Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Last Day to Purchase for Adoptive Families!!

All I can say is WOW!!! You all have been soooo supportive of our adoptive families who have signed up to benefit from our product sales. As orders are continuing to come in on this last day, you will find that we are selling out. If you wish to make an advanced purchase today in order for a particular family to get the credit, you may do so. You must know that you will not receive your items until January.  If you are ok with that then you can email Charlene at info@ordinaryhero.org and let her know what you would like to purchase and she will give you instructions on how to order. What we will have available for advanced purchase will be the Gray, as well as the Rust OH shirts, the Gray women's hoodie, the gray kid's tee, the Coffee Africa shirt. Just let Charlene know what sizes you would like and she will make note to credit the family and let you know how to pay for it.

We are gearing up to expand this in January and continue to help as many families as we can with their adoptions. This has been very exciting!! We will be totaling tomorrow and have the names of the top three on Thursday. Those top three will get matching grants!! Woo hoo!!

Right now we have Christmas ball ornaments still available for purchase where the families will get a $5 credit.  We are about to sell out of the tumblers and several sizes of shirts. What you see listed in the drop down under each item is what we have left. If it says "sold out" then it is sold out :) You may then order advanced purchase on a shirt choice I mentioned above.

Can't wait to start blessing these families with what has come in for them! We are so excited to help get these kiddos home to their forever families.

We are also just a few followers away from 400.  I will then give away a tumbler with coffee as well as a separate Christmas ornament give away....  Look forward to it :)

Stay posted for the top three!!! So exciting!!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving for our family means family and friends and lots of food, much like what you see in the picture above. It is always a time to stop and reflect on all the blessings God has given us. I think that know matter what your circumstances, there is always something to be thankful for. I think of all that we have here in America to be thankful for. We live in the most blessed country. I can't help but think of the children we met on our last Ethiopia trip....those in the orphanages, and those in the trash dump. They had nothing,yet they had everything because they had love and joy. They were thankful for anything and everything. I pray to have an ounce of what they have bubbling out of them.

So as we eat until we can't move, I pray we all stop to think of those less fortunate and set a goal to bless others with what we have been blessed with, this next coming year. I promise....as you set out to bless others....you will be the one blessed in return.

Speaking of being thankful.....my son, whom we adopted from Ethiopia two years ago,  came home from school and told me that he had to do a project which required him to interview someone about their job. He had to decide who he wanted to interview. I was thinking he was getting ready to say he wanted to interview his Dad, or his uncle or something and then he totally shocked me. He said, "Mom, I want to interview you." He said, "Isn't your job Ordinary Hero? Don't you help kids find families when you go to Africa?" I just sat amazed. First of all, I had never thought of what I do as a job, but he obviously does (probably from seeing me on this computer so much). Second, he was asked to interview someone who had a job he liked and he picked mine. I was so honored and touched. I always explain why I help kids and do what I do and he gets it! I always tell him what an inspiration he is to our family and that is why we want to help other children from Africa. He can't wait to go back and help us help them. So we are considering taking him this next year. We want to take our whole family when he does. So with some kind of major fund raising (ha) we will do that it God's timing.

So he interviewed me and I wanted to share it. The first question he answered in his own words and then the other questions are in my words. It is the cutest thing. Keep in mind he is 6 years old and in 1st grade.

So he took the interview to school and gave his presentation and then came home with this....

He had to draw a picture of the person he interviewed to show to the class and so he drew this picture of me :) One my kids asked him what the things were on my pants and he said, "Mom always has holes in her jeans." Ha!

So talk about being thankful!  Wow! This took my breath away....especially the adorable picture.  I love what I do, but I love that my kids can see it and understand it, and do it alongside me.

This Thanksgiving I am thankful for the big things, yes.....but I am thankful for the small things like this little piece of paper and drawing from my son. God reminds us everyday that there is always something to be thankful for.

