A couple of weeks ago, we announced that our friends had graciously offered their home for a house show fundraiser, but to be honest, we weren’t sure what to expect. Will people even come? Will they like the items we made? How many items to make and bring? Will the weather cooperate? These questions ran through our heads leading up to the day’s event. As 10:00 a.m. rolled around, the house began to fill with people clamoring to buy one of Kendal’s wooden signs or Colin’s cutting boards. Bath bombs, baby quilts, cake pops, and other handmade items were going quickly. Over the next three hours friends, family, and friends of friends stopped by with genuine excitement.
The event turned out to be a huge success! Though we really had no idea what to expect in terms of fundraising, the total was more than we could have ever imagined, and gave us a big boost toward our fundraising goals. Certainly, while we are enormously thankful that the show was a very effective fundraiser for us, the more incredible part of the day was the outpouring of love and support we received. It was, and is, amazing to us that there are so many people who want to help us and be involved in making a difference in our lives. Those who stopped by encouraged us in our journey and shared stories of their experience with adoption and infertility. Friends and strangers alike spoke kind words of support and love. These words strengthened us to stay on the path, committed and hopeful for the blessings to come.
For everyone who was involved, we cannot thank you enough. Our family made snacks and treats to enjoy, dear friends donated items to sell and auction, local businesses also donated items and profits to our journey, and total strangers stopped by to show support and purchase a few items. It was an incredible day, and it was hard to put into words the emotions we felt once it was over. But one verse stuck out in our minds:
Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. – Ephesians 3:20-21