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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

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I know several have asked me the results of our yard sale. At first I was disappointed and discouraged that we did not meet our goal. But then I realized that, though this is true, Jesus is still the same and God still loves adoption!

We are tired, and we are sunburned. We now know that Memorial Day is not the best day to hold a yard sale but....

Here is what God did do:

Brought in approximately $725 total!!
Rallied our best friends around us, to help us, encourage us, and just be with us.
Gave us more opportunities to build relationships with our neighbors.
Allowed us to share how God laid Ethiopia and adoption on our hearts with strangers.

And knowing God and how He works, I am sure that He did things that I am unaware of!

Praise GOD!!

So, yes, we are short the money we need for the next step, but yes my God is still in control, and He still has a perfect plan. Right now we are trusting Him for that and will continue to do what we can on our end. We know He owns a cattle on a thousand hills, so this $1300 that we still need is nothing to Him! What an amazing thing to know!! I'm resting in His timing at this point.

Here are a few (unedited - too tired) photos of our sale.

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No, that is not our garage - it is our neighbor's. He does chicken bbq's out of it! We are working with him to do a fund raising bbq sometime this summer!

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Thank you for your prayers, your encouragement, your emails. They all mean so very much to us. I hope to take a few moments this morning to catch up on emails.


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6 comments:

Tammy ~ Country Girl at Home ~ said...

Hi Tiffany,

Wish I was close enough to have come! It looks like a great yard sale! Walking through this adoption journey has been a walk of faith for us too....here we are this close to our TA and all of our funds aren't there either...so I KNOW what you mean....we're trusting God will provide because He's gotten to AND through each step! Praying for you all!

Oh, and thanks for the sizing info for Luke!

Hugs,
Tammy

Rachel said...

Your yard sale looks fabulous!!!!! It would have been one I certainly would have stopped at -- looks like you had lots of great stuff.
Congrats on the money earned. I'm going to pray that the Lord blesses you ten fold!

Checking out the site. It looks like one I will love.

Rachel

Laura said...

WOW! It looks like the yard sale was huuuge. I know how much work that must've required for you to put all of that together. I know your goal wasn't quite reached, but to still hear you praising God...you are amazing! How beautiful to witness : ) You are right, our God IS BIG, he LOVES adoption, and He WILL provide! He sees all the hard work you are putting into this child (whom you haven't even officially met yet!) and I believe that is why He picked your family. Not many of His children could/would take on something requiring this much trust, and FAITH. I know we don't know one another Tiffany, but I am so blessed to be in contact with you through blogging. I pray for you, your family, and the baby daily. I am proud as a fellow believer to call you guys my family in the Lord. So many prayers and blessing to you, my friend!

Anonymous said...

what a cute neighborhood! How awesome that you are still praising God even though you didnt make your goal! God is great!

Tiffygator said...

I'm sorry you didn't meet your goal, but you are right God will provide in time. It looks like it was a great sale. Will you do another one with the leftover stuff?

I'm one of your fellow AWAA adoptive parents. I just wanted to stop by and say hi. I have been enjoying your blog.

Mark and Wendy said...

Hi! I "know" you from the AWAA yahoo group, and came to check out your post since we, too, are feeling the pain of a poor Memorial Day yard sale! We only brought in about $300, and my sister and I did the sale together to split the money (she's going with Visiting Orphans to Ug/Eth this summer). So, not worth it in terms of money, but I'm sure God is working out something beyond that! But congrats on over $700 in a weekend!

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