Thursday, January 12, 2012

What's This Bread and Coffee Thing All About?

After talking with a good friend earlier in the week, she said, "If you wait until you can afford to have kids, you'll never have them." 

I get are expensive.  But, seriously, the cost of adoption makes me want to puke. There, I said it.  Have you ever priced a round-trip flight to Uganda or Ethiopia.  Do it.  I dare ya.  But keep a bucket near you.  (For those of you who know about my love for a certain website that offers discounted flights, hotel rooms, and rental cars...I already checked.  They don't work in those countries...dang it.)

Why is adoption so expensive?  In order to do it efficiently (ha!) and ethically, there are a lot of checks and balances that need to happen to make sure that children aren't being trafficked or "scouted" for adoption.  We're okay with the extra financial cost in order to ensure that the children who are being adopted are really truly orphans. 

This is where friends and family (or people who just love coffee, yummy bread, and orphans) come in. 

For our wedding in August, we asked guests to donate to our adoption in lieu of wedding gifts.  We were able to raise about 20% of our overall goal just by the sheer generosity of the 80 people who attended our wedding!  A BIG THANK YOU goes out to all of them!

We have recently partnered with Loaves of Love, a program created by the good folks at the Fletcher's Lake United Methodist Church.  They originally started making and selling bread to raise money for missions and mission trips.  They have a gajillion different kinds of bread, and I can guarantee that it was made with a pretty big heaping of love from some hometown people.  They are allowing us to take orders and sell their bread AND giving us some of the profit to use toward our adoption.  Amazing, right? 

For those of you who, for some silly reason, are not interested in eating delicious bread made by good people, you can also purchase coffee on our blog.  JustLove Coffee is a group that was started by two adopting parents who were frustrated because there was a serious lack of good fundraising opportunities.  So, for every order of coffee, we get a percentage of the proceeds to go toward our adoption.  And, if you click on the link, you get to see an awesome picture of when our friends threw lavender at us after we said our wedding vows.  It's pretty great. 

So, let's just say that you don't like coffee or delicious bread made by good people, there is also a PayPal link on our blog for those of you who just love helping orphans. 

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1 comment:

  1. Lacey, How did the samples go over? I have sent some to a few others and sales are picking back up. What were some of the favorite flavors? Orange Cranberry Pecan and the Blueberry Cheesecake have gone very well. The chocolate flavors are always big hits.

    We are planning on bringing back "jelly bean" for Easter and a new feature for Saint Pat's day is "Keylime - Pistachio with white chocolate chips". We have made a test batch, it is awesome and is covered with green sprinkles for the the holiday.

    How is the time line looking for the adoption and how is your response? We have you in our prayers.