~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, July 6, 2012

~We met our goal!~ Giveaway Ends Tonight!!!! Enter while you can!!!

Notice I said in the title "we" met our goal!!! I don't just mean our family! I'm talking about a whole crew of ladies who helped us to meet this goal!!! Some adoptive families, some wanting to adopt, some who are advocates of adoption!!!! These ladies pulled together and made sure we were not missing out on our goal or our $1,000 matching grant!!!! So shortly, you will see our grant go up $1,000 more dollars thanks to Sue (the donor) and all of the ladies who have helped me this entire time! I am so grateful that God has given me these new wonderful people to share out experiences with and to go through this process together with! That being said, let me be clear that while we have came a long, long way....we are not finished. We are just now getting half way funded when I count the grant and the return of promise trust fees in the end. We. Still have right at $9,000 to go before I could say we are fully funded! I am completely shocked to be honest that we are already half way funded but I am trying to remember and to relay to the best of my ability that we still need everyone who has helped to please, if you can, continue to do so! As you know, we are adopting TWO children now and we need this funding to come in desperately and we are working so hard to fundraise and do anything we can to ensure we are funded to bring these girls home. Both of them!!!! I will not stop working to get these girls home until they are here! I hope you all will stick this out with us and please continue to support us in our efforts of saving these sweet girls! If you know of anyone else who would be willing to do matching grants please let us know, they can get tax deductions through RR for this! Now back to the giveaway! Our giveaway is still going but only through the night! It will end as scheduled originally (tonight at 11:59 p.m. pacific time). I will announce the winner shortly after that. The winner will be picked using random.org just as with the iPad on our first giveaway. Like I said above, even though we met our goal for the matching grant that doesn't mean we are finished! We are only half there! Please donate and don't miss your chances to win an iPad or $500 cash (your choice)!!! There are other perks too!!! Please go to the top of my blog and click the tab beside of the "home" tab that pertains to the giveaway. There you will find details!!! Thank you all so much and good luck!!!


  1. Hooray! So glad we met our goal! We got this far, God will get us through all the way to the end!

  2. Yay. My reluctant dh said I can share with you. :) I donated $35 to your FSP.(I hope that was the right place to be entered for the giveaway...)
    I couldn't quite tell if that qualified for a blanket or not BUT if so, please take it with you to donate or share with some other need. I really don't need another. :)