Saturday, March 30, 2013

Pity Party

I wanted to have a pity party.

We were hit this week with a car that needed MAJOR repair AND a van that broke on the way home from getting the car out of the shop.

I barely got the van home.

I inched my way up and down the hills as the transmission slowly ran out of steam.

The little van that didn't. 

I wanted a pity party because we just lost a bunch of money getting that van fixed.

All for nothing.

It is totally dead and way too old and worn down to fix anymore.

I wanted to have a pity party because yesterday we had to drop a boatload of money we didn't have on a new/used van that we weren't planning on buying.

I wanted to have a pity party last night because Ben was bringing his NEWLY REPAIRED car home from work when it stopped working at a stop sign.

Yes it did. 

We lay in bed last night in shock. 

Two vehicles down the tubes in two days.

This morning I seriously want to call for the violins to play my pity party music.  I am looking for my sackcloth and ashes.  I am trying to find some pillows so I can drop down on the floor and have a total all-out fit (I don't want to get hurt).

I want to weep and wail.

We have a Shriners appointment on Monday to get Aaron's casts off (Praise the Lord) plus we are swinging by iDupont to get his WREX which needed repair - we are doing the trip in ONE day so we are both going to drive.  Then I leave for Ohio on Thursday for a Homeschooling Convention. 

We are minus a car for Ben to drive.

We are seriously in a mind-numbing lurch.

I want to rant and rave and call up the service station who FIXED the car and tell them a few words that would not be edifying.

I want to stomp and fuss.

Today is Rob's Birthday.  Tomorrow is Elijah's birthday.

Tomorrow is also Easter.

I am so not prepared on any level for any of these events.

I want to go back to bed and start over.

I deserve a pity party.

I want to throw one.

But I can't.

I can't sit here and feel sorry for myself even though I think I well deserve it.

I can't because I saw these words yesterday...

Please share. 65 days to find his family.

And then I saw this picture:



And I am completely and totally ashamed.

Oh Casey.

65 days.

NO NO NO!!

SIXTY FIVE DAYS AND HE LOSES HIS CHANCE OF EVER HAVING A FAMILY!




65 days!

My pity party goes out the window.

CASEY.

He is FIFTEEN YEARS OLD.



LOOK AT HIM!!

LOOK AT HIM!



He has NOTHING To call his own.

Every piece of clothing on his body is shared clothing.

He has never had a toy of his own.  A book of his own.  A stuffed animal of his own.

He has never had a Mama of his own.

Or a Papa.

I want a pity party because we are paying out money we don't have but this boy...

This little boy..


He has NOTHING.

And to top it all off...

He faces a lifetime in a mental institute if someone doesn't step up and claim him in 65 days.


He has Cerebral Palsy.

He has a skin condition.

He has mental delay.

He is 15 years old.

Can we please have pity on Casey?

Can we yell and scream and cry out for a little boy who has only 65 more days left to escape the life he is currently living???

CAN WE PLEASE YELL FOR CASEY!


I knew he was aging out but I didn't know he only had 65 days.

65 days.

Actually today makes 64.

Dear Friends...

CASEY NEEDS TO BE SEEN.


PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE GET CASEY SEEN!!


If you want to see more pictures of Casey from someone who has SEEN him and KNOWS the world in which he lives - Click HERE and HERE.

PLEASE SHARE CASEY!!

PLEASE HAVE PITY ON HIM!

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE!

PLEASE!!

I'll stop my pity party if you agree to help Casey!!

PLEASE!!

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We have raised $6817.00 so far!!!
 
THANK YOU THANK YOU!!

These are ALL of our donors so far!!

Annie, Joni, Nicole, Erin, Katrina, Micheala, Kim, Andrew, Leah, Kathy, Daniel
Anne, Debbie, Amy, Lori, Christine, Katie, Pam
K.B.  Tina   Candee  Amber   Joni   C.H.    Rebecca  Kelly   Jenny   Christine   Katie   Pam
Joni, Jason, Jane, Nicole, Amanda, Rebecca, Kami, Lynettte,  Jennifer, Candice, Francine, Lisa, Liz, Layna, Osborn, Courtney, Ivy
Pam, Amanda, Candice, Erika, Gretchen, Elizabeth, Amanda, Tanna, Susan , Cathy, Kelli
 
..... PLUS a whole bunch of anonymous donors...
 
YOU GUYS ROCK!!

