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4/5/15

A Virtual Lemonade Stand // $80 Target Giftcard Giveaway

I remember the first lemonade stand I drove past not long after Emmett was born.  It was a late spring Sunday afternoon and several little boys where standing next to their little plastic table selling little cups of powder-mix lemonade.  Suddenly this inexplicable compassionate urge to pull over and buy every jug of artificially flavored 'juice' just welled up inside of me.  Heck, I'd even buy the handwritten signs from them too.  Who is this person I had become?!!!

Suddenly I found myself regretting walking past all those lemonade stands and little sidewalk sales and anything else that little kids were selling in my naive pre-baby days.  All I could see was my own little Emmett all grown up and trying to earn just a few dollars himself and knowing 97% of the cars that drove past wouldn't have even five minutes or cents to spare.  Motherhood has a funny way of changing every fiber of who you are.
So when I see children putting themselves out there, choosing bravery over fear, courageously trying new things, my mama heart is compelled to rally around and cheer them on.  Because let's be honest, I desperately hope there will be people who do the same for our sweet babies someday.

That is why I present to you a chance to stop and support a virtual lemonade stand. . . not for me, but for the daughter of one of my sweetest friends.  Andrea was my high school English teacher and we bonded over a love of the written word and theatrical performances.  A few years ago, she took a short mission trip to Guatemala, fell in love and the rest is history.  After lots of prayer and talking it through with their three girls, Andrea and her husband, Mark, decided to sell all their stuff and move to Guatemala to teach, serve and share Jesus with the people there.   I cannot even tell you how much my heart has swelled as I watched them walk through that process.  Our world needs more families like theirs.  Those who are willing to drop all and chase after the spread of the Gospel.
So here's the deal.  Their daughter, Rachel, who is a freshman in high school has the chance to travel to Washington DC for the National History Fair and compete with her fellow students.  // you can read more from her on this trip at the end of the post // You guys.  I present to you a virtual lemonade stand.  A chance for us to rally around a girl who has willing set aside a comfortable, predictable life in America so that more people can know Jesus.  Naturally I want to come alongside and do whatever I can to help make something special happen for her as well.

As you know, I am very careful to protect this little online space because I value your friendship and the time you take to visit and read what I write.  But this is something that I value so much.  I believe that those who are purposefully living on mission, those who are living outside of a comfortable predictable life, should be supported in an extra special way.
I don't have $2500 to hand over and make this trip possible for Rachel, but I do have this sweet community of friends here so will you make the virtual lemonade stand stop with me?!  I am asking that as many of us that can, will click over to Rachel's Go Fund Me page here and give a $5 gift.  What if 100 of us each gave $5?! Because let's be honest. . . it's not like we didn't spend that several times over last week on treats and coffee alone.  Maybe a few would be compelled to give more. . . could we together knock out her goal to raise the last of her trip expenses?!

And because I love you and want to help give you a little incentive to give, for everyone who gives $5, you will be entered to win a $80 Target gift card.  And if you're honest, isn't that every girl's dream. . . more free Target spending money?! haha

Each additional $5 gift will be another entry.  Just leave a comment with how many times you entered.  Also please play fair because the winning entry will be verified!! Thank you thank you thank you for helping me to make this happen.  I wouldn't ask if I didn't adore these people so much and want to show them an outpouring of love and support.  Because let's be honest, I have the sweetest most supportive community here on Today Is My Favorite and I want to share the love.  Happy Sunday, friends!! XO



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Hello! My name is Rachel Farrier and I’m a freshman at Inter-American Schoolin Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. Recently, my team's website won first place in our category in the regional National History Fair competition in Guatemala City, which allows us to advance to the national competition in Washington, D.C.

Our trip to D.C. will cost around $2,500, which is a lot for anyone, especially a missionary family. That’s why I’m asking for your help. In order to pay for our trip, I’m doing fundraising, and I’d like to ask you to pray about assisting me in getting to National History Fair in June.

If you feel led to support me, I thank you profusely. If you don’t feel as though you are supposed to fund me, that’s fine as well, and I ask that you pray for me to receive the funds necessary in order to be able to attend the competition. If you’d like to find out more about our family and our ministry in Guatemala, feel free to check out our website.

Giving is safe and easy - just click the link below to make a donation via GoFundMe. Thank you very much for your prayers and consideration. I really do appreciate it!

-Rachel Farrier


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You can read more about the Farriers missionary adventures on their blog here


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Let's be friends! You can find more of me here:


// GIVEAWAY CLOSED // 

17 comments:

  1. I donated one time, not sure if I entered it correctly (or twice accidently). My name is Gina

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  2. I donated two ($5) donations. I wish the best for them all, such great hearts!

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  3. Hollie SchindlbeckApril 6, 2015 at 6:04 PM

    I donated $10 -Hollie Schindlbeck

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  4. You are very welcome!! Hope she gets the money she needs! :)

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  5. Wendy ValderramaApril 7, 2015 at 5:02 PM

    I love this. Using your platform to bless others and grow our minds by what is possible. I've donated and am glad to have done so!

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  6. That's so great you are doing this!

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  7. Maryann McKernanApril 7, 2015 at 5:09 PM

    What a great thing to do! I donated $5 for one entry :)

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  8. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! : ) - Rachel's mom.

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  9. She IS great, isn't she!!?? :) - Rachel's mom

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  10. Thank you so very, very much!!!! :) - Rachel's mom

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  11. Thank you!!!! - Rachel's mom

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  12. Allison BontragerApril 8, 2015 at 10:36 AM

    this is so sweet, Nicole! I am donating $5. I am really loving the way this is so "community". Caring for one another in a tangible way!

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  13. Hello my dear...your post and young friend touched a cord with me. 20 entries for me. Love ya, AML

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  14. This is Andrea (Rachel's mom), and I just wanted to let you know how VERY much your support means to us! Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you beyond words!!! May you be refreshed as you have refreshed us! (Prov 11:25)

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  15. This is Andrea (Rachel's mom), and I just want to thank you so much for your contribution!!! Thanks for being a part of Nicole's community, and ours as well! :)

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  16. This is Rachel's mom. Thank you so much for your donation!

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