Help us fill their stockings

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We are so excited to share a way for you to be part of a wonderful - and fun - opportunity this Christmas. We hope to make a difference in the lives of some very special children Christmas season: orphans in China under the care of Half the Sky, An Orphan’s Wish and Pearl River Outreach. And we need your help to do it! WHO: Lisa, Diana and Stefanie WHAT: We will be hosting 12 Days of Giveaways... for a total of 36 prizes to be given away just in time for Christmas giving (or keeping!) WHEN: Between November 25th and December 21st WHERE: Our blogs - … [Read more...]

summer wishing

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Today marks the halfway mark in our Summer Wish campaign. And we are 48 sponsors short of realizing our wish. To fully fund the available sponsorships at An Orphan's Wish. Individual child sponsorships are available. For kiddos like Ellira. Who has made huge strides since arriving into our Clubfoot Unit. And Landon. Who has a heart defect, but he doesn't let it stop him from loving life. And the occasional ice cream cone. And Amy. Who lives in our Residential/CP Unit. And is just the cutest thing. AOW General Child … [Read more...]

a summer wish

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Today is June 1st, Children's Day in China. And to celebrate the very special children in our care at An Orphan's Wish, we are launching A Summer Wish, our summer sponsorship campaign. Our wish is to find 65 new sponsors. Enough to fully fund the remaining sponsorships needed at the House of Love. Which really would be a dream come true. Hope you will visit the AOW site to check it out. And yes, there is a super cool t-shirt involved. … [Read more...]

thank you

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... Amanda. The blankets for Poppy and Esther are just beautiful. I will definitely be taking Poppy's to China. And Esther's? I'll definitely be snuggling up with. Tonight. And to y'all who have prayed for us, lifted us up during this time, and reached out to us - by card, comment or FB post - thank you. I have read each one and been so encouraged, so wrapped in your love and support. Thank you. … [Read more...]

a very special birthday

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My sweet friend, Laine, and I go back a ways. Several years ago our families got the chance to meet up in person - it was as if we'd known each other forever. I just love them so very much. And God used her family, and their story, in a big way on our journey to Esther. When they brought home Kevin just over a year ago - a precious little boy with a very serious heart defect - well... Chris and I were just blown away. At their faith, their courage, their focus on following God instead of the 'world'. You see, Kevin's special need was serious. So very serious … [Read more...]

celebrating Love

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One of our amazing volunteers at An Orphan's Wish has created these gorgeous Czech glass bead bracelets.With a ruby red center heart.As a special thank-you for your gift of any amount to AOW, we will send you one of these gorgeous, handmade bracelets. Now, through the end of February.Your bracelet will arrive in an organza bag, perfect for gift-giving.Or keeping.And will serve as a special reminder of your love for precious orphaned children in China.To see all the ways you can help support our efforts at AOW, visit here. … [Read more...]

Sunday Snapshot: {147 million}

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Today was a good day.We had lunch at a pretty cool place.But even better than the fajitas, was the company.And that's sayin' something... because the fajitas? Were amazing.Y'all might recognize these two.And if you don't, you should.Suzanne and Gwen from 147 Million Orphans.Be sure to check out all the incredible stuff those two are doing.All to help feed orphans.P.S. Anyone wanna guess how many kiddos are represented by these 5 mamas?35. 16 biological and 19 adopted.So far.*********************************************** When you're ready with your Sunday Snapshot, … [Read more...]

giving hope

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It's the day after Thanksgiving.And my belly is still full.I am warm. I am safe. I am loved.From this abundance of blessings my heart overflows. I remember that I have been given much. And not just to keep to myself, but in order to give much.This is a lesson I am in the process of learning. Thank goodness that God is patient with me and allows me to try and fail at this many, many times. But I am getting it, even if just a little at a time.We're trying to teach our children to "get it" as well. We talk about our blessings. We talk about others who have less. Much … [Read more...]

blessing others

Y'all remember last year, about this time?My sweet friend Jennifer held a fantastic fundraiser to help raise funds for orphans in China. Specifically for An Orphan's Wish.And, with y'alls help, over $2600 was raised. It was an awesome blessing for all the children at An Orphan's Wish, who received new winter coats and many, many new cloth diapers and covers.And this year, Joe and Jennifer are at it again, with their incredibly generous selves. Giving their time, talents and energy to raise funds for orphans in China. This year Pearl River Outreach will be the blessed … [Read more...]

crazy

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In honor of Orphan Sunday, I want to share something that's been on my heart for a little while. And here lately it's been getting quite heavy, so I figure it's a perfect time to share...I'm pretty honest with y'all. That's just the way I roll. I'm not very good at keeping things to myself. In a nutshell, I prefer to spill my guts.And that's just the way God made me. At least, that's what I tell myself.One of the things I've shared with y'all is how stinkin' scary it is to step out of the boat in faith, and decide to adopt. When we determine that indeed, God is … [Read more...]