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

All of us here at Ordinary Hero are thankful for all of you.......our Ordinary Hero family out there, who share our same heart and passion for children in need :)

And after a few winning games of flag football at our annual Turkey Bowl, Happy Thanksgiving from my family to yours.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Red Shatter Proof Christmas Ornament.....Final item offered for Adoption Awareness Month

Well....this is it! Our final product to offer to the 54 adoptive families for fund raising......as well as all the rest of you who want a super cute stocking stuffer or teacher gift.
This red Christmas ball ornament is shatter proof and comes with this cute polka dot ribbon and packaged in it's own gift box.
$5 of every purchase will go toward adoptive families mentioned in the memo box when ordered.

Click on the paypal button in the right side bar to order. 
Remember your purchase helps CHANGE THE WORLD FOR ONE this Christmas.
And we are excited to launch new ways to help adoptive families fund raise in January. So make sure ALL you adoptive families check back for our launch in mid January. 

When I hit 400 followers I will do a drawing for a Christmas ornament give away, as well as another drawing for a free Coffee tumbler w/ coffee. 
Merry, Merry........ 

Monday, November 22, 2010

Christmas Stocking Stuffer Outreach....a great success!!

What a great family event of giving we had on Saturday! Many thanks go out to Holly, pictured above, for organizing such a great outreach. Many families showed up and stuffed 700 stockings that will be given to children in need this Christmas through Salvation Army and Nashville Rescue Mission.
This all started several years ago in honor of Mary Owen, the daughter of Angie, pictured above holding her new adopted daughter, and Jason pictured below, holding her as well. She was a precious 19 month old little girl who went to live with the Lord about 5 years ago. Her birthday is in December so a group from their Sunday School class started this outreach in honor of Mary Owen on her birthday in order to be able to give to children in need in her name. What started as a simple outreach now is joined by Ordinary Hero, several classes from the Brentwood United Methodist Church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, as well as a group from Brentwood Baptist. As Mary Owen, who would be turning 7, watches from heaven, she has created a picture of what heaven will look like with so many groups from so many denominations. The Lord has blessed this family with 5 children. Mary Owen, who lives with Jesus, two sons, and two daughters, one in which was adopted domestically.
What a wonderful gathering in celebration of Mary Owen, as a slide show of her pictures danced on the back wall. 
When we arrived, Holly had everything organized and ready for folks to arrive and start down the lines to fill the stockings.

 Many helping hands went into putting these stockings together.

 This proved to be an excellent outreach for the children. It is always so important to get our children involved in serving others in need.  We must not forget that they are the next generation and God is raising up WORLD CHANGERS. (just as their shirt says)

 We are teaching our children to see outside their own world for a minute and think about doing something to help someone this Christmas who would not have a Christmas if they did not step up to help.
 I loved seeing all the different families who have adopted at this event. We are showing them that God chose them to help bring change to others. Below is Vanessa, who just returned with her little boy from Ethiopia within the past couple of months.

 The kids lined up and got to go from basket to basket, with the help of their parents, and fill the stockings to the top.

 They were greeted by a person at the end of the line who stapled the completed stocking and set it in the basket to be given away.
 It's so great to teach our children to serve as early as they can remember. I loved seeing the little ones.

After the stocking stuffing was complete there was a HUGE pot luck of all kinds of yums for everyone!!
Christen Cole offered her beautiful voice while everyone ate, to make the evening complete.

I know I always enjoy having my own children at as many outreaches as possible. I want to thank everyone who showed up to help. Thanks to you and your families we stuffed 700 stockings in no time flat. I expect more next year :) Many thanks to Holly for organizing, and all of the different groups who showed up to help.

And most importantly, we are blessed to be able to honor Mary Owen on her 7th birthday, by giving to so many children in need, as she dances and rejoices, singing songs of praise, with the angels in heaven, as they all looked down over us all as we celebrated her precious life. I can just see Jesus looking her in the eyes and saying, "Well done, my precious child. What a beautiful life you lived."

Wednesday, November 17, 2010



We just came out with our new stainless steel CHANGE THE WORLD FOR ONE 
travel tumbler which is super cute! 
We are also proud to sell it with the awesome Justlove Coffee which is locally owned by adoptive parents who started this coffee co. to "help orphans and their forever families". We are featuring their new holiday coffee with different blends of African coffee beans, which I watched them grind today, and is now filling my home with the yummy aroma of fresh coffee, as I type. 
Yes, I'm a coffee nerd....and this is great stuff!
Remember these make great Christmas gifts too!

