~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~

Thursday, July 12, 2012


I have to start with the best news we have received throughout this process! We got our invitation to fingerprint at USCIS! Even better news....its only three weeks away!!! Even better news...I'm going to call and ask if we can come in even sooner than that!

So what does this mean for us? This means that once the fingerprinting has taken place we will be waiting for the I-171H (approval to travel and adopt our children) form. Families have told me this came for them as little as two days later and some wait many many days. During our first adoption we only waited a week maybe.  Most families I have been talking to have been getting their approval very quickly so I am optimistic that things will move quickly :)  

After the approval comes in the mail, we will have it notarized, certified, and apostilled. Then we will add it to our complete dossier and mail it to our girl's country!!! Then we wait for submission and then a travel date. I think we are looking at about a 12 week time frame (maximum) before we are leaving the country for our girls!!! That being said..........WE NEED SOME MAJOR HELP WITH OUR FUNDING!

As I have said before, we have came so so far with our fundraising and none of it would have been possible without God bringing you all into our lives and you all helping! We have also worked like crazy to do anything and every thing we could to earn every penny of any donation that helps bring our girls home. We will continue to do so...I promise you that!

Now to introduce to you THE ULTIMATE GIVEAWAY / BABY SHOWER!!!! Go to the top of our blog and click on the tab beside of the "home" tab that refers to the giveaway and baby shower! YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT!

Not only is this giveaway outrageously awesome but it serves as our baby shower, saves two lives, and GETS US FULLY FUNDED!!!!!!!!!!


Thanks everyone and good luck!


  1. I shared on FB and Twitter. https://twitter.com/ALTmommy/status/224166150060261376

    I will blog about it soon and put it on Google plus if you want! Prayers!!

  2. Hello! :)

    I'm here to show you a little RR love!
    Both of your daughters-to-be are beautiful! Your family will be so blessed and so will they! May the Lord bless you and your adoption journey!