Monday, August 15, 2011

Change of Adoption Plans

      Well, it's August 15th, and I am long overdue for a blog entry. So much has changed since our last blog, and my emotions have been all over the place. I will try to recap in chronological order the events of the past month.
July 10 - Homestudy
      We were so nervous for the homestudy that we bought new outfits, majorly spruced up the house, completed outdoor projects, etc. When our social worker, JoAnn, arrived we were pleased to find her very down to Earth and supportive of our adoption efforts. I think we approached it more like a job interview, but she made us feel like future parents and kept saying "when you get your baby" not "if you get your baby". That Sunday night she stayed for 4 hours teaching us the ins and outs of international adoption. We also had individual interviews with her. I went first and I'm sure I sounded so gushy and emotional. I could feel myself talking with my hands and if I could have taken my heart out and laid it on the table, I would have. Then Craig had his interview, and I went back to the office. Of course, I kept the door cracked and listened to every word. He, of course, was cool and collected, saying all the smart things I didn't think of. Listening to him reinforced my belief that he will be an amazing father. Everyday, I fall more in love and if there were a husband lottery, I'd say I surely won.
      JoAnn left at about 9:30 that evening and left us homework. We had to write a letter of intent to adopt from Ethiopia as well as take two (out of ten) online classes about adoption, particularly international. The first one was called The Conspicuous Family. It was about dealing with issues visibly adoptive families face and how to respond to remarks made by people both insensitively/cruelly or simply motivated by curiousity. The second class was called "Attachment" and explained the importance and process of attachment. For adopted children, there is a break in attachment first from biological parents, then from the foster home or orphanage. Ignorantly, I thought we'd start bonding from day one, but in reality, we'd just be strangers to our little one who has seen face after face care for her and then leave. It takes time and great committment/patience to form those bonds.
      The next morning, JoAnn came back for a few hours to finish up and help us reflect on the videos. She asked us why we wanted to adopt from Ethiopia and asked if we'd ever considered adopting domestically. I told her again about living in Africa and how we feel connected to African culture and because based on our research, that was the easiest place to get a healthy young "infant" (1 year old or less), plus it was the least expensive option, even less than domestic. She said, "I'm really going out on a limb here because I usually don't try to sway people one way or the other, but I really feel like Gladney's ABC program would be a better fit for you. When I hear you talk, it's clear you want a baby. And that's ok, you've never had one, but you won't get that from Ethiopia." She went on to tell us about the recent delays in Ethiopia and how our wait would be significantly longer than 12 months. This is something I had learned about soon after we committed to the Ethiopia program, but I was so hopeful the delays would only be temporary. With international adoption, there is always political stuff that can lengthen wait times, and over the last 4 months, Ethiopia went from processing 40 adoptions per day to just 5. That's not 5 per agency; that's 5 period. So, our approx. 1 year wait could turn into 8 years. Gladney didn't feel that would be the case, but they had no way to determine our new expected wait time. Plus, our social worker told me that many agencies aren't even taking families for Ethiopia because it wasn't looking good. We also learned from Gladney that several orphanages had recently closed in Ethiopia due to funding.
      I was heartbroken when she first brought this up because not only would our wait most likely be years instead of months, but the children would also have to wait in Ethiopia a lot longer after referrel than just a few months like we expected. So, we could get a referrel for a 10 month old baby and possibly not be able to bring her home until she was 18 months old. That would kill me! Then that got me thinking about all the attachment issues we would face, and the whole scenario seemed less than ideal.
      I had a lot of reservations about domestic adoption which I will discuss in a future blog, but I asked about a million questions to JoAnn. She was especially great because she has 2 internationally adopted children herself, plus one domestically adopted child. She was an expert in both field and life. She put at ease many of my concerns about domestic adoptions, and then actually got me excited about bonding from day one of my child's life. She said about half of birthmothers choose for the adoptive mother to be in the room when the baby is born. When she asked the mothers why they choose this, they unanimously say so they can see the look on the adoptive mother's face to make sure they made the right choice. Gulp.
      So, Craig and I talked all night and all the next day. JoAnn said we could take as much time as we needed. Craig called his parents and I talked to my family. We had to ask ourselves, what is most important to us? What has been most important from day one as we started this adoption process? The answer - to get the youngest, healthiest baby we can as soon as possible. When we considered that and after talking with JoAnn, we decided to apply for the ABC program with Gladney. You have to apply because African American birth mothers tend to choose black families first, followed by bi-racial couples. Caucasian parents are chosen, just not as often, so they can't take on too many at a time. We chose the ABC program because it is less expensive than regular agency assisted adoptions and because we really feel we have a lot to offer a child of African American heritage. Plus, JoAnn said she would be surprised if we didn't have a referrel in 6 months!
      We found out on July 22nd (our 5 year anniversary) that we were accepted into the program, and we could not be happier. We have all the paperwork completed, so all we had to do was register for the mandatory orientation on August 19th in Fort Worth. We were planning to spend all of August in Houston anyway, so it worked out just perfectly.
      And that's where we are now. It's Monday now and our orientation is Friday. It's from 8:30 to 4 and we are thrilled to be able to meet all the Gladney people who have helped us along the way. We will learn how to put together a profile that will be shown to birthmothers. After the oriention, we will have completed everything required to be officially approved. We did see a draft of the homestudy, which was wonderful, so we're just waiting to cross the last T's and dot the final I's.
      As far as the referrel process, we will be matched with a birthmother in her third trimester and we cannot specify gender. I am praying for a healthy pregnancy and lots of family support for our birthmother. I am hoping she will allow us to be a part of the journey but will respect her comfort level along the way.
      I did grieve again for my little African daughter, and this hiccup in our journey first felt like an adoption miscarriage. Another child to have loved and been so excited about and then lost. Desperate and down, I asked Craig, "Do you think this is a sign? Is the universe trying to tell me something?"
      He replied, "It might be. It might be trying to tell us that our African child is actually African American.  And that she's Texan, like her daddy."
"She said she cried at least once each day not because she was sad, but because life was so beautiful and life was so short."
- Brian Andreas

