April 10, 2010


Now that we have officially committed to Darya, we have started a new blog called, "A Home for Darya". We hope that you will follow along with us on our adoption journey to bring this special girl home. So, please hop on over here:


April 8, 2010

Our Gift

Aw, the last post was too easy - you guys are good! ;-)

I was going to wait for our Family Sponsorship Profile to be up on Reece's Rainbow to announce it, but I can't wait any longer!

We will be adopting our baby girl! I am proud to introduce you to Darya. She will be 2 on June 9 and has the sweetest chocolate brown eyes. Darya is similar to the Greek word for "gift" - which she is! She is currently living in an orphanage in an Eastern European country where she likely sits in a swing, bouncy seat, or crib most of the day. We're going to work like mad to get her home as quickly as possible so she can be where she belongs - with her family!

I'll post more details later, but for now it is suffice to say that "excited" is an understatement of how we feel. We are humbled and so thankful by how this came about, and the Lord's hand is so apparent. Okay, enough talk, I'll share more later, here she is!:

April 7, 2010

What's missing from this picture?

There is lots of blue in this photo, but I think a certain color is missing. Can you guess?

March 15, 2010

Ways to save

Someone else in the adoption blog world had the idea to post about ways people are cutting corners to save toward adoption.  So I thought I'd steal that idea and share some of my frugal tactics, and hope that some of you will share your ideas, too.

Thanks to my good friend, Jamy, I can now join the ranks of other coupon queens (I haven't reached the pro leagues, though, but with homeschooling three boys and going back to school, I am happy with my average savings).  On average I save at least 50% off my grocery bill by combining sales with coupons, and stockpile when the price is right. I have enough Shout, Downy, and All to last me through a couple of baseball seasons!  And Joel has enough free Mach something razors to last a couple of years.

Joel cuts the boys' hair.  I stretch my hair appointments to ever 5 or 6 months (thankfully my hair grows slowly).

I shop thrift stores.  I just bought a cashmere sweater for $4!  Sometimes I call it "thrift store therapy" and treat it like treasure hunting.  One time I bought two pair of designer jeans on there and made $100 selling them on eBay.  I donated it to a couple of cutie-pies on Reece's Rainbow.

I like to find bargains on Craigslist.  I've gotten some great deals on things for our house.

We don't have cable.  Our tv is limited to dvds and the occasional Gamecube play by the boys (and Dad).

My husband, a jack of all trades, has done the bulk of the updating of our 1970s home.  He is amazing!  The cost of labor for all the repairs and remodels would have been impossible for us if he wasn't willing/able to do it himself.

I'm sure there are other ways that I cut corners, but these are a few.  I'd love to hear other ideas!

March 2, 2010

Pauline's "March Mystery" fundraiser

In honor of World Down Syndrome Day (see post below), I will be fundraising for Pauline in Russia and ask if family and friends could generously donate $21 for her grant (tax deductible!).   Isn't she beautiful?  She is an orphan who lives in Russia.  She turns 4 this year, which means her clock is ticking quickly. She will be sent to a mental institution to live out the rest of her life if she doesn't find a family soon.

She currently has NOTHING in her adoption grant, and the cost to adopt from her region is approximately $25k when all is said and done. As you can see, the need is great so she can find her family before it's too late. Let's make her grant grow!!

I will make this a "March Mystery" fundraiser and draw a name from the donors and send a surprise present handpicked by me (aka: I don't know what yet, but hopefully it will be something you like!)  If you could generously donate $21 (in honor of the 21st chromosome which causes Down syndrome) - or any amount, less or more, would be greatly appreciated and I will put your name in the drawing. Once again, your donations are tax-deductible. Please use the Chip-in below that links to Paypal.  Many thanks on behalf of Pauline!


Pauline W.
There are brothers or sisters
Date of Birth: September 2006
Gender: Female
Eyes: Black
Hair: Black
Character: "Uzbek" appearance. Beautiful, kind, affectionate.
Not certain this child has Down syndrome.

Contact  Andrea for more information