The Desire of Honeybee's Heart

(dimensions: 69″ x 55″)

Honeybee has a dream. She wants to travel to Ethiopia to visit her grandmother and help bring one of her special friends home from AHOPE. She has been talking about this for the past few weeks, and despite the fact that we don’t have the means to purchase a plane ticket for her, she believes that God does. Her faith and hope are so great and I want to believe with her.


Last week I spoke with a friend who just brought two daughters home from AHOPE. These two girls arrived at AHOPE shortly after Honeybee did and they grew up together. When I told their mother about Honeybee’s desire to travel to Ethiopia with my friend, Signe, she immediately offered to send me a quilt her sister designed and made, and suggested I raffle it off on my blog. So here I am…a little hesitant, but Honeybee is full of faith that this quilt will help her make her way to Ethiopia.

I had hoped to travel with Honeybee and Signe, but after discussing it with Dimples’ and Eby’s therapist, I have come to the sad realization that I cannot go. For now, Deborah feels that I should not be gone for more than three days at a time. This is very hard for me, but one of my best friends, Michele, is going to go in my place and be Honeybee’s special companion.

You can win this beautiful quilt and help fulfill Honeybee’s dream:

~Entering is easy! Just make a donation via the “Chip-In” button on the top right of my blog. You are automatically entered for the drawing. I will track your entries via the email address provided at the time of your donation.

~Every $5 donation earns one entry. Every $20 earns 5 entries!

~The winner will be randomly drawn on December 18, 2009 and announced here.

~The Winner must contact me within 10 days and provide a mailing address. I will ship the quilt after Christmas, unless the winner requests that it be shipped on Dec. 19th.

~If you blog, FaceBook, or Twitter, about this event, leave me a comment at any time during the event and I will give you an extra entry.

~Please leave a comment or email me if you have any questions or problems donating.

~This is a simple raffle to support my daughter in her desire to travel to Ethiopia. If we do not raise enough for her to go, the money will be donated to From HIV to Home. To be ultra-careful, I reserve the right to make any changes necessary to this raffle!

~Today, November 19, is Early Bird Extra Entry Day!! To thank you for your help in kicking this event off, I am doubling entries for anyone who donates today!

Below is a photo showing some detail of the quilt.


(Note: added Thursday night – Nov. 19. Thank you for your outpouring of love and generosity to Honeybee. You can imagine her excitement as she has watched the Chip-In numbers go up and up today. I am humbled and in awe of your kindness and God’s faithfulness. We have great hopes of seeing her dream fulfilled.)

~Lisa

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Let me introduce myself. Russ and I are the parents of twelve children by birth and adoption, and sometimes more through foster care. I'm the creator of One Thankful Mom which has been as much of a gift to me as to my readers. In 2011 I became a TBRI® Pracitioner* and have lived and breathed connected parenting ever since. I'm deeply honored to be the co-author, together with the late Dr. Karyn Purvis, of The Connected Parent; it is her final written work. I love speaking at events for adoptive and foster parents. I'm also the co-founder of The Adoption Connection, a podcast and resource site for adoptive moms. I mentor and encourage adoptive moms so you can find courage and hope in your journeys of loving your children well.

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  1. Nicole Anderson
    November 19, 2009

    Thank you for doing this!! What a wonderful cause!! If you do not have the full amount raised after this blog raffle, and I win, I will raffle the quilt again! We will get her to Ethiopia to visit!!

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  2. *Ashley Lou*
    November 19, 2009

    My name is Ashley and I am a PAP with an agency to adopt a baby from Ethiopia.I have never commented on your blog but I have learned so many things from it and have come to love your childrens' stories. I can't think of any better cause then to help a child's trust in God…that he could get the glory from Honeybee's "impossible" becoming "possible"! In addition to donating to the raffle, I have also re-posted this in hopes that others who don't follow your blog will have the opportunity to help too! So excited for this to happen for Honeybee, what a great strengthener of faith!
    -smithfamilylowdown.blogspot.com

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  3. Andrea
    November 19, 2009

    I love this idea! ;o) Will pray that God provides the means for Honeybee! ;o)

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  4. *Ashley Lou*
    November 19, 2009

    And double entries??? Thats 10 entries for $20! Thats a great raffle "deal" Thank you for letting us all be a part of this journey!

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  5. Signe
    November 19, 2009

    We are off to a great start. I posted it on my blog. Tell Honeybee that I am still praying, and that she should pack her bag.

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  6. Jennifer
    November 19, 2009

    just added this to my facebook post. Hope you reach your goal!

