Thursday, April 25, 2013



Girl, born December 2002
Down syndrome

Well, doesn’t this little pixie look like a spit fire?   Those deep brown eyes are gorgeous!

Large families welcome, travel required.

$4373.75 is available towards the cost of my adoption! 
I'm sure she has a pair of wings hiding behind her back. Did you ever see such a pixie! 
Carina has gifted part of her funds to Gracelynn.  And I've decided the only way to heal is to keep helping so I'm now Gracelynn's Warrior. 

She makes me smile.
She is going to be 11 years old this December. And I'm thinking the best Christmas/ Birthday gift would be a family! Gonna try my hardest for Miss Gracelynn!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Goodbye For Now, Sweet Girl..

When Putin signed into law the ban on Russian adoptions, I went into a tailspin. My Girl is in Russia. What the hell was he thinking! 

My plan was simple when I found Carina on Reece's Rainbow. 

1.Raise a lot of money for her.

2.Find her family.

I didn't have a plan B.

I definitely didn't have a plan for the freaking country closing down!

Anger filled every part of my body, including my heart. Which by the way, hurts like hell when it breaks. There is a physical pain involved.
 Some days it was impossible to take a deep breath.

My girl locked away in an institution, for the rest of her life because the leader of her country is a madman. 
There is no logical explanation.  He was pissed and he hit us where he knew it would hurt. He has no heart. And he has the blood of thousands of children on his hands. Because without Americans adopting them they will die!

I was angry, livid,  and blind with rage toward this man. 

Slowly, the anger turned to grief. A, real, strong and emotional grief.  This child that I love so much is locked away in a country that I am locked out of. I cannot save her.

There were small glimpses of hope that maybe the special needs orphans would be allowed to be adopted... but no, that was not to be. Then another small moment when we thought maybe the families already in the process of adopting would be allowed to finish up and bring their children home. Children they had already met and promised to come back for. But again... No!   was the answer.

And today Reece's Rainbow begins the very painful process of reallocating the funds of the Russian children to children waiting for families in other countries . All money I raised, with the help of my communities  for Carina. The giveaways and dress down days the bake sales and craft shows and Auctions and just plain begging. It raised 6,537.00 for her. But I couldn't find her mama in time. 

That was my gift to her. Money in her account. That was her hope. And today even that is gone.

And again, my heart much.

Reece's Rainbow is doing what needs to be done. Those girls there have a heart wrenching job of reallocating all this money from all the orphans. And my heart goes out to them. They love all these kids so much.

I can say with some joy that Carina's fund will go to two sisters and one other Sweet Dumpling that caught my eye. It will be their hope now.
My Carina, you will always have a piece of my heart. 

A dear friend gave me  much comfort by telling me, ours(Carina and me) was a Spiritual Adoption. God matched us because He knew what was coming and He knew I'd love her with a mama's heart.  

One day, I'll find you.Somehow, I'll find you. Til then Sweet Girl stay strong and safe and know you are loved.  

Just Hangin'

Em: So, what do you want to do?

Andrew: I don't know what do you want to do?

Em: I don't know.

Andrew: You just want to sit here and eat this whole bag of popcorn?

Em: Sure, sounds like a plan.

Sometimes just chillin out with a buddy is the best thing ever...

 * conversation as interpreted by mom.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Looking for a winner

Rachel Whitmire ! You won the adoption decals!! Email me at and I will put you in contact with the sender. 

To everyone who participated and donated to this giveaway thank you!!!!  It was a success! Once again this community pulled together. Love you all!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

URGENT: Home Sweet Home Giveaway For"'Brigita"

The smiling Cheshire Cat, as she was dubbed by her warrior Helle, has come home.

She is being loved and cared for and cuddled and she laughs and giggles and plays to her hearts content!

But the story isn't over yet. Dee is still trying to raise money to be fully funded. Meanwhile they both have to fly back to Latvia for their third and final trip. Just like any other adoption, except Miss D is already home.

Dee and Darya leave in just a few days!!! And are in the need of  $2700.00!!! 

