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Carnival & Adoption Update

Only 1 week until the Carnival Fundraiser & Reception

(EEEEEKKKK!!!!)

Things are quickly coming together to really make this a super fun family night!  Many businesses have been very generous and supportive.  We could not be doing this without their donations!!

Thank You to the following businesses!!!!

Walgreens provided ALL the paper goods we need!!!

The Powder Horn donated Golf Passes for the Silent Auction!!!

State Farm Agent Ann Gardner & other area businesses provided the Cotton Candy Machine & Supplies!!!

Let ‘Er Buck Car Wash donated Car Wash Passes for the Silent Auction!!!

The YMCA donated to the Silent Auction!!!

The Good Health Emporium donated to the Silent Auction!!!

Hair GripZ donated hair care products & accessories to the Silent Auction!!!

Melanie Araas Design & Photography donated to the Silent Auction!!!

Sheridan Wesleyan Church is providing carnival games!!!

…and more!!

So many friends have donated HUGE additional items to the Silent Auction, we will slowly reveal these and other items through the coming week leading up to the Carnival.  Stay tuned so you can be as excited as we are and so you can start picking out the item(s) you want to be sure to win the bid for!!

Other businesses are still considering how they can help and we’ll be sure to let you know about them as things are confirmed.  Family and friends keep coming forward to volunteer & donate.  God has been unveiling His plans for this night each day and I am so thankful that this is not on my shoulders or about how I can pull this together at the last minute.  I think God changed things along the way just so this would be a last minute event.  He knows that if given too much time, I will plan and plan and plan and plan and…you get the picture.  Eventually I make things so challenging that they overtake my life.  My wonderful husband is so good to keep me focused on only what is needed and keeping things simple.  Not only does this help me but it protects me; his protection keeps me from running amuck, stressing out, getting exhausted, being overwhelmed, and getting my priorities out of whack.  God designed him to be my protector and helpmeet… mine… just perfect for me.  Thank you Heavenly Father for your great love and design!!

Don’t forget that this is a night that you don’t have to plan or prepare dinner!!  We are serving Pulled Pork Sundaes, YUM! There is no set cost for dinner, it is by donation.  For dessert there is Cotton Candy & Popcorn for $1 a bag.

For entertainment there are lots of Carnival Games and possibly some other fun items but we’ll just have to let you know about those in a couple of days! 😉  The games and any other activities are free and just for fun!!

Adoption Update

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Aaron’s mom has thankfully been able to get into a long-term rehab.  She is doing well and getting focused on a new path in life.  Please continue to pray for her salvation, she will need the power of God’s might to overcome her addictions and lifestyle.  Her family is doing well and knows that God is comforting them after the loss of Aaron’s grandfather.  We are thankful for the relationship we have with all of Aaron’s maternal family and so glad that they will always be a part of Aaron’s life and our lives.  Our family hasn’t grown by one but by many! This is a family that only God could bring together.

Aaron’s father continues to work in secret and in the darkness against this adoption, please pray for him to know truth and accept Christ as his savior!  In the last few days some deception has been revealed and was hard to hear.  I am not able to share the details here but please know that Aaron and our family need your daily, heartfelt prayers for protection, endurance, and wisdom.  We are really good and God is working all of this together for good because we love Him and are doing what He has called us to according to His purpose (Romans 8:28).  All the paperwork needed to finalize our adoption has been filed in court and now we are just waiting for the required waiting period before a judge can sign off on it.  Because of the deception that we learned of, we will have to run a notice in the newspaper.  This doesn’t change our adoption finalization it just adds to and lengthens the process.  It’s not over ’til it’s over though and this is why your prayers are so needed and precious to us!

Seeing how hard Satan fights to keep people in darkness and in bondage to sin makes me reflect on the Great Commission.  Do we..do I, share the Gospel, the Good News, with as much determination, intensity, and all out fight to save those who are lost?

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God has done great and huge things for us all, even this little one.  This little one the Lord is in all out battle to redeem and change his lineage from this point forward!  To set him free from his parents bondage.  To protect him from the path that he was brought into and to set him on a new path, our Heavenly Father’s path of righteousness.  Just as God brought Moses out of Egypt and then took him back to set God’s people free, maybe Aaron is being brought out from that world to be prepared by God to go back and bring light, hope, and eternal life through the Gospel into such a painful, destructive place.  Only God knows and we are excited to see His bigger plan for all of us in all of this!

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