From the beginning planning stages, I felt that this was something the Lord prompted us to do... and that it wasn't supposed to just be about us or our adoption journey. I wanted it to be about adoption in general and a night where God would be glorified and where He would use the stories of others to prompt some to consider adopting. I don't know whether or not the latter happened, but I definitely think it was God-honoring.
|A room full!|
But, overall it was super-encouraging! The food was delicious thanks to a great deal from Sticky Fingers, who also hooked us up with the great location... the grand ballroom at the Holiday Inn, Mt. Pleasant. The room was beautiful thanks to some special ladies who decorated!
|Kathie and Theresa... decorators extraordinaire!|
What made it incredible was all the people who were able to make it. We had friends from all different seasons of our lives in the same place, and that is always special. It was even more special because these people were gathered together in support of our future child. Just the presence of so many people (around 70) meant more than we could have imagined. We are not alone in this journey, and this past week proved that.
Everyone enjoyed music from a friend, Brian Vanoy. And our friends, the Hyatts, shared about adopting their son Will from China. We also had some new friends, the Fischers, share about doing foster care and adopting through the state. I'll never forget their stories...
|The Fischers have had over 30 children in their home through Foster Care and have adopted 4!|
The Silent Auction part also went well. We didn't make anything off the dinner portion, but we made about $1,500 on the Silent Auction (with possibly more still coming in). Though it didn't finish off the final adoption costs as we had hoped, we are very thankful for the wonderful evening we shared with so many people who are special to us and who already love Baby Flagler.
|Aunt Valerie, Aunt Laura and Uncle Steven hard at work!|