Thursday, March 26, 2015

7 Quick Takes Friday


Well, this week was an emotional week! Every small goal I made was blown away after two large donations. It is so amazing to see these funds come in for our baby. I've seen it happen before, but it never ceases to amaze me. 


We have a wonderful event coming up on April 25th, a Family Night for Truman! We are going to have a bounce house, magician, food, drink, silent auctions, and a raffle, plus SO much more! If you are local, please email me and I'll send you an invitation!


We are still waiting on 2 pieces of mail to come. Luckily, the delay in paperwork doesn't mean too much, other than being annoying, since the government of Truman's country is shutting down for 2 weeks and not accepting dossiers, but COME ON!! I want to finish my dossier so bad! The plan is to send it over during the break and as soon as they reopen, it will be ready to be submitted April 16th. 


We are also having a carwash on April 18th, and our BIG event to turn in the clothes is April 11th! PHEW!!


Since I do also still have a family outside of fundraising and paperwork, Easter is coming and throw a birthday party for Maks (who will be 5!) and Lily (who will be 7!!) into our already busy April and THEN our biggest girl Amelia has her first communion and confirmation on May 2nd! PHEW!!! I am so excited for every single one of these events, but April is going to be a busy, busy month!!!


Maks broke our iPad yesterday. He has started the Gemiini program, and he is NOT a fan of being kid-locked into the program, apparently. He smashed the heck out of it and it is SO expensive to get fixed!! The thought of going to Eastern Europe without entertainment makes me shudder. So, I'm going to have to find a way to fix it. First world problems, I know.


For our big event, I am "selling" balloons. You donate $5 to our FSP and I will attach a picture and link address of the waiting child of your choice to one balloon. This will give the children without families some more exposure, to a community who doesn't usually see them. Let me know if you want to participate!!

A few of the kids to be featured already are:

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Have a blessed weekend! This is my last free weekend before the crazy begins!


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Major Blessings!

As we await the last two bits of mail (our finalized homestudy, and our rental agreement form), some AMAZING things have happened this week...

Sunday night I posted a stroller on Facebook asking that if anyone local found one second hand to PLEASE let me know. I am going to have to travel with an extra carseat to get "Truman," and my current single stroller has no way of attaching a baby carseat... so I needed something to do that. Someone I do not even know said, "Kara, Do you want this stroller? PM me your address and Liam Nation will have it shipped to you!" I was in shock. What?! I don't need a new stroller. I don't deserve such an amazing gift! WOW!!! Sure enough, this wonderful woman sent me a beautiful and brand new stroller and travel case for Truman. I am so blessed!!

Monday morning I woke up, checked my FSP and decided that $10 would be my goal. I just wanted it to read $3400... I worked on some things after I posted that request, and then right before I was about to finish up my work and leave the computer, I checked the FSP again. GASP... TEAR!! WHAT?! Our FSP DOUBLED...??? Amazing. Speechless. In Awe of a complete stranger and an awesome God who provides for us.

Today I had a meeting with a friend who has been helping me fundraise and spread the word. She is also hosting our BBQ event at her lovely home in April. When I got home, I checked the FSP. And it had jumped $2,000!! WHAT AGAIN?! Good grief, my heart can't handle all of this!! Another stranger. Another gift. Another nod from God.

The mountains melted like wax, at the presence of the Lord: at the presence of the Lord of all the earth. Psalm 97:5

You all play a part in this miraculous journey. They prayers, the small donations. the large donations, the shares. ALL of it means so much to us. We could not do it without you.

Thank you. And thank Our Lord, who is likely up in heaven giggling at me for doubting in the first place.


Monday, March 23, 2015

Ohhhh Wow!!

Sorry to rapid post 2 posts in a row, but I woke up this morning to just under $3400 in our Reece's Rainbow grant...

I was just about to finish up my time on the computer and checked it one last time. The amount jumped $3,400, friends. Yes. It almost doubled.