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

HUG of July

School ended on June 16th, and Craig and I have been busy, busy, busy preparing for our homestudy and finalizing paperwork. I want to thank the ladies at school for organizing an amazing raffle fundraiser for us, which brought in $320. People at school bought raffle tickets for $5 and there were over 15 different winners. I meant to take pictures, but I couldn’t find my camera! Friends from work were so generous in their raffle item donations, as well as purchasing the raffle tickets. I’m so lucky to work with such generous, fun, and positive people. Special thanks to Heather, Pinar, Gina, Sally, Sherry, Cindy, Stella, Sandy, Cynthia, and Rayme.

The day after school let out, I held a garage sale with donated items from friends and family. I want to especially thank Diane, from Columbia Credit Union for your half your storage unit and all those penguins!! Shopper after shopper kept buying up those penguins, and I couldn’t figure out why. Then I learned Mr. Popper's Penguins came out that weekend. What great timing! Also, thank you to Kelly Blankenship, Renee and Brooke Bernazzani, Mary Eterno, Debbie Wu, Michelle Bealle, JoAnn Engelbart, Pinar Aksoy, Sally Denkhe, Linda Martin, and Traci Johnson for your donations to our sale. Friday was a beautiful day, and we had lots of shoppers. Tate and Preston (my nephews – 6 yrs. and 4yrs.) were my helpers. They were so well behaved and great company. Our total for the day was $480. Wow! On Saturday, I spent about 2 hours setting up before sunrise, and just when everything was perfect, and I was ready for business, it started pouring. Heidi, Randy, and the boys came to help with the sale, but we decided to close for the day, as everything was getting soaked.

We repacked and organized the garage and decided to have another sale on Friday, July 15th. If you’re reading this and you have anything you’d like to donate to our second sale, we’d love to take it off your hands! Please e-mail me if you’d like to arrange for a pick up or drop off.

