They are such a wonderful family, the twins are going to be sooooo blessed. Here's the irony. It costs a lot of money to adopt orphans. Fees for the agency, fees for the government, fees for background checks, fingerprints, home studies, and travel fees to go get the kids. The good news is, God will provide. Hopefully through the generosity of the people that know and love them, and through perfect strangers who believe giving 2 orphans a home is worthy of some of their latte money.
Here's my latest project. I already mentioned in my last post how much I love this apron. Is that tacky? I don't normally toot my own horn, but I love this fabric. And I bought the last of it from the fabric store - where there wasn't much left. The apron has long ties to wrap around to the front. It is made with quality fabric, and is lined and top-stitched.
I think this would make a great Christmas present for a wife, mom, aunt, niece, grandma, daughter, daughter-in-law, cousin, sister...you get my point. Or buy it for yourself! Who doesn't need a cute new apron, that helped bring 2 orphans home to their forever family?
I'm posting my lame photo of myself in the mirror until I get a picture of my neighbor wearing it. Bear with me. Or is it bare with me?
Now the boring albeit necessary auction details....
The auction begins NOW, and ends Thursday 9:00 pm PST. You place your bid by posting a comment in THIS POST with your bid amount. Please bid in increments of $5 - and higher. Let's start it out slow and give everyone a chance to bid. I LOVE my high-roller bidders, but I don't want people to start thinking it's not worth it to try! Whoever is the highest bid at the time the auction ends (9:00pm - thursday) is the winner.
Shipping costs are covered to anywhere in the 50 states.
The entire amount of the winning bid will go directly to the Berry Family Adoption Fund. I will give you details of where to send the check.
Let's start the bidding at $10
Let the bidding begin!
*****If anyone wants to post a link from their blog to my blog, I would be ever so grateful.
This is my kick-off project....there will be more items to come!
I finished it tonight (I guess technically it's early morning) and I'm so excited to post this new item. This could be, my most favorite item I've ever made. And I've made a lot of things. I love love love this fabric. And this thing, it can appeal to anybody, or everybody. If you're starting to think at all about Christmas, you will definitely have somebody you can buy this for.
Where is it, you ask? Well, I need a model. I'm tempted to upload the cruddy pictures of myself in the mirror, but then I have to make the creepy walk out to the office in the dark to upload the pics from my camera to my computer, and well, I'd rather not. So in the morning, I'm thinking 9-10am~ish I will get them up!
Remember ~ This is the first of my "Project BlackBerrys" stuff I'm working on. Let's bring those beautiful children home!!!!!
My sister-in-law (Luke's sister) Lisa, made these darling stockings. They are beautifully made, and lined inside. She has such an eye for fabrics (I love the polka dot contrast!).
The auction is for both stockings - they come as a set. (They would make a great gift for newlyweds!)
The auction begins NOW, and ends Thursday 9:00 pm PST. You place your bid by posting a comment in THIS POST with your bid amount. Please bid in increments of $5 - and higher. Whoever is the highest bid at the time the auction ends (9:00pm - thursday) is the winner.
Shipping costs are covered to anywhere in the 50 states.
The entire amount of the winning bid will go directly to International Justice Mission (IJM) who does an awesome job at rescuing oppressed peoples - child prostitutes, slaves, widows whose land is stolen, and the list goes on.
Let's start the bidding at $10
Let the bidding begin!
Don't forget to tell others about the auction. You can send out an e-mail to EVERYONE you know, post about it on Facebook, myspace, or YOUR BLOG (my favorite way to communicate!)
For those of you new to this blog and auction business, my purpose is to try to DO SOMETHING in the fight against the MILLIONS of oppressed people. Right now in 2008, there are people being physically bound in slavery. Some are labor slaves. Some are sex slaves. Some are held in chains. Some held at gunpoint. Some held psychologically with threats to harm them or their family members. And others are held physiologically as their captors have gotten them addicted to drugs like meth, so even though they want to escape, the addiction keeps them bound to their owners.
All that's horrible right?
Now picture it happening to kids. Young kids. 7, 6, 5....as young as 3 year olds! Yes, there is a premium price for virgins. The younger they can find, the better guarantee of the "purity".
It is absolutely SICK.
