamming them the whole time. Read firsthand here the blog post Hannah wrote during this time on her personal blog Thistle Harvest and join us in helping re-coupe a portion of what was stolen from them here as we continue our March Madness Basketball inspired fundraiser for the Briggs family.

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“As many of you may know by now, we heard the heartbreaking news last week

that our adoption match was a scam. I couldn't believe my eyes when I read the

email informing us of the FBI investigation, telling us to reach out to some

lawyers that we had never spoken with, to receive more information. We had to

find the hard facts out for ourselves and determine if this birth mom we had

spoken with on the phone was a figment of our imagination.

After some investigation, we were told (and proved it to be true) that our birth

mother and baby were completely fabricated and that a woman was hired to

speak to us on the phone on different occasions to make us feel safe and secure

about the placement. I told this crooked social worker and her accomplice (our

"birth mother") how excited we were to be parents, how I was purchasing things

for our little girl, preparing her nursery, and that I prayed for them every single

day. "Birth mom" even asked me if I was excited to find out that it was a girl and

our gender reveal video was shared with our social worker who seemed

genuinely excited for us.

I know it is difficult for others to understand, but this was the closest we had ever

been to becoming parents. We have been through many fertility treatments but I

haven't ever had the privilege of carrying a baby, even for a short amount of time.

This baby girl was very real to us and had already taken hold of our hearts. We

called her by name and dreamt of what the future held for the three of us.


I will never fully understand why we were chosen to walk this path. Our trust has

been severely broken. There have been times that I have cried so hard that it's

been difficult to breathe. We had to close the nursery door for a few days so that

we would not be reminded of the deep pain we both were feeling.

We have taken some time to grieve our loss and while we are still fighting the

gross injustice, heart-wrenching pain, and breach of trust, we are trying to move

past this nightmare and fulfill our dream of having a family. We won't let this

horrible act discourage us from pursuing our child. God never stopped pursuing

us and we refuse to give up. We want our children to know someday without a

shadow of a doubt that we loved them fiercely and pursued them with everything

we had. Throughout this whole ordeal, I am constantly reminded of the Father's

love for us and how He pursues us and loves us with a perfect love. We are his

children and He will never stop fighting for us.


Our plan now is to fight for justice. To do everything in our power to get our story

out there when we are able to speak out and advocate for adoptive parents, for

birth mothers, and for their unborn babies. No one should ever take advantage of

some of the most vulnerable people in the world and if they do, they should know

that they will pay dearly for their crimes.

We are fighting to try to recover the devastating financial blow that we have been

dealt. We are desperately trying to get our money back so that we can continue to pursue adoption.

We know our baby is out there and at times we have become so discouraged that this circumstance has delayed our journey to find them.

Just the other day, I was speaking with Josh and I was frustrated that we were

going to be delayed in our adoption and didn't know when we would finally be

able to add to our family. I felt like the Lord spoke to both of us in different ways

but revealed the same truth: that His delay wasn't a denial. Nothing catches Him

by surprise. We fully trust in His sovereignty. Everything He places in our lives is

divinely orchestrated by the God of the universe. He makes no mistakes. Even

these unfortunate circumstances and the timing will lead us to the baby that He

has always meant for us to have

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We are stepping out by faith and our continuing our adoption journey. Please

pray for us, pray for our baby and birth mother, and pray that God would restore

what evil men have taken. “


Come back for part 2 of this story next week! It’s gonna be a good one!

LEMONADE STAND SATURDAY!!! A Tobey Kid Event!!!

When we first started throwing around ideas of how we were going to raise the money to bring Luke home forever, the Tobey kids were excited to get in on the action! They came up with a great idea to have kids and families around the city or even country do their own Lemonade Stand for Luke! And even came up with a graphic that you can print and post on your stand!

We thought this was such a great idea and wanted to incorporate the Lemonade theme into the entire event! Besides who doesn’t love a good glass of lemonade and here in Florida it’s pretty much always a good time to drink Lemonade since it’s a million degrees outside all the time!

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So recently when Brenda went to see Luke she had a glass of lemonade with him and took this adorable photo together! We love how the Tobey’s are involving their kids in this project and they want to challenge you to be a part of the fun this Saturday, November 10th!

Come be a part of the fun HERE and don’t forget you can also buy a virtual glass of lemonade HERE!

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It's Lemonade For Luke Kickoff Day!! (A Love Swarm)

In case you haven’t noticed, it’s been a little quiet around Promise Love the past few months! We hit our goal with the Smith’s and they are all riding around in vehicles that fit their beautiful families and that was so exciting!!

And then we heard of an amazing family, the Tobey’s, who have been waiting SIX years….Yes, I will say that again….SIX years to bring home their son, Luke, from Haiti. Luke is currently in an orphanage and Brenda (mom) met him when she was on a medical missions trip there 6 years ago. She is a nicu nurse here and often takes medical missions trips to Haiti with a team to help babies coming into the orphanages. If you missed the story and this beautiful family, please be sure to watch it HERE….it is truly an amazing God story!

After we shared that story with you, things got a little hectic with our lives and work and kids. But we are ready to kick back into high gear and get this little boy home to his forever family! God surely knows they have all waited long enough!

So the next 7 days…ONE WEEK…is dedicated to this LOVE SWARM!! Whats a Love Swarm you ask? Well just like bees swarm to build their colonies to produce something sweet like honey, we want to swarm this family with love so they can continue building theirs and bring this special little guy home forever! But it takes alot of us to do that!

Will you help us swarm them with LOVE?!

Here’s how you can get be a part of the swarm!

  1. Go like our facebook event Here!

  2. Buy a glass of Lemonade!!!

  3. Host a lemonade stand in your neighborhood this Saturday! (printables loaded on the fb event page)

  4. Share this page this event and challenge 5 or more friends to buy a glass!

Thats it! And by the end of the week, watch how much love is swarmed on the Tobey family! Check back here for updates, videos and announcements throughout the week!

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