Thursday, May 22, 2014

1st Fundraiser COMPLETED!

Our Adoption Closet Sale has officially come to an end!!! The fundraiser was a HUGE success! We are so thankful for all who took part in our sale. We were SO encouraged by your contribution and support! Hope you will think of Baby K each time you wear your “new” items!

The sale initially started out with just my clothes for sale. I had the items set up all over the house and would coordinate times for friends to come "shop my closet". After the first week, my stock was quickly disappearing! I prayed for friends to offer to donate clothing to the sale. The next day (without me asking) multiple friends called me and showed up at my house with piles of clothes! Talk about an amazing blessing and immediate answer to prayer! The donated clothes kept coming in and allowed the sale to continue for over 3 weeks! I’m so thankful for each person who did a little “spring cleaning” and donated items to our clothing sale. We even had a friend who donated a gigantic box of brand new jewelry from her mom’s store! The jewelry donation allowed our sale to be more dynamic and was definitely a breath of fresh air! Our friends who were doing a similar fundraiser for a mission trip also donated the remainder of their clothes! The same day they donated the clothes, we had our highest number of customers come shop (16 girls!). God was so faithful to provide for our every need during the sale and He did it through so many of YOU! We are blown away by and thankful for everyone’s generosity.

Last weekend, we changed venues for our sale. We packed up everything (2 car loads worth of goods!) and transported it to Denham Springs, La. We set up our closet sale as a “sidewalk sale” in front of our friend Jessica’s awesome business Pretend Play Party. The sidewalk sale was a lot of work but was definitely a success! We could not have pulled it off without my awesome family. My mom, brother and sister worked so hard to help get everything transported and set up! They made us feel so supported and it was special to see how willing and excited they were to be a part of bringing in funds for Baby K! We also had family members in the area come out to help set up, shop and encourage us! All of the extra help was so needed and such a blessing to us! I have to give a special shout out to our friend Jessica (owner of Pretend Play Party)! The whole “sidewalk sale” was her idea and she was such a huge help with pulling it off! She was also super helpful with our entire closet sale in general! She shopped our sale (a few times), donated to our sale (a few times), brought multiple shoppers and has been such an encourager these past couple of weeks! Did I mention that she’s mother of 3 young children and runs her own business?! Jessica, thank you so much for all of your help, you are truly an inspiration!

The sale has officially ended, all the clothes have been packed away and our house is (almost) put back together! In total, we had 111 girls/women shop our sale…so amazing! We are SO excited to share that in 1 month we have raised $7,400 through our sale + donations! This means we are just over the 25% mark of our overall fundraising goal! WOW, how crazy cool is that?! Praise God, we are SO THANKFUL!

I feel like I should share that when I first considered doing the sale, I was doubtful that it would work and very scared of failure! I’m so thankful that I took a chance, stepped out, worked hard and that God blessed my leap of faith! This whole experience has way exceeded my expectations. I know God was working with a purpose through the sale to strengthen my faith and pull me out of my comfort zone. I share this in hope of encouraging you to take a leap of faith in your own life! I’ve been reminded that when we present our dreams to the Lord and commit our work to Him, He is faithful to show up and do mighty mighty things for us!

Thank you for checking in and following along in our journey! As always, we covet your prayers! Stay tuned for our next fundraiser, which will be launched in the next few days! We are hoping it will allow many more of you to be involved in our fundraising and adoption adventure!  

Opening day set up with only my clothes!

 Amazing jewelry donation! 

 The clothes kept multiplying! 

I should work in retail! ;) 

 Picking up clothes from our neighbors house! 

 Sidewalk Sale!!! 

My precious little sister working hard! 

 My mom and brother waiting on customers! 

 Relatives supporting Baby K! 

 More cousins shopping our sale! 

 Jessica kiddin' around! ;) 

 SO much for sale! I spy Cary! 

Our last round of packages waiting to be mailed to customers! 

Thanks for reading! :) 

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Fundraising for Baby K!

Hi friends! It’s been a month since we announced our adoption! We have felt SO loved, supported & encouraged by so many of YOU since making our big announcement!

