Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Adoption Auction Sneak Peek

Our Instagram Adoption Auction is happening this Wednesday & Thursday!! 

But I just couldn't wait until tomorrow.

I had to share a sneak peek at some of the shops you'll see in the auction. 
Do some window shopping and get ready to bid! 
Thank you in advance for being a part of this fundraiser for growing our family!! 
Bidding will start as soon as items are posted on Wednesday, April 15th at 9AM EST. 
Bidding will close promptly at 9PM EST on Thursday, April 16th.

Read to the bottom of this post for how to win a TARGET GIFT CARD!!!! 































Share either of these images on IG 
between now and April 16th at 9pm est, 
using the hashtag #bringhomebabyhenderson 
and you'll be entered to win a $25 Target gift card.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

April Showers .... Bring May Babies ... Maybe

Overloaded yet?
Yeah, me too J
But, let’s make a deal.
I’ll bombard you for the whole month of April.
We get a baby in record time.
And I leave you alone. Deal? Deal!

You know ... except for all the parts where I’m gonna need your help with the diapering and the bathing and sitting of “said baby” from time to time!

(And don’t be fooled, I really won’t leave you alone until baby is in our arms and we have raised all the funds necessary: one way or another!)

So, let's be honest and open with each other. 
Here’s what happening. 
And here’s why my head, and yours, might explode. 
(And if you are simply over seeing our awesome posts, simply get rid of me from all your social media platforms quietly ... so I don’t cry myself to sleep!)

Let's make April HUGE. Here's the details you need to know: 

April 1st – April 30th : 
Shirt Campaign www.bringhomebabyhenderson.bigcartel.com #bringhomebabyhenderson is on the back collar. You want one. Trust me. 

April 11th: 
Twenty Family Yard Sale : 7am-1pm : 2700 Bush River Road, Columbia : Donate your time, muscles or items. We will need help the day before and day of with LOTS of jobs. 

April 15th-16th
Instagram Auction : Follow me at @onejoy : I promise you will WANT to get these items : You have one more week to donate any items from you or your small business : 100% proceeds go to little babe.

April 26th
Mommy & Me Stella & Dot Trunk Show : 5:30-7:30: Pro Photographer and Everything : Ask me if you want an invitation & haven't got one yet : coryandjoy@gmail.com

All Month: 
Scentsy: http://scentsbysavannah.scentsy.us Select Bring Home Baby Henderson : For every $100 ordered, we get $25 PLUS 20% total commission. Come on y'all, make your house smell good AND help us out. 

In May:
There will be a benefit dinner and silent auction. Location, Date, and Time TBA. My peeps are on it. 

Mail donations to: ATTN: Cory Henderson : 2700 Bush River Road, Columbia, SC 29210

Thursday, March 12, 2015


Frequently Asked Questions

Where are you adopting from?
We are doing a domestic adoption, so our birth mom could be from anywhere in the US. 

When will you have Baby Henderson?
The average time our agency says is 6-10 months. 
We are praying for a baby by the end of summer! 

How much does adoption cost?
Our financial needs for this adoption will be around $40,000. 
This is a lot of money to raise fast! 
This is a quick adoption process and we have to raise all of our funds to bring our baby home! 
Please consider helping our family in any way you can. 
Read a blog from our consultant here in regards to adoption costs. 

How can I help? 
Send money via Paypal. 
You can send money to friends and family and you won't be charged fees. 
Our paypal email is coryandjoy@gmail.com
Donate a product. 
We will be holding an Instagram auction in April to raise money. 
If you own a business, have a great product, gift cards or services,  
please email coryandjoy@gmail.com.  
Send a check. 
(Please make checks payable to Cory or Joy Henderson) 
Cory Henderson
2700 Bush River Road
Columbia, SC 29210
Go Fund Me
This is just a simple and easy site to donate. 
This is actually where we will keep our entire donations updated, whether online or off. 
Donate Household Items or Your Time
We will be holding a huge yard sale on April 4th in our church parking lot. 
We could use any nice or gently used items you have to donate. 
We would appreciate your time the day before the sale to organize or tag things.
We will also need major help the day of the sale. 
Adoption is no small task. 
We are opening our hearts and leaving them wide open to many people who we don't know at all. 
Pray for A & E's hearts to remain undamaged in this initial process.
We all know of failed adoptions, and we are speaking specifically against anything the Lord would not want or seek for our family. We know He has the perfect baby and the perfect scenario for us. We just want to walk uprightly through it from beginning to end. 
Pray for our Birth Mom. She's carrying a life. A life she will willingly entrust to us for the rest of that babies days. 
Pray for our babies health. Pray that wholeness is being spoken into his/her life right now. 

