Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Headed To Created For Care, Atlanta, This Weekend!



We are looking forward to seeing all the fellow adoptive Momma's and advocates at this weekend's Created For Care in Atlanta! 

Be sure to stop by the ORDINARY HERO table and see us! 
We have new, fun merch, 
introducing our new "Sparkle" collection. 
Receive great deals on our past merch, 
giveaways, and much more!! 

ALSO, if you would like your child displayed wearing our WORLD CHANGER merch at the event, 
send us those pics, asap, today! 
Send pics to Kelly@ordinaryhero.org. 
We love showing off all the young world changers that we meet. 
Don't forget to tell us where you are from. :-) 

See you Friday thru Sunday, this weekend in Atlanta!! 


Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Martin Luther King Jr. Matching Grant Monday...
      We have a winner!

Congratulations, LaDonna Powell!!

LaDonna passing out clothes on her 2012 Ethiopia trip with OH

LaDonna is the recipient of our matching grant! Here's why she is fundraising with Ordinary Hero:

"Brooke and I went to Ethiopia for the first time in the summer of 2012 with OH.  We fell in love with the people of Ethiopia and loved that God chose us to be a part of such a wonderful organization and such an awesome mission opportunity. We knew we were called to be the hands and feet of Jesus to those that we came in contact with.  We have made relationships with the kids in Ethiopia and will be forever changed by the experience. All that being said, Brooke felt sure she would be returning in 2013 and was making plans before we could even make it back to America. As a college student with a minimal paying part time job, she is fundraising as much as she can to get back to Ethiopia, where she feels God is continuing to call her. Thank you, Ordinary Hero, for your support with these fundraising opportunities to do God's work!"


We are so excited to be able to help her daughter raise funds to get back to Ethiopia this summer! Good luck, Brooke!!

If you didn't participate this Monday, not to worry. We are having another Matching Grant Monday this coming Monday (January 28th) This is a great opportunity to add to your adoption or mission trip funds! This week, set a goal (maybe you'd like to reach $500 in sales) and let EVERYONE know about it. To reach $500, you only need 10 friends to spend $50. Your profit from that $500 would be $200, and if you're the top selling affiliate, OH will match that $200, for a total of $400! That's $400 in 1 DAY!!! So... start spreading the word, and good luck!!!

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Martin Luther King Jr Matching Grant Monday!


DON'T MISS OUT THIS MONDAY AND NEXT MONDAY!

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr, we are offering a Matching Grant Monday on January 21 and January 28. Top selling affiliate of the day will receive matching grant of their affiliate earnings. Grant giveaway opportunity is from 12:01 am to 11:59 pm central time on January 21 and January 28. One grant giveaway granted per day to affiliate with highest total sales. Visit the OH Store today! :-)

Click here for more information on becoming an Ordinary Hero Fundraising Affiliate.
Questions? Email Beverly@ordinaryhero.org

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

The Beautiful Life of Sallee Couch


We, at Ordinary Hero, want to pay tribute to the beautiful, God fearing, orphan loving, Proverbs 31, woman of God, Sallee Couch, who just lost her battle to cancer. 
We rejoice that she is now free from her pain of this world, but at the same time, 
our hearts break for this great loss to her family. 

We met Sallee and her husband a couple of years ago through the adoption community in the Nashville area. She was so excited to be bringing her third adopted child home from Ethiopia to join her other 5 children. We were privileged to be able to meet him on an OH trip and take a picture of him for her while he was waiting to be brought home to live with his new, forever family. It was just before Christmas time so we took a picture of him with his Santa hat on :-) 

During the adoption process, Sallee started her own sewing business to fund their adoption. 
Thus, It's Poppy Dip was born. She made some of the most beautiful dresses you have ever seen. 


Her beautiful daughter would always model them for her. 

This small business went on to fund their adoption. 

The time came shortly after, that they were able to go pick up their new, beloved son. 




 Little Samson was home and their family was complete. They were so excited! 

It was very shortly after Samson arrived home that Sallee began not feeling well. 
To make a long story short, out of the blue, she discovered she had advanced cancer. 
She fought this dreaded disease with everything she had in her. 
After many chemo treatments, she blogged in August...
"My doctor's main concern for me now is the quality of life. Being able to spend time with family, not being in bed all the time, ...that's what matters now. The cancer has spread to my liver and so we pray daily for a miracle. Because of the type of cancer I have, my doctor says that I'll probably battle it to the end. We try to remember to live each day as if its our last, take every moment as it comes."

So spending time with her family is what she did.

Her husband, Montie, wrote a powerful blog post on December 23rd, reminding us all of the beauty and great gift of love for our spouse and one another through the power of God's great love for us, even in such difficult times. It is something that we should all never forget. 
 This Christmas, 2012, I reflect back upon the year, a year that has been marked with suffering. 
Not that there has not been good times, I am a very blessed man.
I have six great kids and they bring great joy in my life. 
I know they have kept me going, at times when I thought I could do no more.
But most of all, I have the greatest wife in the world. She is my best friend and knows me only second to my God.
At times I search for good out of all that we have been through. 
First I see that it has brought us closer as a family. We have been forced to pull together and hold one another up. Though we all deal with Sallee's sickness differently, it all comes down to a single thing. You are forced to ask the question; why. Why did this happy? Why did God allow this?
I know God loves me and my family.
And its okay to ask God why.
I believe suffering is a mystery, at least to me, not to God. He has allowed it and He has a purpose. There will be answers one day, I am sure of that.
But for now we trust.
One great blessing that has come from all of this, is the opportunity to love my wife in a way that not many have the chance to. 
Through caring and comforting her as we walk through this together. 
If marriage is a picture God has given us of Christ, and His relationship with His people, then I can see a glimpse into the answer. 
We as His people, are suffering through the plague of sin. Christ, through His great love for us, came this Christmas day, to one day heal us completely from this dreaded disease.
Though we suffer now, He is there to comfort us. Not always with answers, but the very giving of Himself.
All of Himself.
Nothing held back.
I want to thank all of you for your continued prayers and support. We are blessed to have all of you as part of our family.
Sallee continues chemo. Next treatment, next part of January. 
Merry Christmas, 
Montie


Today as we remember Sallee and her family in prayer, let us not forget the great lessons that they have shown us from this great battle they have been through. I call it a battle that was won because LOVE always wins. Their example of love to all of us who get so caught up in the day to day struggles of life, gently reminds us of what is really important in life. It is family! It is Love! As they discovered, you never know what tomorrow will bring. Stay true to those you love. Hold them close. Let not the small things of this world distract us from the big picture of God's love for us, and how He wants us to show it to others who need it. The Couch Family have changed the world for three orphans, but yet, they have changed the world for all of us who know them and have seen their great example of love through unthinkable circumstances. Sallee's husband, her twin girls, and her teenage son have carried the load for her while she has been sick. Now they can carry on her great legacy of love and faith and the example that she has poured into each and every one of those that she loved. 
They rise and call her blessed! 

"Her children arise and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:
“Many women do noble things,
but you surpass them all.”
Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
Honor her for all that her hands have done,
and let her works bring her praise at the city gate." Proverbs 31

Thank you, Sallee, for letting your life speak! 
I will leave you with Sallee's words, once again from her blog....

"Try to remember to live each day as if its our last, 
take every moment as it comes."
And finally, the message on Sallee's shirt in this picture I found says it all. 
Never let us forget to.....LOVE ONE ANOTHER!



If you would like to bless Sallee's family through this difficult time, tax deductible donations can be made to Ordinary Hero here. Please put "Sallee Couch" in the memo line. They will receive 100% of your donation.