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    updated 8.29.11

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Late Thursday night, I broadcasted an appeal via Twitter, Facebook and this blog…a plea for help on a lot of projects that, barring a miracle, were not going to get done before Piper is born (and arguably, not even after Piper is born…).   Adoption and having babies is glorious, but this July we’ll have 3 more than we did last July, and this has stretched us a bit. We needed real help…and real help arrived.

I can’t possibly mention everyone who pitched in, but the range of people was amazing!  Also amazing were the mad skillz they brought to the table, er, the yard.  For instance, Steve Banderman…


Steve walked in Friday afternoon and said “what can I do?”   I suggested he finish painting the shed, which was 2/3’s done.  In no time flat, he finished it and asked “what else?”   He showed up Saturday afternoon with his sons and at my request, started trimming the bushes.  Soon an FSM student, Josh, jumped in with him…this led to cleaning out 100+ feet of tree line and revealing 2 fences, a pile of wrought iron, and a stone wall that we didn’t know existed!

To illustrate how big this all was, the brush pile in my yard is (no exaggeration) about 12 feet tall, 15 feet wide and 25 feet long.  Never in 100 years would I have asked someone to take on this project…they just saw it needed doing and they did it.    Mulch party to come….


The Unsung Heroes Department….was certainly the basement paint crew!  Pictured here are Sam, Susan and Isaac.   There were a number of others as well who, on one of the most beautiful days of June, worked for hours in the basement.  Skillz?  You’re looking at a gifted teacher/leader, a Ph.D candidate, and a graphic designer….painting our ping pong paladium.  Including the ceiling.  Greater love hath no man than to paint another man’s basement ceiling.  Sorry about the contact lenses, Sam.


Some people have the Gift of Ambiance.   While the crew was trimming all the rose bushes, Ashley Rose Webb decided we needed to salvage some of them so she hunted through the kitchen until she found a vase and assembled this gorgeous mass of flowers for the table.  It was a great touch!

Two things stood out to me – first of all, just how much we got done. My friend, Craig, built a rabbit hutch.  Adam stained it.  Steve and his crew cleaned out trees.  Others painted the basement.  One storage barn was reorganized and had new doors installed.  Another one was painted entirely.  Flowerbeds were weeded.  Five hall closets were cleaned out and organized. The boys’ 1930’s bathroom toilet was replaced with a working model.  The raccoon pooping station on the roof was cleaned and salted with Raccoon-B-Gone stuff.  A ton of poison ivy was sprayed.  My wiring problem was fixed. The screened in porch was emptied of it’s storage and cleaned spotless.  The troops were fed.  It was a phenomenal effort.

Second, I was so surprised at how many people I’d never personally met actually pitched in, often all day! There were a good number who only knew me through twitter or the blog.  It was a little surreal – but awfully welcome help!   It’s helping me rethink the reach of social media…and wondering about a Zoe Foundation Tweetup with adoptive parents, adoptees, and people who wish to adopt, perhaps this year at the Onething Conference.

We could never thank everyone personally – there were so many who flew through for a few hours (and a large number for the whole day!) and worked for zilch (ok, a killer burger around 5pm) just because they believed in what we’re doing.  It was very humbling – but at the same time, exciting to see how people would like to partner with us in extending LIFE beyond that which comes easiest or most comfortable.

This weekend was not about getting our house in order.  It was about affirming a family’s commitment to  making room for those that society would cast away, and proving that the adoption movement is way bigger than just a family adding a child.  It was a tangible way for many to say yes to LIFE.

Also thanks to those who mashed the DONATE button to the right!  You helped feed a hungry army and buy a few supplies along the way!


5 Responses

  1. The power of community in action. I highly recommend Irresistable Revolution and Pagan Christianity both speak profoundly about The Church and her real role. I’m glad you got the help you need.

  2. I’m so excited! I often put on myself that we need to carry our burdens ourselves. This was a good reminder that we are part of the body of Christ and need each other to fulfill each destiny we represent.

  3. Randy, that’s so awesome. I’m so happy for you guys! Maybe we can come visit the Compound soon….. 🙂

  4. Don’t tease us now, girl. It’s only a few hrs….

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