Where are you in the process?
December: We made our decision to officially begin the adoption process
January: We spoke with Christian Adoption Consultants and got the Adoption Agreement in hand
February: We signed official documents, told our children, family and church about Baby H
March 6: We had our first home study visit with Night Light Adoption Agency
To Be Announced: Home Study is completed and Approved. 
To Be Announced: Profile from Christian Adoption Consultants is Complete
To Be Announced: Our Profile goes out to expectant Moms and Birth Mom chooses us
To Be Announced:  We choose to accept the Birth Mom
To Be Announced: BABY IS ON THE WAY

Friday, February 27, 2015

Puzzle Pieces

Sometimes it is hard to ask for help…and this is definitely one of those times. I have expressed to a few friends how hard this specific part of the journey is going to be. I was not created with a bone in my body that is okay with asking for financial help, so any aspect of that is not only foreign to me, but it’s uncomfortable for me!

Thankfully my circles have been reminding me that there are many people who want to help our family and want to have a person part in bringing our baby home. We are estimating our total expenses to be around $35,000. Just looking at those numbers as I type makes anxiety creep in. But, I am sure of three things. First, while that amount seems overwhelming to me, God is so much bigger than any sum of money and where the Lord leads, He will provide. Second, our child is worth way more than any monetary figure. And third, even though we don’t know anything about our child, God knows who our child is and He has picked him/her specifically for our family. And that brings me comfort. I’m so thankful for a Father who knows what is truly best for me and holds my life in His hands.

Through God’s provision, we have already been able to pay the consulting fees and home study fees ourselves (over $6,000). The remaining amount is legal fees, agency fees, medical and travel expenses. We are selling possessions, holding parties, Autumn is painting neighbors mailbox posts, we are having a HUGE yard sale in April, applied for grants, Easton saves every dollar he earns for “his baby”, and Cory and I are diligently saving in order to be able to pay for this adoption. And, we have been so incredibly blessed to receive some donations already from people who want to help. Our goal is to overall raise $25,000. 

We ask that you would consider supporting our adoption financially. We have a 252-piece puzzle (shown in picture above) that was created for our adoption. Every person/family who donates money (any amount) towards our adoption will have their name written on the back of a puzzle piece. When the puzzle is completely finished with all 252 pieces put together, we will frame the puzzle between two pieces of glass and hang it in our house as a memoir for all the people who helped bring our child home. So far, we have 13 pieces with names of people/families who have contributed financially towards our adoption! (Pictures coming soon for those who have already donated!) 

So, why a puzzle? We feel that a puzzle is very symbolic to the reality of our situation. Just like a puzzle includes many pieces that fit together to make a beautiful picture, our adoption journey is also including many people working together to help create a beautiful story.

I know we have some prayer points listed on our cards, but I wanted to list them again because we truly do covet your prayers. We have seen the power of prayer and believe so strongly in it. So, we ask that you would pray for the following requests:
• Pray that the Lord would prepare our family of four to become a family of five.
• Pray that the Lord would keep our new baby safe and healthy.
• Pray the Lord would bless our child’s birth mom and draw her to Him.
• Pray that the Lord would provide the finances throughout this journey.

• Pray that we would continue to feel the Lord’s presence and leading through this entire journey.

Sometimes, it takes going through something in life for you to be reminded just how blessed you are with the people around you. This is definitely one of those times for us. We have been so overwhelmed by the number of people who are genuinely interested in our adoption (from all over the US!) We have been encouraged by the people who want to connect us with other families who have adopted. We have been humbled by the donations we have received already, knowing it was a sacrifice to the giver.

THANK YOU doesn't seem big enough, but I’m learning to trust that you all are choosing to join this journey because you believe in it! As we keep taking one step at a time, we hope you will continue to walk with us! 


instagram: @onecory @onejoy
email: coryandjoy@gmail.com

Friday, February 20, 2015

Bring Home Baby Henderson

I haven’t talked much about my surgery last November.

