Monday, September 15, 2014

Charlie's Tree: Giveaway!

I've been brainstorming ideas for about a month now, trying to think of clever, and efficient ways to raise $1000 for Angel Tree. I have quite a few ideas in my head, and have decided to begin fundraising now, that way when Angel Tree opens, I will have gotten a bit of a head start!

Since donations directly to Charlie's profile don't count towards the Angel Tree goal of $1000 until November 1st, I am going to set up a donation button on the right hand side of the blog so that if people feel inclined to enter any of the fundraisers I'm having ahead of time, their donations will still go towards the $1000.  The money raised before November 1st will be kept safely in the Pay-Pal that I use for Angel Tree, and on November 1st I will transfer it safely to into Charlie's account. :)

Today I purchased the pieces, and pieced together an oh so lovely necklace, hand assembled, a beautiful pendant that reads "For this child I have prayed" hung on a 16 inch heart chain.  I'm honestly a little jealous that I can't wear it, the winner of this will be so, so, lucky! :)



How To Enter:

If you would like to enter to win this absolutely beautiful necklace, you can do one of two things (Or both to gain 2 entries!)

1.) Make a donation of any amount to the donation button located on the right hand side of the blog. (**Note: Please do not make your donation Anonymous, and please include your email.  Otherwise I will not be able to contact you if you win.**)

2.) Share this blog post on your social media! Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, ect. and be sure to comment below once you've shared so I know to count you in the entries at the end of this fundraiser! :)

If this goes well I will be sure to hold more of these, and I will switch up the necklace pendant, and chain so that you all have some variety.

I will draw the winner on the 20th, that is 5 days from now so get your entries in! :)

Have questions? Feel free to email me: AlyssaGoodhue@hotmail.com


Sunday, September 14, 2014

Angel Tree, Angel Tree, ANGEL TREE!!!

Yes, it is that time again...Angel Tree time!!  I love, love, love this time of the year and was a little worried that I wouldn't know which child to choose.   In my confusion of not knowing which child was "my" child, I sat for a little bit and prayed, I told God to bless me with the little one that needed me most, and He did just that.  I was so eager to sign up, and be this little one's warrior that this morning, when I woke up and saw that the sign ups were open early, I nearly fell off my bed trying to grab my laptop... Yes, I am that excited, and READY for Angel Tree!  I've waited all day, eagerly checking my email to see if I was indeed this little ones warrior, the anticipation  was really making me go nuts, so you can only imagine the joy that filled my heart when I saw that I was officially Charlie's Angel Tree Warrior!!  I would love for you to meet "my" cutie:

Charlie's Reece's Rainbow Profile: http://reecesrainbow.org/81243/charlie-2

I am head over-heels, so in love, constantly swooning, over this baby boy, and am SO ecstatic to be his warrior this Christmas season!  Sweet Charlie will be 2 years old in December, he was born with Down syndrome, and is clearly adorable!  I am working on some fundraisers to kick off the Angel Tree project, there will be more blog posts about those fundraisers as they finish and become ready for the public eye. :) 

I really, really, hope that you will consider following my blog to be updated on fundraisers, Charlie's cuteness, and out progress during Angel Tree!  I love my followers, and I love it when I can make an impact in other lives, so please consider joining us this holiday season as Myself, and little Charlie raise $1000 towards the cost of his adoption (Because without Charlie's adorable face, I wouldn't raise any money.). 


Thursday, August 21, 2014

Still I will Praise

Photo Cred: Pinterest

This hit me hard tonight. For one reason, in September it will have been three years since my little sister, Addison Ruth, passed away.  Three days before she would hopefully make her appearance in this world, God decided it was time for her to come home, she had already pleased God with her life of 9 months, and her time here was finished.  When we lost Addison we relived the same days for months, we sank into this never ending black whole, and oh the pain was, and some days still is torturous.  We clung to God, knowing that He is the only one that could carry us through such a time, that never seemed to end.

But you see we had a choice to make, and it was not an easy choice, would we choose to praise Him in that time?  Regardless of the fact that most days we didn't have the energy to get out of bed, we didn't want to see people, or deal with the bantering of the exhausted, confused, sad, little ones that still needed to be tended too, eating was out of the question, and well the tears they never stopped, regardless of our tiredness, sadness, anger, and exhaustion, would we choose to praise Him even when He takes away?

Did we want to?  Well I'll speak for myself and say that no, I didn't.  I was angry, furious even, I felt like God had teased me.  He gave me the little sister that I had asked for, for so long, and then had taken her from me, before I was able to truly enjoy her, I felt cheated.  I didn't sign up for this, why me, it wasn't fair.  So, why would I praise Him in that time, it was almost like I was trying to punish God.

As the days got worse, I knew in the back of my mind that turning away from God, and choosing not to worship Him, and not trusting that He is all knowing, all powerful, and all mighty was only going to hurt me, and damage me even further than I was already.  So, I turned to God and I told Him I was angry with Him, that I didn't understand, and I was not okay with what was happening, but that I would praise Him anyways because He is the God who gives, and takes away all for a purpose and bigger picture that I cannot see.   I clung to Him for dear life, because I was sure that I would not make it through loosing Addison, I was sure that my heart would never heal, I was sure that there was "no purpose" for this, I was sure.

But here I am, three years later about to celebrate Addison's 9 months of life, and I can look back and see where praising God even when He takes away had benefited me.  Addion's 9 months of life, and God calling her home, have allowed me to share, and witness to other young women who have had a sibling be still born.  I have now been able to be a crutch, a listening ear, a soft heart, and open hand to families, and young women who have suffered the same loss as I have.  Addison's life, changed my life, and God used her to strengthen my walk, trust, and hope in Him.

Choosing to praise Him even when He takes away is one of the hardest things that I have ever had to do, but it is so worth it in the long run.

So now I have a question for you, will you choose to praise Him even when He takes away?