Wednesday, April 10, 2013

God is Pleased

I am struggling for words this morning.
 
There are six more days in this stew and I'm staring at a blank screen unable to pull together coherent thoughts.
 
It's not that I am worried.  Too many of you are praying right now and I am being buffered on all sides.  I am at peace that no matter the outcome of this stew - IT IS GOOD!  God is Pleased!!
 
I just don't know how to express what is in my heart.
 
I look around at our table.
 
I see all of our families.  

How can I convey how grateful they are for every single gift bestowed upon them?  So many of you think that 5.00 dollars is too small to offer but I sat in their seat at one point and I know just how precious each offering becomes when you are feeling so needy and so alone.  They are overcome by your offerings.
 
Some of them are being crushed from the outside.  The lack of support from family and friends is wearing them down. 
 
Our offerings help lift them up.  Our prayers carry them.  Our words of encouragement keep them moving forward.
 
They are sitting at our table being blessed on a daily basis by YOU. 
 
I look at our babes.
 
Casey.  Simon.  Barton.
 
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Three boys who are aging out THIS YEAR.  Oh won't someone SEE them.
 
Aubree and Iris
 
 
 
Aubree has arthrogryposis just like Aaron although it only affects her legs.  She is described as a ray of sunshine.  
 
And Iris - So full of love and affection! 
 
Isn't there anyone who needs sunshine and love in their life??? These two girls are just waiting to pour it on!!
 
Porter and Hanson
My two Lost Boys!!

 
 
Jason.
Destined to spend his life trapped unless someone steps out in faith!!
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Frank.  Bobby. Darren.
 
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Frank is at an institute where he doesn't belong.  PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE someone go read his description.  Please!!!!!
 
Bobby - Gentle-souled Bobby with the brown eyes that are full and knowing.
 
And Darren.  He's in a baby house now but soon.... soon he is going to be moved.  He will be thrown in with adults.  No. No. No!
 
I look them.
 
Each of them would thrive in a family. 
 
They would bring such joy.
 
We have six days left to shout to the world!  We have six days left to pour into their grant accounts so that money is not a stumbling block. 
 
We have raised over 26,000.00 for our babes and our families and our Lost Boys.
 
Compared to last year at this time we are farther along. 
 
I was actually surprised to realize that because I have had little desire to try to compare the Giveaways.  I was reading back over last year's posts  as I struggled with writing this post and stumbled upon that statistic.
 
I was surprised but it didn't make me want to rev it up.
 
It isn't a contest.
 
It is an opportunity to come alongside some families who have cliff-jumped.  It is an opportunity to be a voice to some babes who are desperate for family.
 
Pure and simple.
 
God is pleased with what we are doing. 
 
I know this.
 
Whatever the outcome.  IT IS GOOD.
 
I know God is stirring in hearts.
 
Hearts are being stirred to GIVE and BLESS. 
 
Hearts are being stirred towards ADOPTION.
 
Hearts are being stirred to PRAY.
 
That is all that matters!!
 
Let God stir in your hearts today!
 
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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.'"

Last year we had over 500 PEOPLE donate and share.
This year ....
 
 226 people have donated so far...

