Thursday, February 26, 2015

A Most Precious Gift

 
Two years ago we were begging for a family for this sweet girl..
 
 
Two years later... last Sunday... she was given a most precious gift from her Mama.
 

A most precious gift!


 
A most precious gift indeed.









The Harper now belongs to a girl I love deeply.
 
 

Ira Deutsch and the creator of The Harper - Tonia Mayhew.


 
 
I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Marvelous are Your works,
And that my soul knows very well.
Psalm 139:14
 
Tears of joy.
 
Tears of joy.
 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

I Know One Little Girl...


I know there is one little girl out there..
 


 
Who is going to have the same blessing this little guy has been given...
 
 
A Papa who drops everything to read a book...
 

 
And play games with him.
 
 
She is going to be one very blessed little girl!
 
Her Papa is the best!
 
 

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Traveling Soon...

 
 Check this out... the puzzle has just about disappeared!!
 
Only our state bird and Harper's state flower are left!
 
 
On Sunday church was cancelled as well as Elijah's Aladdin show..
 
Which meant we had a day to just kick back and relax and rest and do NOTHING.
 
 
Okay. It isn't in either of our natures to actually do NOTHING. 
 
 
Instead I spent several enjoyable hours writing names on Harper's puzzle.
 
 
How utterly cool is that?
 
 
Writing the names of so so many kind people.
 
 
What a blessed way to spend a Sunday!
 
 
 This morning the phone rang.
 
We have travel dates.
 
Travel dates right on top of coming home from the South Carolina convention and the same week as the Tennessee convention.  Both conventions where I am scheduled to speak.  There was no possible way for me to get home from SC and get on a plane.  There were not enough hours in the day to be at two places at the same time.
 
So...
 
After talking and considering we made the decision to request new travel dates.  It means turning down our first referral (you are given three) and it means we won't travel until the end of March, but we are at peace with the decision.
 
My stress level just decreased considerably. 
 
We won't know exactly when we will travel for a week or so but we now have a general idea.  That helps tremendously in planning.
 
End of March. 
 
Hurrah!!
 
 
 

Monday, February 23, 2015

Winners Winners!!

Drumroll please....  Names have been drawn and the winners are below!!
 
 Thank you Thank you to EVERYONE who donated!!

This giveaway generated over $3,500.00!!!!!!!
 
1.  ASUS MeMO Pad 8 ME181C-A1-BK 8-Inch 16 GB Tablet (Black) - NEW... Value $187.00
(donated by the Nalles, Hartmans and Drakes)

WINNER - MICHELLE STEVENS

2.  A working Train Track created by Harper's soon to be Granddad!! Value $100.00

WINNER - SUE HOLLISTER


It comes complete with the following parts:

Diesel Engine (Life-like) Sante Fe 3500
2 Freight Box Cars
1 Tanker Car
2 Hopper Cars
1 Caboose


Power Transformer (Life Like)


1 straight track
1 power point straight track
2 short straight track
8 curved track - H4505A
3 curved track - H4506A
2 black curved track
1 curved track
 

3.  A sweet Matryoshka Set - 10 pieces
Value $35.00
(Donated by Melanie Hartman)

WINNER - TONIA MAYHEW
 
The tallest piece is 5 1/2" tall... All 10 pieces have the same painted flower pattern on them!!  Very sweet!
 

 4.  An Aaron Shirt - Sized Medium Black - Child's

New!!

WINNER - CHRYSTAL ANDERS
 

 
Winners - E-mail me - covenantb@yahoo.com!!!
 


 

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Last Call!!



THE GIVEAWAY ENDS TODAY!!  TONIGHT!!
 
You have one last day to get your name in....

In case you happened to forget who we are cross the ocean to bring home... here are our three sweet treasures...

Harper for the Nalles

  
 
Pearson for the Drakes
 
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Grady for the Hartmans



Here's what you can win...
 
 
1.  ASUS MeMO Pad 8 ME181C-A1-BK 8-Inch 16 GB Tablet (Black) - NEW... Value $187.00
(donated by the Nalles, Hartmans and Drakes)

P.S. Rob and I own one of these and we really like it!!

2.  A working Train Track created by Harper's soon to be Granddad!! Value $100.00

Can't you just see this under your Christmas tree??


It comes complete with the following parts:

Diesel Engine (Life-like) Sante Fe 3500
2 Freight Box Cars
1 Tanker Car
2 Hopper Cars
1 Caboose


Power Transformer (Life Like)


1 straight track
1 power point straight track
2 short straight track
8 curved track - H4505A
3 curved track - H4506A
2 black curved track
1 curved track
 

3.  A sweet Matryoshka Set - 10 pieces
Value $35.00
(Donated by Melanie Hartman)
 
The tallest piece is 5 1/2" tall... All 10 pieces have the same painted flower pattern on them!!  Very sweet!
 

 4.  An Aaron Shirt - Sized Medium Black - Child's

New!!
 

 
 To enter the Giveaway:

Step One:
Make a donation to one of the families (Drake, Hartman, Nalle)

Step Two:
Leave a comment below that you donated. 

Every 5.00 donation gets you an entry into the Giveaway.  If you donate to ALL THREE families you will get DOUBLE entries! 

