Wednesday, December 10, 2014

December Update!

I didn't realize how long it had been since I updated my blog! There really isn't much to update except I am waiting on ONE MORE stinkin' piece of paper! I am hoping to get it finished in the next week. So hopefully I will have my dossier submitted before Christmas. Merry Christmas to me!

My auction was successful. There were only one or two things that didn't have bids.

Yellow Songbirds Accessories is my newest fundraiser. Currently, I only have some necklaces and bracelets listed but I will also be adding hair accessories within the next few days. All of my profits go towards my adoption of Zola but this month, I am donating 50% of my profits to the Reece's Rainbow waiting child or Family FSP of buyer's choice! All of the necklaces currently listed are only $6 each or 2 for $10. Shipping is just $4 per order, regardless of size!

This is one of the beautiful necklaces. Isn't it pretty??? Available in ancient bronze or ancient silver. The saying on the necklace is "Love Beyond the Moon + Stars".
To purchase, just message the page and place your order! Make sure to include your Paypal e-mail and I will send an invoice through there. If you do not have Facebook, you're more than welcome to e-mail me at

I'm also selling cookbooks. There are over 100 recipes in various food categories: appetizers & beverages, soups & salads, vegetables & side dishes, main dishes, breads & rolls, desserts, and cookies & candies. These make great Christmas presents! Each cookbook is just $12, including shipping. To purchase, simply donate to my FSP (here) and send your receipt to

...and I think that's all for now! God Bless!

Monday, October 13, 2014

The Auction is Here!

Bidding begins Monday 10/13 (that's TODAY!) and ends on Monday 10/20 at 9:00pm CST.

We'll be adding more items tomorrow!

Currently up for auction:
~books (cookbooks, children's books)
~brand new bible
~Christmas ornaments

The auction is taking place on Facebook. Follow the link here to bid!

Monday, October 6, 2014

An auction... Just in time for holiday shopping!

A friend of mine is going to be hosting an online auction for me/Zola beginning next Sunday, October 12. If you have ANYTHING you can donate, please let me know and I will pass the information along to her! E-mail me at Thank you!!

Also, I am still working on finishing my dossier. I'm waiting on a few things to finish up (the same stuff I've been waiting on for over a month). I'm very hopeful that I will be able to submit my dossier by Halloween.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Fall Bulbs!

First, I have a fun new fundraiser to announce!

Flower Power Fundraising!

Now is the perfect time to get your flower bulbs and perennials! All of the plants and bulbs currently being sold on the website are planted in late fall, yielding lovely spring and summer blooms. This company (Vesey's Seeds Ltd.) offers a 100% money-back guarantee and delivers the finest, best quality bulbs available from growers in Holland and the US.

No matter the size of the order, shipping is only $5. This fundraiser ends October 15, so order your bulbs today!

My goal is to raise $500. This will cover approximately 2 1/2 days of my stay while in Zola's country (not including food).

To order your bulbs now, please

visit our Flower Power Campaign!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Garage Sale #2

This Saturday, September 13, I will be having a garage sale to help raise money for adoption fees. Make sure to tell any local friends! I have a lot of awesome stuff here. Don't miss out! A little bit of something for everyone.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Thirty-One Fall Premier Fundraiser!

Thirty-One has rolled out their 2014 Fall Line and to celebrate, a good friend of mine is hosting a fundraising party for me! There are new prints, new styles, and totally new products!

SHOP: Fall Premiere Fundraiser for Zola by Thirty-One!

I think my favorite NEW item is the 'Around We Go Thermal'. It's perfect for potlucks and family get togethers since medium-sized crockpots fit inside, keeping your food hot!

September's Special is the BRAND NEW 'All-Day Organizing Tote'. You can purchase it for just $15 with a $35 purchase. These retail for $45, so it really is a great deal!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

My reply to Richard Dawkins

Benjamin Franklin once said, “Being ignorant is not so much a shame, as being unwilling to learn.”

Yesterday, Richard Dawkins made the appalling statement that a child with Down syndrome should be aborted because it would be immoral to bring the child into the world if you had the choice.

Usually, I get offended when I read a comment like this but when I saw it last night, I had nothing but pity for him. I pity that he cannot see past his own way of living to realize that there are so many other ways to live. I pity that he has never known anyone that was blessed with an extra copy of chromosome 21. I pity that someone with such intelligence can lack such compassion and empathy.

What is Dawkins afraid of? Is he afraid of seeing the beauty in the world? Is he afraid of seeing that people, no matter how different on the outside, are really the same?

Having a child with Down syndrome is immoral? Wicked? Vicious? Vile? In what world is having a child who is different any of these things? Don’t we strive for our children to be different, to be themselves, to be unique?