OUR 2013 MICAH SIX EIGHT MULLIGAN STEW GIVEAWAY!


"A Common Stew for an Uncommonly Good Cause!"

There are more than 100 items simmering away in our stew pot. The total value of all of these items is well over $5,000.00.

Now we just need YOU to help us care for the orphan.

“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.'"


THESE ARE OUR SEVEN FAMILIES
Our goal is to raise AT LEAST $2,000.00 in each grant account!!
My deepest desire is to double that!!

 
JON AND ANGELA - Adopting Jack and Jensen RAISED $1965.00
THE JOHNSON FAMILY - Adopting FOUR brothers! RAISED $734.00
THE MARR FAMILY - Adopting Alexei RAISED $426.00
THE TAYLOR FAMILY - Adopting Samuel and Sara RAISED $407.00
THE DEUTSCH FAMILY - Adopting Estelle and Gerard RAISED $1242.00
THE BAKER FAMILY - Adopting Emmitt RAISED $322.00
THE UNROE FAMILY - Adopting Matthew, Jonathan, and Charity RAISED $280.00
 
 
THESE ARE OUR TWELVE WAITING CHILDREN.... THEY ALL NEED FAMILIES!!

Our goal is to raise $1,000.00 in each of their grant accounts.
My deepest desire is to double that!!


SIMON AND DARREN MISSED OUT ON GETTING ANY DONATIONS YESTERDAY!
 
HANSON - RAISED $103.00
PORTER - RAISED $58.00
JASON - RAISED $38.00
CASEY - RAISED $439.00
SIMON - RAISED $108.00
BOBBY - RAISED $54.00
SUTTER - RAISED $45.00
BARTON - RAISED $41.00
IRIS - RAISED $207.00
AUBREE - RAISED $136.00
FRANK - RAISED $76.00
DARREN - RAISED $121.00

LOST BOYS - RAISED $115.00

THESE ARE THE RULES:
Simple Math - Every five dollars donated earns you one entry into our giveaway!!!

To enter, here's what you have to do:

FIRST.... You have to pick at least ONE of the families and make a donation into their grant account.

SECOND....You have to pick at least ONE of the waiting children below and make a donation into their grant account.

THIRD... You have to leave a comment WITH YOUR FIRST AND LAST NAME letting me know which of the families you donated to and which of the waiting children. Make sure to give me the total amount donated. Because I always moderate my comments, I will be able to keep this information private if you ask me to leave it private. if you prefer not to leave a comment, you can e-mail me at covenantb@yahoo.com


THAT'S IT.... YOU ARE OFFICALLY ENTERED WITH JUST THOSE TWO DONATIONS...

We will let it be between you and the Lord the size of your gift.

BUT DON'T STOP THERE....

FOURTH.... You will also earn one entry for each additional family and/or waiting child you donate to. For example, a $50 donation spread among 3 families and 2 waiting children earns you 15 entries: 50/5 = 10 entries for the money, and 1 entry each for the families/children! So spread the love around!!!!

FIFTH.... You also get entries if you donate to the Lost Boys through Harvest International. Directions are below!
SIXTH.... You can also earn entries into the giveaway for SHARING! So share away. Share on Twitter. Share on FB. Share on your blog!!
When our Mulligan Stew Giveaway ends, we'll choose a winner for each prize by drawing random numbers from random.org. The more entries there are beside your name, the more chances you'll have to win something great!

THESE ARE OUR FAMILIES
 

THE DEUTSCH FAMILY
Adopting Estelle and Gerard

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THE BAKER FAMILY



Adopting Emmitt
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THE UNROE FAMILY
Adopting Matthew (Thad) Jonathan (Carson) and Charity (Presley)
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JON AND ANGELA

Adopting Jack and Jensen
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THE JOHNSON FAMILY
Adopting FOUR brothers!
D. V. Little V and Baby K!!


THE MARR FAMILY
Adopting Alexei


THE TAYLOR FAMILY
Adopting Samuel and Sara (brother and sister)
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THESE ARE OUR WAITING CHILDREN

WOULD YOU PRAY AND CONSIDER??
(All the babes from the same area/institute CAN BE adopted together or separately)



JASON                                                              CASEY
                                                                            Casey has until June 2013 to find a family
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SUTTER                                    BARTON
                                                                  Barton has until December 2013 to find a family
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FRANK                                        DARREN
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SIMON                                        BOBBY
Simon has until October 2013 to find a family!
 

