Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Wanna Win Some Really Super Cool Stuff?!?


The shock of finally finding out who we have the enormous privilege of bringing into our family hasn't quite worn off!!  As you can imagine, this has sent us into quite an excited frenzy around our house.  School started back last week, and I can assure you that is the l.a.s.t. place my mind wants to be right now, but life must go on.  Damn the torpedoes and sugar cube igloo ahead, right?!?  {Sarah and Levi are studying the Inuit, if you're wondering where that bit of randomness came from.}

As some of you may know, we decided to change placing agencies in order to pursue these precious girls.  They only recently were listed as waiting children with Children's House International.  Just how we came to know about them is quite an unbelievable story, and I can't wait to tell you all about it soon!!  God is continually showering us with His grace.

Unfortunately, walking away from our original agency also means that we are walking away from a large amount of money that we had already paid to them.  This is quite a normal arrangement in the adoption world.  You pay for services as they are rendered, and there is no expectation for refund if the contract is terminated before a placement has been made.  

Changing agencies and re-doing all of our expired paperwork has left us in need of about $12,000 that we will {most likely} have to pay by late spring or early summer.  Gulp!!  That seems so impossible to my very finite mind.  But we know that God is infinite.  He is not surprised, nor is He dismayed.  We are trusting in Him to provide every. single. cent. of our need. 

So here we are.  Fundraising:  Part Deux.  To top-off our adoption fund,  
we're giving away some really super cool stuff!! 

Donate to our adoption fund to have a chance to
win some really super cool stuff!!

For every donation of $10 you'll receive 1 really cute entry ticket, but a donation of $25 will getcha 3 really cute entry tickets.  All of the really cute entry tickets look just alike, but trust me!  You're gonna want more than just ONE.

The winner of our random drawing will have FIRST CHOICE from the fabulous prizes listed below.  The second name drawn will have second choice.  The third name drawn ... well, I think you see the trend here.  

Should you be one of the very lucky winners of our drawing, you may choose from the following:

A week in a very well-appointed beach condo!!  Sink your toes into the pearly white sands of Perdido Key, FL.  Your two-bedroom condo, located in the Mariner Condominiums complex, sleeps 6 comfortably.  Bedroom #1 has a comfy queen bed, while bedroom #2 has a queen bed and one set of bunk beds.  Your condo is located directly on the beach and has its own private balcony.  The complex also offers a beachside pool, tennis courts, boatdock, and fishing pier.  Stay a few days, or stay the whole week.  Should you be the lucky winner of this prize, we'll put you in touch with the owners of the condo so you can arrange your stay.  This is a privately owned condo and is available from October - April, excluding Spring/Fall Break.  ($1,000 value!!)

An Apple iPad 3, 16 GB, Wi-Fi + Verizon 4G in white!!  This is such a fun story!!  I actually WON this iPad in October from a raffle that the Benkerts held to benefit BringLove.In -- an amazing organization in Ethiopia that works to create new families from widows and orphans.  The Benkerts were here in the States last summer working to raise awareness and support for their ministry.  They purchased this iPad to use in processing donations and then raffled it off before they returned to Ethiopia.  And I WON!!  It was such a fun surprise!!  You can see the video here.  With my 40th Birthday coming up, I decided to stash it away and surprise Randy and the kids with it on my B-Day.  Then we found out about the girls, and I knew right away that we would not be keeping this incredibly COOL toy.  So just to be clear, this is a like-new iPad and has been restored to factory settings.  Also, you don't have to subscribe to the Verizon service if you don't want to.  Your iPad will work just fine on wi-fi.  Here's a link to the exact same model that we are giving away.  Maybe the tech specs will mean more to you than they do to me.  ($625 value!!)

Custom artwork by Brian Crenshaw!!  This talented artist lives right here in Memphis and is the Student Ministry Director at our church.  This time last year, Brian and his wife Erin were preparing to bring their newest daughter Naomi home from Ethiopia.  You can read part of their story here.  Brian and Erin were also part of the biggest garage sale I've ever known!!  If you ever wanted to find out how supportive a random group of people can be, adopt.  Other adoptive families have been some of our biggest cheerleaders and supporters.  We are honored to count ourselves among this group.  Brian painted many, many beautiful works to raise money for their own adoption, and now he has generously and graciously donated one to help us.  "Red Door #6" measures 34" x 44" and is painted on cedar planks with cedar trim as the frame.  How cool is that?!?  Please check out his website to see more of his work..  Ah-mazing!!   ($450 value!!)

Red Door #6

A handmade quilt by Moi!!  I have loved, loved, lurved Denyse Schmidt's Flea Market Fancy fabrics forevah.  They were out of print for a while, but last year they came back!!  I splurged on a fat-quarter bundle and have not regretted it one bit.  I started this quilt as a little gift for myself, but now it can be ALL YOURS.  It measures approximately 42" x 56" and is backed in a very yummy Kona gray. ($350 value)

We hope to add a few more items before the drawing on March 1st.  If you have something you'd like to donate, please contact me!!

How do you enter for your very own chance to win some of this 
really super cool stuff??  
It's simple!!  If you donate in person, you'll get some really cute entry tickets to hold onto.  If you donate online via the Paypal button at the top of our website, we'll email you a picture of your really cute entry tickets.  {Or if you just really, really want to have your really cute entry tickets, we'd be happy to drop them in the mail to you.  But you'll have to tell us that.  We can't read your mind, silly!}  The stubby part of these really cute entry tickets will have all of your contact info written down.  We'll put them all into a big bucket and draw winners at noon on March 1st.  So get your really cute entry tickets before noon on March 1st!!

In case you're not sure how many really cute entry tickets your donation will getcha, I've included a very nerdy chart right here:
$10 - 1          $35 - 4          $60 - 7          $85 - 10
$20 - 2          $45 - 5          $70 - 8          $95 - 11
  $25 - 3          $50 - 6          $75 - 9          $100 - 12

Just so you know ... we're rooting for YOU!!  We hope you WIN!!



Angie Bonner said...

I was planning to donate something anyway, but this gave me the kick in the rear that I needed, LOL. Thanks, Wendy, and good luck! Praying for you :-)

ss said...

Just donated! Praying for you guys!!

ss said...

ss is Stephanie Sabbe:) I'm in my work email right now

Erica said...

Wahoo!!! Bring those babies home!!!

Anonymous said...

I don't see a link to donate?

Stitchnthyme said...

The link is at the top right hand side of the page. I just donated last night. I am SOOOO excited for you guys. Tell everyone you know to help this wonderful family to welcome these children!!!

Julia said...

Whew...Just made it under the wire! I so wish I could do more to bring your sweet girls home. But I am making prayer deposits daily as well! HUGE hugs...Me