On Friday night all my prayers were answered and all my dreams came true! Oliviafest took on a life of its own and became what will go down in history as the most memorable night of my life! I'm still trying to put into words the incredible love and support that everyone up high on that hill felt that night! It was an awesome night! I will blog more about it as soon as I come down off the high that I'm on:)
We can safely say that money no longer blocks our path to rescue our baby girl from that orphanage! She will be coming home soon! We haven't combined all the totals of the night yet but we are confident that it will exceed $13,000. Seems so simple to say that God is so good but last Friday night, HE WAS AWESOME!!!! He has always been so present there with us, not just Friday night but from the very moment Olivia's sweet face flashed on my computer screen 5 months ago. There is no doubt in our minds that Olivia belongs in our family and that God has big plans for us. We are positive (I think) that Olivia will be our one and only adoption but Lee and I have made a promise to each other and to God that we WILL continue his work. We are committed to these children and to Reece's Rainbow and have made it our mission to make a difference in the world!
Oliviafest will be a yearly event! Stay tuned for details:)
Here are a few pictures of the night. It started with a sunset like non other I had ever seen before. Someone pulled me outside and said to me that at this moment, with this amazing sunset, God had found a way to connect us with our baby girl across the ocean. I honestly felt it was as if he was lighting our path.
The sunset that started it all!
The dining room!!
A few of my girls:) (and me)
The kitchen crew!!! The miracle workers of the night!
Mel and Lee!! Yes, my husband walked around all night with his accordion!!!
More dining room...
The auction tables!!
My amazing brother Dennis! He has quite a fan base after this night!
David and Melissa! Our dear friends that are adopting Aaron from Olivia's orphanage. Can't wait to share this journey with them!
My soda/water bar crew! They had the hardest job but they never left their post! Thank you Kalie, Leeanna, Abby, Gabby, Jack and Joe!
Joey and our sweet Jack:) By the looks on these faces, I'm not sure exactly what they did all night. They were supposed to help in the soda bar all night but I'm have my doubts:)
Last, but so not least... My sisters, the many beautiful ladies in my Moms group. Without these amazing women in my life I would never have the courage to embark on this awesome journey. I love every single one of you and cannot wait to see Olivia in each one of your arms at the airport the night we come home!!!!
As you all can see it was a night not soon forgotten. Have a great week:)