We are Andrew and Sarabeth Toy who live in Kentucky. We have been married for four years, and we are trying to adopt our first child, and we want to share that process through this blog, among other things. Since you don’t know us that well yet, we’ll keep our bios short. Here are the basics.
Andrew: Southern California. Mexican food. Pixar. Author. Grape juice. John Steinbeck. The Office. Book worm. Learning husband. Zac Brown Band. History buff. Toy Story. Christian. Blogger.
Sarabeth: South Florida. Volkswagen. HGTV. Tulips. Crab cakes. Aspiring housewife. Reliant K. Christian. Lovely wife. C.S. Lewis. The Office. Shrek. Artist. Blogger.
And please help us bring James home by purchasing my debut novel, The Man in the Box, from Amazon. And click here to get it on Kindle.
Please feel free to email us a little about yourself, especially if you are adopting or you know of anyone who is adopting. We’d love to hear from you. firstname.lastname@example.org
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And welcome! Hope you enjoy your stay.
My wife and I want to adopt a child. And this blog is, among many, many other things, our chronicle.
To help us bring home a child, please purchase my novel, The Man in the Box on Amazon. You can also get it for your Kindle here. See below for what people are saying about it. Join the facebook page to get updates.
With this blog, I hope to enlighten you with truths about adoption and a myriad of other topics. I want to entertain you with book and movie recommendations. And I want to stimulate your mind and your heart toward topics on religion and Christianity.
So this blog is dedicated to our son whom we have yet to meet and to all of you who have ventured into the crazy, unstable world of adoption, and to those who are thinking about it. Enjoy the versatile posts, and keep checking in for new surprises!
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What readers are saying about The Man in the Box available on Kindle and Amazon, Nov. 30:
“This was a heart-stopping suspense adventure like I haven’t read in a long time. The author does a great job of interfusing light humor with the intense action moments–and there are a lot of them. From battling dinosaurs to ghost-demons, I was always anxious for Robbie and wondered how he would make it out of the danger. Now that is building suspense when you’re wondering how a character could ever get out of his predicament even though you know he has to.”
-Cherese Vines, author and blogger
“Andrew Toy has created a unique and interesting story that spans several genres from mystery and adventure to fantasy … Toy’s debut novel will leave readers talking and will make them instant fans of his storytelling abilities. This will surely be a must-read for every adult that once created a world of their own when they were young, just by using their imaginations.”
-Nicole McManus, reviewer and blogger
“Expect dinosaurs and giant creepy-crawlies. And if that kind of thing scares you, then you’re like me, which means you’ll go ahead and read the book anyway, with no one to blame but yourself for all the flinching you’ll do … There was no going to bed until I’d reached the end. The suspense had me on the edge of my seat with worry about how everyone was going to get out of this, heart thumping out of control the whole time, except for that one minute where it almost stopped.”
-Danielle E. Shipley, author and blogger
“I was not disappointed—I finished it in a day. I had a hard time putting it down … There is more universality here. Robbie comes close to being an archetypal figure. He is Everyman, and his box is everyone’s “box.”’
-Ken Stewart, blogger
“Simple stories distract us. Good stories stir us. Powerful stories move us. Andrew Toy has written a story that rips the shroud covering the silent beast crouching near all of us, the life of emptiness and despair. He creates a compelling narrative truth of life as it is and as we want it; and he offers a peek at a hope for us all. I urge you: Relax in your favorite chair, pull up a footstool, and read The Man in the Box. Be prepared for the peaks and valleys of adventure, fantasy, real life, and war.”
-Sam Williamson, Founding Director, Beliefsoftheheart.com
I had the privilege of editing a biography a few months back about by a man named Andrew Heard. He is 30 years old, married, with a little girl, and dying of cancer.
As I write this he is in the hospital fighting the tumors that cover his liver (too many to count, according to his wife). The day his book came to the Heards by mail, he took to pneumonia. It seems every victory is followed by a defeat. But his and his wife’s Facebook messages continue to bear light and are pregnant with hope that there very well could still be a miracle from God – and if there’s not, Andrew’s family will find contentment and rest in time.
Andrew’s book, A Grey Faith chronicles his life with stage IV lung cancer, and the thing about it is – it’s not pretty. He doesn’t paint rosy pictures around his tragedy, he doesn’t pretend he’s “okay” with his condition – he’s honest. He’s honest about his anger that he likely can’t live to walk his little girl down the aisle, or retire with his wife to the beach, or even just have the strength today to push his daughter on the swing.
A lot of us feel like we’ve got it pretty bad living our lives the same way day in and day out. I am sure Andrew and his wife wish they were in our shoes, carrying out the mundane tasks of work and school and just plain living.
I would recommend Andrew’s book to anyone who needs a kick-start on their faith. Anyone who’s been angry at God recently for whatever reason. Anyone who wants a glimpse into the life of the suffering. Anyone who has suffered or is suffering and just needs to know that they’re not alone.
Pray for the Heards during this dark and difficult time. I have pasted links to their blogs below. Leave them messages of encouragement and just let them know that they’re being prayed for.
Here is the link to order your copy of A Grey Faith: Click here to order
I would also recommend going to the home page and reading some of his posts: Andrewbheard.com
His wife also has a blog which you can see here: baileyheard.com
Also, here is an article about Andrew’s cancer on Cancerwise.
Pass this story around to all the believers and prayer-warriors.
- The Man in the Box by Andrew Toy (librarygirlreads.blogspot.com)
- How We Got Prim (adoptingjames.wordpress.com)