Rummage Sale Success & the Basket Raffle Winner!

I can’t begin to tell you how I feel about the last couple of days because I don’t even know that I can adequately put it in to words.  Each time we step out and do something that brings us another step closer to bringing our baby home I wonder how it’s going to turn out.   I tend to limit God and think conservatively about what will happen because I don’t want to put too much pressure on me (or those who are helping us)  as to how things are going to turn out.  I’ve talked quite a bit about how I’ve had doubts along the way that we’ll ever reach our goals.   Each time I doubt, God provides.   Each time I worry,  something happens to calm my fears and ease my anxiety.

From the very beginning of this dream planting itself deep into my heart, I worried that we would never raise the first payment in time.  We needed to come up with a pretty huge dollar amount within 6 months of being accepted by our agency.  Our 6 months is up October 27th. Ryan and I both work.  We can pay our bills and we have all of what we need and most of what we want but thinking of having an extra $35,000 to cover the expenses of an adoption has just seemed impossible.

When my mom approached me about doing a rummage sale I was thrilled!  Her and my older sister have seen first hand how stressed I have been with the craziness of life and the pressure we’ve put on ourselves to make this adoption goal happen.  My mom told me that her and Melissa (my sister) were going to own it. They’d get it together, they’d run it.  They would make it work.  This was one thing I didn’t need to let myself worry about.  We thought we’d get enough donations to raise between $1,000 and $2,000 which would pretty much put us where we needed to be to sign a contract.

Guys, the donations came pouring in.  For those of you who live out of town or weren’t able to make it-  the church basement was PACKED.  It was so full that we decided last minute to host a special “friends & family” preview to try and get rid of more stuff.   We had furniture,   household items,  baked goods,  NICE clothes… you name it!  Friends and Family night was awesome.   Ryan and I were truly blown away by how many people showed up to love on us and to love on this baby.  Over 1/2 of the girls who work in the office with me showed up after a long day of work!  Our Life Point family was there all night.  We saw so many familiar faces and we sold a LOT of stuff.   We had people doubling and tripling what their total purchase price was. We had people who sacrificially gave just to help us move one step closer to bringing home our T-bird.

(Notice I keep writing and not telling you the grand total? I know some of you have been anxiously waiting… I just really need to share the story that goes along with what was given… plus, who doesn’t love a little added suspense?!)

Friday morning we were swamped with people.  It was busy!  We quickly sold all of the furniture that had been donated and we were bagging up clothing and household items by the garbage bag full.   To say it was incredible… is an understatement!  Everyone was so kind and genuinely excited for us.  It makes my eyes tear up just thinking about it.  At the end of the day yesterday I was exhausted- both physically and emotionally.   My mom and sister decided to NOT share what the grand total of the sale was until everything was said and done.. so the suspense was killing me too!  (See… I get the suspense just as much as I give it!)

This morning I was up early. I didn’t sleep well… I was too excited to get to the church and power through the day.   We had a lot of fun today and got rid of even more stuff.   As we packed things up anticipation was building. I had a good guess of where we were at and I was anxious to see if my guess was correct.  I knew we had surpassed our initial goal of raising between $1,000 and $2,000…. but I wasn’t sure exactly how far we had gone over that total. We drew for our picnic basket raffle.  The winner of the raffle was Kari Prosch!  Then, it was time for my mom to spill the beans!

***DRUMROLL PLEASE******

We raised exactly $4,000!

It makes me cry just to type that number.  Not only did we surpass our goal we doubled it.  Not only are we financially in a place to sign our contract with the adoption agency, we can also pay for our home study and have a good jump on our 2nd big goal.  I really can’t put my emotions in to words because what I am feeling is something I have never felt before.

I don’t know why I limit God and his ability to work.  He placed this dream and desire in our hearts.  He will certainly provide. I am seeing a miracle in action.  People are loving on Ryan and I that truly don’t even know us.   Our friends and family are rallying around us and loving this baby that isn’t even here.  I am so humbled and so amazed!

One of the things that has made this rummage sale so incredible is how many people who have volunteered to help.  I wish I would have kept track of the volunteer hours that were put in on this project… but maybe its better I not know because my heart my just explode.  We had TONS of people there to help fold and price and organize,donate,clean up and check people out. Thank you just isn’t enough to say..but it’s the only words I know to share my appreciation!  Our family rallied around us and worked together like I’ve never seen.

I am exhuasted!  My feet hurt.  My back hurts. I’m sweaty and gross and my face is streaked with tears…but mostly my heart is FULL.  God has been so, soo good to us.  We cannot WAIT to see where the next step in this journey takes us.  Be watching!, there’s a LOT MORE in store!  We’re nearly 1/3 of the way there…. we just have another 2/3 to go!

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Mary’s Spirit Shop in Portsmouth, Ohio will be donating 20% of their sales to our adoption fund on August 17th! Perfect time to finish up your back to school shopping & pick up a shirt or two to support your favorite high school team!

I’ll also be placing another tshirt order in the coming week.   Let me know if you’d like one!

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Ryan & Cera

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