Gatti’s Fundraiser Update

I’ve been sitting here trying to make a mental list of all of the incredible donated baked goods we had at our bake sale yesterday but I don’t know that there’s any way I could remember it all.   The staff at Gatti’s told us that we definitely had the biggest variety in our bake sale they had ever seen.  Thank you to everyone who donated baked goods! We had VERY little leftover and what we did have leftover we donated to Hospice for a fundraiser.  We made sure nothing went to waste.

I’ll be honest and tell you that my feet hurt and my back hurt. I didn’t think it would take so much work to bus tables all day.  Boy, did I not think that one through! Ryan was a trooper and stuck it out all day.  We had several friends and some family who helped us throughout the day.   I am So appreciative of all those who took time out to help!  It made it so I could sit and loaf every once in awhile and visit with people who stopped by!

At the end of a very long, VERY successful day we managed to raise $1603.48 to add to our adoption fund!   I was blown away once I took the time to sit down and count out the money. I mean,   I am constantly surprised at how our friends & family show up time and time again to help us reach our goal.  There have been times in my life where I have doubted whether or not I had anybody in my corner.  I can honestly say that this journey has proven to me time and time again just how fortunate we are to have so many people who love and support us!

In other news, we’ve been working hard to finish up our list of “must have’s” for our home study.   I have a feeling September 27th will be here before we know it! Our schedule is jam packed over the next month, but it will be worth it to be completely finished with our home study.   A completed home study means that once we finish raising the money we need,  we are READY to bring a baby into our home.  I can’t even begin to explain the emotion that stirs up in my heart. Last week we took the plunge and purchased a car seat.  EEK!  It’s one of the requirements for our safety check that will be completed on the 27th.  I’ll be honest, it was weird buying a car seat. I don’t feel like I’m ready or that I “deserve” to have a car seat. I’m not pregnant.  We don’t have a baby out there waiting for us.  I couldn’t bring myself to  go to an actual store and look because that makes it too real.   I know in my heart that this is happening, but I still feel like I need to protect myself.   We still have to buy a crib before the 27th.  I’ve been looking online and doing some research, but we haven’t settled on anything yet.

In other news I managed to finish my most recent term at SNHU yesterday.  Looks like I’ll finish fairly strong with B’s in both classes.   I’ll have a break until the 21st.  I’m SO excited to have a short break.  I need it. Things at work have been way more stressful than usual.  My stress level is at a 10+ and i feel like a few weeks without school will help me manage that stress a little better.   I’m not sure what the solution will be once school picks back up and things start moving closer to us having a baby.   It’s definitely something that Ryan and I have been talking through and praying about.

My mom asked me the other day what our grand total was for fundraising.   I wasn’t honestly sure at that point, so I told her we’d wait until  after the Gatti’s fundraiser and do some number crunching.   So, tonight I did the crunching. To date we have raised:

$13,953.91

I’m still trying to let that soak in.  We started fundraising in late April.  So,  in less than 5 months we are almost 1/2 way to our goal of raising $35,000.  I though it would take years.  We are so humbled.   Thankful.  Overwhelmed.   God is moving.  He is opening doors and moving mountains to make this happen.

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