Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Golf Scramble Raffle Items!

Well guys and gals, I don't think they'll be a shortage of give-a-ways and raffle items for the golf scramble :)  Monday I started reaching out to local companies, restaurants, etc. and we already have quite a few items. I'm going to keep a running list on the new tab created up top entitled "Golf Scramble."

So far the Louisville Bats have sent us free tickets, Actors Theater is sending us a voucher that can be traded in for two tickets to any show during their 2012-2013 season. Fitness 19 is donating two 3-month memberships with three personal training visits for each, and Texas Roadhouse is sending us some gift certificates. This is just the beginning hopefully. There's no doubt in my mind, God is going to show up big time at this event, like He has with every one of our other fundraisers.

Keep checking in for more updates, as well as spreading the word about the event. We can't do it without you guys. Love you all.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Week Off From Fundraising!

Hey everybody!! I 'm sorry I haven't posted anything in a while. I think coming off that crazy-awesome yard sale we had, and having to reschedule the car wash due to rain, I needed a break :) Not because I'm tired or worn out, but I think I'm running low on ideas, and just wanted to shut it down for a while. Normally all I'm ever thinking about are the adoptions (Ethiopian and domestic), fundraising ideas, etc. etc. I needed a week off. 

I'm happy to tell you, I'm back!!!! Time to get back on that fundraising horse! And speaking of fundraisers.... Do you all remember those adorable bracelets our friend Amy made for us?? They have been selling like crazy at Leslie's salon. She put up a little display with our picture and such, and the ladies have been loving them (Thank you soooo much Amy).

Also, don't forget about the 1st-Annual-Dalton-Adoption-Golf-Scramble. We are set for September 29th, 2012. For more info, click here. I still need some help pulling together raffle items. I'm open to basically anything so feel free to email, call, or post something below. Also, please continue to spread the word about it. It's going to be loads of fun, you won't want to miss it!

Please continue to pray for our journey. Pray that God will be glorified throughout. And that every orphan will oneday be brought home. With love....

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Prayers For 'Gift Of Adoption'

Hey guys, Gift of Adoption is a wonderful organization who awards grants to families that are going through the adoption process. They have helped countless families get over that last fundraising hump by providing the funds necessary to bring their baby home. At the moment, or at least over the coming weeks/month, our application is being formally submitted to their grant selection committee. This is big news because from what I've read, not all the applications go that far; only the 'chosen' ones advance to the committee.

I can't imagine the difficulty that must come with making the decisions they are making, but I pray God gives them clarity of mind through out. I pray that His will be done. As desperately as we want/need this, I know there are others that could use it more than us. Please pray that no matter what decision is made by the committee, God is honored, and an orphan is rescued!!!!!!!

We love you all so much, and we thank God daily for your prayers and support. God bless you all.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Dalton Adoption Golf Scramble 9/29/12

**Dalton Adoption Golf Scramble September 29th, 2012**
**Tanglewood Golf Course 8am Start time**

Hey everybody, we settled on a date for the scramble. September 29th, Tanglewood golf course, $50 entrance fee. This is going to be a best-ball scramble. If possible, we would like to receive all payments by the end of August so we can go ahead and settle up with the golf course so we won't have any hick-ups the day of. Also, please know that every penny raised from this event will go directly towards our adoption expenses.

If you are wanting to participate, please respond back with a confirmation. If you have a foursome, or multiple, that's great, you can go ahead and create your own teams. Just let me know the participants names, and the team name. And for all the individual golfers wanting to participate, we will create teams later once we have a confirmed total.

Also, we still need help with raffle items, door prizes, give-a-ways, etc. so if you have any ideas please let us know.

Please forward to all your golf friends and family as we desperately need your help. I only know a handful of golfers, so left up to me, this event won't be much. But with the loving support of our friends and family, we can make this one hugely successful adoption scramble/fundraiser.

Love you all!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Recharged and Ready For More :)

Hey everybody. It's been a little over a week now since our yard sale, and I think we have officially recharged our batteries and we are ready for the next fundraising event. Below are some fundraising updates:

1.) As you can see on the thermometer (---->), we have jumped up to the $10k mark. We are officially 1/3 of the way to our goal. And to think, just 4 or 5 months ago we were starting this with next to nothing  :) God is good!

2.) Unfortunately, I just got word that I'll be working this Saturday so I won't be able to get to the car wash until much later (after 5pm). Most likely everyone will be so worn out from that hot summer sun, it will probably be over with by then. But, (wink, wink) we could still use a couple more volunteers!

3.) ***Golf Scramble Update***  I'm looking into a September 29th date. For all those interested, please email or comment below. I'm praying for a good turnout :)

4.) Once we get a little closer to Fall, we are going to begin our Gold Canyon Candle Fundraiser. One of our family friends, Paige Miller, has been kind enough to get us set up for this. I will have more details on this soon, but for now, please check out her website and be considering helping us fundraise either by purchasing candles, or by being one of our sales people.

Thank you all so much for your prayers and support! We love you all!

Monday, July 2, 2012

To God Be The Glory!!

I just want to begin by thanking God for the most exhausting week I can remember. We went into this yard sale with a very modest goal for the $ amount we could raise, but God had other plans. I think He wanted to use this time to remind us that He is in control of this adoption, and though $30,000 seems impossible to fundraise, all is possible through Him.

By Friday evening we had already cleared our goal, and the yard sale hadn't officially begun. We were amazed. We didn't know what to expect going into it so we kept our sights low. And apparently, we even marked our items to low. So low that we had a lady tell us on Friday that we weren't charging enough (we promptly raised most of the prices after that). The most amazing part of the whole process was the people. Once they realized the money was going towards our adoption, everybody wanted to chat, swap stories, and most importantly, no one wanted to haggled with us. I thought for sure I would have to fight a lady over a nickel at some point, but it never really happened :)

People were thrilled to find out that most of the items had been donated, and that all of the money was going directly towards our adoption expenses. I even had a lady walk up to me and hand me $20. I asked her where her items were, and she responded, "I don't need anything, but I wanted you to have this." And this was a total stranger. Even sitting here at my desk, 48 hours later, it brings me to tears.

I also want to thank all of you wonderful people out there who very graciously donated your unused items, as well as your time. Because of you, and your generosity, this yard sale was a huge success. God bless you all!