One thing is certain about adoption…

It is uncertain!

We received an update last week that our birth mother’s due date had been “revised”… back to mid-August.  God is so funny!

We do not know when this little fella will arrive but we know who does!

Psalm 31:15 My times are in Your hand…

At this point we laugh at the changes and differences as we go along this path.  The changes that God already knew as we made our plans, purposed our days, and had our “logical” assumptions.  I am all the more understanding of how to live in this day and to leave all the days to come up to Him.  It is so wonderful to surrender our days, future, and lives to our Heavenly Father.  This brings huge peace into our hearts and home that we are not busying ourselves with what we see.  Rather we follow in faith, knowing that He has a good and perfect plan for us all. (Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.) How freeing it is that this life is not up to me to make it!! I can’t make it work and I don’t have to…Jesus Christ can and faithfully does make this life work.  He doesn’t make it perfect according to the world’s standards, He doesn’t make it easy, He doesn’t pour in the riches.  He does hold our hand through it all and brings us through to it’s end, He never leaves us on our own, He makes it perfect to His eternal standards, He ensures we always have what we need, and He works it all together for good because we love Him! (Romans 8:28 And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.)

 

And the winner is…

After dinner our sons drew the winners for the Garden & Summer Fun Baskets and the winners have been notified.

The Winners Are:

Katie & Maureen

It is so much fun to tell someone that they are a winner & to deliver their prize!!  Our youngest son would have preferred a small gathering though.  I think he was hoping for more of a celebration for the winners!

A special thank you to the businesses and individuals that donated items and services to make this fundraiser possible!!!

Fundraiser Clarification…

In our blog post about the due date being changed to June, I had mentioned that all our plans had been dropped.

I want to clarify that “all our plans were dropped” means that the Carnival & Silent Auction on June 27th has been postponed.  We will probably do something in late fall or winter.  Until we get home with our new son and get settled, we won’t be able to pick a date for the Carnival.

Many things for the Carnival were already put together and it is going to be a spectacular, fun time for families so please stay tuned and we’ll let you know when the Carnival will take place as soon as we know!

What a YUMMY Pancake Breakfast it was!

This past Saturday, we had a beautiful morning to sit outside and eat delicious pancakes and sausage!  Perkins pancakes and sausage are good but eating them outside made them awesome!! The Sheridan Kiwanis were there with there big griddle and professional pancake flippers.  There were many family & friends there throughout the morning to volunteer with set-up and clean-up.  We enjoyed visiting with everyone who stopped by and our boys were extremely excited to serve!!!!  They served drinks, got refills, and helped people carry their plates to their seats.  What a joy & blessing they are to us!!  We raised $537!!!!!  We also got to share the blessings with the Homeless Shelter and NSI, by giving any extra pancakes and sausage to them! “It is more blessed to give than to receive!!” Acts 20:35

Thank You to all our volunteers, Perkins, Sheridan Kiwanis, and McDonalds!!! God used you all to make a wonderful thing happen!

The raffle tickets for the Garden & Summer Fun baskets have begun to sell and we look forward to awarding a winner on June 27th…which is less than 2 weeks away!!  If you would like to purchase tickets contact me by email at shannonrankin@bresnan.net.

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Gardening & Family Fun…

Friends have put together some AMAZING baskets for us to raffle off as part of our fundraisers this summer!!  Here are the first two and if you would like to see them in person, stop by our Pancake Breakfast where they will be on display and you can buy your tickets for a chance to win one! 

  • Pricing: 
    • 1 ticket for $2.00
    • 10 tickets for $18.00
  • Where to Purchase:
    • June 13th, 7 am – 9 am, Pancake Breakfast, Calvary Baptist Church Parking Lot, 1660 Big Horn Ave.
    • Legacy Pregnancy Resource Center
    • Email me: shannonrankin@bresnan.net
  • Winner:
    • Drawing will be held June 27th.
    • Winners will be contacted by phone and the basket delivered to them.
    • We will announce the outcome of the raffle (while protecting the winners identity) here on our blog.

We are excited for you to win one of these truly wonderful baskets!! You can’t win without tickets… so get your tickets! 

A special THANK YOU to our friends, acquaintances, and area businesses for their donations and work to make these baskets to help these children get home to their forever families!!

Garden Basket:

Garden Bucket & Caddy with Garden Tool Set
Pruners
Kneeling Pad
Survival Seed Vault
His & Hers Garden Gloves
Vegetable Garden Grower Book

Approximate Value: $175.00
Garden Basket

Garden Basket

Garden Basket

Garden Basket

Summer Fun Basket:

Large Embroidered Bag from 31 Gifts 
2 Beach Towels
Beach Ball
Sunscreen
Squirt Guns
Crayola Chaulk
Bubbles
Surf Wyoming Shirt
Family Pool Pass to Kendrick Park Pool for 2015 Season

Approximate Value: $250.00
Family Fun Basket

Family Fun Basket

Family Fun Basket

Family Fun Basket

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Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser

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Pancake Breakfast

Saturday, June 13th, 7 am- 9 am

Calvary Baptist Church Parking Lot

1660 Big Horn Ave., Sheridan

Please come see us and have a good breakfast!! It will be a pleasure to meet and visit with all of you!  In just 2 weeks time, generous donations from Perkins, McDonald’s, and Kiwanis have made this possible so please say thank you when you are in their restaurants or at their events.

We will also have a few items for silent auction at the Pancake Breakfast so you can eat and shop at the same time! Great huh?!

Volunteers are still needed and would be greatly appreciated.  We need people to help set up, be a host/hostess, serve, and clean-up.  If you would like to help in any of these areas, please leave a comment or email me at shannonrankin@bresnan.net.  

See you Saturday!!

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Amazing Changes!!!!

Today our world was totally changed in a wonderful way!!

We received a call from our attorney who stated that she needed to “revisit” something with us.  The information we had received that our birth mother was due in August was not correct.

She is actually due in June!!!

All of our plans were dropped in an instant and we are now so very delighted to know we will be meeting our new son & brother sooner than later!!  We are so thankful that God has blessed us to be on this journey of adoption and that He has orchestrated it all so that we will not have to wait to meet him!! He knows our weakness with patience 😉

Psalm 31: 14-15a But as for me, I trust in You, O Lord, I say, “You are my God.” My times are in Your hand…