The Art of Giving

“Can I donate something to your auction?” The message came from a stranger, a friend of a friend, who lives hours away from me.  I will likely never meet her nor have any significant interactions with her.  And yet she gives freely and joyfully to an online auction we are running. This confounds me. If…

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Introducing Sunshine

It’s amazing how much can change in twelve hours. Plans can change. Needs can be met. Hearts can transform. Mountains can be moved. In twelve short hours, I went from not hosting to bringing this beautiful young lady to our home for Christmas.  Her name is Sunshine. This is not normal for me.  I like…

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Notes from the Yard Sale

Last week, Stephanie and I held a yard sale to raise money to bring Soccerboy back for Christmas.  It was a lot of work, with each of us only getting about 10 hours of sleep in three days.  But it was worth every second. We ultimately raised $1700 toward his return. We are so grateful…

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Introducing Soccer Boy!

Soccer Boy is the child that we have selected to host this summer. (Little Man picked his name…I don’t want to name children on a public blog, but would happy to share it with you personally.  Please refrain from using it in the comments section.  Thanks!) We are extremely excited.  Soccer Boy is about three…

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Nickels and Dimes…

The photolistings of the available children are supposed to come out this Friday.  In order to choose and hold a child, I need a deposit of $550. As of today, I have received cash donations totaling $650!!  This does not include any of the money raised from the hoagie sales.  What a blessing, to know…

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On Being Ordinarily Crazy

I bought my first home six years ago.  The entire house was painted a horrible hospital-white.  With one request, a team of people was mobilized, and in the course of three days, seven rooms were painted with nine different colors.  That’s crazy radical.  I remember my friend Stephen, a brand-new first time father, on his…

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Have You Hoagie’d Yet?

If you are local, have you ordered hoagies yet?  The dealine is the end of this week!  So far, we are about halfway to our goal of selling 200 hoagies.  That’s pretty exciting!  If you would like one (or more than one), fill out the form below and you will be emailed about payment arrangements…

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And So It Begins…

Less than ten hours after I made my first post, and I have heard from several of my friends, from sharing posts to making donations to organizing fundraisers.  I am blown away at how quickly my people have responded to my request.  My cousin is organizing a fundraiser at her work in Detroit–I can’t imagine…

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