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)!

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.