Monday, July 29, 2013

Winner of our 2nd American Girl Doll Fundraiser

Once again I would like to thank everyone for your support! Thank you to everyone who donated and/or shared our American Girl Doll Fundraiser.

And now for the winner. The winner is.............Sally P. Congratulations Sally :)

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Back By Popular Demand - American Girl Doll Fundraiser Take 2

It seems that this was quite the popular fundriaser. After drawing a winner yesterday I received a couple of donations marked specifically for this Fundraiser. I started emailing people and they asked if I was doing another and if so to hold onto their donation for the next one. This morning I woke up to a couple more donations. So....I guess this IS the next one. No sense putting it off.

Once again, as soon as we get 20 donations of $20 we will draw a winner. Donations can be made through paypal to This is helping us bring our two angels home - Danny and Riley.

As always we thank you for all of your support! Good luck to everyone :)

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Today Was A Good Day

Today was such an amazing day. It started when I checked my email at about 6:20 this morning and saw that I had an email from Shelley telling me that our dossier had been approved yesterday and we had gotten our verbal referral. Now all we are waiting for is a signature from the Minister so that we can get our travel dates.

I can't begin to tell you how excited I am about this - how excited we all are. I am a ball of nerves just thinking about meeting our two little ones. I can NOT wait!!! get to hold them and hug them and just love on them!!! It's going to be difficult waiting for that signature! I hope and pray that we don't have to wait too much longer to get to go meet them!

The other reason today was such a good day was that I got a fabulous package in the mail. This fabulous package contained a jar of dark chocolate toffee and a jar of white chocolate tofee. It is SO delicious!!!  If you have ever tried Renee Tam's Smitten goodies you will know why I was so excited. If you have not tried them....well you should! Talk about delicious!!!

Hope everyone had as good of a day as I did! Thanks for all of your love and support!

Thank you and The Winner....

I just want to say thank you to everyone who has donated and shared our fundraisers. I really appreciate all that you do to support our family on this journey! You are all fabulous :)

I'm guessing you are all interested in finding out who won the American Girl Doll. The winner is....Adrienne Kerwin. Congratulations Adrienne and thank you for supporting us!

Saturday, July 20, 2013

American Girl Doll Fundraiser

We just found out the other day that our dossier may be submitted to our children's country this week. This is VERY good news! Once we are submitted we will receive a travel date shortly after to go to our children's country and meet them. We are excited and nervous all at the same time!

We are doing an American Girl Doll Flash Giveaway Fundraiser in order to raise needed funds for our upcoming travel to their country. Once we get 20 donations of $20 we will draw a winner. The winner will get to choose the doll they would like.
Donations can be made through Paypal to

Thank you so much for supporting our family!

**Donations made through Paypal are NOT tax deductible**

Monday, July 8, 2013

Fabulous News

I feel like I finally have something to share and I can't figure out what I want to say. Ugh! Isn't that always the way?
Let me back up to Friday. I was on facebook on Friday and saw so many great things were happening within our little adoption group. I was so excited for everyone. Then it hit me. I still hadn't heard anything from USCIS. So I called and again got their voice mail. (I think they were screening their calls).
All day I waited for a phone call that NEVER came. Later in the day I walked up to the mailbox....slowly. As I opened the mailbox I PRAYED one last prayer that our approval would be there. IT WAS!!!
Chris & I went to the bank that afternoon to get our document notarized. Woo hoo! That was the last paper we needed for our dossier!!!
This morning it was time to get a couple of forms apostilled - our USCIS approval, our Homestudy Addendum, and a form we had tried THREE other times to get apostilled. I went with Riley, Peyton, and Milana to drop them off. The girls and I said a prayer then and there for them to apostille all of our documents.
At the end of the day we headed back to pick up our documents - praying once more that they would be ready. We were beyond thrilled when they were all apostilled - even the form they refused to do three times before. 
After picking up our documents we were off to the Post Office to mail the rest of our dossier. (Most of our dossier is already in Eastern Europe waiting for the last few documents to arrive).
Once our documents get to our children's country they will translate them. There are some issues going on within the government there which may hold things up for us and so many others. If you could say a pray, send good thoughts, etc. that the government issues get fixed quickly we would appreciate it. We need things to get straightened out so that our dossier can be submitted and we can be invited to their country to meet our little ones.
Look at these precious faces!!! We want so badly to be invited to their country to meet them and get to love on them. 

Aren't they just so adorable?
We sure think so!

Today we got moved to the Almost There page on Reece's Rainbow! This was yet another exciting part of my day. It is so nice to move over to the next category. I can't wait to move to "Traveling Now." One day we will be there.

In the meantime we have to continue to fundraise. If you would like to make a tax deductible donation to help us bring our little ones home we would truly appreciate it. Here is the link to do so:

You  could also help by sharing our link, praying, sending positive thoughts, etc. Right now we are doing an Usborne Book Fundraiser. If you would like to order a book to support our adoption you can go to:!/events/286817031455790/

Thank you so much for all of your love and support!