You or your friends/fam, may purchase the tumbler by itself for $12.00 + s&h
You may purchase the tumbler with a bag of Justlove coffee for $25.00 + s&h


These tumblers have our slogan "CHANGE THE WORLD FOR ONE" printed on them which helps spread the message that you or your friends/family are helping to Change The World For One by purchasing this mug and coffee to help bring your child home....OR YOU ALREADY HAVE CHANGED THE WORLD FOR ONE THROUGH ADOPTION OR YOUR SUPPORT OF ADOPTION. 




Happy new tumbler buying, yummy coffee drinking, blog following, everybody :) 

Monday, November 15, 2010

Join Us This Saturday for Christmas Stocking Stuffing for Families In Need

Ordinary Hero Christmas Stocking Stuffer Outreach 2010

This year, Ordinary Hero is partnering with a group from Brentwood United Methodist to stuff Christmas stockings for the Salvation Army.  This outreach sends stockings to Angel Tree Families, day care centers, and community centers, supported by the Salvation Army. The Brentwood United Methodist group (who does this in memory of class members' daughter, Mary Owen Hebert) already provides the largest number of stockings the Salvation Army receives. Through partnering with Ordinary Hero, we hope to help them fill even more stockings this year!  We have already been collecting toys, toothbrushes, playdoh, gloves, crayons, etc. We still need items to be donated in sets of 10. We are also working on collecting monetary donations which will be used to place an order with Oriental Trading and Dollar Days, to purchase the remaining items for the 700 stockings we hope to complete.  There will be a party at the church on this Saturday, November 20 at 5pm, in their youth building, to stuff the stockings which will be delivered to the Salvation Army. We will also send over 100 stockings to the Nashville Rescue Mission Women's shelter.

For the party, we set up lines of tubs filled with various stocking items.  Children and their parents pick up a stocking at the front of the line, go down the line putting one item from each tub in the stocking, and at the end of the line an adult staples the stocking together. This is a wonderful opportunity to allow your children to experience the spirit of giving to those less fortunate this Christmas season.

Once all stockings are stuffed, then the party begins... potluck dinner and music from Christen Cole. We ask that each family or volunteer bring a covered dish to share.

We are expecting well over 100 people in attendance. If you or your company is interested in helping sponsor this Ordinary Hero Christmas Outreach, you may email us at info@ordinaryhero.org.  If you are interested in signing up for this event or donating items towards this event, please contact our event coordinator, Holly Fisher, at events@ordinaryhero.org .

We, at Ordinary Hero, look forward to a wonderful Christmas season of giving.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

How Do I Start An Ordinary Hero In My Area? Here's A Perfect Example....

I often get asked "How do I start an Ordinary Hero in my city?" I say it is as simple as getting a group of friends together to make a difference.  That could be going to your local mission with snacks and crafts, or getting involved with any of our projects by using them as an example of how to serve and then just doing it where you live. We were so pleasantly surprised this week by a letter we received. Let me introduce you to Nancy(pictured above). I had never met Nancy, nor did I know that she was even a blog follower. Nancy is perfect example of how God can use you to make a difference when your heart is stirred toward something specific. You know, like when you watch something and you start the ugly cry? Yes, that is God stirring your heart.  Nancy lives in a very small Ky town just outside of Cincinnati. We received the following letter from her this past week. 

Here's more in Nancy's own words.....

"It’s through a combination of being blessed+blown away by the amazing work that Ordinary Hero actively pursues, Katie Davis in Uganda and Gwen & Suzanne of 147MO banding together & reading Crazy Love by Francis Chan, that I started to pray about what the Lord would use me for. I prayed hard, anytime I thought of it, day & night etc. Finally I thought of emailing another adoptive mother that I met at a picnic in May 2010 thru our home study agency to see what her thoughts were on doing more than we are. As the planning unfolded and things changed here and there in only the way that the Holy Spirit can do, I made up a shirt design, started selling t-shirts on September 3rd, 2010 via Facebook and work of mouth!  By the 2nd order placed early in October, we received 104 t-shirt orders and raised over $500 on t-shirts sales alone!!! My original post about the Sale was on August 31st, 2010. The response was overwhelming! Gathering donations and pricing donations with the help of volunteers, we opened for business at our first Water for Korah Sale on Saturday October 16th, 2010 @ 8am and were sold out by 2pm! We raised a total of $1,800 for Korah in 6 hours! Our total donation was $2,700 after all donations were counted in! Praise the Lord!  

