Archive - May 2010

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Reflections on the garage sale
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Ethiopian food… not love at first bite
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Gearing up for the Garage Sale
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Mother’s Day
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One Time Addition to the store!
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Winner!
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6pm drawing… rain or shine

Reflections on the garage sale

The garage sale was exciting and disappointing at the same time. I’m just being honest. I had high hopes of raising close to $1,000, but am so grateful for the $441.25 we were able to bring in. We were not allowed to post signs in our neighborhood and that may have hurt our exposure numbers. Now that I’m done complaining let me take a moment to rejoice.  (It seems we always do it in that order.)  $441.25!!! That is way more than we had a few days ago! In addition to being able to raise that money we were able to raise awareness for orphans everywhere. I had so many conversations and answered so many questions. My prayer is that a few seeds were planted in peoples hearts, seeds that will blossom and mature and lead them to either support adoption or adopt themselves! Check out the pictures below, Elliott was the entertainer at the sale. He charmed many a lady into buying our wares.  (=

Ethiopian food… not love at first bite

We recently went to dinner with  several other families in our area who are also in the process of adopting from Ethiopia.  We met up at a local Ethiopian restaurant to sample some of the cuisine we would enjoy while in country.  Basically you have a large pile of injera, which is a thin spongy crepe-type concoction that tastes like really strong sourdough.  There are no utensils so you use the injera to eat the various little stews, or wat, and tibbs.  The flavors are spicy and I secretly hoped the waitress wouldn’t actually tell us what was in the food we were eating.  I prefer to eat blindly.  Overall it was a good experience although I will confess that I don’t relish the thought of eating this way for the two weeks we will spend in Ethiopia.  I’ve already planned to stash Clif bars in my suitcase.  I can live on that for a week right?

On another note we are so excited to share that two little boys from Ethiopia (ages 2 and 3) have been referred to families this week.  The boys were on a waiting child list and they will soon be united with their forever families.  My heart skips a beat when I think about the future ahead of them.  Praying for them as they anticipate the arrival of their families.

Gearing up for the Garage Sale

We are planning to hold a garage sale over Memorial Weekend to raise some moolah for the adoption.  We are ready to send off our dossier, but we lack funding. Therefore we are pulling out all the stops to keep this train moving forward. My mom and sister are graciously putting on a little garage sale themselves.  This is a great time to donate used stuff, perhaps your Goodwill pile, to a good cause.  We won’t turn anything away.  If you live in the Charleston, SC area just let Gwen (gmcqueen@sc.rr.com) or Erin (eemcqueen@aol.com) know and they will make arrangements to collect your items.  Hendersonville and Nashville folks, give us a holla and we’ll gladly take your stuff off your hands!  And Texas friends, don’t feel left out, a Houston sale is in the works (date TBD).

We are praying for good weather and lots of bargain hunters on memorial weekend!

Mother’s Day

Today I celebrated my third Mother’s Day as a mommy to Elliott and Charlotte.  We had a low key celebration consisting of attending church together, Charlotte’s baby dedication and a sushi lunch followed by a family snuggle fest/afternoon nap.  It was a perfect day, and I couldn’t help but think about my little one who I have yet to meet.  I’m so anxious to see his picture; to hold him for the first time and tell him he is ours forever.  What a day that will be.

I also thought of another very important person, a woman who, though we may never meet, will change my life forever.  The birth mother of our little boy.  We do not yet know the situation that will bring our son to us.  He may have been abandoned, his parents may have died or are dying from AIDs or another disease… there are many tragic scenarios that will bring our paths together.  However, his mother gave him life and that gives her a place of honor in my heart.  Adoption is a story of tragedy, adoption is a story of beauty.  I have her to thank for the miracle we will fold into our family.

Happy Mother’s Day

One Time Addition to the store!

We recently received a generous donation to benefit our adoption fund!  Bella Tunno accessories for babies are super hot right now, even Gwen Stefani uses them.   http://bellatunno.com/products.asp

We have added the donated set (retail $70) to our store page.  We only have one set so it’s first come first serve.  The set is up for a $45 donation to the adoption fund.  To order please visit the store page.  Check out the picture below.

Winner!

We allowed Elliott to pick the winner from his froggy rain boot due to the current weather… and boredom from being stuck indoors.

So…..

The winner of the 5-piece Kitchen scrubbie set is: Elizabeth Bailey!
Here is E showing off the winning name, kinda fuzzy, it’s from my cell phone!

6pm drawing… rain or shine

After the crazy day we’ve had I wasn’t sure I was going to be here to do the drawing tonight.  We are having massive flooding here in middle Tennessee and many of the roads are un-passable.  I headed to Long Hollow this morning at 7am, thinking this would all pass over.  About an hour or so later my co-worker Chad saved the Subaru from certain flooding as the water quickly expanded the Duck Pond into the church parking lot.  Hendersonville is a lake folks.  Several of us were stuck at the church for awhile, services were canceled, and by 11am I decided to make a dash for home.  I almost got stuck in the water a few times but made it to our neighborhood entrance and discovered that only 50 or so feet ahead the water had completely taken over the road.  The police were there blocking off the area.  So thankfully I made it home and we get to have our giveaway drawing despite this weather!

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