With the help of generous friends I've put together a giveaway, which should go down as the easiest , giveaway with the fewest rules. 

Donate here to Dee's paypal account. Whatever amount you donate that is the amount of entries you have.Send me the receipt  Pick what you would like and put your entries on it.  And you're done! You can even divide your entries up between different items. 
 To pick your item just leave a comment, and the item number with the amount of entries you want with it. 
Example: you donated $10, that gives you 10 entries. You could leave me a comment like, 10 entries on #4

Or, 5 entries on #4 and   5 on #6

Sharing and reposting always get you an entry too!

 As I've said before , TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE!!!  They are leaving in a few days and are short $2700.00.  Giveaway ends on April 10th!!! they are trying to fly by April 13th!!!!!

#1: Thirtyone Wristlet key fob

#2: Girls tights bought in Latvia. They are about girls 5-6. They have not been used. They were $10.

#3: Very gently used Gymboree vest with hood. Super cute. 4T

#4: Coach! Black wristlet. Very gently used by Dee only :)

#5: Handmade in Latvia! Dee had bought these for Darya but they are way too big. They are red & creme with a bit of gray. Child size mittens. Probably 5-8yo

#6: Very gently used. Size 4T. The shirt is a long sleeve onesie.d caption

#7: Consoling the Heart of Jesus by Father Michael Gaitley, a Do-it-yourself retreat, donated by Lauren Masri

#8: The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ by Anne Catherine Emmerich - the book The Passion of the Christ was based on, Donated by Lauren Masri

#9: Newborn (6-12lbs) Sleepsack Swaddle, 2 in 1 wearable blanket, donated by Lauren Masri

#10: Wine charms. Always know which glass is yours! Donated by Malin Hedger

#12:  Adorable!!Shopping bag in heavy cotton canvas. Light blue with flowers in red and green.Donated by Malin Hedger

#13: New Willow Tree Figurine, donated by Kelly Handl

#14: New Willow Tree Figurine, donated by Kelly Handl

#15: Magic Attic Doll with wardrobe! She has been loved but is in great condition and comes with several outfits! She is a little smaller than an American Girl Doll and has a jointed molded body instead of a stuffed one.Donated by Kelly handl

#16: New Willow Tree Figurine, donated by Kelly Handl

#17: Pashmina shawl in warm pink shades. 70%Pashmina and 30%Silk, Donated by Malin Hedger

#18: New Willow Tree Figurine, donated by Kelly Handl

#19: Hot water bottle cover. Handmade and donated by Malin Hedger. This may be one of my favorites!!!!!! Emmie's crib is so cold at night i usually keep her in bed with me until she falls asleep. This would have solved all the cold crib issues! Just adorable too!!

#20: One decade rosary. Beautiful green/blue stone. This fits snug around my first 3 fingers. Just to give you an idea of the size.

#21: One decade rosary from Poland. Bought in Zacopane by me. This is very small and dainty. I use them when I'm walking they fit snug around your first two fingers.

#22: Baby Gap dress with matching panties. Size 3-6 months. Gently worn once by Em.

#23: Marissa- Louise 3 piece set. Includes hat and bloomers. Em wore this once and then grew out of it :( Size 24months

#24: Silpada necklace, Cubic Zirconia, Sterling Silver.adjusts , 18- 20 inches Matching set with earrings, winner gets BOTH! Generously donated by Tanya Robinson. A $100.00 value! Bigger photo here

#24: Gorgeous! Silpada Earings!Cubic Zirconia, Sterling Silver.Matching set with necklace, winner gets BOTH! Generously donated by Tanya Robinson A $100.00 Value! Bigger photo here

#25: set of 2 Blessed by Adoption" car decals. Measure approx. 7 inches in diameter and text is white. Donated by Brenda Lamay

#26: Beautiful handmade rosary. Our Lady of Fatima. Graciously donated by Becky Arganbright.

#27: Bright and fun butterfly scarf.
#28: Perfectly spring ruffle scarf !60inches long