Saturday, December 21, 2013

LAR-15 Rifle winner!!!

Congratulations, Glover Manning won the LAR-15 rifle!! He is Matthew's dad. The drawing was held at Thunderbolt Guns at 5 PM on the evening of December 20th, with an audience, ticket drawn by the store owner. It is all on video & will be uploaded later today. Thank you so much for entering and supporting us! 

Monday, December 16, 2013

Tax deductible way to donate!

Any donation made via our official Both Hands project page will be TAX DEDUCTIBLE!!!

We are so glad to finally be able to offer a tax deductible way to give! We have been trying to figure that out from the beginning. It is harder/takes longer than you may think to start a 501 3C (non-profit organization).

Please follow this link

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Angels with skin on

A Big Thank You to my Daddy God and some of His angels with skin on.

This week has been a difficult one for me. I think mental, physical, and emotional exhaustion all came at once.

Adopting a child is hard. 
Adopting a child via fundraising is harder. 
It is humbling and exhausting.

Why do it, you may ask? 
Because God told us to. So, we will be obedient. He told me in the beginning days of this journey He wanted as many people to know about this as possible, because He wants to give the most people possible the opportunity to join Him in what He is doing in the world. 

He wants to BLESS US!! 
He wants to BLESS YOU!! 
He wants to BLESS MICHAL!!

He is a God of great love and comfort and provision. 
He is compassionate.

Psalm 116:5

New International Version (NIV)
The Lord is gracious and righteous;our God is full of compassion.

Psalm 145:9

New International Version (NIV)

The Lord is good to all;he has compassion on all he has made.

He saw my tears this week. 
He knew the days I was so weak, I didn't feel I could keep going. 
He knew when I was hiding under my covers. 
He could see me there when no one else could. 

He met me there. He wiped my tears and held me tight! 
He reminded me how important it is to open His word and DIG DEEP. 

He sent Angels to me. Angels with skin on. He sent Terri & Jason Rockwell and Becky Foxworth to pray over me and to take the burden out of my hands and lift it all the way to the very throne room of my Heavenly father. They lifted me up when my prayers alone were not enough. They joined me in the spiritual battle that is raging. I walked out onto the lawn at our church's Live Nativity with the weight of the world on my shoulders, and left there light and refreshed. Becky spoke the words of peace from the Lord that, "After you run a race, you are tired". I needed to hear that, because I was exhausted after all the preparation, planning, and all that went into the auction last Tuesday night. I was beating myself up, because I have always been told that if you serve the Lord in His strength you won't be tired, weak, and weary. Her words rang in my spirit as truth!! God's healing truth.

Then for a bonus, He sent Lisa Toub. The sweetest woman. She is walking a similar path beside me. She has become a foster mom, and so she knows  the joys and struggles of waiting for a child God allows you to parent that is not born from your womb. 

As much as I would like to say after Wednesday night, I continued to skip on sunshine. . .I can't. I ended up hiding under the covers again Friday afternoon, and then I needed another dose of encouragement sent via Ame Lane Sunday morning. 
Click the link to hear this BEAUTIFUL, OLDER SONG BUT OH SO GOOD!
 Angels Among Us by Alabama
I am so thankful for my friends that are FILLED with the HOLY SPIRIT. I am so thankful they SEEK God. They open themselves up to hear from Him and they are willing to share truths from His word and truths He speaks to their heart in the moment they pray!! 

It is awesome to walk with God. 
His love is AMAZING. 
There are no words! 
It is amazing how you can form a friendship with someone who is filled with the Holy Spirit in an INSTANT! 
I am a person that generally makes friends slowly. It generally takes years, but then there are times I meet someone who loves Christ with ALL their heart, and I feel closer to them than I feel to people I have known for years. 
That is how the family of God works! 

Thank you for my Sycamore Church Family!

Dear God,
Please bless my friends! Thank you for these angels you sent! Thank you for sending them just in time!
I praise you Father!

Donate Button

Somethings should not SEEM so hard. 

I wrestled with trying to add a Pay Pal donation tab months ago for hours and I finally gave up.

I got the motivation to try again today. 

Matthew Googled the directions for me, I followed them, and BOOM! SUCCESS! It is sweet!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

OMG!! We are logged in!!!!

Total Shock!!! 

Our documents arrived in China 2 days ago. 

They told us it would take up to three weeks to get logged in. This is the VIP date that the entire rest of the adoption will run off of. 

3 weeks??? TRY 2 DAYS!




Things will move quickly in the Manning camp from now on! 
I think we better hang on for the ride!

His love is amazing! 
Steady and unchanging! 
Praise The Lord!!!

Ways to give if you missed Auction

We made $3,600 at our Silent Auction and we had a TON of fun!! 
 However, we feel short of our $5,000 goal for this event. 
If we can get up to $5,000 
that will really help us stay on track financially
so please check out the great ways to give below. 
Thank you for looking!

