That was the thought as I woke yesterday morning to see that sometime in the night my Kickstarter became fully funded even though there are still 10 days left to contribute to the project. When my husband, Jonny, and I started contemplating joining my next musical endeavor with our adoption we were scared about the fact that we may not get the help we need. I'll be honest, I doubted anyone would care enough to make sure we reached our goal, because the frightening thing about Kickstarter is that if you don't reach your goal then you don't get any of the money that people have pledged. So Jonny and I decided to shoot low, just in case we didn't have the response we needed to fully fund our adoption. Adoption costs average around $20,000 to $30,000 so we decided to aim for half of those costs with this Kickstarter and then wait to see what the Lord did to provide the rest, but to be honest you guys have blown us away by your love and generosity and support and we have reached that goal with lots of time left to spare. So here I am again, asking, "Will you continue to give even though it appears we have reached our goal?" "Will you help us get closer to the whole adoption cost and the cost to record this 'A Thousand Champions' EP?" Oh gosh, it is hard to even ask BUT I have been learning that the those who are able to ask for help are displaying where they place their trust.
Recently I updated my Kickstarter with a thank you to all of those who have contributed already and I expressed the crazy amazing things I am learning through this process of asking you for help with my next CD adventure and our crazy adoption adventure and I wanted to repost a bit of it here because maybe you, too, need to learn the value of being able to ask for help. Here is a tidbit of the update:
"I am not the kind of person who asks for help and I have been constantly reminded about how wrong that is. How do we see God work in our lives? A huge part of seeing Him at work in our stories/lives is through people, their helping hands, their listening ears, their words of advice, their shoulders to lean on, their arms around us, comforting us and yes, even through their financial support and acts of service. I have learned a lot about my fear of asking for help through watching my daughter constantly ask my husband and I to fill her needs. This is what I've learned:
When she asks for help she is showing me
1. She TRUSTS me
2. She believes I am someone who WILL help
3. She has humbled herself by asking and that humility reveals her heart
4. She knows she can NOT do everything on her own
5. She knows who her father and I are, her providers, her caretakers, her supporters, etc.
These are just a few things that I am learning through this project and you play the biggest role in the teaching. Thank you for showing me that I can trust you, that I as a musician I am dependent on you, the listener of my music, that I, as a friend, am dependent on you and your revelation of God's love for me and my family, and lastly, that I can not do everything on my own and that is awesome.
1 John 3:18-19 says, 'My dear children, let's not just talk about love; let's practice real love. This is the only way we'll know we're living truly, living in God's reality.'
Thank you again friends and supporters, thank you for loving my family and living in God's reality. You make my heart full :)"
If you would like to join the others who have linked arms with us to support our adoption and EP you can check out my Kickstarter here: