Astounding, Phenomenal, Incredible Generosity!!!!
WE ARE FULLY FUNDED!!
words will fail me again, but that's not going to stop me from trying!! or crying!
tonight was an AMAZING night, a truly amazing evening....
let's look at some numbers:
over 60 households donated auction items or food or logistical help
more than 24 local businesses donated goods or services
over 135 items were available for auction
dozens of loaves of bread
pounds and pounds of pasta
bushels of strawberries
a whole rainbow of mini cupcakes (in a V shape!!)
fountains-full of chocolate
were enjoyed by probably even more than 180 people, who were
served by an ambitious kitchen team
encouraged by an industrious auction team
and entertained by
24 amazing, talented, clever, hilarious, & beautiful acts, performed by
52 talented & brave, adventurous folks
backed up by a terrific tech team
experiencing a true Variety: from singing to playing piano to dancing to lip syncs to an original song & art, to a new morning routine to amazing costumes to gymnastics!
two precious people driving 6 hours across the midwest, simply to surprise us on this special day
totaling ONE magnificent night of sharing stories, laughter & love in a room with a whole lot of wonderful people in it....
bringing the number of dollars given (yes, in just.one.night!) to
six thousand, three hundred, eighty-four dollars and fifteen cents.
which looks like this:
here's where the
eyes bug out!
legs give out!
heart skips a beat!
We LOVE YOU and I truly wish I could have hugged each one of you before you went out the door tonight. We have known many of you from many different times and parts and seasons of our lives, and some of you came tonight (and brought your families!) without even knowing who we are, just willing to add to the music, or be another set of helping hands.
it reminds me of the mustard seed...
2 years ago we said YES. to one small step forward. and another, and another...
and now, a mountain has been moved.
you helped it move! you helped US move-
so we can take another step forward toward one dear small girl in China.
I regret there were many pictures I would have loved to take, that I did not have the chance to take
(if you did happen to take some that you'd like to share, thank you!!), but here are the few I did take.
By the end of the evening this beautiful V vase was overflowing!
Any donations we receive above the coverage of the adoption expenses will go toward Vera's medical expenses...
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for blessing us & Vera!
Thank you God for blessing us with Vera!