Dan and I count ourselves among the lucky. The lucky middle-classers of the United States of America that have just enough discretionary income to make some decisions about how much to give away and where to invest in what. We are, indeed, blessed. For no apparent reason.
And yet, we are faced with a $30,000 bill to build our family in this way. Which, to even the most stable of middle class American family, will give pause. Should we really get that mini-van? Send our kid to that school? Or, in reality, entertain ourselves that much? We fully own that this is in fact, a decision; financial or otherwise. And yet, we also have this powerful current in our lives that we honor in words like “calling,” “obedience,” “open doors,” “Spirit-led.” Those two things combined with the fact that we CAN receive tax-deductible donations for this venture, lead us to fundraising.
We are, to steal the idea from Bob Goff, raising our own funds; (using our own money); and raising outside funds; (receiving others money). And, to me, this can be such a drag on both fronts. (You mean, no more home improvements and trips to TJ Maxx? What am I supposed to do with my inner foodie? Not to mention that I am fiercely independent and an extreme “J,” for you MBTI nuts). And yet, I am encouraged that this CAN be connecting, creative, carefree, and, yes, even entertaining.
Enter Stage Left: nostalgic movies, snacks, drinks, and Colorado evenings outside. See below…Sha-bam! Please come if you can and bring your friends. XO!