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Thoughts Thursday: HALLELUJAH and a Quick Update

Life has been extra busy lately with the start of a new semester, our big Reece’s Rainbow fundraiser, and wedding blogs galore…
…but let me start with a HALLELUJAH!
Both Clara and Sophie have reached the $100 mark in their adoption funds!
Poor Clara is $5 behind Sophie, but maybe somebody will change that soon!
You have no idea how happy and humbled I am to see their funds go from $0 to $100 in only a few days!
Thank you a million times over!
…and stay tuned to Make it Beautiful for two exciting deals coming up to help Clara and Sophie:
1. A catalog show with Premier Designs Jewelry in which 30% of the proceeds will go to the girls’ funds! A-MAZING!
2. A giveaway with one of my favorite local vendors in which everyone who donates will be entered to win a beautiful necklace . Also, those who donate more than $25 will get a free print from the artist. This will launch Monday and I’m keeping you in suspense on the rest of the details until then!
Don’t forget to add the buttons to your blogs and keep spreading the word! I will fix Sophie’s button tonight because I know it’s not working as of now. Check back later!
We still have a long way to go before we reach $1,000 but I know we can do it. And don’t forget the ultimate goal–that both of these girls will find a forever family…and soon! If you know of anyone interested in adopting, please pass their information along. As far as I know, both girls are currently in Russia. Reece’s Rainbow helps with the entire process, and they can start the adoption BEFORE all of the money is raised, and continue to raise money well into it (even after the girls are home).
My heart would MELT utterly and completely if these girls got adopted before their first birthdays…so splease pread the word!
She is begging and pleading with her one sock and Christmas book.

Worthy Wednesday: What’s so amazing about grace? 1

As I was writing yesterday’s post, I couldn’t help but think of a book I once read for Sunday school called “What’s so Amazing About Grace?” I have to admit, I didn’t read the whole thing, but I did buy a very cool, visual version, which I highly recommend.

These are the pages that always stood out to me.

They say…

“Grace means there is nothing we can do to make God love us MORE–no amount of spiritual calisthenics and renunciations, no amount of knowledge gained from seminaries and divinity schools, no amount of crusading on behalf of righteous causes.”

“And, grace means there is nothing we can do to make God love us LESS–no amount of racism or pride or pornography or adultery or even murder.”

Hmm…so does that translate to my own, every day life, too?

You mean to tell me there is no amount of perfection I can achieve (or not achieve) to make me a “good” person? One that God, and everyone else (including myself) approves of?
Women spend a lot of time judging themselves, beating themselves up, worrying we are not “good,” or “appropriate” or “pretty” or “skinny” or “smart” enough.
But when I read those lines I realize none of that matters. 
God loves me no matter what. I love AJH no matter what. I love Clara and Sophie no matter what, and I have never even met them. 

So why don’t I feel the same about myself?

As I said in my first Worthy Wednesday post, “Would you tell an innocent baby boy like Cliff that he isn’t worthy because of his situation? Because he has no parents? Because he is sick? Because he needs help?”
The same goes for Clara and Sophie
Would you tell those precious girls they are not “perfect” just the way they are? 
I didn’t think so.
So don’t do it to yourself.
Each one of us deserves the same love as baby Cliff, baby Clara, and baby Sophie, the same love you feel for your own babies, the same love you feel for all of those that you care, and want the best for.
*my little piece of heaven*
 Spread the grace. And spread the love. 
Don’t forget to add one of Clara and Sophie’s buttons to your blogs and spread the word on our campaign! We’re in this together and there is no way I could do it without all of your support!
If people aren’t comfortable donating online, they can simply mail a check or money order.  If mailing a check you must include “Sophie (2H)” or “Clara (31)” with the donation so Reese’s Rainbow can correctly allocate the gift to them.  Mail donations to the following address:

Reece’s Rainbow
PO Box 4024
Gaithersburg, MD 20885

 And some exciting news–a friend has offered to donate 30% of all profits of a Premier Designs catalog party to the girls’ funds! Keep your ears open for more details coming soon! 
Thanks again and keep spreading the word!

The Power of ONE 3

Last night I launched my BIG announcement about Clara and Sophie

…And I’m scared.

What if we don’t reach the goal?

What if no one reads my blog?

What if people think I’m a sham?

I’m not a big deal. I’m not Kelle Hampton or Oprah or famous by any means.

Sometimes my inner voice tells me I’m just silly and crazy and pointless.

Sometimes all it takes is ONE unpopular post or ONE email ignored from a big time blogger to crush my self esteem.

But, sometimes all it takes is ONE nice comment or ONE helpful email from another blogger to build me back up and face (what I like to think is) reality.

I may not be a big deal. I may not have a ton of followers. I may not be famous.

But I am not silly and pointless and crazy. I am not a sham and I am not a poser.

Because my intentions are good.

I want to help people. I want other women to believe that they are okay. I want to help babies. I want to write to heal myself and everyone else. I want to connect with beautiful people and create beautiful moments in an ugly world.

And I know you all want the same.

Or you wouldn’t be here…and I thank you for that.

I have to believe that if my intentions are good then everything else will fall into place.

And I have to remember, when I feel like people may laugh at me and my tiny little blog that this is not a competition. We’re all in this together. We’re all trying to help the greater good. No one is better or worse because their blog/hair/facebook status/marriage/etc. is prettier or cooler or bigger than another.

But this isn’t about me and my self-esteem issues.

It’s about Clara
and Sophie
And how I love them already.

I want to squeeze those little legs and kiss those chubby cheeks.

I want them to have a mommy.

I want them to have the medicine and care and LOVE they deserve.

And the more money they have in their adoption funds, the better chance they will find a forever family.

Someone to squeeze those little legs, and kiss those chubby cheeks.

I pray for those faces to find a home…because they aren’t just faces in a photo. They’re real baby girls who will be turning ONE in just a few months. And I want them to have a rockstar party, too.

Remember The Power of ONE.

ONE person can make a difference.

So please, help in whatever way you can. If you’d like to donate, click on Clara and Sophie’s profiles. Then, once on their profile, click on the “donate” button and it will lead you to Paypal.

If you’ve already donated, please pass this on to everyone you know–email, FB, twitter, blogs, etc.

I’m making “buttons” for you to put on your pages, as well. They should be ready tonight!

Also stay tuned for some cool specials I’m working out with some local vendors!