Friday, July 27, 2012

iPad Raffle and Opening Ceremony Day!


Like our Facebook Page and Share this Picture on Facebook and/or Twitter for a free entry.  Use Twitter hashtag #OCiPadRaffle. 

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

New iPad Raffle!

We had a wonderful response to our last iPad Giveaway, so we're going to do it again.  Only this time, the Grand Prize winner will receive the New iPad!

Grand Prize:  new iPad!
(Winner can choose color and specific model.  We will pay up to $500 retail price.)
2nd Prize: 
$50 iTunes Gift Card
3rd Prize:
$20 iTunes Gift Card

Here's how you can enter: 
  • $15 donation gets 2 entries (through WePay or in person).
  • $25 donation gets 4 entries (through WePay or in person). 
  • $50 donation gets 10 entries (through WePay or in person).  
  • $100 donation gets 25 entries (through WePay or in person). 
  • 2 entries for each CoupAide ($25 Restaurant.com certificate) purchased. 
    *Must leave a comment here letting us know how many you purchased and when.*
  • 1 entry for each time you share this entry on your blog/website. 
    **Must leave a comment with your name and blog/email here each time so it can be tracked.**
    (Limit 3 entries through this method.)
  • 1 entry for each item purchased through our Celebrating Home Online Fundraiser.
  • Occasionally, we may offer opportunities to get an entry by "sharing" about our Giveaway on Facebook, so stay tuned to our Facebook Page.   

We will stop taking entries at 5pm on Sunday, August 5, 2012 (EST).  A random number generator will be used to select the winner from the number of entries we have in this raffle.  The winner will be announced by 7pm on Sunday,  August 5, 2012 (EST), and the New iPad will be ordered within 24 hours.


Tuesday, July 24, 2012

TV Show "I'm Having Their Baby"

Our adoption agency posted about a new tv show called "I'm Having Their Baby" which is a reality show that follows birth mothers through the adoption process.  The first episode even featured our agency and was very informative on how the process works.   I watched it yesterday and was overwhelmed by the emotions involved.  


If you have 40 minutes and are interested in this process, you can watch this show on hulu.  I think the show airs a new episode tonight on Oxygen.  (I'll have to wait for it to be on hulu.)  

Some of my thoughts:
1) I know they couldn't show EVERYTHING in such a short show, but I would love to know how these ladies got connected with Bethany to begin with.  

2) I love knowing that Claudia has an ongoing relationship with her son's adoptive family. 
3) It was very helpful to see Mary's response to the prospective adoptive parents being in the ultrasound.  I made some notes on how not to act if we're ever in that position (though I'm sure everyone is different).  
4) This made me appreciate our social worker SO MUCH MORE!  Not only does she have to deal with all of our questions, forms, and legal stuff, but she shows so much love to the birth mothers and walks with them through their decisions.  
5) Again, I know they can't show everything, but I'd love to see more of the faith-focus that Bethany has with the birth parent(s).  (Though I guess it doesn't necessarily fit into the show's purpose either.  It doesn't have Bethany every week and from previews looks like it even does same-sex household adoptions which is not something our agency does.
6) It was good to see the social worker support Mary in her decision and check in with her so often throughout the process to make sure she still thought adoption was the best choice for her.  When she changed her mind, she didn't push the issue.  This is not the kind of decision to be pressured into making.

Would love to know your thoughts!   

Monday, July 16, 2012

Winners of the Gift Card Giveaway!


THANK YOU to everyone who participated in our Gift Card Giveaway! 

We had 43 different people participate with a total of 349 entries!  We used random.org to choose the winners, and here they are!

Janet Walsh won the $25 Chik-fil-A Gift Card!
Shane Spurling won the $75 Amazon.com gift card!
 
Bridget Bergstrom won the $250 gift card to Amazon.com!

We will be in touch with the winners soon to deliver their gift cards! 

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Progress

Well, I can't share details, but there has been some activity lately on the baby front.  Nothing for sure (trust me, you would know... but definitely some activity).  We are learning so much about ourselves and the amazing people who are in our lives.  

As of today, our home study has been approved for 3 months which means we've been in "paper pregnancy labor" for 3 months.   It's nothing compared to how long other families wait, but it's still 3 months.  

But just this week, we've been really encouraged from people in our community.   The Deacons at the church where I work met this week and decided to donate $580 to our adoption fund.  This was given to me while I was working on the glider for our nursery at a friend's house.  Matt was given a donation by one of the vets in his hospital.  And today, a family who I met through ARBC (the church where I work) called and said that they are having a yard sale tomorrow and will donate all of their proceeds to us.  Wow!!

