Our last post talked about all that happened on Monday. My sister gave us the idea to mail some of our cookies to local radio stations as a means of getting the word out and generating some orders. So Monday morning we sent a sample of our cookies to three different stations and waited to see if anything would come of it.
Wednesday morning Mike Shelley, morning announcer at 90.9 WRAF announced our cookies as the official(for that day anyway) cookies of the morning show. He also wrote about it in his blog http://mikesshownotes.blogspot.com telling a little bit about us and posting a picture of the cookies, or what was left of them. WRAF is the flagship station for Toccoa Falls College and actually broadcasts into several states in the southeast as well as over the internet. Unrelated to this event, we received another cookie order that same day.
Thursday morning, Kevin and Taylor, morning show announcers for Atlanta's 104.7 WFSH, shared our adoption story on the air commenting on our cookies, Aaron's CD to come and our fundraisers. Amazingly, Taylor commented that she had actually worked for Bethany Christian Services at some point in the past. They said they would post a link to us on their site. Within hours, a listener and fellow etsy shop owner had contacted us to say that she would be posting a link on her blog and had just twittered her 100+ followers.
After hearing all this on the radio we went to check our email and sites. We had another etsy order from a family member who also made a $250.00 donation through this blog. Jen immediately got to baking. As she was driving the kids to an appointment, she got another order for 2 batches of cookies and 2 loaves of bread. She came home to bake those and upon checking the mail found a check from another family member for $500.00
Friday Jen finally got a break from baking and was able to spend some time catching up on other things that needed to be done. That afternoon she got a call from a family member saying that they would be sending a check for $100.00
This morning while I was out working on the CD, Jen was home baking again. This time she was filling an etsy order for a friend who lives here in Toccoa. When she got home, she found two letters in the mail each with a $50.00 check. Earlier this evening we received an email discussing the details of an order for 4 batches (96!) of cookies to be shipped in the coming weeks.
I heard a sermon recently where the speaker shared how too often we simply ask God to bless whatever it is we're doing when what we should be praying is "Lord what are you doing?, I want to join with you and be a part of it." Then the blessing flows in abundance.
The book that has had the greatest impact on our prayer life as a family has been George Mueller's biography. Our whole family has been faithFULLy praying for months asking our Father to provide the funds necessary to bring our son(a.k.a. Little Brother) home. At some point during the past week, one of our daughters exclaimed "I've been wanting to see a miracle with money like this!!" With every order and donation they yell out "Thank you Jesus!!" without any prompting from us. We are mindful to thank Him for every blessing and to continue to persevere in faith that He will provide exactly what we need when we need it.
Psalm 92:4 "For you make me glad by your deeds, O Lord; I sing for joy at the works of your hands."