2nd Fundraiser

November 18, 2007

Hello everyone! I have decided to start accepting donations for the next fundraiser.

I am hoping to get a booth at a popular local arts & crafts fair. It is a juried event, which means I have to show them what I will be selling and they have to accept me into the fair. Because of this, I need to start getting donations in. If we are not accepted there are other non-juried fairs I will look into or I will have another eBay auction or sale. The 2nd fundraiser will be spring/summer of 2008. If you want to donate please go here

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Adoption Movies

November 9, 2007

I love watching movies/shows about adoption. It shows just how special, and emotional, adoption is. The Hallmark Channel is airing adoption shows and they can also be seen online. Go here to watch the past and future episodes. Get a box of tissues before you start watching!

National Adoption Month

November 6, 2007

I wanted to let everyone know that November is National Adoption Month. While it is important to acknowledge how special adoption is every day, this month allows us to take the time to appreciate those we know who have adopted. Below are some links to celebrate National Adoption Month:

National Adoption Awareness Calender – a November caldener with activities to do everyday to honor adoption

National Adoption Month eCard (Free) – a great card to send to people who are involved with adoption

Adoption Poems – great for cards & scrapbooks

AdoptionShop.com – a store featuring adoption goods

there are lots more out there. if you have found some good sites please comment with the link!

Card from LWB

October 31, 2007

img_2509-copy.jpgI received this very sweet thank you card from Love Without Boundaries yesterday. Handwritten inside it says, “Dear Melissa- Thank you for organizing your “Craft for China” sale on eBay and your donations for Education & Foster Care! Together, we are bring hope … one child at a time. Yours for LWB, Linda Phillipes”I thought it was very kind of them to send such a nice thank you card.

Baby News!

October 27, 2007

I got an email last night from Love Without Boundaries. Here is some of the email regarding Kyle that was sponsored for a foster family:
“The child you had chosen to sponsor has already had his paperwork
filed for International Adoption. The team made the decision while
they were there to not put him through two moves in such a short
period of time – from the orphanage, to a foster family, and then back
to the orphanage prior to his adoption (most provinces require this
last move before the child is adopted).
They felt it was really in the best interest of the child to leave him
in one place since his adoption is upcoming.”

“They were able to select another child for placement in foster care,
and they chose the cute little girl whose picture I am attaching. She is 20 months old, and the team said she is very responsive and cute.”

I decided to go ahead and sponsor the little girl they have chosen. I picked Emma has her western/program name. Here she is!

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New Photo Of Gracie

October 27, 2007

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LWB received this new photo of Gracie this morning and emailed it to me. Isn’t Gracie sweet. I love her little smile.

Gracie & Kyle

October 9, 2007

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These are the two children we have sponsored. Kyle is now able to have a foster family and Gracie will be able to attend preschool. Both children are two years old. I was able to choose a name for Gracie and I choose her name because it means blessed. I feel that it is a blessing we were able to raise so much money for her and Kyle. This is the info that was on LWB’s website when I sponsored Kyle, “Kyle is a sweet little boy who needs to have the chance to grow and thrive in a family. Kyle has had his cleft lip repaired, but he needs to concentrate on gaining some weight.”
This is Gracie’s info, “This lovable two-and-a-half year old girl from Anhui is ready to start attending the new Believe in Me III Preschool. She is so ready to learn a lot!”
Today I was given the first report on Gracie. In this report it says she is 3, she must of had a birthday.
There are rules on what can be posted about the children, to protect their privacy. I will not be posting the full reports on the children. It does say she walks in line to the beat of music and she likes collecting toys dropped by other children. How cute! It will be interesting to see how much she improves when I get the next report.

Love Without Boundaries had this to say, “Along with LWB’s Assistant Education Director, I will be traveling to Believe in Me III in early November and hope to get lots of pictures to share when I return! Your sponsorship has allowed a wonderful child this opportunity at education. Thank you so much!”

I will be posting again when I get updates on the children.

End of Auction #1

October 2, 2007

The first fundraiser auction started on September 22  and ended September 29th. It was a very good first fundraiser! We raised well over $600!  Right now I am waiting on payments to clear so I can ship everything and select the children to sponsor. I will be making updates on the blog so keep checking back (or add to bloglines) for updates on the children!

Waiting

September 13, 2007

Hello everyone! I wanted to give everyone an update. I have received many of the donated items but I am still waiting on more to come. I really wanted to get the auction online this weekend but with out a lot of the donations I’ll probably have to wait. If I don’t put everything up this weekend it will definitely be done before the 21st of September.
I am hoping to get a table at a local craft show/fair during the holiday season to have the next fundraiser. For that fundraiser any item can be submitted, it doesn’t have to be a one of a kind. If you want to donate items for that then fill out the donation form.
I’ll post again when I know when the auction will be!