Monday, July 16, 2012

谢谢 Xie xie, Thank you

How many ways are there to say thank you? I have know idea. I have just spent 20 minutes searching the Internet with that question and it keeps coming back with "Thank you"  I suppose until someone comes up with another way then I will just have to leave it at that.
So, I guess you are wondering what I am so thankful for. The question should be where do I begin? The beginning seems to work. 

This is the Nichols family. They bought some hats from our fundraiser for Blossom back in February 2012. This is a picture of their family wearing their Bring Blossom Home Hats.

On May 14, I received an E-mail from this family telling me that the Orphan Care Ministry at their church would like to have a car wash fundraiser and donate all of the proceeds to help Bring Blossom home. I was amazed at this offering to help Blossom. This family had never met me, and not only did they buy some hats, their church wanted to help. I was so amazed at this. I replied and said yes, thank you, I would feel so blessed by this. Time went on and the car wash was set for July 14, in Concord CA. I decided to ask if I could travel to Concord with my kids and meet the people who were doing this for us and Blossom. I was so happy to hear YES! 

Yesterday my children, nephew, niece and I, all piled into a van and headed to the Bay area. We arrived at Mountain Mikes Pizza excited, nervous and ready to go. We were greeted with about 30- 40 people who were so excited to have us come.  This was the most intense car wash I had ever seen. When we arrived there were already 4 cars being washed simultaneously and another being pulled in. People were every where. I began meeting people I have only E-mailed with and also meeting new friends. The energy that was buzzing around this event was so intense. People were talking with me and it seemed as though we were old friends who have not seen each other in years. I am usually one who is not real comfortable just striking up a conversation with people I don't know, but this was different. All of these wonderful people were here working to help bring my Blossom home. WOW!!!! 
I can not describe the feeling of comfort, love, compassion, friendship, and unity I was feeling at this time. Yes, I kept getting choked up each time I spoke to people and told them how happy I was for what they were doing. I couldn't help it. The Holy Spirit was alive and having His way with this car wash. It seemed that as soon as one car pulled out another took it's place. The children here were absolutely amazing. When a car pulled in they would run over to in and begin washing it down with soap, when that was done some one else would hose it off and then people began drying the car and then off the car would go.  I have seen so many car washes in my time and they will have at best two maybe three cars in at a time. Truthfully they a great deal of the time stand empty waiting for someone to come in. Not here, it stayed busy the entire time I was here. Here are random pictures of the car wash event.

Matthew and Lilly Rose (niece)


Erica and Jessica


Nathan Nicolas (nephew) Lilly Erica

The gang who brought them coming!

So cute!

We had a blast. After the car wash we headed over to the Nichols families home and rested for a little while. The kids were able to jump in their pool and cool off after all of their hard work.

Then we headed out to a local park with several other families that have adopted children from Harmony House. One family came from Fresno that also has a daughter they adopted from Harmony House.We had the most wonderful food. I still want the recipe for those BBQ baked beans! The children who had worked so hard at the car wash began running around the park climbing everywhere playing with each other. Where does that energy come from? And where can I get a supply? I again began chatting with everyone hearing their stories and telling mine. Time just seemed to fly by.

New friends

These 2 hit it off from the get go!

Everyone gathered to hear the final total that was raised at the car wash. So again the Lord amazes me with His goodness. This whole event would have been worth it to have just met these new friends who care about Blossom. I would have considered it a huge success and amazing blessing if we would have raised 300 or 400 hundred dollars. These two things alone would have made my day for the longest, but you all know the Lord by now, He likes to pour out his blessings upon those who delight in doing His will. So here we go, check this out!!!!  #1. An anonymous donor tells Christine "if you can raise $1,000.00 from the car wash I will match it." WHAT!!!!! $1,000.00? No one brings in $1,000.00 doing a 4 hour car wash.  Then another anonymous donor tells Christine "If you bring in $1,500 dollars I will give you $500.00 on top of that." WAIT, WAIT, WAIT A minute is this for real? Bring in $1,500.00 dollars doing a car wash? Impossible! Welllll.........maybe not. When the car wash was over we had raised $1,168.68! I still get choked up every time I think of it. So the first goal of $1,000.00 had been met. A 4 hour car wash and some really fantastic people came together and raised $2,168.68. Are you sad that we did not meet the $1,500.00 mark? Well, do not shed a tear. Christine had told me that all of the baked goods that they were not able to give away during the car wash would be sold after church today and the money would be added to the total. OK, so we have a car wash that was able to raise $1,168.00 before a matching gift was added but a bake sale that needed to raise $331.32. That's a lot of cookies my friend. Well take a look at the E-mail I received tonight. And know that our Lord is just sitting there giggling at how excited we all are. I can imagine him right now. Without further ado here is the grand total......... E-Mail please!

Dear Pam,

Totals just in...

Car Wash                            $1,168.68
Late Car Wash    Donation    :-)            $125
Bake Sale at Church                $1,205.55
Matching funds                    $1,500

Grand Total        $3,999.23

Praise God for such an out pouring of love for Blossom and your family!

Thank you for coming out to the Car Wash...what a blessed day!

With love to you and your family,
~Christine & family

Getting this E-Mail


So if anyone has a new way of saying Thank You please let me know because it just does not seem like enough! Seens how that is what I am limited to at the moment THANK YOU EVERYONE!!!!!!!!!! Our God Reigns! 

P.S. Just a reminder to the Folks that brought this whole thing together, I said it in Concord and I am saying it again we will be back and next time Blossom will be with us!

1 comment:

  1. Hi Pam and wonderful family,
    I was honored and blessed to meet you and your family at the car wash. God worked incredibly! He is at work. I will continue to be praying for you on your journey to bring Blossom home. Christine sent me the grand total and I was amazed (should not be because God did the same thing last year) and am reminded how Great our God is! I am glad you are blogging about all of this because you can look back into your "journal" and be reminded how God worked. To God alone and forever be all the glory. Your sister in Christ, Shelly