If you are praying for Olga, I just want to let you know....you are the secret of what is happening for Olga.
I was up late last night, and early this morning doing what I am sure each one of you have been doing on behalf of Olga....crying out to God for a miracle.
I am so thrilled at what God has done so far- $11,279 is a fantastic number.
But it's not enough.
It won't matter to Olga if we got her half way there.
My son, Caleb, came into my room and saw me crying and praying, a big puddle of a mess on my floor. He said the sweetest thing..."God won't let us down, Mama. He knows how hard we've been working."
I do believe God cares more about Olga than I do. I do.
But I also believe God calls on US to act, and to pray. Honestly - I've been a Christian for 25 years and although I don't "get" all the dynamics of prayer - but I have seen it work. I've seen miracles happening - I AM seeing miracles happening.
So during the next 38 hours, will you be storming Heaven for Olga? Will you pray like you've never prayed before?
I don't just want to see her reach $25,000...I want a family to come forward for her.
I can't even tell you how that breaks my heart because I would love to be that family. That's just not possible because of income requirements, etc.
Can you please pray someone comes forward? Can you imagine the kick that would give our little giveaway?
While I was praying this morning I really felt strongly that God wants us to pray more for a family than for finances right now. (but don't stop praying for that too!) Because if people saw a family alongside her picture - if people knew that this was REALLY going to happen - imagine the impact.
I know you will pray. I know you would have prayed without me even asking. I'm not pretending to be a spiritual giant or awesome Christmas Warrior...I'm just a little stay-at-home mama who loves her family and wants Olga to have one too.
And while we're on the subject of sprititual warfare...
I just need to tell you - this almost didn't happen.
When Stephanie first made her plea for Olga, she put a chip-in box on her blog for her. I gave, a number of others gave. But there was something wrong with the link on the chip-in, and the donations never went through. Those of us who gave didn't know til later when we got a message from Paypal ...and if the others were like me, they don't always read messages from Paypal that come randomly to their inbox. My friend, Nicole, who kept "reminding" me about Reece's Rainbow (thank you, Nicki :) ) pointed this out to Stephanie and me...and Steph took the chip-in box down and sent people directly to Reece's Rainbow. (She was a bit leary of using the chip-in after that episode).
So yesterday, Michelle Zoromski from Reece's Rainbow emailed me...and before I tell you what she said- can you be praying for Michelle? All those donations that come through Reece's Rainbow, all the accounting, all the hours upon hours of work it takes to do what she does for the angel tree project? SHE VOLUNTEERS. You heard me right. She doesn't get a dime.
Here's what she emailed me:
There's a story about how Olga almost never even made it on to the Angel Tree, because of a mix-up ........... I had an "Olga Crisis" in October, trying to get it all sorted out! The short version is she was mixed up with another Olga & the wrong picture / girl went on the AT at first, instead of "your" Olga.
So the fact that this is happening for her now? Amazes me.
A number of other things have been happening...my computer crashed for several long hours the other day...our internet went out last night - for a LONG time - our whole area lost service. I was panicking thinking I was going to have to spend the next 38 hours at a Dutch Bro's or the library with my husband's laptop.
Last night I happened to be online at one a.m....surprise...plotting, praying, contacting, etc..and I got this little note from photobucket that said my account had reached its limit of photos and everything had been deleted!!!!! If you have no idea what that means - I don't upload my photos from my computer to blogger - I copy the code from photobucket after I upload and resize them there. (That's how I get nice big clear pictures in case you wondered.) So here I was about to LOSE all of my blog - months of pictures of Lily, everything I have poured my heart into, gone...as well as all the photos in the giveaway. And yes, I could have found them all on various hardrives and computers throughout our house and copied and pasted them into a year's worth of posts. But I do NOT have time for that right now! I immediately went to a "pro" account with photobucket (nice little ad for you there, photobucket, thanks for almost giving me a heart attack at one this morning!!!) and voila - my pictures are still there.
And those little "battles" are just the tip of the iceberg. I will spare you the gory details, because this is NOT all about me...but somebody out there doesn't want this little girl to find a home...and I feel the heat.
I have 250 unaddressed/unmailed Christmas cards sitting on a pile on my table...I have Christmas shopping that hasn't been done, nothing wrapped, nothing baked, my laundry is rivaling Mount Everest...but you know what? I COULDN'T BE HAPPIER!!
My brother and I have this little joke on Christmas - he always texts or calls me and says, "This is the best Christmas EVER!!!!" Just a throw back to our childhood days.
I can't wait to text him this year and say, "This is the best Christmas ever!!!!"
Not because I got the motherload of scrapbooking supplies. Not because we spent the holidays doing everything exactly right - cards out on time, shopping done, baking every day, etc....
But because Olga got a family.
Please, God- let Olga find her family.
If you're out there and you could be her family and you're reading this...please...from the bottom of my heart...
Rescue our Olga.
Thank you to every single one of you who has emailed me with words of encouragement - you can't possibly know how much it means to me. This isn't about me, this is about Olga. But I am pretty caught up emotionally in this whole thing, and your kindness and love goes a long way. A long way.
Please - for the next 38 hours - storm Heaven.
Do you believe in miracles?
Cuz I do.