Friday, April 21, 2017

Faith, Trust & Love Giveaway

Trusting & having Faith that God's got whatever it may be isn't always easy but yet if we didn't where would we be?
Back in 2010, I discovered a blog by a sweet lady named Julia. 

Her story adopting Aaron, broke my heart in a very good way & for that I'm thankful. Over the last almost 7 years Julia has been such a great encouragement to me through my ups & downs of advocating for special needs orphans. She was always there when I asked for prayer or telling me not to give up no matter what.

3 yrs ago we got to meet in person & I will say she is 100% even more kinder in person.
Since adopting her son, Aaron they also went on to adopt again, John.

And now they are taking a leap of faith yet again for Mary
A beautiful little girl who deserves the love of a family.

As we all know adoption isn't cheap but instead of focusing on fundraising this time they are putting their trust that God will provide for this adoption.

Thing is Julia, has given of herself time & time again to help others bring home their kids. Today is her Birthday & what better time to give back than a Birthday Giveaway fundraiser? Yes, Julia has hosted many Giveaways before & she has cheered me on as I did my own for others, so why not do one for her family?
I'm totally following her example putting my Faith & trust in God in this, no matter what. 

Julia, we love you & Happy Birthday! You have loved so many babes, let us surround you with that same Love.

Here are the prizes:

It's called a Beastie Band cat collar. They are soft, comfortable collars that stretch for safety. The unique cut to fit feature allows it to fit a kitten or big tomcat. Retail value $10. Donated by Jen KC
$25 Target giftcard donated by Patty L.
$10 Olive Garden Gift card donated by anonymous
 Natasha and the Christmas Wish 
Book trailer here
Donated by Katrina M.
A Bike To Call Their Own signed by Preston
Donated by Katrina M.

Beautiful Designed Personal size Bible
Holman Christian Standard Bible All Brand New
*Full color maps, you all concordance, Bible dictionary, words of Christ in red
Donated by Traci A


Dark Brown

King James Holy Bible on CD New Never used donated by Traci A.
Girls Jewelry Box about 8 in tall
Donated by Traci A

3 Day Trial Pack of Plexus Slim, the pink drink that balances blood sugar levels. Common benefits of consistent use of Slim Include more energy, less sigar cravings, better sleep and weight loss (results vary)
Donated by Traci A.

Owl Bracelet set donated by Leah H.
Brand New Kindle Fire donated by Anonymous

So here's how to enter:
$10-1 entry
$50-6 entries
Facebook post-Free Entry (Be sure to set on public)
Twitter post-Free Entry (Be sure your settings are public)
Blog post-Free Entry (Be sure you link back to this Giveaway & post your blog link in comments)

You can go donate here & leave a comment with how many entries you need.
Let's do this for a Lovely girl who is waiting on the other side of the world for a mom who adores her!
Giveaway will end May 5th.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

The Waves of Grief

Grief, It's not a subject most like to talk about much less myself but feel in my heart lead to share. 

In the Last 3 years my dog disappeared

And I lost 2 of the dearest ladies in my life, My Mamaw
And most recently My Great Aunt.

I'm not gonna Lie it hasn't been easy.
Grief comes in many stages & Holidays & Birthdays are tough. 
You try not to waddle around in your stage of grief but their are times when you know you can't handle something so you quickly avoid it. I was in the store shopping during the Holidays remembering one of my Grandmas last Christmas when we were at Kohls & she was taking her time picking out Holiday towels for her caregivers & had to quickly avoid the holiday towels section. I'm not one to cry in public or share my emotions but their are certain times you feel so overwhelmed.

Do you play the I wish I had done this game?
I know I try not to go there but somedays it makes me sad knowing I missed out on so much & with my dog wishing I could have calmed her from the storm.

We try to remember the Happy times but their are times when it is tough but you know what?
I'm thankful that I'm never alone.
I have a supportive family, great friends beside me & a God who loves me like crazy.
I know not all might have that which is why I wanted to share my feelings on this topic & want everyone to know your not alone. Grief is not an easy thing to go through, you feel lonely at times, you might question what you still have left in you, you start to be fearful of the what ifs of life & afraid of your heart breaking all over again.
I have dealt with most of those feelings, & I'm one to "stuff" them & not share but I want others to know if you need someone to talk with I'm here.

Cherish every day as if it were your last because that's the way I know my Mamaw & Great Aunt lived their lives. Most importantly I know God wants me to live my life that way so that's what I will do.
I know Grief is strong & hard at times, Satan is wanting it to tear you down but Gods light always will shine brighter than the darkness.

Their are days it's okay to Grieve, cry & miss your loved one. It's also okay to laugh, be happy, & smile too!

