Early on in our adoption journey, an amazing friend called with a question. She wanted to know if it was okay to host an Adoption Benefit Yard Sale of her own where she lives in New Jersey. Of course this was a no brainer for us, and we were blown away that this couple would be so willing to help us in this way! They too began recruiting the help of friends and family to collect items for their yard sale. Even better, their neighborhood hosts an annual Memorial Day Weekend Yard Sale so there was no need to publicize and no worry that people would not come. So on the day of our second yard sale here in RI, some miles away in NJ, our friends had another sale going on in an effort to help us raise funds for our adoption.
I won't forget that phone call. It was so early on in the process, and the thought of raising close to $50,000 seemed near impossible and almost too daunting a task to even think about. I knew even then that God would provide because it was so outside of our ability, but I also knew we'd have to put in a great deal of effort. That phone call brought me to tears because it was one of the early sources of encouragement for us. One of the now many ways that God has confirmed what we are doing, and provided in ways that continue to amaze us. We are SO incredibly grateful to you Jeff & Shayna, for your friendship, for your partnership and support in this, for your coming alongside us and for being so willing to follow God's leading in your own life.
So as with each of our yard sales, I wish to share two things:
First, the profit of Adoption Benefit Yard Sale - New Jersey.......in the three (or four) days the yard sale lasted that weekend they raised a total of $1,000!!! Such an AMAZING blessing!!
But second, we also want to thank all of the family and friends, church family, and anyone else who donated to this yard sale, gave of their time to help, and made it all possible. We wish we knew each of your names to personally thank you, but please know that in your sacrifice and giving, you have followed God's command to "care for the orphans" and you have blessed our family beyond measure. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!