Skip this if you don't like people who like orphans, and if you hate cool free shirts and don't appreciate good music.
What you can win:
Text: God sets the lonely in families; He leads out the prisoners with singing. Psalm 68:6
(a) One of these shirts (size and style of your designation, of course). (1 chance)
We have these amazing friends from our time in Okinawa. We only found the Freibergs our last year there, which is sad, but good times were had anyway.
My computer is indisposed, so right here imagine one picture of Sarah sipping coffee with a huge smile on her face, and a different picture of John showing off some sort of poison dart gun that he picked up in southeast Asian travels. And perhaps a picture of sweet little Esther, also with a huge smile on her face 'cause that's how she rolls.
We played music together (extra fun since Sarah and I match up almost perfectly in musical taste, which is to say that we have perfect taste--wait, what?), our daughters played together, and we studied the Bible and many delicious desserts in their home. Some of us were sitting in their living room--finishing up studying a delicious dessert, I believe--when John brought out a piece of paper with a look like Christmas morning on his face and said that they'd received their referral to adopt twins from the Democratic Republic of Congo. The paper had photos of the kids.
Think choosing an adoption agency is hard? Try choosing a better one after your first one turns out to be sketchy. Think getting a home study done is hard? Try trying to get a home-studier-person to fly out to a remote Pacific island. All this around pregnancy, birth, infancy, toddlerhood, etc. etc. of a spunky girl and, you know, the rest of life that marches ever onward. (You can read more about their adoption story thus far at their blog.)
My point is, I can't think of better parents. They have a determined love for these kids. They parent with purpose, joy, forethought, and the love of God. They are aware of adoption's spiritual aspect and how it is an act of profound obedience to and gratitude toward God, and also of its being one of the most practical, hand-dirtying ways for Christians to practice what they preach. This all sounds so theoretical and abstract in a way, but as I type I am picturing that slightly wrinkled piece of paper with those two little waiting faces looking up off of it. Very specific kids who will get a very specific and wonderful family.
Not everyone can (or should) adopt--there are zillions of reasons why. And I know for a fact that some of you have been frustrated in your attempts to adopt or foster children, which is heartbreaking to me. But regardless of our circumstances, I love that we can pitch in to help in this--both through supporting organizations that help parents take care of their own children (a worthy topic, but one for another day) and through supporting our friends who are able to take in those kids without other options.
As we probably all know by now, adoption is expensive, and foreign adoption is rather expensive, and I'm going to extrapolate that foreign adoption while living in a different foreign country is extra expensive. To help fund it, the Freibergs are selling these really cool shirts for only $20. Which is the cost of, oh, one dinner out for one. Or 1/3 of a day at the hair salon. Or a few cappuccinos, if you're speaking my language. Or that random thing from Target that you throw in your cart when you're ostensibly grocery shopping (N.B.: also my language).
The more shirts they sell, the more money they earn off of each shirt. The shirts are only on sale until July 31st, so that's a mere week more to get lots more shirts sold. But you can also WIN one! For free!
How to enter:
To enter the giveaway, choose one or both of these excellent options:
(1) Share the shirt sale page or this blog post on Facebook, Twitter, or any other of those social medias you younguns are using these days. Tag me or send me the link so I know you've done it.
(2) Buy a shirt and forward me the proof (hyfrydol.8787d (at) gmail (dot) com). Then it could be like a buy-one-get-one-free deal.
To reiterate: Do one or two of the above and make sure that I know. If you do both, you'll be entered twice into the drawing.
And 5 of you will also win a CD from that illustrious Richmond, Virginia band known as Moruza. (My big sister's the original piano chick of the family and a thousand times better than me!)
The drawing will be random.
Oh don't think there wasn't going to be one! Coming from the Chief Procrastinatoress, there must be a deadline. Five days from now (11:00 PM EST on Sunday 28 July), entries will be closed. So just do it now.