Monday, January 9, 2017

A Birthday wish

My Birthday is about 3 weeks away, in the past I have asked instead of gifts donations to orphans in need of forever families.
I did my 21 for 21 for my 21st Birthday, so now what? 
25 holds special meaning in my life as it means I reach the official age Limit to adopt (no I'm not ready yet) With that I celebrate that joy & what I want more this year is for other kids to know the love & joy family can bring which is why I'm launching/praying that 25 kids will find families by my 25th Birthday on Feb 4th. 6 have already found families praying for 19 more including the 16 above.

25 kids, 3 weeks lets do this!! 

Saturday, December 24, 2016

The Gift of love

The gift of love is such a precious gift on this Christmas eve,
4 Years ago, we all were tight on funds so we as a family decided acts of service/time spent together would be our gifts to each other. And I was perfectly okay with that.
Both my Mom & Brother participated in helping gift wrap to spread the awareness of Reece's Rainbow. And my other brother gave me his change

The week of Christmas we went grocery shopping like we always did but I didn't understand why we were getting all the groceries & yet I knew we couldn't afford it. Then when I saw the gifts underneath the tree I was still wondering. 
It was when we opened gifts my dad handed out cards telling what he appreciated about each of us & that a group of people had chosen to bless us with Christmas gifts. 
That Christmas, was the one I will always remember not because it was about gifts but because it was about the gift of Love.
Over the years I have gotten several gifts of love this was what I got this year from a complete stranger who so kindly offered up her bag of goodies she got from the When Calls the Heart heartie reunion which I didn't get to attend. 
Like I said Love is a precious gift, one I don't take for granted. I'm so thankful for the Love of family God has blessed me with. 
Their are so many kids out there that don't have the gift of love.
Do you have room in your heart to give the gift of love?
Do you have a extra spot at your table so next Christmas I'm celebrating with you?
If you can't adopt do you have even $5 to spare to help whoever can adopt me?
Give the Gift of Love this Christmas by helping support these kids on the Miracle of Adoption Christmas Campaign! Because all they really want for Christmas is a family.
To donate to any of these kids go here & look for their picture or donate to another child

Saturday, July 30, 2016

A Letter to my Mama

Dear Mama, I know you are out there somewhere perhaps you might not be thinking of adopting me. Maybe your dreams are a bit different? Or you think adopting is for other people, My needs are too challenging, could I do this? 

You could be on the other side too,
Praying for me, pouring your heart out to God that perhaps I might be the son you are waiting for.

Let me tell you something,
I'm worth the time,
The energy,
And the Cost to add me as your son. 
You don't need to give me everything.
I don't care about lots of toys or fancy things because all I need is you.

I need to be cuddled, 
I need to laugh with you,
I need to show my emotions,
I need to experience life outside my crib,
I need for you to show me LOVE.
So PLEASE SEE ME!! Love Otto

Friends, on this weekend won't you please share Otto so that his forever family will find him?
My awesome friend has this giveaway going 
that Otto & 4 other children will benefit from. Have I mentioned truly how awesome the prizes are? These are just a few to see all check out her Giveaway here
I mean come on who wouldn't want to go on a cruise for two?
                                                              And one of my favorite prizes a pick a child or family to donate to on Reece's Rainbow :) 

It's not just about the prizes but helping kids get adopted is the best prize of it all. GIVEAWAY ENDS MONDAY!!! EVERY LITTLE BIT MAKES A DIFFERENCE, PLEASE SHARE, DONATE & PRAY!!!

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Love Conquers All...There once was a Boy

There once was a Lost Boy, One without a family to call his own. Little did he know the tiny ripples he would have in this world & how much his story impacted my advocating for orphans. 

Back around 2010, I read a blog about a journey to this lost boy. I read, cried, & my heart broke for the ones they had to leave behind. 
I read posts like this one & this 

And that along with some horrific videos I watched I knew I would never be the same & could not turn my back on these lost ones. 

I never thought I would be meeting this same boy but two years ago at the Reece's Rainbow Reunion I finally got to meet him & his mom, both who inspired me into this passion of mine.

This Boy continues to amaze me, he was at the Reunion this year. 
As awesome as it is to see him doing so well their are others who are still waiting for their forever families to come get them.
Like these 4,
They thankfully have a family coming for them but what about Otto? To Learn more about Otto,
Want to help them come home to their forever families? My friend is doing this Giveaway for them with some awesome prizes!
You can check it out here

Let's Make this happen for these lost children! Every $5, every share, every prayer said IT MATTERS & MAKES ALL THE DIFFERENCE!!!