I've been wanting to write about this day
for almost a week...
but with the chaos of trying to pack for my
court trip (leaving THIS THURSDAY)
and, of course, also trying to organize and de-clutter the house
RIGHT this MINUTE
because, you know...
there's no better time to totally tear apart all of your closets
and re-arrange your house than 48 hours before you
leave the country. Right?
you probably read my last post
where I linked to all the stories
leading up to right now
in this current adoption process.
I had lots of new visitors to my little blog
because they found their way here
from a fundraiser website we had set up!
let me tell you about THAT!
I think it was Monday of last week
when a friend of mine
(who goes by Captain Murdock online)
approached me about testing out
her hubby's new website!
They had been trying to figure out some way to
help adoptive families, charities, and other non-profit type people
fundraise for their project or cause
by using the power of social media to draw awareness.
SURE! We'd do a test run!
I mean, we needed money...
adoption costs money...
lots of money...
and we have this pick-up trip coming in a few months
where we will need 2 round trip and FIVE one-way tickets home!
The total of those fees makes us wonder if it may be more cost-effective to charter a direct flight home...
but hey, it's a goal!
So I went to their website,
set it all up,
hit the "publish" button...
and sent a quick note saying "it's up! Looks good!".
We got a donation!
Then another one!
And suddenly, we were up to $100 in our fund!
Then $200, then $300...
and by bedtime, we had hit $1000!!!
We were AMAZED!
It was so much fun to read comments by the people donating.
Some were anonymous,
some were funny,
some were warm-fuzzies and brought tears to my eyes.
All of them were so, incredibly appreciated and graciously celebrated over!
I barely slept!
I woke up and we had received $500 in donations overnight!
By the time my husband left for work we were up to $2000 and still climbing!
My email box was filling up with donation notifications,
people were sharing our link and blog and I was shocked and
brought to tears multiple times that morning.
Then, suddenly...there were whispers that we might
meet our ENTIRE GOAL by the end of the day.
I was almost afraid to mention that out loud!
How could that be??
We had this huge number...
but people were just dumping blessings on us
left and right!!
When we hit the half-way mark by lunch...
I thought I was going to pass out.
Multiple times throughout the day, I just stopped and prayed and just thanked
the Lord for bringing these donations to our family,
for providing our needs, for not waiting till the last possible moment to bring us the money we needed,
and for the wonderful people who believe in us and were sending us such kind words to treasure forever!
And our goal??
Well, that giant, looming mountain we were looking at...
crumbled into dust by 9pm!!
We suddenly had every penny we estimated for the trip,
and people were still donating!
Even today, we are still receiving gifts from people
who feel like our trip might require a little more than we estimated!
We are so incredibly thankful to each and every person who
blessed us with $7 or hundreds!!
The Lord took your money and multiplied it
and did a "loaves and fishes" kind of miracle
right before our eyes!!
So, to everyone who donated...
Thank you, from the depths of our hearts.
We can never adequately express how touched we are by your generosity!
To everyone who shared the link on your facebook, twitter, blog or through email...
you were a major reason why we met our goal so quickly
so thank you SO much for using your connections to help bless our family!!
To everyone who remembers our family in your prayers,
we are grateful.
Please pray for my trip...
I leave Thursday.
I am incredibly excited to meet our kiddos,
and nervous to fly alone,
and sad to leave my family here for a week.
It's such a confusing swirl of emotions!
I'm boldly asking for you to pray specifically
that we would pass court while I am there.
I know that it's rare now,
with the way the process has changed,
but I would sure love that.
(And then I could show you pictures!!)
Thank you all again!!
And if you want to see the fundraiser or read the comments..
click this link: