Garage Sale Total!!! … So far at least ;-)

I know everyone is anxiously anticipating the results. Money is still coming in but so far we have received ……

Wait for it…..

Are you ready?????


Praise God!!!! He is mighty!!! He is extravagant!!!! He loves with us so very much!!!!
Thank you our Father in Heaven!! We love you too!!!!


BIG Things are happening!!

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BIG THING #1: Thank You to you all!!

We are in the final week before the garage sale!!! This is really turning into more of a second-hand store! So many have given so much to our sale that it is beyond belief.  We can never thank everyone enough for giving their prayers, time, trailers, trucks, physical labor, belongings, encouraging words, and so much more.  There really is no way to express our humble gratitude for everyone’s endless service to our family (those at home & those not yet home) and to our Heavenly Father.

BIG THING #2: No Silent Auction during the sale

Because the size of the sale has gotten so HUGE, we have decided to forgo the Closed-Bid Silent Auction.  There isn’t time or room to add another aspect to this already very full sale.  So everything will be available in the garage sale!

BIG THING #3: Matching Grant Update

Our application to receive a matching grant from the Defending the Fatherless Fund ( a local adoption fund through Lifesong for Orphans) for the garage sale was submitted a few weeks ago.  We received word last night of their decision & the award is…


I (Shannon) was really expecting around $3000.00 so this has definitely exceeded my hopes! The way the matching grant works is that what ever amount is raised at the sale is matched up to $5000.00.  So if people give $5000.00 during the sale, it will multiply “pressed down, shaken together, and running over” (Luke 6:28) to become $10,000.00. Whew & Wahoooo!!!!  Even better, since Lifesong is a non-profit, your donations are tax deductible!!!!  So let’s get busy and pass on the word to family, friends, co-workers, & passers-by to come shopping!  Here are the details again:

Rankin Family Adoption Fundraiser Garage Sale

Calvary Baptist Church 1660 Big Horn Ave, Sheridan, Wy

Friday & Saturday June 27th & 28th 8 am- 1pm



Garage Sale & Closed-Bid Silent Auction

Our next fundraiser is quickly coming!

Friday & Saturday, June 27th & 28th, 8 am – 1 pm at Calvary Baptist Church, 1660 Big Horn Ave., Sheridan.  The closed-bid silent auction will end at noon on Saturday the 28th to allow time for bid winners to pick up their purchases.

We have been in awe of God’s quick & abundant provision for items to sell at our Garage Sale & Silent Auction Fundraiser!!  Here is a picture of what people have so generously given in 1 week and 1 day!!! I know it’s not the best picture (since my flash wasn’t strong enough for the enormity of it) but hopefully you can get a sense of how God is guiding and moving people to help orphans!

1 week and 1 day of donations!!!!

1 week and 1 day of donations!!!!

We are excited to continue accepting donations, so contact us if you have items you would like to donate.  We can pick them up or you can drop them off, we will cater to what is best for you.  What a treasure it has been to meet perfect strangers and to catch up with old friends as we accept donations from people all around the Sheridan area.  Our boys are even going through their toys and things with joy to sell them and make these adoptions for their brothers and sisters happen.  Though it is challenging for them to see the wonderful items that have been donated and not want to buy them and bring them home!  They have done a wonderful job helping, waiting, working, and entertaining others as we load and unload donations.   It is such a treasure for me to have my sons with me on all of our adventures in fundraising!

We have applied for a matching grant for the garage sale & auction and are waiting to here.  Please pray for all those at Lifesong for Orphans and at the Defending the Fatherless Fund to make the decision God has for them in helping our family.

Since this sale is going to be so very big, we will need some help to get it all done.  If you are able and would like to help, please click on the link below for VolunteerSpot.  This is our fundraising event volunteer board where you can see what help we need help and sign-up where you are best suited and available.

Please sign up for Garage Sale & Closed-Bid Silent Auction!

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:
1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on VolunteerSpot:
2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on VolunteerSpot)
3. Sign up! Choose your spots – VolunteerSpot will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!

Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.

Praising God and Thanking You for our Muffin Success!

Thank you for your support!!!

Thank you for your support!!!

It is hard to believe a week has already passed since our last Muffin Monday.  Our lives were so blessed by the fellowship we had with one another, our special volunteers, and all our “customers.”  We will miss seeing everyone on Monday mornings.  There was such great encouragement, support, and smiles from everyone that will forever be a part of our family memories.  In the end we had made 8 different muffin flavors, sold 565 muffins, gave away 20 muffins, and received $2,200.74!!!!!!  It is incredible what God can do with the ideas of children, the service of the redeemed, and the hearts of everyone.  Thank you so very much for caring for orphans as God does!  Thank you for following His leading to support our family in answering His call to adopt!

Psalm 103:1-5 Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy name.  Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget none of His benefits; Who pardons all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases; who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion; who satisfies your years with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle.