More than Amazing Update….

We recently asked folks to join us in raising $475 in just 5 days, what we lacked to meet our next hosting fee payment.  Well, God decided to surprise us by providing us with what we lacked for our 11/1 goal AND our 11/15 goal--$1735–which means our hosting fees are covered and we’re now fundraising for the rest of our connecting flight fees for the kids(which means we only lack between $135 and $400.We’ll know by mid-November what the exact cost will be of the connecting flights).  We are so grateful to a generous donor to New Horizons for Children for this gift and for a friend we’ve never met who advocated for us to receive this surprise gift.  ).  Want to help with connecting flights?  Give through this site this week or mail check to us. http://www.youcaring.com/fundraiser_details?url=brandtfamilyhostingorphans&fundraiser_id=7020

Heather & Alan Brandt 3079 Twilight CT NE, Lanesville, IN 47136

After we raise the connecting fees, our fundraising site will be closed and we will officially start our homestudy process (which is about $2000) and sign with an international adoption agency,http://www.opendooradoption.org/ .  We will  post another link and we can still take donations but they will not be tax deductible unless they are given (in our name) to our agencies or we find another organization willing to accept them on our behalf.

We are totally blown away by God’s provision for these 2 children to come spend Christmas with us!  We give Him the credit for moving hearts to generously share with us so they can be welcomed into our family.  We are praying that the kids’ will be receptive to our love and care while in America and that God will provide for us as we embark (hopefully) on the adoption process.

Thank you for your kind words, prayers & generosity!

heather

$475 in 5 Days?

5 days until a couple of deadlines…11/1 is when our Usborne Books & More Eshow ends.  We receive 25% of all sells through this site for kids and teens.  myubam.com/event/3427

And 5 days until we need to have raise $475 more in fees for hosting the kids(and yes, we have one more fee deadline of about $1100 due after that, 11/15).  These fees go towards flights for the kids and for chaperones and paperwork requirements.  We appreciate every gift you give.  Gifts are 100% tax deductible.  http://www.youcaring.com/fundraiser_details?fundraiser_id=7020&url=brandtfamilyhostingorphans

You can also give by check (write out to New Horizons for Children and put our names in the memo) and mail it to us at Heather Brandt, 3079 Twilight CT NE, Lanesville, IN 47136 and it will be 100% tax deductible without any taken out for paypal fees 🙂

Our etsy fundraiser is up and you can pick out unique gifts you can personalize for kids and teens on your holiday shopping list.  We wil be adding more items to it soon!  http://www.etsy.com/shop/AThreeStudio?section_id=12123229&page=1

We cannot move this MOUNTAIN between our family and these 2 precious little Latvians without your help & God’s help!  Please consider giving the cost of a meal out this weekend.

Thanks for those who have encouraged us and prayed for us!

Heather

 

Design Your Own Gift Etsy Fundraiser!

My friend Kari has helped us by setting up an etsy shop where you can design your own personalized products and help us raise our remaining fees to host 2 orphans from Latvia this Christmas & pursue their adoption. You can design your own water bottles, pillows, blankets, lunch boxes, clipboards, and more! More will be listed in the coming days so check it out weekly.  Please take a look & share with others you know! bit.ly/brandtfamily    or http://www.etsy.com/shop/AThreeStudio?section_id=12123229&page=1

(You can also continue to give 100% tax deductible donations at http://www.youcaring.com/fundraiser_details?fundraiser_id=7020&url=brandtfamilyhostingorphans)

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Staying Clear of “What If” Land & Choosing to Have Hope!

We survived our home safety visit (kind of like visit #1 of homestudy).  This is required for hosting through New Horizons for Children.  Whew!  Now on to our goal of raising $525 in the next 10 days.  I’ve been trying to sell some things online but so far no luck with that.  Praying that somehow God will provide what we lack so we can meet our 11/1 goal and then move on to our final hosting goal…

Trying not to dwell in “What If Land….” “What If” we don’t raise the money we need…This is not an option!  We are committed to welcoming these 2 children in our home for Christmas and we are hopeful God may call us to adopt them.  “What If” they don’t like us….un uh!  I REFUSE to dwell on unknowns and things that haven’t happened.

I’m boldly thanking God tonight for His provision for us.  This IS out of our means…When He provides it will be to His glory not of our hands because we can’t pull this off on our own.

