Tuesday, March 27, 2012

BBQ Dinner Fundraiser/Gender Reveal Party

We had a GREAT event last night! If you were there, you know how AMAZING the food was! If you weren't, you missed out on some of the best BBQ I have EVER put in my mouth...and I grew up in Alabama - so I KNOW good BBQ when I taste it! ;) The precious people behind the counter in the picture above are the reason we were able to have this event...and I'm so thankful for them - not only for doing this for us, but also for their love, prayers, and friendship!
Christopher got to taste-test one of the brownies before dinner...he totally approved! And with good reason...they were just as yummy as the rest of the dinner! :) We had BBQ sandwiches with your choice of cole slaw, potato salad, & baked beans for the adults and hot dogs with chips for the kids...dessert for everyone was either a brownie (with or without nuts) or rice crispie treat (pink or blue)! They went all-out for us and we are SO blessed!!! :)
For some added fun, we had Girl/Boy buckets that people could donate a little extra if they wanted to guess girl or boy (or both, as some did). According to the tally from the jars just before the big reveal...we were 8 to 7 for a girl! ;)
We also have several Silent Auction items that are still up for bid...if you are on Facebook, check them all out on my Facebook page (link: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.3561084505728.165627.1231284826&type=1).
We had lots of friends who came out to support us...these pictures were taken at the beginning of our event, so not everyone is represented...but we are extremely thankful for each and every one who came! :)
Not surprisingly, we had a BIG rush of people come in right around 6:30...which was our scheduled time for the reveal! Those who came early were chomping at the bit as I started getting minute-by-minute updates of how close we were getting to that time! Once we got the 6:30 rush in the door, we were ready for the BIG REVEAL!!! :)
David gave a great speech before Christopher opened the box, thanking everyone for their help and giving an update on the birth mom and how God is working in her life, too! We found out when we went for the ultrasound that Christopher's older half-sister (who was nine when he was born & had been asking questions about God at the time) is a Christian who only listens to Christian music and only hangs out with her Christian friends & is having an influence on the birth mom, as well. Because she had been asking questions about God, we gave her a Bible when Christopher was born, so we were excited to hear the fruits of this gift. :)
Finally, the moment came and Christopher opened the box revealing a "Baby Boy" balloon! :)
Christopher may look a little surprised in these pictures...but he actually helped pick out the balloon! The morning of the event, the first two words out of Christopher's mouth when he woke up were, "TELL. MEEEE!!!" ;) So, we went ahead and told him he was having a brother. His response was, "NOT a sister????" But, it didn't take him long to warm up to the idea of a brother! He's already planning what he's going to teach his little brother! :)

We are about 98% set on a name for Christopher's little brother. We had been tossing around Jayden, Matthew, and David as potential names (with David being a middle name, so as not to confuse him with his Daddy). Jayden means "The Lord has heard" - which is certainly appropriate because God has heard the prayers of so many who have prayed for this baby! Matthew means "Gift from God" - which he certainly is! David means "Dearly Loved" - and this little boy certainly is loved by so many already! So...we've decided to give him all 3 names...which is appropriate since Christopher also has 3 names other than his last name! So, Christopher's little brother will (most likely) be Jayden Matthew David Jansen & we'll call him Jayden (or JJ for short). :)

For those of you wondering how we did at the fundraiser, we raised $1,172 (not counting the silent auction, which is still going on)! :) So...we just need $2,172 to have everything we need for the adoption to be financially complete and we have until little Jayden is born to raise that money. :)

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