Step Three:
Share this auction/giveaway and you can also earn an entry! 
 
 
 

THIS GIVEAWAY WILL END TOMORROW (February 21)
 



 
 

Friday, February 20, 2015

Ridiculous!

 
So you want to know what we made on our Orphans Treasures Auction???
 
Blow me away...
 
When I first decided to do it I set a RIDICULOUS goal. I didn't share it with too many people.   It was ridiculous. I've seen other on-line auctions before and I knew what the normal average for an auction would be and my goal was way beyond that average.
 
Plus, we didn't have world-changing auction items for us to reach my ridiculous goal.
 
 
But we have a BIG bill coming as soon as we get travel dates.  A $2,000 dollar bill to the agency that provided Hague oversight to our adoption.  It comes due the day we get our dates. 
 
We can credit card our airline tickets and a bunch of other expenses but we sure didn't want to credit card that bill.
 
So I set a ridiculous goal for our auction because I wanted to cover that $2,000.00 bill.
 
With three families benefitting in our auction... we needed to raise $6,000.00 in order for us to cover that bill.
 
Ridiculous
 
A $6,000.00 auction.
 
I mean I've been to real auctions on farms and at estates and many of them haven't generated $6,000.00 much less an on-line auction!!
 
Ridiculous!!
 
But...
 
Whispered prayers. A TON of work.  Hours and hours and hours of putting it together.  Kind people.  So so so many kind people.  A Loving God.
 
$5,985.32
 
That's how much our auction made.
 
WOW!! WOW!! WOW!!
 
We were 14.68 short of $6,000!! Is that not totally ridiculous???? 
 
Does that not make you want to laugh out loud??
 
Between the kindness of so so many people and the answered prayers of a Loving God, we can pay that $2,000 bill!
 
Plus... we still have a Giveaway going on. I didn't include Giveaway donations into that $6,000 total.
 
God so so good!
 
All of you who have poured into helping bring three orphans home are so so kind!!
 
Thank You!!
 
THE GIVEAWAY ENDS TOMORROW...
 
We have some sweet prizes donated by the three families...
 
 
1.  ASUS MeMO Pad 8 ME181C-A1-BK 8-Inch 16 GB Tablet (Black) - NEW... Value $187.00
(donated by the Nalles, Hartmans and Drakes)


2.  A working Train Track created by Harper's soon to be Granddad!! Value $100.00


It comes complete with the following parts:

Diesel Engine (Life-like) Sante Fe 3500
2 Freight Box Cars
1 Tanker Car
2 Hopper Cars
1 Caboose


Power Transformer (Life Like)


1 straight track
1 power point straight track
2 short straight track
8 curved track - H4505A
3 curved track - H4506A
2 black curved track
1 curved track
 

3.  A sweet Matryoshka Set - 10 pieces
Value $35.00
(Donated by Melanie Hartman)
 
The tallest piece is 5 1/2" tall... All 10 pieces have the same painted flower pattern on them!!  Very sweet!
 

 4.  An Aaron Shirt - Sized Medium Black - Child's

New!!
 

 
 To enter the Giveaway:

Step One:
Make a donation to one of the families (Drake, Hartman, Nalle)

Step Two:
Leave a comment below that you donated. 

Every 5.00 donation gets you an entry into the Giveaway.  If you donate to ALL THREE families you will get DOUBLE entries! 

Step Three:
Share this auction/giveaway and you can also earn an entry! 
 
 
 

THIS GIVEAWAY WILL END TOMORROW (February 21)
 



 
 

Thursday, February 19, 2015

A Quick Reminder...



Just a QUICK reminder... Our Auction is over but our Giveaway is NOT... It ends on Saturday so you still have a chance to enter by either sharing or donating. 



1.  ASUS MeMO Pad 8 ME181C-A1-BK 8-Inch 16 GB Tablet (Black) - NEW... Value $187.00
(donated by the Nalles, Hartmans and Drakes)


2.  A working Train Track created by Harper's soon to be Granddad!! Value $100.00



It comes complete with the following parts:

Diesel Engine (Life-like) Sante Fe 3500
2 Freight Box Cars
1 Tanker Car
2 Hopper Cars
1 Caboose



Power Transformer (Life Like)



1 straight track
1 power point straight track
2 short straight track
8 curved track - H4505A
3 curved track - H4506A
2 black curved track
1 curved track
 

3.  A sweet Matryoshka Set - 10 pieces
Value $35.00
(Donated by Melanie Hartman)
 
The tallest piece is 5 1/2" tall... All 10 pieces have the same painted flower pattern on them!!  Very sweet!
 


 4.  An Aaron Shirt - Sized Medium Black - Child's

New!!
 

 
 To enter the Giveaway:

Step One:
Make a donation to one of the families (Drake, Hartman, Nalle)

Step Two:
Leave a comment below that you donated. 

Every 5.00 donation gets you an entry into the Giveaway.  If you donate to ALL THREE families you will get DOUBLE entries! 

Step Three:
Share this auction/giveaway and you earn another entry! 
 
 
 

THIS GIVEAWAY WILL END FEBRUARY 21ST!!