Thursday, May 31, 2012
Yes, I know this is not the best picture but you get the idea! Defend the Fatherless in bold blue- the verse beside it in white is “Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed.” Psalm 82:3 An outline map of the world is the background of the shirt. I love the verse on the shirt. God calls us to care for the fatherless and the weak. To help the poor and the oppressed. Jesus did it all the time in the Bible. So should we.
The shirt will be a dark gray color. I definitely wanted a shirt that was not just a woman’s shirt! I wanted men to be able to wear it too! For a donation of $20 toward our adoption, this tshirt can be yours! Joey and I are beyond excited as to where this adoption road is taking us. More details to come. But just know that we have been praying for direction and guidance. Until more details come about, we need to raise some money. So please consider supporting our adoption of a precious child and make a donation. You will get a tshirt in return! Plus you will be helping us bring our little baby home.
I know I’ve said this before, but adoption can be so overwhelming in the beginning. When I first thought of all the expenses, I just could not figure out how we could come up with $20,000 to $30,000; however, God has consistently provided when we needed it. It is overwhelming, yes. But God is in control and He is good and He will provide!
Okay, so if you would like to order a tshirt….. email me at firstname.lastname@example.org I hope to get my Paypal set up on the sidebar of my blog next week so that people can order that way as well. But until then, please email me or facebook me your order. And if a tshirt isn’t your thing, you can still make a donation. Joey and I truly appreciate any and all support!
And to help spread the word about our shirts, I’m going to have a giveaway. I will be giving away a tshirt to one lucky person! Here is how you can enter:
1. Become a follower of my blog and let me know by leaving a comment (or if you already are, tell me so in the comments)
2. Facebook, tweet, or blog about this giveaway using this link http://thecarpenterstory.blogspot.com/2012/05/new-fundraiser-and-giveaway.html and leave a separate comment for each letting me know you did. (Each gets an entry: 1 for Facebook, 1 for twitter, 1 for blogging)
3. Order a tshirt and leave me a comment letting me know you did! 1 entry per tshirt ordered- so if you order 3, that’s 3 entries!
Okay, so lots of ways to get entries for the giveaway. The giveaway will end next Wednesday, June 6th. Make sure you leave your comments below. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE spread the word about our tshirts and our giveaway. We need your help to get the word out!!!
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
My friend Mccall and her husband are going on a mission trip to Africa and are raising money by selling tshirts. Go check out her shirts at http://www.leemeandthegirls.blogspot.com/2012/05/calling-all-you-senders-and-giveaway.html
then head over to my friend Allison’s blog and enter her giveaway for a chance to win one of these tshirts!!! and spread the word!
Monday, May 21, 2012
Saturday morning we left for Murfreesboro, TN to see my cousin graduate from high school. Joey, myself, M, JH, and my mom in one car! After the long and interesting ride there (an 18 month old and 4 year old always make car rides interesting!), we visited my aunt and uncle and cousins Laura Grace and Caroline. We then checked into the hotel and did some shopping!
Graduation with two little ones was also interesting and did not last long. Joey and JH ended up outside after about 30 minutes. Mady and I were not far behind them! We then ate some good food at my Aunt Harriet’s house topped off by some great cookies. We congratulated Laura Grace and headed to the hotel.
(It was so funny because Mady was so attached to Harriett every time she saw her! She would not leave her alone! She constantly wanted her to hold her!!)
Mady fell fast asleep but JH was a little more difficult. After some twisting and turning, he finally passed out. As did Joey and myself!!
The next morning we said goodbye to Aunt Harriet after a shopping trip at Target and headed to the Rainforest Café in Nashville to eat lunch. The kids loved the restaurant. It is so neat. The elephants and tigers and monkeys all move and make animal noises. It thunders and lightning flashes. They really enjoyed it.
We then headed home which made for another interesting trip. All in all the kids did great. However, Joey and I decided we would definitely drive at night on the way to the beach in two weeks and let the kids sleep!
