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By Yacht Rock
#518689 Hey folks,

My wife and I have been feeling led toward adoption for a few years now. Last week we were informed of a young boy from China that is struggling to be placed with a family and after a lot of prayer, my wife and I are moving forward to start the process to have him join our family.

This is a huge step for us, but one that we feel God is leading us through.

The process is pretty complex and will require a bit of money. We're going to start some fundraising projects to try to make this happen and we appreciate your prayers as we go through it. Most of all, pray for this young boy in China and that, if we're not the family for him, God has another family ready to bring him home.

Thanks guys,

Scott aka Yacht Rock
By Yacht Rock
#518708 Thanks! Tomorrow morning I have a call scheduled with the agency to see if this is viable and what the timeline, costs, etc look like.
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By VaDon
#518713 My wife and I have two daughters who joined our family through adoption from China.

I will tell you it has been the greatest blessings of our lives.

We pray for you and your wife that all the paperwork flows smoothly on this wonderful journey.

VaDon
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By prototype
#518782 also have adopted a girl. Sad that it's such a business and they make it so expensive, but you're doing a great thing.

Praying for you and your wife.
By Yacht Rock
#519113 Thanks for the prayers guys.

We had to request a special exemption from a few of the rules that China has for adoption and were asked to draft a letter explaining our situation.

I spent yesterday on my knees praying for this boy and then received an email.

The CCCWA agreed to make an exception to their adoption restrictions and is going to let us adopt this sweet young boy!

Now we're in the process of getting the home study scheduled so we can get the official go ahead.

Any fundraising ideas out there? I know we'll be able to put forward a large amount but not all of it in a timely manner. I know we have a lot of friends/family/church family that are wanting to help out in any way possible.
By ALUmnus
#519150 I've seen a lot of people use the gofundme route, and blast it out on facebook. Seems to be effective.

Also, might want to talk to your church about it. A church should go out of its way to help it's members adopt, but there may be some individual members who you don't even know that are looking for these opportunities.

Our church uses a service that serves as an adoption fund for families like yours, but it only works if people contribute to it.
By Yacht Rock
#520108 Hey everyone,

I wanted to give an update. Everything is going well and we have many of the required documents filled out as we are starting the Home Study process with a provider here in Virginia and soon after that is complete will be sending our dossier to China.

God has been lifting up walls and moving mountains as we move toward bringing this little guy home.

If you'd be interested in reading about our story, we'll be sharing once or twice a week on our blog.

https://onemoreoneal.wordpress.com

If you're interested in supporting you can support us here

https://onemoreoneal.wordpress.com/support/

or here

https://www.purecharity.com/onealfamilyadoption

In addition we are selling T-Shirts for support here

https://www.bonfirefunds.com/oneal-family-adoption-fund

A portion of each T-Shirt sold goes toward our adoption.

More than anything, we need prayers. Just in the time that we've started this process, our relationship with God has grown and we've never felt more in line with the will He has for our lives than we are now.

Thanks guys and I'm sorry if I've run amok of some rule about posting links like this but I've always loved and appreciated the support that this community provides.

Scott aka Yacht Rock
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By Sly Fox
#520221 Any rule standing in the way of that post would be contrary to theprinciples upon which this forum was built.
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By Purple Haize
#520227 What are these things called 'Rules'?
By Yacht Rock
#521520 I wanted to give everyone an update.

Hopefully, in the next few weeks we'll be able to talk to the little guy in China via Skype and begin sending him things. We're so excited for this!

On another note, we're going to be hosting a rummage sale at the end of this month. We're trying to collect as much as we can for the sale and appreciate any help. If anyone in the Lynchburg area has anything they're trying to get rid of and would like to donate, please send me a PM.

In addition, if anyone or any business would like to make a year-end tax deductible donation to helping bring this little guy home, we have some instructions at the following links.

https://onemoreoneal.wordpress.com/support/

https://www.purecharity.com/onealfamilyadoption

The Pure Charity link is easier to use but the link on our WordPress ensures that 100% of the donation would go toward this little boy.

