Thursday, March 31, 2011

We're #30!!! {and other life updates!}

I'm back. I'm back after a time away...a {much needed} time to rejuvenate my heart and my soul...

to process life. to stop "thinking" and start learning to simply "be".

After a week visiting family, I feel renewed and ready to face this crazy world again.

As my flight left Florida on Wednesday night, I found myself praying, "Lord, please reunite my whole family...my mom, dad, siblings, husband & SON here again next year"

That's a big prayer.


and I'm grateful we serve an even bigger God.

In other exciting news....there were numerous unexpected referrals this week.
We moved up NINE spaces in TWO days!!!

We're now #30!!!


How crazy and completely wonderful.
God is good, friends.

My heart is aching for the children in Ethiopia tonight and especially "older" orphaned children.

We've fallen in love with the pictures of the older kiddos on our agency's "waiting children" list. Part of me wishes we were at a point in life to adopt a 5, 7, 9 AND 14 year old.

Yes, my heart wants them all.

God is whispering to us and we're straining to hear Him. We know our child preferences need to change, because we know that's what HE is calling us to do....we're just trying to decipher exactly what He is saying. What age? gender? special needs? Yes, He's been talking and we're listening....and eagerly waiting to see what this means for us and for our family.

So, I'm asking for prayers and for clarity. We simply long to do God's will....to put aside our dreams and desires and simply live for Him.

so that's it. that's where we are and what we're doing. if you haven't heard from me about your adoption items and/or invoice PLEASE message me. I think I have contacted everyone!

thanks for your love & support.
feeling blessed tonight.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

immeasurably more.

Thank you doesn't begin to express our gratitude.
We're completely humbled.
We're in awe.
We're speechless...

The outpouring of support from family, friends and strangers is mind-boggling. 

THANK YOU to those who donated items  
{the auction wouldn't have been possible without you!}

THANK YOU to those who bid and kept bidding
 all-week-long 
{because the auction wouldn't have been possible with you!}

THANK YOU to those who helped us spread the word
on facebook, emails and by word of mouth
{the auction wouldn't have been possible without you!}

THANK YOU for joining us on this journey...
because of your love and support {and crazy bidding!} the auction raised...

$3,048.50 

a wise friend once said, "God funds what He favors"

we believe it.
our adoption is living proof. 

***We'll be contacting the highest bidders via email in the upcoming days!  Thanks again.

Friday, March 18, 2011

The Auction is OVER!

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!

We are so blessed and incredibly grateful.

We are humbled and in awe of the love and support of family, friends and strangers!

This past week has been amazing.

We can't wait to share the auction total with you {soon!}

with all our love,
jim & em

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Unite Our Heart & Home AUCTION!

We're #39!!!!
After four referrals today we have MOVED down on the wait list!
{this is the biggest jump since we've been on the list!}
REJOICING TONIGHT!


BIDDING ENDS FRIDAY AT 10PM
THANK Y'ALL FOR YOUR INCREDIBLE SUPPORT!


First and foremost, a huge THANK YOU to all who have donated items and time for this auction. We couldn't do this without you! Thank you for your love and support {and advertising!} We're humbled and forever grateful for the impact you have already had on bringing our little one home from Ethiopia.

I'm ECSTATIC about all the incredible donations.
So, go grab a cup of coffee and stay awhile...

Here is how the auction works:

1. Peruse the AWESOME items that are for sale during the auction
{Now through Friday, March 18 10pm EST}

2. Find the items you would like to bid on and place your bid in the 

comments section*
{include your bid, name, and e-mail address}


***To leave a comment, click on "__ Comments."
Type your comment, select your profile (if you don't have a google account, select anonymous).
Click "Post Comment" (you may have to do this twice).
Type in the code, and click "Post Comment" again. :)

3. If you win, I will send you an E-mail requesting payment for the item and/or information about your requests (if the item is custom-made). Upon receiving payment via check or paypal, the item will be shipped to you!

That's it...super easy! And, every last penny that you spend will go directly into our adoption fund.

So, without furthur ado...the auction items! (Click on each item for it's bid page.)
Happy shopping!


Photography

Jewelry

For Your Baby

For Your Little Girl
Blue & White Pillowcase Dress by Rachel Parton
Customized Pillowcase Dress & Bow by Lois Jean's Linen's
Africa Tee by JOTB Designs
One T-Shirt by JOTB Designs
Nursery Rhyme Necklace by Highly Strung Design
Green Hooded Towel by Laura Hoekstra
Doll Quilt for 18" Doll by Team Chase
Sundress and Headband for 18" Doll by Team Chase
Girl's Messenger Bag by Christian DeVries
Purple Flower Hair Clips by Bownitas
"Claire" Crocheted Hat by Rebecca Valentine
Girl's Newsboy Crocheted Hat with Flower by The Dainty Daisy
Girl's Knitted Coin Purse by Rachael Steenwyk
Hair Bow Holder and Matching Frame by Amy

