Saturday, April 28, 2012

OK...i know you are waiting!

FIRST, a thank you to our children!!!  I am so very very grateful to our girls for all that they did!  Liz donated things that were REAL treasures and i mean this...they were TREASURES to her and she amazed us at her generous heart for giving so much for her brother's behalf! Victoria is growing up and is being a help in helping to care for her little sister and loved seeing her clothes going into her brother's quilts!  Catia has been SO VERY involved in this garage sale in ways that are beyond her eleven years!  She has had such joy in her serving!!!  All three of those girls were helpers with the garage sale itself!  Victoria baked cookies to sell too!  Becky, our "college age 'adopted' daughter -not in reality but in heart, has been a huge help in staying later and coming earlier than her PCA hours and even spending the night and working the garage sale in such a way that she was exhausted from it and going right into a youth retreat weekend where she is a leader.
To point out Ally is needed......she has been an amazing sister since before Scott and i even said YES with both feet to adoption!  I am NOT saying however that she has ALWAYS been smiling and giggling over all of the work that has needed to be done with an adoption BUT i AM going to tell you that this girl is the main reason that the sale happened!  She said that she would do whatever it took to do the sale and she did!  She and Becky priced almost all of the merchandise and THAT my friends you KNOW how big a job that is!  She also worked at organizing the merchandise with Becky again.  Ally has been a powerhouse when it has come to these days of the sale and i will NEVER be able to thank her enough!  She is an amazing blessing in our lives and we are grateful!
OK....the story that i KNOW that you are wondering about..... my girls would come down and get me if someone needed me and on Thursday a couple had asked to meet me as they were adoptees and were on an advisory board for St Cloud.  I went up to meet them and introduced myself, they introduced themselves and they asked about our son.  I explained that he had Down Syndrome and that our daughter did too and THAT is when the miracle happened.  I don't want you to miss this miracle because you may if you don't really take the time to think about it.  Those who worked on Thursday know that it was a very rare thing for me to be out in the garage sale at all as it was insanely busy INSIDE the house and that i was at the exact spot meeting this couple and answering these exact questions in that spot in the HUGE garage sale....ONLY GOD!!!  SO i am telling them about how our son and daughter will be fifteen days apart when i hear a small voice and then see who the voice is within seconds...there stood a young woman...remember i am nearing 46....who was very pregnant with her two small children -one standing with the other in a stroller and she said with a trembling voice and tears filling her eyes, "I'm pregnant with a child with DS".  I was able to let her know that having a child  with DS is a huge blessing and it is hard....sometimes VERY hard BUT it is worth it all!  She was terrified of what the future held. The other couple shared that the adult that was standing with them had had surgeries and was only a little over a pound when she was born and she was doing great!  I let the young lady know that i was so proud of her for continuing with the pregnancy of her child.  I let her know that i was only a phone call away if she needed to talk.  I let her know that Sophina had open heart surgery too and had a PDA and had other procedures but we wouldn't trade her for a single thing that the world has to offer!  Ally came by and let her know that Sophina is a HUGE blessing in her life.  Will YOU PLEASE PRAY for this courageous woman and her family???  Will you please not forget her when you think of our family....pray for her!  Pray that she will be encouraged, uplifted, strengthened and that she will reach out for help!  AN incredible blessing of the WHOLE ENTIRE sale!!!
Ok....i KNOW that you are waiting for the total BUT the total is still not really the total as i seriously have shoppers in my garage right now (from our home school group being helped by Victoria and Catherine).  She is an incredible encourager to me and cheerleader and giver of my bi-weekly hugs!  OH! Plus there are still two other sales left to be added yet in here too....BUT with all of that said.....the total of the two days is $2297!!!!!!!!  Can you believe it?!?!?!  All of us who worked on Friday and knew the total were amazed that we had received over $600 on a day that was so horribly windy and freezing cold.  There had hardly been people compared to the day before....but God!!!
SO this means that we will be fully funded!!!  We have saved and done as much as we could paying for big chunks of the adoption and then you all have given SO GENEROUSLY that the Lord has blessed all of that generosity with His blessings!  WE ARE AMAZED!!!!  We stand in awe of the generosity of you all AND the incredible blessings of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who has been right there with us through all of these months!!!
We are leaving in SIX fact we will be in the air at this point in six days!  WILL YOU PLEASE PRAY us through...even until heaven as we know that our adventure is just BEGINNING!!!  We are so grateful for all of our supporting friends and family!  WE CANNOT WAIT to introduce to you our son!
On Mother's Day, we are praying that we will be able to introduce to you our son and dedicate his life to the Lord at our church....we will all be together that Sunday and it is Mother's Day and we will more than likely be up anyway.  Any time will be overwhelming i am sure for him.
Will you pray? For our time...for our family...for our son and daughters and son-in-law.  For our trip...SO much to pray for! We are grateful for all of these prayer warriors!  I just can't believe that we are almost to the end of the beginning line of our son.  ALWAYS BLESSED, Connie for the crew

