Saturday, June 23, 2012

ANY DAY NOW!!!!

We could be receiving notice any day now that we have an appointment in Andriy's country with their social services department.

We are anxious (understandably), nervous and a little stressed out.

Andriy's room is coming together. He now has a bed and dresser. Thanks to my neighbor and my nephew that seems to be drinking Miracle Grow we have plenty of clothes for him. We need a few more items for his room and a new place to stash all the stuff in the closet (my personal place to shove things I don't know what to do with).

We have one more fundraiser that our Sunday School class is doing for us. We have a great class that has been so supportive. I've been trying to sell some things on craigslist that I know we really don't need to free up some money too. I am just about fundraised out, worn out and running out of ideas.

I'm trying not to get overwhelmed with all that has to be done in the next 3 or 4 weeks before we leave. The TO DO list is long and I keep adding things to it. People keep asking us how much more money do we need so I am going to get straight to the point. We are estimating that we need $4350 to cover our plane tickets. Ticket prices are outrageous to Europe right now because off the big soccer tournament going on now and the Olympics starting in late July. We have had very little money come in since I asked last and frankly I am tried of asking for money. I know everyone is strapped these days.

So here I am, asking again and trusting that God will provide very soon. I've seen him move mountains in the last month for my sister's adoption and I know He can do it again.

In the meantime we are keeping very busy with all our preparations and I'm hoping to have a few special days with Danielle since I am going to be away from my girl for 6 whole weeks. I know our family dynamic is going to change alot when I bring her new little brother home for good. I want her to understand that our love for her won't be divided. Our love gets multiplied.

Also, My sister and her family are over in Eastern Europe right now adopting their precious girl. I wanted to thank everyone that donated money and items for our giveaway to bring Taylor home.

Here is the happy family with their new little princess.



And let me tell you she is a princess. She is already a Daddy's girl and it is obvious she is her mother's daughter. She is a tomboy in a dress just like Mama. She loves dresses, flowers in her hair, dancing with Daddy and hunting for bugs. All of her playmates are boys and she keeps up with them and keeps them all in line too. HAHA!

We can't wait to have her home and get to know her.

And speaking of that. We may in traveling to get our boy while Nicole is still there to get Taylor. The kids are not in the same region so the chances we would happen to be in the capital at the same time are slim. But it's kinda neat to think we may be there a the same time getting our kids. I wonder what Andriy will think when he finds out he has a new girl cousin that is also from his native country. He will have one more buddy to speak Russian with and we are glad for 2 cousins and 2 friends nearby that he can spend time with. It's important for all of us that our kids don't lose their first language.

Please keep us in our prayers over the next few weeks. We really nave no guarantees on the dates of our travel. We will have to get ready to travel with very short notice and will need all of our funds at that time.

So we are trusting our Father's plan and coveting your prayers.

Blessings,


Design I OLS post divider

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Ten for Ten for Ten Giveaway For Taylor

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW OVER.

THANK YOU TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED.

SEE WINNERS BELOW EACH PRIZE DESCRIPTION BELOW.

THEN CONTACT ME WITH YOUR NAME, EMAIL AND ADDRESS TO CLAIM YOUR PRIZE. I WILL SHIP SOME PRIZES PERSONALLY. SOME OF THE VENDORS THAT DONATED WILL BE SHIPPING TO YOU AND YOU MAY BE CONTACTED BY THEM SO COMPLETE CONTACT INFO IS IMPORTANT IF YOU WANT YOUR PRIZE.

SEND YOUR INFO TO ME AT ONELILSTARFISH AT GMAIL DOT COM.

This is a giveaway to benefit Taylor, a 7 year old orphan from Eastern Europe that is HIV+.

If you want to find out why I am calling this a Ten for Ten for Ten Giveaway you will have to read all the way through to the ALL CAPS print to find the BREAKING NEWS!!!!!


Taylor's new family will be traveling to adopt her on June 16. They have 2 weeks to raise the remainder of the funds needed to adopt her. Right now they still need to raise about $24,500 to be able to adopt her. You can read more about their story here.