It’s probably because for once in my life I was getting all my words out on one person. Poor husband J
You might know I had some ovarian cysts mid-year 2014, and one ruptured in September, sending me on my second ever ambulance ride. (Sorry about scaring the neighbor friends who run at 2 am … who does that?!)

My husband, my parents and my pastors wife all sat in the waiting room late November while my surgery was happening to correct the cysts and take care of my endometriosis. They all got the news before I did, but the Lord knew they needed to hear it first so they could be praying for it to fall softly on my ears.

They all gave me the truth, in super soft terms. But I chose to go to my post-op appointment alone. It had been an emotional ride, and I wanted to do this appointment alone. They all got the 100% scoop. And they had filled me in, but I needed to hear it one more time from my doctor.

As I sat across from Doctor B in the room, she said in no uncertain terms that due to what she found during surgery on my ovaries, she was not only not comfortable removing it, she was not capable. We could go to some specialist in Atlanta to have them try to remove it: It’s where they TEACH how to do laparoscopic surgery. Cool, right?! Yeah, kind of. It just meant it was really, really bad. She then showed me the pictures I had seen already from my husband. My sweet little ovary was entirely covered with endometriosis and had attached so well, it wouldn’t lift off.

Now, I KNOW Doctor B was speaking English during all of this.
But I was hearing another language.

Quickly, If you don’t know our story, then here’s the best recap I can attempt:  We had our surprise named Autumn out of the clear blue sky right after our first anniversary. Then we tried for another baby for 6 years. That 6 years didn’t come without two miscarriages, sleepless nights, crying in the shower and working through bitterness towards God. Now that our Miracle Mancub is 7 years old, it’s hard to believe that we’ve lost one more baby since he entered the world and we’ve longed for another one for what seems like forever. I won’t go into the infertility treatments, the amount of negative pregnancy tests, the explaining to your 9 year old that Mommy “lost the baby”, the fasting and prayer that has gone into this longing in our family.

Oh yeah, back to that foreign language I was hearing.

I was just hearing the Father speak and it was a language that was settling deep within my soul, from conversations we had been circling around for over a year. A language that said, “It’s Time.” Deep in my heart and my soul, as Doctor B was speaking, my heart was settling. I left and I cried. I cried hard in that parking lot. Not because I knew what journey we were about to embark on. But because I KNEW what journey we were about to embark on. The Lord used my surgery, He used my Doctor, He used my family and Mrs. Ramona. He has used countless people who have gone before us on this journey.

And last week we got the awesome privilege of giving our kids an amazing gift Valentine’s Day present.

Cory and I have signed with Christian Adoption Consultants and are working with a phenomenal woman whose desire it to match the perfect baby with the perfect family. The average wait time is 6-10 months with the people we have signed with. So, it is beyond my comprehension to think that our Mom could be carrying our baby RIGHT NOW!!!!! 

I have SO much more to tell you. But if you’ve ever been a part of Adoption, you know that my eyes are looking at this screen only by peaking over the piles of paperwork that are before us.

As we are already in the middle of our home study, we want to ask for a couple of things from you.
Would you be so kind as to rally around us on our journey? We need support in this process:
Prayer: will you commit to praying for our family? Pray for Autumn and Easton. Pray for our new baby. Pray for us as parents, as pastors and as a family.
Giving: You can support us through your giving at www.gofundme.com/coryandjoy, directly through us or any fundraiser we are doing (Stay tuned!). This process unfortunately is more costly that we can do on our own. Average cost of adoption is $25-40K. While we are/have been doing our part, we are so honored in any way that you can join our journey! Anything you can support us with financially is a blessing. We know that the Lord will be faithful to us and that His resources are endless.
Creativity: We need fundraising ideas! If you are creative, have had great experiences with unique fundraising ideas, or are willing to help raise funds, please connect with us. All ideas are welcome!
Follow: You can follow us on Facebook: /coryandjoy. You can connect with us on Instagram: @onecory @onejoy

Friday, December 12, 2014

Let's Keep Dating Forever

Ever wonder what your life will look like five, ten, 
twenty years from now?

Well. Today is my “sixteen years from now” moment.

December 12th, 1998 a handsome young man knocked on my door.
The front door.
The door that no one ever used.
But, really, how was he supposed to know that everyone uses the back door?

He walked in and tried to make eye contact with my parents, while at the same time tried not to make eye contact.
You know what I mean.
Trying to be respectful but super nervous.
Like, if you look me too long in the eyes, you’ll read my soul kind of stuff.

