Saturday, January 31, 2015

Fundraiser Update!

I've got a bunch of updates on fundraisers we are either just starting or will soon be starting!

1.  Jamberry Nails Online Fundraiser- a friend of Rick's contacted me recently about setting up an online party for us and it began today and ends on February 7th!  20% of all orders before tax will go towards our adoption expenses!
Here's a little bit about the company from their website:
The story of Jamberry Nails begins with three sisters who possess distinct personal tastes, but share a love for style. After an expensive afternoon together at the nail salon, Lyndsey, Christy and Keri vowed to find a simpler, more cost effective way to keep their hands looking polished, while still spending time together. After lots of trial and error, the proprietary nail wraps of Jamberry Nails launched in late 2010. The DIY, at-home application and incredible variety of designs caught on quickly and sales soared. A new era of nail art was born. Gone are the days of nails that chip and flake after only a few days! Gone are the days of the single colored manicure. Gone are the mani/pedis that take all afternoon and most of your cash too! Jamberry nail wraps arm you with style and confidence while demanding very little of your time or money. 
You can find the online event here:
And Kate's webpage is located here:

2.  Online Auction-  We are in the midst of collecting donations for an online Facebook auction.  Our auction will begin on Sunday, February 15th at 8 a.m. CST and will end on Saturday, February 21st at 8 p.m. CST.   I will be posting the items/services we have been gifted between now and February 14th, but we ask that bidders wait to bid on the items until the auction formally begins on February 15th.  We're getting some really great things so definitely be watching the page and come back to bid Feb. 15th-21st!   Here is the link to our Facebook Auction:
Thank you to all of our family members and friends who have already donated items/services and to those who will be!  We are so thankful for you!

3.  Apparent Project Bracelets- I mentioned these in our last blog post.  I have put in an order for 150 bracelets.  I am waiting to receive them, but when they arrive (hopefully soon) I will be looking to sell them quickly!  They will be $10.  Half of that will go towards our adoption and half will go to helping the people of Haiti (see my last blog post for a lot more info).  I love this fundraiser because it helps two great causes!   Every bracelet will have a different look.

We are waiting on our I-800A approval- hoping for that to arrive in the next 7 to 10 days.  From there, our documents will go on to get certified and authenticated and then off to our agency so they can be sent to China!   We hope to have a name announcement soon...we are close, but there is a reason we are waiting to announce...stay tuned. 

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

One Step Closer!

This morning we had our fingerprinting appointment in Milwaukee!

Our scheduled time was 8 a.m.  Good thing they are okay with late arrivals!  Between trying to get everyone ready for nana to take the 6 oldest to school and get the baby and Jayce up and out the door and dropped off at Rick's parents and to not so great weather and not so fun traffic, we ended up being about 20-25 minutes late.  We got it done though and that was a relief!  The ladies were amazed that we were going to China for our 9th child and that we had adopted 3 times already.  And the timing of us leaving couldn't have been any better.  We had just enough time to pick up the boys at grandma and grandpa's and get to Lena's school to pick her up from pre-school.  And we got to eat lunch with dad before he had to head back to work, which was an added bonus!

Now we wait for the approval, which hopefully will be a month or less.  That approval notice is the last document we are waiting for.  Once we have it, we will send off many of our important papers to Madison to get state certified and then on to Chicago to get authenticated at the embassy.  Then they finally go to our agency who ships them to China....that is a huge step and one we look forward to (minus the huge chunk of money that is due at the stage).   I've been applying for grants and have many more to apply for.  Grant applications are like a part-time job, but are so worth the investment.  Grant organizations are a HUGE help to families like ours who want to do God's work and grow our family through the wonderful blessing of adoption but need a little help in making the financial part come together to get there and back.

Between now and our dossier going to China, we have a few things going on!  We're hoping to hear soon about a matching grant we applied for.  A wonderful friend and community member is having an indoor rummage sale for us this Saturday!  What a blessing!   I've ordered 150 bracelets from the Apparent Project to sell.  Every bracelet is handmade by an artisan in Haiti who is trying to bring hope to their families, employing themselves for a brighter future and earning the means to pay for their children's food, shelter, and education.  The Apparent Project artisans use discarded materials to create beautiful 'upcycled' pieces of jewelry.  This project helps create less orphans, less crime, less garbage, and so much more!

I love this fundraiser because when someone buys a bracelet, they are helping Apparent Project artisans earn money to feed, shelter, and educate their families AND are helping us to bring home our amazing!   For more information on this organization, go here:    And if we get that matching grant, the money we earn can be put towards the matching grant and be DOUBLED!   More information to come once the bracelets arrive...stay tuned!  

And last, we are going to try hosting an online Facebook Adoption Auction....hopefully sometime in February.  We are currently looking for donations.  Anything will work, but we're hoping to gather about 100 items that are new or unused within the next couple of weeks.  If you or someone you know has a home-based business and would be willing to donate an item or two, please let us know. If you are crafty and could make something homemade, awesome!   We don't want you to feel like you have to go out and buy something to donate.  Let's face it...most of us have new or unused things we aren't using sitting around our homes.  If you are local, we can get the donation from you.  If you are not local, you can either mail the donation to us or you can hold off and just send us a picture or two and then mail it directly to the winner once the winners are announced.  We've helped support other adoptive families' online auctions- they are fun and full of neat items.  Thank you for considering a donation and be watching for me to share our Facebook page for the actual auction event once we're ready!  Another fundraiser that can also be used to fulfill a matching grant, pending we receive one.

So that's where we are at...we're one step closer to our little girl and as busy as ever!  As always, we appreciate your support and your prayers!