~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, June 15, 2012

Last chance to win this iPad!!!!

Our iPad giveaway ends Tonight at 11:59 p.m. Pacific time! I was going to do it on our time (Eastern) but I wanted to be fair to all those in the west coast :). The winner will be announced no later than 2:00 a.m. (I need time to get all of the last minute donor's entries in).

Please share (you get one entry for this), you can also get an entry for $5. $20 gets you 5 entries! $35 gets you 8 entries and a free handmade blanket!! $50 gets you 15 entries and of course you still get the blanket. $65 gets you 18 entries and a free handmade personalized with embroidery, ribbon, and any photo(s) you would like sewn into the blanket (washable )!!! Each additional $5 donation gets an additional entry!

If there is anyone out there that appreciates art, or would like an original Ukrainian painting, a donation of $250 will get you the appropriate amount of entries according to the entry schedule as well as a free original Ukrainian painting! You have 9 to choose from.

Our goal before the iPad giveaway ends is to have a minimum of $5,000 in our FSP/Grant (for facilitation and travel).

If you are donating for the blankets I prefer chip in donations but FSP/grant donations are very much appreciated as well. The picture of the blanket is the $65 donation personalized one (sample). They can be done for boy or girl though. The basic ones for $35 donation are done the same but without ribbon, embroidery/personalization, and photo.

Thank you all sooo much! Good Luck!!!!


  1. 15 more entries for me please - just donated $50!!! Since I already have a beautiful blanket (Thank you Molly) - please use the money you would spend for materials and put toward your adoption!!!!

  2. Just sent 20$ to your chipin I hope you get the amount you want!