Thursday, October 20, 2011

IT'S BACK: SHOUT IT FROM THE ROOFTOPS!!!

Guess what??? That whopper of a gigantic donation is back !!!! (Thank you very much paypal for taking our emotions on a nice roller coaster ride the past 24 hours!) and now I can post my SHOUT IT FROM THE ROOFTOPS post! This was supposed to be up yesterday, but I had to quickly yank it back down after paypal decided to rain on my parade!

Before I re-post, though, I wanted to let you know something verrrrrry exciting as well- my fantabulous friend Julia, who has been teaming up with me to find Artem a family, has now upped the ante on our Thousand Gifts Giveaway!

She and her husband are donating two gift cards, valued at $50 each, just to sweeten up the pot a bit!!









How's that for wowzers??? (and THANK YOU to every single person who donated yesterday, and especially to David and Carolyn for helping make it a Wow Wednesday!!:)

so without further ado.....


  (written tuesday morning!)
 SHOUT IT FROM THE ROOFTOPS!!!!!!!

I just checked my email from my phone in bed this morning, hoping to get some good news about Artem.






Every morning it's the same routine- eyes pop open, roll over, check phone...waiting, waiting, waiting for that email that I am sure is to come one day- the one telling me, "Hi, I think I may be Artem's mommy"...or the one from my wonderful friend Michelle Z at Reece's Rainbow, saying, "Go look HERE!"

SO this morning when I checked my phone and saw an email from Julia in ALL CAPS, and a similar one from Michelle Z, asking me if I saw what happened for Artem, I changed my routine a bit- jumped out of bed, frantically rubbed sleep from my eyes, and read my emails from my phone while running to the computer! And if you haven't noticed yet...


HE IS AT TEN THOUSAND EIGHT HUNDRED AND EIGHTY THREE FLIPPING DOLLARS!!!!!!!

Okay, deep breaths here!


SO true confessions here-  I have felt like a total failure when it comes to advocating for Artem lately. I have been blogging my heart out for him since last February, and still he waits. Two nights ago I was looking at my blog stats (never do that on a bad day if you're fundraising) and honestly, I told my daughter Mackenzie, I think I'm going to quit blogging. I was so discouraged, I really meant it. I kept thinking, who would care? Lily's Grammi and Mackenzie (because she moved out this month) and maybe my cousin Glenn (shout out, bro!) but everyone else has other lovely blogs they follow and I suck at this anyway (I know, pastor's wives aren't supposed to say suck, but if you would have seen me in my bad mood the other night, I was indeed saying I suck. But that was last night. New day here!!!! No casual cursing allowed.)


SO anyway, maybe God just wanted to smack my little self-pity-party right down and show me He can handle things just fine on His end of things! Hundreds of people are praying for Artem, hundreds of people are giving, and that sweet little boy IS going to get a family, it's just a matter of time. Do you believe in miracles???




I DO!


SO Grammi and Glenn, good news is Lily's blog will stay up and running for awhile more, and everyone else- you will have to put up with me pleading my orphans' case (or is it cases? someone help me here) all the time on A Perfect Lily! And please, if you can, keep giving to little Artem- we still have ten and a half days to go til the end of the month, and the bigger his grant, the better his chance of a family finding him SOON!  And when you donate, don't forget to leave a comment saying you did, so that you can be entered to win one of three autographed copies of Ann Voskamp's beautiful book, One Thousand Gifts...







...as well as a $50 Target card or a $50 Amazon card!!!



A super huge gi-normous THANK YOU to whoever plopped that incredibly generous donation into Artem's grant fund!!! 







happy, happy, happy HAPPY  day!!!!

p.s. now can someone please find Lily's birth video???;)

20 comments:

Mrs. K said...

Oh yee of little Faith, or should I say "short" Faith. (inside family joke...wait, I am not a joke) ;>)) (smile with a double chin)

YOU HAD BETTER NOT STOP BLOGGING OR GLEN AND I WILL HAUNT YOU AND NOT JUST ON HALLO'S EVE.

Wish you would continue to blog on Notes from Home so I can see my other grandbabies...yes, babies, they will always be Grammi's babies.

So I guess I knew before you that Artem's fund had reached it's goal. I responded to your blog of last night. I also watched the video of the book and fell in love with it. Wish the whole book were in video. xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxox and that is for Artem!!!

Naomi said...

wow!! that is so awesome!!

