Sunday, February 3, 2013

Shoes for Sofi...a miracle

Dear Life,

In December, when we announced our Shoe's for Sofi shoe drive, I somehow knew we could reach our goal.  I don't know how I knew this, but I had faith that it would not be a problem.  In December, we got to 1000 pretty easy, but then we went on Kumaka's wish trip, Christmas and New Years happened, and we pretty much began anew on January 1st.  We started talking alot about it in January, a few of our friends started sharing our posts about the shoe drive and all of a sudden the shoe drive took on a life of it's own.  People kept asking me what I would do if we didn't get the whole 5000 pairs.  I knew that somehow they would come in.

Boy did they.  Every day I looked out my window.  And this is the craziness that started showing up:

This is Arizona >>>>

There is a dining room under all of those shoes.

Last week, every day the mailman, FedEx, and UPS drivers all brought shoes.  There were bags at my doorstep every day.  I had friends at my house every single day helping me to match and count shoes.  It was like manna from heaven...only shoes.
We went from 5000 on Monday to 12508 on Thursday. If I didn't witness it, I wouldn't have believed it.  It was truly inspiring to see how many people love us, and want to help bring Sofi home to our family.  

"24000 pairs of feet marching to help bring Sofi home."   
by Nina Thompson
Children's House International 
(the amazing case worker who introduced us to our angel) 

When our goal was 5000, we were expecting to get a check for $3500.  We surpassed that goal and then some.  Our agency will receive a check for $9422 next week.  THATS HUGE.  It's a miracle.  That will cover ALL of our agency fees, and some of our fees to the other country's agency.  That is truly miraculous.  This is what it looked like on Friday when they came to pick up the shoes:
Haulaway kindly donated TWO 21 foot bins to put our shoes in (which was a Godsend because our garage was way too full)

This is how it went:  We helped throw bags of shoes in the boxes...that yellow thing in front was a scale.  It weighed the box when it was full.  We did that 25 times. 

These ladies were at our house EVERY day last week...counting...banding....and watching miracles happen.  We could not have finished everything without them.

This is the Angel Bins Truck....we FILLED it to the brim!

This is the big truck that brought those bins to our house.

And this is the truck that took our shoes away.  

This is where we send our thanks to all of you...even if you donated just one pair...or if you shared the story with someone....or if you just prayed for our princess.  God heard...and through all of you He delivered big time.  

From California:

Buena Park
Canoga Park
Chino Hills
Fountain Valley
Huntington Beach
La Mirada
Ladera Ranch
Lake Forest
Long Beach
Newport Beach
Porter Ranch
San Diego
San Marcos
Santa Ana
Seal Beach
Signal Hill
Simi Valley
West Covina Tulare
West Hills,
Woodland Hills

Shoe Drives:

Sowers Middle School
Vista View Middle School
Walker Junior High
Avio Anaheim Club
Ada Harris Elementary School
Montessori of Malibu Canyon
The Way of No Way Academy of Martial Arts,
Pi Kappa Phi's at CSUN

All Over the United States:

Winston Salem, NC
Denver, CO
Delta, CO
Fort Worth TX
Meridian, ID
Limerick, PA
Philadelphia, PA
Westminster MD
Atlanta, GA
Woodstock, GA
Marrietta, GA
Vestavia Hills, AL
Hoover, AL
Glendale, AZ
Fort Wayne, IN
Berne, IN
Indianapolis IN
Huntertown, IN
Lewis Center, OH
Hillard, OH
St. Clairsville, OH
Canal Winchester, OH
Ridgeland, WI
Clayton, WI
Hillsdale, WI
Louisville, KY
Wheeling IL
Forest Lake, MN
Gila Valley, AZ
Provo, UT
Meridian, ID
Buffalo, NY



  1. AH, I just love this post and all those shoes! Look at how many people love your sweet little sophie! I love it!!! What an amazing way to raise funds for your adoption!


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