When we adopted our son we used our savings account and took out a loan to cover the rest. This time, we don't have the rainy day fund in our savings that we used then. Since we have already taken out the one loan we really don't want to take out another. That is the reason for so many fundraisers. I want to say THANK YOU!!! to all of those who have helped us so far. So many people have stepped up and asked how they can help us raise the funds for our adoption. We have had people we don't even know very well step up and sell chocolates for us, people telling us they want to follow us through the process and to make sure we keep them updated (hence the blog and updates on Facebook). The love people have for orphans and for us is amazing!! God is showing himself faithful through his people and I am loving every minute of it. I believe that nobody lives in a bubble. Nobody raises their children alone. We all need people. It takes a whole community to raise a child. People at church, teachers at school, adults in the neighborhood all help structure the way a child matures and learns about life. The friends the kids make at church, at school and in the community all have an influence on the opinions a child develops and the decisions they make as they grow into adults, and even into adulthood. The most important thing I want for my children is to be in a community full of people who are pointing my children to Christ. That is what we have here in our community. I am blessed and I believe that this adoption will bring another child (or two) into or home where she can share in the blessings that God has given to us, our church, our school, and our community in general.
So, how can you help? First, pray.... pray..... pray!!! If God is not leading this ship I don't want to be on it. Adoption is not easy for the child being adopted nor is it easy for the family bringing a new child into their home. It will be difficult for my boys to adjust to having a new sister in the house and it will be hard for her to learn how to relate to the boys as brothers. There will be huge adjustments that must be made by all of us and we need God to be the center of all of those adjustments. I can do all things in Christ who gives me strength and peace, but without Him I am nothing and can do nothing. Please pray for us!!!
Second thing you can do to help, the fundraisers.......We are still selling World's Finest Chocolates and tickets for a spaghetti lunch on the 23rd of October. We are hoping it will be a beautiful Sunday afternoon so everybody can come hang out on the deck at Tim and Lynn Loecher's and have lunch with us. The lunch includes all you can eat spaghetti, garlic toast, salad, pudding and tea for only $7 for an adult and $5 for kids under 10. By the way, I need to borrow some tables to set up for the lunch. If you have some that we can borrow please email me.
We are selling tickets for an Apple iPad 2 for $5 each. We will be drawing for the iPad on December 5th. If you would be interested in purchasing tickets you can see us personally or you can use the donate button here on the blog. If you use the donate button please send me an email to follow up with me to make sure your name and phone number are placed in the bucket for the drawing. My email is email@example.com.
One fundraiser we are sill working on putting together is a Christmas Ornament sale. I have a friend who makes these ornaments herself. She is coming up with a one-of-a-kind design just for this adoption. She has a show coming up soon so she can't work on it yet. I don't know yet what they are going to look like but I know they will be beautiful. As of right now I have asked to have the size ornaments that will sell for $10 each. If I can get a picture from her I will post it here on the blog for you to see.
I hope everybody is having a wonderful Saturday!! It is absolutely beautiful here.