Our homestudy is scheduled for this Sunday and Monday, July 10th and 11th. Our social worker’s name is Joann, and so far we've only talked to her via e-mail and phone. She's very helpful, has a great sense of humor, and is making me feel less nervous about the visit. Don’t get me wrong: My brother came over yesterday to frame out our fireplace, install shelving in our closets and pantry, and sand, stain, and seal other woodwork in our house. My sister came over today for several hours to help me clean out all cupboards, drawers, and storage in our kitchen. My mom and JoAnn are coming over tomorrow to help paint the Adirondack chairs my parents gave me for Christmas last year, as well as hang new window coverings and various other projects. Plus, Craig and I have organized and cleaned out every closet, nook, and cranny in our house. But at least I don't feel AS nervous. :)

Once the homestudy is complete, we just have to wait for approval from Gladney and send in another $2750. That will conclude all our agency fees, and we’ll (hopefully) get put on the wait list. We recently paid $750 for Gladney to review the homestudy. We still have about $750 in our adoption account, and we still need about $2000. The next chunk of money after that won't be due for another year and will go straight to Ethiopia, to help support the orphanage and make the adoption legal. I can't believe how far we've come. Thank you to everyone who has supported and encouraged us in this journey!

Our newest puzzle piece sponsors are Grandma and Grandpa Gutridge, Ashley McNutt, Molly Gutridge, Diego Gutridge, and Grandma Lorraine Iseli. We still have 158 (out of 500) puzzle pieces left. Please check out our puzzle piece fundraiser blog for more info.

And now, for this month's HUG earrings! They're 4th of July themed, which I realize is a little late, since it's now July 6th. But since I couldn't find my camera for so long, I had to have my sister take these on the 4th! I did, however, find my camera yesterday as I was organizing a hall closet. Whew!

Red Facetted Glass with surgical steel (non-allergenic) $5

Ivory Mother of Pearl with surgical steel (non-allergenic) $5

Gray/Blue Swarovski Glass Pearl with surgical steel (non-allergenic) $5

For ordering info, please e-mail me at

Thank you!

Liberty, taking the word in it's concrete sense, consists in the ability to choose.
-Simone Weil

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

HUG of June

When my mom and I first thought of "HUG of the month" as a fundraiser, I had no idea at the time it would actually feel like a big huge hug. After my last blog, I wrote that we needed $1550 in a few weeks to round out what we needed for the first half of our agency fee. The very next day, there was $490 in my paypal account from people all over the world. Mostly from friends and family, for which I thank you, thank you, thank you. And we also had people donate who we don't even know (from as far away as Saudi Arabia!) The remaining $1000 came from various jewelry sales and $5 earring sales. I am completely humbled and inspired by your love and involvement in this journey. We met our $2750 goal. I wish I could HUG every one of you!

For June, I am featuring 3 more pairs of $5 earrings.

For ordering:
E-mail me at and tell me how many and of which style(s) you'd like.

Payment methods:

Credit/Debit- (Visa/MC/AmEx/Discover) - just send me your e-mail address, and I'll send you an invoice through paypal to pay securely online. a 4% charge is added for CC transactions, plus $1 for shipping.

Check - send a check to Heather Curry at
PO Box 871448
Vancouver, WA 98687

Here are the 3 styles:

Facetted Silver Glass bead suspended from surgical steel kidney wires (non-allergenic) $5

Mosaic Bead hanging from silver-plated french hooks $5

Fuchsia Freshwater Pearl suspended from silver-plated leverbacks

For $15, you can get all three!! A fellow teacher purchased 6 pairs of last month's earrings to give as graduation gifts. Do you have a graduate you need to purchase for? How about summer birthdays? End-of-the-year gifts for your child's teachers?

I want to give a big shout out to our latest puzzle piece sponsors. For more info. on this fundraiser, click on "Puzzle Piece Fundraiser" from February's blogs. Thank you to Omer Shami, Theresa O'Neill, Mom and Dad Gutridge, Paul Morrow, Mary and Bob Horton, Mary Ratzki, Aunt Sue and Uncle Jim Gravette, Martha Peterson, Liz (Loll) Nelson, Grandma Lorraine Iseli, and Grandma and Grandpa Bob Gutridge. Your support will be forever remembered. We love you.

UPCOMING EVENTS: We're having a garage sale on June 17-18. We have received TONS of donations from friends, family, and friends of friends and family. If you have anything you'd like to donate, we'd LOVE to sell your stuff. There is nothing too big or too small. We'll take anything! Just 1.5 weeks left. Please e-mail me if you'd like to coordinate for pick-ups. Also, e-mail me if you'd like to come shop. I'll give you all the info.

