Thursday, November 26, 2009

Thanksgiving Miracle

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Here is Lydia's interview.....she did GREAT!!

We want to thank all 300+ individuals who have participated in the "Darya Project". From Mr. Tim's Candy Canes to all those who brought their cars through the car wash.....from Ondrea's photo shoot to all those who purchased the bake sale goodies.....from the Poppy Dip Dress sale to Stephanie's dirt and lace design donation....from the 147 million orphan tshirt contribution to the free haircuts offered by Angie at Great Clips.....from almost every state in our great country....from several who are serving in our armed forces.....and from four countries abroad.....each of you are a part of this Thanksgiving Miracle.

Donations have still been coming in this morning, so Mr. Tim, the Candy Cane Maker, wants to contribute his handmade candy canes to be put in your yard to commemorate Darya's Thanksgiving Miracle for the next 10 donations of $25.00 or more who live in our area (They are too big and too heavy to ship--sorry). You can pick them up at our house.

We have already raised money for Darya, and now, all additional gifts will go to the Hook family for their adoption of a child with Down Syndrome through Reece's Rainbow. Just like the fishes and the loaves, God multiplies, and His arms are far reaching beyond our comprehension. I believe in His excitement in seeing all of the generous giving, God was anxious to provide for another family's adoption too. Through you.

So today, in an orphanage far away, a little girl with big brown eyes who is never spoken to....never held....will get a visitor. The visitor will walk to the lonely crib that is tucked in a corner and say: "Darya, your family is coming to get you real soon."

Praise God from whom ALL blessings flow!!!

29 comments:

  1. What a beautiful way to start my Thanksgiving Day! I heard about your story from many blog buddies this week, and I'm SO thrilled to see the success! God is SO good, and Lydia, you are AMAZING! How exciting to see what the Lord will do with your spirit and determination in the future!

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  2. Jason and Connie MullinsNovember 26, 2009 at 8:41 AM

    Praise the Lord! We are all witnesses to the fact that Lydia just moved a mountain with her faith. As Jason said, "Not only did she tell it where to go, she told it when." Thank you for your testimony and your love.

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  3. Wow! BIG TEARS HERE! Truly, Praise God! This story is so inspirational!
    Kerry (Reece's Rainbow)

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  4. I would love to see the clip from this morning's show. It's not working on my computer. I'm only getting the song in the background. Could you post the link? Thanks so much and thanks be to God for such a wonderful Thanksgiving Miracle.
    (gailhyatt@gmail.com)

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  5. I've been telling your story to anyone I know. God is truly amazing, and to Him be the glory! Not only will Darya have a new home, but so many lives have been touched along the way. I'll be praying for your family as you prepare for transition.

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  6. Thanks for posting the video! I've been waiting to see it! happy thanksgiving!

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  7. WOW, WOW, WOW...........SO amazing! What a beautiful Thanksgiving miracle! Lydia, I love your heart! Clearly Darya has found such an amazing family to come home to. Thank you God, for what YOU have have made possible.

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  8. I am humbled to be a small part of a great miracle....only God could have provided like He has.....to God be the Glory.

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  9. WooHooo!!!!! Our God is soooooo Big. I am thankful for you Lydia and the rest of the Hollis family. Thank you for being a blessing to me.
    Geni

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  10. We live here and would love a candy cane for our yard in Franklin. I donated $25 yesterday though. Any luck we can get one today? email me myrickdf@yahoo.com
    Congrats. God is so good!

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  11. First and foremost - Congratulations Melanie, Chappy, Lydia and the rest of the family on the addition to your family.

    Lydia - you have taught me a lesson in faith I will not forget.

    Truly a thanksgiving miracle!

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  12. Congratulations!!!! So excited for you guys!

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  13. Yeah Hollis Family!! We all watched this morning and the kids were so excited. What a pleasure to meet you this week. Prayers continue as you continue your calling. Please keep us posted.