Garage Sale-just the thank you! WOW!

OH MY GOODNESS! What a week!  What an adventurous thirteen month process that the Lord has brought us through!!!  I was telling friends this week that i was just trying to hold on for dear life at times. There are things that aren't meant for sharing with the world that have been SO HARD and need prayers and still do.  There are things that are just MEANT for SHARING and this garage sale/ days of creating Ethan's THREE of the FOUR quilts is DEFINITELY one of them!  To thank all of the people that were involved in these two days alone....would be SO hard but i THANK YOU-to all that i have mentioned and to those whom i haven't....we are grateful!!!!!
The results of just the first day by 1:30pm made my knees buckle and fall into Kristin's arms and weep!  Robin was the one who told me and all who were in the room (our kitchen) were moved by God's miraculous provisions!  Our faith was so strengthened!!!
Those miraculous provisions were because people were obedient to what God asked THEM to do....Brenton and Lisa gave of their belongings for our sale in an incredible way!!!  Mark & Jennifer gave a trunk load of items!!! Scott & Robin brought items and worked on Thursday!  Bob & LeAnne gave of their time and items for the sale & bake sale...i think the workers bought a lot of them!  Dawn baked and brought items for our girls to sell-what a hit!!!  Mark & Devona not only baked goods but Mark was our hero to be there BOTH days helping us do things that needed a man's help!  Bethany created beautiful pieces of jewelry to sell.  Rebecca's family brought over some items.  Cynthia created amazing signs with Ethan's picture on it!  SHOPKO gave us two clothing racks to use for two weeks! LOVE that store and appreciated their involvement!  We had Marilyn here, all of the Potter women, Becky-our PCA, Mark (who was already mentioned), Jess, and if i forgot someone....oh my! My brain is fried...this will tell you....i forgot our daughter, Victoria, for our family quilt.....i had written it down but had gotten interrupted and thought that i had done it!!!!  SO please give me grace!  My girls' thank you will be coming later.
THEN there were the women of the quilts!!!  Oh my word!!!  My girls have been amazing!  Helping go through twenty years of clothes that i have saved for THEIR quilts when they graduate, get married, and have their first child.  God put that desire in my life from the time that Lizzie was little so i have clothes in Ethan's quilts that are from Lizzie's birth even! (she is twenty...nearing 21)!!!  Becky and Holly helped! THEN...oh my goodness to thank these ladies....AMAZING sacrificial love was lavished onto this idea of mine!!!  Steph took on WAY more then she ever dreamed she would or could do and did a HUGE amount of incredible work in the middle of her overwhelmingly busy life!!! (Steph let us use her tables too) Krista's ideas were amazing and she has been such an encourager, giver and dreamer in this whole adoption AND in this project! SUCH a HUGE supporter! (oh and she helped with the garage sale in a huge way by providing signs, tables and then some) Pat is one that was called in and within minutes was in our home working on something that she had not thought that she would be involved in but was one of the two MAIN ones who created amazing pieces for our quilt!  The three ladies fed off of each other and came up with blocks that just blew my mind!  THEN there were the ladies who started putting the embroidery on and quilting!  SUCH incredible giving was done here by Cynthia here in town that humbled me....she never had met our family but had read our blog and wanted to be INVOLVED...she has given in ways that we will never be able to repay!  JoAnn's work is just beautiful...she was one who came to me within SECONDS of my announcing in front of church what my idea was to say that she was going to help with the embroidery.....she was completely surprised when she saw it coming together!  Bonnie coming in with such flair and energy and generosity!  Heidi and her family coming nearly THREE hours ONE WAY with her two young children and staying way over her time that she thought that she would be here....her work amazed the other workers! Then there was Linda who said that she would love to help whenever we did do the quilt (now quiltS).  She did a great job!  Betty coming and helping in ways that allowed the other women to not have to be interrupted in their work.  Holly and Kristin coming to help come alongside these ladies and doing what they could.  I have Pete who donated an item that was very special for Ethan's quilt and boy am i proud of how the ladies made it turn out.
Todd and Karri have been so very generous in giving our Sophina a car seat that has been a total improvement compared to what we did have AND they donated a dresser to us that will fit WAY better in our room with the crib and two dressers being in there for the past three years (and will be continuing to be that way for a long time yet).  They have been a huge blessing to our family!  DOING what they can has been done by so many people on our Ethan's behalf AND our family's behalf....SO very grateful!!!
SO many people came from our home school group and i missed MOST of you but my girls tried to keep me up on who had just left!  I got to meet people that i only have known from FB!!! SUCH fun to also meet other adopting families!  People came from all over the place and we are so grateful!  Got to meet a family whose hubby had just gotten off the plane Thursday night from being in court across the world for their child's adoption..four YEARS in the making!  THEY will be leaving in thirty days!  SO wonderful to receive their hugs! PLEASE pray for them! They are Tony and Lisa!
A few people came and just gave without buying anything!  A few people rounded up their totals!  Some people shared their stories with the people who were working the garage sale BUT the next blog is going to share a COMPLETELY OBVIOUS GOD MOMENT that happened on the rare occasion that i was out in the garage sale on Thursday afternoon.  THEN i will also give you the total!
THE BIGGEST THANK YOU GOES TO ALL OF YOU WHO PRAYED!!!!!  THANK YOU for going before the Lord God Almighty and praying on our behalf and thank you SO very much for sharing this sale with your friends....MANY came because of that!!!
We are ALWAYS BLESSED, Connie for the crew

