Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Nearing the Fundraising Finishline!

Hi friends! 

As most of you know, we are in the process of adopting Baby K!!! We are so excited & are hoping to be matched with our baby any day.

Were you aware that November is National Adoption Month?! 
I love reading about how adoption has touched the lives of others. It's been so encouraging to see all of the posts on social media celebrating adoption over the past week & a half. I'm thankful for the connections I've made in the online adoption community that have allowed me to learn so much about this process. 

 As you probably know, over the past 7 months, we have been fundraising! I know y'all are probably so tired of seeing all of our fundraising posts by now! Hang in there with us just a little bit longer ;) 
If you check out our "Fundraising Thermometer" on the right hand side of the blog, you will see we are getting REALLY close to reaching our fundraising goal (we've raised 83% of our goal)! 
We are hoping & praying that by the end of this month, we will have met our goal. 

If you are new to our blog, and want to read our original Adoption Announcement, Click Here: 
Our Adoption Announcement 

To learn more about why we are fundraising, Click Here:
Fundraising for Baby K!

The point of this post is to update y'all on our fundraising progress & let you know what fundraisers we will have going on over the next few weeks. We also wanted to thank all of the generous people who have blessed us immensely over the past 7 months.

We know how busy life gets around this time of the year with the Holidays coming up, so we wanted to break everything down for those of you who are interested in helping us reach our fundraising goal! 
For those of you interested in participating, we have 4 active fundraisers going on this month! 

Here's the breakdown:  

We will be holding an *ONLINE* Auction through Facebook starting this Sunday, Nov 16th & ending on Wednesday Nov 19th. 

A few details:
We have worked really hard on this fundraiser & are hoping for it to be a huge success! 
We have collected over 100 AMAZING items for our auction! We are in the process of adding items to the event page & inviting others to join the event. 

In order for this event to be a success, we need to involve A LOT of people! We are hoping that by the end of the auction, every single item will have at least 1 bid! 
Help us Bring Home Baby K by joining the event, spreading the word & bidding on a few items!!! 

To read the full Auction details & to join this BIG event, click here: 
Auction Event Page


We just launched our t-shirt fundraiser again! 
We kept the original "Love Has No Limits" design, just changed the colors! If you missed this fundraiser the first go-round, here's your chance to get a shirt + support our adoption! 

Click the link to purchase a #teambabyk t-shirt! 
Pass the link along to anyone & everyone! :) This fundraiser will last 20 days & will be ending November 30th. 

There are 5 different styles of t-shirts available (unisex, ladies, youth, long sleeved & sweatshirt) so be sure to check out the link for more information! 

Necklaces are $15 each & come on a 24" ball chain

Check out the "Pendant Necklace" tab at the top of the blog for details on this fundraiser! Please place necklace orders no later than Monday, November 17th! 


Finally, I want to share about our puzzle fundraiser. 
God has provided abundantly for us through this fundraiser. 
 We are so thankful for every single person who has donated to our adoption fundraising. We have been encouraged & blown away by the friends, family and even strangers who have been a part of our adoption journey so far! 

Here's an update on this fundraiser: 
So far, our puzzle represents almost $8,000 of donations & is 91% complete. 
281 out of 300 puzzle pieces have been claimed by donations! 
That means we only have 23 pieces left until our puzzle is complete! 
1 puzzle piece = $30, so 19 puzzle pieces = $570! 

If you want to read more about our puzzle fundraiser & how to participate click here:
Puzzle Fundraiser

Updated puzzle picture:
*This is the most recent puzzle picture but it's not totally updated! There are a few people we still need to add!

Each of the people represented on this puzzle have touched our hearts in an amazing way! We will always cherish this puzzle as a reminder of God's goodness, faithfulness & provision & the generosity & selfless of people in our lives. Our sweet Baby K will always be able to see the tangible way that our friends & family lived out the Gospel & helped bring him/her home!

How YOU can help us finish our fundraising efforts: 

1. Pray! Pray over the details of our adoption, over our fundraising & pray about how you can be involved. Pray that others would be reached by our story & for God to be glorified! We have no doubt that God is going to provide for our family! We believe He will help us meet our goal by inspiring others to join our journey.

2. Share! Share this post on social media sites & with friends & family & anyone & everyone you think might want to contribute! 
I will be posting a lot on social media over the next couple of weeks, you can help us by reposting & sharing. We feel at this point, we have reached almost everyone in our online community with our story, & need help spreading our story to others outside of our reach.   

*A note of PRAISE!* 
We are INCREDIBLY THANKFUL & overwhelmed by the response we've received to our fundraising while we've been away in Canada.

Online community y'all have been amazing! 
I cannot believe our blog has over 41,000 views. Thank you all so much for taking part in all of our various online fundraisers, keeping up with our story, & praying for us over the past couple of months! 

Fundraising & walking through the adoption process while away from home has been difficult at times for us. Sometimes, it's been hard not to feel limited in our efforts & get discouraged by thinking that if we were living at home, we would have more fundraising opportunities.

Thankfully God has been faithful & steadfast in His reminders to us that He is ultimate provider & is not bound by circumstance! He has continuously spoken to us that He has us HERE, in Canada, in this very situation, in this specific time in our lives, in our adoption journey & in this point in our fundraising. He has chosen & ordained this time in our lives for His purposes! The support we have received from so many of YOU is beautiful, humbling & overwhelming. Thank you! 

We are encouraged by what God has done & will do through His people!
 We are choosing to continue to step out in faith and in prayer to ask others to join our journey!  
We cannot raise this money for our adoption alone, but God has assured as that we can do it with His guidance & the help of the body of Christ. 

 Would you consider participating in some way? 

Thanks so much for checking in. Y'all are amazing!

~The Kochs

"Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds!" ~Luke 12:24 

"And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus." ~Philippians 4:19

"Now to him who by his power within us is able to do far more than we ever dare to ask or imagine—to him be glory in the Church through Jesus Christ for ever and ever, amen!"
~Ephesians 3:20-21

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