Wednesday, October 26, 2011


In honor of World Down Syndrome day on March 21st, we are having a "STEP UP FOR DOWNS DAY"  event in Kearney on Sunday the 25th of March from 1-3pm, First United Methodist Church 4500 Linden Drive, Kearney NE.  This day is not only about our family adopting but about getting out awareness to our community about down syndrome.  If you aren't far please come and support us.  Please contact me if you would like flyers to sponsor walkers.  

As you all know there is another special family in our community getting ready to adopt sweet Atrem.  There family along with several others are helping to make this event happen.  So this fundraiser is for both of our families, as we will be bringing home three sweet children home into our community soon.  They will grow up together.  It brings tears to my eyes knowing that our town not only loves orphans but loves orphans with special needs.  The Lord knew what he was doing when he put these precious children on my heart.  I rejoice in knowing that I have a community full of people who will love my children.  I rejoice in knowing that there are a handful of special women out there so liked minded as me.  I met Atrems sweet mama the other day and can hardly believe it when I heard her talk.  She desperately has a heart just like mine to just love these little ones so much.  When I here her talk, I here myself talk, it is just so amazing.  

Friends I'm here to plead for help, our paperwork will be sent in days.  We will be traveling soon.  More than likely the beginning of April and we are trusting that the last 10,000 will come in.  Seeing my babies for Easter how perfect is that? What you, my online friends can do to help.  Be a part of our special day by buying a balloon. 
What my online friends can do.
BALLOON RELEASE  The funds from this event will help us bring home our girls.  This event will have a special spot in my heart because these balloons will hold information about rr, and children waiting  for there forever  famililes.  It is easy really.  Put 10.00 in the chip in for the balloon release for each balloon purchase and tell me which child you want to sponsor.  Any child on RR.  Your 10.00 will buy a balloon and attached will be information about rr, and a plea to help orphans with a photo and information about your chosen child. 

Make sure you leave a comment here telling me who you are, and which child you want to sponsor.

 Then in March , I will upload a video of the event for everyone to see.
GIVEAWAY will take place the day of the balloon release, everyone who bought a balloon will be entered, each balloon bought is one entry in the giveaway.  Also, if you share this fundraiser let me know and I will put your name in the drawing each time you share.  ( There have been a few more donations of prizes I will add in the upcoming days)

Prize #1  100.00 giftcard to Walmart

Prize # 2 100.00 giftcard to Target

Prize #3  A Vera Bradley bag.

 Prize #4
There is one for each month and then one with a cupcake for birthday. 

My giveaway starts now. This is how it works. Donate to the chip in on the side of my blog.
5.00= 1 entry
20.00 = 5 entries
30.00 = 10 entries


  1. I donated and going to FB right now:)

  2. You are such a sweetheart, I have never met you but feel so encouraged by your love for orphans. Thanks for the donation, and I still have a set of magnets sitting here for you. I will try to get them to you soon. Will add an extra entry for posting on facebook.

  3. I just posted this on my blog! We're rooting for you!!

    mom to Laurel (adopted from Nellie's orphanage)

  4. Just donated! Still praying for you and for sweet Nellie! :)

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  6. I'll have to wait until after payday to donate - but I'm going to post this on facebook and my blog right now! :) Praying for your family and sweet Nellie - can't wait to see what God has planned for your girl! :)

  7. I donated and posted on my wall. I love little Nellie, I cannot wait to see her in your family pictures on facebook.

  8. @Janie, this is not my blog so I will be brief! In a nutshell NO orphan would ever be adopted if you actually expect anyone to be able to write a 30,000 check. She is not being bought! She is being rescued from certain death.The money will be provided by people who love and support her, fear not!
    Beth please feel free to delete this comment but if i didn't defend you and Dan and Nellie, I would explode!

  9. Thanks Stephanie, I wasn't letting the comment bother me. I have been trying to figure it out all day how to delete but figured I would have to wait until Dan got home from work. Also if anyone knows how to make a fundraiser tab on the top I would love to know. I just an not technical enough to figure it out.

  10. HA, you're much better than me Beth. I could feel my blood pressure going through the roof. To delete you should be able to see a little garbage can at the end of the comment right after the date, make sure you are signed in. Not sure about the tabs. I think I have them on my blog , I went to design, then add a gadget and chose add a page. Not sure if that's what you had in mind. I'm not the technical one either:)

  11. Stephanie - I am glad you said something about that comment. I was trying to figure out how to tactfully (or not so tactfully - ha ha!) say something - but hadn't come up with the right words yet!! Darn haters! :P

    Beth - I posted about your give away on my blog and facebook, hopefully that will get you some more traffic! :) I don't get a whole lot of traffic to my blog either, but I have a lot of facebook friends!! :)

  12. Jennifer how excited I am for you guys and your decision to adopt. Yeah, one more child is going to have a home.

    Oh my I can't believe I looked at these comments today and couldn't figure out that the trash can would delete it. I guess it has been one of those days.

  13. Ha ha - it's always something simple like that! :) I didn't know how to delete comments either - so now I know! :)

    So here's something random - an online friend of mine, Mandy, had invited me to a cause on facebook (we're friends because of an organization called Friends of Allie) - anyway, she invited me to a cause...."Help Bring Nellie Home" - and usually I just ignore invites like that - but when I saw the cause, I was like, wouldn't that be a coincidence if it was the Nellie that caught my eye on Reece's I clicked on it, and it was!! I couldn't believe it!! And, I think she's booked a coupon class with you too!! Such a small world - I'm all the way in Oregon, you're in Nebraska, and a different cause that I'd worked with (childhood cancer awareness) years ago, turns out to be someone in your area, who is aware of your plight to bring Nellie home - the same little Nellie that caught my eye on Reece's Rainbow!! So crazy! :) Gotta love how God works!!!

    Also - I'm a couponer and baker as well - so I'm pretty sure we're going to be friends! :) Already trying to figure out to use those things for our fundraisers as well!! :)

  14. Hi, I'd like to invite you to post your giveaways on our giveaway directory: Giveaway Scout ( Please submit your blog here: Once you receive our confirmation email you can post your giveaways on our site. Thanks.

  15. Well I just donated 30.00, but to the wrong box...I donated to your family FSP instead of the chip in at top...will you let me know if I can still be entered in the give away!!! I have loved Nellie for a long time. I was not her Christmas Warrior last year, but I raised money for her and Sandra (who passed away) anyway. So glad that she has a family.

    Stephanie Lynch

  16. Stephanie I will absolutely put your name in the drawing. Send me your mailing address in an email please.
    dan p cole @

  17. Beth, I posted your blog and giveaway on my Facebook page. I encouraged my friends to read your story and to enter the giveaway! Hope you get more followers from it! :)