And we made it!

Thank you so much to everyone who gave so generously yesterday. I cannot believe that from the simple thought that it would be nice to have the money for Tiggy’s House raised by the second anniversary of his death, $1,840 would be raised in just 24 hours.

That brings our total to $40,124 and Tiggy’s House is completely funded.

It still doesn’t seem quite possible, but by now I should know not to doubt the plans God has for us.

Any extra money beyond the $40,000 will go toward furnishing the home.

Thank you so much.

The mark Tiggy left

Since the first of December, I’ve been hovering over my email, checking it way too often. I was expecting our monthly report and I knew we were getting close to $38,000. Close to seeing the end of this fundraising journey. Close to seeing enough money to build a home for children on the other side of the world who scarcely know what home even is.

I knew there was one large donation in there. $1000 from a family we don’t even know. A connection was made through my blog and it still brings tears to my eyes to think of the kindness of strangers and how the blood of Christ turns strangers into brothers and sisters. And there was more. Ten dollars here, thirty dollars there. Some names I recognize. Others I don’t.

And I never expected to feel this much joy only days before the anniversary of my son’s death.

$3,920 was donated in the month of November, bringing our total to $38,284.41. I still can’t quite believe it. We only have $1,715.59 to go and there is a very real possibility we could have this finished up before the end of the year. Exactly two years after my son died, the funds may be secured to build a children’s home in his memory. Tiggy’s House.

And so we’re asking if you can help raise this last little bit so that Tiggy’s House can be be built. It doesn’t have to be much. Most of the money raised has been $10 at a time. Whatever you feel led to give will join the gifts of others and multiply in the lives of these children half a world away who have been discarded by society and often by their own families.

Simply go to the Tiny Hands International website, click “Choose a charity” and select Tiggy’s House from the drop down menu, and donate whatever you feel led to give this holiday season.

And share this post with friends and family. And thank you so much for all of your support over the last two years.

And now I’d just like to share some thoughts from my husband he wrote yesterday:

Earlier today we posted an update for Tiggy’s House on Facebook. One of the comments we received came from Hill Harbor,

Tiggy has such a wonderful legacy.

This got me, John, thinking, “What is Tiggy’s Legacy?” Here are some thoughts:

  • Tiggy evoked complete strangers to show compassion and loving kindness to a family in grief; whom the majority will never meet in person.
  • Tiggy moved parents into action; to consider the safety of their homes and secure around them items that may have become themselves, deadly.
  • Tiggy showed us over and over again what is important in life; relationships, to love one another.
  • Tiggy opened doors for those who have never sufficiently grieved their own loss; to finally express their sorrow after many years and start their own road to healing.
  • Tiggy helped to give hope to poverty stricken boys and girls in Nepal; that they may have a home, a family and a childhood.
  • Tiggy uplifted an organization; that through his story they found inspiration to continue in their own work.
  • Tiggy loved his family; and through that love a family that should have been shattered and torn apart, are in their own imperfect way, closer than ever before.

There are many other blessings that have come from Tiggy’s death that reminds me

, “The shock-waves of Mattias’ death ripped through our family, and often the pain returns but now and again, more often than not, we see some of the ripples coming back to our shore of the good God speaks about when He promises those who love him ‘Beauty for Ashes'”.

December 12, 2012 is the second anniversary of Tiggy’s passing. We are asking if Tiggy’s Legacy has touched your life would you consider supporting Tiny Hands International before then? If so, please mention Tiggy’s House with your kind donation.

From our family, to yours, God bless.

Beauty for ashes

One day, we will be given a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of the spirit of despair (Isaiah 61:3). We received a taste of this back in February as we celebrated Tiggy’s short life with a little road trip over what would have been his third birthday.

Please share with us a little of our pain, a little of our joy and a little of our perspective.

Thank you so much, Amber, for putting this video together for us.

We are also pleased to announce that due to favorable exchange rates, the amount that we need to raise in order to fund the building of Tiggy’s House is $40,000. As of June, $25,349 has been raised. If you would like to help in any way, please consider donating directly to Tiny Hands International, and remember our etsy shop when shopping for gifts for family and friends. All profits from our shop and from the advertising and sponsors on this blog are donated to this effort.

To donate:

Donate via Tiny Hands International. Simply select “Tiggy’s House” from the “Choose a charity” menu found on their website.

Send checks to:

Tiny Hands International
P.O. Box 67195
Lincoln, NE 68506

Please mention “Tiggy’s House” so your gift is credited properly.

Thank you so much and God bless.

