First, a word of gratitude to everyone who has been so gracious and generous as my family continues to work toward adopting a baby. So many people have purchased t-shirts, made donations through our GoFundMe page, and invited others to participate as well. I feel overwhelmed and humbled every single time someone gives even a dollar to this. There are no words that can adequately express my gratitude. Our friends don't owe us anything, and yet you give so freely. It seems a bit cliche to say that we are blessed, but that may be the only word that comes close to expressing it.
We still have a long way to go, so I wanted to let everybody know about a few projects we're involved in as we continue to get closer and closer to our new baby.
First, we are participating in the Second Annual Cornholers for Adoption Tournament (Saturday, October 4). Last year, our friends Nate and Jackie Fritzel started this annual event, and it enabled them to adopt their daughter Baeya. This year, they have graciously offered to allow our family to be the recipients of the tournament's proceeds. There will be raffle items, smoked meats, fun for the kids, and of course, a Cornhole Tournament (if you don't know what Cornhole is, it's a game where you toss small bags full of corn into a hole; it's kind of like horseshoes, and people are very serious about it). You can either enter the tournament through the "serious" bracket or the "just-messing-around" bracket. Also, you don't have to play at all; if you just like raffles and smoked meats, that's cool, too.
Second, we are partnering with Just Love Coffee Roasters. If you order coffee through our page, a portion of the money will go toward our adoption. So if you want to help out with our adoption while also drinking delicious organic, Fair Trade coffee (they have K-Cups!), feel free to click the link and order something. It costs the same as coffee at the grocery store.
Third, I will be releasing an ebook in a few weeks, and every sale of the book will go toward the adoption. The book is called Lost in the Flood: Reflections on the Biblical Story of Noah. I'll let you know when it is available.
So in summary, here are all the available ways to contribute (of course, please feel free to give nothing at all; we do not feel entitled to anyone's generosity; this is only for people who want to do something)-
Buy coffee from Just Love Coffee Roasters
Order our custom print from Birds for Babies
Shop at Caroline's Etsy shop
Order a t-shirt through PayPal (send payment and shipping instructions to firstname.lastname@example.org)
Make a donation at GoFundMe.com
Thank you so much for your interest and your support.
Grace and peace be with you.