~Welcome to the story of our journey to save another Eastern European princess with down syndrome and an older child! In 2010, we traveled half way around the world to adopt a twenty month old (now three years old) precious girl with down syndrome, Gabby. Now, less than two years later, we are on a mission to adopt another precious little girl that is in the same orphanage Gabby was in, Ava. Not only Ava, but yes....one more "Elaine". That means we are trying to adopt two more children!!!! If you are unaware of the situation in most, if not all Eastern European countries, please continue to read. In these countries children with down syndrome and special needs are most often placed in orphanages and if not adopted by the age of four or five (depending on circumstance), they are transferred to institutions where the likely-hood of them ever seeing outside of the institution walls remain slim to none. Many will live very short lives due to lack of appropriate care. Please don't allow this to happen to our sweet Ava! "Elaine" was fortunate enough to escape a very bad institution but nonetheless is in an institution and is an older child whose chances of coming home if we can't adopt her are not good. Having adopted and fully funding ourselves the previous adoption such a short time ago, we will need all of the help we can get to reunite these two angels and bring their big sister home. We utilized all extra resources with our first adoption and so fundraising is essential with this adoption. Whether it be from your prayers, helping to fundraise, buying from fundraisers, donations, etc...your help is much appreciated and is very much needed in order to make this dream a reality. Thank you so much for following our journey~

Friday, April 13, 2012


ATTENTION MOMS, DADS, AUNTS, UNCLES, GRANDPARENTS, or FRIENDS of a little princess!!!!!! Lets start the bidding on this gorgeous fourth of july tutu and bow at $30.  Christy Cobb Wilkinson has very thoughtfully contacted Andrea Helton Simpson who donated this beautiful tutu and bow to auction off to help bring Ava home!!!!  We will begin the bidding now and we will end the bidding next Friday 4-20-12 at 9:00 p.m. unless we reach a really high bid (in which case we will give 24 hours notice that the auction will end in 24 hours) so that everyone has time to bid what they would like to bid.  Each bid will need to be increased by $3 from the previous bid. You can bid by commenting on facebook or on this blog. This is a ridiculously cute tutu for the fourth of july and trust me (it will be here before you know it). When the auction is over, you will need to contact Andrea to let her know the size you need. Let the bidding begin and thanks so much!!!!!

Update: Kasey Creech bid $30 on 4-12-12 at 3:43 p.m. via fb.
Update: Michelle Green bid $40 on 04-14-12 at 12:30 p.m. via fb.

IMPORTANT UPDATE: We will be ending the bid on this tutu tomorrow (Sunday 4-15-12 at noon)!!! Please bid while it is still available!!!!


  1. If it isn't over I would bid $45 on it please!

    1. It is over. I'm sorry :( Thanks though :)