Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Online Auction Coming!

September 10th Update:   The auction starts on Monday!  We have gathered some great things.  You can check them out here.   We'd love to have some more things before we start.    Please consider leaving a comment or messaging the auction page with your donation.

Laurence's family is going to be a part of an online, multi-family auction during the second half of September.

I'll be sure to post more here before it starts but for now, we are looking for donations.   Here are some ideas of things that sell well:

*Gift cards.  You know, that one that's in the bottom of your purse to a store you'll never go to.  Or, you can purchase on to a popular place like Target, Amazon or itunes.

*Hand-made items.   Do you craft?  Knit?  Sew?  Are you all about Pinterest? Do you have an Etsy store?  Would you be willing to donate an item or two?

*Seasonal clothing. A Christmas dress or Halloween costume that your child wore once.

*Any new items that you have received and not used.

*Seasonal items.  Christmas decorations or Halloween items.

*Anything else that is shippable.  Generally, the donor of the item pays for shipping so that the families do not have to cut into the their profits.  This also makes buyers much more willing to bid since they know exactly what they will be paying.  

If you have an item to donate, please leave a comment or contact Kathleen or I!

You can check out the facebook page where the item will be held here.  (I know it says LA kids.  It's a page I've used before.  Facebook won't let me change the name again.)  It will begin September 15th.


*Natalie

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Celebrating Lance Home

Lance's mom has been working on some local fundraisers.  I decided to help her out and set up an online Celebrating Home fundraiser.   His account with get 50% of each purchase!  That's a great percentage.  Plus, on top of that, he will soon have a matching grant set up.  So, in reality, once the money is deposited in the matching grant, you will get a great product and Lance's adoption will get 100% of the money you paid!  Talk about a win/win!!  Oh, and the Celebrating Home representative is another adopting mom and she gets a small cut too.  How can you afford not to buy something?  

The sale is live and goes until September 11th.  


If you are on facebook, you can join the event here.

Please share this link and encourage your friends to order!!  






Thursday, June 5, 2014

Keep the Change for Lance

*It's Natalie the blog hijacker again.  Hosting another fundraiser for Laurence and his family.  

One of the hardest parts about being an adoptive parent is not being with your child for the milestones---birthdays, holidays, first day of school, first loose tooth.  July 5th is Laurence's 13th birthday.  That's usually a scary birthday for orphans in his country since it means they only have one year left to find a forever family.  But Laurence can celebrate this year---his mom is on the way!!  And, with your help, his mom can celebrate that day, too.    

Keep the Change!


From June 5th to July 5th.  

It's pretty simple:

*Find a container--it doesn't have to be anything fancy--an empty cup, an empty jar, a bucket...whatever you have. (You can grab a picture of Laurence from his Reece's Rainbow page if you'd like.)

*Put the container in a visible place in your home---next to your purse, on the kitchen counter, on your dresser.  You could also consider putting it in your office or work space.  What a great conversation starter!

*At the end of the day, empty all the change from your pockets and wallet into the container. Say a prayer that Laurence will be celebrated on his birthday and know that he is loved.

*On Saturday, July 5th (Laurence's birthday), take your container to the bank and cash it in.  (Or sometime around then since it's a holiday weekend.) 

*Deposit the money into Laurence's FSP on Reece's Rainbow.

This is a very simple way for all of us to bless Laurence and his family on his birthday--even they can't celebrate together.  (Can you imagine how fun it will be for his mom to watch his grant grow on his birthday?) 

I have a jar of change that I've been saving since my adoption ended. I can't wait to cash it in and see what's in it.

If you want to participate, leave me a comment here and let me know!  I'll keep a running list of people who have agreed to pray for and bless Laurence and his famiy during the month leading up to his birthday.

So, start looking for the perfect container.

Participants:
Natalie 


Friday, April 25, 2014

Update on Lance

I am ALMOST done with my homestudy.  Just when I think I am done, there is just one more thing that I need to do.  My homestudy agency sent me to classes, then when I gave the certificates to my adoption agency, I was told that the hours don't count because they are not Hague approved.  There is so much to learn in this process!  So, I am going to try to get these classes done ASAP. 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Avon Sale

It's Natalie again.  Since I helped Kathleen set up her blog, I figure I can hijack it any time I want.  (Sounds fair to me!)  


I've been looking for ways to help adopting families since I completed my own adoption.  I love knitting and will keep doing so but it doesn't make a ton of money in the spring and summer.  So, I've decided to sell Avon online.  I have no interest in selling in person or going door-to-door.  I just want to organize online parties for adopting families.

My first family is Laurence's family.  The commission from any purchases made from my site during the month of April will go to his family.  You don't need a special code or anything.  Just make a purchase!

Laurence's family currently has a matching grant through a local church.  That means, my commission donation will be doubled!!  40 to 80% of the price of your purchase will end up going to help this family!!  And, you still get a great product.

Summer is coming.  We all need to stock up on sunblock and bug spray!

Please pass this link on to your friends and family.  Who doesn't want to help someone while buying things they already need?


~Natalie

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Lance wanted to send us this pic

We sent Lance a photo book of our family.  Shortly after, Lance wanted pictures sent to us so we can see him "right away".  This is one of the pictures that he took.   I am told that he asks every day when his mom is coming to pick him up.  So sweet!