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,