Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Craft Fair Success!!!

Hello to everyone!!
Thanks so much to everyone who has e-mailed, called, or asked about the craft fair and I apologize in my slowness of posting about it... Brooklyn started getting sick on Sunday afternoon/evening and by Monday(middle of the night) was running a very high fever... She has had strep and Scarlett Fever... very scary combination! So, I've been babying my baby for 3 days now! She's napping now, and MUCH better today! Thank the Lord!

The craft fair was awesome!!! We quickly discoved when arriving that a 10 X 10 space was not big enough for all the stuff we had... ha ha...
and rearranged the tables, etc... a good 6 times... (thanks Robin, Janet and Crystal!!!! You guys rock!!!) We finally got it all set up and worked till they threw us out of the building... we were back at the first moment we could get in the building to start pricing items... The fair started at 10 am... and at about 9:50am.. the lady in charge (whom I know) walks by and whispers to me that the person beside us was a NO SHOW and that she was giving us their 10X10 spot for FREE!!!!!! Thank you Jesus!!!! So, after much stress... we decided we needed to rearrange quickly.... Thanks again to all my good help... we jumped in and opened up the booth to include that spot as well.... and we were ready for business by about 10:15!!! It was so much better!!! We were rejoicing and thanking God for his favor....
So many amazing friendships were made... we made great friendships with the fellow venders around us... we had so many people stop by and visit... others who have adopted... others who were adopted... etc. etc.. My mom said she prayed that their would be a glow around our booth, and there was!! It was amaizng and cool and wonderful!
We did not sell even 1/3 of the items we had... and we aren't sure of the total amount of money we made... we had several hundreds dollars invested in all the items, booth rental, etc... and we know we made that back plus a few hundred dollars. We had a company who gave us books, toys, cookbooks, crafty items, etc. to mark up a little and sell... and we have not paid them yet, therefore aren't sure of a total amount we made.... We have signed up for another craft fair this coming Sat. though... much smaller at a small town close by.... but, every penny we make will be total profit!!! We are praying for much success there.... we have hundreds of dollars of stuff left... we just need to find the people who want/need it! LOL!
So, overall the craftfair was a great success... no, we didn't make $5,000.00, but yes, we did get our names out and yes, we did share with others about our awesome Lord and Savior! I love to share the statistics about 143 million orphans in the world and that if 7% of Christians would take one in there would be NONE!!! People are amazed and just DO NOT know the statistics!! We feel that part of what God called us to do was through our story show others that you can do this... even if you don't have tons of money... if you are obedient to God, HE will provide!!
There were 2 ladies in particular that shared with me that they secretly want to adopt so badly, but their husbands are not willing... I was able to agree with them that we would agree together in prayer that God would speak to them and that they would begin to see and hear the awesome things regarding adoption!

One lady began to cry after entering out booth and quickly asked for more information... I began to share... and it wasn't long until she said, that the day before she'd prayed that God would show her where to give a huge chunk of their income tax return... she said, she immediatly knew when walking into our booth that our babies and adoption was the answer!!! Thank you Jesus!

Our girls LOVED the craft fair so much... we had prayer cards and flyers about our adoption that we handed out... and the girls stood in the isle and handed them out.. telling people that God spoke to our hearts to adopt an orphan or 2.. and that our booth was a fundraiser to bring their brothers home!!!! Talk about making others cry including their parents and Nana!!! We received so many compliments on the girls and I am just so thankful that they also feel the passion and I know they are going to do awesome things regarding adoption/orphans for the rest of their lives! Thank you Lord!!!
We did snap a few pictures, but my camera batteries ran out... so there is only a few.... and I just realized that we got NO pictures after we moved into the 2nd space as well... so these look really cramped, but it was MUCH better than it looked... I can't believe we didn't get a picture of it all spread out.. oh well... WAY to much going on to grab the camera, I guess...

These first few pictures were just after we'd gotten all the stuff hauled in there... what a mess... as you can see it SLOWLY came together....






Here are some pictures of some of the stuff we had in the booth.... we made the pictures...











7 comments:

Lori said...

It sounds like it was such a blessing!!!

Your poor baby...I had strep go into scarlett fever when I was in 6th grade. I will NEVER forget the doctor telling my mom that I needed to take it easy and we went shopping at the local kmart like store...she PUT ME IN THE CART!!! I was ELEVEN years old! It was bad enough as it was--when I say cart, I'm talking the part up front where your legs hang out (yep, I was THAT small!) but then in walks one of THE coolest girls in middle school (and I was not cool AT ALL!) and saw me in that cart like that...I was mortified. Oh, the memory...
I hope your little one feels better soon!!!

Corinne said...

Looks like you had some great stuff at the craft fair! I would have loved to shop at your booth! Spreading the knowledge around about orphans in itself I am sure made it a great success.Hope your little one is feeling better soon.Sometimes when our children get sick it is much more stressful for the parents than the kids!

Jessica and Chris said...

I love it! wow!!!! i am glad that it went well. you will find lots more people to share your crafts with I am sure of it! I miss you girl!!

Jennifer M said...

Wow, those are amazing!! You guys are so very talented. I wish I could have been there.

I'm sorry to hear about being so sick. That is absolutely no fun at all. I hope she is feeling better now.

I'm glad the craft sale when really well. It sounds like it was a wonderful time. And that stuff is just awesome! Your house must be beatuiful if you can make things like that to decorate.

Cindy LaJoy said...

Hi! Found your blog through Lori's, and we have two boys from Kaz ourselves along with a Kyrgyz son...and two Kaz daughters we are praying will be home before summer!! You have no idea the need in particular for boys in Kaz, rooms filled with beautiful, healthy wonderful little boys which only due to their gender or race are unadopted. If people only knew the joys of boys, they would jump at the chance!!

I understand your conviction that God has spoken to you, I am living it myself in unexpected ways. A mother of FIVE kids?? Me?? NO WAY!!! And yet God spoke (more like screamed) and even when it seemed impossible, He provided every step of the way as long as we listened to Him.

Keep listening to Him, keep telling others and sharing, keep believing. Your son or sons are counting on you!

Your daughters sound much like my sons in their demeanor and hearts. Best of luck to you in all you are doing.

Warmly,
Cindy LaJoy
www.lajoyfamily.blogspot.com
Mom to Matthew (Aktobe, Kaz 9 years old), Kenny (Bishkek, Kyrg...10 years old in 2 days!), and Joshua (Uralsk, Kaz 5 years old)

Jill (& Bob) said...

Glad to hear of the success -- hopefully this weekend will bring even more. Hope that Brooklyn is all better now!

qmiller said...

The pictures are great...and wish I would have been there to buy hair ribbons for my KazCutie!! Congratualtions on touching so many different hearts!
Quaintance

And whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name, welcomes me!” Matt 18:5

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