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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

The Week That Just Might Kill Me

Ok, I have officially undertaken too much. I am in the midst of a week that only a crazy person would take on. Not a “cool” crazy person with a heart for Africa, a passion for orphan advocacy and a great love of adoption. But an actually crazy person. That's me.

It’s the week of the Cupcake Kids national sale in support of SixtyFeet and we are in the midst of a full on Cupcake marathon around here.

There’s Please, with a Cherry on Top:

It’s Not Easy Bein’ Green:

Somewhere Over the Rainbow:

And much, much more… You should see the disaster that is my kitchen. Today was our family’s first sale of the week. We hit up Daddy’s office and made $1,037 in one hour. Apparently those Buckhead businessmen love their cupcakes.

Friday we’re doing a Cupcake Kids sale at Madeline’s school and on Saturday, we’re teaming up with the rest of the SixtyFeet families for a huge sale at Piedmont Park in midtown Atlanta.

But on top of all this cupcake craziness, we’ve got an even bigger celebration brewing around this place. On Sunday, we’re celebrating Hannah and Joseph’s birthdays!!

When we filed our court papers in Uganda last Fall, neither child had a known date of birth. I doubt either of them had ever even heard the word “birthday” at that point. So the courts allowed us to choose birthdays for Hannah and Joseph, based on their medical reports.

Dan and I already have three Winter babies and we thought it might be fun to have some Spring birthdays around here. So we picked April 15 for Hannah and April 23 for Joseph.

And this Sunday, those two little people will have their first ever birthday party. It’s long overdue and we have a lot of lost time to make up for. But our God is in the business of “restoring the years the locusts have eaten. “ And I have no doubt He will deliver again this time.

We're celebrating with popcorn, cotton candy, two giant birthday cakes and an Easter egg hunt. And you bet I’ll share some pictures on Sunday night! Here’s what else I’ll share - the grand total (so far) raised for the National Cupcake Kids sale! Hannah and Joseph are the lucky ones who get to announce the total at the party on Sunday! They are so excited about this.  Don't forget that the funds raised will directly benefit some of their own friends -- children they know, love and have lived with in Uganda.

If you're in the Atlanta area, please come out and support one of our sales this week! If not, support us virtually by clicking on the cupcake below. Purchase a virtual cupcake for any amount that's on your heart and support the Owens Family Cupcake Kids Sale! Team up with us to serve SixtyFeet and we'll upload videos and pictures on Sunday night and show you what happened!

I know... I am a glutton for punishment for taking on so much in one week. But I've got to say, I love my life and I wouldn't want it any other way.

"And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us." -- Hebrews 12:1, NLT


The Mosleys said...

Can you give us a list of the locations and time of the sales?

love said...


will be praying extra for you, friend! may He give you strength, patience and extra hours in the day this week!! =)

Alison said...

So excited about our Mississippi Cupcake Kids sale on Saturday!! And showing Bereaved tomorrow night! So exciting!!!

Anonymous said...

Our sale 1 of 3 will add $77.75 to the total! My 4 year old is concerned that we're making all these cupcakes and the kids in Uganda aren't getting any- who do you know over there that wants to do some baking?! We'll treat.
Carrie Andersson

ShellyO said...

Hey Carrie -- AWESOME thought! It costs approximately $200, per facility to put on a "party" for the children... including a nutritious meal, milk and a sweet treat for each child and the staff. Let me know if you're interested in helping fund one of these. We can do the parties ourselves during our upcoming mission trips in May and September!

Jane said...

Fun stuff! I can't wait to hear the total.

I hope that next week you a have few days to just stay home and breath, play in the back yard and maybe after all those cupcakes eat salad!

the monkeys' mama said...

i'm so excited! We're actually hosting our sale on Sunday because we forgot about another obligation on Saturday. So wait for our totals...! And happy early birthday to H&J!!!!!

Nancy said...

Those are some beautiful and creative cupcakes! Sweet Hilary from our church and leader of our orphan care ministry has organized a sale. I think it's going on tomorrow at a high school. That should be a good place for kids with a sweet tooth!

Wild Olive said...

Woo hoo for cupcake madness! Love those frogs, yo. Those t-shirts look totally adorable on all your kiddos...THAT'S why you made so much money at Dan G's office...who can resist your group of cute kiddos??

anything but LoKEY said...

My husband and I are in the Atlanta area this weekend. We would love to come and support you guys, but we could only do it on Friday. Could we come out to the school?

I've just started following your blog but it has really ministered to me. Colleen Jobe shared your link with me when I was asking her a question about adopting out of birth order. (which is something we have started pursuing) Thanks for sharing from your heart and being honest. :)

Tisha said...

So. Much. Fun. You are going to be exhausted, but you will NEVER forget this week! Happy Birthday to Hannah and Joseph!!!!!!!!

The Mom said...

VERY CUTE CUPCAKES! Also, love your Once Upon A Time post! Loved it so much that I copied and pasted it right on my blog! Hope that is okay! You can check it out at www.journeytoourkids.blogspot.com . Thanks for sharing your story and being such an amazing example for the rest of uf!

spacewalker said...

Hi Shelly,

I saw your video at the CFC retreat in Feb. and have enjoyed following your blog ever since. My husband and I are interested in learning more about adopting in Uganda, and we don't really know where to start. We would love to adopt two children (we already have a home study and USCIS approval for Ethiopia) and the door for our Ethiopian adoption seems to be closing. Would you email me so that I could ask you some questions. I would be so grateful for your help/advice.

Thank you!
Amy Cargile (thecargiles@hotmail.com)

Gillian said...

Beautiful! God bless you for your hard work! And your children are gorgeous!

Anonymous said...

Love your blog. I have been following it since right before Christmas. My husband and I adopted from Russia last year. Russia has the largest amount of children that are sold into human trafficking and most of them are orphans.