Friday, May 18, 2012
I know it’s not officially summer, but around here….we feel like it is! Popsicles, water sprinkler, playing outside all the time, sweating like a crazy person, etc! Plus, kids are getting out of school and in just a few days Joey won’t have to be at work at 7 every morning! How nice it will be for that one extra hour in the mornings before he has to go to work! Until August anyway!
A few pictures of the kiddos from lately….
Last week, we went to Delta Grind in Water Valley. They showed the kids how they grind the corn and other stuff. Pretty neat. Joe tried to eat it of course. He’s always eating something that’s not edible.
Obviously we have really enjoyed the beginning days of summer! We are so excited about moving back to Carrollton; although we will miss our church family and friends here in Oxford. We can hardly wait to get back to the country and raise our kids there. God is teaching us a lot in this time of waiting. Waiting for our house to sell, waiting for things to happen with our adoption, and so on. I know He uses times like these to make us dependent on Him. We just have to remind ourselves of that. Daily.
Lately, it seems like there is so much sickness and heartache with people we know. I lift these people up each day in prayer. Today, I learned of a little boy who passed away from a brain tumor. He and Mady were born just a few days apart. I didn’t know him personally but I would read his blog from time to time and lifted him up in prayer. It’s stories like these that I remember we live in a broken world. There are so many things we may never understand on this side of heaven. But this is what makes heaven all the more desirable. This is not our home. It reminds me of the song “Blessings”. Even though this is not our eternal home, I pray I will serve Him in all I do and say until the day He calls me home or He returns.
On a final note, I mentioned in my last blog post about a tshirt. It’s coming soon! So, please check back and support us on our road to adopting a child.
Friday, May 11, 2012
Not much goin on around here lately. Just to fill everyone in, we took the year off from Mother’s Morning Out. The kids and I have just hung out together the whole year. And I must say, it has been GREAT. Of course, there are days when we might get a little bored. But we always find something to do. I have still tried to work with Mady on learning basics like her letters, writing, drawing, numbers, etc. I try to remember she is only 4! But she enjoys learning new things….. for about 10 minutes and then she wants to move on to something else! So, we have definitely enjoyed our time together. Joe Hudson has been so much fun to watch as he is growing up! He is now quite the talker! And such a busy body- he is into everything! I mean everything!
In other news, we are STILL trying to sell our house. I never in my life would have thought this would be such a task, but God has definitely taught me a lot in this time of WAITING.
Joey starts his new job in July so we are eager to sell our house and move on to this new chapter.
Adoption news- We are currently waiting for some direction from God in this area. Some changes and such are occurring and so we are just…. WAITING. Is this a recurrent theme in our lives? Anywho, we could use some prayers in this area.
Which brings me to my final point! We are currently working with someone to design a tshirt specific to our adoption. I really like the shirt. We’re working on a few changes. It’s very basic and would be great for guy/girl/kid. I’ll let you know about a price when we get it all straightened out. In the mean time, if you’re interested in one let me know. I’m going to take pre orders for about a week. This will really help me get an idea of how many to order. ALL proceeds from the tshirts will go directly to our adoption fund. And just in case you hadn’t heard…. adoptions can range from 20,000 to 30,000. So…. we gonna try to sell us some tshirts to help bring our child home! Plus, who doesn’t love a tshirt?!
Here’s a few pictures from about this time last year for ya to enjoy! Hope everyone has a great Mother’s Day!
Oh my how my babies have grown!!!!
Thursday, May 3, 2012
A few pictures here lately….
Lots to be thankful for. Looking at pictures always reminds me to count my blessings one by one!
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
I’ve created a little shop that displays what jewelry I’m selling to raise money for our adoption. We still have a lllooonnnggg way to go to raise what we need! So, shop around and get some cute jewelry! I hope to add some other pieces to the shop soon. Thank you for supporting us!
Click on the tab above that says, “Shop with me”. This will take you to our shop!