Here’s is what I consider evidence that it was the Holy Spirit stirring hearts for Korah and nothing else: No one was asked to help, not 1 donation had to be chased down and all of the incredible locations that I thought would pull thru…didn’t….except a week or so before the Sale a church came to the rescue….it was the MOST perfect location for the sale and the church did not want to charge any fee at all for us to use their space! Did I mention it was a spectacular 70 degree October day!!!  =D  This is evidence to me and the oh say, 20 or so volunteers that worked the Sale start to finish and the countless people that donated to Korah, that God is alive and well, working in Korah and stirring hearts in Northern KY and VA, TX, WA, IN, OH, CA to be involved!"

And No she doesn't even have a blog.....yet :) Here are examples of a couple of her posts on facebook just to show you how easy this can be done when you put your mind to something.   

1st post on FB about the Water For Korah Sale August 31st:
Nancy Bradford McCarter PLS DONATE! Any item accepted! Books, a mirror, lamp, furniture, purses etc. Another adoptive mother and I are preparing for a"Water for Korah Sale" to raise money for drilling of a water well in Korah Ethiopia. Korah is a landfill where over 100,000 individuals & children live. If you can donate ANYTHING please drop it by my house or I will do my best to arrange to pick it up! Clean a closet out or your basement, the smallest thing to the biggest, your donation will bless a community of 100,000 people with drinkable water!! THANK YOU!!by my house or I will do my best to arrange to pick it up! Clean a closet out or your basement, the smallest thing to the biggest, your donation will bless a community of 100,000 people with drinkable water!! THANK YOU!! August 31 at 10:37pm    · Comment ·LikeUnlike · View Feedback (3)Hide Feedback (3) 

 1st post on FB re: Water for Korah T—shirt Sale September 3rd:

Nancy Bradford McCarter This is a tee w/ a design that I kind of created and am going to order for myself, Chad and anyone else that wants one. Proceeds to benefit, of course, WATER FOR KORAH! If I get an order for 8 more I can sell them for $26 and make a small profit and if I get any more orders the sale price will be even LESS and even more orders the sale price will be even LESS and even more rders the sale price will be even LESS and even mor...e profit!! My goal is to sell them for $20 but I want to be sure enough people will buy them 1st lol otherwise that wouldn't be much of a fund raiser =)The dark blue background/ square will not print, just the white Africa shape and the writing inside of Africa. I expect the tees to be pretty ROCKIN

Here is the tshirt design that Nancy created for her shirts to sell. Super cute!!

Here they are below, at the yard sale to benefit water for Korah. Nancy was joined by her mom, mother-in-law and two friends in this pic.

Here is a glimpse of the sale in progress.

The gentlemen in this pic were WAITING @ 7am in the parking lot to help set up for the Sale and ALSO set up a table of their own items, antiques as you can see, to sell and donated ALL of the proceeds to Water for Korah! I had no idea they were doing this until they started unpacking what they brought and setting up their own area!!

The latest thing that has spiraled from this effort was this in her own words....

"Also, someone that donated to and shopped the Korah Sale, has offered to have a benefit concert (we are thinking possibly early into 2011 or Spring time) to raise money for Korah....so VERY EXCITING things to come!  God is good."

So....there you have it!  That is how it is done. We have a number in mind to send to Project 61 specifically for land and water that has not been met yet.  Who knew that we would be receiving this? Well.....I know someone who knew :)  What a blessing!!  You see how everything you do to help others has a spiral effect?  People need/want something to do to help others in their community.  How has God called you to help and spread light on an area of need? 