Will you join us in this adventure by helping us meet our $525 goal this week? http://www.youcaring.com/fundraiser_details?fundraiser_id=7020&url=brandtfamilyhostingorphans

Can’t wait to meet these children & get to know them better!

 

11 Days to Meet Next Goal? More than Possible!

This song has spoken to me this week.
“I know mountains can move
I’ve seen what You can do
In my weakness
So my heart will believe

If I wait I will see

My God doing, what only He can do” -Mark Schultz, “All Things Possible”
It’s so true…I witnessed funding miracles in our son’s adoption and in our daughter’s adoption…I know that our remaining hosting fee of $1600 or so is not a big deal for our God. Praying & trusting that God will move hearts to help us with the remaining costs.  On November 1st, we have to pay our next fee and we are currently lacking $525.  Who is willing to step forward and help us with this fee so we can move on to raising our final installment for November 15th?  http://www.youcaring.com/fundraiser_details?fundraiser_id=7020&url=brandtfamilyhostingorphansWe are thanking God in advance for how He is going to provide what we lack so we can bring  host kids home for Christmas with us (and hopefully with possibility of adoption).
This week we wrote our letter which will be given (translated) to the children we’re hosting.  We included a just-for-fun photo of Colin & Dara at last weekend’s Halloween party at the zoo.  Hope they have a sense of humor and think it’s funny!
Heather

Fall Faith Stretching…

Confession:  I’m a little scared.  I’ve never had to fund raise funds soooo quickly and with a clear deadline in sight.  This is definitely stretching my faith!  I try to look at the kids’ photos and remind myself when I get discouraged that God led us to these 2 kids…We weren’t looking for them…God led us to host them and we are going to welcome them into our lives this Christmas and show them love and help them to feel treasured as the precious kids they are!

Thanks to a gift given today, we have now have $485 left to raise by 11/1 and $1100 by 11/15.  We still need help so please spread the word about our heart for hosting these 2 orphans in our home this Christmas (with possibility of adoption) so please help by giving a little for this great cause!  If 16 folks gave $50 each (tax deductible!), then we’d have met this 11/1 goal and could move on to the 11/15 goal.  Trying not to get bogged now by the attempt to raise so much so quickly over the past few months.  SOOOO thankful for the generosity of others so far because it is certainly not because of my eloquence or anything great I’ve done that we’ve been able to make it through our September and October fees.

All donations given through 12/1 are tax deductible 100%!  GIVE at: http://www.youcaring.com/fundraiser_details?fundraiser_id=7020&url=brandtfamilyhostingorphans

You can also help by shopping our Usborne Books Eshow (ends 11/1) for great  teen & children’s books and other items!  We also have a wreath & live tree sale going on through 12/11(the tree sales will mostly go towards homestudy cost).

Buy Gift Cards & Help us Host 2 Orphans for Christmas

Do you shop at Walmart or Target or Amazon.com or Meijers?Do you eat at Arby’s or  Papa John’s Pizza or Cracker Barrel or Steak N’ Shake ?  (There are MANY more restaurants & stores from which to choose. Scroll down to end of this note to see some more…there are even more than I’ve listed there, too!)  You can buy gift cards to use towards purchases at stores & restaurants you already frequent!   This is an EASY (and ongoing) way for you to help us with our hosting fees. Without having to budget *extra* money.

You can either set up your own account, linked with New Horizons (using the same enrollment code) or I can order for you under my account. Let me know if you are interested & I will email more information to you on how to sign up. We  just need to know who is purchasing on our behalf, so your “rebates” could be put toward our hosting fees.

If you’re only doing the ecards, you don’t even need to worry about our”order deadline.” We  just need to know who is purchasing on our behalf, so your “rebates” could be put toward our hosting fees.

OR you can place your orders through us. You write me a check… We place your  order on OUR account.. then when the orders are processed, we will giye you your cards. Order deadlines are usually 1 x a month (except for ecards which can be done any time).

Just think– if 10 people to place an order of $500 each (which isn’t a lot, really once you figure gas, groceries, eating out, Starbucks, school clothes, etc). That’s $5000 worth of gift cards. If the average “rebate” on those gift cards was 5%… after the split with NHFC, we’d have about $150 to go towards our hosting fees. If the average “rebate” was 10%… we’d have $300 toward our hosting fees.

HEATHERLBRANDT (AT) FRONTIER (DOT) COM

Restaurants:

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(58 items)

Arby’s

$10.00 (8%) denomination available.

