I will come to you

My sweet friend, Kelly, just gave me this glass ornament (with the map of Honduras of course). It was so nice of her to think of me and really encouraging to me in this long waiting phase. I can’t wait to get our tree up and have this reminder hanging there. I fully believe that God called us to adopt and also fully believe that he will one day bring a child into our home.

Finish Strong

We have one last fundraising effort in combination with ParkSide church’s adoption fund. We are about $10,000 short of being fully funded for our adoption costs and are praying this event will get us across that finish line! Time to finish strong.

Our friends had a vision to do an annual family carnival to raise money for families adopting within our community. This year’s proceeds will go to benefit our adoption and next year it will benefit a different family and so on. We are so excited to be part of this event!

For more information about this fun event visit www.WaconiaCarnival.com

(We are personally in charge of collecting items for the silent auction portion of the event. If you, or someone you know, would be interested in donating goods or services for the auction, fill out this form.)

 

And saving the best for last, check out our AMAZING promotional video.

A super big thanks to William Allen and Thomas Clapper!

We are so thankful for all of you that have supported us during this process! Your prayers and encouragement have meant the world to us.

Saying Goodbye

Right now I’m suffering from puffy eye syndrome. It is this unusual ailment that strikes people who have friends/neighbors move away. It especially affects Swedes, because we are so fair skinned that any type of crying produces extreme redness and swelling.

I’m trying to fight through blurred vision in order to type out some lasting, meaningful words. But, the truth is that lasting meaning isn’t found in typed words. It is found in conversation, laughter, memories, shared faith, and a friendship that was formed over the course of years.

Mom Prom 2012

Six years ago I was sicker than sick pregnant, feeling totally lost in a new town and a new life. I was introduced to another ‘new guy’ at work. He and his wife, Jill, just happened to live down the street from us and they just happened to be expecting a baby two months after us and they just happened to be attending the same church as us.

Of course, these things don’t just happen.

God was so good in giving me a friend and neighbor like Jill.

I have walked back and forth between our houses countless times, through rain or snow. We have had play dates and dinner dates. The kids have played here, there, and all the stretch of the street in between. There have been birthday parties, shopping trips, and retreats. We have had late night chats and early morning coffee visits.

Now their house sits vacant and I can’t look down the road without tears forming.

Saying goodbye is just no fun.

Jill is a no-drama type girl that loves Jesus and her family. She is compassionate, bold, talented, witty, competitive, funny, honest, encouraging, and a catch of a friend.

She knew all my stuff, the good and the bad, ….and still liked me. And that is something!

I felt like we needed to have just one more girls night, just one more conversation, and just one last hug before she moved. I realize now it will always feel like that because we are friends and friends like to be together, not apart.

So, to my dear friend, Jill. Let’s do coffee soon, okay? I know there is so much to catch up on.

I love you!

Norwex Party ~ Adoption Fundrasier

My friend Susanna is a Norwex Consultant and has offered to do a party and donate a percentage of the proceeds. I sent out an Evite, but haven’t had a lot of response.

If you are interested in purchasing Norwex products, email me your order and I’ll pass it along to Susanna.

If you are free tomorrow (Tuesday, June 12th) from 7:00 – 9:00pm, stop by my house to see Norwex demonstrations, eat yummy food, and enjoy fellowship with some amazing women!

Recipes from the Garage Sale

My blogging seems to run a few weeks behind life, so bear with me.

Several people requested recipes of the baked items we sold at our garage sale.

The first one was Tami’s famous Molasses Cream Cookies. They were so yummy and easily a new favorite cookie recipe for our family.

Molasses Cream Cookies
1 1/2 cups butter
2 cups sugar
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 cup light molasses
5 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and molasses. Mix well. Add dry ingredients and mix. Roll into walnut sized balls and place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 10-12 min. Let cool.
Frosting:
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
3 Tablespoons butter
Mix. Then add 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract and 1-2 Tablespoons milk to consistency. ENJOY!!!!!
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The second top requested recipe was Karyn’s whole wheat pumpkin scones. These have become her trademark and I don’t know anyone who can make a scone as good as her. She shared the secret to this recipe, whipping cream instead of milk. YUM!

Pumpkin scones with cinnamon icing

Ingredients:

1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1 cup all-purpose flour*
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
6 tablespoons butter, sliced and chilled
1/3 cup pumpkin puree
1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
6 tablespoons brown sugar – 16 T per Cup
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Cinnamon Icing Ingredients (this is enough icing for a double batch of scones)

1 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1-2 tablespoons milk

Instructions:

1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the first 8 ingredients (dry). Cut in butter until coarse crumbs form.

