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!

VISIT: http://www.mythirtyone.com/djenkins
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 zolas.adoption@gmail.com 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 zolas.adoption@gmail.com 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!



Friday, June 20, 2014

A Non-Update Update + Two Fundraisers

I'm still awaiting USCIS approval. I am hopeful that it will arrive within the next week.

Another adoptive parent is hosting a virtual Origami Owl fundraiser for me. This mama is selling Origami Owl to fund raise her family's adoption of two children from the same country Zola is in. I will receive 20% of ALL sales and orders ship when placed. Please follow the link to place your order! The party runs through Monday night, July 23. link

On Friday, July 11 and Saturday, July 12, I will be having a garage sale fundraiser. If you have any items laying around your house that are unwanted or unneeded and in good condition, please consider donating them to help me bring Zola home. Please contact me by Sunday, July 7 to arrange for free pick up.

Friday, June 6, 2014

USCIS Update and Information About Dossiers

If you regularly read this blog, I owe you an apology. I haven't updated in nearly a month even though there is a reason to update!

I got a letter from USCIS the Friday before Memorial weekend stating that a few things were missing from my home study. I finally got my new copy of the home study earlier in the week and mailed it in to USCIS on Wednesday. Hopefully it will only be a short time before I have official USCIS approval! I'm anxiously awaiting their approval!

Once I have USCIS approval, I will be able to submit my dossier. Since I know many of my friends and family members are new to the whole adoption thing, you're probably thinking, "What exactly is a dossier?" A dossier is a set of documents that are necessary to meet the legal requirements for adoption from a foreign country. Each country has their own specific requirements as to what goes in the dossier. These documents include a health statement from adoptive parents (written by your physician), financial information (income, expenses, etc.), an adoption petition, certified copies of birth (and marriage) certificates, employment verification, a certified copy of the home study, results of the criminal background check, letters of reference, most recent Federal income tax return, and photographs of family, relatives, pets, and house.

Next month is Zola's birthday. I'm trying to plan something fun to celebrate her birthday. If you happen to have any ideas, I'd love to hear them. I am hoping that Zola's third birthday will be her last one in an orphanage. Here's to hoping Zola will be able to celebrate her fourth birthday knowing the love of a family!

Monday, April 28, 2014

"We Met You" tee! Get yours now!




Less than 12 hours to get your "We Met You" tee from teespring! Proceeds from these shirts benefit Zola! Click here!