Over the years Taylor has asked other families, that have arrived at her orphanage to adopt children, when someone will be coming to adopt her. She is currently at a baby orphanage but because of her age, she is in danger of being transferred. If she is not adopted soon she will be transferred to an institution. She really is running out of time and needs to be adopted ASAP. The Dewberry's are very willing but need your help to do it.

So I have gathered some donations from some very generous people.

Take a look at the prizes.

Adorable Girls Skirts. We have two to give away. You get to pick the size up to 4T. One will be the blue/green combo and the other will be the giraffe/stripes combo. Please state your preference and size you would want.

Winner of Giraffe Skirt: The Ristow Family
Winner of Blue/Green Skirt: Sharon Walker Robbins


Antique Book #1: "When a Man's a Man," Vintage novel by Harold Bell Wright. First edition! 1916. (from Allison's Attic of Rare Books)

Winner of Book #1: Julie Leto


Antique Book #2: "My Story that I Like Best," Vintage short-story collection. First edition, 1924. (from Allison's Attic of Rare Books)

Winner of Book #2: Jeff & Karen Barnes


Gorgeous Throw Blanket with 2 Matching Pillows From Sew Elegant (Retails for $85)

Winner of blanket and pillow: Amy McCoy


Beautiful Lined Baby Sling (Retails for $75)

Winner of Sling: Kelly KTB


Close up of sling fabric


8x10 Print from Andie Eggimann. We have 8 of these to giveaway. See some sample prints below or visit Andie's shop and let us know which one you prefer. You can visit her Etsy shop here. (These retail for $18)

The 8 Winners are:
Evan Thompson
Christine Nichols
Half Dozen Mama
Donna Jakubczak Ewer
Caren
Julie Leto
Kimberly Dill
Alice Waarvik

Winners please go to Andie's Esty shop and pick out the print you want. Include your selected print when you send me your info.

Faithfulness


Mountains


Refuge


Satisfy


Fatherless


Self Control


Dwelling Place


Gently


Goodness


Brokenhearted



Knitted Aqua Beanie Cap for Baby

Aqua Cap winner: Half Dozen Mama


Knitted Red Sweater for Baby

Red Sweater Winner: Kimberly Dill


Small Red Felt Tote

Tote Winner: Melissa Macy


Little Girls Purple Felt Backpack

Backpack Winner: Amy McCoy



Purple Knitted Beanie Cap for Baby

Purple Cap Winner: The Ristow Family


Rainbow Knitted Sweater for Baby

Rainbow Sweater Winner: Carrie (frednphil)


Knitted Yellow and Purple Sweater and Matching Beanie Cap for Baby

Sweater & Cap winner: Amy McCoy


Knitted Pink Stripe Beanie Cap for Baby

Pink Cap WInner: Sharon Walker Robbins


White Knitted Beanie Cap for Baby

White Cap Winner: Sue Petersen


Light Blue Knitted Bonnet for Baby

Bonnet Winner: Holly Fedele


Blueberry Knitted Beanie Cap for Baby

Blueberry Cap Winner: Kelly KTB


Tomato Knitted Beanie Cap for Baby (2 available)

Tomato Cap Winners:
#1 Jessica Rudder
#2 Kelly & Co


Strawberry Knitted Beanie Cap for Baby

Strawberry Cap Winner: Crissilea


Pumpkin Knitted Beanie Cap for Baby (2 available)

Pumpkin Cap Winners:
#1 Chelese
#2 Alexis Wesley


Pink Knitted Breast Cancer Awareness Scarf

Scarf Winner: Christine Nichols


White Breast Cancer Awareness Knitted Wash Cloth

White Cloth Winner: Jenifer Hall


Pink Breast Cancer Awareness Knitted Wash Cloth (7 available)

Pink Cloth Winners:
#1 Julie Leto
#2 Bonnie McKinney
#3 Sara Brinton
#4 Karen Jo Moseley
#5 Rosemary Marshall
#6 Half Dozen Mama
#7 Kelly KTB


Pastel Stripe Knitted Wash Cloth

Pastel Cloth Winner: Julie Nielson


Pink ABC Knitted Wash Cloth

ABC Cloth Winner: Jessica Rudder


Have a Coke and a Smile Snack Gift Basket - Ultimate size. Retails at $127.99. You can see more details about this basket from Doodlebuckets here.