                                                 IRIS                                                          AUBREE

OUR LOST BOYS!

BECAUSE I CANNOT LEAVE THEM OUT.... You can donate to the Lost Boys through Harvest International. Click on THIS LINK and designate your gift to Alyona and Slavik for the Lost Boys. All donations to Harvest International are Tax Deductible.
PLEASE DON'T FORGET TO DESIGNATE YOUR GIFT TO ALYONA AND SLAVIK FOR THE LOST BOYS.

 


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THE LIST OF PRIZES!!!


$500.00 Gift Card
IPad Mini - $360.00
Wii U - $250.00 Value
KINDLE FIRE - $199.00 Value
Cross of Loops Necklace with Pearl - $280 Value
250.00 PICK A CHILD
BEAUTIFUL HANDMADE QUILT $175.00
BEAUTIFUL HANDMADE SURPRISE QUILT $175.00
Retired Lladro Shepherdess with basket, value approximately $130
$100.00 Value - BOG BOOTS
$100.00 Amazon Card
100 dollar gift card
$100.00 Target Gift Card
100 Chevron gas card
100 Chevron gas card
$100 BiblioPlan year for a family….
$100 Restaurant Gift Card

Glass Wine Decanter with 6 glasses - $100.00 Value
$100.00 gift certificate to Caps for Causes:
$100.00 gift certificate to Caps for Causes
4 pack of ItWorks wraps. They are valued at $99
Original Photo on Canvas Print - $60.00 Value
16 GB Kingston Data Traveler Flash drive $60.00
Jessica Tote - $59.00
Baby/Lap Quilt (40" X 52") is valued at $50
$50.00 Target Gift Card
$50.00 Amazon Gift card
$50.00 Bloomingdales Gift Card
$50.00 Best Buy Gift card
50.00 Mobile Gas Card
50.00 Pencil Portrait
50.00 Pick a Child
$50.00 ANYWHERE GIFT CARD
$50.00 Custom book gift package
35 X 25 Rag quilt - $45.00 Value
Weighted Blanket - $40.00 Value
Thirty-One mini organizer in the minty chip pattern $30.00 value
Four Herbalife personal care products: Strengthening Shampoo (8.5 oz), Strengthening Conditioner (8.5 oz), Hand & Body Wash (8.5 oz), and Bath & Body Bar (4.4 oz). Approximate value $30.
Vera Bradley wristlet - 30.00
30.00 gift card to winner‘s choice
One dozen Cupcakes or cake balls from the "The Cupcake Patch" (winner’s choice) - $25.00 value
One dozen Cupcakes or cake balls from the "The Cupcake Patch" (winner’s choice) - $25.00 value
25.00 Amazon Gift Card
25.00 Visa gift card
25.00 credit to a scout shop
$25.00 ANYWHERE gift card <
$25.00 ANYWHERE gift card
25 itunes card
25.00 PICK A CHILD or FAMILY
Mama Bird Necklace - Value $25.00
Customized video $25.00 Value - Winner’s Choice
$25.00 in Amazon cards (five 5.00 cards)
$25 gift card to Maggiano’s/On the Border/Romano’s Macaroni Grill
EasyLunchboxes Set -- 4 containers and cooler (pink) - $21 value
EasyLunchboxes Set -- 4 containers and cooler (orange) - $21 value
Happier at Home book - $26.00 Value
Custom Made Crochet Hat $20.00 Value - Winner’s choice
Duct Tape set (2 hair bows and a wallet) Value 20.00
Duct Tape set (2 hair bows and a wallet) Value 20.00
20.00 PICK A CHILD or FAMILY
Montessori Wooden Rainbow Puzzle 20.00
Four Handmade Bars of Soap - 20.00 Value
Four Handmade Bars of Soap - 20.00 Value
Four Handmade Bars of Soap - 20.00 Value
Four Handmade Bars of Soap - 20.00 Value
Four Handmade Bars of Soap - 20.00 Value
$20.00 Multi-color print Owl purse
$20.00 Pink print Owl purse
$18 gift certificate for my crochet shop Hooked on Hope -
3 hair bows - 16.00 value
Personalized Pendant - $16.00 value
Rainbow Gnomes 15.00
"Heritage Lace" "Victorian House 13" x 20" Placement, Ecru" $15.00 value
$15 Jamba Juice Gift Card
Animal Lovie (bear) is valued at $12
Ancient craft book $12.00 Value
Medieval craft book $12.00 Value
Modern craft book $12.00 Value
$10.00 Bright turquoise Disciple cross
$10.00 Light pink Disciple cross
$10.00 Titanium Disciple cross
$10.00 4 wooden Disney puzzles
$10 Cold Stone gift card
$10 Target card
$10.00 Tortured for Christ book (gently used)
Autographed Blake Shelton CD $10.00
Devotional book - Jesus Calling 10.00 value
SIGNED COPY - $10.00 There's a Green Plastic Monkey in My Purse: And Other Ways Motherhood Changes Us by Jessie Clemence
Crayon People (5.00)
$5.00 Bible Card Games
THREE THEMED OUT OF PRINT WORKBOOKS
5.00 Crocheted headband
Crocheted hat
$25.00 Value Infinity scarf, Frosty Green Fleck with Amber Fun Fur & glass beads
$25.00 Value Infinity scarf/shoulder wrap, Homespun with Terra Cotta Fun Fur
Made with Love/Beloved necklace $15.00
Forevermore necklace 15.00
Worthy bracelet $15.00
Inspire/Believe bracelet $20.00
Chosen bracelet $15.00
Daughter bracelet $15.00
Wonderful bracelet $20.00
Pink ring $5.00
Set of matching red flower dresses with headbands $40.00
Set of matching powder blue dresses & headbands -$40.00
Set of matching blue/striped bottom dresses $35.00
Pink/Purple Dress with headband $25.00
Red/Black/White dress - $20.00
Two Pack Jam - Two equal sized bottles of your favourite jams (125mL). There are a few varieties to chose from!
Jam Sampler- 125ml bottles of brandied cranberry & orange sauce, bumbleberry jam, orange & lemon marmalade, raspberry jam, strawberry jam and wild blueberry jam.

