In early October we launched a community outreach opportunity we called The Great Pumpkin Patch Giveaway. We were looking for our followers and extended community to nominate families they felt were deserving of some stress free time with their family. Our children read the entries and chose this family who graciously said we could share their response.
I continuously want to be real and honest so to say I was a little beside myself at the lack of response we received, that would be a lie. I was beyond frustrated at the lack of response. For days we had no nominees than a few came through. I often look at all the sadness, all the anger and overly passionate responses that are not out of love, and here we are just trying to love on another family, and a huge hush falls over the land. As only God can do, through the responses we did receive he laid this sweet sweet family before us. A family that took a part of another community and brought it selflessly into their home. A family that reached out in love and never looked back. We called it The Great Pumpkin Patch Giveaway, but honestly we just wanted a deserving family that had faced diversity this year to have the opportunity to spend some time together as a family.
I would like to nominate a family of eight…they are dear friends of mine through adoption and they have 3 biological children and 3 adopted children from Ethiopia. Their last two children just arrived home from Ethiopia after nearly THREE years of waiting for the government to release their paperwork. These children, who are in 7th & 9th grade, waited YEARS in their orphanage, waiting on a family. My friends family said yes to them and enfolded them into their family in a beautiful way. Praise Jesus they are home now and adjusting to a family of 8! Their mama had to travel and stay in Ethiopia for two months to fight to bring them home. The financial and emotional burden was great. This giveaway would bless their family in an incredible way as they continue to adjust and bond to their beautiful family of 8. Thank you for your consideration.