Thursday, August 2, 2012


My life is all about toys these days. Organizing them, cleaning them, tagging them. Sound familiar? Next weekend is the semi-annual children's consignment sale we participate in. These sales seem to be all the rage these days as parents use them to make a little money selling their children's used (or even sometimes new) items while others save a bundle by shopping used.                                                                                  
A few pictures from the Northern Colorado children's consignment sale we participate in, Forever Trendy Kids.
The funny thing is that I don't have children yet (oh please, government official in Ethiopia, change that for me!), yet I'm preparing many items to be sold. Most of our friends have children and have been so great enough to pass them off to us to sell. While this takes time (and I mean some serious time!), we are so appreciative to have the chance to use this as a way to fundraise for our adoption.

I know so many that are scared off from adoption because of the overwhelming financial commitment. Fortunately, there are endless ways to work towards raising that money, one dollar at a time (thank you, Give1Save1!). For us, this has included having booths to sell Ethiopian items at local orphan awareness 5K events, participating in consignment sales, applying for grants, completing t-shirt and coffee sales and of course times when we just downright and with a humble heart ask people to come alongside us in the journey. And without fail, this Give1 community is stepping up every week to help each other out.
                                                                                                                               I would highly suggest pulling out your creative genes when thinking about tackling this large adoption bill. That doesn't have to mean creative as in you can paint stunning artwork like we all know Beth does around these parts, but the options are endless. I found some great encouragement in the book Adopt Without Debt by Julie Gumm. We know of families who have dinners, silent auctions, movie nights and open Etsy shops. Find what fits with your strengths and what works for your family. It really does look different for all of us.                                                                                             
What I think is important to remember through this whole thing is in Philippians 4:19: "And my God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus." This Give1 crew is doing just that. Keep up the good work and donate to the Hauschildt Family adoption fund this week! I just love supporting one another through this journey.

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