Bruegger’s Bagels

$10.00 (7%) denomination available.

Bruster’s Ice Cream

$10.00 (8%) denomination available.

Burger King

Reload and $10.00 (4%) denominations available.

Captain Crabs Take-Away

ScripNow!, $25.00 (9%) and $100.00 (9%) denominations available.

Caribou Coffee

$10.00 (6%) denomination available.

Carl’s Jr.

$10.00 (5%) denomination available.

Chipotle Mexican Grill

$10.00 (10%) denomination available.

Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf

$25.00 (9%) denomination available.

Cold Stone Creamery

$10.00 (8%) denomination available.

Cousins Subs

$10.00 (9%) denomination available.

D’Angelo Grilled Sandwiches

$10.00 (10%) denomination available.

Del Taco

$10.00 (4%) denomination available.

Domino’s Pizza

Reload, ScripNow! and $10.00 (8%) denominations available.

Donatos Pizza

$10.00 (10%) denomination available.

Dunkin’ Donuts

$10.00 (3%) denomination available.

Dunn Bros. Coffee

$10.00 (8%) denomination available.

Einstein Bros. Bagels

$10.00 (10%) denomination available.

El Pollo Loco

$10.00 (6%) denomination available.

Fazoli’s

$25.00 (7%) denomination available.

Foodease

$25.00 (12%) denomination available.

foodlife

$25.00 (12%) denomination available.

Great Harvest Bread

$10.00 (6%) denomination available.

Hardee’s

$10.00 (5%) denomination available.

Honey Baked Ham

$25.00 (12%) denomination available.

(66 items)

A&P Food Stores

$25.00 (4%) and $100.00 (4%) denominations available.

Acme (DE, MD, NJ and PA only)

$25.00 (4%) and $100.00 (4%) denominations available.

Albertsons

$25.00 (4%) and $100.00 (4%) denominations available.

Amazon.com

ScripNow!, $25.00 (4%) and $100.00 (4%) denominations available.

Andersons

$25.00 (4%) and $100.00 (4%) denominations available.

Andersons Market

$25.00 (4%) and $100.00 (4%) denominations available.

Carrs

$25.00 (4%) and $100.00 (4%) denominations available.

Central Market

$25.00 (2%) and $100.00 (2%) denominations available.

Copps (WI only)

$25.00 (4%), $50.00 (4%) and $100.00 (4%) denominations available.

Cub Foods (Not OH)

$25.00 (4%) and $100.00 (4%) denominations available.

D&W Fresh Market

$25.00 (2%) and $100.00 (2%) denominations available.

Dominick’s

$25.00 (4%) and $100.00 (4%) denominations available.

Family Fare Supermarket

$25.00 (2%) and $100.00 (2%) denominations available.

Farm Fresh Food & Pharmacy (VA and NC only)

$25.00 (4%) and $100.00 (4%) denominations available.

Food Basics (NJ, NY and PA only)

$25.00 (4%) and $100.00 (4%) denominations available.

Food Emporium (NJ and NY only)

$25.00 (4%) and $100.00 (4%) denominations available.

Food Maxx

$25.00 (2%) and $100.00 (2%) denominations available.

GFS Marketplace

$25.00 (4%) and $100.00 (4%) denominations available.

Giant Eagle

$25.00 (4%) and $100.00 (4%) denominations available.

Giant Food Stores

$25.00 (4%), $50.00 (4%) and $100.00 (4%) denominations available.

Giant Foods

$25.00 (4%), $50.00 (4%) and $100.00 (4%) denominations available.

Glen’s Market

$25.00 (2%) and $100.00 (2%) denominations available.

Gordon Food Service Marketplace

$25.00 (4%) and $100.00 (4%) denominations available.

HEB

$25.00 (2%) and $100.00 (2%) denominations available.

Hornbacher’s (MN and ND only)

$25.00 (4%) and $100.00 (4%) denominations available.

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(17 items)

Amazon.com

ScripNow!, $25.00 (4%) and $100.00 (4%) denominations available.

Andersons Market

$25.00 (4%) and $100.00 (4%) denominations available.

Baby Depot at Burlington Coat Factory

$25.00 (9%) denomination available.

Burlington Coat Factory

$25.00 (9%) denomination available.

Gordmans

$25.00 (7%) denomination available.

HomeGoods

$25.00 (7%) and $100.00 (7%) denominations available.

