Monday, May 2, 2011

Just a garage sale?

Saturday morning I enjoyed the beautiful day hanging out in our garage selling off anything that wasn't tied down and we weren't using at the time to make a little more money for Dariya's fund. 

I quickly realized that this wasn't just a garage sale but a ministry opportunity.  God truly gave me the words to use to talk to people about Dariya, Reece's Rainbow, the plight of orphans in the world, etc. 
Not one single person left our garage sale without hearing at least a little piece of how God is moving in our lives.  Ok, there was that one lady that only spoke spanish, but trust me I did my best to let her know what we were doing.  One lady and I had a long conversation about the Boy from Baby House 10 documentary that was on dateline a few weeks ago, other people asked how they could donate to the silent auction or sign up for our golf tournament.

By the end of the day I was tired and ready to start packing up the remaining items when a group of neighborhood kids surrounded me and presented me with a Rubbermaid container full of money.  They had been around the corner from our house selling lemonade all day and wanted to donate the money to Dariya.  Just typing the words now still brings me to tears.  I was beside myself and couldn't even gather myself to get out a complete sentence (I totally think I am in the hormonal part of this pregnancy, very weepy these days).  These kids had worked hard all day not to buy themselves a new toy, not to buy some candy but instead to bring our princess home.

Talk about seeing the face of Jesus right here in these sweet kids.  Thank you kids for blessing us beyond measure.  One more orphan will soon be home with her family and you helped to make that happen.

10 comments:

j*e*n said...

Who knew that lemonade would be such a blessing to a little orphan so very far away? Amazing!!

Patti said...

So sweet, Rochelle- wish I could have come!:)

Renee said...

I felt the same way when we had our garage sale. I felt so blessed to be able to tell people about Paisley, about ALL the children who long to be part of a family. You have a wonderful heart and I am so blessed to know you...

Helle said...

Wow. How wonderful of those kids, it is understandable you were moved to tears (hormonal or not, hehe).

Also happy to hear that you were able to not only hold your garage sale and raise money, but to share about Dariya and Reece's Rainbow too! The more people get aware, the better :)

stephanie said...

Bless those sweet children!! amazing!

Lori said...

What a wonderful story! God bless those sweet children! Dariya is going to have so many friends in her new neighborhood =)

Zoey's mom said...

People are amazing .. especially the smallest and the most innocent!

Excited as the day draws closer o bring your girl home!

MJStump said...

I love this so much! Who knew lemonade could be so sweet :)

Elisabeth said...

It is so exciting to see God's hand at work through your garage sale. I pray that He will touch the hearts of all the people you talked with! And what an amazing story about the neighborhood kids. I got tears just reading about their generous gift to you!

Becca said...

Wow. What an amazing opportunity for spreading awareness, and what a beautiful insight into the goodness of people. Those children will hopefully never forget what they have done and how they helped to make a difference.