Saturday, April 05, 2008

YEAH for Team Mavery!

Before the sale begins, you would not believe the stuff we had!
Still before...

Hot Dogs anyone?
Jenny & Michelle wearing Mavery spirit!
Queen of Yardsalers, shopping for a new hat?
Let the shopping begin!

My mom, Kelly & Mark's mom putting out baby clothes

After the sale!

Wow, wow, WOW!! I am not even sure where to begin. I am so overwhelmed and blessed and tired and excited and WOW!!

Ok, so here is how it went down....

Friday we had to be up early to drive to the funeral of my sister in laws mother. Please continue to hold her in prayer. So hard.

We had Megan here babysitting for us. Who had also been here the night before while we attended a banquet. Thank you Megan! While we were gone, she said there was a party going on at our house! Our childrens director came w/ pizza. my mom came to help. Our youth pastor came w/ youth and they carried up the ENTIRE basement of stuff to the garage! YEAH! My friend Renee showed up while we were gone and worked for us, also bringing along food and fun for everyone! They all loved you Renee!

We got home just in time for our Team to show up and WORK some more! We started about 6, and I think it was about 11 when everyone left. We tried to set almost everything up that night, and then covered tables in plastic. We finished the evening w/ prayer. Thank you Amy!
Today we started early. And those who left my house late on Friday, were back at my house at 6:30 today to work. My prayer was, please Lord, let people show up, and please Lord, let your glory shine. Sure we need money, but most important, let us show your love to these people.
Well we had people, LOTS of people! Team Mavery was in full force for sure! My cousin Amy made the cute little name tags, we all wore those in honor of our girl! Aren't they great? The kids were thrilled, they got to have a hot dog stand and had so much fun doing that. We had to threaten them not to knock on the neighbors doors to try to sell them hotdogs!

So, what you all REALLY want to know, WHAT IS THE TOTAL right? We did not keep track during the day. We wanted it all to be a surprise. Our yardsale queen(Amazing Jan, who did SO much work, thank you thank you, thank you) said her goal for us was $2000. I said I would be happy w/ $900. My friends doing check out said they guessed we had made $1300 or $1500....

We made over TWO THOUSAND DOLLARS!!! Praise God! And we still have a few hundred dollars worth of stuff we are pretty sure we can sell online plus another small sale we are doing at the end of the month in a busy subdivision.(we live in the country) God is good, He really, really is.

As I watched this whole day unfold, this whole project unfold, I was just in awe. I could never, NEVER have pulled this off alone. No way. And I thought, who am I, to deserve to have this outpouring of love poured upon us? I am sure not that great of a friend, I can't ever repay anyone for all they have done. And God just whispered, they love you, but they do this because they love ME! And they love Mavery. A little girl, who sits in China as an orphan, but each one of these friends BELIEVES she is supposed to be home, a Laxton, our daughter. So we are once again humbled and blessed and thankful and happy. We got our SON-Shine in more ways that one!

I can't even begin to name names, we had SO many people helping in SO many ways. From sign makers, to pricers, to food makers, to kid watchers, to carriers, to givers to buyers, to money counters, to cleaner upers, to encouragers, to everything in between. We have had people at our house ALOT giving time and energy to make this work. And they really ALL did it w/ a smile! Sadly I missed lots of workers in pictures. We had over 20 here working today alone!

We can't wait for someday when Mavery is home, and we can share the story of the love that surrounded her from here to China! Team Mavery, Helping us Grow!!


Anonymous said...

YEAH!!! Praise God!!! I can't wait to see Mavery's beautiful face! She will be here before we know it!!! I love you guys!


Anonymous said...

I'm so happy for you guys!!! God definantly blessed this whole event. Such a neat thing to see everyone pull together for such a precious little girl! I can't wait for you guys to get your little girl. BTW, my kids LOVED their treasures from the sale!!!!

Kelly Yochum

Anonymous said...

God IS good! I had so much fun helping out. Thanks for letting me be a part of it! I can't wait to meet precious Mavery!


Esther said...

I am in awe of how God has blessed this project - blessed YOU!!!!!

His mercies are new every day.

PLEASE remember that my prayers and thoughts were with you guys...

Wish I were there...

Waiting for Mia Hope! said...

Oh Shannon...I've been praying all day that your garage sale would be successful! I'm SO happy for you!!! God IS good and so are people! It is very humbling but a huge blessing to be the vessel of love to bring home these children from China. I'm just so so happy for you!!!

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julie w said...

I am so excited for you! God is blessing you in so many ways to bring sweet Mavery home! I got tears in my eyes as I read your post! How great is our God!!!!
Love ya,
Julie Wilson

Kim said...

I LOVE your blog! Can I put a link on my page? Your stories bring tears to my eyes...hope, wonder, joy...its all right here