February 13, 2012

WOW! and sou cow

Some of you may know that we had a fundraiser this past weekend. We worked together with my parents to host a dinner and silent auction at their church in Cookeville. And when I say “we worked together”, I mean they worked their rears off and we did a few things. Seriously, they were awesome!

Let me start with Saturday morning, the morning of our event. We woke up to snow falling, a dusting covering the ground, and some slick spots on the roads.  Now, it was not much snow, but for Tennessee, it was enough to make me wonder if people might just stay in that night.
Then we got a phone call…the couple who was supposed to be our entertainment for the evening, the couple who so many were excited about seeing, had 3 inches of snow in their driveway. They live 4 hours east of Cookeville and could not make the drive. So within 1 hour of waking up, we were feeling discouraged and defeated.  

But God…

My parents called their pastor and asked if he might have any suggestions. His words were “do not worry about it; I will take care of it”. We called him at 8:30am and he managed to have something put together (including music) by that evening. We (my mom and me) were both crying. One, because after you plan for so long, it stinks to have something fall through last minute. We place NO blame whatsoever on the couple who were going to provide the entertainment. They stayed right where the needed to be. But it was hard to hear that news. And two, because they have a really awesome pastor who had just told us not to worry about it. This is a man who is preaching on Sunday morning and I am sure had much better things to do on Saturday. Complete coolness.
Oh, and the snow stopped about noon and the roads cleared soon after. Another praise.
Our event began at 5:30pm and it went GREAT! The decorations were wonderful, there were over 170 auction items, and Max (my parents’ pastor) was hilarious! I even met a couple who is thinking about adopting. I just love hearing about others who are considering this journey…so fun.

Now here is the reason part of the title is “WOW”…we had hopes to make around $2,000. That was our “pie in the sky” number. Do you know much God brought in?
Can you believe it? God is SO good. I know I have said this over and over again here, but PLEASE do not let the cost of adoption hold you back from it. If God has called you to it, HE will provide. 

And now for the other part of the title, we got a cow. Well, actually my granddad got the cow, several cows to be exact. We took a little field trip to his farm to pick out the perfect cow. We made a very educated decision based on how quickly she came when called and how she ate. And now my Granddad is going to fatten her up so we can eat her (sorry PETA). 
Here she is…
Her name is Chanel No.14. I would tell you the reason, but I am afraid you might not think it was as hysterical as we did, so I will just leave you to guess at how we arrived at that name :)


Cathie said...

Oh my goodness!!! That is amazing! I love seeing how God works!

maureen said...

Hurray hurray hurray! So happy for you!

The Rohman Family said...

I am in tears! I hated that we missed it but had a vacation planned for the weekend. Is Max an amazing man of God, OR WHAT!?! 5500 dollars!!! WOW!!!