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We are a family of humble means and literally rely on God to get us through each month financially. I couldn't fathom the extra expense of a dog especially one of these capable canines. I knew though that where God guides He provides so I put it in His hands. Once we payed the down payment of $1,000 (given by my generous MIL) then the fundraising had to begin.
I came up with a date and location. I knew that our house is a little off the beaten path so a place closer to a main road and probably bigger would be best. I called Rose, the sweet little 80+ year old that manages our grange hall and set it up. I made an events page on FB requesting items to be sold and then made flyers. I made them two sided and took the opportunity to spread awareness about T1D on one side. I took the flyers to the school and local businesses.
As the stuff came in, it be came apparent that we would probably need the grange for an extra day so we could set everything up and were pleasantly surprised that it was open. Again I just put it in God's hands and knew that He would bring the stuff and the people to buy it. Stuff came and came and came. We spent at least 14 hour hauling stuff from our house and setting it up on tables.
I fell in to bed the night before the sale and slept what felt like 5 minutes before getting up to gear up the next morning. Lucky for me adrenaline was making up for my lack of sleep (3 hrs I think was what I was running on). We set up signs, one of which was donated by a friend who does graphic design work.
My children were amazing! All of them well behaved (even D) and had a great time! On Friday evening a friend brought by a couple of bikes to donate and Bekah was getting bored so she found a helmet that someone else had donated and put it on. She took one of the bikes out in the parking lot (a two wheeler) and taught herself how to ride. She has not stopped for long ever since. (we had to keep that one) Both of my girls scored a whole new wardrobe in addition to a few treasures that I allowed them to keep.
|David crashed on a crib mattress|
On top of the physical labor, he talked up the dog to people and seeing this daddy's love for his daughter caused them to dig a little deeper in their pockets.
I know I am not doing this experience justice as I write about it. It really was one of those God times where your spirit just leads in step with God and He delivers in the most amazing ways! The people that came to help with both set up and clean up were perfect. They knew just what they needed to do and went to work. I can't thank them enough!!
Our babysitter (she is grown up now and hasn't babysat for us for a while) called her friends and 3 guys showed up to help load the boxes up for the youth group. One of these young men began asking about the dog and when Bekah was dx etc. His questions were too good for a regular man in his mid 20s to be asking. He knew what to ask and had lingo that only another diabetic would have. Turns out he was dx at age 5 and is an Animas pumper as well. We had a great conversation about D and what it was like for him growing up and how he manages it as a working man. It was neat to have a "same" experience in the midst of our sale.
Our sale brought in over $2 thousand (before selling the items on Craig's List) toward Bekah's diabetic alert dog. It's a nice start. We have about 2 years to pay off the total of the dog and it's training (and travel expenses for the trainer 3-4xs).
We are currently on a waiting list of about 6-8 months (depends on how many pups pass the scent test that they do at 9 days of age and how many litters are whelped). We should have our pup (12 weeks of age) around the first of 2011.
Here are a few more photos of the stuff that was donated:
|some very nice kitchen appliances all in great shape and working order|
|a book worm's dream|
|Dan Warren saw this photo on FB and called me, he bought both saddles and took the amount plus shipping off the price of the dog (it cost $118 to ship these babies to Virginia) I hope he loves them!!|
|Lots of kid items|