Monday, July 6, 2015

Wonderful News!

I have been invited to travel to EE to meet Peaches! I will have more details once I confirm my flights but I get to meet her next Monday (July 13)!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Beanie Baby Fundraiser Update!

I am still waiting on travel dates. I had originally hoped I would travel on my first trip in May, then June. NOW, I am hoping that I travel in July, early August at the latest. July will be the 5 month mark since dossier submission. While I am waiting, I want to finish up my Beanie Baby fundraiser, which I started almost a year ago (here is the link to the original post). 

This fundraiser is all about giving to the orphans in Peaches' country. I have 27 Beanie Babies that I no longer need. I would love to bring these beanies along with me when I travel on my first trip (I would rather bring them along on trip one since I will have more room in my luggage). These beanies will be given to the children in Peaches' orphanage and if I am able, I will give them to children at another nearby orphanage. There are only eight that still need sponsors!

The details
- For every $5 donation, you can "sponsor" a Beanie Baby and choose which one will travel with me to Eastern Europe.
- Once a beanie is sponsored, I will add your name under the selected beanie (if you wish to remain anonymous, please let me know). 
- When I travel to Eastern Europe, I will bring all of the beanies with me that have been sponsored. 
- To sponsor a beanie, please donate to my Reece's Rainbow FSP and e-mail a copy of your receipt to my e-mail or comment here with which beanie you'd like to sponsor. 

My Beanie Baby collection!

(l-r): Congo the gorilla, Hoppity the bunny sponsored by Shelby J. (in honor of Callie)Rosalie the bear, Pouch the kangaroo sponsored by Donna J., and Stretch the ostrich  sponsored by Jen K. (In honor of Renee)

(l-r): Bongo the monkey #1 (a teeny beanie), Bongo the monkey #2 (a teeny beanie) sponsored by Jen K.Doby the doberman sponsored by Shelby J. (in honor of Logan)Derby the horse sponsored by JennyVelvet the panther sponsored by Rebecca M., and Stripes the tiger sponsored by Ivy A.

(l-r): (not a Beanie Baby) polar bear sponsored by Shelby J. (in honor of Francine)Almond the bear,Mystic the unicorn sponsored by sunflowerloveMel the koala and Mel the koala #2 (a teeny beanie) sponsored by Jenny

(l-r): Spinner the spider, Batty the bat sponsored by sunflowerloveClaude the crab, Iggy the iguana sponsored by Ivy A., and Rainbow the chameleon sponsored by Amy K.

(l-r): Wise the owl (class of '98) sponsored by Cat H. (in honor of husband and daughter)Stretch the rooster sponsored by the Trenda familyGracie the swan sponsored by Jaime B.Jabber the parrot sponsored by the Orta family, and Quackers the duck sponsored by Shelby J. (in honor of Faith)

Chilly the polar bear sponsored by Ilze L. (in honor of Andris). He's the $10 one, you can see the difference in size compared to regular sized Rainbow.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Caring Christian

This is Christian.

Christian weighs heavily on my heart today and every day. I would love to bring him home with me (he's in the same country as Peaches) but unfortunately, I am not in a position to bring home two at once. He turned 6 a few months ago and lives in an orphanage in Eastern Europe because he was born with Down syndrome. He is very smart and kind. Christian is loved by his caregivers and the director of his orphanage is surprised that he is still waiting. The family who adopts him will be very blessed to call him their son.

Christian has a sizeable grant of over $2,600 on Reece's Rainbow. He is available to single moms. Please see Christian. Please see his potential. I would love nothing more than to see him come home. If you're his family, I will be more than willing to help you raise funds, if it's needed.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Tupperware *FUN*draiser!

From now through Monday, May 18 a friend of mine is hosting a TUPPERWARE fundraising event to help me bring Peaches home.

Goal: $1,300 (or more) in total sales
Earned goal: $520 (or more) depends on total sales

The party link is here: Tupperware Fundraiser Please note: ALL sales must come from the Fundraiser Catalog to be counted.

Thank you for looking!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Cheesecake Anyone?!

This is a last minute fundraiser I put together for locals. It's a cheesecake fundraiser from Grand Rapids Cheesecake (check out their website here).

Grand Rapids Cheesecakes' cakes are made from scratch daily right here in Grand Rapids. Their ingredients are always local, all natural ingredients from local suppliers. Each cheesecake is 8" in diameter and weights 2 lbs.

Fudge Sundae: A chocolate crust with chocolate mixed in the cheesecake and topped with chocolate. If you love chocolate, this cheesecake is for you.
Turtle: A delicious mix of chocolate, caramel, and pecans in rich cheesecake with a chocolate crust. Then also topped with a mix of chocolate, caramel, and pecans. A customer favorite!
Raspberry Bash: A delicious combination of raspberry and brownie pieces mixed in and then topped with chocolate and raspberry.
Strawberry: With a graham cracker crust, strawberry swirled int he rich flavored cheesecake, topped with strawberry and whipped topping, it is one of our best selling cheesecakes.
Oreo: Our famous cheesecake filled with Oreo cookies and then topped with whipped topping and more Oreo cookies. A cookie lover's dream.
Pumpkin: Our creamy delicious pumpkin flavored cheesecake is perfect for fall.
New York: Our traditional flavored New York Cheesecake that is great plain or topped with your favorite topping.
Heath: Heath candy bar in cake in a chocolate crust, topped with chocolate and bits of heath candy bar. It's ridiculously good.
Peanut Butter Cup: A peanut butter flavored cheesecake with pieces of peanut butter cup mixed in and bits of pieces on top.
Mint Chocolate Chip: Just the right touch of mint flavor in our cheesecake with chocolate chips mixed in and with chocolate cookie crust.