One of the things that has held us back from adopting in the past is the fact that it isn't cheap and it seemed like a mountain that couldn't be moved. We moved when God told us to and know that we'll likely need to raise at least $20,000 to make this happen. We've been humbled by the amount of support we've gotten so far but we still have a long way to go. We're in a unique situation in that we're already matched there is a child waiting for us right now. Oftentimes the matching process can take awhile and give families more time to put together the funds. We've put our debt snowball on hold for now (Sorry Dave Ramsey) while we put all of our extra money toward this and pray that we don't reach a point where we're invoiced for something we don't have the funds for yet.

Thank you guys for taking the time to read this and if you have some stuff you want to get rid of, we'll take it off your hands. If you want to contribute in another way, we appreciate it soooo much! if you're praying for us, thank you so much!

Scott aka Yacht Rock
By Yacht Rock
#522812 I posted this on Facebook and wanted to share with you guys!

We're excited to announce that we we hope to bring a ray of light to "black friday!" Our family will be hosting a Yard Sale Adoption Benefit on Friday, November 25th and Saturday, November 26th from 8 am to 5 pm. The proceeds will benefit our Adoption from China of the newest member of our family. We have a lot of great stuff available for sale and will take donations on both days if you have anything you'd like to get rid of.

If nothing else, feel free to stop by and say hello!

I hope you all have a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving!

Scott, Renee, Angel and Caleb
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By Yacht Rock
#524955 Need some big prayers right now. There have been some changes in the way China is processing adoptions and the health requirements and it is impacting our family in a big way.

Without going into all the details, I have about 6 months to lose 90 lbs in order for our dossier to be accepted.

Please please pray and I welcome any tips!
By flamehunter
#524956 Praying for you. I suggest going low carb - I was amazed at how quickly the pounds dropped when I really stuck to it. I would look at some of the paleo type diets. Lots of vegetables and lean meats and proteins. Focus on your diet first then add exercise as the diet becomes routine. It's not easy, I know the struggle, but will obviously be worth it in the end.
By Yacht Rock
#524961 Thanks, that's actually what I'm doing. I've already been working with a dietician for other reasons and this just puts a bigger goal in place (no pun intended).
By jack_sparrow81
#524981 You've probably heard of this documentary, but I had a co-worker recommend watching "Fat, Sick, & Nearly Dead" couple years ago. I ended up getting some plans\recipes off Joe Cross' website which was free at the time and lost weight including noticing other health benefits. I saw it as a reboot to change my lifestyle when it came to eating\exercising and did a couple of fast throughout the year. I would definitely check with your dietician or primary before doing it though. Most of the recipes\plans are still free on his website and the documentary\sequel is on Netflix-i believe it's free to watch on his site as well. The toughest part about it is the prep, but we ended up making the juices a couple days ahead of time and stored them in mason jars. Some juicers are expensive, but we ended up buying a nice barely used one for $25 at a garage sale, where I see them all the time. Again, check with your doctors if you decide to try it and do some research.
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By Purple Haize
#524984 Listen to your dietician. That's a lot of weight in that amount of time. I think you said you have your doctor involved as well.
Everyone is going to give you what worked for them. But you have to be safe.
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By Sly Fox
#524993 If your doctor recommends a nutrition system in concert with your dieting & exercise, I can hook you up as well with AdvoCare.

I realize DeathcabForLU hasn't been on here in awhile, but if anyone has seen his incredible weight loss story there in Lynchburg it is incredible.
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By Purple Haize
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Sly Fox wrote:If your doctor recommends a nutrition system in concert with your dieting & exercise, I can hook you up as well with AdvoCare.

I realize DeathcabForLU hasn't been on here in awhile, but if anyone has seen his incredible weight loss story there in Lynchburg it is incredible.