Help build a children’s home with your Pampered Chef purchases!

Thank you so much, Jodi, for such a touching and personal post as well as all your encouragement since Mattias died.

When I was pregnant with my youngest daughter (now almost 2), I found out my friend Nicole was also pregnant with a little girl.  Shortly thereafter, I found out my friend Erika was also pregnant and, you guessed it, she was having a girl too!  I had never been pregnant at the same time as any of my friends before, and it was such a blessing to have these wonderful, Godly women to share this joy with.

But then, Nicole found out that her daughter had anencephaly, a condition that was going to take her precious girl’s life.  Heartache and tears, prayers and faith as my family began our journey of praying for their little girl.

It was right around this time that my friend Erika, (who had attended the birth of one of my older children), asked if I would like to come to her daughter’s birth.  I was so excited and honored to accept this invitation I could hardly contain myself.  My daughter would be a few weeks old by then, and I was so excited about our babies being friends!  They already got along very well – both of them loved Chinese food, and it was one of the only foods either of us could eat without morning sickness.

Then, Erika received some concerning test results on their baby, and asked me not to come to the birth because of the uncertainty.  Heartache and tears, prayers and faith were all that I could cling to for these precious ladies as my own baby continued to grow healthy in my womb.  I stopped posting about my pregnancy and when my daughter was born, I struggled whether or not to put a birth announcement on facebook, knowing the trials they were facing.

Nicole’s baby was born in August, and their family was blessed to have their daughter, Faith, with them for 29 hours before the Lord called her home.

Shortly thereafter, Erika’s baby was born, and their family was blessed to have their daughter, Hannah, for 4 months, before the Lord called her home.

Then, my sister-in-law lost her battle with cancer, and the Lord called her home.

And my blog-friend Dana shared that her son Tiggy had been in an accident, and the Lord had called him home too.

My heart grieved deeply for these dear families, and still does to this day.  My daughter, my blessing, was a constant reminder of Scripture’s calling to “bear one another’s burdens.”  I was yielding many questions from my own children about death, grief, and loss; questions I felt inadequate to answer.

Dana emerged as a source of strength and hope.  Her faith in the midst of her pain deepened my trust that Christ is faithful even when our hearts are shattered.  Her faith was a foundation for me to share Christ with one of my unsaved children.  Her faith is the kind of faith that turns grief into something more precious than silver.

Her faith is the kind that raises money to build homes to rescue children from all kinds of earthly horrors, and share with these children the same hope that carries her now, and in the future…all the way to the eternal hope of salvation through Jesus Christ.

My family started praying for Tiggy’s House before I finished reading Dana’s first post about the project.  My children have been saving part of their allowances for months to help with construction.  We’ve spent hours sorting beads to give to Dana for jewelry, while talking and praying for the girls in Nepal who will be rescued.  When I ordered something from yesterday, I placed my order through Tiggy’s House.

So when I decided to host a Pampered Chef party, and learned I could have a fundraiser show, I immediately thought of Tiggy’s House.  The more I have learned about the plight and suffering of those girls in Nepal, the more my heart grieves…but this grief is different, because this grief is without hope, unless those children are able to come to know Christ – through ministries like Tiggy’s House.

If the Lord has placed Tiggy’s House on your heart, and you’ve ever considered buying something from Pampered Chef, this fundraiser is perfect.  Because I have chosen a fundraiser, the sales will not benefit me personally or give me any discounts – all that money goes to Tiggy’s House.  The lady who will be doing the show will also donate an extra portion of her sales (taking it out of her personal pay).

You can attend the “show” online.  Make sure the page says “Host:  Jodi Ferris” in the top right corner. If you order $60.00 or more, you get a free gift too!

Dana, I am so blessed to call you friend.  Thank-you for your faith, endurance and eternal heart.  (((hugs)))

I have refined you, but not as silver is refined.
Rather, I have refined you in the furnace of suffering. – Isaiah 48:10

 *After my friend Erika lost her daughter, Hannah, she became pregnant again.  Their third child, Keira, was born healthy about ten weeks ago.  Last week they received a devastating diagnosis that Keira also has a “fatal” condition.  If you are so lead please pray for her family.  You can follow their story here.

~Jodi, a long time blog friend


We’ve passed the halfway point with $25,349.43 raised over the past year  to build a children’s home in Nepal to rescue children from sex-trafficking and set their lives on a solid foundation. More exciting announcements next week!

And the winner is . . .

And the winner of the Mother’s Day bracelet giveaway, chosen at random by, is Grace! Congratulations! You will be receiving an email shortly.

