Saturday, February 8, 2014

Answered Prayers!

As many of you have already seen, God has answered one of our prayers this week. We are matched with a birth mother expecting a baby boy to arrive mid March. God is sooo good and we are so thankful for this wonderful blessing. We are still guarding our hearts as this isn't complete until all the papers are signed after the baby is born, but we know God has a plan and He has orchestrated this just as He wants. Clayton is very excited and cried happy tears when we told him.

Just so everyone knows, we can't give a lot of details but when we have some that we can share we will be sure to let everyone know. What we can tell you is that we will be making a trip to Florida for this placement and will be required to stay there for a couple weeks. We are still working on raising some funding to help offset these costs. Below is a list of the things that we are going to be doing:

1. Thirty One Gifts Fundraiser. Sunday, February 9th - we will be hosting a Thirty One Gifts fundraiser at our house (219 Whittier Drive) from 2-4. We will be receiving a portion of the proceeds from your purchases and will receive $25 for each person who books at party with Amy. If you can't attend and would like to make a purchase visit our page on Amy's site Mandy and Matt's Thirty One Party

2. Scentsy Catalog Fundraiser - This is a catalog only party, no actual in person party will be held. Manda has offered us 20% of the proceeds for each purchase and we are super thankful to her. If you would like to make a purchase please visit Manda's page and select our party. Mandy and Matt's Scentsy Fundraiser

3. Valentines Parent's Night Out.  We will be watching kids with our fellow adopting parents, Brad and Raven McCrady. Cost is $25 per kid and $15 for each additional sibling. We will be taking kids from 5-10 on February 14th. We will supply dinner, a movie and a valentines craft. Space is limited so be sure to RSVP for your spot today by calling Mandy at 270-570-4122. This is the Owensboro area only.

4. One Hundred Good Wishes Fundraiser Click on this link and it will take you to a location where you can post a good wish and make a donation to our adoption fund.

5. Just Love Coffee - Visit this link that will allow you to purchase coffee and help our family at the same time.

6. If you can not make it to any of the above fundraisers, you can still make a donation to our family a couple of different ways. Easiest way is to visit our Group Fundraising Page at AdoptTogether - Lawson Adoption Journey. they accept, check and online payments. You can also send a check to us made out to All Blessings International, Inc. Both offer a tax deduction, please see your tax specialist for details.

The past 2 years have been a test to our patience and our strength in God but we know that His plan is always bigger than ours and we are thankful for this wait as we want God's will to be done, not ours. We look forward to being able to share details with everyone as we can and appreciate your thoughts and prayers. We love everyone and can't wait to share our little blessing with you.


Matt, Mandy & Clayton

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

God, Grants & Giveaways

Every time I begin to think we are going in the wrong direction, God seems to show us He is in control. Two weeks ago we received a $1000 grant from an organization call Salvation International. It was super exciting as we are starting to get back into fundraising mode, to try to get to our last $12,000. Well surprisingly on Saturday, I received another email from Salvation International letting us know that we had been chosen to receive an additional $1000. So in total they were giving us $2000. I was floored. As soon as I want to say, I quit or maybe we need to think about a different path, God seems to speak up and say, NO I have a plan for you, don't give up!

We are super excited and can't wait for God to bring our child into our home. We are beinning to work on some new fundraisers to help us reach our $12,000 goal. Here is what is in the works!

Give-a-Ways - We are going to be giving away some items over the next couple of months for people who donate to our AdoptTogether page. Donations made to this page are tax deductible (please contact your tax consultant for details). Our first give-a-way is a $15 Starbucks gift card. We will give it away once we have reached $200 in donations on this site. The second give away is a Nook E-Reader (see description below) . It will be given away when the donations received on our AdoptTogether page reach $600. Each person that donates will be entered to win. Also any person that donates an item for us to give away will also be entered to win. We will have another give away at $1000. We are still working on that item.
You can make your donation by visiting our page at:

Nook description: 6" touch screen, fast page turns with a touch, look-up words, bookmark and share reading with friends,download wirelessly with Wi-Fi,  Ink Pearl 16-level grayscale display for the clearest just-like paper reading-even in bright sun,multiple text sizes and styles, extra long battery life.

Thirty-One Fundraiser - Amy Bellamy has agreed to do an adoption fundraiser for us. They have some awesome new things in their spring catalog. We will have an open house party on February 9th at our home, but will also be taking orders via their website. I will have the link soon.

Valentines Parents Night Out - This will be a joint fundraiser between our family and another adopting family we know. The plan is to allow parents a night out without the kids. It will be $25 a child with siblings getting a discount. We will be open from 4-9. The menu is still in the works but  we will have valentine themed art project available, a movie and fun games for all ages. We are taking reservations as we only have a limited number of spots.

There will be more to come as far as fundraisers but we are going to hit the ground running and praying for God's will not mine! He has a path for our family, we just have to keep our eyes on Him, keep the faith and know He will bring us through it!