The problem is SO HUGE, it's easy to get paralyzed into INaction.
This is my attempt to at least wiggle my pinky toe. I refuse to sit back and do nothing. And while this isn't much right now, it's motion, and builds momentum, and HOPEFULLY will inspire a few more to not be paralyzed too.
goal right now is to raise money for the people who can actually go to these places and rescue these people. These kids. And to PUNISH the perpetrators. And to bring JUSTICE to those who are being imprisoned in a life of shame, humility, and physical abuse.
Please keep checking back on the blog. I am going to be giving tangible ideas on how you can DO SOMETHING too.
While I get my act together for Project BlackBerrys, I am going to list one more auction for IJM. My sister-in-law saw the other auctions and heard Gary Haugen speak and felt led to make something to auction off for the organization.
So check back, I hope to have it (them) listed later today....
Most of the time when I walk into a room, I get the "she looks familiar, but I don't know where from" look. Or maybe just a blank stare, as there is no recollection what-so-ever. I'm vanilla. A Plain Jane. Nothing stands out. Nothing rememberable. I'm not saying I'm ugly, just not memorable. It's okay. I've gotten used to it. I guess it's better than being recognized by my big fat neck goiter or something, right? (No offense to anyone with neck goiters). (And please don't feel the need to comment that I am NOT plain, or that I'm NOT vanilla. I'm not fishing for compliments. It's just fact. My unscientific studies have proven it).
And then in walks Luke. And people who have only met him like one time, like 20 years ago, instantly know who he is....and now they know who I am....."Luke's wife".
These are actually not very becoming pictures of either of us, but one of the kids took them, and I thought they were interesting.
Luke definitely has a unique look. But I am not sure it is just that. I think he has a personality that people are drawn to, and remember him because of it. He was that kid in school that was popular but didn't even know it. He was "cool" without even trying. (If any CVHS alumni are reading this and disagree - feel free to post! Maybe I've got my perceptions wrong).
So yesterday I'm at a birthday party sans Luke, and halfway through the party I get the "hey you're Luke's wife, right?" from the brother of my friend (who is the host) and who I knew before he even knew Luke. And what I wanted to say was "Yah. I'm the wife of the guy you ONLY know through your sister, through ME. That's me. His wife."
Now "friend" if you are reading this, don't feel bad about your brother. It happens all the time, this just happened to be the most recent, thus the focus of my random post.
We had a joke awhile back where he would call me "Mrs. Luke". It was from some movie, can't remember which one. It always prevoked a serious eye-roll. Who knew how true it was?
This my friends, is what it's like to be Luke's Wife.
I think what bothered me most about this "meeting" if you will, is that I feel like he was grouping me into this "society" he perceives. This middle-class, wasteful, plastic-happy, SUV-driving mom, trying to feed a homeless guy to make herself feel better and check off charity work in her bucket list.
Yes. I am bothered because I felt homeless guy judging ME.
We tried out a new pumpkin patch last weekend - the one at the fairgrounds. Let's just say that my kids now equate pumpkin patches with (over-priced) rides and jumpy houses. Still, it was a good time. We met some (relatively new) friends Chris, Shauna & Isaiah there (& Isaiah's grandparents).
I love this picture because it captures Zeke and the infamous "pointy finger". He points all day long at everything he sees. It's adorable.
Genevieve enjoying a $3 ride on the carousel....
catching a ride....
and a video of Zeke walking, because I love the toddler walk -it never gets old
Luke and 2 of the 3 kids left to go 4-wheeling/camping this weekend, so I decided to get some take-out for me (I already fed Zeke an uber-nutritious meal earlier, OF COURSE). I pulled into the parking lot of Taco Del Mar and I see a homeless man a few feet from the entrance and right in front of the parking spot I was pulling into. He kinda looked like thisonly with a thinner face, and possibly...handsome beneath all that hair. And he was wearing layers and layers of...what looked like large cloth bags.
I panicked, reversed, and decided on another spot where I could avoid homeless guy.
And then it hit me.
Why? Why am I trying to avoid him?
In fact, I think I hear God telling me to BUY HIM DINNER.
So Zeke and I approach him and I ask if I can buy him dinner.
He had a gentle face.
