A Simple Lemonade Stand Day with BIG meaning!!

Like, Share and Lemonade…thoughts from Bret…aka. Dad!


Most people drive by a lemonade stand without stopping but it only takes a few customers to make a kid’s day.

Now, imagine that by getting just a few people to stop you can change a child’s entire life! That’s what we’re doing today with lemonade stands in our neighborhoods! We’re selling lemonade, real and virtual, to bring Luke to his forever home, finally!

Because we’re tackling a project a little bigger than your normal lemonade stand…we need your help to reach a visibility and scale bigger than just our street. We need to sell a lot of lemonade to bring this guy home and that means Luke needs lots and lots of people to drive by.

Here’s how you help: LIKE, SHARE & LEMONADE.

First, LIKE the page and any of the subsequent posts you see about Lemonade for Luke. Each like from outside our network, especially over time, boosts visibility, effectively getting more people to drive by. Likes are easy and helpful, so thank you.

Second, SHARE Luke’s story with your network, adding anything you want, and asking them to help. Nobody feels comfortable asking for tens of thousands of dollars, but everybody feels ok about buying lemonade to help a kid.

Finally, LEMONADE. Sell some, buy some, tell your friends to buy some. Seriously, LEMONADE. We are setting up real lemonade stands today with downloadable signage and you can buy virtual lemonade all work through the Promise Love Foundation.

Why work with the Promise Love Foundation?

Tax deductible lemonade! No, seriously, your virtual lemonade donation is tax deductible!  

Promise Love’s complete focus is helping with the direct and ancillary costs that impact adopting families. How we came in contact with the Promise Love Foundation is it’s own little miracle story, but working with them comes down to REACH, ACCOUNTABILITY and PAYING IT FORWARD.

Stories like Luke’s need to be told to have a happy ending and Promise Love has the REACH to help many people hear his story. As a tax deductible 501c3 charity, the Promise Love Foundation also provides ACCOUNTABILITY and trust that allows us to ask for help beyond our immediate circle.

Last, but not least, because Promise Love works to help one family at a time, if we’re fortunate enough to raise more than needed to bring Luke home, any extra lemonade dollars will CARRY FORWARD to help another child reach their forever home. oh, and they’re really nice, and really capable, and really cool.

Thank you for your support and swarming our family this week with love, together we can make this a reality!

Bret Tobey

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Happy World Adoption Day!!! :-)

We are so excited to be celebrating World Adoption Day today!

It’s a “extra special” one for us here at Promise Love because the Tobey’s are our first family adopting internationally!

We have 3 days left for the #lemonadeforluke campaign and we are praying you continue to swarm this family with LOVE at a much needed time!

What better way to celebrate #worldadoptionday then with a glass or 2 of lemonade! All of your lemonade purchases go directly to this family and are tax deductible….that’s a pretty sweet deal!

Don’t forget to post your own selfie on fb with a smiley face today:-)

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Where do they go from here? (Brenda's recent trip to Haiti to see Luke)

Many of you have messaged or wondered what does this process actually look like going forward for the Tobey’s! Will this just be another round of disappointments and lost money for them? Or how is this time different….Brenda did this write up for us after her most recent visit with Luke! We hope this helps you understand the complexity, but also the hope that this time looks different for them! Read what Brenda has to say!


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“Mid October afforded me the opportunity to head to Haiti on another medical mission trip.  It was an exciting time for me, but also a time filled with great anxiety over seeing Luke.  It had been two years since my last trip.....the longest time frame that has lapsed in all of my trips to see him and I knew in my gut what that meant.  He wouldn't remember......

Sitting at the kitchen table upon our arrival, Luke told Momma Bonnie what I has suspected would be true, he didn't remember me….

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Truth be told I wanted to break into a million pieces.  My heart was shattered.  It was one of those punch in the gut moments that makes you question all things in your life in one second.  I wanted to cry like a child, both because I was crushed and because I was overjoyed that he hadn't been wondering why I hadn't come back for him.

The good news was Luke wasn't feeling the pain of our adoption process the same way I was… and for this I was grateful. 

It has always been a huge blessing to me that Luke was so young during this adoption process that he had not idea what was going on (or rather NOT going on with our adoption,) Throughout the process it has been my goal to protect him from knowing that we are adopting him for fear of him being hurt by the time and troubles. 

