Franzone Adoption Kickoff – WIN This Awesome Quilt!

The Franzone Family is excited to announce that we are starting the process for a domestic adoption again and we are kicking it off with a quilt raffle fundraiser.

This beautifully handmade quilt, Antique Rose, has been generously donated to our growing family by Mrs. Jacquie Currey for the purpose of this adoption. We are so grateful for her generosity and labor of love to support us! If you would like to support us and be entered for a chance to win this quilt, please see the details below:

Raffle Details

Dates:

This raffle kicks off on August 27, 2017 and the live Facebook drawing will take place on September 24, 2017 @ 5:00 p.m. EST.

The Quilt:

“Antique Rose” is a 50″ x 72″ handmade quilt. The beautiful fabrics boast of days gone by. They are soothing creams, yellows, rose, sage green, and blush. The back is one solid cream pattern with beautiful quilting design throughout. The edges are meticulously bound and finished. (Pictures below)

Tickets:

  • $5/each or $20/five tickets
  • We will use the “old fashioned” way of raffling using the double raffle ticket system. Each entry has a matching raffle numbered ticket. You will receive your purchased ticket and each of the matching tickets will be added to a sealed jar far away from little fingers.

Payment Options:

  • You can make payment via PayPal. Send to the account jonathan _at_ franzone _dot_ com and use the friends & family option. Your tickets will be placed in a sealed envelope and sent to you once payment is made. Please email me at aubrey _at_ franzone _dot_ com and let me know that you’ve sent payment and once that is received, I will send your tickets to you. Please include your address if you are not local.
  • If you are local and would like purchase raffle tickets in person (i.e. at CC community day, church, or other) please email me and let me know how many you would like and we can make arrangements to get those to you.

* NOTE: The email addresses above should be read by you (a human) and translated into our actual email addresses. Writing them as they are above keeps the mean spam robots away.

Thank you so much for sharing in our journey! We are so excited to bring home this precious child and thank God for his great compassion and mercy on us.

See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. — 1 Jn 3:1

Now, Some Pictures!

Adoption Update: Home Stretch!

It has been almost two years since Aubrey and I decided to pursue adoption. We have learned much during the process and it has taken quite a bit longer than we expected. Our adoption has been an “at risk” adoption. What that means is that there was difficulty in getting documentation from the birth father, which in turn meant that there could have been a contestation of our adoption if the birth father showed up and decided that he wanted the baby. We were blessed to be able to accept our little girl when she left the hospital. In fact, we were there for the birth and stayed with her and the birth mother for the entire time. It was an amazing and trying experience. Since then we have loved her and raised her as our child. However, during this period she has not legally been our child. In November of 2016, the termination of parental rights hearing took place. We figured it would be a short wait after that, but God often lets us wait beyond what we think is the correct waiting period.

All that said, our finalization hearing will be in less than three weeks! At this point, there really is not much risk. Our case has been fully reviewed and the hearing is a little more than a formality. It will be a day of joy and tears, of many pictures, and a celebration with our family and friends. We look forward to sharing pictures and videos with you all (without hiding our little girl’s face). It has been a long journey and we are so thankful to God and to you, our friends and family who have supported us in countless ways.

Thanks be to God!

How Far is Too Far in Sanctification?

What exactly is “sanctification”? This is the process whereby God works in our lives to change us and to transform us in many degrees so that we are like our elder brother, the Lord Jesus Christ. I know this on an intellectual level, but what does it mean in my life? I’ve known that this was a hard process, that sanctification can hurt. I also know that it is necessary. I thought I’d experienced the pain of this process. To be quite honest, I’d even glamorized this process somewhat, thinking that I was such a good Christian: “Look at me! I’m being sanctified… I’m suffering for Christ’s sake.” That was before this past week.

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We Are a Happy, Little Family

I wrote this little poem for our adoption profile book, but realized that I didn’t have it recorded anywhere else. I figure it would be nice to save it for posterity, and I hope that you may be encouraged by it.

we are a happy, little family
with room in our hearts to grow
we were bound together by God
the Creator
our Savior
who loved us
and called us His own

we believe in extravagant love
in piggybacks and hugs
in laughter and joy
and comfort through sorrow
and doing all we can do
to enjoy this life
for the glory of God

Author: Jonathan P. Franzone

Photo Credit: AimeAyers via Compfight cc

Firm Through the Fiercest Drought and Storm

We live in the Northpointe neighborhood in Pensacola, FL… the one that got hammered with a tornado Tuesday night (February 24, 2016). Aubrey and Ragan were away from home, babysitting for some friends while I held down the fort with my younger two children. We knew that a fairly large stormfront was coming through, but I had no idea that we would be in the center of it.

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Preparing Room For a Newborn Child

Sovereign Grace Music produced a Christmas CD last year called, “Prepare Him Room: Celebrating the Birth of Jesus in Song.” It is a really good album and I would commend it to you. The title song, Prepare Him Room, speaks of the wonder and mystery of Jesus, the Son of God, coming to be born as a baby. It calls the listeners to prepare Him room, in our hearts and minds.

This theme has had extra significance for us this year. We have decorated our house with a Christmas tree. There are lights inside and out, and many other decorations to remind us of the season. To remind us that we worship a God who loved us enough to come and be one of us. This is the season of Advent, when we celebrate the coming of our Lord and Savior. We have also setup a baby crib and rocking chair in it’s place. So while we celebrate Advent and the coming of our Savior, we are also preparing room in our physical home and in our hearts for another newborn baby, a baby that we will adopt and name as one of our own.

This process has been a rollercoaster of emotions. We have been thrilled and filled with joy at the prospects of loving a new little child, and we have experienced sadness as we wait… and wait, not knowing when we will meet our new baby. Aubrey and I thank you all for your prayers and support during this process. We are well on the way financially, but not there yet. We know God will meet the need. We thank you for your love and words of encouragement. We thank you for being a part of our journey and calling us family.

We wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas. Remember to Prepare Him (Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Messiah) Room in your hearts and minds and traditions this year.

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The Giant Yard Sale

This past weekend was the GIANT Yard Sale! G-I-A-N-T! I have never been a part of such an enormous yard sale.

When Jonathan and I decided to adopt, we were encouraged to do some fundraising and a garage sale was one of the suggested events. Friends and family began spreading the word and I soon had a garage full of baby items and more. I continued to collect items, but as the months went by I kept saying, “when it’s cooler I’ll do it” or “this weekend is so busy.” I soon became discouraged and overwhelmed at the pricing job before me and was about to give up when a sweet friend came along and said, “why don’t you let me organize the yard sale and put it on Facebook.” She offered to collect items in her big van (she has a family of 9) weekly at our homeschool community! This quickly became a large event with many friends and family joining our family and lightening the load.

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Adoption Update: Home Study Packet Done

Hello friends and family. We are happy to announce that earlier this week we submitted our Home Study Packet to the adoption agency. What does that mean, you ask? Well, it was a large packet of documentation which had to be completed and turned in prior to our home studies. It was an exciting moment for Aubrey and I as we checked off one more requirement between us and meeting our new child.

So, what’s left? How soon can we expect a baby? These are the questions we get most often and so I’d like to answer them for you. Continue reading Adoption Update: Home Study Packet Done