Read-a-Thon 2017 is Right Around the Corner! Register TODAY!

Third time’s a charm…isn’t that what they say?!?! It would be amazing if this year we brought in the (hopefully) last bit of money we need to raise, wouldn’t it? Praise the Lord, we had much success with our 2015 and 2016 Read-a-Thons and we’re excited to kick off again! We have so much fun with this and we hope you can join us!

Dear Family, Friends and Fellow Book Lovers,

In honor of Read Across America Day and in support of adoption, let’s get reading! By participating in this Read-a-Thon during the month of March, your family will help give the gift of a forever family to an orphan. Proceeds raised through this Read-a-Thon will enable us to pay for fees and travel expenses for our upcoming adoption.

Read-a-Thons are a fantastic way to reinforce good reading habits in your family. Start them young and never stop! Young and old alike are encouraged to take part!

Please use the form below to register. Then, click the link below to download the Read-A-Thon Kit which contains everything you need to know as well as the forms necessary to begin acquiring pledges. Let me know if you have any questions! Please feel free to share this post. The more the merrier. Happy Reading!

If you don’t want to participate as a reader, we’d love for you to consider sponsoring our children. They love doing something to help raise money for adoption and they are crazy-amazing readers!  Contact me if you’d like to help in this way!

Here’s everything you need to know: download and print this Read-A-Thon Kit.

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Thanks for joining us!

 

Read-A-Thon 2016 UPDATE

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I am so thrilled to tell you about what God has done! We had so much fun during the Read-a-Thon in March and were so glad to have so many readers and sponsors participate. The combination of my love for books and my heart for orphans is almost too much. I am bursting with excitement!

Going into this fundraiser, I prayed that God would allow us to double the number of participants that we had last year and raise a lofty $5,000. This seemed far-reaching, but I prayed boldly. Well, let me back up, I fretted at first. I obsessively checked my email for news of newly registered participants. I fretted. I worried. One day, God clearly convicted me of not trusting him to provide and that instead of fretting, I needed to start praying. I shared that with Ben that evening and committed to trusting and praying, believing that God could do exceedingly, abundantly more. The very next morning, I checked my email and the number of participants had gone from 10 to 21. I felt God’s blessing and comfort in the reminder that God’s got this. He promised to provide for this adoption and no amount of fretting is going to accomplish anything.

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So, I’m happy to tell you that God answered my prayers! We had 31 readers, over 25,000 pages were read and we raised $5,945.78. We are blown away and incredibly humbled and grateful. Little by little, our needs are being met. Praise God!

We’ve worked hard over the past two years, and many of you have labored alongside of us and given generously. It means so much to have our friends and family support us on this journey. We have also been blessed by complete strangers: members of the family of God who are sensitive to the plight of the orphan. It’s a pretty incredible thing to be a part of.

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I was in awe this morning at all that has gone into the rescuing of ONE orphan. The time. The prayer. The fundraising. The fund-giving. It’s a lot! God brought to mind the parable of the shepherd’s concern for the ONE sheep that was lost. The Good Shepherd will go to great lengths to ensure that even just ONE of His children are saved. He loves us that much. I smile to think of his abundant love for the orphan that will one day be a part of our family.

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Thank you to the many who have walked this journey with us. Isn’t it exciting to be part of what God is doing?!?! I hope you are as blessed by it as we are. Thank you.

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*Leaping* for Joy

Tonight I am blown away and humbled.

We are going into our March adoption fundraiser with 30–YES THIRTY!–registered participants. Thirty precious people, reading their hearts out, to help us on this adoption journey. Each of those 30 people will have numerous sponsors behind them to encourage their reading and to support our adoption. This is crazy exciting and super encouraging!

God is so good.

When we worry about the details, when we’re scared about the future, when we’re unsure how He’s going to provide, but are willing to submit anyway, He shows up and gives far more abundantly than all we can ask or think. He surrounds us with encouragement and blesses our desire to obey. He uses dear friends to hold us up and carry us. He gently comforts and reassures us. He follows through on his promises. He provides.

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This evening, He laid these words of Ephesians 3:20 on my heart and as I opened up my Bible to read it, my eyes fell to verses 14 and 15 first: “For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named.” He is sovereign over all and he knows and names every family and each member of them. He knows precisely who makes up the Hodgson family on earth and in heaven.  The children we have not yet had the privilege to meet have been named by God as “Hodgsons” before the creation of this world! He’s got this! Chapter 3 goes on to talk about the “love of Christ that surpasses knowledge”. He loves us so much! God’s word was such a gift to me this evening and I hope that somehow, if you’re reading this, it encourages you as well.

