Wednesday, April 3, 2013

God's Sense of Humor

Can I just say that the God I serve has a wry sense of humor.
 
He is forever getting us to do what we vow we would never ever do.
 
The Baker family is a great example.
 
Back in December I was raising money for a few of my Angel Tree babes. 
 
My sweet Emmitt was on the Angel Tree and so naturally - he was one of my babes.
 
 
We were trying to raise $1,000 for him but also trying to raise awareness.
 
BEGGING FOR A FAMILY for a boy soon to age out.
 
Sound familiar?
 
Well....
 
My blog weaved its way to a family who was not new to adoption.  In fact they were just getting ready to cross the ocean to get their newest little guy ( the cute little smiling boy in the orange striped shirt).

 

 
 
When Alynn Baker (the mom) stumbled upon my blog and saw Emmitt's face... well.... She said NO WAY LORD and then... to make herself feel better - she donated some money into his account and set her heart to go get her newest son.
 
She won one of the prizes in my giveaway.
 
One of the Pick A Child prizes.  I sent her a message and she e-mailed me and told me that she was drawn towards Emmitt but that she was in the middle of an adoption AND THERE WAS NO WAY she could do another.  So she donated the funds to Emmitt and again set her heart on her newest son.
 
But the NO WAY LORD words kept getting crowded out in her heart by a still small voice that kept whispering .... He's your son... He's your son!!
 
Yes - God has a sense of humor.
 
He loves taking our NO WAYS and making them YES's! 
 
He also loves taking crazy endeavors like Angel Tree Giveaways gone mad to help a busy and overwhelmed Mom SEE her son!!
 
That's why we are doing what we are doing!!
 
Insane Giveaways with crazy goals and nailbiting stress!!
 
So our Adoption Loving Lord can whisper into hearts and call out families for our babes.
 
At the beginning of March I was informed through the grapevine that my Emmitt had a family in pursuit.  I didn't know who it was but when I received an e-mail from Alynn... well.... I LAUGHED OUT LOUD!! 
 
God picked an AMAZING family for Emmitt. 
 
He is going to fit right in with them.
 
They are well versed in special needs and institutes and orphanages and hurting babes.  They love the Lord and love orphans.  You can't get any better than that!
 
Of course they need help. 
 
They just finished an adoption and are going right back out. 
 
Emmitt was part of our Mulligan Stew last year and the Angel Tree this year.  The combination of that plus what the family has raised so far is about $5,000.00. 
 
They need about $24,000.00.
 
 
I cannot wait until Emmitt meets his new family.  I cannot wait to see the pictures of his face when he realizes that someone has FINALLY FINALLY come for him.  He has waited so long.  Let's join together and help this family cross that ocean and get him!
 
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.

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE PRIZES 

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 ....
 
 84 people have donated 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
Natalie, Chelsea, Tania, Jolene, Beth, S.D., Val, Kalia, Gina, Morgan, K.B.
Pam, Cassandra, F.M., Amy, Ryan, Vanessa, Christine
Celeste, Karen, Jason, Kim, Erika, Lisa, Lisa, Sarah
 
..... PLUS a whole bunch of anonymous donors...
 
IF YOU HAVEN'T GIVEN - IF YOU HAVEN'T SHARED - PLEASE DO SO!!

EVERY SINGLE DROP IN THE BUCKET MATTERS.
 
We have raised $9989.00 so far in this Giveaway!!


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

We need $7,130.00 to meet our first goal!!! 
PLEASE HELP US!!
 
JON AND ANGELA-Adopting Jack and Jensen RAISED $2111.00 (MET THE FIRST GOAL)
THE JOHNSON FAMILY - Adopting FOUR brothers! RAISED $889.00
THE MARR FAMILY - Adopting Alexei RAISED 514.00
THE TAYLOR FAMILY - Adopting Samuel and Sara RAISED $649.00
THE DEUTSCH FAMILY - Adopting Estelle and Gerard RAISED $1348.00
THE BAKER FAMILY - Adopting Emmitt RAISED $802.00
THE UNROE FAMILY - Adopting Matthew, Jonathan, and Charity RAISED $557.00
 
 
THESE ARE OUR TWELVE 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!!

WE NEED $9,400.00 TO MEET OUR FIRST GOAL!!

PLEASE HELP PORTER AND BARTON GET OVER THE 100.00 WALL!!!
 
HANSON - RAISED $112.00
PORTER - RAISED $90.00
JASON - RAISED $128.00
CASEY - RAISED $1033.00 (MET THE FIRST GOAL)
SIMON - RAISED $239.00
BOBBY - RAISED $108.00
SUTTER - RAISED $157.00
BARTON - RAISED $91.00
IRIS - RAISED $238.00
AUBREE - RAISED $172.00
FRANK - RAISED $175.00
DARREN - RAISED $411.00

LOST BOYS - RAISED $165.00

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
Click here to get to their grant account
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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!!

 
 
THESE ARE OUR WAITING CHILDREN

WOULD YOU PRAY AND CONSIDER??
 
        IRIS                                                          AUBREE
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!
 

                                        
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!!!

CLICK HERE TO SEE PICTURES AND DETAILS
$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


5 comments:

  1. This is just so awesome. I love to see God's love for orphans!

    $25 for the Marrs, $25 for the Taylors, $25 for the Bakers, and $25 for Simon. It sure is hard to choose!

    Love, Virginia

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  2. Dear Julia ~ I think God gave you a belated Christmas Gift!! : ) I know He adores you!

    1) I donated to Barton today. Sweet Boy! Oh, I want to see him be someones Son!
    2) I donated to THE TAYLOR FAMILY - Adopting Samuel and Sara. What a precious family! Those two are meant to be together!!

    I'll be doing more later today. Love You! Jo

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  3. What can I say? I cried as I read about the Baker family and Emmit. Last week as I carefully planned my budget for this month and realized how tight it is I felt really sorry for not being able to help more kids. Of course I kept coming here every day to check the progress of the Mulligan Stew as well as get some news from Super Aaron & Pooh Bear. But I had sadly decided that NO WAY LORD could I donate anything this month... until Emmit. Yes, I couldn't stop myself from giving 20 to Emmit. Don't bother adding me to the giveaway, though, I doubt it includes internation shipping! ;)

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  4. Praise God for your obedient heart. So grateful for your honest words especially when I just lost me temper again! Thanks for being real. Just donated to Emmitt, Unroe, frank darren,Iris, barton. $250 total.
    Karla Hornstra Akwa kakwamd@yahoo.com

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  5. I finally got my Harvest international donation for the lost boys to go through. Just in time as today is my sons bday and that is what he wanted for his bday, a donation (taht and he wanted to mail some of his toys and a cross to Aarons old institution : ) he is a sweetie!
    Kim
    kknipp@kc.rr.com

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