Adopting from Haiti has been the most unreal and frustrating experiences that doesn't even make sense to most adults let alone trying to explain it to a child. 

Luke's health, happiness, and well being has always been my priority and he is blessed to have that covered in his current living situation so my job was to keep him safe from the heartache of his adoption.  He understands us to be his "sponsors."  Sponsors help cover the costs of the children at Cabaret Haiti Mission and often are even able to visit with the children they sponsor while on mission trips to the home so its not uncommon to have a relationship with your sponsored child.  Luke understands that our family loves him, prays for him, visits him, AND most importantly bring him special presents :)

He's no different than our children here in America...... an adult comes home with a suitcase and they want to know what we brought them right!?

 Luke’s favorite superhero is Captain America….seems fitting:-)

Luke’s favorite superhero is Captain America….seems fitting:-)

This trip was filled with many blessed moments of serving my Haitian friends and providing medical care they would otherwise not have access to.  It was also filled with lots of great Luke moments that I cherish. 

In addition, I was able to connect with some new contacts that are helping with our adoption on the ground in Haiti and that is extremely important.  Most people in my position have had to move to Haiti for a period of time, usually a few months or so, in order to complete their adoption.  Literally being there in Haiti working on the adoption and being in the face of the people that make the decisions is like no person I could hire. It’s really the only way to complete an adoption in our unique situation.  So as we work diligently on paperwork, process, and relationships/connections we also work on a plan for one of us to relocate and be the force that wraps this up and brings our boy home.  The idea of that seems overwhelming, but we know ultimately God is in control and He has all the details already worked out, so we will just trust in His timing!

Right now we have the attention of the right people and we must move now to continue moving forward and gaining momentum!

I am so excited and so scared all at once but mostly I am confident Luke is our son and he is meant to be here as part of our tribe.  The gratitude I have for you all joining us in whatever capacity you are able to is the greatest blessing!!   WE are making this happen!  WE are bringing Luke home, together!   A million thanks still could not convey the gratitude we feel for for this LOVE SWARM that’s surrounding us during this week! “

Love, Brenda 

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LEMONADE STAND SATURDAY!!! A Tobey Kid Event!!!

When we first started throwing around ideas of how we were going to raise the money to bring Luke home forever, the Tobey kids were excited to get in on the action! They came up with a great idea to have kids and families around the city or even country do their own Lemonade Stand for Luke! And even came up with a graphic that you can print and post on your stand!

We thought this was such a great idea and wanted to incorporate the Lemonade theme into the entire event! Besides who doesn’t love a good glass of lemonade and here in Florida it’s pretty much always a good time to drink Lemonade since it’s a million degrees outside all the time!

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So recently when Brenda went to see Luke she had a glass of lemonade with him and took this adorable photo together! We love how the Tobey’s are involving their kids in this project and they want to challenge you to be a part of the fun this Saturday, November 10th!

Come be a part of the fun HERE and don’t forget you can also buy a virtual glass of lemonade HERE!

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Do For One What You Wish You Could Do For All

Today we want to tell you a little bit about the little guy you are pouring into and loving on through this time! The little man the Tobey’s have fell in love with and can’t wait to be able to hold and hug him everyday!

Luke has been in the orphanage since the death of his mother in March of 2012.  His mom died when Luke was just a couple of weeks old and his father and his aunt brought him to the orphanage certain he was near death.  Brenda and the team arrived in the morning and as you heard on the video, met Luke for the first time and stepped right into the role of caretaker for him. She fell in love with this tiny baby and strongly felt this one was different from the rest! This one was meant to be in her arms for longer than just a week during her stay.

 Luke’s biological father knows where he is and has come to the orphanage a couple of times to see him, but is unable to care for him. He also has other children and even when offered the support to reunify with the family, desired to have Luke stay where he is.  He has come to meet The Tobey’s during their visits to see Luke and has expressed his happiness in their relationship with Luke.  He has verbalized to the authorities as well that he has a strong desire for Luke to be adopted by the Tobey Family.  

The name of the orphanage Luke currently lives in is Cabaret Haiti Mission, Inc. You can check them out here!

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Luke's parents at the orphanage are Mike and Bonnie Snider or Papa Mike and Momma Bonnie as they are called by all the children who live there. They have lived in Haiti at the Children's home since 2010 and are the loving parents to the 50 kids living there!! Luke is actually pretty spoiled:)  Since he's been there since he was several weeks old, he has made his way "upstairs" where the kids are only allowed on special occasions, he can often be found sharing a cup of coffee with Momma Bonnie in the am or even stealing a snuggle in bed.  When Brenda goes to visit Luke, she stays at the orphanage with them and Luke is her wake up call:-) He likes to come into where we stay and sneak into bed for cuddles. 

