I800 Approval

We have been waiting for the I800 approval and I got a little excited too early. There were two letters from Homeland Security in our mailbox….so I got a little carried away with myself and did a little celebration dance in my kitchen. Only later to find out that it was our receipt from them. Booooo!  And my apologies to my case worker for the miscommunication! I’m so thankful for workers who put up with all my questions and excitement! They really are the best!

So, we knew it would take around 8-10 days to get the approval so checking the mail the last few days has been a big event. Especially the toddler. She goes up to the mailbox and in the cutest voice says, ” No Mail.” I just love it. Well, today my hubby and I were not home when the mail came. However, my daughter and my mom were!!! I’m so thankful for Saturday mail!!!! So, we received a call from them that was very exciting!

It is getting real!

(And to answer the most popular question….NO…we do not know our travel date)

20150801_163606                                   These three colors on this cookie just make me happy!

Colombia here we come!

Garage Sale Part 2

Early Saturday morning, after only a couple hours of sleep, I went to get change from Walmart.  This went well at 5:00 in the morning, unlike my effort the previous evening. Let’s just say that the “people of Walmart” prevented it from happening. After the obligatory QuikTrip stop, I was off to meet Rebekah and rest of the family, and some die hard friends who helped all day long at the church. People were already waiting outside to start shopping! At 6:00am the sale started and a steady stream of people coming out of the darkness began browsing through all we had. Before we could move all of the big items outside to draw traffic in, we had already started selling things left and right.

An hour into the sale the sun was up and people were still coming. Some of them we knew from church, from work as well as friends and family coming to show their support. Rarely did anyone leave empty handed and some that did made sure to put some money in our donation jar. One of our friend’s children gave us all her Christmas money. The generosity of a child, the steady, unyielding line of people, and the slow but sure disappearance of the massive amounts of donations brought us to tears. Not only were those donations part of the flood of provision that God had promised, but so were the people who came to buy and work at our sale. We know that God will return those blessings to these people as he said he would in Luke 6:38. “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

Home decorations vanished, toys were ransacked and clothing was picked through for hours. Electronics were snapped up, couches and chairs were loaded into trucks. Necia’s Colombian flag cake balls were nearly bought out. Exercise equipment, books, Christmas decorations, luggage, coolers all flew out the door! Still people kept coming. The sale was nearing the end and people just kept coming in the door. There was NEVER a moment when things were slow. For over nine hours God blessed us with eager shoppers. Even as we were bagging up the left-overs to donate to the local children’s home, people were still picking through the clothing. We had to pull the sign at the entrance so that we could have enough time to clean up for the Sunday services.

The sale was a HUGE success. We came into this hoping to make enough to cover the second half program fee or $3750. That’s a pretty tall order for a garage sale. But this was no ordinary garage sale. This was a supernatural move of God in our lives. He was so faithful to provide what we needed to take the next step. After all the money was counted, we made $4000! The remainder of the clothing was donated to the Baptist children’s home. Some other items that didn’t sell were taken to the local John 3:16 mission and a few things that neither charity could use were taken to Goodwill. We wanted to sew into other’s ministries the way others had sewn into our mission. No words could express the gratitude we have for all those who donated items, helped set up and organize, helped clean up and of course, for Silver Creek Church of the Nazarene who donated their building. Thank you all.