I was waiting for an AdvoCare person!! Love Spark but the 24 Day Challenge literally about killed me.
There are several Doctors, actual DOCTORS, who do a weight loss clinic type thing and monitor your progress etc (Widmeyer is one. I think Petry still does)
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By Kolzilla41
#525112 I did Crosswhite Fitness and went from 410 to 370. The specific diet he does made it real hard to stick to ( basically Chicken and Broccoli) and am back at 395. My wife and I are doing to do Whole 30, then just live/eat modified paleo . This plus being in the gym 5 days a week should help get me to where I want to get to, in the 215-230 range.
By Yacht Rock
#525121 Thanks everyone, lost 10 lbs in a week and I have a consultation at Crosswhite tomorrow. Feel good about doing this. Working with a Dr. and dietician will make this a safe journey as well.
By Yacht Rock
#525307 Thanks for the prayers everyone!

Had my first workout at Crosswhite last night and it was tough but good!

So far, since we found that I've needed to do this on December 19th, I've lost 20 lbs! God is doing such big things in our life right now!
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By Sly Fox
#525314 That is awesome! Once you set your mind to it you can achieve some amazing results. Discipline is the key. And that is much easier to maintain when you have your eye on a specific prize. And what a prize you have in mind!

Just started my annual 24-day Challenge with the New Year and have dropped nearly five pounds in 2017. I love having goals otherwise I slide off the track lickety-split.
By Yacht Rock
#525807 So I started on Dec 19th and as of today I've lost 30.2 lbs.

Thank you all for your prayers. Here's what I posted on Facebook.

Friends, as of this morning, I've lost 30.2 lbs since December 19th! While I still have a long way to go to hit the number we're looking for, this has been such a blessed journey and I look forward to walking it each and every day.

Romans 8:25 ~ "But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience." (ESV)

We live in a culture of "I want this now" and I know that I've fallen into the trap of wanting quick answers to problems that take time to solve.

God is teaching me patience right now. Patience on this journey for my health. Patience while we move along in the process to bring our little guy home. Patience in everything.

I know many of you are entering this new year with a new focus. Perhaps this new year has reignited a former passion that has dwelled in your heart.

Understand that you can't do it alone. You'll need community and fellowship. With that will come encouragement, praise, and prayer throughout all the ups and downs of that journey.

More than anything though, is you need to let God be part of your journey. What better friend to walk through every up and down with you than Jesus. I can tell you that any results I've gotten are by the grace of God and the only boast I have is that Jesus sacrificed Himself on a cross for me, so that I would recognize my sin and pursue a relationship with Him. That relationship is the foundation of everything good in life. God is working miracles in my life and He is the sole reason we can call each day a blessed day.

I still have around 60 lbs to lose before I hit the immediate goal. I know that this process slows down the further you move along, but God is building a patient heart and a fire to remain steadfast with what he's called our family to do.

If God is calling you to do something, don't expect your desired results tomorrow. In fact, your desired results may not be God's desired results. Have an attitude of patience and understand that if each day, you live life according to His will, you'll have achieved something greater than you or I could have imagined.

#Hisgoals

#runningforadoption

#thankyoujesus

#patience
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By adam42381
#525809 Wow, 30 lbs. in less than a month is impressive! Good work.
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By Sly Fox
#525841 That's a fantastic start! Have the whole family be part of your process and it will be easier to stay on track.
By Yacht Rock
#527714 Hey everyone,

I thought I would give an update. I am now at nearly -50 lbs since December 19th and moving along in the process.

On April 29th, our family will be hosting a Fundraising Event at the Timberlake United Methodist Church (Thanks alabama24 for putting us in contact with them)!

We are still working out the time and exact details but we will be hosting a raffle and silent auction. If anyone in the Lynchburg area has any connections with a business that would be willing to donate something toward the raffle or silent auction that would be amazing!

I can provide you a copy of the letter we've been giving local businesses upon request. We have been able to get a few cool things already!

We've been blogging this journey as well and you can read our latest post here.

https://onemoreoneal.wordpress.com/2017 ... ll-actors/

Thanks,

Scott
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By alabama24
#527722 Glad to help! I have it on my calendar, but make sure to get in contact with me when you have more details.
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By BJWilliams
#527723 Need an emcee for the proceedings YR? I have some experience in that area
By Yacht Rock
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alabama24 wrote:Glad to help! I have it on my calendar, but make sure to get in contact with me when you have more details.