Thank you to everyone who entered and supported our etsy shop and our mission to raise money to build a children’s home for the children of Nepal. Don’t forget you can still get free shipping through the end of May with the coupon code, “MOTHERS DAY”!

And my apologies for the premature posting. A couple of comments got held by my spam filter so I had to let those go through and redraw.

Mother’s Day bracelet giveaway

Mother’s Day is fast approaching and to celebrate the special mother in your life, we are hosting a giveaway of our beautiful Family Bracelet made from genuine Austrian Swarovski crystals in the birthstone colors of mom, dad and all the children. This can also be made as a Grandmother’s bracelet with the birthstone colors of all of the grandchildren.

To enter, simply leave a comment sharing something you love about a mother in your life. A winner will be selected at random April 20, 2012 and notified via email.

In the meantime, we have this and many other lovely items in our etsy shop. Between now and Mother’s Day, you can get free dometic shipping on all orders by using the coupon code “MOTHERSDAY”. And as always, all profits are donated to Tiggy’s House, a children’s home in Nepal to rescue children from sex trafficking.

Giveaways to raise awareness of modern day slavery

Did you know there are more slaves today than there were before the Civil War? And that the trafficking of humans is one of the most luctrative forms of crime worldwide, behind only drugs and weapons? And that some researchers think it is quickly passing weapons for the number two spot?

This is what Tiggy’s House aims to fight by providing a home for impoverished children as part of Tiny Hands International’s Dream Center in Nepal.

That’s why we are proud to be a part of Such Fun to Give’s effort to raise awareness of modern slavery through a series of giveaways on her blog. Click on the button. Enter giveaways. Share with friends. Help fight slavery.

Hearts Should Be Free

Tiggy’s House road trip . . . we’d like to meet you!

Now that we have a house sitter lined up, I am excited to announce that we are planning a little road trip at the end of February! We’ll be on the road from February 20 to February 27 and heading south to San Antonio. Mattias birthday is on the 23rd and we wanted to do something special to mark the day. We have already made arrangements to meet up with a couple of families that have been an encouragement to us and have a couple of dessert parties planned for the fellowship and as a fundraiser for Tiggy’s House. And it seemed like such a fun idea, we decided to see if anyone else would like to join in!

If you live anywhere between Lincoln, Nebraska and San Antonio, Texas and would be interested in organizing a brunch/soup/chocolate/braiding/game night/whatever-sounds-good-to-you party, send me an email (dhanleyATtiggyshouseDOTcom) and we’ll see if we can work out a schedule and visit with as many people as we can.

What is involved?

  1. Decide what you wouldl like to do (brunch, soup, chocolate, braiding, games or whatever).
  2. Invite your friends over for a time of fellowship.
  3. Ask them to bring a dish and a suggested donation. (My mom did $10 at the one she did and it was quite successful, but you know what would be most appropriate in your circle of friends!)
  4. We’ll come over and enjoy the time of fellowship together and hopefully raise a little money for Tiggy’s House at the same time!

Don’t feel like you have to raise hundreds of dollars to make it worth stopping at your house. We’re making the trip anyway and we really would like to meet some of the wonderful people who have been so incredibly supportive to us over the last year. Anything we are able to raise in addition to that is just like icing on the cake!

We can just chat if you like, or we have a bit of a piece put together on grief to help people know a little what it is like and how they can help friends and acquintances going through difficult times. Of course we’ll talk a little about Tiggy’s House. And if there is anything else we might be competent to talk about, just ask!

If you would like to host a braiding party, let me know. I would love to bring my marudai and enough Kumihimo disks for everyone. I would have to charge $10 per person for that rather than leaving it strictly to donation, but everyone will be able to make a bracelet to take home with them and keep their Kumihimo disk to make as many as they would like at home. I would also love to give a lesson to your homeschool group! (I would also need an approximate count as soon as possible to be sure I can order enough in.)

If you have any questions or would like to start trying to work out a time and a date for us to stop by, drop me a note here in the comments, on Facebook or via my email: dhanleyATtiggyshouseDOTcom (replace the letters in all caps for the appropriate punctuation.)

And if you live in another part of the country and this sounds like something you’d like to do, let us know! Of course, you don’t need us, but if you would like us to visit, we may plan one of these again sometime and head a different direction.

All money raised will be donated to Tiny Hands International toward the construction of Tiggy’s House, a children’s Home in Nepal to fight poverty and sex-trafficking.

Thank you so much!