For Your Little Guy
"Dino-mite" Crocheted Hat by Kristin Germanceri
Light Blue Hooded Towel by Laura Hoekstra
One T-Shirt by JOTB Designs
Truck Long Sleeve Tee by JOTB Designs
Orange Long Sleeve Tie Tee by JOTB Designs
Customized Ethiopian Flag Newsboy Hat by Sebastianseven
Tie Onesie and Matching Bib by Maggy's Creations


Educational 
Pre-K/K Educational Bundle
K-2nd Grade Educational Bundle


Accessories
Fuschia Messenger Bag by Christina DeVries
Hope Military Hat
Orange Ethiopian Scarf
Blue & Green Ethiopian Scarf
Customized Distressed Military Hat by PureeAway
Large Clutch by AngelaHuse
Optic Blossom Emma Handbag by HotMamaHandbags
"Tree Hugger" Canvas Tote by Rachael Steenwyk
Pink Flower Canvas Tote by Rachael Steenwyk
Oversized Canvas Tote by TotesOnTheGo
Retro Flowers Camera Strap Cover by Team Chase
Electric Blue/Green iPhone/iPOD Wristlet by Team Chase
Paisley iPhone/iPod Wristlet by Team Chase
Crayon Roll by PencilsForHim
Teal & Brown Wool Felted Purse by Rachael Steenwyk


Praise & Worship
Seeds of Praise CD by Seeds Family Worship
Streams in the Desert Devotional
Parallel Study Bible {NIV & The Message}
WOW #1 Christian Hits CD
Heart of Worship CD
Songs 4 Worship CD


Artwork/Cards
Set of Eight Hand Drawn Note Cards {spring themed} by Jessica Hoekstra
Set of Eight Hand Painted Note Cards {watercolour} by Jessica Hoekstra
Set of Eight Hand Drawn Note Cards {vegetable themed} by Jessica Hoekstra
Your Choice of Print by enduringarts
Custom Card Design and 50 4x6 Cards by lukecommasara
10 Personalized Cards by Poppy Seed Paper
Vinyl Wall Writing {1 Samuel 1:27} by Vinyl Expressions by Jodi



Adult Apparel
147 Million Orphans, FEED 1 T-Shirt by 147 Million Orphans
"Speak Up" T-Shirt by Ordinary Hero


Miscellaneous
Dinner & a Movie
Autographed Leelanua Cookbook
Reversible Apron by Sarah Bonthuis
Set of Four Crocheted Coasters by Grandma Doornbos
Summer Stripes and Flowers Pushpin Set by Team Chase
Chocolate Swirls Pushpin Set by Team Chase
Homemade Quilt by Myra Martin
Bird House Pottery by Kenneth George
Grandma's Special Memories Book
"Let Love Grow" Pillow by Sarah Bonthuis
Pillows: Set of Three by Sarah Bonthuis
Six Knitted Mug Rugs by Rachael Steenwyk
Crocheted Hot Pads & Knitted Washcloths by Grandma D & Rachael Steenwyk
Starbucks Coffee


Michigan Services & Baked Goods
{within 30 minutes of Grand Rapids}
Customized Wedding Cake by Julie Anne Cakes
One Pie a Month for Three Months by Grandma Doornbos
A Basket of Fresh Produce by Visser Family Farms
Two Loaves of Homemade Bread by Aunt Alice
Two Loaves of Homemade Bread by Aunt Alice
One Dozen Homemade Caramel Pecan Rolls by Grandma Doornbos
Strawberry and White Chocolate Tart by Rachael Steenwyk


Questions? Technical difficulties? Contact me at emily . hapner @ gmail . com.

*Leaving a comment:
To leave a comment, click on "__ Comments."
Type your comment, select your profile (if you don't have a google account, select anonymous).
Click "Post Comment" (you may have to do this twice).
Type in the code, and click "Post Comment" again. :)


Friday, March 11, 2011

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Hair Bow Holder & Frame

Girl's Hair Bow Holder and Matching Picture Frame
Adorable Hair bow holder made out of light blue ribbon with flowers and frogs
 with a picture frame to match!

Made by:
Amy M

Minimal bid: $8

Starbucks Coffee


Three Bags of Whole Bean 
Starbucks Coffee
3 16 oz bags of the following blends: 
Starbucks Tribute Blend
Starbucks Sumatra Blend
Starbucks Kenya Blend

minimal bid $15

Customized Wedding Cake

Customized Wedding Cake
{grand rapids, michigan}

 Large frosted two layer cake and cake flats to serve 225 people.
Choice of white, chocolate or raspberry cake!
{fondant available for an extra fee}

{value: $300}

Made & Donated by:
Julie Anne Cakes

minimal bid: $100


Basket of Produce


Basket of Produce from Visser Family Farms
 One basket feeds a family of 4-5 for one week!
March's vegetables include: 
Potatoes (German Butterball, Red Skins, Yukon, Chippewa, Fingerling, Russet), 
Beets, Carrots, Onions, Parsnips, Turnips, Rutabagas, Apples

Locally grown vegetables
delivered to your front door!
{within 30 miles of Grand Rapids, Michigan}

Grown & Donated By:
Visser Family Farms

Two Loaves of Homemade Bread


Two Loaves of Homemade Bread

This bread has been deemed, "the best bread I have ever eaten" by dear Aunt Alice's grandchildren!
Fresh from the oven, to your doorstep 
{within 30 minutes of Grand Rapids}

Recently a loaf sold for $900 at the last local Christian School auction!!!

