Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Best 40 Minutes of the Week

If you've been around this blog for awhile, you've seen posts and reposts from my friend Zack.  Zack is a dear friend who God often uses to pass things along to me.

The sermon (below) that Zack shared on his blog this week was right.on.time for me.  Not only relating to the adoption stuff but even providing an answer for why I wrestle so much with not feeling quite right with the world (minutes 20-25).  From Zack's blog:
Dr. Russ Moore of Southern Seminary came to visit our church this week.
He gave what was probably one of the top-five best sermons I’ve ever heard.
Carve out an hour and check this out:

Dr. Russel Moore - Adopted for Life from The Summit Church Sermons on Vimeo.

God also used the sermon at our church this week to have been searing His Truth into my heart.  It has been much needed. 

Please take some time and watch the video above, and listen to the podcast from our church this week as well.  Would love to have some discussion about these things. 

Friday, June 24, 2011

June Yard Sale(s)

We had a 3 day Estate/Moving/Yard Sale June 17th-19th at my Mom's.  It was my Mom's last weekend in her house, so she had a LOT of stuff to get rid of.  And we had a LOT of stuff that was donated from friends and family.

The room of clothes. Eventually sorted by size.
Daisey found a nice spot in the box of Beanie Babies.
The toy section.
The kitchen tent.
Lots of stuff.
Because of the multiple days and the sheer amount of stuff that we had to offer and the crazy amount of advertising, I had pretty high hopes and expectations of this sale.  
I shouldn't have.  For probably multiple reasons, we really didn't have a large turnout.  We didn't sell much of our stuff at all.  I was pretty disappointed.  
Instead of moving all of the sale stuff to storage or to a new location, the Kidney Foundation came with their trucks and picked up everything on Monday.  There was a LOT of stuff, and the guy who was loading the truck actually passed out from heat exhaustion while loading it up. 
At night, we covered everything up.
All in all, we made about $600 towards the adoption.  That included about $65 of special donations.  My Mom made about $700 and my sisters also made a little from selling some of their furniture.  
It was very productive in that we got rid of A LOT of stuff. 

Monday, June 20, 2011

Random Photo, Take 66

65th Picture was from January of this year.  Mark and Lauren & Allie Estes have become some of our closest friends.  This was at our old apartment, and they (Lauren) love kissing pictures.  Little Allie seems to already be embarrassed. :)  Love it!

Here's #66

Friday, June 17, 2011

Adoption Stories

I got to hear an adoption story today from my GA teacher growing up and a long-time family friend.  I LOVE adoption stories! 

If you have one, or know of one (the journey, process, story), that's written down somewhere, could you send me the link?  (Maybe put it in the comments because I'm sure some other readers are interested as well.)

It's so encouraging to hear stories of God's perfect timing, his provision, and his providence.  It's even good to hear the hard stories too because it keeps it real. 

We're having our 2nd round of yard sales this weekend.  Hoping to make LOTS of money to go toward the adoption!  Last yard sale forever in Crown Pointe.  That's just crazy! 


Monday, June 13, 2011

Random Photo, Take 65

Pic 64 was from April 2007, and it was my first Bridal Shower, given by the 2 lovely ladies pictured.  Miss you girls! 

Here's Number 65!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

May Yard Sale

I just realized I hadn't updated here about our first yard sale. It was May 14th, and it was a BUSY couple of days before that picking up lots of items from friends and family. The day before the yard sale, I ended up having to take off work because we had so many pickups to do! (Definitely not disappointed about that, by the way.) We even had to borrow a friend's truck and trailer to be able to haul everything.

What it looked like when I went outside at 5:30 am.

We set a lot of things out the night before, and I spent the night at my Mom's house. It rained a little bit overnight, but we had everything covered up pretty well. And thankfully it really only rained a little. 

What it looked like around 9:30.
Folks started coming just after sunrise, and since it was just my Mom and I actually working the sale, we didn't even get everything out until almost noon. It was a BUSY day.

Had lots of funny conversations with people and got lots of parenting advice. 1) When your kids are teenagers, always keep $1 and $5 bills handy so when you loan them money, it's not a $20. 2) Don't have more than 1 because you would never be able to give them everything they deserve. 3) Don't stay home because they will drive you insane. 4) Keep every item of clothing you ever buy and use it for the next kids.
What it looked like in the "kid" department.

You can probably tell just from the above 'advice' that it was a very fun day of conversations. I really enjoyed being able to share with people our heart for adoption. Of course, a lot of people ended up sharing stories of other adoptions they knew about.
Side note:  I actually bought this black desk at a yard sale in our neighborhood for $10 when I was 10.  Used it until I went to college.  Always intended to repaint and restore it because I just loved it so much.  But it was time to let it go.  (And it sold for $25, so I even made money on it!)

Total raised for our adoption that day was right around $850. My Mom also sold a lot of her furniture, had a house showing and even got an offer on her house that day (which has turned into a contract, by the way.) So it was a very fruitful day for her as well! :)

We have our next yard sale June 17th & 18th and will have extended hours. It will be the last yard sale at my Mom's Mt. Pleasant house, so we hope to get rid of A LOT of stuff. Help us spread the work if you're in the Charleston area!

Random Photo, Take 64

Good guess, Becky. BUT, Pic 63 was actually taken by one of us at Safari World in Bangkok, on a field trip with our students. More about that fun day here.

Here's #64

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Random Photo, Take 63

Yes, K was exactly right! Pic 62 was Chris Martin and Shaela Miller (then Manross) on the water taxi in Bangkok. We were heading downtown our first weekend in Bangkok, looking for the snake farm, but we didn't find it. We did go to get schwarmas and then visit the McLatchers in the hospital though. Fun day. :)

Here's 63...