Tuesday, October 27, 2009

The End of Day 71

Tonight is the end of our 71st day of waiting for our LOA.

We are hopeful to hear news soon!

We received an email from our case manager with all of our last set of papers to fill out and send back. These papers are usually completed at the same time you receive your LOA and then returned. We will be mailing ours back to our agency tomorrow evening so that they might have time to look them over before the weekend.

Although, it's not our LOA, it's movement and it's one step closer to bringing our Jackson home...One Step At A Time!

As soon as we have our LOA we will send Jackson a care package with our pictures!

Blessed Beyond Belief!

Sydney and Jadon selling lemonade and chocolate chip cookies to help bring their little brother home!
We even had dogs come by and purchase items...I believe 4 or 5 dogs came!

Grandma taking a break...did I tell you that FL was setting record high temps for October???

People are still coming...

and coming...!!!!

The final hour I finally get a chance to sit down!

Sydney, Grandma, and Jadon napping after a long day...now DISNEY!

The Night Before

My mom and Kurt's mom (Oma and Grandma) helping tag items.

1:30 am before the garage sale...hoping to get the garage door to shut!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Mid-Autumn Moon Festival---Late Post

I decided to take the kids to the "Oriental Grocery" that is near our church to see if we could find any yummy goodies for our little Mid-Autumn Moon Festival. The closest thing the owner could find for me looked like Perogies and filled with red beans. Not quite what I had in mind for a special treat after dinner. We opted for the Choco-Pies and then ran to Cracker Barrel to buy some good ole southern Moon Pies.
We were spending the evening cleaning out the garage to prepare for our garage sale fundraiser. The weather was pretty nice, so we ate dinner in lawn chairs out in the drive way and then finished up with the Choco-Pies and Moon Pies. Sydney sat in a lawn chair with her lantern watching Jadon hit golf balls.
Kurt now believes he knows why you eat Moon Pies with an RC Cola!

Saturday, October 10, 2009


Today was our garage sale fundraiser. My mother-in-law was here from Michigan, as well as my mom. We worked until 1:30 this morning preparing and were up by 6:30! Kurt and I drove and put the signs up, moved all of the furniture out to the driveway and then moved the tables out of the garage onto the driveway! Customers began arriving at 7:30 for our 8:00 start time:)

Kurt and I are NOT the garage sale kind of people. Kurt and I love to just put everything on the curb and peek out the window and watch people find new treasures in our "trash". My mom, my sister-in-law, a family from our church all donated items to sell, as well as our own things. We are so GREATFUL for their donations! God was right in the middle of it all! I can't begin to explain how many people came...cars lined the cul-de-sac and down the street CONTINUOSLY from 7:30am-12:00. Twice I stopped myself in the middle of it all and felt God's presence. Only HE could bring this many people to our small neighborhood!

Are you just dying to know how much we raised to bring our sweet, precious Jackson home????Well....Sydney and Jadon sold chocolate chip cookies and lemonade for a total of $42 and change and our GRAND TOTAL for the day was $1,113.91!!!!!!!! Can you believe it???? OUR GOD IS AMAZINGLY GOOD!!!!!

We did take pictures and will post later. We are off to Disney for the rest of the weekend.

Today is day 54 of waiting for LOA. We are ready! (well...almost!) We are hopeful to hear something within the next 2 weeks!

Thank you for all of your prayers! There is almost 1 less orphan in the world!!!