Saturday, December 14, 2013

It's Getting Real, Folks!!

December 14, 2013


        Today, my friends, is a red letter day!!  Our "Golden Ticket" along with a few other documents are heading to Zach's country in Eastern Europe, making our Dossier COMPLETE!!  This makes us first in line to have it submitted in the middle of January after the government there gets back to work after the Holiday's!!  

    The neatest thing happened last night while I was at the UPS store, where we have our mailbox and I do all of our shipping.  The staff in there is super nice and have been really excited about "participating" in our adoption process with us.  They have notarized several of our documents and overnighted countless packages all over the country for us. So, last night I was telling Caroline that these were the last documents and how important they were and she stopped typing on the computer and laid her hands on mine (that were resting on top of the papers) and said a quick prayer blessing them!  I was totally blessed by her in that moment!!   

     Now that all of our paperwork is completed (for now), we have launched a new fundraiser!  Some of you may have seen it already, on Facebook.  For those of you who have not heard about it, we have been blessed by another talented friend of ours Tobin Rogers.  Tobin designed the image you see below for us!!  



     We have partnered with Booster.Com to sell T-shirts with this awesome graphic!  It is our goal to sell 500 shirts!  We launched our site a couple of days ago and have sold 28 so far!  They are only $20 and the more we sell the more we make on each shirt.  If we meet or exceed our goal of 500 we would be getting about $13/shirt, which is amazing!!  We are accepting orders until the 24th, so only 11 more days to get your order in!!  The shirts will get printed about two weeks after the ordering period and will get shipped directly to YOU!!  Unfortunately, the shirts won't be here in time for Christmas, but they do say LOVE on them, so maybe for Valentine's day gifts?! (Geez!  I sound worse the the marketing people at the stores!)  

Here is the link to our Booster T-Shirt Campaign:


     Even if you aren't able to purchase a shirt right now, please feel free to share this link on your blog, Facebook, Twitter, Pintrest...you get the idea!  You never know whose life may have been touched by adoption and they may want an awesome Graphic-T to wear and share!  I love this design so much because it really applies to anybody who is part of the adoption community. Whether you are adopting, have been adopted, or are an advocate for adoption it can mean something to you.  

" Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you." James 1:27 NLT

"No, I will not abandon you as orphans-I will come to you." John 14:18 NLT

     We also continue to collect used shoes, clothing, bedding, purses, and belts so if you live in the HOUSTON area I am willing to come and get anything you are willing to give me!  15,000 lbs. is a lot!! 


  Also, don't forget about our Amazon Associate link!!  Anytime you access Amazon through our link and make a purchase they give us 6% of that sale!  Every little bit adds up!  You can access it through the search box on the right side of the blog or through the tab at the top that says "Amazon Associates Link."

  As always, we are so thankful for all the encouragement, love and support you all give us!  We wouldn't have made it this far without you!  Please continue to pray for us and for Zach!  He has waited far to long already for a family to love him and as we pass each of these milestones the urgency we feel to get to him increases.  We are coming sweet boy, we are coming! 

"But God did listen!  He paid attention to my prayer.  Praise God, who did not ignore my prayer or withdraw his unfailing love from me." Psalm 66:19-20 NLT 

  




Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Approved!!

                             

December 3, 2013

Well, today a lot of our hard work paid off!!  We got our "Golden Ticket" in the mail!  This was the last piece of paperwork that we needed for our Dossier to be completed.  The bummer part is it didn't quite get here in time for us to make the deadline for submission in Zach's country prior to the "Holiday Shutdown". However, we are now at the front of the line for submission in January when things get going again after the Holidays.  We cannot thank you all enough for all of your love and support through all of this!  

Now, we will be able to focus on our fundraising efforts and it seems like we have a lot of irons in the fire on this front!  We are still collecting used shoes, clothing and bedding for our "Shooz for Souls" drive that we are doing with 3 other Reece's Rainbow Families here in the Houston area.  Hopefully we can have our 15,000 lb. minimum collected by mid- January!  

We have also been crafting and I have been crocheting to sell our creations at our Church Craft Bazaar and to anybody else who is interested!  I've even done a couple of custom orders for ornaments and wreaths for friends and co-workers.  I'll be posting some of my wares on Facebook here in the next few days, so stay tuned for your chance to get some of these great gift items!  

There are a couple of more things on the horizon so, stay tuned for more info and keep the prayers coming!