We had our huge yard sale yesterday and man am I dead. We started unloading all the priced items at 5:00 and finally went to bed (all clean) at 9:45. It was a tough, hot, humid, but exciting day. We had people constantly at our house ALL DAY. The generousity of people humbled me on many occasions. One woman (who was visibly physically ill, with a long term illness) drove into our driveway and said she couldn't walk around but wanted to make a donation. She handed me a 10.00 check. I became misty and stammered through my thank yous. She was a complete stranger(the check was blank in the pay line) but reached out to help bring an orphan home. WOW. Many, many people wouldn't take change back. Many co-workers gave extra even after their purchases.
HUGE SHOUT OUT to A and K for giving up their saturday to help with the masses. I feel so blessed to have people in our lives that care enough about our little boy too. Hannah and her 3 best buds stood on the corner with huge signs (in 25 mph wind) to help bring in customers. They were the best free advertising in the world.
Now on to the big news.....WE COMPLETELY FUNDED ONE TICKET (ROUND TRIP) TO CHINA. We couldn't have done it without the complete love and support of God and our wonderful family and friends.
Every call has a beginning. A quiet moment when God whispers a promise to a mother’s heart . A holy place where a father bows and faithfully accepts the journey set before him. A miraculous morning that unexpectedly dawns… Casting its first light on a chosen threshold. A gentle knock..a closed door opens, a sacred invitation sent by the Father.. leads to the other side of the world. Where lonely hearts stare out orphanage windows praying for someone to care.. and then one morning, on an ordinary day an orphan’s life changes... God sends them a second chance...Through you..
We are a family now, a whole,of which you are a part,and you are just as much our child as any in our heart. We do not love you differently,nor would we give up less of all that life has given us to bring you happiness.There is no limit to our love,no boundary you might cross,no price you may be asked to pay,no need to fear its loss. We are now one, the five of us,windows of one home. As long as we have life and breath,You’ll never be alone.~Nicholas Gordon
If I had my child to raise all over again,I’d build self-esteem first, and the house later.I’d finger-paint more, and point the finger less.I would do less correcting and more connecting.I’d take my eyes off my watch, and watch with my eyes.I’d take more hikes and fly more kites.I’d stop playing serious, and seriously play.I would run through more fields and gaze at more stars.I’d do more hugging and less tugging.~Diane Loomans, from “If I Had My Child To Raise Over Again
Thousands of starfish washed ashore. A little girl began throwing them in the water so they would not die. “Don’t bother, dear,” her mother said, “it won’t make a difference.” The girl stopped for a moment and looked at the starfish in her hand. “It will make a difference to this one."
Please consider adoption....it will make a difference to one child.