If you would like to purchase one of Nancy's shirts to benefit water for Korah, email her at mccarter3726@hotmail.com. The water and land efforts are getting closer to starting the process! You can bet that I will make every effort to be there when that water shoots up out of the ground....and I'll take you all with me through this blog :)

Thank you Nancy and all the amazing people who have come up along side you in the Ky and Cincinnati area to give of your hearts and your time to help bring water to a community in Africa that most people wouldn't even step foot in.  

You are an example of an Ordinary Hero to all of us. And she and her hubby are adopting from ET soon!  Congrats!!

To view the video that originally opened their eyes and stirred their hearts for Korah, CLICK HERE.
If you have an idea of a project you would like to start in your area, email me at Kelly@ordinaryhero.org. 

Have a great day!!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

We have a winner!!

We reached over 300 followers so I want to send a shout out and a great big THANK YOU to all of our OH blog followers. You can watch the video below to see the winner of our free tshirt.  I hope to be hearing from the winner soon.  Winner receives a free OH t shirt of your choice. 
I hope to have another drawing for something fun soon :) 
Thanks again for being an OH blog follower!!

Happy Orphan Sunday...Some Light Shed On The Orphan And Our Little Man

I can't help but think of my son on this day. We brought him home from Ethiopia in September of 2008. He was 4 years old and had lived in an orphanage for 2 years waiting on a family. We showed up and waited anxiously inside the gate for our lives to change forever. Finally those gates opened and being led, hand in hand, by a man was the sweetest little boy my eyes had ever seen. They told us before we met him that he had been watching and waiting for us to arrive.  He had a best friend, whom he watched get picked up first by his adoptive family and then he cried, asking "Where is my Mommy and Daddy?" This little boy walked up to us with big round eyes, looking into ours. You could see it written all over his face. "Is it really you? Are you who I have been waiting for?" We took him in our arms and hugged him and kissed him and told him "We are here for you now. We are Mommy and Daddy."  His little face gave a slight grin as he grabbed our hand and never let go. We left that day with him in our arms and nothing else.  He didn't have a bag. He didn't have a toy or any item that he called his own. He was wearing a little button up shirt with buttons missing, a torn t shirt underneath, pants that hit him above his ankles and he had on girl underwear. It was all he had to his name......but now that would all change. Now he had a family and we had this precious child we had prayed and waited so long for. He literally left and never looked back. He was laughing and playing cars with us in the van on the way back to the hotel and never once asked to go back to the place he had called home for two years. 

We went back to the orphanage a couple of days later to take a tour of the place. He was with us and you should have seen how excited the kids who were left behind were to see him.  They were running up to him and saying his name.  You could see that they were so excited for him. He had found what they all were longing for....a family. Let me tell you that my little boy walked up with his precious backpack filled with all his new toys we had gotten him....the backpack that, as soon as he played with a toy, he would run back to and put it back in it's same place to make sure nothing happened to it. He set that backpack down as the kids circled around him and opened it up. He started pulling every one of his brand new toys out of his back pack and passing them out to his friends until every one of them were gone.  Shane and I were about in tears as we watched.  It was the sweetest thing that he wanted to share all his toys with them to play with. 

As it was time to leave, I asked the interpreter to tell him we were leaving, so that he could gather his toys. He bent down and said something to him and I saw him shake his head. The interpreter looked at us and said "He does not want them back. He wants his friends to have them." About that time, Nathan grabbed my hand, with his empty backpack on his back, looked up at me with those big brown eyes, and was ready to leave. As we walked out all the kids were waving goodbye and calling his name as he turned around and smiled at them one last time, never letting go of my and his Daddy's hand. 

