Hello, my Deer friends!  I received the nicest email the other day from adorable Marlous (check her out, below!), and she asked if I would be interested in sharing her awesome story on the blog.  I am always happy to help out a new friend, so here it is:
Hey everyone!
This is a little story of a couple who claims to still be newlyweds after four years: Thomas and Marlous
 We started our journey together from very different places. I grew up in the Netherlands and he grew up in the United States. When I was twenty-two, we both found ourselves in Canada doing relief work and desiring to serve the community. Needless to say, we fell in love and made every effort to end up together.
After a year of mostly being apart, writing letters back and forth, endless chat conversations and paperwork a mile thick filed with the government, I was able to move to America and marry the man of my dreams!
After moving, we found a wonderful church together and got plugged in while Thomas finished up school. After finishing, Thomas was offered a job as a graphic designer at the church and I have been working as a K-1 teacher at a private school.

We bought our first home in 2011 with a big backyard in a quiet, friendly neighborhood. We love animals and rescued a cat as well as a puppy from local shelters.

We always wanted children and did not wait before we started trying. It was exciting, fun and for a while was “our little secret”! We talked about adopting very early on in our marriage and knew that even if we would have gotten pregnant right away, we would adopt.
Now we’re four years down the road, still unable able to conceive, and have finally put down our plan for God’s plan and decided: We’re adopting a baby!
I have to say that it’s a little overwhelming to think of all the things that need to happen before we will hold our little one in our arms but we know that it will be worth it! God has been brought us together despite the immigration and a long distance relationship and we know with Him, we can overcome this as well.
So, why are we telling you guys all of this? Because we know that we can’t do this alone. But, we also know that great things can happen when a community comes together! So far we’ve experienced amazing things but we are still far off from being able to hold our little one in our arms.
So how can you help? Here are a few ways you can be a part of our journey:
– Pray that we can raise the money to bring our baby home, for a birth mother to select us as parents for her child, for patience during this journey and wisdom to be great parents.

– Donate through GoFundMe.com/LipscombAdoption
– Purchase any product from our website today! I make handmade jewelry and my husband is also offering services. All profits will go towards funding our adoption.

– Like us on Facebook, heart my Etsy shop, pin us on Pinterest, or even BETTER – tell your friends about us!
When we began we needed 2000 people to donate $20.00, now we only need 1850 more people to join us in our journey! Will you make your donation today?