An Update from the Thompsons – Seven Years!
As of April 1st Giving Anonymously will be celebrating our seventh year as an organization and about $2,160,000 has been given through us during those seven years. It is a great beginning for what we envisioned years ago and what we hope for in the years to come.
As Misha and I continue to volunteer for Giving Anonymously we are constantly asking ourselves why we are committing so much time and effort to this organization without pay. This includes the companies and other volunteers, especially Big Fresh, that have spent tens of thousands in donated time to building our website. So why do we do it? It’s because of what we see happening in people’s lives through GA. Recipient and donor’s stories (click here to see some of these stories) continue to impact us in such a way that we want to keep going. The message of generosity is transforming, and it is transforming even to us.
On the family front, Misha is in the third year of homeschooling our kids and despite saying it’s the most exhausting work she’s ever done, it brings her, and all of us, a great amount of laughter, learning and joy. Recently we have been reading books by J.R.R. Tolkien and George MacDonald and have been having some fascinating family discussions as our kids are forming their world views. Kezia is 10.5 and Luke turns 9 in April. We have a new family member named Emma, our dog, a gift from the grandparents and from the kids’ diligent savings, who is a cute ball of fluff. We’re all kind of crazy about her and we are especially grateful we waited until the kids were older to add another set of muddy feet and a wet nose to our mix.
We didn’t plan for it to fall on this seven year anniversary of GA, but a friend has opened up their little home to us on one of the San Juan islands for us to spend a week of vacation. When we celebrated the New Year every single one of our family members said that their top hope for this year was to be able to have vacation and rest time alone with just the four of us. The kids have spent the last week making lists of all they want to do together for this up coming week – bike riding, hiking, staying up as late as they want reading at night… Misha and I have been pretty tired and we are looking forward to this rest.
We cannot say enough how grateful we have been to those of you who have prayed for us or given to us in some way during this season. It has been a challenging journey of trust for us and I think both Misha and I would say we have felt both broken and built-up by what we have been learning. It has not been easy. Now two and a half years since I resigned from my job, we can say that God has been faithful and He’s made a way where it didn’t seem probable – or even possible.
We are still dealing with some challenges as a family, and I’ve listed a few of them below. Please do keep praying for us. And if God calls you to partner with us in some way, we would welcome that.
We are falling around $2500 short of meeting our family’s monthly budget. As a couple we operate with a three-tier budget. The first tier includes our mortgage, food and petrol. The second tier includes our utilities/bills. The third tier includes family needs and savings towards property taxes, etc. Misha handles our family budget and she runs a tight ship doing a lot of our shopping at Goodwill, consigning the kids’ older clothes, etc – and she loves the challenge of finding good deals! The budgetary needs of our first tier are being met, however, our second tier is often a struggle and is currently short. In spite of our needs we don’t have much debt aside from our mortgage and are doing our best to keep debt at a minimum.
We are brainstorming solutions including the possibility of Misha working, I have recently taken on an extra job from 8:00 – 9am on weekdays, etc. Our biggest felt need is for additional monthly income / support. For those wanting to financially partner with us they can give through our church, Mosaic (Click here). Gifts are tax deductible.
For those of you already supporting us we hope you recognize that along with being God’s provision for us as a family that you are also investing in the many lives that are being touched through Giving Anonymously. As a family we recognize this and hope you do as well.
We cherish your encouragement and friendship. Thank you so much for being a part of our lives.
P.S. We Just found out today that I was honoured to be named a fascinating person in our local news (I wonder what my kids would say to that?!) and Giving Anonymously was mentioned in the March issue of Real Simple Magazine (it’s here online) – if you haven’t seen them they are encouraging to check out.