Saturday, September 22, 2012

Consignment Sale #1 Results

                 The Women's Consignment sale is officially over and I cannot thank everyone enough!  When I walked in today to pick up all of the items that didn't sell, the first thing they said to me was that they couldn't get over how many mini-flyers had been handed in on our behalf.  They said they thought there was maybe one handed in that wasn't for us in the entire box!  So thank you thank you thank you SO much for handing these in!  Our total was $247, but now that we have won 100% it brings our total to $429!!!

                 I sold 61 out of 162 items so I still have quite a few items which I will save for the next sale in the Spring.  This was the first Women's Consignment sale and they said that this is common when they first start, but that they quickly pick up and take off (as the kid's sale has!).  So I have 101 items all set and ready to go for the Spring and those profits will still go towards adoption, just most likely for another family! : )

                The kids sale starts this Thursday for the public.....There are about 350 consignors and (I heard) about 50,000 items entered into the system!  Thursday night there are re-stocking consignors who will drop off new items, and Saturday many items will be 50% off!  And once again we have the opportunity to win 100% of our sales.....if you plan to go and happen to buy something, please hand in one of our flyers.  Thanks so much!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Consignment Sales!

             In the midst of our yard sales, I found out about two upcoming HUGE Consignment Sales happening locally.  Anyone can be a consignor for a very small fee, so I began putting aside some of the nicer clothes that had come in for the yard sales.  Others began donating more clothes and now I have a few hundred items to sell at these sales!  All the profits, of course, will go towards the adoption.
             The first sale, coming up September 21 and 22 is the Women's Restyled RI Sale.  All items are new or gently used and must be mall brand or better.  This is the sale I have the most items for!  If you or anyone you know plans to go, please print out the following flyers (or I would be more than happy to send you some hard copies!).  If you happen to purchase something, PLEASEEE hand in one of these flyers at checkout.  They have my consignor number on them and I will be entered into a drawing to win 100% of my sales, as opposed to the 60% I will receive otherwise.  This is a really easy way to help us raise the most amount possible through this fundraiser and we appreciate any help!
             There are about 350 consignors for the Children's Sale (happening the following week), with over 26K items already entered into the system.  They say the number usually doubles just before the sale with everyone entering in last minute items!  So if there is anything you, baby gear, toys, books, shoes etc. at a discounted price, I'm sure you will be able to find it.  This year they have also added restocking consignors so that a couple days into the sale there will be a new load of items to replensih all that sold.  The final day, many items are 50% off!  Below are four mini-flyers for the children's consignment sale with all of the necessary information.  Again, if you happen to go and purchase something, please hand in one of these flyers so that I can be entered to win the 100%!!

Hopefully, if there are things you need, this could be a great opportunity for you to find some great deals, save some money, and help us out at the same time....Thanks so much!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Official Travel Dates!

We have finally received official dates for our first trip to meet Levi!!!
We will be heading to Russia September 29th....we were hoping for sooner, but this is what they've chosen. 
There is so much I want to share, but again, I can't be too specific.
So, yes...we have decided to name our little boy Levi. His current name will become his middle name. We had gone back and forth many times about this....whether we would keep his name, what we would name him if we did change it, etc. etc., and figured we would just have to wait until we met him. When we saw his first picture (a photo of him at 3 months old) my first thought was Levi. We had discussed the name even prior to knowing about adopting a boy and had decided against it, but for some reason it just seemed right. Luke agreed, but we still weren't 100% positive. I decided to look up the meaning. His current name means "God is gracious" (there's a blog on this I wish I could share!!), so when I found out that Levi meant "joined," "joined in harmony", "attached" I felt certain that this was his name. God has been so "gracious" to" join/attach" him to our family, it just seemed to fit. 

     There are, of course, tons of things to pack, but two things are of greatest importance to me as we prepare to leave.  The pictures above shows a book we made of our family to give to Levi.  It is written both in Russian and in English, and I am on my way to learning how to read it in Russian as well (I finally broke down and am learning the Russian alphabet so that I can at least read this book to him!).  I cannot wait to read it to him and especially can't wait to add photos of us with him when we travel back the second time!

    The second most important thing is one of the bunnies pictured above.  Caleb, around Levi's current age, became very attached to his "beary" and it is still incredibly special and comforting to him.  We learned the hard way and only had one, which has been sewed back together several times and is quite.......gross.  By the time we found another duplicate, it was too late....he knew the difference and the new one didn't cut it.  So we smartened up and bought two identical bunnies, with plans to use them both at once.  We will leave one in Russia with Levi and one at home for now. 

           I cannot contain my excitement and joy at being able to finally meet this little one that we have been praying for since just about this same time last year when we first felt God calling us to adopt.  It's amazing to think it has been a year (9 months since we officially started the process).....God has brought us so far, taught us so much, blessed us beyond measure....and now we get to meet this precious boy. 

          PLEASEEEEE pray for us as we travel...that everything would go smooth, that we would have good interaction and experiences with the officials, orphanage staff and others, that our time with Levi would be blessed and that I will be able to hold it together!  I've truly tried to block out thoughts of being in an orphanage full of children in need of a family, as well as the thought of holding our boy in my arms and then leaving it gets closer to our trip, I can't help but think about it more and it is already breaking my heart.  I don't want to be an emotional mess, so I will definitley need your prayers!  We love you all and can't thank you enough for your prayers and support!