Gift Basket Winner: Katie (evansadoption)


Bracelet from the Noonday Collection

Bracelet Winner: Caren

This piece is handmade in a region of India that is not farmable because of
the climate and topography of the area, so residents must depend on crafts
for their livelihood. Increased disputes over the land between Pakistan and
India have given rise to violence, threatening the safety of tourists and
residents alike. This has decreased tourism and the artisans access to a
market. Through fair trade, they now have a market for their products.




So how can you win one of these awesome prizes and help Taylor come home?

The first way is FREE!!!!!

A share on Facebook, Twitter or on your blog you will get ONE entry into the giveaway. You can share as many times as you want. But only your first share will count as an entry. Please comment below and include the URL of your "share", "tweet" or "blog post" for us to know you shared and count your entry.

The second way to get entries is to donate to Taylor's fund at Ten for Orphans, all donations are tax deductible.

If you want to donate but do not have or want a Paypal account, the third way to get entries is to mail your donation via check.
You can make your check out to Project Hopeful FIG and mail to:
Traci Heim
Project Hopeful FIG
6920 W 173rd Place
Tinley Park, IL 60477
Include a note that states it is for Taylor's adoption fund.
But again you must comment below to receive your entry.

$5 = 1 entry
$10 = 2 entries
$25 = 5 entries
$50 = 10 entries
$100 = 20 entries

Please leave a comment letting me know you shared and/or donated with your name and the amount you donated (I am happy delete your comment if you want to remain anonymous) and your 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice of prizes (I will be able to verify donations). Please do not post a comment as anonymous (in other words enter your email address). I can't send you a prize if I don't have any way to contact you. If you do not want to leave your email address on your comment you can send it to me a onelilstarfish at gmail dot com. If you do not indicate your 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice of prizes you will receive whatever prizes are left after preferences are matched. So please let us know your preferences. We will do our best to honor them but there are no guarantees. We will award preferences in order of names drawn.

Entries must be left in the comments section of this blog to count. Comments left on other blogs that are helping to promote the giveaway will not count.

This giveaway starts Sunday, June 3 and ends on Thursday June 14, 2012. Entries will be drawn by a random number generator. Time is short so please get your entries in very quickly.

All prizes will be mailed to winners.

*Disclaimer -Many prizes were donated and some are one of a kind. Any item lost or destroyed in the mail sadly cannot be replaced*

Most recent photo of Taylor. She is getting so big and needs a family soon.


**********BREAKING NEWS*************
THERE IS A $10,000 MATCHING GRANT OFFERED. IF WE CAN RAISE $10,000 IN 10 DAYS THE DONATIONS WILL BE MATCHED DOLLAR FOR DOLLAR. THAT MEANS WE HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO RAISE $20,000 IN 10 DAYS. SO GET THOSE DONATIONS IN BEFORE JUNE 15TH.


There is also another Giveaway for Taylor going on right now over here. It is for a Macbook Pro Laptop. Please go there for details.

######SPECIAL NOTE######

I WOULD LOVE TO INCLUDE MORE ITEMS IN THIS GIVEAWAY. IF YOU HAVE AN ITEM OR ITEMS YOU WOULD LIKE TO DONATE PLEASE CONTACT ME AT THE EMAIL ADDRESS ABOVE.

Don't forget our SPARE CHANGE CHALLENGE is still going on for Taylor. You can find details for that here.




Thank you so much for taking the time to read this long post and for considering helping the Dewberry family bring Taylor home and give her the family she longs for.

Blessings,

Design I OLS post divider