Sunday, September 30, 2012

Golf Scramble Success!

Well, the (First Annual) Dalton Adoption Golf Scramble has came and went, and all we're left with is a pile of cash :) We were able to raise money for our adoptions, and we had a great time doing it. I don't think a bunch of amateurs like us could've done any better!! We'll be posting a bunch of pictures as soon as we can.


Before I go on, I'd like to thank everyone who donated to the event (coffee, food, merchandise, time, etc.); if it wasn't for your all's generosity, we wouldn't have been able to hold such a successful event. I'd also like to give a big shout out to all of our generous participants. Your support means so much, and because of you, we were able to raise a great deal of money that will aid in our providing forever homes for two orphans.

Most importantly, we want to thank God. Thank You for giving us each a passion for orphans, and for blessing every path we take that leads to them. Please continue to bless the adoption community as we know You will.

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It's been weighing pretty heavily on my heart that we should make this an annual event. This time next year (unless God moves a BIG mountain) we will most likely be fundraising the remaining portion of our international adoption. If we've already exceeded our goals, whatever money we raise, we want to donate to another family here in Louisville that is trying to overcome the financial burden associated with adopting. The adoption community has been so welcoming and supportive, we thought we'd like to give back by blessing other adopting families through our (soon to be annual event) Dalton Adoption Golf Scramble.

If you have any interest in participating in next year's event, please leave a comment below, or send us an email. We would love to get you involved.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Tomorrow's The Big Day!!

We are finally going to meet with the birth mother of our sweet little Christmas baby. We couldn't be more excited. Just think, in another 20 hours or so, we'll be in the same room as our son!! Would it be inappropriate if we went straight to her tummy and started talking to the baby?? Yeah you're probably right; we'll wait for the second meeting :)

With the first birth mother who chose us, we were only able to talk over the phone, nothing in person. So this will definitely be a first for us. I want us to get to know her as well as we can over the next few months because there will come a time when he really starts asking questions, and I want to be able to answer as many of them as I can.

Keep us in your prayers over the next day or so. We really want this to go well. I hope to update you guys soon. Love you all. God bless!!!


Thursday, September 13, 2012

What A Surprise!!!

If you've been following our journey for a while, you might've noticed a pattern. It goes something like this: 

Step 1: Eagerly set out with the intention of planning the most successful fundraiser EVER!!!
Step 2: Spirits remain high as we go through the initial phases of planning the event. 
Step 3: Panic (literally). Time is ticking by and were not getting many responses.
Step 4: God shows up and blows our mind!

I write this because here we are..... again.... Resting comfortably in step 4, and having barely escaped step 3 with our sanity. It was only a couple weeks ago that we had basically nobody signed up for the golf scramble. A room full of raffle items, and no participants. These are the times that I forget the kind of God we serve. I knew going into it, no matter what, it was going to make some money. Didn't know if it would be the greatest fundraiser of all time, or just mediocre, but I knew we would end up making something. Needless to say, as of yesterday, we have ALL 48 SPOTS FILLED :)

Throughout the adoption process, step 4 has served as our reminder that we are in fact pursuing His will for our lives. He is behind everything we do. There are times where we lose our focus, and get down, but He always picks us up. We know that as Christians, nothing will ever be easy, becuase that's not His promise to us. Instead He promises to be with us, and that is exactly what He does!

God bless you all!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Softball Tournament Info!

Well, Chris has done it again. He went and made us another awesome flyer (flyer below)!!!. The event will be held at Middletown Elementary on October 13th. I am in the process of getting stuff donated so we can raffle them off to the participants. If you have any questions, comments, or advice about this event, or if you'd like to participate, please email me, leave a comment below, or call the numbers listed on the flyer. We want this to be as successful as all of our other fundraisers and with the friends and family that we have, we know it will be :) We love you guys so much!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Countdown to Christmas!!

Most of you already know, but for those who don't, this countdown isn't actually for Christmas. It's more like the countdown for our Christmas present (109 DAYS). The only difference is instead of unwrapping gift wrap, it'll be a poopy diaper :) But we couldn't be more excited!! This years holiday season will be one we'll never forget.

Lately we've been getting his nursery ready and stocking up on diapers. We got his crib ordered earlier this week and I can't wait to put it together (sarcasm). I may have most people fooled into thinking I'm a pretty manly man, but when it comes to tools, I'm useless. I'd rather be pounding my head against a wall then turning a wrench. Either way, for my baby boy, I'm happy to do it. It'll probably take me a week though because I'll want to make sure I'm doing it right.

QUICK FUNDRAISER UPDATE: We still have the golf scramble planned for September 29th at Tanglewood Golf Course. We only have spots for twelve teams so if you're wanting to sign up, now's the time :) We're also planning a softball tournament for October 13th (more info to follow). As you can see from the thermometer on the right, we're making good progress, but we still have a long way to go. If you're feeling called to donate, just click the yellow donate button and it will walk you through it. If you want to sign up for one of our fundraisers, send me an email, or leave a comment below and we'll be in touch.

Please continue to pray for us, the birth mother, and our precious little baby. We love you all so much. God bless!!