Dear sweet, sweet friends:
Do you love surprises as much as I do? Not just gifts - but TRUE surprises!! Like a surprise when someone comes to visit that you didn't expect. Like an unexpected phone call from someone you miss very, very much? Like an email from someone you haven't heard from in a very long time??
And have you ever seen the blog awards? Who starts those anyway? Knowing there is no giant 'rule book' that says who can start a blog award or not....I decided to have my own little award thingy....It's a "Faithful Friendship Award"....and being as I love, love, love surprises, I decided let's have a little Christmas Eve surprise/Friendship Award from our home to yours....**drum roll please**
You really probably cannot grasp how much your prayers on our behalf meant to us while I was in Africa. We truly believe that the mountains were moved ONLY because of the power of prayer! How faithful God is and for whatever reason He just gets a big ol' kick out of the body praying earnestly, united for a common cause (the orphan!) and believing together for a miracle.
To know that some of you were awake at night praying on our behalf - how very humbling and how it brings tears to our eyes. To hear from others that you kept refreshing A Place Called Simplicity just to see if there was anymore news - WOW!
Many days I could not get internet service (as you know) and Dw would read me your comments and we both would bawl on the phone - to know so many, we have never personally met cared - Yippee Jesus, Yipppee Jesus, Yippee Jesus - You guys totally rock!!
It is a pretty weird feeling to be in a very foreign country, alone (except for my 13 and 15 year old - whom I am to protect!) and unable to make things happen!! We were completely overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support from all of you.....Most of you I have never met, but I truly consider you all my dear friends and....If we could have a giant party and all of you could come and meet our sweet little miracles - that would be the best! BUT as you know that can't happen - we will have to have a giant party in heaven one day - Yippee Jesus!
So while in Africa, overwhelmed with all your kindnesses, I wanted to do something. I thought, "how can I thank at least some of you?" And how can I do that without offending anyone?? (We pastor's wives can pretty much breathe at times and offend someone!??!!?! - ugh)....
I searched the little market places, high and low and finally found something that I wanted to give to some of you....but who and how? I prayed about it. Finally, I came up with this...
Since coming home I have counted all the comments people made and tallied them up....unfortunately I had to draw the line somewhere..... I have a little surprise for those who made the very most comments (while I was in Africa). I will mail them a special little gift I brought back with me. All I need is for each of you to write me at: APlaceCalledSimplicity@yahoo.com and send me your street address and I will have the kids take these sweet little things and package them up and on their way to you.
So Surprise! Suprise! Surprise!! Would: Amie, Rachel (and Mr. Daddy), Lisa in Ohio, Chris and Sarah, Julie Hoagland, Tony and Rett, Waiting Faithfully (Tina), Lori (whose neck I have hugged), Holly, Jaime, Adeye, and Sharla COME ON DOWN!!! Mr. Daddy even gets something extra special cause he and Rach (who made the second most comments) are a package deal and he made some comments that made Dw and I laugh our heads off....thanks Mr. Daddy - your humor is so much appreciated!! =)
Now, please oh please oh please, no hate mail for those who were runners-up...remember your TRUE reward is in heaven!! =)
I pray that these gifts will regularly remind each of you of the continual faithfulness of our Mountain-Moving, Awe-Inspiring, Gasp-Giving God!!
PS I love giving stuff away - so keep the comments coming cause ya' just never know what the future holds!!! =) Much love to all of you from our home to yours!!