2. In a smaller mixing bowl, whisk together the pumpkin, cream, sugar, and vanilla.

3. Add to dry mixture and stir just until mixture forms a thick dough. Use your (clean) hands to knead the dough once or twice, pressing it together. (For more tender scones, don’t over-knead.)

4. On a lightly floured surface, form dough into a circle, about 3/4 inch thick. Use a knife or pizza cutter to cut circle into 8 wedges/triangles. Place wedges on an ungreased baking sheet, not touching.

5. Bake at 425 degrees for 15 minutes, until scones are lightly browned on the bottom.

6. Make icing by whisking together the icing ingredients, adding just enough milk to make a drizzling consistency. Icing can be drizzled over warm or hot scones, or brushed on.

The results are in and (drum roll, please)

after totally cruising past my initial goals, our garage sale raised…

 

We are adding these funds to our sponsor a mile map. This takes us all the way through Mexico into Guatemala. We now have just 300 miles to go to reach Tegucigalpa, Honduras!

We were able to raise this much because of all of you! Thank you!

My dear husband pulled me aside on the first day and whispered in my ear, “There is no way you could have done this by yourself”.

We were so busy that for all of Wednesday and Thursday I sat down for about 30 minutes total. It was a happening place! Unfortunately I don’t have many pictures.

A special thanks to all those who helped in one way or another (including you generous shoppers)!

Donated food/drinks: Debbie, Margaret, Karla, Tami, Karyn, Maribeth, Sarah

Loaned tables: Adam, Kelly, Debbie, Maribeth, Stacey, Jill

Helped set-up:  Jill, Tami, Karyn, Maribeth, Sarah, Karla, Billy, James

Donated items to sell: Jenna, Krista, Anita, Jen, Kathy, Karla, Sarah, Kelly, Susanna, Jill, Karyn, Stacey, Maribeth

Childcare: Stacey, Karyn, Maribeth, Sarah, Kelly

Facepainting: Sarah and Becca

We are not alone

There really are no words, but I’m going to try my best.

I did not want to have a garage sale.

I had one once and it was a ton of work for very little money. This time around I was determined to do things better, but I still believed that the work would only barely break even with the pay off.

I was wrong. Oh so (thankfully) wrong.

First off, yes, it was a TON of work. Back breaking, reminding me I’m not a teenager, physical work. I retired my cute sandals for running shoes last week during set-up and still my feet hurt.

Second off, the reward has been sweeter than I could ever have imagined. I had a measly little goal set in my mind of what I thought would be a reasonable number to make that would let me sleep at night. That goal was met within hours, and I’m talking hours BEFORE the sale was supposed to start. Thank you early-bird shoppers!

I had a second goal of a number that I thought would be really nice to meet. That goal was almost met on day one. Finally, I had a dream goal of what I thought would be a hard-to-reach amount that would really be amazing to achieve. I would have been happy to meet goal one and thrilled to reach goal two. You helped us surpass goal three and I’ll reveal those details tomorrow.

Thirdly, (I have to number my thoughts or I get side-tracked and sometimes even that doesn’t work) the support from people has blown me away. I was making a mental list of all the people I needed to send thank you notes (for loaning tables, baking cookies, donating items, watching my kids, pricing, set-up, etc.). My list was long and the longer it grew the more something really begin to sink in.

We are not alone.

We really, truly are not alone in this process.

This adoption stuff is emotionally and financially exhausting business. When I was pregnant I could pick up a conversation with almost any woman I encountered about pregnancy, babies, and parenting. This gave me support in small and big ways as I connected with others who were either in it with me or had gone before me.

Adoption has reversed this for me. Instead I often feel alone. It is hard to explain what we are going through to even some friends and family, let alone the volunteer that gave me a hand-massage at MOPS pamper day (awkward). I struggle with how to verbalize it all (shocker for me!) and in return the feeling of isolation starts to settle in.

I am an extreme extrovert. I need people. This garage sale gave me people in really incredible ways. It showed me that people care and are there for me (and not just two or three people, but a whole lotta people.)

It also reiterates to me that people genuinely want to help, but often don’t know how. Having a garage sale gave people a tangible way to offer support. From the moment I uttered the words, ‘garage sale‘, people have stepped forward to offer their assistance.

It may seem simple to bake a pan of cookies, drop off a table, buy a 12 pack of soda, donate items from your closet, or place price stickers on shoes, but to me this has spoken the words of love. This has showed me support, encouragement, solidarity, and care.

We are not in this alone and I am so grateful for all of you.

Thank you.

 

More to come after we wrap up the sale tomorrow morning!