Beauty for Ashes

Saturday, September 26, 2015

5K Update- Run for One Less!

We want to give a quick update on our 5K Run Adoption Fundraiser coming up on Sat, October 31st! We have 20 runners/walkers on Team Kitchens so far, yay!! Each runner is getting people to sponsor them, and we will all wear our sponsors names on these stickers when we run!

How you can help bring Levi home:
Would you consider sponsoring Ben and I to run in the 5K? To sponsor and purchase a sticker, you can make a tax deductible donation of any amount here or by clicking the donate button on the top right of this blog. Every dollar is doubled up to $3,000! We are praying to be close to being fully funded after this!

or you can mail a check to
Lifesong for Orphans
PO Box 40
Gridley, IL 61744 
Please make checks payable to Lifesong for Orphans. In the memo, please note your gift preference with Family Account #5553 and Kitchens Family.
(ie: Preference 5553 Kitchens)
Let us know if you sponsor, and we will write your name on a sticker to wear! We can't wait to see all the stickers representing people coming together to bring Levi home!! Lets run for one less orphan!!
Just to update you on our adoption process- we are on the waiting list for a boy age 0-2 from Ethiopia. We have been in the process for almost 1 year and have been officially on the waiting list for 3 months. We hope to be matched with our son sometime in the next year, and then we will prepare to travel to bring him home! For those who may not know much of our story and how the Lord called our family to adoption, you can read about that here
There are 7-10 adoptive families with their own teams in the 5K, which will be at Colonial Heights. We can't wait to see everyone coming together to care for orphans! Here is a video from last year's race :)

Let me know if you want to run on our team and help us get sponsors, there is still time to sign up for the race! I will get you in our Facebook group for the team and get the information to you :)  
"Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us." Ephesians 3:20

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Racing to Bring Levi Home! 5K Fundraiser

We are so excited to share a new adoption fundraiser coming up!!  We have been accepted as one of the adoptive families in Colonial Heights' Hearts of Compassion 5K to help bring Levi home!

We actually ran in this 5K last year for some of our sweet friends who are also adopting from Ethiopia as part of their team. It was so much fun! We are so excited to have our own team this year!! There will be 7-10 adoptive families running with their teams. 

Colonial Heights has an amazing Orphan Care Ministry called Hearts of Compassion, which is a ministry to raise awareness about orphan care and adoption and help raise funds to place children in forever families, while seeking to mobilize the church, His body, where each member can provide a unique and special service, some to adopt, some to care, and some to give. 

Colonial Heights partners with Lifesong for Orphans for this 5K, and we have received a matching grant through Lifesong. They will match up to $3,000 of what we raise, so incredibly awesome!! A huge blessing! So, every dollar given will be matched up to $3,000!
All the fundraising will go through Lifesong, which is also an amazing ministry that mobilizes the church to get involved in orphan care, adoption, foster care, advocacy, and so much more. 

Different ways you can help:

1) We need runners/ walkers on our team!! We are hoping for 10-15 people on our team! We will be getting t-shirts for all of our team members to wear on race day. Each team member will get people to sponsor them by donating toward our adoption (the goal is 10 sponsors, but you can get as many as you want!) We are going to get stickers for each runner to write their sponsors names on the stickers and wear them on their backs for the race (thanks to Abby Blackburn for this awesome idea from last year :)
There will be a place for you to say you are running on the Kitchens' team :)
Let us know if you want to run/ walk on our team! We will have more details to give to the team members who are running on how to get sponsors :) we are getting together ways for sponsors to donate through a paypal donate button directly to our Lifesong account as an easier option than checks

2) If you don't want to or can't run/ walk the 5K, you can still help by sponsoring a runner!! We don't actually receive the funds from runners just signing up for the race, but from runners getting sponsors. Sponsors can donate any amount toward our adoption! If you want to sponsor a runner, just let us know and we will get your name on a sticker! We will be running too, so you can sponsor either me or Ben, too

If you want to sponsor a runner by donating to our Lifesong Account, here are the different ways you can do that, 100% will go directly toward our adoption and it is tax-deductible: 

Give by Check
Please make checks payable to Lifesong for Orphans. In the memo, please note your gift preference with Family Account #5553 and Kitchens Family.
(ie: Preference 5553 Kitchens)
Please mail checks to:
Lifesong for Orphans
PO Box 40

Gridley, IL 61744
Give Online
 1. Go to
2. Select Give to an Adoptive Family
3. Complete online form and fill in Family Account #5553 & Kitchens Family
Individual donations $50 or more and yearly donations totaling $250 or more will receive a tax- deductible receipt. Receipts for donations under $50 will gladly be sent upon request. Lifesong is a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization. 
3) The most important way you can help-prayer!! You can help by praying that the Lord would use this fundraiser to bring awareness to orphan care and adoption, and that it would be a huge part of bringing Levi home and many other orphans to their forever families!

Your prayers and support have meant so much throughout our adoption journey! As we are in the waiting part of our process, knowing others are praying alongside us means the world to us.. We are getting closer every day to seeing our little boy's face!

Praising the Lord for this 5K opportunity & can't wait to see what He does through it!! 

"A Father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in His holy dwelling. God sets the lonely in families." Psalm 68:5-6