    Love,
    Chuck & Dabney
    Katya, Nina, Evan and Ella Rose

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  14. Could you please email us at wah3@hotmail.com
    We have something to send you!
    harper9

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  15. Your daughter and your family are such an inspiration of GODs faith and love when you follow a whisper in your heart. I am so proud of your daughter!!I came to your blog today to donate $100, I told my dh about your daughters request of $100 each to make up the difference and he agreed there wasnt a better way to spend $$ !!! I love him ;) I will donate and you can pass the gift to your friends for their beautiful child! i admit i have my eye and heart attached to a child on the reeses rainbow site.....I am praying ! hugs!!

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  16. I am so happy for you. Lydia you are an amazing girl. You did so good in your interview.

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  17. I read this morning this post and I was tearing. Im so thankful for being part (only by letters) of this miracle.

    "Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity." 1 Timothy 4:12

    Thank you Lydia and family, for being an example

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  18. This is Amazing and has really built my faith. We have hit roadblock after roadblock with our adoption (RR) and my faith has been tested through it. Lately I've been praying God would restore my faith and your story has really helped in that. Praise God!

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  19. Thanks for posting the video...You guys were great. Happy Thanksgiving. I will continue to pray for your family as you journey to adopt Darya!
    God Bless,
    Isabelle

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  20. Yeah! Congrats on the new baby and reaching that goal Lydia!!!

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  21. I can't wait to see Darya in your family!!! It is amazing to see what the faith of a child can do. Over the process of our family's adoption, we experienced that God can move mountains through faith of a child. My daughter prayed that we would reiceve multiple children (OUR plan was one healthy infant :) and that they would be home by Christmas 2 years ago (this would be 6 months from paperwork to travel-and it normally takes 10-12 months to complete the process from Ethiopia). From getting paperwork back from the government in three days instead of two months to seeing orphanage directors opening their eyes and allowing special needs children to recieve families. I am happy to say we arrived home with our FOUR new children the day before Christmas Eve that year.

    When Lydia posted on Nov 17, her post reminded me of my daughter's prayers for multiple siblings :). "I asked my mom if I raised $20,000 could we go get Darya ourselves and be her family. My mom said yes, if I raised that much money she would know if was from God, but she said she didn't think I could do it because that is a whole lot of money. I told her I was going to try my best and nothing is impossible with God. Then she said if I raise $20,000 we could even adopt two kids from Reece's Rainbow..."

    When a child of God believes that God will accomplish something, it will happen!

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  22. Hi Melanie, I heard about Lydia's project through a comment on Kelly's Korner, and I have been so encouraged by God's miracle! My husband and I are missionaries in Kiev, Ukraine. I'm not sure where Darya is, but if she's in the vicinity of Kiev and if you come before June (which is when we leave for the summer--I know it's soon), we would love to offer you a place to stay when you pick her up.

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  23. what a wonderful miracle! Lydia, your parents must be so very proud of you! Thank you for being willing to let the Lord use you in this way...what great faith, what great love, what great joy! God's continued blessings on you and your family, and on Darya! Michelle (in Switzerland)

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  24. Wow, how amazing!! How awesome & exciting :)!

    Qadoshyah
    Oklahoma

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  25. Wow, I am floored by what Lydia has done. Thank you for your family, your lives and examples. I just bought Melanie's book. I look forward to following your journey.

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  26. Wow, Just caught up on your totals and am blown away! We are struggling to raise the $1K goal for our little angel and you give us such hope! God bless your continued journey and give you wisdom, protection and continued provision!

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  27. I stumbled upon your blog, yet I don't believe in coincidences...just God-incidences! I watched the Discovery Health show about Kennedy and Kellsey. Their blog had a link to yours.

    I must be honest, I have been sitting here crying while reading about your miracle. Can Lydia give me any fundraising ideas? My husband and I have considered adopting a little guy with special needs from Russia but the money (or lack thereof) is stopping us dead in our tracks!

    Thank you for putting your story out there for all to see, it will benefit and give hope to many.

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  28. Lydia,
    I really like the verse (Proverbs 24:12) you quote in your interview. What translation did you use? I have looked and I can't find it just as you said it and I think the translation you used makes it so clear.

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