Tuesday, April 24, 2012


EVEN if you do NOT live in our area, YOU still have a job that we are asking you to do!   PRAY PRAY PRAY....SHARE SHARE SHARE with your friends who do live in our area!

We are having a large four family garage sale THIS THURSDAY/FRIDAY. Thursday will be from 7:30-7pm and Friday will be 7:30-5pm. Brand name ladies clothing, furniture, brand name toys, boys clothes, girls clothing from infant to 14/16, men's clothing, plants, books for both children and adults, horse riding gear, horse saddle, upper end decor and lots more! ALL proceeds will be going toward the costs of the adoption of our son, Ethan. 33 Allendale Dr. St Cloud, MN PLEASE PLEASE SHARE IF YOU LIVE LOCALLY as this is a HUGE help to our family's adoption cost needs

We are in need of this garage sale raising $1000 plus!  SO PLEASE COME and buy!!! PRAY and TELL your friends!

ALWAYS BLESSED, Connie for the crew

Thursday, April 19, 2012


OH MY GOODNESS!!!!  Today, we have -as usual- been busy little beavers trying to get ready for Ethan, the garage sale, and seeing if we have things that we need for Ethan for his trip.  I have had many wonderful interruptions....a most wonderful visitor, chocolate & a friend's help, more blocks made by a friend for Ethan's quilt but the BEST interruption of the day included the most incredible news....from one of my dearest friends. I have prayed for this family, prayed WITH this mother, wept WITH and for them, begged for prayers from friends and have told their story to MANY of you!  Well, tonight my friend texted me to let me know that all of our prayers were answered MIRACULOUSLY!!!  ETHAN # 2 is theirs!!!!! Nope, not OUR Ethan but Shannon's Ethan!!!!  It brought me to my knees in our Ally & Ethan's room...i was on the tears as she told me! AMAZING!!!!  AMAZING!!!!  AMAZING!!!
I said, "How could this day get any better!?!"  I went to FB & wrote a post about the incredible miracle & quickly checked my Fb seeing that people had contacted me about some things for the garage sale & also saw that TWO friends had put our blog on stating our need for Ethan's grant up!  I thanked them both and was going to go back to "work" on our stuff HOPING to get something DONE!  THEN, i thought that i should check our blog. I then YELLED to the girls....OH MY WORD!!!!  SOMEONE GAVE A LOT OF MONEY!!!!  I went for my pen and calculator for me....and found that we had been given $415!!!!  That means all we need is to have a great garage sale and we should be able to cover the rest of the expenses for this last trip!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  YES, THIS DAY COULD GET BETTER!!!!!  AND IT DID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Will you PLEASE praise the Lord with us!!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!  Oh my word!  How blessed we are!!!  We are ALWAYS BLESSED!!!  Connie for the crew!!!! to try to get some work done:)