We left for a casual date and I don't think either of us knew what was about to happen. 

That night started a journey I never knew could be.
A life I wouldn't trade for anything.
A joy I found that I had never known before.
A love that will last a lifetime.

Let’s keep dating forever, my love.


Thursday, October 31, 2013

The Henderson's Choice: Halloween

I've seen much debate on opinions regarding Halloween. I could give you opinion after opinion after blog after blog after origin after origin after scripture after scripture to back both sides. 

The truth is, every family and every community is different. 

We all must each discern what is right for our own families.

Do we let our children dress up? Yes.
But is their identity wrapped up in that? Absolutely not.

Do we pass out candy? Yes.
But is our goal to give every kid a cavity or send them on a sugar high? No.
Do we have pumpkins and bales of hay on our front porch? You betcha.
Do we have chopped off hands and bloody bones hanging from our trees? Gross.

Hear our hearts and don't just chalk it up to flirting with the world.
You see, we live in a community that is filled with young families. FILLED.
And we've made it a point to get to know our neighbors.
So we've chosen not to close the doors, turn lights off, and pretend they aren't knocking.
Now, do we think that by giving out awesome candy we will win them all to Christ? No. But maybe it will open some doors.

Could they ask us why we don't participate in Halloween, and we could give them an entire spill on the supposed origin of Halloween? Yes. But would that bring them close to Christ? Maybe. Maybe not.

And would they know if we were in the house with all the lights off, watching TV?
Maybe. Maybe not.

But instead, we've chosen to turn on as many lights as we can.
A city on a hill cannot be hidden, y'all.
Be that city on a hill!
Halloween itself may not be a redeeming holiday, but you are redeemed!
And if you know the Redeemer himself,  open your door and smile so big and so bright that you blind every dark thing that comes your way!  

You see, we as not only Christians, but Pastors, have the opinion
that the light shines brightest, when the darkness is darkest.

Be the house that all the kids want to come to every year! 
And you know what, you may smile so brightly, that they may knock on your door next week for your kids to play. And by your kids playing with them, you may have a bold lion like my A & E who just think EVERYONE goes to church :) So they ask them where they go!!  And sometimes they do already go to church. But sometimes they don't. My kids have br
ought more kids to church through these simple front yard conversations than any other. 

To go a step further, pray a simple prayer with your kids before you ever open the door the first time: "Lord, let every person who knocks on our door tonight see just how much we love You!" 
Make lots of popcorn.
Brew some coffee. 

Have Andy Mineo or Lecrae playing when the door opens.
Light up your fire pit for a warming station.
Pass out stuff to the kids AND the adults. 
Halloween is just a name folks.
And we've simply chosen to not shy away from it.
Give Halloween a chance.
Be a blessing to someone.
Love your neighbor.
Use this to your advantage.
When is another time of the year that you will have your neighbors knocking on YOUR door! You wanna talk about door to door witnessing. They are coming to YOU! Just open your door. 

You might still be shaking your head about our decision on how to enjoy this evening. And that is perfectly okay. Our best friends don't celebrate Halloween with their kids at ALL. And we honor that. We totally do. And just as we honor them for their decision, they honor ours. You can bet that we don't go toe to toe over the dinner table regarding our stance on Halloween!

Bottom line, we use this day to our advantage. We leverage it. 
And we totally have fun along the way.
Putting green eye shadow on my Tinkerbell last night brought me back to recital days for my sweet girl who is quickly reaching the teen years! When I zip up Lightning McQueen tonight in his race car, I'm totally gonna reminisce on the times we cuddled up to watch Cars together.
We dressed up for our student party last night.
We will dress up to walk around our neighborhood tonight.
We will be dressed up to pass out candy at our house tonight.
And will will dress up tomorrow night for our church's Fall Festival.
And we will be planning out what we get to dress up as next year :)

Let us not forget, that as believers, we are ALL on the same team. 
Choose your words wisely, if you choose to speak of this at all with others. 
It is not right for those who DO participate, to call people "super spiritual" for NOT participating. 
On the other hand, it is not right for those who DON'T participate to call others uneducated or young in their faith if they DO participate.  
This is most assuredly one way to tear down the kingdom, verses being a kingdom builder.

I'm gonna love you the same tomorrow, come November 1st.
I hope you feel the same about us :)
We love you deeply. And we love the Lord passionately. We promise!