Monday, June 24, 2013

Bake sale fundraiser success!

If you were to stop by our bake sale this weekend, you might have seen this proud brother and sister pair...
If you happened to come for the short while we had Baby Eva with us, you might have seen this...
This bake sale began in the hearts of several of the families in our homeschool coop.  At first, it was going to be a small affair...a way to get the kids involved in something.  Well, let me tell you, I think that there may have been a chuckle from God on that one.  This "little" stand started on Friday morning at 9am with 53 dozen cookies (we dont believe in shorting anyone on cookies around here!) and continued for 2 days... With a profit of over $1,000.00!! The mothers in our coop organized everything for us! There were teams of people serving every 2 hours. The kids were involved and engaged- they held signs to advertise and yelled on the street corners as well as serving lemonade.  The business that we set up in front of was so gracious with the use of their water, facilities and chairs- we were grateful!  If you're in Newton, shop at Faith And Life -- they demonstrated much love to us throughout the fundraiser.  
A huge demonstration to our kids was the excitement that other kids had about their new brother.  That others could come alongside our family and give so selflessly was a wonderful example.
We had people stop by and talk- I was able to share our previous adoption stories and what led us to do it again.  That was my favorite- the discussions I was able to have. Two people who stopped by had personal ties to the country where we are going and that was incredible! I asked many questions and listened as their love for this country come through in their stories. 
My thoughts from this weekend have been the immense blessing that we have to be surrounded by people who are not only familiar and in favor of adoption but whom have embraced this concept.  They don't applaud from the sidelines "hoping" it will all work out but they are willing to come alongside, with a strong, personal understanding that what God has put together is perfect.
So, on to the next task... Eric and I are going to get fingerprinted tomorrow and that will be the final step before our approval on the US side.  I am beginning to work on the July fundraiser feverishly! It's going to be so much fun! I hope you can come!! We will need to have some more items donated to our silent auction... So far, we have salon products and gift certificate, Scentsy products, Longaberger baskets, Creative memories items, Rusted Chain jewelry, handmade jewelry, a fun barn tent, Mani/Pedi gift certificate, handmade pottery and a quilt...doesn't that list sound fun so far?  Do you think there's anything else you can add for us? Any skill or item you could donate to help us raise some money?  We would appreciate it so much! 
Thank you so much to those who stopped at our booth and donated, and to those who thought of us and prayed- we are amazed at what God is doing to provide for us right now!

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