Kmart

ScripNow!, $25.00 (7%) and $50.00 (7%) denominations available.

Marshalls

$25.00 (7%) and $100.00 (7%) denominations available.

Meijer (not AK and HI)

$25.00 (3%,4%), $50.00 (3%,4%) and $100.00 (3%,4%) denominations available.

Ross Dress for Less

$25.00 (8%) denomination available.

Sam’s Club

$25.00 (2.5%), $100.00 (2.5%) and $250.00 (2.5%) denominations available.

Shopko

$25.00 (3%) and $50.00 (3%) denominations available.

Shopko Hometown

$25.00 (3%) and $50.00 (3%) denominations available.

T.J. Maxx

$25.00 (7%) and $100.00 (7%) denominations available.

Tanger Outlets

$25.00 (8%) denomination available.

Target

Reload, $25.00 (2%) and $100.00 (2%) denominations available.

Walmart

$25.00 (2.5%), $100.00 (2.5%) and $250.00 (2.5%) denominations available.

Opening Our Hearts & Home

Did you know that if we do decide to pursue the adoption of our precious host children for whom we’re praying, that they could turn us down?  It is soooo hard to put my head around this after having adopted our son from Russia as a toddler and our daughter as a preemie baby here in the U.S.

SO one of the number one things on my mind and heart (besides trying to raise the final $1758 we lack for fees due in November) is a prayer….That God will prepare the hearts of our host kids for our family and that they will be open to our family as we share our love and time with them this Christmas…and that we will have hearts open to L & E without reservation and without fear of what may or may not happen…We are planting seeds of love in these 2 children and trying to help them see how precious and special they are while they are here.  We know we have no control over what ultimately comes from this time with us.

Will you join us in praying for the host kids and for our family?  That we will have lots of laughter and hugs (despite language barriers)?  That L & E will feel safe in our family?

If you want to help remove the remaining financial barrier between us starting our homestudy, please give a gift of any amount (100% tax deductible) to help with the $1758 in hosting fees left.  We are eager to start our homestudy/adoption process in preparation for a shorter adoption process (if all goes well) but we know we can’t do it until we pay the remaining hosting fees. http://www.youcaring.com/fundraiser_details?fundraiser_id=7020&url=brandtfamilyhostingorphans

Thanks to those who have given prayers and/or gifts to our family or are planning to do so!

heather

Rockin’ Mock Presidential Election to Raise $ for Brandts to Host/Adopt 2 Orphans from Latvia

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Any age can join us in this unscientific (but totally fun) mock election. To vote for the “Elephant” Candidate (aka as Republican candidate), please choose to give an even donation (suggested donation of $10 or $20 or $40). To vote for “Donkey” Candidate (aka Democrat candidate), please choose to give an odd donation (suggested donation of $11 or $23 or $41) http://www.youcaring.com/fundraiser_details?fundraiser_id=7020&url=brandtfamilyhostingorphans or http://tinyurl.com/9vteoge Results will be announced on October 19th so please “vote” before then.

If we had 85 people vote with only $21 or $22 donations (100% tax deductible) then we would meet our fundraising goal before the real presidential election & could move on to saving & fundraising for our homestudy/possible adoption!

Deck the Halls & Give 2 Orphans Christmas in U.S.A.

In an attempt to raise the $1758 we lack before 11/15, we are launching more fundraisers/campaigns.  Our newest is the opportunity to buy live Christmas wreaths( they are 22 inches) and Christmas trees (table size, live container grown or fraser fir).  These Christmas products come straight from Dutchman Christmas Tree Farms located in beautiful Northern Michigan (they have been growing Christmas trees for over three decades!) and will be shipped directly to your home (shipping included in the prices).  We receive $5 from sale of each wreath and $10 from sale of each tree (no matter the size or price of the tree). 

Want to learn more or support a great cause by decking your halls this Christmas?  All orders must be placed before December 11th.

http://www.dutchmantreefarms.com/organization/BHAFIN

OR you are always welcome to give directly towards our hosting fees & receive 100% tax deduction:

to give through paypal: http://www.youcaring.com/fundraiser_details?fundraiser_id=7020&url=brandtfamilyhostingorphans ****If you would rather give through mail rather than paypal, please write check to New Horizons to Children & mail to us at: Heather & Alan Brandt, 3079 Twilight CT NE, Lanesville, IN 47136.