In addition to our garage sale, my good friends from work are doing a giveaway at school for me. People have donated hand-made purses, soaps, wallets, earrings, baklava, carmel popcorn, scentsy, and other cool stuff. We're doing a $5 raffle at school this week and next. Winners will be drawn at random next Wednesday. I'll be sure to take lots of pix and post how much it brings in. Thank you Heather, Pinar, Sandy, Cindy, Gina, Sherry, Kathy and Rayme! You guys ROCK.

Where we're at in the process:
Paperwork batch number one is DONE. Plus, we have the first half of our agency fee ready to mail out. We are currently working on the homestudy paperwork. Homestudy is paid for. We thought the homestudy would be finished by now, but that was before we knew about all the additional paperwork that needs to be filled out. So, without complaint or discouragement, we will jump through every hoop, cross every T and dot every I. Because as far as we're concerned, this baby is conceived and growing in our hearts (and most likely naturally somewhere, too), and there's nothing we won't do for her.

Our next goal:
$2750 - the second half of our Gladney agency fee
We hope to meet this goal by the end of summer (August 31)

I'd like to end with this quote:

We witness a miracle every time a child enters into life.
But those who make their journey home across time & miles,
growing within the hearts of those who wait to love them,
are carried on the wings of destiny and placed among us
by God's very own hands.
--- Kristi Larson

Hugs to all,

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Paperwork Batch #1

My nephew, Tate, our newest puzzle piece sponsor.

Yay! We sent off our application to Agape Adoption Agency in Bellingham to do our homestudy. We had planned to do this in late April but we didn't realize we had to formally apply and send a big fat check ($1700), so we held off until we could pay that in addition to 1/2 of Gladney's fee ($2750). We also have to send $700 for Gladney to review the homestudy. That is a total of $5150. Right now we have $3600. So we need to raise $1550 in the next month. With our garage sale on June 17-18 and our $5 earring sale, plus what we'll be able to save in June, I think we'll come real close. (Click on our May blog "Hug of May" for information about our Hug of May earring sale.) We have sold 172 of our 500 puzzle pieces. Thanks so much to all who have donated!! If it is on your heart to sponsor a puzzle piece, they are $5 each and we'll write your name on the back of each piece you sponsor. We still have 328 pieces left. (Click on our February blog on "Puzzle Fundraiser" for more information.)

Our newest puzzle piece sponsor is my nephew Tate, Heidi's oldest sweetheart. He's 5 years old, going on 15. He loves Justin Beiber and rocks the purple high tops. Heidi and Randy have him and Preston doing chores to earn "commissions", an allowance system that teaches the kids to give, save, and spend. A few weeks ago, he called me and in his raspy voice said, "Auntie, you know how I've been doing my chores to get money, well . . . I'm going to give my "give money" to you for your baby." He sort of stutters on the phone, so I had him repeat what he'd said. Yes, he wanted to give his "give money" to us for our baby. Instant lump in my throat. The next time I saw him he gave me $4 in quarters with the biggest ear to ear grin on his face. I swooped him up and buried my face in his warm neck as I fought to hold back my tears. Heidi said he thought of that all on his own and had overheard us talking about fundraising ideas. Those $4 feel like $400.

I will tell you this . . . adoption is not for the faint of heart. There are 3 groups of paperwork that need to be sent to Gladney, and we're just now ready to send in group #1. When I heard there was a lot of paperwork, I thought, mmm . . . filling out forms, so what? I can do that. I had no idea that it meant making doctors appointments with lab results that have to be notarized, getting 5 reference letters, 3 of which have to be notarized, bank statements, proof of insurance of every kind (notarized), employment verification letters (notarized), a 9 page application (notarized), financial statements, all kinds of adoption risk waivers and domestic violence statements and arrest histories and questionnaires and service plan agreements. The list goes on. But we are ready to send in Paperwork Batch #1. The only thing left I need to do before we send that in is to arrange to meet my doctor with a notary present to sign off on our medical records. This will happen on Tuesday.

At times, this process feels so overwhelming. But it's for my baby. There's nothing a mother won't do for her baby.