Mike and Bonnie have made the adoption process tolerable for The Tobey’s because they know he is loved and cared for so very well.  They do an incredible job of loving on all the kids!  

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Currently Luke is obsessed with Captain America.  He attends school and loves to play soccer like all kids at the orphanage.  He loves praise and worship and he likes to perform dances and singing on open Mic night every Saturday night in the commons area of the orphanage.  

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Luke will turn 7 in January.  This is 7 birthdays, 7 Christmas’s, 7 of everything that we have missed sharing with him.  Many firsts of walking, talking, playing, days of school etc.  Though these firsts haven't been experienced here at home with his family at the orphanage, the Tobey’s have been able to share in much of the joy of these special events because of the contact with Mike and Bonnie and their regular visits.   

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It's Lemonade For Luke Kickoff Day!! (A Love Swarm)

In case you haven’t noticed, it’s been a little quiet around Promise Love the past few months! We hit our goal with the Smith’s and they are all riding around in vehicles that fit their beautiful families and that was so exciting!!

And then we heard of an amazing family, the Tobey’s, who have been waiting SIX years….Yes, I will say that again….SIX years to bring home their son, Luke, from Haiti. Luke is currently in an orphanage and Brenda (mom) met him when she was on a medical missions trip there 6 years ago. She is a nicu nurse here and often takes medical missions trips to Haiti with a team to help babies coming into the orphanages. If you missed the story and this beautiful family, please be sure to watch it HERE….it is truly an amazing God story!

After we shared that story with you, things got a little hectic with our lives and work and kids. But we are ready to kick back into high gear and get this little boy home to his forever family! God surely knows they have all waited long enough!

So the next 7 days…ONE WEEK…is dedicated to this LOVE SWARM!! Whats a Love Swarm you ask? Well just like bees swarm to build their colonies to produce something sweet like honey, we want to swarm this family with love so they can continue building theirs and bring this special little guy home forever! But it takes alot of us to do that!

Will you help us swarm them with LOVE?!

Here’s how you can get be a part of the swarm!

  1. Go like our facebook event Here!

  2. Buy a glass of Lemonade!!!

  3. Host a lemonade stand in your neighborhood this Saturday! (printables loaded on the fb event page)

  4. Share this page this event and challenge 5 or more friends to buy a glass!

Thats it! And by the end of the week, watch how much love is swarmed on the Tobey family! Check back here for updates, videos and announcements throughout the week!

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Welcome The Tobey Family to the Promise Love Foundation!!!

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Please say a HUGE "Welcome" to our newest Promise Love Family....The Tobey Family!!!!  We just love this family and their unique story and heart for foster care and adoption and we know you are going to love them as much as we do!

What is very exciting for Us is The Tobey's are OUR VERY FIRST family to be in the process of adopting INTERNATIONALLY from Haiti!

We are super excited to walk alongside them at a time where they have felt like the journey has been a long, tiring one!  They have been working hard to bring their son, Luke, home for the past 6 years!!!

Will you please join their journey and help bring Luke home!  Watch their story and donate here!!

Smith Family Vehicles!!

Guess who can all ride together now?  Jacob & Peggy with their 4 littles and Lauren & Thad with their 6 big kids can travel as a family with their new vehicles!  We are able to raise $30,000 and help with a majority of the cost of getting them these vehicles.  THANK YOU to everyone who donated, shared their story, and prayed for their family.  We are so grateful for you and your heart to support families!!!!  

The Official Smith Family

We are excited to share that April 23rd, was adoption day for the Smith Family.  Thad & Loryn, and Peggy & Jacob are so grateful for this new step in their journey as a family and everyone's love and support.  We have raised $30,000 of their $40,000 goal to date and hope to complete fundraising for them the end of this month, there's still time to  donate here!

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PLF Family Update on the Longs

With a home full of love and laughter, Evelyn and Zack Long are so grateful to have been blessed with their adopted children Carson, Stella, and Jackson, in addition to baby Judah. They began adopting over four years ago, and since then they've loved seeing their children initiate prayer, smiling until their adorable dimples show, and greeting dad when he comes home from work with excited hugs. Evelyn and Zack can't imagine their lives without their children- there's always something new and exciting going on!

