Thursday, September 23, 2010

Garage Sale/Fundraiser

Today, Thursday, September 23rd and tomorrow, Friday, September 24th, we will have a HUGE Garage Sale and Fundraiser for the Smith adoption fund. Some great friends allowed us to have the sale at their home. Our next big payment is due next Wednesday, September 30th, and we are asking God for $2800 from the sale. Please join us in praying for God's provision!

We have had several friends help us coordinate the sale. THANK YOU, THANK YOU ... we feel so loved because of all your help, donations and all your support!

Below is the ad that we have used for the sale:

Eight families (actually 10 families NOW) have come together with tons of clothes, furniture, kitchen paraphernalia, odds and ends for a HUGE garage sale to help a family bring a baby boy home from Ethiopia. All proceeds will go to the adoption fund. This SALE is Thursday, Sept 23rd and Friday, Sept. 24th from 8:00am-3:00pm (BOTH DAYS).

Items include, but are not limited to:
- Dining Table/Chairs
- Kitchen Furniture
- Kitchen cookware
- Kitchen Dishes
- Lots of furniture
- Full size bed with headboard
- Nicely Framed Art
- Household items
- Men's tools
- 40 " television
- Sports items
- Area rugs
- Adult clothes
- Children's clothes
- Bicycles
- & MUCH, MUCH More!!

Address is: 2726 Charismatic Avenue, Springdale, AR.
Please stop by and help bring this BABY BOY HOME.

So, again please PRAY for the sale! We will let you know how we do.


Saturday, September 11, 2010

Fall is Here

Fall is here and the Smiths are back to our usual fall craziness/fun. We say it's too busy, but we wouldn't have it any other way! Chandler's football season is in full swing, and I adore watching him. He plays running back and defensive end.

Chandler is also one of the ball boys for the high school team; he has enjoyed traveling with the team. This past Monday our varsity high school team played in the new Dallas Cowboy stadium. Here is a picture of Chandler and his buddy on the Cowboy field.

Shelby and Anna Grace have started back with their competitive dance classes at Dare to Dance. Anna Grace is also playing soccer, and Shelby is water girl for the 6th grade football team. That pretty much sums up our athletic activities right now. Oh and watching Alabama Football, that's big too. ROLL TIDE (yes, Clint has brainwashed me)!!

We are really looking forward to tomorrow night because we are starting a group for all 8th grade students in our home. We are asking God to do great things with this group. Please join us in praying as we desire so much spiritually for these kids that we love very much. We will meet every Sunday night at 6:00 pm.

Here is a picture of many of the kids when they were in 5th grade. So cute and little!!

On the adoption front...we are still moving right along. We had a phone conference this week discussing the next few steps. We got so excited thinking about our baby boy and each step makes it more "real". Next week we go to Fort Smith, Arkansas to get our 2nd fingerprints. They will be sent off to the CIS for approval. When this is complete we will be on the wait list!! The average wait time for the age and gender we requested is 8 months. We would love to have our baby boy before the rainy season in Ethiopia begins, but that would be a huge God thing. During the rainy season, the courts close so it will delay everything 2 months at least. We know His timing is perfect! We are having a garage sale weekend after next. We are needing to raise $2,700 at this point. We will start setting up the sale this week and would love any donations. We will put all the specifics up later this week.