I've had a few people ask me if we were to get pregnant, would we still go through with the adoption. The answer is yes. Yes, absolutely. Without a doubt, yes. I feel like my baby is over there, and if I were to not go through with this process, I would be abandoning my baby. This is not a Plan B for me. This is what God intended and had in the plans all along. I still believe we will have a little Craiglette someday, but our family will not be complete without our Ethiopian princess. I feel it down to my core, and it makes all the paperwork and fundraising bearable, as humbling as it is.

I'd like to end with this quote:

I have discovered in life there are ways of getting almost anywhere you want to go, if you really want to go. - Langston Hughes

I really want to go. To Ethiopia. Back to the land of Eden. To bring home our baby. Our beautiful baby girl. Who is loved by family, both God-given and biological. Who will change the world and break our hearts. We'll go to the end of the earth for you, Baby Girl. We love you. Sleep tight and know that we are coming.


Saturday, May 7, 2011

HUG of May

Over Spring break, Craig and I went to Texas for his best friend, Wally's, wedding. It was amazing and we had a fantastic time. My parents met us in Austin and while we were in the southwest, my mom and I found some really cool hand-made jewelry. I purchased a $5 pair of turquoise chip earrings. Really simple and super sweet. At first, I thought, how can this lady sell $5 earrings?!! The price of silver has almost quadrupled in the last 6 months. I'm NOT even exaggerating. I use a lot of silver in my jewelry pieces, so to me the price jump has been shocking. But they were very simple, had hardly any silver, but yet were so cool! Then it got me thinking . . . if I fashioned a very simple design that I could produce over and over again, this could be as successful of a fundraiser as our African bracelets! The bracelets were a huge success, and I want to thank everyone who bought them. So we started brainstorming, and my mom thought of an acronym: HUG OF the month. Help Us Grow Our Family. So, this month (a little late), I made 3 different styles of southwest inspired earrings to remind me of our trip to Texas and the start of this monthly fundraiser. Check back every month to see my new designs!

Here is how you can order:

E-mail me at and tell me how many of which style you'd like.

Payment methods:

Credit/Debit- (Visa/MC/AmEx/Discover) - just send me your e-mail and I'll send you an invoice through paypal to pay securely online. A 4% charge is added for CC transactions, plus $1 shipping, no matter how many pairs you order.

Check - send a check to Heather Curry at
PO Box 871448 Vancouver, WA 98687
Include $1 for shipping, no matter how many pairs you order.

Here are the three styles:

Turquoise w/silver plated earwires $5

Coral w/silver-plated earwires $5

Freshwater Pearl w/sterling earwire and gold headpin $5

And just think . . . for $15, you can get all three! These make great gifts, so check back each month to collect them all! We really appreciate your support. Tell a friend!

Tomorrow is Mother's Day, and it could very well be my last childless Mother's Day. There's a good chance next year at this time, we'll have our referral and will be planning our trip to Ethiopia to bring our baby girl home. This is so exciting to me, I can't even put it into words. Becoming a mother is like getting into this exclusive club for which I've always been an outsider. 1 year seems like forever at times, but I'm just thinking of our adoption process as an extremely long pregnancy, so I'm going to enjoy it as much as I can.

A huge shout out to my mom who is the most trusted confidant, tireless supporter, inspiration, friend, and mother one could ever hope for. She has taught me that you only have one life. Make it count. Live every day, and don't let anything get in the way of your dreams.

She's amazing. Happy Mother's Day, Mom.

Heather (Hank) :)

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Givaway Winners

Happy Easter!

A huge thank you to all who participated in our giveaway. We had tremendous support, as well as more puzzle piece sponsors. We have raised and saved enough to send our first payment to Gladney ($2750). Woo-hoo! Our giveaway made $340. Thank you so much to all who donated items and those who donated financially. We are very, very thankful and had a lot of fun.

For Easter today, we headed out to Lewisville Park with all my family. My little nephews Tate, Mateo, Preston, and Diego drew the four winners. My niece Molly organized the boys and helped make everything "official". They were a great help. Here are the lucky winners.

Group #1 - Heather Sochacki

Heather is a 7th grade Language Arts teacher at my school. She's super funny, zany, and uber creative. I know she will enjoy the goods from Group #1.

