Thursday, October 1, 2015

The Great "Buy It Now" Sale is Here!

October 1 has arrived and so has my Buy It Now (BIN) Sale! I have posted over 60 items posted already and will be adding more over the next few days. BIN Sale! Please check back often. If there's something you're looking for, please don't hesitate to ask. I could very well have it!

If you bought something from my Pampered Chef party, or even just shared the link, thank you! It was a pretty successful party.

One last thing: I received my I-800 Package last Thursday, which means court could be in 6-8 weeks. Eek! So exciting and nerve wracking at the same time.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Pampered Chef Party + Update on BIN Sale

I am having a Pampered Chef party through September 30! All proceeds help bring Peaches home. Pampered Chef Link

Mark your calendars: Thursday, November 1, is when the BIN sale will start.

Sunday, September 20, 2015


I cannot believe that it's been more than a month since I've updated my blog. I am truly so sorry for that! I have been busy working. A lot. I've also been getting things ready for a BIN sale that is going to be starting very soon (before the end of the week). The sale will be on Facebook (Buy It Now Sale to Help Bring "Peaches" Home). There are already 75+ items to list and I'm finding more and more stuff to add!

I cannot believe that it has been 2 months since I left Peaches. Hopefully, that means I will be there in less than two months to bring her home! She is 10 months old now!!! On September 10, I received word from my agency that I received my final PM approval and the in-country representative is currently working on getting the paperwork together for my Article 16  package. This could take up to a month to complete. Once my agency has my Article 16 package, they will put together my I-800 package for me to review and once I approve, they will send it to USCIS for me.

We're in the final stretch now. So surreal! Thank you all for your support. It has meant to much to me throughout my journey. 

Thursday, August 6, 2015


Words hurt.

"I am praying that lil Peaches' never gets home to a selfish baby buyer like YOU!" - I will leave the author unnamed because his/her "name" in unimportant.

I don't care whether or not you agree with international adoption. I don't care whether or not you agree with fundraising adoptions. This is NOT something that needs to be said.

It's unfortunate that some people seem to think that a child is better off left in an orphanage, growing up without love, affection, and attention than to thrive in a family.

You know what though? I don't know you nor do I care to know you. Your opinion of me means absolutely nothing. Just know that my daughter is loved beyond measure, even now, before she gets home.

You try to bully and belittle many adoptive families and a lot of them just ignore you and your hateful words. Your words hurt people, though, and discourage a lot from posting their amazing, wonderful journey.

To all adoptive parents and potential adoptive parents: There are people out there who will try to hurt you through their words. This is not a reflection of anything you are doing wrong. If anything, it's a reflection of what you are doing right. Please do not let these bullies belittle you and discourage you. You are not alone. We are in this together. You are doing what's right. Never forget that.

Monday, July 27, 2015

A Beanie Baby Update!

UPDATE: July 29, 2015
ALL BEANIES HAVE BEEN SPONSORED!!!!! Thank you to all who have donated! Your donations are truly appreciated!!

I ended up bringing 22 Beanie Babies with me on trip one. I gave a few to a privately run orphanage (run by nuns, wonderful people) and gave the rest to two groups of older children at Peaches' orphanage. The Beanies were hits with all three groups! I even got to meet some children currently listed as available for international adoption. Which means I got to meet one of my favorite kids. Oh, how I wish I could have scooped him up and loved on him!

I have 5 Beanies that were not sponsored before my first trip but I would like to bring them with me next trip. For a $5 donation to my FSP, one of these Beanies can be "yours".

(top, left to right) Almond the Bear sponsored by Madeleine W., Spinner the Spider sponsored by Laurie M., and Claude the Crab sponsored by Jocelyn
(bottom, left to right) Rosalie the Bear sponsored by Laurie M., Bongo the Teenie Beanie Monkey sponsored by Laurie M.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Time Flies

I seriously cannot believe that it has been a week since I updated. It's also been 5 days since I left Eastern Europe.

I had two visits per day with Peaches. One in the morning and one in the afternoon. Each visit lasted about two hours. Peaches fell asleep in my arms three times. It was so precious! Every day, I got to see more and more of her personality. After the first visit, she really opened up and towards the end of the week, she would smile at me every time I went into her room to get her. She has a gorgeous smile. I cannot wait to share a picture of her face. You guys will melt.

On Friday, I had my morning visit with her like usual and in the afternoon, I only had half a visit because I had to go down to the Minister of Justice and officially register with Peaches. In 4-6 months, hopefully, Peaches will be an orphan no more! The team in-country is hoping that I will have court in November or early December so she can be home before Christmas. Wouldn't that be the best Christmas present ever?

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Thursday Update!

I would like to share this picture with you all. This girl is precious. 

Hello from Eastern Europe!

I made it here early Sunday morning and my driver was waiting for me at the airport. We arrived to my apartment around 4:30 in the morning and I took a few hour nap before getting up for the day.

Monday was an unexpected day off here so I couldn't visit the Minister of Justice until Tuesday, which gave me one less day to spend with Peaches. Monday was a day off because there was a holiday, called Vardavar "Water Day", on Sunday. The government literally decided on Saturday that they would work that day so they could have Monday off.

I got to meet Peaches on Tuesday afternoon (the morning was dedicated to going to the MoJ office) and she is amazing, you guys! She wasn't too outgoing the first time we were together but the following day, Wednesday morning, she was much more outgoing with me, making noises, smiling, and playing. She even fell asleep in my arms during my Wednesday afternoon visit! I ended up seeing Zola, the girl I was originally going to adopt, twice on Wednesday. That was pretty cool.

I'm about to head out for my second visit of the day. This has seriously been an exciting trip. This is a wonderful country and the people here are great! Many of the younger people speak English and even if someone doesn't, it's fairly easy to communicate.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

The Adventure Begins!

My new adventure begins tomorrow morning at 11:31 am, when my first flight takes off! I will have a 13-hour layover in Vienna, Austria on Saturday before arriving in country early Sunday morning. During my layover in Vienna, I am planning on going on a tour or two and experiencing the city! More adventure than I had planned when I got travel date but definitely worthwhile!

I booked my airline tickets through Golden Rule Travel. They had excellent service and the quote I received from them was cheaper than anything I was able to find on my own. I will definitely be using them on trip two. 

Please pray for me! I have never flown overseas before and this will be the first time I travel alone. Thank you all for your support!

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)!