If you want an item please email me at
You can donate the money for the item by clicking one of the following links or email us for the address to mail a check.
Donate Now Pay Pal

Lexi's Phancy Photography Calendars 

Buy a t-shirt $20

These are so cool and 
oh so soft!

Buy a Raffle Ticket for the LAR-15 
drawing at Thubdetbolt guns on 12/20 for


Buy this Portrait Session with a canvas print with Jill Page Photography!! A $300 value for only $150

Book Gary Strickland to play music for your party or event 
and he will donate the 
$500 fee to the adoption!!!
Give him at call at (912) 631-0926 or email him at


Brown chiropractic center has donated two more AquaMed Dry Hydrotherapy Massage Bed 100 hours each! 
That is up to 10 visits in this fabulous massage bed. 
This is a $100 value for $50!!!


One of two $50 gift cards to North Beach Grill! We will sell these for only $25 each!!!

Make a bid on this beautiful painting!

Or if you don't want to buy anything, you can simply donate by clicking one of the following links

Or email us at and we will give you the address where you can mail us a check.

Thank you for your support & continued prayers! 

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Dossier delivered to China!

As I lay here exhausted from our Silent Auction, 
I received the following email. . .

Congratulations!  Your dossier has been delivered to the China Center for Children’s Welfare and Adoption (CCCWA) on December 10, 2013. 

We will notify you by email as soon as we receive your official log-in date (LID) from CCCWA, and then you will be prompted to go to the CCAI website to download Dossier Log-In Date Packet.  This will occur within approximately 3 weeks from now.  Please notice that this wait time can vary due to CCCWA’s LID processing speed.  

Feeling Happy!

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Fine Art Piece for sale!

"Sunday Morning"

My name is S. LaDon Ware, and I am a multimedia folk artist out of Savannah, GA.
 The painting is entitled “Sunday Morning” It depicts the moment before CHRIST reveals himself to a distraught Mary Magdalene, after HE has risen from the dead. It is a 5 feet x 2 ½ feet multimedia piece in what I call the “Neo-Byzantine Icon” writing style.* With the inclusion of the various media elements (some of which extend up to an inch from the painting’s surface), a Shadowbox style frame will be required.
The multimedia elements used are: acrylic paint, watercolor markers, crayon, metallic paint, puff paint, colored pencils, found Styrofoam, casting compound, linen, fabric, sand, paper clay, craft fur, twine, colored/textured paper, silk/plastic leaves and vines, and bamboo. The project is near completion. The amount we are seeking for the shadowbox frame is $850.00 (this is mostly surrounding the cost of the UV coated acrylic "glass" necessary for the size, and the longevity of the paint, fabric,  and various other elements on the painting). With these factors, the frame is required in order to preserve and protect the piece.
The motivation behind the production of this work is a desire to help others with very limited resources. The hope is to gift any and all proceeds from the general sale of this work to assist The Manning’s in their efforts to adopt a baby girl from China. The price we are shooting to raise for the piece is $10,000.00. Our initial asking price will be $5,500.00 unframed and $6,500.00 framed, of course we pray to do much better than that for Matthew and Bethany. As a folk artist with limited income, the decision was made to donate my abilities and time as a means to support their noble goal.  Being directed spiritually on how and what to do with each media element, we realize it was only through Inspiration that this project was completed (my humble abilities falling far short of the mark to produce the piece's eventual outcome). So, in that spirit, we intend to bless them with the sale of this piece as I was blessed in delivering it. 
We thank you in advance for your support, help, prayers, and well wishes in bringing this project to fruition.

Dossier to CHINA!

Well everyone, drum roll please!! Our Dossier has FINALLY been sent to China! We are now waiting on our Log in Date (LID) date. That will take about 3-4 weeks. That will be the date everything else is based off of! Please pray for all the personnel that will be reviewing our final in China and America. Please pray God will lead each one of them to match us with the little girl God meant to be ours from before time began!! We know there is NOTHING random or happenstance about any of this. We can't wait to see the amazing little girl He has chosen for us!!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

We are in the paper!!!

We made the front page of The Spirit Newspaper! 

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Gun raffle

Less than five days remaining!!!! Drawing this Friday

Make your man very happy this Christmas!!

Only 250 tickets will be sold. Tickets are $20 each

Sale begins Saturday, November 16 and sales will continue through December 20th.

The drawing will be held at Thunderbolt Guns located at 3021 East Victory Dr. thunderbolt GA 31404.

This is a VERY nice rifle. Law enforcement grade weapon! It retails for $1,600.

If you would like to purchase a ticket online please email Matthew at and donate on one of the following links or 

When we see your donation online we will send you a picture of your tickets. Please feel free to share this information with friends and family.  

Thank you!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Both Hands Project

  • We just found out we were approved for a Both Hands Project Fundraiser!!

    Please learn more about Both Hands below. We will have an information meeting and start building our team of volunteers in January, so STAY TUNNED! 