We have been incredibly busy this past month with fundraising, preparing to move & working on other aspects of our adoption. We’ve been promising a post that focused on the financial aspects of our adoption & we finally got around to writing it! I hope this post will help answer some questions you might have about the financial part of adoption-how much our adoption will cost, what the cost will cover, why we are fundraising, and how much we need to raise. We want to be upfront about this fundraising process for a couple of reasons. One is because we get asked these questions SO often! Also, our hope is to educate people about the adoption process and that includes the financial part of it! Another reason is because we want the people involved in our fundraising to know the details about what their giving is going towards!

How much will the adoption cost?
First let’s start with how much we are anticipating to spend on our adoption. We shared in a previous post that the average adoption is typically somewhere between $20,000 and $50,000. Our adoption will be around $45,000. We aren’t sure what the final expense will be yet, but as of now, we are expecting for it to be this amount.

What does that cost cover?
Pre-natal care for the birthmother (everything from housing, utilities, maternity clothes, toiletries, etc.)
Legal Fees
Social Services (transportation to and from doctor’s appointments, counseling, phone time, etc)
Case Administration
Birth Certificates
Baby’s Medical Expense
Birth Mother’s medical (if not covered by Medicaid)
Travel fees
Our Adoption Consultants service fee
Our Home Study fee
Cost of our profile book-design & printing

Why fundraise?
To be honest, we just don’t have the money! When we started our adoption journey, we were very intimidated by how much we were going to spend. We talked about the cost, thought about it and prayed about it, set a budget and felt a peace about moving forward with our adoption regardless of the high expense. We knew from the beginning that God was calling us to adoption and that he was going to provide the money for us to bring our sweet little baby home!

How much do you need to raise?
Our goal is to raise $28,000. Even typing that intimidates me because it’s so much money! BUT God is good, He is the ultimate provider & nothing is beyond His power! We are trusting that He will help us raise exactly what we need!

Our goal is to be creative with our fundraisers. We want to bring in funds in a way that blesses everyone involved in the process. We have SO many ideas & plans for fundraising & hope that we can provide ways for as many people to be involved as possible! It will be more difficult for us to fundraise from Canada so we will have to be extra creative! ;) 

I hope this post has given you a little more insight into our adoption fundraising process! Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have!

How you can pray for us this week:

We would love for you to specifically pray for us this Saturday morning. We will be setting up our Adoption Closet Sale in Denham Springs in front of Pretend Play Party from 9-11 a.m.! We are excited to reach a new group of people with our sale and story! It will be quite a bit of work to get everything out to Denham and set up so we would love your prayers that it would be worth it and that the “sidewalk sale” would be a huge success! Check out this link for more information: SIDEWALK CLOSET SALE
You can also pray for us as we pack up to move! We have so much to do in about a week and have been spreading ourselves thin. Please pray for energy and for us to get everything done quickly and efficiently!
Pray that we would have wisdom and creativity in our fundraising efforts. Pray that we will stay encouraged on our fundraising journey and continue to trust in God’s provision.
Pray for the birthmother of our sweet baby. Pray that God would protect her and watch over her and that she would seek Him as she makes decisions. Pray that God would put people into her life that encourage and love her as she makes an adoption plan for her baby. Pray for our little one, who may or may not be alive and growing right this very minute…that God’s hand of protection, love and favor would be over his/her life from the very first moment of conception. Pray for the development of our precious little baby in the womb and that our little baby will be healthy and well cared for.

Some verses we are believing for our journey!

“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” 
–Ephesians 3:20-21

"So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”  
-Isaiah 41:10

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”  
-Philippians 4:6-7

“He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” 
-Ecclesiastes 3:11

"For you created my inmost being;
 you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
    your works are wonderful,
 I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from you
 when I was made in the secret place,
 when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed body;
 all the days ordained for me were written in your book
 before one of them came to be.
How precious to me are your thoughts, God!
 How vast is the sum of them!
Were I to count them,
 they would outnumber the grains of sand—
when I awake, I am still with you"
-Psalm 139: 13-18

We have been so blessed by the response we’ve had so far to our adoption and fundraising process! We are so thankful for the generous hearts of the people in our life. Stay tuned for our upcoming fundraisers & more blog posts!

Thanks so much for being a special part of our journey!