Wednesday, October 2, 2013

So... This Happened: Vol. I: Eclectic Fundraising

It has been a little while since we last posted, and A LOT has happened.  So much so, it's hard to even remember where we started from.  We are going to roll out several new blog posts over the next few days to update you on all of the different changes and news on the adoption front.
  • More Garage Sales and Fundraisers
The month of July was insanely busy.  Besides the fact that I started a new job, we were busy fundraising.  We had a "last hurrah sale"of the summer in July at the last minute when Will's sister told us her new neighborhood was having a sale.  So yet again we carted all of the contents of our garage, plus a few new items we had picked up, over for another long and hot weekend in the garage!  I know we say it alot, but we have been so blessed with amazing friends, and their generous donations, as well as great weather for these sales which has helped.  
I also had an old friend from high school contact me and offer to hold a Lia Sophia Jewelry party with proceeds donated to our account.  So I had some family and work friends over for snacks while we played dress up.  I bought a few of their pieces and wear them a lot now.  

Finally toward the end of the month, we were asked by a friend of Will's, Daron Earlewine, to be guests at an event he hosts in town called Pub Theology.  That week they were at the Stacked Pickle in Fishers.  Pub Theology is a grassroots mission to bring church to people where they are every day - restaurants, bars, etc.  They have music and a message.  Daron asked us to share our story and our journey so far. They took up a collection for us which we did not expect!  You can read more about our visit here.   It was a little nerve-wracking for someone like me, who leave's the limelight and speaking to Will, to stand up in front of a bunch of strangers who thought they were just coming for dinner and tell them our trials and tribulations.  But it ended up being very cool, and several people from the audience shared their adoption stories as well.  

We are excited to say have raised just about all of the money we are committed to spend directly with the agency.  There will be additional expenses once there is an actual birthmother and potential baby.  Suffice it to say we are still fundraising.  We are so grateful that our community and friends have shared this journey with us. We are still in the early stages, and most of this stuff is formality and legality, but we are just now beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel and imagine an actual baby being the end result of all of this work.  It really has been a cool journey.  We have heard stories from people we never would have otherwise met, and experienced what we already knew - we have the best friends and family on the planet! We had several friends and distant relatives offer personal donations as well.  
Oh yeah, how could I forget Marlys Pedigo and Connie Leak, who offered to put our "ad" / poster in their program for Avon's Distinguished Young women event as a gesture of good will and support of our cause!

Continue checking back all this week for more updates and sequels to the story!  Wait till you hear Will's version of the social worker visit! 

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