In the beginning, JD adamantly only wanted two children. I thought that four would be perfect. Once we caught God's vision of putting orphans into families, our plan was multiplied by God. We are currently blessed with 12 children; five biological, six adopted and one more waiting in Ethiopia. Our first adoption was from the U.S., the next three were from Liberia, West Africa, and our last two were from Ethiopia. We are supporting our 12th child in Ethiopia after her adoption could not pass court.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Lunch, Books, T-shirts and Bracelets

This is Alyssa (r) and her friend Jordan. While Alyssa heads to Nepal and India this summer, Jordan is going to England and Ireland with the same mission organization. To help the girls raise funds, we have been running a snack/lunch bar each Sunday at the closing of church. It has been a lot of work (since we cook for an average of 60 each Sunday), but it has been a great supplement for the girl's fund-raising. 

We divvy up who cooks what on Saturday and then we set up the serving line on Sundays.

Honestly, I think we would keep going until the girls leave in June if we were able, but our church has several mission groups heading out this summer, so we have to close our shop the next week or two and hand it over to the Haiti fund-raising team.

Let's not forget the supportive siblings that eat and play their DSIs each Sunday!
Alyssa has also been running a very successful Amazon bookstore for over a year now, with all the proceeds going to her trip. It has been her #1 money maker for sure. She is adding to it almost daily and here is the link if you would like to view her current inventory -

Books for Missions 

She also has two other fundraisers going. One is these darling bracelets hand-made in the Philippines. They cost $2 with $1 going to support the families making them and the other $1 supporting Alyssa. If you interested in buying any, I will pay the postage - it will not come from Alyssa's profits. (You can email jenandkids@va.metrocast.net)


Here is her new fundraiser - these t-shirts. They are available in youth M, L, XL and adult S, M, L and XL. They are $15 (with $5 going to her as profit in the beginning, but the profit margin increases the more we sell!) I am going to offer the same deal to any blog readers that would like one - I will personally pay the shipping. 

I have to admit, I was less than super enthused last summer when Alyssa asked to go on the first mission trip and I found out the cost was $5,000. I told her it would be difficult to do fund-raising on top of our own adoptions. This year has been no different - other than this trip is $6,000 (three airline tickets!). She has worked very hard and she has currently raised half the money needed. 

Thank you for any support. Email me at jenandkids@va.metrocast.net if you would like to order the above items.


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