I know I've said this before, but I am absolutely amazed and humbled by this whole adoption experience. We're still in the beginning stages and almost to the middle stages - yay! Our homestudy is done, just waiting on the final notarized copy to come in the mail. Next step when we receive our homestudy is to send a copy of that, our marriage certificate, birth certificates, a check for $890 and our "Application for Advance Processing of Orphan Petition".
Anyway, I am just in awe and amazement of how God's been with us every single step of the way. Our pastor is doing a sermon series on money and being wise with your finances said a quote today which really spoke to me: "If God wanted you to have it, He'd provide the money for it." He has literally helped provide every single penny we've had to pay so far and I've just been amazed. God definitely wants us to adopt a certain child in Ethiopia and is providing for it every step of the way in so many humbling ways...
As most of you know, we've been doing several fundraisers (tshirts, Thirty One party) and our latest one is our Yardsale for Hope. Just about a month ago I first announced about this and how we were looking for donated items to be able to include in our yardsale. I am just amazed at how many people have given us items to sell! People are blessing us left and right! Our biggest issue we've run into now is where do we put everything? Our garage is getting to be overflowing with items and our "school room" (our 4th bedroom that we usually use for homeschooling) is completely packed full of stuff. We now have stuff piling up in our living room and Michael is out picking up even more!! It's absolutely incredible and SOO humbling to see just how many people are willingly giving items to us so we can raise money! Our biggest issue we're running into now is lack of tables for the yardsale - if you or anyone you know have any extra tables (that fold up, obviously) that we could borrow early this week to use this weekend, we would be SOOO thankful (I promise we'll take excellent care of them)! You can contact us at 252-626-6964 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org I will be posting another blogpost in a few days some pictures along with a general list of items and more info about the yardsale. Keep an eye out! :)
For those who have donated items, we honestly cannot thank you enough!!! You have helped us SO much and I cannot wait to document this "event" and tell our child when he/she gets older about how many people have come together to help bring her/him home! God has brought so many amazing people into our lives and we are forever grateful!!
Lastly, I've had several people from Indiana (where we're originally from) comment on how they wish they could donate stuff for our yardsale. Well... You're actually in luck! I am still in absolute amazement because of one of my great friends and sister in Christ, Sara. I have known her for a few years and "met" her thanks to our common bond of the Marine Corps, both being Marine wives. She is one of the most amazing, caring, and Godly women/moms I know and it's an absolute privilege to call her my friend. She was really wanting to donate items for our sale and living in Louiseville, KY while her husband is on recruiting duty, she is obviously way too far away. God spoke to her and gave her an idea that she contacted me with. She is going to go to our home town/area and organize another Yardsale (and bakesale) for Hope, with the proceeds benefiting our adoption. How amazing is that?! She's going to do a majority of the work from long distance until the date and then will come up for a few days to help "organize and direct" it. We are still not sure of the date or location as of yet (not sure if it'll be Montpelier/Hartford City area or more near Muncie/Selma where our church is - ideas?). If anyone has any ideas, wants to help, or donate items, please contact her at email@example.com . Thank you, Sara for your incredible support, and thank you for anyone who is willing to help her!!