The XBOX goes to Cynthia Wignall!
The ipad goes to Pamela Ballard!
The Apple TV goes to Tracy Graham!
Every entry was assigned a number and those numbers were put into random.org and these three winners were the lucky numbers!!!
Congratulations and thank you all!!!
THANK YOU seems like it doesn't even begin to express how we feel for all the love, support and donations we have received! We have been blown away! On the final day of the giveaway I pretty much cried all day long as every time I opened my browser I saw a flood of love being shown to us through donations, messages of support, sharing the story and it all touched us deeply to watch so many people rallying together for the good of this one child.
"There are two ways to live your life,
one is as though nothing is a miracle.
The other is as though everything is a miracle."
Last night we had the opportunity to share our story and speak about miracles.
The ways which our family has come together is nothing short of miraculous.
Some of the miracles in our lives are easy to see, they are obvious.
Mia's story is miraculous, the twins story is miraculous. They can both easily be identified as a miracle.
But what about all the ordinary, every day miracles that are all around us? We experience them all the time if we will look for them.
A friend once said "if you don't believe in miracles, try falling in love with an orphan"
We are all a part of miracles all around us, we just may not realize it.
All of you.......
every single person who donated or shares our story
is part of a miracle.
A miracle for one little boy.
During the course of this fundraiser we have witnessed many miracles
One of my favorite songs is "Ordinary Miracle" by Sarah McLachlan. It was playing on the blog when I first found Mia's picture that Christmas season 4 years ago and it has held special meaning ever since.
"It's just another ordinary miracle today".....
an ordinary miracle that through social media the story of a little boy living in an orphanage on the other side of the world waiting for a family, can bring friends, family, and strangers together in an act of pure love.
an ordinary miracle that a little 3 year old and 6 year old who have never met our family, would be instantly willing to give up the money in their piggy banks for a little boy "because he needs a family"
an ordinary miracle that someone we do not know would donate generously with a note that says "Because I have been given much I too must give, because of thy great bounty Lord each day I live. I shall divide my gifts from thee with every brother that I see, who has the need of help from me.....Because of Jesus Christs' sacrifice you are our family and we cant think of a better way to spend our money this christmas season than on family....thank you for reminding us what truly matters and what christmas is all about"
an ordinary miracle that people dealing with their own struggles of unemployment, sickness and stress still give generously and lovingly
an ordinary miracle that a 6 year old girl who's mom has been going through cancer treatments this year gives what she has.... when her parents asked how much of her money she wanted to donate she said "how much do i have?" ...24.14...."ok I want to give it all"
an ordinary miracle that people willingly give their profits from their jewelry or book sales
an ordinary miracle that a group of children set up their own hot chocolate stand in the cold to raise money to donate to this little boy
an ordinary miracle that early on in the giveaway a boy with autism donated his own money and wrote his own note with the donation telling us " you are making a difference, keep going"
an ordinary miracle that friends come together with generous items for the giveaway.
an ordinary miracle that at a moment when I was struggling emotionally worrying about this little boy and his current well being while he waits, and the next donation that comes in comes with a note that reads "God is holding and protecting that sweet angel until you are able to hold him in your arms"
an ordinary miracle that stirs something inside of so many people to lovingly share the story of this little boy with their own friends and family to help, and many of those people in turn do the same.
an ordinary miracle that threads continue to weave and stories connect in miraculous ways
an ordinary miracle that so many people who already supported one orphan four years ago, willingly support another now
an ordinary miracle that each and every penny donated was an answer to prayers, and each share is another voice saying "baby Noah your life matters "
These are just a small portion of the MANY ordinary miracles we have witnessed and EACH one has moved us and left us wanting to be better people as we have seen the goodness around us!