Homeless Guy: "I'm not sure. I'm trying to decide" (Looking back I think he thought I asked if he was going to eat dinner, not if I could buy it for him)
Me: "trying to decide if you want to eat? Or decide if you want to eat here?"
Homeless Guy: "both I guess".
Me: "okay, well I'm going to buy myself some dinner. You can let me know when I come out".
So I go get my taco salad and come back out.
Me: "I'd really like to buy you dinner".
Homeless Guy: "That's okay"
Me: "Well I really think the Lord is telling me to buy you dinner, and I want to obey"
Homeless Guy: "I think that plastic thing in your son's mouth is the problem" (referring to Zeke's pacifier)
Me: "Um, okay. I'll take it out, now can I buy you dinner?"
Homeless Guy: "You're focusing on appetite and that plastic is the bigger issue. I'm okay, I had lunch".
Me: "Okay, take care"...
So there you go.
I'm not sure what to do with all that. I really thought God was telling me to buy him dinner. I didn't mean to blow the guy off when he started talking about plastic and stuff, but I was so caught off guard.
The thing is, the guy didn't seem crazy. I know the conversation sounds kinda crazy. But he wasn't. He seemed normal. He was more concerned with my son sucking on plastic than about his own belly - which may or may not have been hungry.
This guy has a story. Don't know if I'll ever know what it is, but there's a story.
What's the lesson?
I'll have to get back to you on that one.
And yes, I am thinking about Zeke sucking on plastic now....
Tuesday night was the much anticipated IJM Benefit Dinner. Good times had by all. I'm so bummed that I didn't take a picture of our table (thanks for coming Amy M, Bea & Liam!), or the other Cornerstone peeps there with us =(.
Luke, Amy, Kelli & Dave
****No, Luke is not wearing a "cape" haha. That is my jacket in my hand hanging down behind his back.
**********And yes that is a burger king cup in his hand. Him and Dave stopped for a little more nutrition (haha) on the way home. Apparently the dinner didn't *quite* fill them up.
I am still doing the drawing/freebie. BUT, it will probably not be tomorrow. But hey, it's my blog so I can procrastinate.
Right now I am brainstorming my next "project" - that I am VERY excited about. I am veering a bit from the 'save the world' category, to a 'save 2 specific kids' direction. Giving them a family. Not my family, sad to say, but a totally awesome family in San Diego. In fact, the big BB himself was one of the pastor's that married my sweet hubby and I...or is it hubby and 'me'? They have found their other 2 kids halfway around the world and are preparing to bring them home after the new year. I could never do their story justice, so go read about it here - I promise it's not too long!
It's going to cost some coin to bring these kids home, so I am hoping & praying to be a little help to that. Once again, trying to turn my few bucks (and time) into some big bucks that will put a dent in the costs.
Check back to see what's going on with "Project BlackBerrys"!
I've been busy! I made this little crayon holder for my niece Paige for her 4th birthday. It holds those little mini Crayola Twistables (which I love, because they don't break!)
I also made her a little coloring book
And here is my fancy-shmancy cam-corder strap. Why I felt the need to doll it up...I don't know. It's the small things in life sometimes...
Guaranteed I will be able to recognize it if it's ever lost in a sea of other cam-corders! But who am I joking. I don't take this thing anywhere anymore. That ended with the arrival of kids numbers 2 & 3. Ha! I'm pretty sure by doing this I have ended the chance of Luke ever carrying this in public. I guess I could have picked something a little more manly than strawberries...
I also made our friends daughter a dress for her 2nd birthday. Completely forgot to take a picture of it though. I'm going to have to see if I can still do that. I'll post when I get one.
Can i just tell you again how awesome all you blog followers are!?!
I am completely humbled by the generosity of you peeps!
Oh, I can't wait until Kelli gets her painting. I hope every time she looks at it she will remember how her faithfulness to support such a worthy ministry helped FREE someone from oppression. I hope this painting will always be a reminder to her family of God's faithfulness to His people.
Thank you everyone who not only bid, but who watched the auction (I know there were LOT'S of you watching, both because of my site counter, and because you told me!)
Praise God! I am so encouraged.
Can't wait to post my little drawing give-away.....coming soon!