It hit me at that moment, just how much he gets it. He gave away what we thought were his most precious things, to all his friends. It then hit us that those toys that he had been so excited about didn't even compare.  He knew that he had found the most precious thing that each and every one of them desired....a family. He went back to visit, with us by his side, and knew how badly they all wanted the same thing... so he gave them all he had.  My God, what love beyond his years, had been engrained in this child, based on what he had experienced as an orphan

It's been two years now. He is 6 years old, and it is like we have had him forever. God hand picked this child for our family and we couldn't be more blessed. Nathan sees everything we do in Africa and can't wait to go back himself to help pass out things to children in need. He went to the store with me before our last trip in July and helped me pick out everything that he thought they would need. He told me to take toothbrushes because he said they never brushed their teeth. He told me to take little cars because he thought they would like that.  You see, he remembers. We hope he always remembers. We show him pictures. We don't want him to forget. We pray he  becomes an advocate for his home country and takes what he has learned in America to help them one day. He is a special boy and we know God has big plans for him. We plan to take him back in the next couple of years when he gets a wee bit older. He can't wait to go. 
Here we are on Halloween.

Here is our Gotcha Day video of us getting our little man. What an amazing trip it was!

Click here if you would like to go straight to the link or else silence the music at bottom and watch below. 

Now here is a video I've shown before, but it is all taken from our team trip to Ethiopia three months ago. Most all of these children in this video are orphans. They are no different than our own children, except they wait. They wait, just like my son waited...for his family to arrive to come get him. Some children in this video have found families, but some......are still waiting.
Click here to go to the direct link or silence music and watch it below.

Now you all know why I am passionate about the orphan. This is why I want to help all of you bring home your precious little ones.  This is why I want to help open the eyes of the ones who don't know.  I was one that didn't know this was out there for a long time. Maybe it wasn't that I didn't know,but that i never took the time to notice or do anything about it. I believe we can all do something, once our eyes are opened. 

When my eyes were finally opened to the orphan crisis, I looked for scripture on what God's heart was for the orphan.  I have listed some below.  God's heart bleeds for the orphan. That is why He depends on us...His hands and feet... to do something about it. 

May this Orphan Sunday make us all lift up our prayers for those who wait for families, and for those orphans who will never get adopted, but wait for help to arrive to ease the burdens of their living conditions. 

James 1:22-27 (New International Version)

 22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25 But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.
 26 Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless. 27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

Deuteronomy 10:18
He defends the cause of the 
fatherless and the widow, and loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing.

Deuteronomy 24:17
Do not deprive the foreigner or the 
fatherless of justice

Deuteronomy 10:18
He defends the cause of the 
fatherless and the widow, and loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing.

Job 29:11-13 (New International Version)

11 Whoever heard me spoke well of me,
   and those who saw me commended me, 
12 because I rescued the poor who cried for help,
   and the fatherless who had none to assist them. 
13 The one who was dying blessed me;
   I made the widow’s heart sing.

Psalm 10:14
But you, God, see the trouble of the afflicted; you consider their grief and take it in hand. The victims commit themselves to you; you are the helper of the 

Psalm 68:5-6 (New International Version)

5 A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows,
   is God in his holy dwelling. 
6 God sets the lonely in families

Psalm 82:3-4 (New International Version)

3 Defend the weak and the fatherless;
   uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed. 
4 Rescue the weak and the needy;
   deliver them from the hand of the wicked.

Psalm 146:9
The LORD watches over the foreigner and sustains the 
fatherless and the widow

Isaiah 1:17
Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the 
fatherless; plead the case of the widow.

John 14:18
I will not leave you as 
orphans; I will come to you.

Friday, November 5, 2010

3 full days left to SIGN UP!! + A Give Away!

36 Families so far....and counting. 

Adoption Sunday, November 7th, at 11:59 pm will be the last opportunity to sign up as an adoptive family to receive credit for shirts that are sold through OH.  

In case you missed our announcement....we are giving away our t shirt sale profit through the month of November to every adoptive family who sends us their agency info and contact info, in order to confirm that you are signed with them. We will then send the agency a check at the close of the month to be credited toward your account. 

You receive $10 for every shirt sold that has your name added to the memo line.  Look for "add special instructions to the seller" Ad.  Click on the blue "ad" and put a name to be credited for the shirts.  It is hard to see this sentence if you are not looking for it.  It mostly appears under the address portion. 

 Once we hit over 300 blog followers, we will be giving away a free t shirt of your choice, to one lucky blog follower which will be chosen through a random drawing you will watch on video :)

Have A Great Weekend!! 
Happy Shirt Selling!