From: Friday, March 24, 2017
Last week was a big week for us. We decided to officially announce to our friends and family our plans to adopt and start a family of our own. We were surprised by all the positive feedback, prayers and offers to help us in any way we may need.
Jason and I have decided to host a fundraising/rummage sale event this summer to hopefully help raise some funds for our adoption. It is so crazy how expensive adoption is, but we are very determined to follow through with this new adventure. I have been busy spending my time looking up individuals that run their own small businesses (i.e. Scentsy, Tupperware, Norwex, etc.), asking for either a raffle donation basket and/or for them to set up a table and fundraise that way. Also, we plan to have a 50-50 raffle and a bake sale. We even asked our nieces if they would like to set up a lemonade stand and offered for them to keep half the profit. Figured this could be a good learning experience for them, too. Needless to say, but this should hopefully be a big event. We are so lucky that a friend of ours has offered to help us with the planning process.
We have already been blessed with donations from Christi’s boss and a few of our friends. This is a small example of the donations we have received, and actually a lot has been donated even after this picture was taken. I had the fun job last night of carrying all these bags and boxes down the stairs into our basement so it will be easier for us to start pricing the items. I had to have gone up and down the stairs at least 25 times, if not more. After so many trips, my legs were throbbing so I called it a day and stuffed the remaining items into our kitchen. Haha Guess what I get to continue doing this weekend. You guessed it; continue moving the rest of the bags down into the basement.
Another thing we asked our friends/family was to have folks write letter of recommendations for us so we are ready for when we meet with an agency. It has been wonderful reading the kind words everyone has to say. We are overwhelmed with all the love and support we have been receiving, and we’re only a week in on this journey!
I talked to our pastor last week about the possibility of us using our churches gymnasium for our fundraiser/rummage sale. He said he would bring it up in the next meeting and let me know. We received great news that we have received the approval! What a relief. Our pastor said that he has to talk to a couple more people and then get back to us about available dates. Now we just need to set a date and continue with the planning.
Our weekend will be filled with lots of pricing of the items we have received already. Plus, continuing to go through our own personal items to create piles of things we can sell. Honestly it is so freeing going through our entire home decluttering and re-organizing. I highly recommend everyone to do this throughout the year.
I guess that’s all the updates I have for today. Have a great weekend everyone!