I remember so clearly the day we first met.
It was Christmas some 15 years ago.
In a little wrapped box contained 15 little letters
I was so excited to meet this new friend that Christmas. My love of baking had just begun. I was just learning the joy of making bread and the satisfaction of making cakes that people loved to look at and eat! I had really wanted a Kitchenaid, but as a poor college student it was well outside my budget! My parents surprised me with one that Christmas. I am so rarely surprised. I tend to pay attention to tiny little details so not much sneaks past me, but this one certainly did surprise me! I wasn't expecting such a nice gift at all! I remember jumping up and down and being so excited! That trusty mixer and I have been together for a long time. My joy of baking grew (not to mention my skills! I thought I was good back then, but truthfully I probably wasn't the best!). Up until today, there have been few days that my mixer friend and I didn't spend some time together.
That all ended today...
My good ol' friend blew up today. I was busy mixing the last of my dough for the 4 dozen buns I needed to whip up today when I went to turn it off, but before my hand reached the knob there was a loud and heart breaking CLUNK! My poor mixer said it was her time to be done. She had mixed enough cakes, whipped enough frosting, and kneaded her last batch of dough. So sad!
Goodbye old friend! You will truly be missed!
Ok, so the events of my story are completely true...just written in a little tongue and cheek. My poor mixer did bite the bullet today. Now, any other time I would just be totally bummed about it, but not necessarily as discouraged as I am feeling today. Remember, I recently began selling baked goods at our local farmers market. It was much more successful than I had even imagined. Now, without a mixer my baking days are done.
"Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy" James 1:2 NLT
I will CHOOSE my attitude in this!
I will NOT remain discouraged!
I WILL trust in the LORD!
We feel like Satan is wanting to discourage us and our efforts. We firmly, without hesitation, believe that God has called us and has blessed our adoption. Satan is none too pleased!
I could easily get really upset and anxious over such a seemingly small thing as a mixer breaking.
It looks like we will be traveling in about 8-10 weeks if nothing major comes up. We are so thrilled!! I can hardly stand it! But, we are about $15,000 from being fully funded. A lot of money has come in, but we have a LOOOONG way to go in a short period of time. We've been working our tail off fundraising. We never want to be accused of sitting on the side lines just asking people to fund us. We have worked hard and are willing to continue to work hard! The farmers market is A LOT of work, but worth it in the end by the amount of money it brought in for our baby girl. Now, unless the Lord somehow blesses us with another heavy duty Kitchenaid type mixer, those days are done. We just can't justify taking that amount of money away from Charlotte. Our profits would never be worth the work and time it takes. We will keep working hard and TRUST that the Lord has an alternate plan to bring in the funds.
If you have any good ideas for fundraising, please share with us! We need your help!