I am sitting here in my parents’ St. Louis suburban home watching my little nephew flop and roll around on the floor, happy as a clam, content to put whatever is near him in his mouth. It won’t be long until he’s crawling, and the stationary contentedness he currently knows will be replaced with a thirst for mobility, and Mom and Dad’s lives will change forever. We’re getting ready for my little sister’s wedding, and there are lots of babies around from my brother and sister, reminding me of why we’re doing what we’re doing.
This past weekend was a whirlwind of activity as we successfully completed our two-day garage sale. Our Life Group stepped up and donated many items for us to sell – seven Ford F-150 truckloads – so much so that we figured ten garage sales wouldn’t get rid of all the “junk” we had. But unbelievably by the end of the second day, we only had a half a truck load to take back to our house, and raised over $2500! At a yard sale, for the love.
Liza’s mom, our “other” mom Ellie, and our friend Amy helped us price and move items. We also sold Haitian-made bracelets. And the generosity just flowed from complete strangers. The ladies below bought ALL of our kids clothing – where were they from? HAITI! Why were they buying them? To take back to Haiti to give to the children there. We all had chills when we found out.
Another lady whom I’ve never met came up, gave me a hug, and handed me a check for $200 for our adoption with the verse 1 Samuel 1:27 on the memo line (go read it!). Other friends WAY overpaid for their items (you all know who you are). And when it was all said and done, we were the recipients of the graciousness and kindness of many friends, and even complete strangers. Thank you Lord, for such loving provision.
Once we get back from St. Louis, we will be on to our last fundraising event before the baby comes in August – our Baby Ford Fundraiser w/ Tapas Menu and Silent Auction at Ceviche in Clearwater! This event is open to everyone, and you can read more about it by going HERE, or by clicking on the Baby Ford Fundraiser menu option at the top of this page. We’d love for you to register ahead of time so we can get an accurate head count, but if you’d rather just show up on July 22nd between 3 – 5 p.m. to get some great Ceviche food (it’s really yummy!) and support us by bidding on some silent auction items (optional!), you are most welcome! Ceviche is in the building where El Tio Pepe used to be, for those of you familiar with the area.
WE NEED HELP – if you have an item like an autographed sports piece or a time share vacation rental or gift certificate/basket for food or services or anything of value that you think people would bid on, we would love to have it for our auction! Please email Jeff at: addicted to adoption at gmail dot com and we will make the arrangements to get your item.
Thank you once again for all of those who helped in our garage sale, and thank you in advance for those who will support us at our July 22nd event. You are making it possible for us to provide a home for children who might not otherwise have parents, and for parents who might not otherwise have children.