Santee Adoption Fundraising Garage Sale!!

OH MY GOODNESS!!!!  God is good, and so are the people of this community!!!  The Santee Adoption Fundraising Garage Sale was a great success!!!!  Thank you so much everyone!!!

As we sat with our family and friends and counted each dollar raised, it was as if the funds were multiplying right there in front of our eyes.  I was literally speechless as we calculated the total and spoke the outcome.  God is good.

As we all sat around our kitchen table, red faced from the sun and blissfully exhausted, I really could not find the words to share what I was feeling.  I stared at my husband, and searched for words.  I came up empty.  I am in awe.

Every single donated item from the hearts of friends and homes of strangers found new homes, and we were blessed.  Stacie had the brilliant idea to post on Facebook that every item remaining in the last hour of our garage sale was free to anyone who in need.  Together, Adam, Katrina, Stacie, my dad and mom, Jeremy, and I helped people load everything up.  Almost everything cleared out.  The fabulous breakfast burritos Adam and Katrina made had sold out early in the day, and almost all of their baked goods were gone as well.  Stacie brought delicious drinks to accompany the yummy food, and everyone loved it!  Everything was so, so, perfect.

We didn’t price most of our garage sale items, yet everyone was so generous and loving.  Some people even stopped by just to share their adoption stories with us, because they had seen our ads in the local paper and online.  All day long was packed full of stories from those who were adopted themselves, those who had adopted, and even one who had placed their daughter up for adoption over forty years ago.  There were lots of tears, lots of smiles, lots of prayer and encouragement.  What a day.  What a God who cares for our every need.  It’s so, so, SO COOL when He asks you to trust Him and then you experience the fulfillment of His promises.

On that note, I’m ready to collapse into bed with my husband and rest.

Thank you again to everyone who played a part in this wonderful day.  We appreciate you, and we’re grateful for your support.


Above: Kicking the Day Off


Above: The Dream Team


Above: Wrapping the Day Up

About Amanda

Hello world! It’s so nice to meet you! Thank you for stopping in. I hope you’ll stay a while. I look forward to knowing you better. As for me, I’m on a wonderfully crazy adventure through a not-so-ordinary life. Just as my husband promised when we wed, there’s never a dull moment! In this season, I’m on journey to learn more about “The Wife of Noble Character.” Ah yes, the Proverbs 31 Woman. I confess, and I’m sure this is just one of many shortcomings I’ll have to bare to you along the way, I had always thought of this figure to be an example for the women who work hard in the home and home school their children. I’m surrounded many of these awesome ladies, and they are A-MAZING, but at the end of the day, that’s not my life. I’m a working girl who spends a minimum of forty hours a week in the office, and I actually love it! So I’ve toiled with questions of whether or not I’m in the right place, whether or not I’m pursuing the right path in higher education, whether or not my pursuit of a professional occupation should continue, whether God would be glorified to a higher degree if I wasn’t employed full time. I’m a very… passionate person. My husband and I love that adjective because it rolls off the tongue a little sweeter than stubborn and hard headed, though the latter are true as well. Recently the Lord called me back to this passage to reveal His truths in a different light. He asked me to stop analyzing MY path and spend some time looking at Him. He’s even had me out of bed in the middle of the night reading Scripture in my closet, re-reading Proverbs 31 over and over, dissecting each line, researching alternate meanings of words and scrutinize their significance (yes, I’m a habitual student, a bit of a nerd in that sense.) As it turns out, this Scripture is much larger than the little box I tried to stuff it in. My light bulb moment… This passage is for me. Actually, it’s meant for every woman who lives according to the will of our Maker. He designed a unique life for each of us… Not that we would be particularly special and praise worthy in our differences, but that that He would be honored and glorified among the nations in so many different ways. I’m ready to have a ball on this journey toward the heart of God and knowledge of the P31 Woman. My pursuit will be honest and purposeful. At the same time, I proceed with a good sense of humor and a child-like heart. If you’re reading this hoping to gleam great wisdom of the ages, I apologize you had to read through my ramblings to find that you’re in the wrong place. Ha ha. I plan to learn from Scripture and the many wonderful women I’m surrounded by, and I imagine most of my successes will be attributed to their wisdom. I’ll be transparent in the process, so I ask for your forgiveness in advance for anything less than lovely. I’m prepared to laugh at myself, to pick myself up when I fall, and I promise not to take my toys and go home when things don’t go my way. If you’re following, please comment and share your thoughts, ideas, experiences, etc. Let’s go through this together! So, my beautiful friends, I welcome you to join me in pursuit of Proverbs 31 living with an eight to five. Blessings to you! P31 Working Girl

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