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Monday, May 24, 2010


Well the numbers are in...
The Salsarita's fundraiser this past weekend was much better than we expected. God used the weekend of yummy food to raise $324.99. That means that people who support our adoption gave Salsaritas more than $2,000 worth of business in just three days! WOW!!!
Thank you so very much to each of you who posted it on Facebook, handed out flyers and got the word out. We are so thankful!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Yard Sale Results

We had a great day for the yard sale. We headed to the site early this morning. We had 3 trailers and 3 trucks totally full of stuff. All kinds of stuff. Furniture, appliances, knick-knacks, clothes, toys. You name it and we probably had it.
We had many, many people stop by. We sold lots of stuff. The boys even had set up a stand to sell lemonade, paper airplanes and potholders.
At the end of the day when all was totaled we had raised $1,143.28 toward our fund!! God is so good. He places people in our lives who donated stuff. He provided friends to help price, load, set-up, sell and take down. He held off the rain and sent the customers.
Thank you so much to each and everyone who helped make today possible. But most of all thank you God for you blessings!
I can't wait to see how the Salsarita's fundraiser turns out. It continues through Sunday, May 23. I will update once we know:)
CHECK OUT the progress thermometer.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Big Weekend part 2

Well the big weekend has finally arrived. We have priced and priced and priced. We have handed out a bazillion flyers. The trailer is loaded to head to the sale site. Information is posted on Craigslist and Facebook. So here we go...
We are trusting that God will pour out His blessings on this weekend of fundraising. Please pray that many people will eat at Salsarita's and mention our family. Also please pray that we will sell all the wonderful things people have donated to our sale.
Thanks to all of you who are helping us to make this weekend happen! What a blessing you each are.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Big Weekend

This weekend is a big weekend for our adoption fundraising.
Salsarita's Restaurant is hosting a fundraising weekend for us May 21-23. For anyone who comes to ANY Knoxville Salsarita's on these days and brings in one of our flyers or mentions the Thomas Adoption Fund, Salsarita's will donate 15% of the ticket to our fund. Help us get the word out by telling your friends, coworkers and family. I can email or print you flyers if you would like them.
We are also having another Yard Sale. The sale is this Saturday. We will be on Rutledge Pike across from Claiborne hauling.
Please pray that God will use both of these events to raise funds towards our adoption. Pray that He will pour out His blessings on these events.

Monday, May 10, 2010

On we go

We had our second Chick-fil-a dinner tonight. It was a great evening of food and fellowship. We really appreciate everyone who helped make it possible. God used the dinner and a few other gifts to help us raise $910 more toward our fund!! That means we only have about $3,000 more to go to complete all that is involved in these first steps. Once we complete these first financial hurdles, then we will begin working toward our 2nd payment which is between $13,500 and $16,000.God continues to be faithful!!
We almost have our Home Study completed. This is a huge step as it is a big part of the adoption process. Once it is complete we can apply to the USCIS to be able to adopt. We also will be able to begin applying for grants.
Thank so much for your continued prayers and support. I have felt the prayers regarding my struggles and I am feeling less overwhelmed. I am so thankful for all of you who are helping us through this journey. You are a blessing.
Oh and notice the thermometer to the left... it is inching its way up:)

Tuesday, May 4, 2010


As much as I love to talk, I am not great at letting out my thoughts and feelings when it means admitting a struggle I have. But here goes...
Well, currently I am struggling through this adoption journey. I am so excited God has called us to this task... but the road is though, especially the financial part. I am one who likes to have control and have everything in a nice neat package. Well adoption does not work that way, especially for a family like us who is raising the money to adopt. I can work hard and fill out every single paper. I can read every document and do everything exactly like I am instructed. However, I can not speed things up. I also can not make money come in or write a check for this adoption.(Well I guess I could write one, but it would bounce!) That part is all in God's hands! And that is the hard part for me at times. I know that my God is faithful. I know that He has called us to this and I know He will provide. But I am sometimes like the Israelites. I doubt. Despite seeing God work in great ways in the past, I still have times when my faith falters and I fell overwhelmed with doubt. I try to work out math in my head for this adoption and it does not work. God's math is so different than my math. What seems impossible to me is possible through HIM alone!
Please pray for me/us as we trust God to provide. We have raised half of our first payment, but we still need almost $4,000 just to get past this first part of the journey. That number includes the 2nd half of our initial payment for both our adoption and home study agency. It also includes the payment for our application for our I600A, which is our application to be able to adopt an orphan. I am ready to get this first stage complete, because that puts us so much closer to adding to our family!
Oh and thanks so much to each of you for following our journey.