 THIS GIVEAWAY ENDS APRIL 13, 2013




 

10 comments:

  1. This so touched my heart...I am 73 years old and have had a great family life. My heart breaks for all these children who have never had that chance. They desperately need a family to show them love..God has a plan for each of them, but He needs our help in finding that loving home."There but for the grace of God, go I" and you. Pray for these children

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  2. I felt so bad for you after reading about your car troubles. And then so happy that sweet Aaron is finally close to being free of his casts. And then I felt really sorry for Casey, and astonished to hear Simon got no donations yesterday after being "child of the day". I watched his video and it broke my heart, but I had no money left :( I did spread the word for "your" children, and hope some help will be on the way soon. Again, thank you for your awesome work. Don't lose faith, I'm sure there are lots of people out there just getting ready to help these angels!

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  3. (Jolene O'Dell) A couple things first....I'm advocating for Simon on my blog and have advocated for both Jensen and Emmitt! How awesome that they have their families coming for them!

    Donated for Simon and Casey and Emmitt's family! Total amount donated was $141. Let me know if you need the breakdown of who got what beyond the total amount I shared with you.

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  4. Thank you for this. I was right with you until reading this post - no more pity part for me!

    Brooke
    www.MarvelousLoveBlog.com

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  5. It's not only Casey...there's a newly listed boy, "Joseph," and he only has 26 DAYS for someone to file a petition to adopt him! Please Julia would you signal boost him too? I am so scared for him. :(

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  6. Donated to Casey. Keep yelling. God is using you to make a difference.

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  7. Would a family have to be already home-study approved to make it to Casey in time? He breaks my heart! Praying constantly for him! _Kristie Du Sablon

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  8. Two days ago, as I was filling Easter eggs with candy, an idea popped into my head. I decided to put a $5 donation note in five eggs for each of my kids so they could each pick a child to donate to. This helped make the Easter baskets not all about candy and them. If you do a giveaway next year before Easter, you might want to include that as an idea for the Easter baskets. I was really happy to find a way to make our Easter baskets about giving and not just receiving. My kids picked Jack and Jenson, Porter, Barton, Sutter, and Alexei and donated $5 to each of them.

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  9. Kristie - Contact RR and ask them - www.reecesrainbow.com

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  10. Julia,
    I did contact Reese's Rainbow. A family does not have to be homestudy approved. Only the I-600A must be submitted before Casey's 16th birthday in June, and the homestudy can be submitted later. However, my husband and I would not qualify for Casey because we are not 15 years older than him...a requirement in Ukraine (we are 26 and 27.). Praying that God will move mountains! We are discerning God's call on our lives in regards to the countless other orphans in need of a family. -Kristie Du Sablon

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