Tonight I have tears of joy and thankfulness and my heart is overflowing. To God be the glory!

Read-a-Thon 2016 is Right Around the Corner!

We’re doing this again!! We had much success with our Read-a-Thon last March and we’re excited to kick off again!

Dear Family, Friends and Fellow Book Lovers,

In honor of Read Across America Day and in support of adoption, let’s get reading! By participating in this Read-a-Thon during the month of March, your family will help give the gift of a forever family to an orphan. Proceeds raised through this Read-a-Thon will enable us to pay for fees and travel expenses for our upcoming adoption.

Read-a-Thons are a fantastic way to reinforce good reading habits in your family. Start them young and never stop! Young and old alike are encouraged to take part!

BW Cody and LillyannaBW AllieBW EthanPlease register below to participate. Then, click the link below to download the Read-A-Thon Kit which contains everything you need to know as well as the forms necessary to begin acquiring pledges. Let me know if you have any questions! Please feel free to share this post. The more the merrier. Happy Reading!

If you don’t want to participate as a reader, we’d love for you to consider sponsoring our children. They are so excited about doing something to help raise money for adoption! Contact me if you’d like to help in this way!

Here’s everything you need to know!
Download and print this Read-A-Thon Kit.

BW Lillyanna Reading

How Do You Eat An Elephant?

Praise God! We held two yard sales already this summer!! Whew! Good thing we have the rest of the summer to relax! 😉

Come one! Come all!

We are, again, beyond grateful for the way God brought everything together. He provided the space, some great weather, the awesome stuff, the shoppers and more funds toward our adoption. Thank you to all who helped us in countless ways. We couldn’t do this without you guys! That’s the awesome part about being invested in community and part of the family of God. We’re made to work together! It’s such a beautiful thing to be a part of.

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Good company. 🙂

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Fixin’ up some flashy signs!

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More good company. 🙂

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EARLY morning set up. Ben’s dad went over and above for both of our sales this year!

Our sales this year worked much like last year. We had a huge amount of items donated and were busting at the seams. We spent hours sorting, pricing, organizing and setting up. This year, we were sadly missing Neena’s amazing baked goods, but the kids happily tried to compensate.

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Handsome salesmen.

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Who could resist buying a bottle of water from these two cuties?!?!

We still have a few things leftover that we are listing on Craigslist but the majority of our items are sold or donated. Such a great feeling!! Thinking this year would be NOTHING like last year, we had pretty low expectations but high hopes. As usual, we’ve been blown away!! So far, sales total $2491.35!! Woohoo!!

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We make a pretty good team. ❤

And, in even HUGER news…I’m happy to update that God has made it possible for us to have raised over $14,000 toward this adoption so far!! UNBELIEVABLE!! Whenever we’re faced with a huge undertaking my hubby and and I often banter about a quote we heard once along the lines of, “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.” This reminds me of that. When we felt God calling us to adopt for sure, and our faith felt so small, we began the huge task of fundraising. That was a little less than a year ago. Wow. God is so good. We’re eating this elephant one bite at a time. Thanks for helping, because, for us, this elephant is a big one. 🙂

Read-A-Thon UPDATE!

We had so much fun with the Read-A-Thon in March! Thank you so much to all who participated…both sponsors and readers. You guys blew us away!

Photo May 01, 11 49 59 AMNothing thrills my heart like children with their noses in books! That, combined with supporting adoption, has me over the moon.

Photo Mar 29, 9 37 39 PMWe are excited to announce that the Read-A-Thon raised $3,025.05!! Isn’t God so good to provide for this adoption in this super fun way?!?!

Celebrate Read Across America Day and Join Our Read-A-Thon Fundraiser!

Dear Family, Friends and Fellow Book Lovers,

In honor of Read Across America Day and in support of adoption, let’s get reading! By participating in this Read-a-Thon during the month of March, your family will help give the gift of a forever family to an orphan. Proceeds raised through this Read-a-Thon will enable us to pay for fees and travel expenses for our upcoming adoption.

Read-a-Thons are a fantastic way to reinforce good reading habits in your family. Start them young and never stop! Young and old alike are encouraged to take part!

BW Cody and LillyannaBW AllieBW EthanPlease register below to participate. Then, click the link below to download the Read-A-Thon Kit which contains everything you need to know as well as the forms necessary to begin acquiring pledges. Let me know if you have any questions! Please feel free to share this post. The more the merrier. Happy Reading!

Here’s everything you need to know!
Download and print this Read-A-Thon Kit.

BW Lillyanna Reading