Monday, April 11, 2016

What Would You Do With A Million Dollars?

A year and a half ago I was attending a retreat. As it started, everyone grabbed a random question out of a bowl. We then thought about our answers and took turns sharing them as a group to get to know each other better.

The question that I drew was: What would you do with a million dollars?

I had never thought about what I would do with a million dollars before.

But in that moment I knew right away what I would do.

I didn't even have to think twice about it.

However, I was a little caught off guard as the thoughts came together in my mind. I slowly began to verbalize for the first time ever what I would do with a million dollars. 

First, I said, I would start by giving 10% to our church. (How cool would it be to write a check for $100,000.00 and make a difference in your city and the world!?!)

Then with a little hesitation I shared how I had entered HGTV's dream house giveaway a few times over the recent years. Perhaps admitting that felt silly to me. Obviously the chances of winning were c.r.a.z.y. But through the process of first entering that contest I had begun to dream about what I would do with the house if I won.

When we first transitioned to a family of seven it was the most exhausting thing that I had ever experienced.  

Every day held a new challenge.

We had three little people who had just joined our family and we were all adjusting to our new reality. At that point we didn't have the time investment of family memories and time spent together with our three kids who came into our family through adoption like we did with our two biological children.

A friend had told us early on about how important rest would be for Sam and I...and we believed them. We also saw how important spending time together and making memories as a family would be.

So we planned our first family getaway. Somehow we survived that experience, so we planned our second family getaway. We fell in love with taking our crew out of the norm and just simply being together as a family and making special memories together.

In the process we also realized just how challenging it can be to travel and stay places when you have a large family. We don't fit comfortably into one hotel room and eating a meal out for our crew adds up quickly. We knew that going away together was valuable but we also knew that we would need to do it with some strategic planning.

And I guess that is when I started dreaming of winning the HGTV dream home.

Because to me it meant a place that our family could gather every year with enough beds for everyone, and a kitchen to make our own meals and to make memories.

Then I started dreaming of other adoptive families using the space the other 51 weeks of the year. A place that they could gather and rest with their families. Perhaps they could bond over Mario Kart or roasting marshmallows around a fire outside. They could stay up late watching movies with fresh popcorn and soft blankets or sit around a table playing cards while food was cooking in the crock pot. There would be enough rooms for everyone to spread out and find a quiet space but also to gather together and just be.

So I guess if I had a million dollars I would buy a home where other large adoptive families could gather, make memories together and rest. 

Then it was about 6 months ago that Sam and I were talking about our upcoming trip to Mexico this summer.

What will we do with our house while we are gone?

And from that point on, with tears in my eyes, I have reflected on the verse in Psalm 37:4..."Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart."

"Who needs a million dollars?" I thought to myself. It had never even occurred to me that my dream of having a home that other large families could come and stay in was...already in my possession. 

We have been scheming for months and want to bless two adoptive families with a place to take a vacation this summer...but we need your help. 

Will you help us?!?

If you know a family of six or more who has adopted or is currently doing foster care, would you please share this post with them? We want them to have the opportunity to enter to win a free week stay at, An Inviting Home!

All of the details on how to enter are below. Thank you!


I have ALWAYS wanted to say..."Be Our Guest!" :-)

Between now and 10pm CST on April 17th, 2016 enter to win a 6 night, 7 day stay at An Inviting Home! To qualify to win, you must be a family of six or more who has adopted. You can also qualify to enter if you are doing foster care or have an adoption placement and are able to travel out of state with your crew!

Important Detail: The winning family must be able to travel to Minneapolis to redeem the free week stay during the summer of 2016. If they are unable to do that, another winner will be selected. 

Ya'll, summers in Minnesota are my absolute FAVORITE!

To Enter!

1. Share this post (buttons to share are on the bottom of the post) on your preferred social media along with this phrase:  I would love to win a week's stay at An Inviting Home for my family of _____ because ___________ (Tell us why. What would it mean to you?)

2. Email me a copy of that text and also include your full name and phone number (

All entries must be received by 10pm (CST) on Sunday, April 17th, 2016.

Two winners will be randomly selected and announced at on Monday, April 18th, 2016!


  1. What an awesome idea. Love your heart for others.

  2. am I being selfish by submitting for myself? or is that allowed? (what an awesome IDea by the way)

    1. Hi! That is not selfish at all and COMPLETELY ok! I wasn't sure how many families of six or more would see the giveaway in I wanted to encourage others to share it with those that they knew qualified and would be blessed by it. However if you fit the criteria be sure to enter your family into the giveaway! :-)


  3. How exciting & fun!!! Where is this?


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