What a unique season of life this is!  It's humbling. Encouraging. Uplifting. Confusing. Thought-consuming. 


In my head, there are so many blog posts about this season.  I want to remember it all, but I don't want to be annoying.  I don't want to come across in the wrong way.  So I'll wait for a better time... but I will say that if anyone wants to talk (in real life) about all this, I'm up for it!  I like processing things while talking them through.  Another reason I have this here blog... to process things while I write. :)

Enough randomness... I will close with this, for now: 
If anyone out there is considering adoption but intimidated by the costs, be encouraged!  God has a heart for orphans, and He will provide!  He has created us to "multiply and fill the earth with the image of God".  He desires for Christian families to raise children and bring them up for His glory.  He will provide.  He IS providing for us!  

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Gift Card Giveaway Continues!

Well, we found out yesterday that we did not receive a grant through Show Hope.  We are now 0-2 as far as grants.  However, we DID get a very generous donation of $580 from the deacon fund of the church where I work.  It was VERY encouraging!  

We still have a few days left in the Gift Card Giveaway.  And we are doing a special way to enter for the next 24 hours... 

"Like" our Facebook Page and leave a comment on what you will use the Amazon gift card for if you win.  (If you have already liked the page, leaving the comment will enter you as well!)  We will also be doing DOUBLE ENTRIES for donations through Noon tomorrow.  

Help spread the word!  

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Love at Chick-fil-A

We had a great turnout at our Chick-fil-A Fundraiser last night!  Right at 100 people ate with us in the Dining Room and several went through the drive-thru who we didn't get to see. 

Check out the fun pictures on Facebook. Here's a preview!

 
We did free entries into our Gift Card Giveaway for those who came, and we gave double entries for those who donated a little extra than the 10% from their meal.   

All in all, Chick-fil-A had $878.83 in sales receipts that were turned in, so they donated $87.88 to our adoption.  And we had almost $300 in donations that night.

By the time it was all said and done, we felt very LOVED and ENCOURAGED.  
We had people represented from so many stages of our lives, and it was so sweet to see how much Baby Flagler is already loved.  He/she is going to be a SPECIAL little one with LOTS of people who love him/her!

Thank you SO MUCH to everyone who came out and supported us!  It means SO MUCH!   

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Another Giveaway!


We want to support the companies who have been supportive of our adoption AND get closer to bringing home Baby Flagler, so we're doing another fantastic Giveaway... this time with 3 prizes!  

Grand Prize:  $250 Amazon.com Gift Card
2nd Prize: 
$75 Amazon.com Gift Card
3rd Prize:
$25 Chick-fil-A Gift Card


Here's how you can enter: 

  • $5 donation gets 1 entry (through WePay or in person).
  • $10 donation gets 3 entries (through WePay or in person).     
  • 2 entries for each CoupAide ($25 Restaurant.com certificate) purchased. 
    *Must leave a comment here letting us know how many you purchased and when.*
  • 1 entry for each time you share this entry on your blog/website.  **Must leave a comment with your name and blog/email here each time so it can be tracked.** (Limit 3 entries through this method.)
  • $100 donations to Lifesong for our Account will receive 35 entries and a tax-deductible receipt.  Must be mailed by July 11th.
We will stop taking entries at 5pm on Sunday, July 15, 2012 (EST).  A random number generator will be used to select the winner from the number of entries we have in this raffle.  The winner will be announced by 7pm on Sunday, July 15, 2012 (EST), and we will deliver the gift cards by Friday, July 20th.  

Occasionally, we may offer opportunities to get an entry by "sharing" about our Giveaway on Facebook, so stay tuned to our Facebook Page.   

Please help us spread the word about this exciting fundraiser!  

Special Note:  If you attend the Chick-fil-A Fundraiser on Thursday, July 5th and donate at that time, all entry methods will be doubled!

Monday, July 2, 2012

Chick-fil-A Night this Thursday

When I think about all of the people who have already had a part of helping our baby have a family, I get completely overwhelmed.  This baby is SO loved! 

I have plans to make a book for our future son/daughter with pictures from all these fundraising events so that he/she will always know how much we prepared for and prayed for and loved him/her looooong before they came into our family.  

And I'm already really excited about pictures from this Thursday night!  

If you're in Charleston, PLEASE join us at the Savannah Highway Chick-fil-A this Thursday, July 5th from 5-8.  And/or if you know anyone in Charleston, please ask them to join us.  It will be a fun night of getting to see so many of you!