"And He took the children in His arms, put His hands on them and blessed them." (Mark 10:16)

Monday, February 21, 2011

Brunch fundraiser update

Laura here.  I've always heard the saying "It takes a village," and never really understood it until yesterday.  I am not good at asking for help. I like to think I can do things myself or just find a way to get it done without having to "bother" anyone.  As God works on me in this adoption process and continually reminds me I can't do it alone, I am learning more about the power of community and reaching out for help.  It's not about bothering anyone.  It's about inviting others to be part of the calling.  And it truly does "take a village."

We had over 40 volunteers with us at our brunch yesterday (pictured below).  They worked hard from 9:30am-2:30pm to be paid in chicken casserole and a t-shirt.  They did this because they love us, because they love our boys, because they care about orphans.   

We are humbled and blessed to report raising a total of $9,283 at our brunch!  Thanks to all of you who served, stopped by to eat, and prayed for these efforts!  After this fundraiser and previous gifts, we are just a little over half way to our needed funds to bring our sons home. 

T-shirts are still available and can be purchased through the link on the right of the blog.  We also have a few other fundraisers in the works and will post more details as they are available. 


Thursday, February 3, 2011

Still Believing

We named this blog, "I Believe in You" after our song and first dance at our wedding.  Cheesy...maybe.  But we had no idea then how much that song would mean to us even now.  A line of the song...

"But I believe in love.  I believe in babies.  I believe in Mom and Dad.  And I believe in You."

Now about those babies, and the whole "Mom and Dad" thing...

Our apologies for the long delay in posts.  This is what’s going on with us…

We are currently compiling the necessary documents to complete the dossier.  Dossier means: a big pile of paperwork that takes a ton of time to fill out and collect.  Some of the items on the list are on us to complete, and we are plugging away.  Others we’re waiting on answers or documents to come from various government offices.  Our goal is to get the dossier and first deposit turned in to our adoption agency by April 1.  No foolin’.  Then we wait for the in-country wheels to turn.  Not sure how long that process will take, but we remain hopeful. 

Many of you have asked how you can help and support us.  Your prayers for us through this process are highly coveted.  We have also come up with some fun fundraising activities in which we’d love for you to participate.  We have a mix of Nashville events, as well as activities for those of you outside Middle TN.

1. Puffy Muffin, “Brunch or Lunch for a Bunch (of kids)!”
Sunday, Feb 20, 10:30 AM – 2:30 PM
$15 adults, $10 kids
229 Franklin Road
Brentwood, TN 37027

Our friends at the popular Brentwood eatery, Puffy Muffin, have generously donated their time and cooking talents to host a brunch benefiting our adoption efforts.  They will be opening up on a normally closed Sunday (times noted above) and allowing us to serve a limited pre-set menu with all proceeds (after actual food cost) going towards our adoption. Isn’t that cool?!  They are tremendously kind people who are also on this adoption journey with us.  They’re adopting from Peru. 
**We also need volunteers to help us seat, serve, and bus tables on this day…shoot us an email at toddpramey@gmail.com if you or a group of friends would like to serve that day.


Yes, the t-shirts we designed are finally ready! You will see a picture of the design and a link to purchase these shirts on the right side of the blog.  They come in a variety of sizes.  They are 100% cotton.  Tax and shipping included in the cost.  Click on the link, purchase a bunch of shirts and you’ll be the coolest people in your town, or even cooler than you already were.  They also make great mission trip uniforms for any service groups planning to make a trip to Haiti :)  In case you are wondering, the words underneath each word are Haitian Creole translations. 

3. MORE T'S FROM 1EIGHTY Clothing Line - www.180living.com

The very kind owner of 1eighty clothing has offered to give us $5 from the sale of any t-shirt on his website through the month of February.   There even happens to be one that says “Believe” (under “featured t-shirts” on the home page). He’s got some great designs, and the shirts feel great.  Be sure to use the promo code “Ramey” at checkout for the donation to be made.  www.180living.com

Other fundraisers in the works:

We are hoping for a ZUMBA-thon to be held in Nashville.  If you’re not familiar with this fun new way to exercise, stay tuned for more details, and get ready to burn calories!

iPad raffle.  Do you have a birthday or maybe a wedding gift to give?  What about something for that graduate you’re so proud of?  An iPad is the way to go.   We’ll have more info on this raffle in the coming months.

Waiting is hard.  Your prayers and support make it easier.   Thank you.

"The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul who seeks Him."  (Lamentations 3:25)

Waiting, Seeking, Believing...