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???
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???;)