Sunday, May 23, 2010

We need your stuff!

Hey family and friends we need your help! 
Our family is feeling called to adopt a child (hopefully from Nicaragua) and we are going to need you all to help us through this journey by supporting us in prayer, donations, and hugs.  We know it’s going to be a long road and we cannot do it without support from those close to us.
I don’t know who this child is, I found this photo on the web but isn’t she beautiful?
Most of you know that International Adoption is very costly thus we are going to be doing some fundraisers and cutting back on our expenses to afford it.  There are a lot of grants that we can apply for to help with the costs as well but the majority of those can’t be done until our home study is complete.  However, we need to raise some money before we can even get to the home study!
First we must submit our application and letter of intent to the agency, a cost of $1000.
Then the first payment of $7850 is due which covers agency fees, administrative expenses, the home study, and some education classes that are required.
So with all that said, we are planning a yard sale to help get us to that first payment amount and then we can start applying for some grants.
We are asking you all to have a Clean Out Day with your families and anything that you would be willing to contribute to the sale to bring by our house.  We will taking anything you’ve got (furniture, baby items, clothes, house wares, it doesn’t matter). Everything will be stored in our garage until the sale.
The yard sale is being held on June 18, 19, and 20th.  We will also need some hands to help man the sale.  Sean has a ball tournament that weekend so Danny won’t be here to help.
Please pass this on to anyone that you think would be willing to help out as well.  I plan to advertise the sale all over the place and the more we have to sell the more money to be made!
I also welcome any advice from anyone that has gone through this or has done some fundraising before.  It’s all new to me!
I’m also doing some blog makeovers to raise money so if you are reading this and have been wanting a new look, here’s your chance to do it AND to help a good cause.  Check out Big Nanny’s blog later tonight, she just got herself a brand new look.!
Thanks in advance for your prayers and support!  We are so excited to begin this journey and are thankful for the people in our lives that will walk along with us.  We love you all.

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