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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

GNO, HIV, and PRAYER



GNO/ Girls Night Out W/ A Twist
I have been meaning to post this for a while ... A friend who is adopting asked a few friends of mine if we would host a Girls Night Out as a fundraiser for her adoption ... I was curious and said what do you mean ?? She explained that during the month of April she had 10 different friend that run in 10 different circles to host a GNO w/ each person attending donating $10, while the host (me and two others provided snacks and drinks) ... Can I just say FABULOUS IDEA ... We had a blast sitting around my table gabbing and raised $180.00 .. The goal is to raise a $1000 just by women getting together and doing what we love to do best eat, talk, and laugh ..


HIV
http://fullhousehandshearts.typepad.com/

You have to visit this site and go to April 22nd post. Erin is an amazing mother of 11 and she is so educated on children w/ HIV (since she has two precious children w/the condition) ... Please educate yourself and learn about this woman's heart and pray for all the children affected w/this who are waiting for families ...

PRAYER

I could go on and on with this list, but here are my highlights ... Family waiting to hear if they were chosen for domestic adoption, family came home w/ child that tested positive w/ HIV (unknown to them), Ivey family on their way to Haiti to serve and visit their precious children they are adopting, sweet couple whose child is sick in Ethiopia (for them to travel soon), My friend Em waiting on her paperwork to bring home 6 yr old and infant from Ethiopia, the many friends waiting for any news about their little ones, a friend who is just starting the process for the second time, my friend Tina's prison ministry (she is truly the hands and feet of Jesus), all those raising money for their adoptions, and my kids (Jeremiah, Elijah, Emily, and Maggie, especially surgery) and as always for my STRENGTH Joseph and my PEACE Abagail (you will be home one day) ...

LOVE YOU ALL (I know I say love you a lot, but why not when you feel it )

21 kind words.:

Bill and Melodie said...

Thanks so much for sharing the fabulous fundraising idea! I am picking out my 10 friends as I type!

Isabella's Mommy & Daddy(Kim & John) said...

What a GREAT way to raise money..
You are such an inspiration..
Great Post..
Have a Great Week.
HUGS
Love ya too girly..

nikki said...

First, I love you too...SO much!

The GNO is a great fundraising idea.

And I love how you have SUCH a huge heart for, well, everything and everyone...

XO
Call me tomorrow if you can!!!

Diane said...

FUN, FUN, FUN!!!
AND :)
You just never know where or when God will nudge that little adoption seed He planted to start sprouting in someone's heart!!! I'm thinking those GNO get togethers sound like just the perfect place to share and enlighten, hope and pray!!!

LOVE THE IDEA,
Diane

Steffie B. said...

Love you too girl....we'll see you soon! ;)

Denise C said...

Oh you are so amazing Gwen! I just adore your heart for these precious babies...God has given you such a gift for furthering HIS plan of adoption....and you do it so beautifully...with such love! I stand in awe of you...
And..just like the others said..I love you too!!! You are so right...just say it!!!
Great pictures of GNO...and fabulous way to raise needed funds! Precious prayer list...I will pray over all of it....and the HIV site too...I am going to visit there in a bit!
Thanks for sharing your beautiful heart again...and cannot wait to see you and Steffie in a few weeks!!!!!
Hugs!!!
Denise

Melinda said...

That is an awesome fundraiser idea! I will have to try that one myself. I will be praying with you on the prayer needs you listed. I just love reading your posts, so inspiring and uplifting. You are awesome! By the way your niece is cute as can be. So happy to see they made it home safe and sound and I will be praying for continued bonding and wonderful health.

~Amy~ said...

What a great idea gwen! You are so amazing...seriously! You are truly God's gift to this world! Love you friend!!!!!

emily said...

Great idea! Wish I were sitting around that table with you and Suz. :)

You are precious and your prayers are coveted. Thank you for your faithful friendship.

I love you dearly.

redmaryjanes said...

Gwen,

I will pray for you. Is there a need for your children? Please let me know, I haven't heard anything.
Thank you for being a constant friend and source of support. I am working on my story for you and will have it very soon.

Much Love to you all,
Kimberley

Katie Jo said...

Gwen,
Love the pics of GNO! Love what you did with it, everyone is doing their own spin. I am going to do one this month and show Bella.
Since everyone is commenting on this fundraiser, let me say that it is good in theory. I have plenty of friend to help, it has just been hard to find 10 friends who have the time to host a GNO. So far there have been 2, #3 will be this weekend, then one later in the month will be #4. Not sure about the rest. I really think this would be a sweet way to raise money for someone without them even being involved.

Kathi said...

I'll pray for all who listed, Gwen. Saying "I love you" is probably one of the best blessings you can say to someone...I just told Crystal on her blog that I love her..I'm not ashamed that I said that; it's true.

Love ya too, girl

I've been really sick lately (with a fever for a few days), but I'm finally feeling better with some major antibiotics (Zithromax) and Prednisone; so can you say prayers for me that I keep getting better? I go back to the doctor next week for a follow up

Mom of 5 said...

Love the ideas -good thoughts sent to those in need.

Our Family Adventure said...

You are a precious women of God and I'm so blessed to read your blog! I am praying...

My precious son, who waits for us in Haiti, also needs prayer. He's been sick severval times with pnuemonia the past year and in the hospital. This last time he needed a blood tranfusion due to anemia. He's only 18 months. So small and weak and we are just praying he makes it home alive. Our dossier is stuck and hasn't moved in 17 months...we are weary...

I praise God for your heart...Blessings,Terry

mommy24treasures said...

Love you too! You always brighten my day.
I certainly will say a prayer for all of the needs you listed...
LOVE the pics in the post below!!! SO glad they are home. Home... doesn't that sound WONDERFUL???

Jewels of My Heart said...

What a fun and wonderful fundraising idea.... too bad most of my friends are in bloggerville. lol
Thank you for sharing about your friend and for your prayer requests. Will be lifting you all up in prayer.
God's Peace my friend and God's Speed to your Strength and your Peace.

Kelly said...

So wish I could've been there. Look forward to the next GNO. Love the bunny ears Retta :o)

Our Family Adventure said...

My last post said we were stuck for 17 months in IBESR...I meant over 7 months...sorry.

Chris & Lindsey Wheeler said...

I can't believe I forgot about GNO!!!!!!!! I am so sad. I really want to hang out soon friend.

Love,
Lindsey

Leigh Ann said...

What a great idea - looks like you guys had a blast!

Beckyb said...

LOVE this idea - I hope to use it as well here shortly!!!

YOu are a sweetheart - love you too!