Group #2 - Tracy Hanson

Tracy is a generous Etsian who made and donated the silver bracelet from Group #1. She is a huge adoption supporter, and her jewelry can be viewed at

Group #3 - Andra Wagner

Andra is my best friend's sister. She is the mother of a sweet, sweet little guy named Ian. Andra hosted a fundraiser party for us and raised $65 for us by selling wholesale cards. We will be selling the cards soon, too!

Group #4 - Debi Jenkins

Debi is another fellow Etsian who donated all the Africa shirts in each of the groups. She is also adopting a child from Ethiopia. She has great African craft items that can be viewed at

I wish there was a prize for everyone because you all were so, so generous. I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for participating and making this giveaway a great success.

Puzzle Piece Update-
Remember, each $5 donation writes the sponsor's name on the back of a puzzle piece. For more info., click on the entry titled: Puzzle Piece Fundraiser.

Our new sponsors are: Stacy and Avery Iseli and Anthony Serles, "Wally" and Shahana Wallace, Grandma and Grandpa Gutridge, Grandma Lorraine, Marci and Ray Solar, Melody and Josh Irvin, Tracy and David Cairo, and Dan and Diane Force. We're chipping away at the puzzle and can't wait to put it together! Thanks to all of you for joining with us on this journey.

Now for some things to look forward to:

Garage Sale: June 17-19

If you have any items you'd like to donate to our garage sale, please e-mail me at and I will come pick them up from you! So far my principal's daughter has stuff for us from her storage unit. My co-workers, Pinar and Kelly, have offered stuff. My mom's best friend, JoAnn, is donating her mother's bed, dresser, and night stand. My aunt Sue and cousin Tracy have stuff they're going to donate. My grandma Lorraine has stuff for us. And we still have tons of African knick-knacky stuff we will sell. We hope to have the HUGEST garage sale ever!! We'd love to sell your stuff, too!

$5 monthly earring sale

Every month I will be featuring 3 varieties of $5 featured earrings. They will be simple, so I can make several at once, but they will still be of great quality and very stylish. Our Africa bracelets were such a huge success, I had to come up with something new! Here is a sneak peak at what's coming for May. *Info on how to order will be in next week's blog

Again, a HUGE thank you to all who participated in our giveaway. We love you!


Sunday, March 27, 2011

$5 Giveaway

Ok, here we have it! Our first on-line giveaway! All you have to do is go to "donate", and for every $5 donation, we'll enter your name into a drawing to win one of 4 grand prizes! Go to entries titled: Group 1, Group 2, Group 3, and Group 4 to view the prizes.

What do I win? A collection of hand-made goods from very generous Etsy owners! There is a brief description about each item in each group (there are 4 total), and the websites of each Etsy owner's shop. Please take a moment to check out the shops that interest you. The Etsy community is so generous and tight knit. I am so thankful for all the people who donated. You are helping us bring a little girl home whose life and ours will be changed forever. Thank you.

When? March 27-April 24th. Winners will be announced April 26th. There will be 4 winners, one for each grand prize.

Why? To raise money for our Ethiopian adoption.

How? Just go to "Donate" and donate any amount! For each $5 donation, we will enter your name in a drawing to win! So, if you donate $10, your name will be entered twice. $15 - three times, etc. If you prefer to send a check, please mail to Heather Curry P.O. Box 871448 Vancouver, Wa 98687. For an extra (free) entry, just repost our giveaway on your Facebook, Twitter, or blog! E-mail me to let me know when you've reposted it (or leave a comment on the bottom of this page-it's kind of a pain!). If you prefer to sponsor a puzzle piece when donating, please write "puzzle" in the message section.

Based on what we've heard from others who have done giveaways, our goal is $500. To view prizes, go to entries titled, Group 1, Group 2, Group 3, and Group 4. Thank you so much. Please help us spread the word!

We will be doing our homestudy later next month, so we will definitely give updates on that. Wish us luck!

Our newest puzzle piece sponsors are: Grandma Iseli, Heidi Davis, Leslie Vannini, Pam Baxter, Joni Stallings, Allison Duggan, and Irina Neagu. Thank you so, so much. We love you!