 The Longs credit the Promise Love foundation as a source of support through their adoption process, and encourage anyone who wishes to help families like them to go out and donate to the Promise Love foundation today, through Give Day Tampa Bay!

PLF Family Update the Pucovsky Family

When their youngest daughter was nine months old, Paul and Ivanka Pucovsky felt their hearts stir with the desire to adopt children into their family. Throughout the span of two years, the family struggled to adopt through birth moms, and finally decided to explore the foster care system. After attending a match meeting with the intention to adopt a younger child, they arrived home to discover a lovely teenage girl had expressed interest in joining their family. After discussing their next step, the Pucovsky family decided to go forward with the adoption, and since then they have discovered that adopting a teenager was one of the best decisions of their lives. Their family couldn’t be more thankful for the blessing of their adopted daughter, and they describe Promise Love Foundation as an instrumental part of their adoption process.

If you’d like to support families like the Pucovsky’s who have been lead to open their hearts and homes, make sure to contribute to the Promise Love Foundation on Give Day Tampa Bay, May 1st, in an online fundraising event. By supporting the Promise Love Foundation, you support the building of families and bonds that last forever.

PLF Family Update on the Boyers!

In October of 2015, Josh and Cricket Boyer partnered with us and opened their hearts to a new addition to their family: a sweet newborn girl named Breeja. Since then, Breeja has grown into a rambunctious, lovely little lady who loves bouncing around with her brothers and cuddling with her parents. Blaine and Braden adore their sweet sister, and Breeja loves her home with her loving parents and siblings to play with!

The Boyer family made us this adorable video in order to encourage everyone to give to families, like the Boyers, by supporting the Promise Love Foundation on Give Day Tampa Bay, an occasion in which over five hundred nonprofits will join together for a 24 hour online giving challenge on May 1st. If you enjoyed hearing about the Boyer family’s story and wish to contribute to families like them, make sure you mark your calendar for Give Day Tampa Bay on May 1st!

Thad and Loryn's story (which is Jacob and Peggy's story too!)

We love telling stories of these amazing families who step out of their comfort zone and head straight for the will of God to love and help children heal through adoption.  Today we present to you some people who are very near and dear to our heart who have done just that over and over again throughout their lives.  And they are doing it once again with a sibling group of 9!  Here is the story, straight from Loryn!  

"Several months ago, we were sent a picture of a sibling group of 8 with the a message attached....'Will you consider this?'  We were done adopting, because most of our children were grown and out of the house.  We were looking forward to a new phase of life....but after 4 or 5 similar messages about this group of siblings, we knew we HAD TO pray about this situation!  As we prayed, we felt very led that God was asking us to be open to this.  As Thad and I prayed and talked and talked and prayed, we knew 8 was just too challenging to be able to ensure everyone's needs were met.   As we sat in our living room and discussed this with our adult children, our son Jacob and our daughter-in-law Peggy spoke up and said 'We will take some of them!'  As they said this a peace settled over all of us.   We each knew we could do 4 children well, while allowing them to grow up in the same family together.   It was time to move forward!

Then there were 9!  Baby number 9 was born as we moved forward with the adoption process.  It was determined that Jacob and Peggy would take the youngest 4 children and Thad and I would take the 5 older children.

We began moving slowly and cautiously to ensure we were directly in the center of God's will, we were not wanting to hurry this process without that!  But then all the sudden things snowballed!  An emergency in the foster home the younger 4 were placed in necessitated that they needed to be moved immediately! 

Jacob and Peggy accepted the placement and overnight went from a family of just 2 to a family of 6!!!  When that happened we knew God was asking us to be the parents of the other 5 children.  

Our children have a target move in date of December 22nd, just in time for Christmas!  This also allows them to finish this semester in school before they move.   We have started visits with them already and are preparing as much as we can before then.  

We've heard so many people say 'You're crazy!  What are you thinking?  You were down to one child!'  and 'Don't you know you can't save the world!'  Our response is, there is no doubt we are crazy we have parented 15 children full time and fostered over 100 children through our years as foster parents.  But we choose to be crazy for the sake of the Gospel rather than living and empty and self-centered life.  We feel it boils down to this....If not us, then who?  