Each cheesecake is just $17.50 and will be delivered to you Friday, May 8 or Saturday, May 9, just in time for Mother's Day! Your order must be placed with me before this Friday (May 1) at noon. Please contact me (here's my e-mail if you don't have a method to contact me). I am only taking orders for those in the West Michigan area. 

Tuesday, April 28, 2015


If you remember my last blog post, I mentioned that I had reviewed the files of a few children and had to decide which child to pursue. I am pursuing a 5-month-old girl who has Down syndrome. Please "meet" Peaches!

I'm sorry that I cannot show a picture of her face but doesn't she have the cutest little hand?!

I am hoping to travel on trip one some time in May. This trip will last about a week. If I travel in May, I am hoping that Peaches will be home in time for her first birthday!

PS: No, Peaches is not her name nor is it what I will call her personally. It is the name I will use for advocacy purposes and is also what I will call her on my blog. 

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Four Fast Facts for Saturday

I know I don't update enough but I try, I really do!

First -- I have reviewed the files of 6 children and am currently mulling over my options. I am hoping to make a decision within the next week or two.

Second -- My placement agency received an update from the team in-country and said that my file was not reviews in the most recent batch before the Prime Minister but they're hopeful that it will be reviewed next month. So, it's possible that I will travel in May to meet the child I have decided to adopt!

Third -- The flower bulb fundraiser I did last fall was pretty successful so I decided to do another this spring. These bulbs are planted in the spring and flower late summer to fall. The link is here. These Sarah Bernhardt Peonies are my personal favorite.

Fourth -- My birthday is tomorrow. Yes, tomorrow as in Easter, Resurrection Sunday. In all my years, I've never gotten the chance to celebrate my birthday on Easter. I'm excited! In honor of my birthday tomorrow, please consider donating $9, $29, $45, or any amount you'd like to my Reece's Rainbow FSP (here). I could use the pick me up. Thanks.

I look forward to updating once I have more information on the child I will be adopting. I cannot wait to share!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Heartbreaking News

I received an e-mail from the head of my placement agency and here's what it said:

Our team presented your translated dossier to the Ministry and was informed that another family from the US officially registered with Zola. This means that you will not be able to adopt Zola. As we know, there is always risk of losing a referral before a child is officially registered, but we wish we too had been informed there was another family pursuing her adoption. The Ministry deeply regrets not having kept both family representatives informed.

The chance is always there, of course, but no one ever thinks that it will happen to them. It's absolutely heartbreaking and devastating to find out that a child you thought was going to join your family is no longer going to do so.

I have made the decision to continue on with adopting a child with Down syndrome. I've come so far and gone through so much so far that I am not going to give up! Right now, I am going over my options and will keep my blog updated as to what I am going to do.

I am still having my fundraisers (like the Avon one going on right now and all of the others in the "Current Fundraisers" tab at the top of the page). Please help support me in this time of need. Your support throughout the process has been comforting and I look forward to your support throughout the rest of the process.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Avon for Adoption!

From March 1-15th, I get a portion of all Avon sales from this wonderful lady, who is also a single woman who adopted a girl with Down syndrome! is the direct link. Please take a look through the brochure and order something if you can! Her Facebook page is Avon for Adoptions, please feel free to check that out for all of the latest sales information. Everyone loves Avon, don't they? SHARE SHARE SHARE away! Make sure to tell all of your friends and family about this wonderful fundraiser and don't forget to place your order no later than March 15th!

My dossier was sent to country about a week after they received it. It's currently being translated and I am hoping to be travelling for trip one (will be there for approximately one week) in May. 

Thursday, February 12, 2015

So Much Closer

So, guess what wonderful good news I have?

I mailed my dossier on Tuesday and my placement agency received it yesterday. Yippee! I hope that it's smooth sailing from here on out.

Now, one of the girls at the agency is going to review all of the paperwork to make sure everything is in order and then it'll be on its way to Eastern Europe. The next thing for me is to just sit and wait (anxiously) for my dossier to land in country and then be approved by the Prime Minister. Once that happens, the agency will let me know when I can schedule my first trip out there! On the first trip, I will get to accept Zola's referral and meet her for the first time. I will only be in-country for about a week before returning home.

I recently saw this quote on Facebook and it speaks to me. I'm not there yet but oh, am I so much closer than I was yesterday!

If you've supported me so far, thank you. Your support means a ton to me! Zola will be here before we know it. 

Also, please don't forget about the great cookbooks I have available! The "Recipes to the Rescue" cookbook contains over 100 recipes from around the world. A list of recipes is shown in a previous blog entry (here). Each cookbook is just $12, including shipping! To purchase your copy, simply donate to my FSP (here) and then e-mail a copy of your receipt to this e-mail. These cookbooks make great birthday gifts and Mother's Day gifts!