Made by:
Aunt Alice

minimal bid: $15

Homemade Caramel Pecan Rolls!


One Dozen Homemade Caramel Pecan Rolls!

Delivered to your front step right from the oven!
A heavenly breakfast treat you won't want to miss!

Donated & Made by:
Grandma D

minimal bid $10

A Pie A Month {for three months!}

A Pie a Month
{for three months!}

Gram's baking at it's finest!  
Enjoy a pie each month for THREE months!
Your choice of: Pumpkin, Bourbon Chocolate Pecan, Apple or Strawberry!
Delivered to your front door!
 {within 30 minutes of Grand Rapids, Michigan}

Donated & baked by:
Grandma D!

minimal bid: $20

Pillows: Set of Three


Set of Three Pillows
Hand Sewn! 
16x16, 18x18 and 20x20

Made By:
Sarah Bonthuis

minimal bid: $25

Autographed Cookbook

Autographed Cookbook "Leelanua Culinary Treasures"
A collection of recipes by: Aspen House Bed & Breakfast
Leland, Michigan

minimal bid: $10

Two Loaves of Homemade Bread


Two Loaves of Homemade Bread

This bread has been deemed, "the best bread I have ever eaten" by dear Aunt Alice's grandchildren!
Fresh from the oven, to your doorstep
{within 30 minutes of Grand Rapids}

Recently a loaf sold for $900 at the last local Christian School auction!!!

Made by:
Aunt Alice

minimal bid: 15

Strawberry & White Chocolate Tart

Strawberry and White Chocolate Tart
This delicious dessert serves 12 people.
It has a pecan & oreo crust and is filled with a cream cheese, white chocolate and strawberry filling.
The tart is topped with fresh strawberries, white chocolate curls and fresh mint.
Delivered to your doorstep
{within 30 minutes of Grand Rapids}

Made by:
Rachael Steenwyk

Set of Four Crocheted Coasters



Set of Four Crocheted Coasters

Made & Donated By:
Grandma Doornbos

Chocolate Swirls Pushpin Set

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Chocolate Swirls Pushpin Set

Made by:


minimal bid $5
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Summer Stripes and Flowers Pushpin Set

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Summer Stripes and Flowers Pushpin Set

Made by:


minimal bid: $5
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Grandma's Special Memories Book

Grandma's Special Memories Record Book
Paintings and Words By: Linda Spivey

There is no greater legacy than the memories and treasured moments shared between generations. Beloved artist Linda Spivey’s cheery folk images join friendly questions to help grandmothers pass along personal tales that will be cherished for years to come. Such as,
Grandma...
What are a few of your favorite family recipes?
How did you celebrate religious traditions in your home?
Where did you go and what did you do for family vacations?
What special memory do you have of your parents?
Who were your friends? What games did you play?
With plenty of room for responses, recipes, and even photographs, this will be a favorite gift for every grandma and a future heirloom for all family members.

"Let Love Grow" Pillow

"Let Love Grow" Pillow
Hand sewn, hand painted pillow. 
16"x16"

Made By:
Sarah Bonthuis

Handmade Quilt

Beautiful Handmade Quilt
{measures 50"x39"}
This beautiful handmade quilt has shades of blues and purples, in prints and solids.


Bird House Pottery

Bird House Pottery
This piece of pottery was made by Kenneth George, who is the grandson of Neolia Cole
This unique piece of pottery was made on July 14, 2009 in Sanford, NC.
{it measures 8" tall}

Donated by:
Helen Cole

Dinner & a Movie!

This date night package includes $50 to:
The Melting Pot
and $20 to:
Blockbuster!

Complete with Movie Candy & Popcorn!!!

Donated by:
Brendan & Courtney Bonthuis

minimal bid: $40

Reversible Apron

Reversible Adult Apron
Two prints, twice the fun!
Retro apple & pear print on one side and complimentary stripes on the other.
A must for any aspiring chef or baker!

Made by:
Sarah Bonthuis

Ordinary Hero T-Shirt {adult medium}


Ordinary Hero T-Shirt
{Adult Unisex MEDIUM}

Vintage green t-shirt, on back reads:
"...speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves...
For the rights of the poor and needy 
Proverbs 31:8-9

Donated by:

minimal bid: $15

147 Million Orphans T-Shirt

147 Million Orphans T-Shirt: Adult Large

Donated by:
minimal bid: $15

Personalized Cards





Ten Personalized Folded Cards with Envelopes

Choose your own design at PoppySeed Paper and customize with 
your name, initials or monogram! 

get creative!

Donated by:
PoppySeed Paper

minimal bid: $10

Set of Eight Hand Painted Note Cards {Watercolour}




Set of Eight Hand Painted Note Cards
{hand painted in watercolour and guache with varying imagery}

Painted & Donated by:
Jessica Hoekstra

minimal bid: $15