day two of giveaways!

 

For three days leading up to the silent auction, we are giving away some free stuff!

[Day One’s winner:  Karen King!!!]

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DAY TWO

Free “Roo-cup”* with 40-free refills AND an adoption t-shirt!

 

*If you didn’t know, a “Roo-cup” is a delightful little plastic chalice that gives the holder the power to obtain 25-cent refills at Kangaroo gas-stations all Summer long.

1 roll of quarters = 40 refills 🙂 

 

Contest Rules: It’s simple. Leave a comment at the bottom of this post.  Any comment will do, like “hey, you guys are cool” or “I want to win!”.  You can win each day but multiple comments on the same day will not increase your chances of winning.  We will email the randomly selected winner the following morning.

Check back Friday for the final giveaway!

 

three days of giveaways!

For three days leading up to the silent auction, we are going to give away some free stuff!

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DAY ONE

Free adoption t-shirt & $10 Sola Coffee gift certificate!

Contes Rules: It’s simple. Leave a comment at the bottom of this post.  Any comment will do, like “hey, you guys are cool” or “I want to win!”.  You can win each day but multiple comments on the same day will not increase your chances of winning.  We will email the randomly selected winner the following morning.

Check back Thursday and Friday for more giveaways!

 

Holden Beach via Instagram

We are addicted.  Or worse yet, Insta-obsessed.  So our 3 day vacation to Holden Beach is brought to you via square-cropped, over-filtered photos, complete with trendy #hashtags and @ signs.  Enjoy!

 

#distracteddrivin’

Who loves the sun? @cassielee8 does!

Holden Beach, NC

Robert giving orders to Bob.  He kept saying “no breaks!”

We watched this cloud “rain out” over the ocean #awesome

Robert rinsin’ off @holdenbeach

Morning stroll with @LucyPadula

grillin’ with my homies

Drew’s a poo.  #insidejoke

Uh… no comment.

The house

Greylyn and Avery love each other. #sarcasm

Happy Memorial Day!

Expectations

 

What is the appropriate amount of expectation as we look forward to important events in this life?  

I don’t know.  But, that is what I’ve been wrestling with lately.

A few weeks ago I truly expected that we would have a referral by now.  My hope was that by the time the silent auction came around, we would have a face and a name to celebrate. We would be able to share with everyone our “next step” in the process and be excited because we can finally start getting to know our child. We would know a gender, age and how healthy they are. We could pick out the colors for their room. We could start arranging things to prepare for the day we bring them home. Drew and I could hug and smile and have a dance party for being in “the phase”. The phase, I guess, is when we get to dream and make plans for a specific child.  Maybe it’s like getting an ultrasound.  We are next on the list and that is so good, yet I battle against my heart as we wait.

I am realizing that even though these things above are not bad, the overwhelming expectation for them to happen is stealing my joy. Expectations can be a really good thing, but right now I am living for my expectations.  All I want is for those things to happen. I want to know the color of our child’s eyes or if they are left or right handed. I want to know when they will be “ours”.

But is this everything?

My hopes and dreams for this child help me get through some of the sad moments. Yet, the most important thing is not that I get to have it all put together in a pretty little box with a bow on top. God knows the plans He has for our child and for us.  I trust Him and that brings me a great amount of peace. God is not only good in the good times, He is near and faithful right now even though I’m not “getting what I want”.

My hope is not in what I can plan and figure out and make good. My hope is in a God who I do believe is taking care of us and taking care of our child each moment.  Besides, if I keep living entirely for the “next step” in life I will miss worlds of beauty and joy in the moment.

I’m tired of unchecked expectations stealing my joy. There is so much more that I have to live for and there is so much more than the sadness I feel today.

Our heart for adoption

>>>Quick link to auction items<<<or>>>RSVP HERE! [helpful but not required]<<<

 

Howdy!  

   We are so honored that our friends and family are rallying to do this silent auction for us.  And we are excited that you found out about it! 

As you may already know, this auction is an effort to help us offset the cost associated with international adoption. 

So, what is our heart for adoption?

To put it in a nutshell; we love Jesus.  It is so obvious in God’s Word that he cares about us more than we can imagine.  And His love is often demonstrated through rescuing orphans in their distress (John 14:18, James 1:27, Deuteronomy 10:18, Isaiah 1:17) .  We have fallen in love with our God and His love is what compels us to continue on this journey toward adoption.  

You can read more about our story and why we are adopting from Ethiopia (by clicking on the underlined links).

Here’s all the details about the Auction Night!

When is it?

Saturday, June 2nd  from 6-9pm

[bidding from 6:30 – 8pm]

Where should I go?

Crosspointe Church

6911 Carpenter Firestation Road

Cary, NC 27519

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What should I expect?

Awesomeness.  

Live Jazz

Delectable desserts

Fun Photo-booth

Drew and Cassie’s adoption story

Silent Auction (of course!)

Orphan & foster care information

RSVP on Evite —-> [click me!]    Your reply is helpful but not required.  Thank you!

You can find a list of auction items here!