I am in shock, in awe... totally humbled by the generosity of a person I don't even know.

We are ever so grateful.

Thank you. Thank you. THANK YOU!


Weekly Prayer Requests

Happy Monday, friends. We are hoping for a much happier week this week!!

  1. Please continue to be in prayer for "Truman's" well-being and that his heart is being prepared by the Holy Spirit for a family.
  2. Please pray for no snags in our process.
  3. Please pray that Truman's paperwork is in order for his adoption.
  4. That our process in country is smooth and we are kept safe. 
  5. That the Lord provides a car that will fit all of our children.
  6. That we will find a location to host a fundraiser dinner.
  7. That today is a good mail day and the last 2 documents plus our homestudy for our dossier come. 
  8. That the money needed for his adoption continues to trickle (or even start to rush!) in.
Quick updates:

We are going to miss the deadline to get our dossier submitted before Truman's country closes down for 2 weeks. This hurts my momma heart, but it does give us 2 more weeks to raise funds... maybe...

We are hosting a car wash on April 18th, so pray this goes well and I don't turn into a lobster. ;)

Our BIG event at the Warrior Dash is April 11th, and that is when I will turn in most of the clothing we are collecting. If you have anything to donate, let me know!

Also, it seems that some of my family and friends didn't even realize we were adopting again. Even though it's been all over my Facebook feed... haha. My grandma and mom have been great, so that prayer was answered. 

How can I pray for you? If you don't want it public, please let me know, my comments are moderated.


Friday, March 20, 2015

WINNER of the Rainbow Ring Sling is....


Congrats girl! And thank you, everyone, for making this a super fun giveaway!


7 Quick Takes


Well, this week was a challenge... Monday, I took the big girls to apply for their passports (for the 2nd time!!!) and it was unsuccessful again. I was missing a paper I needed. I also found out that same day that we can't use the location we thought we could for our big dinner event. I've been scrambling all week trying to find a new place that isn't: 1. insanely expensive or 2. booked. PLEASE pray some local events come together. We are trying so hard! The only thing going well thus far is our clothing drive.

We are giving away a rainbow ring sling currently, and have a $200 matching grant. So, if you can spare some money today, we'd really appreciate it and you can use the donation towards a giveaway entry, too.

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I love this pic of Pope Francis and a little sweetie with a little something extra! :)


I am thoroughly enjoying the beautiful weather the past 2 days here in Phoenix. I know it is probably our last days of good weather for a very long time, so I'm trying to savor it while it lasts. 


Maks had his follow up appointment today to make sure he is healing well from his surgery and he is just fine. He shouldn't need any other surgeries.


Speaking of Maks, we finally got approved for ALTCS and he is FINALLY starting in home PT, OT, and speech. I can't wait to see my buddy progress! He really is a brilliant boy and learns so fast!


I just finished the St. Joseph novena. Today is his feast day. I will admit that I didn't want to do it. I'm not a huge fan of novenas and I usually mess them up, but I actually did great on this one, and I think I really needed it! 


I'll leave you here with this adorable pic of my baby boy :)

Happy weekend!


Tuesday, March 17, 2015

{CLOSED}Beautiful Rainbow Ring Sling Giveaway!!!

This giveaway is DONE! Thank you for entering! This was a quick and fun one!! Winner's Post

Now that our auction is over, it's time to launch into another giveaway!

This giveaway will have a set number of entries. That way, it should hopefully go quickly, and also give you a better chance of winning.

So, up for grabs is this beautiful Maya Wrap Comfort Fit Ring Sling!!

We love babywearing, and don't you think this ring sling is just perfect for the Reece's Rainbow babies??? I do! :)

Here's how to enter:

For free:

Share this giveaway. You will receive 1 free entry for sharing. Limit 1.


$5 - 1 entry

50 entries total and the winner will be drawn.

Donate here:

Email your receipt to

Good luck!!