I've been sucked into yard sale world! I've spent this week heading up our church's yard sale which will help fund adoptions. Then next week I am headed to Atlanta for our annual yard sale for Ranch on Jesus at Carriage Lane Presbyterian. I am up to my elbows in all sorts of things people no longer want or need yet are hoping someone else will want or need.
I have such a love/hate relationship with yard sales. A yard sale launched me into this ministry and I am deeply grateful for the tremendous money they can raise. Yet each year I forget how much work they are! It's sort of like childbirth. You forget how intense and grueling it is. And this year I'm doing TWO...back to back. Yes, I'm crazy. But oh, how satisfying it is to make a difference in the lives of children who need our love.
The Oak Mountain Church sale in Birmingham is Fri. July, 27 and Sat. July 28 from 7am to 1pm. 5080 Cahaba Valley Trace.
The Carriage Lane sale is Fri. August 3 7am to 1 and Sat. August 4. 8am to 1pm. 101 Carriage Lane in Peachtree City, GA.
Come shop with us!
And please pray for me and our family. I won't lie. I shed a tear or two on the drive home tonight. It's been an intense summer. Intense, surprising, busy and blessed. Can't wait for school to start and life to settle!
Thursday, July 5, 2012
|Vivian starting to feel better in the Emergency Room|
When last we left the Laslo family, Scott was scrambling to catch a plane to Uganda after a drugged up Vivian was released from the Emergency Room. Much has transpired in the weeks since this event. Here's an overview.
Sunday, May 20 : Scott leaves before dawn cracks to catch his plane in Atlanta. Soon after a steroid riddled Vivian wakes up surprisingly pain free yet raging. After a long day of tearfully combating the fierce steroid monster that has possessed her child, Jamie calls her mother and explains that without reinforcements she may harm her offspring.
Monday, May 21 : Scott lands in Uganda and Jaja lands in the Laslo's Alabama doorstep.
Tuesday, May 22 : The steroids have vacated Vivian's body. The good news? She is sweet again. The bad news? She's in pain again. Let the bitter antibiotics begin! An elaborate medicine taking routine is developed involving a "sin-jaringe," as Vivian calls it, M&M's and a sticker chart.
Thursday, May 24: Jaja takes an exhausted Jamie and an improving Vivian back to her house in Georgia.
Saturday, May 26: Scott travels to New Hope Uganda to see an intern graduate from New Hope's Institute and visit with missionary friends of our family. This Uganda trip is proving to be challenging in numerous ways. This time blesses Scott.
Tuesday, May 29: Jamie returns to Birmingham with her sister and nephew.
Wednesday, May 30: Vivian, 100% recovered, completes her 30 doses of antibiotics and goes to Build-a-Bear to purchase a bed which looks a lot like a miniature version of something you'd see in a tawdry, adult motel.
The bag is pretty fun too.
Thursday, May 31: Scott takes family friends, the Wheelers, who are visiting Uganda to see the Ranch on Jesus Primary School.
Friday, June 8: Scott flies in from Uganda, weary inside and out. It was a long trip. The Laslo's are so glad to all be together again.
Saturday, June 9: Scott decides it wisest to pull out of an event the ministry was planning to attend that week. Jamie had been unable to attend the wedding of her college roommate because of this wedding. All of her other friends were going to be there. Scott says, "You wanna go?" Jamie says, "Are you crazy!? It's in Tacoma, Washington! You just got home from Uganda! We don't have that kind of time or money!" Scott says, "You wanna go?" They look online and Jamie has 41,000 frequent flyer miles in her account. A ticket to Seattle requires 40,000. Jamie conspires with her friend Rebecca to travel to Washington and surprise the other girls.
Thursday, June 14: Scott and Vivian take Jamie to the airport at 4:30 am. They see a raccoon on the drive home. Jamie's flight is delayed. She almost misses her connection, but gets there in the nick of time. Hours later she is waiting in baggage claim, waving at her startled friends.
|Lauryn, Rebecca, Jen, Sarah, Hannah, Melody, Jamie|
Saturday, June 16: Jamie and her friends cross the Puget Sound to Seattle, see Pike's Place, get rained on, eat, drink, don't sleep much, laugh their heads off and affirm that they have the best friends in the world.
Sunday, June 17: Scott is at the office with Vivian packing for the next event. It's Father's Day, by the way. Jamie arrives at the Birmingham Airport at 9:30 pm.
Monday, June 18: The Laslo Family rises at 7am to leave for Louisville, KY to exhibit at PCA General Assembly. Viv is ever cheerful.
Friday, June 22: After working 8 til 11 T,W,TH the Laslo's take down the KANZI and Ornaments4Orphans booth, squeeze it all back into their minivan and travel home.
|What Viv does while her parents work.|
Saturday, June 23: Run a million errands and wash loads of clothes.
Sunday, June 24: Go to church, reload the van and pack, pack, pack.
Monday, June 25: Depart for Mount Union, Pennsylvania for Creation Fest East!
Tuesday, June 26: Arrive at Creation Fest and set up camp. First time for Jamie and Vivian to sleep in a tent. Vivian also discovers Port-a-Pottys which she calls Pork-a-Pottys.
|"We're on vacation!"|
Wednesday, June 27: Creation Fest rocks. Tens of thousands of people descend. It gets hot, dusty and then stormy. The KANZI booth is open 9:30 til 11. Scott is there working the entire time. Jamie puts Vivian to bed each night to blaring music or cracking lightning. She sleeps right through it.
Saturday, June 30: Creation ends with a bang! Fireworks at midnight then Scott scrambles to take down the booth. He finishes at 2am.
Sunday, July 1: Drive home! Jamie calls several hotels in Virginia before finding a place to stop. No one has power.
Monday, July 2: The Laslo Family arrives home safe and sound! Glad to have beds. Glad to have AC. Glad to have a toilet that flushes. Glad to rest for a couple days. But it doesn't end there. The Laslo's leave again next week for America's Mart in Atlanta, GA! Stay tuned!
Posted by Jamie Laslo at 4:03 PM