I hope you all had a lovely weekend. We have been getting a load of snow here in Juneau, and quite frankly I'm sick of it. I love rain, love the sound of it, love the feel, love the smell, love the look of wet pavement, but snow...well, I'll just say I'm not a big fan of it. Getting up at 5 or earlier to clear the drive way is not my idea of a good way to start the day:)
Okay so because of all this snow, I'm pretty sure I will be clocking my workouts on the elliptical. So the training program will go like this...
Monday- Rest Day
Tuesday- 3 miles on Elliptical
Wednesday- 4 miles on Elliptical
Thursday- 3 miles on Elliptical
Friday- Rest Day
Saturday- 7 mile run somewhere outside
Sunday-Cross train (P90X Yoga)
Okay, so I mentioned I have a secret. It's a big one, really HUGE actually. There are still more question marks than answers and it's going to be a very long process and more or less one huge waiting game, but....The Lawlar family has decided to start fundraising to bring home our 4th and (will be) youngest crew member from Ethiopia! See I told you it was huge:) Here are some things we know...
1. We are adopting from Ethiopia through Adoption Associates
2. We are adopting a girl
3. We have a long road ahead of us.
4. We DO NOT have all the funding yet
5. We need about $30,000 for the entire process, this includes our travel expenses.
6. We will be fundraising from now and over the summer before we submit our dossier and all of our paperwork
7. It will take between 18-24 months until we bring her home.
The top part is brass, I hand cut the continent of Africa out of it and stamped the word HOPE into it. Then gave it a nice oxidized finish, I layered it over the copper and attached it to leather using handmade rivets. The closure is from a 100 year barn nail. It's already been used to make a ring and the head is the left over so I figured its best not to waste.
This bracelet holds a lot of sentiment for me, every saw cut, ever hammer hit brings me one bit closer to the most beautiful little brown eyes I will ever see. It represents hope. Hope that we can raise enough funds, hope that we can one day soon see those brown eyes, hope that we can be a difference. As much as I would love to adopt every orphan I see and meet, I can't. I can't make a difference in each and every one of the millions of orphans out there. But we CAN make a difference for one, we can bring hope to one and in by doing so, maybe our kids grow up and decided to adopt and bring hope and love to more. A ripple effect:)
Another way we are planning to raise money is by donations from people who support the cause of adoption. We know we can not do this alone and will need to rely on peoples generosity and kindness. I am attaching a Donation button on my blog that will allow people to help in our efforts to raise $30,000. Please pop into the blog often for updates and thank you so much in advance for your support in our journey to bring home our youngest crew member!