Oh friends, what a weekend! I’ve been quite emotional today as I look back on the past week. Two overall things I’m convinced without a doubt of through this:
1) God LOVES orphans and will fight for them. So thankful to get to be a part of His plan of orphans (ours in particular) finding forever families.
2) We have some AMAZING friends & family. Hands down the BEST!
God showed up and poured out HIS love through SO many – giving love, support, and financial blessings in efforts to bring our girl home this weekend.
The yard sale was AMAZING!
Day 1: Friday am was an early one with Jake and his trustworthy buddies showing up at 4 am to begin setting up…AND it was raining! I was nervous when I woke up to rain but just continued to pray that God would show up and make all of the hard work worth it. Yard sales are no joke folks! I didn’t know what I was getting myself into! Then came a whole crew – friends, family, and a few folks we’d never met (our friends inviting friends to help). We set up what seemed like an infinite amount of stuff! At the end of the day, we had at least half of the items sold and made a grand total of around $2700! We were SO excited and surprised!
Day 2: We started this day feeling already like it would be icing on the cake – really didn’t think the sale would make more than $3000 total. Well, you see, our God loves orphans SO much. His heart is with the lost, abandoned, without hope. He is in the business of making miracles happen – like bringing baby girls home to their forever family. He loves our girl SO much that He showed up BIG time on day 2! We had a very steady flow of folks come out on Saturday – some friends (and strangers) showing up to just write a check! (no lie! God’s goodness again!) Our “team” was amazing – bargaining and selling out the wazoo! Around 12:30 that day we “closed up shop” and still had about 2 trucks worth of stuff. We donated it to With Love From Jesus – a great ministry in town that reaches out to serve the poor in Raleigh.
Finally, we totaled the 2 days worth of funds. Between what we had pre-sold in Craig’s List, the yard sale proceeds, and donations that came in over the weekend, God provided right at $7,000 towards our adoption! Friends, behold a MIRACLE!
Through God’s provision, we have now funded $24,000 of the $30,000 adoption total. Please be praying with us for the remaining $6,000!
There’s no way we could have pulled this weekend off without our friends and family. It was so humbling to be served and loved on and to watch as our friends & family woke up at the crack of dawn to set up, baked things, donated items, advertised, bargained and pleaded for folks to buy things, told our adoption story and the reason behind the yard sale, cleaned up, hauled furniture around,… I could go on and on and on! We saw the CHURCH in action this weekend and it was beautiful!
For those of you who were involved in some capacity – THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts! On behalf of our daughter who will one day meet you – thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
“He executes justice for the fatherless…” Deuteronomy 10:18