We received a card tonight from our 10-year old soon to be daughter, in it she wrote 'Thank you for letting us be in your home, you saved us from being separated!'  Isn't that what Jesus did for us?  So we move forward in hope and confidence that adoption is God's story and His story is playing out in our family's life through the additions of 9 beautiful children!"

We had actually seen this sibling set of 9 in the Heart Gallery and were ecstatic to hear that they would have the opportunity to grow up all together with this amazing family. THEY BOTH HAVE AN IMMEDIATE AND CRITICAL NEED FOR LARGER VEHICLES!  SO WE ARE LOOKING TO RAISE $40,000 FOR 2 NEW OR GENTLY USED HONDA ODYSSEY'S OR TOYOTA SIENNA'S SO THESE FAMILIES CAN ACCOMMODATE THEIR NEW AND MUCH BIGGER FAMILIES.  YOU CAN DONATE HERE OR PLEASE REACH OUT TO US AT INFO@PROMISELOVEFOUNDATION.COM IF YOU HAVE CONNECTIONS FOR THESE VEHICLES TO BE DONATED. 

Welcome The Smith family X 2 to the Promise Love Family!

Please help us welcome 2 amazing families today to the Promise Love Family!  Thad and Loryn Smith and Jacob and Peggy Smith!  These 2 families are actually part of one larger family that has decided to adopt 9 beautiful siblings between them both!  Yes, you heard that correctly....NINE CHILDREN!!!  Because of these 2 families and their willingness to answer God's call, these siblings who have been in separate homes in foster care, are now going to be able to come together so they will no longer have to be separated!  

We can assure you, this is a story you DO NOT want to miss!!  Stay Tuned...the story will be right here, live tomorrow.  

In the meantime, here's what they need!  Both families are driving smaller vehicles and are unable to transport all the kids together.  

They both have an immediate and critical need for larger vehicles!  So we are looking to raise $40,000 for 2 new or gently used Honda Odyssey's or Toyota Sienna's so these families can accommodate their new and much bigger families.  You can donate here or please reach out to us at info@promiselovefoundation.com if you have connections for these vehicles to be donated. 

Please come alongside us to help these families have a family vehicle that can fit everyone!  Stop by tomorrow for the full story! 

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Eliana is home!

After about a month in the NICU little miss Eliana is home!  She was born 8 weeks early at just over 3 pounds and she is doing very well at home with Mary Jo and Gil!  They've had lots of love and visitors as you can see:-)  They have just over $12,000 left to raise to meet their adoption goal.  We thought today was the perfect day to give you an update as it's World Adoption Day! Will you celebrate with us by donating to their adoption?  DONATE HERE

Thank you all for your love, prayers and support of Mary Jo and Gil we know they have felt it the whole time!!!  

Welcome to the World Eliana Isabel

Mary Jo and Gil had a little surprise happen last week! On 9/15/17 little miss Eliana Isabel decided to come 8 weeks early.  She was a born at 3 lbs 4 oz and 16 inches long and is doing well and Mary Jo and Gil are officially parents!!  They got to meet her yesterday, here's a little video and photo of her.  They chose the name Eliana in December last year before they were matched and before they knew if their baby would be a boy or a girl.  It means, "My God Answers", and He did!  She will have to stay in the hospital in Panama City for a few weeks until she is 5 lbs.    If anyone has a contact of somewhere they could stay up there during that time, they would be so appreciative.  They still need about $22,000 to reach their adoption goal, so if you would like to be a part of their story donate HERE!!  We so appreciate your continued support and prayers for them.  Congratulations Mary Jo and Gil we are SO incredibly happy for your family of 3!!!

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Be Beautiful Do Good!

This event hosted by Michele Renee the Studio and Sarah Sukhram was amazing!  Sarah wanted to be in a fun class about makeup, Michele taught it and they raised $1000 for Mary Jo and Gil!  It was awesome!  We are so thankful and humbled by people like these 2 ladies who support what we do and spend their time giving back.   Michele Renee the Studio for hosting and Nothing Bundt Cakes for the sweet treats!  Photography by Carrie Wildes Photography

Mary Jo and Gil are Matched!

Guess what?  Mary Jo and Gil are officially matched with a birth mom!  She is due on November 29th with a little girl:-) We need you to keep up the prayers for them through this journey as well as donating to their adoption goal which they are $24,584 away from reaching.  Help them reach this goal by donating HERE!! Thank you all for your love and support it means so much to them and us!!