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!

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.