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  7. rachel
    November 19, 2009

    This brought me out of lurkdom 🙂 – keep the faith, Honeybee! I believe that you'll find a way to make this trip, too.

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  8. PastorMac's Ann
    November 19, 2009

    Donated, tweeted and posted a link on my Facebook page, Lisa. Please let Honeybee know that I'm praying that God will provide more than abundantly for her trip and that she would be blessed in amazing ways while she travels.

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  9. beth.
    November 19, 2009

    Beautiful quilt, but even more importantly, beautiful reason. I hope you enjoy your time in Ethiopia, Honeybee.

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  10. TheHappyNeills
    November 19, 2009

    Hi! I have been following your blog for awhile…just noticed in my reader that now only the first part of your posts show up rather than being able to read the whole post without opening a new tab to the blog. Was that intentional? Thought I'd let you know, in case you did want the entire post to be readable and it wasn't intentional.
    Blessings,
    Kendra
    http://www.sugarplumorphans.com

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  11. Mary Katherine
    November 19, 2009

    For some reason, the progress we've made isn't showing up on the main page of the blog. 🙁

    The "Chip In" badge still says $0.

    -Mimi

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  12. Jillian and Crew
    November 19, 2009

    Lisa-

    I put you "on blast" we use to say :)…facebook, my blog and twitter… I love this idea but we also LOVE quilts….We are going to chip-in too but paypal and I are having a fight right now 🙂 I will win!

    I think it is awesome that you guys are stepping out on faith with Honeybee on this.

    Jillian

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  13. Robin
    November 19, 2009

    donated and posted your link on my FB page. Please let Honeybee know that I'm praying that others too will be touched by her story!

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  14. Bear Creek Mama
    November 19, 2009

    Oh Lisa, I am sitting here in tears as I read this – God knows the desires of our hearts so well – I see that you posted at 12:00 and I am reading at 3:59 central time and you've already raised $850. Beyond her wildest expectations! He is SO GOOD! I've a stinking feeling that there won't be any issue sending Honeybee to ET!
    I would like to blog about this on my blog – any way to help!

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  15. The Barr Family
    November 19, 2009

    I posted on facebook and will post on my blog and will donate when we get paid…I love you guys and its great to see that people can give a little bit each and it adds up to something so great! Em

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  16. Jennifer
    November 19, 2009

    Lisa,

    This is so exciting! I am thrilled to chip in. I don't have a blog, but I did post it on Facebook!

    Jen Shifflett

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  17. Ann
    November 19, 2009

    Honeybee! I love your faith! You are so right, God can and WILL make a way.

    "Ask not and receive not but ask and receive that your joy may be FULL!"

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  18. Andrea H.
    November 19, 2009

    Can't believe how much money you already raised. This was done very profionally. Love it. I am so excited for Honeybee she gets to do this. ha, you will have the money raised by tomorrow or in a few more days!!

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  19. christall
    November 19, 2009

    Wish it could have been more – but we donated to *the cause* and are praying that her sweet heart is open to the amazing things that God has in store for her and this trip that she WILL be going on!

    I'm going to stick it on the blog and facebook as well – but most importantly we are praying!

    Christall

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  20. Nancy
    November 20, 2009

    SO SWEET! I hope someday my kids get to go back to Ethiopia to see left-behind friends and relatives too. Can't wait to read about Honeybees trip! We donated and posted a link on Facebook.

    Love & Blessings,
    Nancy, Naomi, & Josiah
    abundanceofgrace,blogspot.com

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  21. Laurel
    November 20, 2009

    Wow! I can't believe how much has already been donated. I'm sure Honeybee is already making plans. So excited to see God's people coming together to provide for the faith of this precious little child of God … and your faith as her Mama to let her go without you.

    Hugs!

    Laurel 🙂

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  22. Shonah
    November 20, 2009

    I have been reading your blog for awhile and really love the insight that you bring to raising children and especiallly adopted children:)

    I have posted a link in the sidebar of my blog to help Honeybee raise her Ethiopia money. We will be praying for your family and for Honeybee to be able to make her trip.

    Thanks be to God that she believes in him to provide for her, I know he will!

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  23. Cassc
    November 21, 2009

    What a wonderful idea! I see that Honeybee is really close to making her goal, what an amazing blessing!! I'm having trouble getting to the donation page (when I click on the badge it it just switch from overall stats to daily stats) any idea what I'm doing wrong? I'll also get this on my FB page asap. (and as a side bar to your friends sister the quit is beautiful!)

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