Chris Burke is an actor who is best known for playing Corky on Life Goes On. Giusi Spagnolo graduated from university in Europe. Megan McCormick graduated with honors and received her degree in education. Angela Bachiller was elected as a councilwoman and now works at the municipality of Valladolid, Spain. Eli Reimer reached the Base Camp of Mount Everest. Maria Reyes Mermeladas owns a marmalade company in Colombia. Ashley Deramus is a fashion designer. Debora Seabra isn’t only a writer but graduated with a teaching degree. Pablo Pineda graduated with a bachelor degree in education and is a writer, speaker, and actor.

What do all of these people have in common? They all have Down syndrome and they’re all changing the world.

Please, Richard Dawkins, just open your eyes and experience the wisdom, dedication, and passion people with Down syndrome have and you won’t think they’re just a waste of space who should have been aborted. I challenge you and anyone who thinks a fetus diagnosed with Down syndrome should be aborted to actually take the time to get to know someone who has Down syndrome. You might be surprised at what you learn. You just might realize the true value of life.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Sponsor a Beanie for an Orphan!

I'm still waiting on the last few pieces of paper to finish my dossier. I am hoping to have it in the mail to my placement agency by the first weekend in September. I can do it!

I posted back in April that I had Beanie Babies that I was going to give to the orphanages in Zola's country. I still have several available for sponsorship. I will bring each sponsored one with me when I travel on my first trip. These beanies will be donated to Zola's orphanage for the children to play with. Not only will you be helping to bring Zola home but you will be "purchasing" a toy for an orphan to play with. Here's a link to the original post: click

For every $5 donation, you can sponsor a Beanie and choose which one will travel with me to Eastern Europe. To sponsor a beanie, please donate to my FSP and e-mail me at or comment here with which Beanie you'd like to sponsor.

When one is sponsored, I will update the original post. Once they're all sponsored, I will also create a new post to specifically thank each and every one of you that sponsored a beanie! These are the beanies currently without a sponsor:

Congo the Gorilla

Rosalie the Bear (without the clothes)

Stretch the Ostrich

Bongo the Monkey, teenie beanies (2 available to be sponsored)

Derby the Horse - sponsored by Jenny

Stripes the Tiger - sponsored by Ivy A.

Almond the Bear

Mel the Koala (2 available, one regular size, one teeny beanie) - sponsored by Jenny

Spinner the Spider

Batty the Bat

Claude the Crab

Iggy the Iguana - sponsored by Ivy A.

Gracie the Swan - sponsored by Jaime B.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Mirthful Jewelry - Take a look!

I am now selling these beautiful necklaces. They're the only ones I have right now but am hoping to expand my selection soon. I will also be creating a Facebook page for these necklaces, so stay tuned!

Each necklace is $10, including shipping! To purchase, either make a donation to my Reece's Rainbow FSP or e-mail me at and I will send you an invoice for the quantity you'd like. If you make a donation to my FSP, please send me a copy of the receipt, along with your mailing address, to the same e-mail.

Starfish Necklace (5)
I picked this necklace specifically because of the Starfish Poem. "It makes a difference to this one." Adopting Zola may not change the world and save all orphans but it will make a difference to her! This beautiful necklace has a chain that is 27" and a clasp (non adjustable). The starfish pendant is 1.5"L by 1.5"H.

Love Necklace (2)
The simple "love" necklace has a chain that is 22" (including the 1.5" word "love") with a clasp is adjustable 2".

Owl Necklace
The colorful owl necklace has a chain that is 27" but doesn't have any sort of clasp (put it on over your head). The owl pendant is 2"L by 2"H.

Dragonfly Necklace
The vintage dragonfly necklace has a chain that is 27" but doesn't have any sort of clasp (put it on over your head). The dragonfly pendant is 1.75"L by 2"W

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Good Things Come to Those Who Wait

Who knows what this is?

Yes! I have USCIS approval, hooray! The approval came over the holiday weekend and a week before my next big fundraiser (which is now this coming weekend, I'll make a post about that tomorrow).

Many of you are probably wondering what this whole USCIS approval is. In order to adopt a child from another country and bring that child to live in the United States, I had to be found suitable and eligible to adopt under U.S. law by USCIS (United States Citizenship & Immigration Services). At the time I applied, I also had to submit a copy of my home study. The home study for Hague Convention countries includes detailed information about your health, finances, home, background, etc. Then, I had to go to a local USCIS office to be fingerprinted for the purpose of conducting FBI criminal background checks. After that, I had to wait. During this waiting period is when I received the letter stating my home study was missing some required information and I had to mail USCIS an updated copy.

With this USCIS approval, I am now one step closer to bringing Zola home. I still need to finish up a few forms for my dossier and then I can submit it!