So my darling children want to do something to help raise money to bring home their next siblings. They have talked about a lemonade stand and an ice-cream stand. I said no to both of those because - let's face it, I'm going to have to do most of the work and will probably watch them literally eat up all the profits. Not too long after one of these discussions I noticed Charity and Joseph standing out by the street trying to sell their "artwork" as a fundraiser. It simultaneously made me laugh out loud and touched/broke my heart. They want to DO something! That same day I was reading a new blog and saw a fundraiser that her kids were doing - I knew it was one my kids would LOVE and was something they could actually do and that hasn't been done by every adopting family we know. So, today I ordered a 500 piece puzzle by my favorite artist. The kids will get "sponsors" for each of the 500 pieces. We will then write the name of the "sponsor" on the back of the puzzle piece. The goal is for them to be able to see 500 people give a little bit (minimum of $1) to help them meet their goal. 500 people who will have a part in something bigger than themselves. We will eventually frame the puzzle with glass on both sides so that our family - and especially the new ones will have that reminder of God's faithfulness and the kindness of our friends and family (after the adoption is over - since framing isn't cheap and one of the main goals is for them to raise some money :)! I love this for many reasons but also because most kids can scrounge up a dollar or two and so I won't care when they hit up their friends to be a "sponsor". This should be fun!
This will be the finished product: