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.