I have friends who planned and ran an enormous garage sale for Baby Girl's adoption.
I have a friend who had me speak at her church and then they presented me with two VERY generous checks, totally unexpectedly.
I have several friends (and family members who are also friends) from all over the country who wrote me checks out of the blue.
I have a friend who shared my situation with her friend who then sold hand-made jewelry to raise money for this adoption.
I have friends (and total strangers) who have donated to my Reece's Rainbow Family Sponsorship Page.
I have friends who have given a crib, baby carriers, clothes, and toys.
I have friends who pray for me, encourage me, inspire me, listen to me.
I have been humbled and awed with the love shown to me by these friends.
I haven't asked for money or help in this adoption journey. I knew I did not have the money in my savings account (it was emptied with my first big agency fee) but I also didn't feel like I was to "raise" the money. I just felt confident that it would come to me and it has. I have been amazed, yet not amazed, because I knew this is what my Father God would do. He set me on this journey of adoption and He is the one providing for it.
Now, on this last leg of my adoption journey, this third trimester of my paper pregnancy, my friend Sarah is at it again. She asked if she could help me out with with this last bit, the travel expenses.
Sarah makes beautiful hand-stamped jewelry (and takes great pictures, too.)
She formerly sold her hand-stamped jewelry in an Etsy shop, but now almost the only way to get a piece is in one of her rare fundraisers for others, like this one. Sarah is going to custom make a bracelet or pendant for anyone who donates to my Family Sponsorship Page. All of the details are on her blog: http://shepherdsgrace.wordpress.com/2012/09/20/daughters/
If you have been wanting to help out, this is a great opportunity. If you need a unique Christmas gift, here is your chance. But whether or not you give, I want to go on record telling the world that my loving Father God has provided for Baby Girl's adoption as only He can. He provided! I am so thankful to the friends, family, and strangers who have listened to His promptings and have given at exactly the right times. And whether or not you are interested in giving I would encourage you to read Sarah's lovely post about daughters, or any of the posts on her blog...my friend has a way with words in addition to her jewelry-making, picture-taking talents.