“The goal of Both Hands is to make the financial mountain (of adopting a child) into a penny mole hill.”
J.T. Olson

Friends Helping Friends

The idea for Both Hands came as the result of a simple letter to a friend asking if he’d sponsor me while I golfed. The funds would go to a wonderful ministry for women in crisis pregnancies. My friend sent my letter back with a handwritten message saying that he’d gladly support my efforts if I was working on a widow’s house instead of playing golf.

For five years that letter stuck with me, until another friend, who was adopting four children from Moldova, expressed his need to raise funds to pay for it. That’s when the idea for Both Hands grew legs. We recruited other friends, found a widow’s house in need of repairs, got local businesses to donate supplies and food, and hundreds of people sent in checks to sponsor the workers that day. It was a day I will never forget! We raised enough money to put a dent in my friend’s adoption expenses, and totally transformed Miss Lucille’s house: Success story numbers one and two!
JT Olson,
Founder of Both Hands
Both Hands Foundation is a 501c3 organization.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Huge Silent Auction Event!!!

Here is the invitation to our silent auction! 
Please be sure to zoom in on the HUGE list of items for auction!

Our Guest Speaker is Maya Wallace. 
She was adopted from China and now she is a beautiful 17 yr. old young lady! 
Please come hear her story!

Live music will be provided by Gary Strickland!

This is going to be a lot of fun!!!

Mark your calendars
 Dec 10th
B & D Burger's Congress Street
10% of the food proceeds will go to the adoption fund!
Sunday morning multimedium Painting by local folk artist Steven Ware!!!! 
Bidding will start at $6,000. Please tell your friends that buy art. 
We are accepting bids now!

Here are the face values of the items for auction:
Sunday Morning Multi-medium painting by Steven Ware $10,000
Cha Bella Gift Card $125
Cha Bella Gift Card $125
Weekend Condo Rental Holton Head Resort $300
3 day/4 night stay at The City Loft Hotel Beaufort, SC $600
Ruth's Chris Gift Cards $200
Ruth's Chris Gift Cards $200
Ruth's Chris Gift Cards $200
Ruth's Chris Gift Cards $100
Ruth's Chris Gift Cards $100
Ruth's Chris Gift Cards $100
Ruth's Chris Gift Cards $100
Ruth's Chris Gift Cards $50
Ruth's Chris Gift Cards $50
Savannah Sweets $50 basket
Savannah Sweets $50 basket
2 Old Savannah Tours Passes $52
Joe's Homemade Cafe-Catering-Bakery $100
Sunrise Healing Arts Massage $65
North Beach Grill $50
North Beach Grill $50
Car spa car wash $25
Car spa car wash $25
Car spa car wash $25
Car spa car wash $25
Therapeutic massage 1 hr $120
Therapeutic massage 1/2 hr. $60
Park Lane Necklace $111
Car spa full auto detailing under $185
Salacia natural body care scrub x 2
Park Lane necklace $111
The Shrimp Factory $50
The Shrimp Factory $50
Public Restuarant $50
Public Restuarant $50
Public Restuarant $50
Marlin Monroe's Gift Card $100
Mellow Mushroom Gift Card $25
Mellow Mushroom Gift Card $25
Mellow Mushroom Gift Card $25
Mellow Mushroom Gift Card $25
Mellow Mushroom Gift Card $25
Mellow Mushroom Gift Card $25
Ele/Fire Street Food/King & I, Tangerine Fusion/Chive Gift Card $100
Savannah Candy Kitchen Gift baskets
Brown Chiropractic Aqua Bed Gift Certificate $99
Rosenthal's Dental Teeth Whitening
Cry babies Semi Permenant Mascara $45
Wine Rack $25
GA Tech Cooler $15
Blender $
Jack LaLanne's Juicer $199
Savannah Slow Ride Gift Card $50
The Storeroom 6 mth storage rental $600
Medium Nourish Soap Gift Basket $59
Large Nourish Soap Gift Basket $89
4 Handcrafted one of a kind decorative wreathes $100 each
Coastal Cleaning Floor Restoration 500 Sq. Ft. $1,000
Kathryn Hope Holiday Photo Session $250
Coastal Cleaning House Wash 2000 sq. Feet $250
Marco's Pizza Pizza for a year (door Raffle) 
Handcrafted ceramic berrie bowl made by local artist Tiffany Drebek $35

Here's what's cookin'! 
B & D is offering a limited menu the night of the auction. So, look it over and you will know ahead of time what you will be having for dinner! For those of you that avoid Gluten like we do, they have GLUTEN FREE HAMBURGER BUNS! Food is NOT provided. All food is own your own at regular menu price. 10% of the food proceeds will go to the adoption fund!

Items for sale include:
snowmen made by Will (7 yrs. old) Jackson (4 years old) AKA Michal's older brothers and their Grandma Brenda Manning $5-10

Lexi's Phancy Photography Calendars for $15 each

Two different t-shirt designs for $20 each and all of the proceeds for the t-shirts goes to the adoption fund because the t-shirt printing was donated!

Finally, we are selling tickets for a chance to win a very nice $1,600 LAR-15 rifle for $20 each.

So there are many ways to give at every price point!

Please join us and plan to have a GREAT time!