I'll definitely let you know once I have more details!
By Yacht Rock
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BJWilliams wrote:Need an emcee for the proceedings YR? I have some experience in that area


Thanks BJ! I'll probably be handling that myself and sharing our story with folks as well.
By Yacht Rock
#528229 Okay everyone!

Below is the event we created on Facebook for our Adoption fundraiser! Please share with anyone who you think might want to come! We're heading down the home stretch of this journey and are about to apply for immigration! So exciting! Let me know if you'd like to buy tickets!

https://www.facebook.com/events/1040765882695858/

What: LIGHTS, CAMERA, ADOPTION! – O’Neal Family Adoption Fundraising Dessert and Auction
When: APRIL 29th 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Cost: $5.00 for individuals, $10.00 for families
Where: Timberlake United Methodist Church @ 21649 Timberlake Road, Lynchburg, VA 24502
Additional Details: Help us reach our goals and bring the newest member of our family home! We will have several items available for silent auction and raffle. So far we have vacation stays, a dehydrator, several gift baskets full of wonderful items, tickets to sporting events and more! Come dressed as your favorite film character, actor, prop, or yourself! We promise a fun night you won’t easily forget! Unless you fall off a yacht and end up hanging out with Kurt Russell for a few weeks.
Contact Information:
Renee O’Neal – (209) 256-5877 – reneeoneal@me.com
Scott O’Neal – (209) 304-9800 – scottoneal@me.com
By Yacht Rock
#530226 So we have an update!

First, we have approval on our immigration paperwork! Exciting! Just waiting for it to arrive in the mail!

Second, as of Friday, April 28th, my BMI is below 40! :D

All the working out at Crosswhite Fitness and eating well has paid off and I've lost almost 90 lbs!

Finally, we had our event this weekend and it went really well. We had a good turnout and raised $2700!

We still have about $13,000 left to raise and we're having a yard sale the weekend of graduation. Hoping to "Make Yard Sales Great Again."

Please continue to keep us in your prayers and keep our little guy in China in your prayers!
By flamehunter
#530228 Awesome news! Just curious what your thoughts were when you first heard about the physical requirements for adoptive parents and how you feel about it now?
By Yacht Rock
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flamehunter wrote:Awesome news! Just curious what your thoughts were when you first heard about the physical requirements for adoptive parents and how you feel about it now?


That's a great question. When I share the story a lot of people say, "I wonder why that is" or "That's strange."

I don't think it's been strange to me because your weight is a big part of your health and they want to ensure that the parent will be around for their child.

That being said, is BMI the best measurement? Maybe not. There are so many measurements of bone density, muscle mass, and body fat % that BMI doesn't always tell the whole story but I understand.

In the end, we were worried that this part of the process would slow us down but it didn't. I thought my medical stuff would be the last things we send off and it wasn't. I sent off my medical paperwork on Friday and then today we received our immigration stuff. So in the end, it didn't have any impact on the timing of our adoption, strangely enough.

I am thankful that God has pulled us through this. It's a perfect example of how an obstacle can be turned into a blessing. I'm going to keep going as long as I can!
By flamehunter
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Yacht Rock wrote:I am thankful that God has pulled us through this. It's a perfect example of how an obstacle can be turned into a blessing. I'm going to keep going as long as I can!

This is kind of what I was thinking. Can't tell you how many times I've experienced this and when the whole ordeal is over you see the Lord working in ways you never would have dreamed of. Thanks for being quite transparent. It is an encouragement to me and I'm sure others as well.
By Yacht Rock
#539081 I thought I would give everyone an update. We just returned from three weeks in China with the newest member of our family, who is a US citizen as of today!

Thank you for all of your prayers!
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By Purple Haize
#539087 That’s great. Cause it would have been really awkward if you’d left them behind
By Yacht Rock
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Purple Haize wrote:That’s great. Cause it would have been really awkward if you’d left them behind


I know you’re joking but we actually got asked that a lot (if we’d get to bring him home this trip) as there are other international adoption programs where you travel to the country, meet your child, then come back to the US without them and have to go back later to bring them home. I can’t imagine how hard that would be.