Annie, Joni, Nicole, Erin, Katrina, Micheala, Kim, Andrew, Leah, Kathy, Daniel
Anne, Debbie, Amy, Lori, Christine, Katie, Pam
Deanna, Hansina, Nakia, Rob, Julia, Kaitlyn, Traci, Monica, Christine, Lisa, Mrs. H.
Debby, Brooke, Amanda, Jason, Erin, Tamara, Trina, Patty, Tracy, Deborah, Alynn
Lisa, Stephanie, Mel, Alissa, Elizabeth, Cathy, Kim, Laura, Beth, Ivy, Sally, Sue
Melanie, Brenda, Crystal, Jed, Karla, Christina, Deborah, Joy, Gina, C.W.
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
Natalie, Chelsea, Tania, Jolene, Beth, S.D., Val, Kalia, Gina, Morgan, K.B.
Pam, Cassandra, F.M., Amy, Ryan, Vanessa, Christine
Kim, Erika, Lisa, Lisa, Sarah, Stori, Gwen, Karla, Carolina, Jo, Virginia
Kim, Sharon, Sandra, Debbie, Carolyn
Annette, Sara, Katie, Kristen, Amber, Connie, Erika, Luba, Kim, Lynn, Tamsin
Candice, Kim, Amy, Loree, Michele, Megan, Nicole. Connie, Cassie
Cheryl, Eric, Sierra, Lauren, Christine, Jamie, Katie, Carol
Jane, Sarah, Lori, Lisa, Paula, B family, Jenny, Andrea, Sarah, Lindsey
Ernie, W family, Kimberly, Michele, Martha, Megan, Patricia, Anon, Kelli, Katie, Beth Ann
Naomi, Kelli, Katy, Cheryl, Mandy, Alle, Kelsey, Thomas, Travis, Mark, Kalia, Theresa
Carolina, Darlene, Susanna, Joy, Erin, Ben, Dave
Kelly, Kerri, Tiffany, Vanessa, Kim, Ivy, Robin, Anna, Stephanie, Kathy, Jamie
Kira, Francine, Casey, Lorri, Sharon, Erin, Anon., Sherri, N. family, Kelly, Alexis
 
 
We have raised $26,636.00 so far in this Giveaway!!

We have had 11 matching grants offered...

Barton met his match
Frank met his match
Bobby met his match
The Taylors met their match
The Unroes met their match
The Johnsons met their match
The Collins met their match

Hanson still needs $241 to meet his match
Porter still needs $250 to meet his match
Darren still needs $1683 to receive his FULL $2,000 matching grant!
 
CHECK THIS OUT...
 
Simon has been offered a $100 matching grant!!!!
 
WOO HOO SIMON!!!

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

These families still need $2,346.00 to meet our first goal!!! 
PLEASE HELP US!!
 
 WOW WOW WOW!!!
 
THE MARR FAMILY - Adopting Alexei RAISED $4264.00
FULLY FUNDED!!!!!
 
 
JON AND ANGELA-Adopting Jack and Jensen RAISED $2838.00 (MET OUR FIRST GOAL!)
THE JOHNSON FAMILY - Adopting FOUR brothers! RAISED $2114.00 (MET OUR FIRST GOAL!) 
 THE TAYLOR FAMILY - Adopting Samuel and Sara RAISED $1660.00  
THE DEUTSCH FAMILY - Adopting Estelle and Gerard RAISED $1576.00
THE BAKER FAMILY - Adopting Emmitt RAISED $1633.00
THE UNROE FAMILY - Adopting Matthew, Jonathan, and Charity RAISED $2350.00 (MET OUR FIRST GOAL!)
THE COLLINS FAMILY - Adopting Sutter Raised $785.00
 

THESE ARE OUR ELEVEN WAITING CHILDREN.... THEY ALL NEED FAMILIES!!

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

THESE CHILDREN STILL NEED $3,628.00 TO MEET OUR FIRST GOAL!!

HANSON - RAISED $364.00

WHEN HANSON'S ACCOUNT REACHES $3279, HE WILL MEET HIS MATCHING GRANT AND AUTOMATICALLY RECEIVE ANOTHER $250!
 
PORTER - RAISED $314.00

WHEN PORTER'S ACCOUNT REACHES $5574, HE WILL MEET HIS MATCHING GRANT AND AUTOMATICALLY RECEIVE ANOTHER $250!
 
JASON - RAISED $362.00
CASEY - RAISED $1230.00 (CASEY HAS REACHED OUR FIRST GOAL!)
SIMON - RAISED $752.00

WHEN SIMON'S ACCOUNT REACHES $1357, HE WILL MEET HIS MATCHING GRANT AND AUTOMATICALLY RECEIVE ANOTHER $100!
 