Group 1

These are from my shop Hand-made sterling silver hooks with freshwater pearls. This has been one of my favorite etsy shops for a long time, and the seller was kind enough to donate this sterling silver bracelet for our giveaway. The heart charm says "love" on it. You must check out her shop for other cool adoption themed jewelry. I aspire one day to be as talented as her and have as successful of a shop. My sincerest thanks, Junkposse!!

Here's a little glass angel made and donated by She is so sweet! This seller also donated another glass angel featured in another group. Please check out her shop!

Hoo! Hoo! donated this scrabble tile pendant. Great gift for teens! (or keep for yourself. :) I'd wear it!!)

You will receive the cupcake keychain from this picture. They are durable and high quality. Made and donated by

How cute is this little doll? She is even wearing African traditional wear. She was lovingly made and donated by Go to their website to find the link to their adoption blog.

This Africa ornament was donated by The heart marks where Ethiopia is located!

This is a man's adoption awareness shirt in a size XL. The Jenkins family is also adopting from Ethiopia. I think this must be Mr. Jenkins. :)

This shirt was made and donated by She makes the coolest clothing by recycling old clothes! Patchworky and quarky. LOVE the shop. This is a girl's size large.

What better way to mark your garden rows than with old antiqued silverware? These were made and donated by The prices are great in her shop!

Group 2

Print donated from You will get to choose the print of your choice! ($20 value). There are so many cool ones to choose from!! Actual piece measures 4.3 x 7.5 inches. Printed on white premium quality, artist’s matte heavyweight non-glare 8.5x 11 inch paper.

This sparkly pink necklace is made from a bottle cap. Great gift idea for a little girl! Made and donated by This seller is a big believer in adoption and has adopted internationally as well. Thank you!!

Here is another creation by Fun and original.

This ornament was made by the Jenkins family. So, so cute!

You will get to go to this seller's shop and choose any scrabble tile pendant! The shop is:

This is ultra modern and THE perfect cocktail ring. Made and donated by:

Love, love, love this music scrabble tile necklace donated by

This group comes with a women's and men's adoption awareness tee shirt donated by The women's size is a medium.

Men's size is a large. I think this must be Mr. Jenkins from To find a link to their adoption blog, go their etsy site.

You will receive the soccer ball keychain from this grouping. These are durable and high quality for the mom on the go. Donated by:

For the eco-friendly coffee drinker! Made and donated by

Group 3

This paper garland is made from recycled magazines/newspaper. Perfect to decorate kids' rooms, classrooms, office, etc. Made and donated by

This soft mushroom rattle was made and donated by There's nothing better than hand-made toys for your little ones!

How adorable is this cute Tinkerbell scrabble necklace? This was donated by She donated 6 necklaces to our fundraiser! So, so generous.

I love this little glass angel made and donated by This could be a decoration for your child's room or a Christmas ornament. I just love her hair!!

How sweet are these?! A big thank you goes to for their generous donation of a pair of hand-made baby maryjanes!!

This sweet, sweet elephant is SOOOO cute! My picture did NOT do it justice. So, so loveable! This was made and donated by This bib was donated by This seller makes really fun, patchwork clothing. So chic!

This is a small women's pink adoption awareness tee shirt donated by

This is an adorable, loveable little doll was made and donated by This family is also adopting a baby from Ethiopia. Their blog is

Group 4

Your very own photo bracelet, made by me!! Sterling plated bracelet with 5 pix of your choice - just e-mail them to me, and viola-a personalized bracelet!

This scrabble tile pendant comes in a cute little tin! This was made and donated by

This bookmark was made and donated by It's very sweet.

Funky and fun, these seed bead earrings will be the perfect accessory for you! Make any outfit come alive when you wear these. Made and donated by

This shirt is from Shirt is a ladies large. Go to this website to find the link to the Jenkins family adoption blog.

This precious print is from It's titled "Life As They Know It" and is an 8 x 10 print. This image reminds me of life for kids in Lagos.

This wall plaque is also from This bible scripture puts a lump in my throat.

This is one of my creations. It says "I (heart) adoption" in Ahmeric, the Ethiopian language. All sterling silver with an 18 inch chain.

This fun bobble necklace was donated by Super fun for little girls or big girls with lots of personality!!

These durable, high quality keychains were donated by You will receive one of these pictured. Great for the mom on the go!