Tuesday, May 29, 2012

News AND another FUNdraiser giveaway of an Ipad3

Boy do I have news! Exciting, fun, and oh so good news!

On Monday last week I got a phone call. It's the kind of call that a waiting family like ours dreams about. Our adoption Coordinator wanted to know if we would like our profile shown to a new birthfamily. I had little information other than that it was a boy, due August 1st. I of course said YES! But I figured that the chances were pretty good that we wouldn't be chosen. She was showing the family 5 profiles (or 5 families).

I got a call later that evening while Tony and I were outside doing yard work. I answered the call expecting to hear bad news but that is not what happened. The Coordinator told me they looked at all of the profiles and they picked us!! They didn't even need time to think about it. They were sure that we were the family.

What exactly does that mean? It means that we are expecting to become parents to a baby boy due August 1st. It means we are excited, working hard to get ready and busting our patooties to raise a large amount of money in just two months time.

So...we are applying to Lifesong Both Hands, various grants and adoption loans, and working on some FUNdraising ideas. We had fun with our last Ipad giveaway so we are doing another one!

This time there is a twist!
  • For any piece of jewelry purchased you will receive 1 entry.
  • Each purchase of 4 or more bags of coffee from Fresh Cup of Hope will get you 1 entry.
  • Each donation of $15 will get you one entry.
  • Each donation of $30 will get you 3 entries.
  • Each donation of $50 with get you 6 entries.
  • For anyone that has donated, each friend that you refer to the FUNdraiser with get an extra entry and you will get 1 extra entry as well. Simply comment to let me know if you were referred and by whom, or if you purchased jewelry or coffee.

The not so fine print disclaimer: In order for this FUNdraiser to happen we must raise at least $550 for it to be ON! If we do not we'll refund everyone and there will be no giveaway. We will announce when we hit that point and once we do the giveaway will end 7 days later. This is NOT a r-a-f-f-l-e, please do not mention that it is. This IS helping to bring a child into his forever family!

To make a donation, please click the donate button located at the top of right side bar ------>

The winner will be selected through a drawing and posted to the blog. This giveaway is on through June 25th.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Adoption Quilt

We have done everything we can from our end to find our son. Homestudy, check. Profile, check. Networking, check. Stash of diapers and formula, check.

I am two days away from finishing finals. I have 6 weeks until the kids are home for the summer. I am feeling the need to occupy my anxious heart with a project that will help me feel connected to our future son and will also help us to raise some additional funds (need all of these projects we can think of! Drops in the bucket!).

So, I thought what better way to keep me busy than making a community quilt for our little man. This is a project that will allow friends, family, and the adoption community to love on our baby boy and also keep my hands busy! Win, win!

stacks of Max and Whiskers
Photo Credit: The Knottygnome Knits

What is an adoption quilt?
It is a quilt that is put together one piece (donation) at a time. It is a twist on the "adoption puzzle" that you may have seen. Each square will help us get a little bit closer to our goal of raising $15,000.

Here is how this is going to work:
Each donation of $10 will provide a square for the quilt which will be sewn together by me- mommy in waiting!

You may choose to:
1. Donate $10 per square via the "donate" button on the top right side bar of our blog, or mail a check with your square, and provide a 5 1/2 X 5 1/2 square of any pre-washed, 100 % cotton fabric of your choice. Upcycled fabric (old tee, blanket, ect...), scraps, or quilt squares are great choices. Feel free to embroider, decorate, or initial somewhere in the center of the square (make sure it is a permanent addition that will not wash away!). Mail your fabric to 15905 Countrybrook St. Tampa, Fl. 33624.


2. Donate $10 and just comment letting me know you want me to choose from my stash of fabrics (or you are welcome to let me know a color, theme, or style of fabric that you would like me to use).

***For both options, we would love for you to write a note and attach a small piece of the fabric you chose (so that we can match your square to your note) for us to put into a scrap book for our little man.

Feel free to share this blog post so we get enough squares to complete our quilt!
I will be posting pictures as the quilt begins and keeping you updated on the process.