BOBBY - RAISED $603.00
BARTON - RAISED $1329.00 (BARTON HAS REACHED OUR FIRST GOAL!)
IRIS - RAISED $1445.00 (IRIS HAS REACHED OUR FIRST GOAL!)
AUBREE - RAISED $388.00
FRANK - RAISED $589.00
DARREN - RAISED $1075.00  $2,000 MATCHING GRANT - STILL NEEDS $1426.00

WHEN DARREN'S ACCOUNT REACHES $3,837, HE WILL MEET HIS MATCHING GRANT AND AUTOMATICALLY RECEIVE ANOTHER $2,000!

LOST BOYS - RAISED $965.00

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
 
Sutter

THE JOHNSON FAMILY
Adopting FOUR brothers!
D. V. Little V and Baby K!!
NEEDS $26,160.00 TO BE FULLY FUNDED

THE MARR FAMILY
Adopting Alexei
FULLY FUNDED!!


THE TAYLOR FAMILY
Adopting Samuel and Sara (brother and sister)
NEEDS 25,210.00 TO BE FULLY FUNDED
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THE DEUTSCH FAMILY
Adopting Estelle and Gerard
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THE BAKER FAMILY
Adopting Emmitt
NEEDS 15,800.00 TO BE FULLY FUNDED
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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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THESE ARE OUR WAITING CHILDREN

WOULD YOU PRAY AND CONSIDER??

 JASON 
$1033.00 available for my adoption!!
Jason (1) 
 Casey has until June 2013 to find a family
$1754.00 available for my adoption!!

 BARTON
Barton has until December 2013 to find a family
$1438.00 available for my adoption!!
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FRANK 
$3514.00 available for my adoption!!

DARREN
$2411.00 available for my adoption!!
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$3038.00 available for my adoption!!
 PORTER
$5324.00 available for my adoption!!

SIMON
Simon has until October 2013 to find a family!
$1257.00 available for my adoption!!
  BOBBY
$4084.00 available for my adoption!!
 
 
IRIS 
$12,027.00 available for my adoption!!
  

AUBREE
$5598.00 available for my adoption!!


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.

 



WOW WOW WOW!!

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


 
 
 
 

16 comments:

  1. Total of $25 for now, with $10 for Collins/Sutter, $10 for Deutsch and $5 for Darren.

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  2. $50 for the Deutsch family, $50 for Darren. I want to see him get that big ol' grant ;-)

    Actually, I just want to see him get a family.

    Virginia

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  3. total of &10----Johnsons/Simon Peggy Cannon cannonpg@yahoo.com

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  4. I donated to the Collins Family for Sutter and for waiting Casey. I'm off to share on FB. May God bless your efforts!

    Cathy Thompson

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  5. I donated $5 to the Unroe family and $5 to Aubree.

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  6. Just donated: $125 total, as broken down below:
    Taylor, deutsch, Baker, and Collins families $10 each ($40)
    Johnson, Unroe, and Jon & Angela families $5 each ($15)
    Hanson, Porter, Darren, Jason, Simon, Aubree, and Bobby $10 each ($70)

    Elaina Lawrence

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  7. Donated $10 to Emmitt's family and $10 to Darren.

    Jaime Kirkpatrick

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  8. The Stephens Family
    $50 The Johnson Family
    $100 Darren

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  9. Donated $5 to Jon and Angela to bring Jack and Jensen home.

    Donated $5 to Iris, the big sister any child should have.

    $10 total.

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  10. Just donated $20 to Jon and Angela for Jack and Jenson
    $10 to sweet Aubree
    $10 to get Darren his grant :)

    Thank you again for making this possible and blessing these children and their families

    Kelly Guppasgal@yahoo.com

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  11. Donated to Darren and Shared! xoxo

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  12. 60 to the Collins family and 40 to Aubree....Jim and Sherrie Duval

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  13. We donated $25 to the Collins family, $25 to the Baker family & $10 to Casey (waiting child). God Bless! Laura & Sam Lewis

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