As announced previously, we had a fundraiser for Katya on Saturday. Many good people donated, and many good people turned up to help prepare!
There was a lot of bustle setting up, but in Maria and Ann's capable hands, it was all organized and decent.
Just a small peek at the many, many lovely items for auction. We had over 70 items--I lost track finally of how many there were because more kept coming in!
Miss Amy designed lovely cards for the tables, and added to the fun for children with colorful candies in spring colors.
Under Kim's capable hands, and with the great help from her friends, the food was delicious! Spaghetti, green beans, salad, rolls, and home-made desserts galore!
A shot of some of the people milling around. . . . or eating.
And see the helium tank on the table there?? Well . . . that was one funny thing . . . for those of you who enjoy the humorous angle . . . When the teen boys were filling the balloons to take out for the signs . . . a handful got away and sailed to the 20 feet or so high ceiling!
Umm, they were SUPPOSED to be outside helping attact attention, boys! Not up on the ceiling! Fortunately, someone knew where to get a very tall ladder and they were all safely collected and delivered to the faithful sign holding teen boys! (I hope they know how VERY much we appreciate their efforts!)
Hand's Of Praise, a sign language choir from The Anchor Church, performed some of their songs at various times throughout the afternoon for the people who came out.
Since we know Katya realistically may need to learn sign language to communicate with us, we felt like this was an especially appropriate touch! I'm so thankful that they were willing to help in this way!
Also, Charity's violin teacher, and Charity played "Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing" together. (Thank you, Mr. S!)
And someone captured this photo of Charity! You can clearly see the joy that violin playing brings in this snap shot.
Kristina played a piano piece. Love the look of concentration on her face. ;-) I thought it was especially poignant to have her participating in the fundraiser for her sister-to-be, given that about 5 years ago people were praying and helping raise funds for her adoption! So thankful for God's provisions then, and trusting Him for NOW too.
Charity and Amy played "Be Thou My Vision" together. Sounded lovely! Hard to believe that just a few short years ago these lovely young ladies were little girls running around playing dolls together! Now, gracious and lovely young women, making a difference in the world--advocating for a child who needs a family!
Amy on her guitar--and Kristina on the drums (although Kristina doesn't show in this photo).
And a big shout-out to the Johnston sisters who each played a piano piece! We really appreciated their help too!
To be continued . . . .