Omigoooodness it feels like FOREVER since I’ve had a chance to sit down and update my BLOG – BIG things were happening and I am still sitting back in AWE of how COOOOL God is and how GRATEFUL I am that He put a TOTALLY AWESOME Little Sister in my life… ♥
…Okay, so my little story started out November 7th! Yep! Orphan Sunday! Erik and Kinz had a softball obligation, so I took Madison and Ida to church. I was SO excited to hear stories or see videos or just listen to how our church is a advocating for the Orphans… I was wearing one of my favorite adoption T-shirts… I wanted to talk to everyone about ADOPTING that Sunday. I wanted to find common ground with some of my other church going peeps… As I sat there, by myself… at church, I was a little bummed to hear a sermon on work ethic, (However, it was a great sermon and our church does advocate for the orphans) I was still bummed out....
It’s funny, when you sit in church by yourself, you do things you may not do if someone was with you… (I don’t know why that is) But, when the offering plate made its way around to me… I decided to fill out one of those little yellow cards that asked for prayer requests…
All I put was, “FUNDING FOR OUR ADOPTION.”
Well… the next thing I know ORDINARY HERO is offering a MAJOR fund raising opportunity for Adopting families… selling their amazing merchandise and they send the profit straight to our Adoption Agency. YEP, I signed up that very second… Not really thinking I would be too successful at it. For some reason I think I’m jinxed in the FUND RAISING department. :)
On November 18th I received this from our church:
Hi Darcee -
Thank you for sharing your prayer requests for the week of November 8th.
During this week we specifically prayed for God's provision for funding for your adoption from Ethiopia.
Please let us know how you see God answer your prayer requests or how we can more specifically pray in relation to the requests you have shared.
Thank you for your willingness to share your requests with us and your faith in God to meet your needs!
With You In His Grace!
Caring Ministries/Celebrate Recovery
WOW! HOW COOL is that! OCC is a VERY large church, and so to receive this email made me feel REALLY good! Someone prayed specifically for our family and funding for our adoption to bring our sweet little girl(s) home! …and I could already see God’s hand in all of it…
I sent an email message out to a few friends and family… My SISTER – shared it with her friends, they shared it with their friends… she was emailing me almost every other day telling me how many shirts her EXTRAORDINARY friends had purchased –
these are a few of her emails from the month of NOVEMBER:
“i totally already ordered 4 shirts the last week!!!” – from my sis
“GOODMORNING SISTER!!!! FYI…… I SENT OUT A MASS EMAIL LAST NIGHT TO A LOT OF MY FRIENDS AND FAMILY……GOT MY FIRST RESPONSE THIS MORNING…..MY FRIEND JAIME BOUGHT 4 SHIRTS FOR HER FAMILY!!!! MAKES ME CRY JUST TYPING THIS!!! HOPE THIS GIVES YOU A GREAT START TO YOUR DAY!!!”
“I forwarded it to all my Liberty Christian peeps, as well! When Christians come together, big things happen!!” - Kristin’s friend Jaime
“JUST GOT ANOTHER SHIRT ORDERED FROM MY FRIEND RACHAL!!! SHE ADOPTED A LITTLE BABY THEY HAD IN FOSTER CARE!!! SHE IS A TOTAL SWEETHEART!!! I'M SOOOO EXCITED BY THE BUZZ THIS HAS STARTED!!! LOVE YOU!!! KRISTIN”
“ADD ANOTHER HOODIE TO THE LIST!!!! ELAINA JUST SENT ME THIS EMAIL :) LOVE YOU!!!! KRISTIN”
“THE SHIRT COUNT GOES UP 5 MORE….MARK & JANET BOUGHT 5 SHIRTS!! WAHOO!!! I LOVE THIS :) XOXO KRISTIN”
“My friend Carin just facebook'ed me and said she ordered shirts for her family!! Wahoooooo!!!! Love you! Kristin”
“Hey Darc, Got your email this am about being one of the top families!!! Holy Cow!!! My friend Earlien at work just bought 4 more shirts last night. Love you!! Kristin”
“HEY DARC, I SENT OUT ANOTHER EMAIL LAST NIGHT TO MY FRIENDS AND BAM!!! 2 MORE SHIRTS SOLD!! STEVE’S COUSIN DEANNE PURCHASED 1 SHIRT LAST NIGHT and WENDY ALSO ORDERED 1 SHIRT LAST NIGHT. J HAVE A GREAT SNOWY DAY! LOVE YOU! KRISTIN”
“DEDE JUST BOUGHT 2 T-SHIRTS AND I JUST BOUGHT 2 MORE SHIRTS AND ORNAMENT AND A COFFE/COFFEE TUMBLER!!! I'M STARTING OFF MY BLACK FRIDAY SHOPPING THE RIGHT WAY!!! LOVE YOU!! GOBBLE GOBBLE!! KRISTIN”
“DARCEE, OH MY GOSH.....MY FRIEND ADAM PASSED OUT FLIERS YESTERDAY AT HIS CHURCH FOR YOU GUYS WITH THE INFO FOR ORDINARY HERO WITH YOUR NAMES!!! THEY WERE ALL WEARING THEIR OH SHIRTS!! ISN'T THAT COOL!!! HAVE A SUPER DAY!!! ONLY 2 MORE DAYS LEFT TILL WE FIND OUT IF YOU ARE TOP 3!!! WAHOOOO LOVE YOU! K”
OKAY… I was seriously in tears after each email she sent… now I’m in tears all OVER again just sharing this!!! I am SO INCREDIBLY BLESSED with SUCH an AMAZING sister!!! I am at a loss of words for the HUGE amount of gratitude in my heart right now… I think it could just EXPLODE! ♥ …It has just been AMAZING to see people’s generosity in helping to bring our daughter(s) home, people I don’t even know, people I do know, people I haven't seen in years, people I just talked to yesterday!!!
THANK YOU SO MUCH! FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART! I AM MORE GRATEFUL THAN YOU WILL EVER KNOW!
THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!