I have been so overwhelmed lately at the generosity of strangers. Last month there was such an amazing outpouring of love for the children on Reece's Rainbow, that over $300,000 was raised in grant money during the Angel Tree project...and so far 30 children have had families come forward to adopt them.
As many of you know, our little giveaway last month helped raise over $16,000 for two of those orphans in just a few weeks. This had very little to do with us, and everything to do with the amazing people who heard about the need- and gave.
And I feel like the bonus to all that- the cherry on top, if you will- is the friends I've made in the process of it all...
..Debbie and Cara and Papa Scott and Shauna and Cathy and Katrina and Julie, just to name a few...
The love and prayers and encouraging words that come to my little inbox every day is like waking up on Christmas morning over and over again...
I am so honored that so many would come here to read Lily's story, and walk this road with us...
So, as a thank you to all of you beautiful people who have been pulling and praying and giving for the children on Reece's Rainbow, I am doing a little giveaway here on Lily's blog~
Some of you might remember this fabulous Etsy shop from November..
Sam, the owner, has been crocheting wonderful creations for over 12 years. Her shop is filled with amazing goodies like these...
And for the second time, HappyHooksCrochet is donating a $25 gift credit to one of Lily's readers...
No donations for entries...just leave a comment telling me something about yourself- where you live or what you love or how you came to find your way here.
A winner will be drawn from the comment section Monday night.
*US residents only please, due to shipping costs.
You can leave a second comment for "liking" HappyHooks on Facebook here:
And Lily wanted to tell you about a little birthday present she received today, a week early..
Her friend Nella's Mama asked for her picture today, so that she could be included in a very special birthday celebration over here. Lily and Nella are just one week apart, and what a special gift... to be celebrated among some of our favorite friends at Enjoying the Small Things. Please go wish Nella a Happy Birthday if you haven't already:)
And just in case you have been wondering about these girls, since our giveaway last month...
I wanted you to know that their grants are still rising.
Olga now has $12,709 in her grant fund.
and Kareen now has $3,694 in her grant fund.
I am anticipating being able to announce some wonderful news very soon for Olga. Nothing is finalized yet...but things are in the works right now, so please keep praying as decisions are being made about her.
On that note- if you come to my blog and read that families are inquiring about these girls...please do not hesitate to contact Andrea Roberts at Reece's Rainbow if you are interested in adopting them. So far four families (and those are only the ones I know of- there may have been more) have inquired about Olga, and 3 of these families had to withdraw their applications for one reason or another.
Adoption is a complicated process, and there are so many factors involved in finding the right match for a child and family. So bear with me when I'm hinting at good news- I just can't come here and spill everything because of privacy issues, and also because right now nothing is set in stone. I also don't want to dissuade any families from inquiring about Olga or Kareen by hinting at good things to come.
If you are able to donate to these girls, you can do so by clicking their button on the right, which will take you directly to their grant fund pages. Every little bit helps. Ten dollars might not seem like much, but multiplied by the readership here, it could mean the world to these little girls.
If you are interested in helping with a large giveaway we have planned, please contact me via email. We were so blessed by all the people who asked how they could help or donate to our two giveaways last month, and many readers have asked how they can help with future giveaways. God multiplied what we gave, and I am so excited to see what else He will do next month!
Thank you again, and please don't forget to leave a comment for an entry in the giveaway!