Leah said...

wow how awesome! I am praying sweet Artem finds his family soon! His sweet smile, touched me when you did the pure love giveaway. I have had those days Patti where I too have wanted to give up but when I come hear to read It makes me want to trust more in God. I know exactally how you feel, I have been advocating since July 2010 for Celine & Cora Lynne since last christmas when I was her christmas warrior and still no families for either of them. I am trusting God knows the right families for them. I will be spreading the word for them at my local step up for down syndrome walk & for Reeces Rainbow. Thankfully I did just this week, & lo & behold the chipin on my Giveaway for Celine went up a bit more. Because of that God has raised $840 for her. Honestly I think I donated to Artem but really the prize does not matter to me because the real prize would be to finally see him have a family. Sorry, for the long comment but I guess since I am "trapped" on my blog I want to write novel on here lol.

Meghan said...

I've been a long time reader but never commented....PLEASE don't stop blogging i LOVE this blog and seeing pictures of sweet Lily! just thought i would share i check your blog daily and always makes my day better when i see a new blog :)

Stori said...

Praise GOD who always gives generously and abundantly :). He is always faithful and I know he will find a family for Artem.

thebauer4 said...

I must have missed something since others are commenting that you should continue blogging. So here are my two cents. I LOVE LILY and need to see her sweet face. =) I am begging you not to quit. & YEAH!!!!! for the funds to have returned, again TAKE THAT HATERS!!!!!!

thebauer4 said...

sorry have to add to my earlier comment because I was soo excited that Artem grant was where you have been hoping for that I wanted to say YEAH!!! before i finished reading. Artem will find a family and it will be because of the fantastic work you all have done to give him anaccount that is huge and because you have gotten the word out about him. You are doing great things soo keep the faith and God will work in his own time. It is very hard for me to remember that but God has it so we just have to wait and watch his master plan. (Keep blogging away, you don't suck!!!)=)

Marci said...

Well, this just made my day so much better! I've been having my own pity party and I decide to check my dashboard one more time to see if there are any good posts to read, and now I'm crying happy tears for Artem! YAY!!!

Thanks for blogging about these orphans Patti, I don't feel called to adopt (at least, not YET) -- but I do feel called to pray and to donate when I can.

nicole said...

I don't care how much you suck at blogging ~ you better keep doing it! Hope you know how to take my sarcasm. Love the picture capturing Lily in a belly laugh.

Pam said...

That is wonderful news about Artem!! I want you to know I enjoying your blog so much and I would hate it if you stopped blogging. I love to hear all about your beautiful little Lily and of course seeing all of her beautiful pictures!!
Just know you are doing wonderful work for all the children at Reece's Rainbow...there should be more people like you in the world :)

Patti said...

lol Nicole:)
Leah, stori, Mom, Pam, Marci,Naomi, Meghan and thebauer4 thank you for your encouraging and kind words:)

Glenn said...

Patti,
Of course I dearly love my little cousin Lily and couldn't bare to not see her smiling face and amazing accomplishments, but your writing, dedication and love for the orphans that so deserve and need it, is what inspires me and keeps me coming back, on the good days and the tough ones.
Glenn

my family said...

so glad we still get to see our sweet lily we sure dont want to see you all go. praise God for that amazing grant fund A's parents will find him soon , I just know it:)

Erin B said...

I am so excited for Artem as this will help his new family find the faith to come forward and bring him home! You are a gift to these children and all of your loyal readers. Keep up the great work Patti, we love you!!

Adeye said...

wooohoooo!!!!!!!! Totally AWESOME, friend. God is sooooo good to provide :)

Rejoicing.

Leah said...

So I have not donated but will in just a sec! God is amazing is he not? wow $11,106.60 & counting!

Leah said...

Just donated, I know its small but like I did in the pure love giveaway I feel like he needs it no matter how small the amount is. "A Persons a Person no Matter how small"

Jennifer said...

Oh my goodness! Praise God!!! WOW!! I was telling my husband about this on our way to life group tonight - and he said, are you sure we're supposed to adopt a girl? :) What an awesome story this is!

And what a blessing your blog is - so don't ever think about quitting! That would just be tragic! You're moving mountains with this blog - $5 at a time - and God loves that and delights in that - and just think of all the people who's eyes have been opened now to sweet Artem and all the other amazing kids like him waiting for their mom and dad!

I am thankful for you and you writing - and your tireless advocacy Lily and Artem and so many others! You rock, Patti - and I'm glad that I clicked on a link on facebook that someone had posted that took me to your blog - because my life has changed thanks to that little click!! :)

NikkiB said...

Donated! :) You BETTER NOT stop blogging!!! Love it :)

Sylvia said...

I'm a new reader to your blog but I love it. Especially love all the pictures of your gorgeous Lilybird and your advocating for the orphan.