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

NOW, i will tell you WHY!

The Lord continues to amaze me.  He grows my faith over and over again!  I fail to believe and trust over and over again!
Tonight, there were tears once again as i have come to let you know that we will be able to take care of our adoption if our garage sale is what we are expecting and we have another $405.  Yes, you read that right.  You read that correctly.  $405 is all we need (plus our garage sale) to be FULLY FUNDED!!!
The tears flowed freely as i called our Lizzie to let her know what the rest of us heard!  We are in awe of the people who have given and we are ALWAYS BLESSED!!!!  Connie for the crew


Today has been one of my most overwhelming days...yet GOD!!! Just as i was freaking out...a dear friend came to the rescue & said that she has friends that she would try to contact to help us and THEN............

Sophina has a Cheerios book that Ally was playing with her during her supper. OK...back up....this morning our therapist tried once again to have Sophina just TRY to have her TOUCH the PufF cereal to her tongue REALLY fast but try again as she might...Sophina just wouldn't have it. Realize that we have been trying this for MONTHS and MONTHS!!! Back to the story.....
Ally was feeding Sophina while i was going through Ethan's clothes. Sophina finished eating and then Ally tried sneaking in a cheerio AND GOT IT!!! Sophina kept it in her mouth!!!!!! Ally tried again and got it but Sophina spit it out....again, again, again, again, again, again, again, again, and then yet AGAIN and finally she kept it in her mouth for a long time because Lizzie had come over, Mommy was there now and people were excited. She of course, then spit it out but people THIS IS GINORMOUS!!!!!! BUT THAT IS NOT ALL!!!!

My hubby made me cry a few minutes ago. He called at 6:30pm....THIS DOES NOT HAPPEN...he rarely calls before 7:30!!! It was loud where he was at and i couldn't understand him. He said, "Hi" and he hemmed and hahed and i couldn't understand what in the world was going on. He then told me that all of his co-workers surprised him today with a surprise party with lots of food! Well, knowing that food is rare there...i knew that this made his day but to tell you the truth i still couldn't understand why he would be calling me in the middle of it. After a few minutes, he let me know WHY he called. He called to let me know that his co-workers had been planning this for a month!!! They were giving him a party for our son Ethan and our adoption! (i am crying again) What a BLESSING!!!! WHAT A NEEDED UPPER of granting me HOPE and ENCOURAGEMENT!!!! OH how the Lord KNEW that TODAY...THIS DAY was a day when i needed to HEAR this!!! OH HOW GOOD THE LORD IS and how BLESSED we are that my husband has a JOB!!!! A job where the people LOVE him!!! THANK YOU GOD!!! Thank you to the men and women at Scott Lindquist's work....i am so so grateful!


Today has been CRAZY!!!!  We are trying to raise our final funds PLUS get ready for our garage sale NEXT WEEKEND.  PLUS, working on Ethan's QUEEN size quilt-our LONG TIME standing fund raiser that ended this week.  PLUS, prepare for Ethan's coming.  Today...has been VERY overwhelming!
I am stopping to let you all know that we are still in need of $2400 yet PLUS we are praying that we raise $1000 for our garage sale so we can cover our final needed funds for this adoption!  These two things together SHOULD cover our last needed funds.
PLEASE...will you PRAY....for our family-INCLUDING ETHAN ;), for our finances, for our trip-both ways, for the transition, for our garage sale!!!!, and for anything else that you know we will need prayer for!!!  THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL THAT YOU HAVE DONE SO FAR!!!!
ALWAYS BLESSED, Connie for the crew!

Monday, April 9, 2012


We have been confirmed that we will be leaving America on May 4th and coming home on May 12th!!!
We are totally thrilled!!!  This means that we leave in TWENTY-FIVE DAYS!!!  WOW!!!  SO much to do!
We will be landing at 7pm....the day before Mother's Day!  We cannot wait to see you all!

In other news, Jessica and Wes had court today!!!  Danny is no longer an orphan!!! His name was changed today....his name is Colton Daniel!  Praise the Lord with me!!!

Two boys who were orphans are now SONS!!!
ALWAYS BLESSED! Connie for the crew

Friday, April 6, 2012


We will be going to Ethan's country...leaving the weekend of May 5th and coming back the weekend of MOTHER's DAY!!!!!!
Connie for the crew (Ethan's Mommy)

Tuesday, April 3, 2012


Right now, we are thinking that we will be given our second trip dates at the end of the week!  We can't wait to see when we will be bringing our Ethan HOME!!!  We are trying to bring in the last of the money that is needed by having a VERY spontaneous garage sale NEXT WEEKEND...the weekend after Easter.  The girls said that if that weekend is when we are supposed to go get Ethan then they will do the garage sale! HA!  I know that there would be people who would help as that would DEFINITELY be a reason for joy! Otherwise, we would scrap it for another time.
This means that we are at the end of Ethan's grant fund raising.  Ethan has $806 in his grant yet (remember that they don't show what has been used for other needs...our first trip, dossier costs were taken out so it is NOT what it says on our grant...that is the TOTAL that has been raised since Ethan was put onto MY FAMILY FOUND ME).  We have found out an ESTIMATE of our costs for the airplane is around $3300 for the three of us. We also will be needing to stay in the capitol this time and that is MUCH higher in costs for food and hotel than where we were at in Ethan's city before.

We are trying to raise the money with the garage sale-so a LOCAL way of help being brought in, we also  have another LOCAL fund raiser that we are starting in full force and that is PAPA MURPHY's Coupon Cards that have coupons for a 1 topping pizza for $7.99-Med.Lg or Family size/ a 3 topping pizza for $9.99-Med, Lg. or Family size/ Any stuffed pizza for $10.99-Lg or Family size/ Any TWO family size pizzas coupon for $6 off any regular priced pizza/ A free cheesy bread or cookie dough w/a purchase of any regular priced pizza/ Any pizza, any size $2 off any Regular menu price/ Any gourmet pizza for $9.99 for a med, Lg. or Family size/ AND Any 3 family size pizzas for $10 off regular menu price.  We are selling them for only $5 a piece...please catch me at church, or email or FB message me or let me know how many you would like...they don't expire!
Then we are trying to finish the treasured quilt for Ethan that is going to be using all of our clothing that i have saved of our girls' favorite clothes combined with Scott's/mine and Nate's clothes to have OTHERS names embroidered on the pieces of cloth that have donated and asked to be on the quilt.  $20 for your name to be on the quilt.

We are praying that we can get in the last $3000 QUICKLY so we will be fully funded before we leave.  If you can help us, we would appreciate it greatly!!!  Our money says that we are at....$5091...which is really the $806 SO that would mean that we need to have it say $8091 VERY SOON!  We are praying for a mighty miracle!  Will YOU help us bring Ethan home?