Friday, December 28, 2012

Fundraiser Friday - 31 Gifts

January 4 is the day our 31 Gifts fundraiser will begin. Did you see the cute stuff from my previous post about this fundraiser? If not, click here to check them out. To support this fundraiser, you can go to or just click here. Then, click on My Parties which is in the pink bar across the top on the very left. There you will see my name. This link will not be available until January 4, but if you want to look at the products before then you can click "View Our Catalog" which is also in the pink bar across the top.

I am excited about this fundraiser and I'd love to know what products you love from 31 Gifts!

How cute is this elephant coin purse? 

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Merry Christmas!


I hope you had a wonderful day yesterday and you were able to spend it with your loved ones. This year was the boys' 2nd Christmas in America and it was so much fun. Last year, they didn't really understand what Christmas was about, so there weren't any countdowns, incessant asking for certain toys, or general happiness that Christmas was almost there.

This year, however, was different. Jeremiah started counting down the days until Christmas at about 18 days until Christmas. There wasn't a day he was wrong on his countdown either. :-) The weekend before Christmas we went to Missouri to spend with Garth's parents. We had a GREAT time there. The boys got to go sledding, saw Home Alone for free at the Trenton movie theater (and got some presents as well), more sledding, and of course opening presents.

We headed back for home on Monday morning and attended a Christmas Eve service at Lifegate Church in Omaha (where we attend) and the boys got some jingle bells. After running a few errands we went home.

For Christmas presents, we get the boys presents in 4 categories: Something you want, something you need, something to wear, and something to read in addition to a few stocking stuffers. When we got home from the Christmas Eve service, I made some soup to have for supper and then we let the boys open their "Something to wear" presents. They both got new pajamas and we wanted to let them wear them to bed that night. After supper we watched The Polar Express until 10:00, which was bedtime. As I went to bed after putting stuff in their stockings, I wondered if they would wake up at like 6:00 like I used to do.

At 8:09 Christmas morning, I heard 4 little feet running to our room and then "IT'S CHRISTMAS!" We had a wonderful day together and Garth even took the boys sledding again. We opened presents first, had a late breakfast, made Christmas cookies, watched Christmas movies on Netflix, read the new books and played. Enjoy some pictures from our weekend in Missouri and Christmas holiday. :-)
Sledding in Missouri

Ready to open presents

Simon pushing Garth and Jeremiah down

Grandma and Grandpa D, Simon, and Jeremiah

My 3 favorite boys

New pajamas

J for Jeremiah (and Jesus...according to Jeremiah)

S for Simon (and Santa...according to Jeremiah)

Something I need: A new Bible for Jeremiah

Something I need: African shea butter and Cetaphil lotion to mix together

Something to read: How do Dinosaurs play with friends...

...and The Giving Tree

Something to Read: How do Dinosaurs say I Love You...

...and The Snowy Day

Something we want: A V-Tech laptop with learning games

Something we want: A dart accessory kit so we can replace all the broken tips and feathers

Mommy's present: A new sewing machine. I'm going to attempt to learn to sew

Daddy's present: An Asus notebook laptop

Daddy reading the Christmas story from Luke 2 from Jeremiah's new Bible

Friday, December 21, 2012

Fundraiser Friday - 31 Gifts

OK, first I have to apologize for forgetting the link to Angie's 31 page last week. I'm not sure how that happened. In any case, here is her page. This fundraiser is going to begin on January 4 and will run through January 20 at which time the show will close. The money we receive will actually be Angie's commission, which is 25% of the sales.

Every month 31 Gifts has a special and January's is awesome! For every $31 you spend, get an item from their New "Your Way" Collection for 50% off! You can choose from a Hang-Up Room Organizer, Hang-Up Home Organizer, Hang-Up Family Organizer, Your Way Cube, Your Way Rectangle, or Room for 2 Utility Totes.

Next week, I'll give you detailed ordering instructions but for now you really CAN start looking at her site. I have also posted some pictures of a few of their items below.

Blanket Buddy

Flat Rosette Clip

Icon Coin Purse

Leather Bifold Wallet

Lil' Expressions Tote

Manicure Nail File

Retro Metro Bag

Small Magazine Basket

Timeless Wristlet

U R U Scarf

XXL Everyday Tote

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Fundraiser Friday

First, I am excited to tell you that we got our first 50 puzzle pieces sponsored for our puzzle! Thank you so much, Diener family! I will start putting it together tomorrow and will take pictures of it so you can see the progress.

This week I'm not really going to talk about our current fundraisers, because I want you to start thinking about the fundraiser we will begin in January. Have you heard of 31 Gifts? If not, you're about to. An adoption friend, Angie Mohr, will be holding a fundraiser show for us beginning in January. I will have more details next week, but in the meantime you can click here to start looking at her website. They have such cute things. Angie and her family are currently waiting for a referral of 1 or 2 boys from Ethiopia. They were DTE on 11/21/11 so they are anxiously awaiting that phone call from America World. You can check out their blog here.

Also, I will be taking the books I talked about in the previous post to Half Price Book Store on Sunday, except for those that people have asked about. If you would like to buy any of the books I have listed, please let me know before Sunday or they will be gone. :-)

Friday, December 7, 2012

De-Cluttering my life: Books

In an effort to get rid of clutter, I am beginning a winter project of getting rid of things we don't need/want anymore. Tonight, I started with books. I have to tell you that this is NOT easy for me since I love books, but since I have very little time to read anymore, and other people might get more use out of them, I started sorting. I originally was going to just take them to Half Price Books and sell them there, but before I do that, I wanted to give my FB friends and blog readers (all 3 of you..haha) first chance at getting some books if you would like them. Of course, the money that we make will go directly to our adoption. These books are not listed in ANY kind of order, but I did try to put them together if the books were by the same author or in a series. I have listed the books by title and then gave the copyright date and ISBN if there was one listed.

So you may be wondering how much these books are. Well, that's up to you. Make an offer on them and we'll probably take it. If I will be shipping them to you, I will need you to pay for the shipping, but I will ship them as cheaply as possible. If you would like to buy one/some, either leave a comment as to what your offer is and what you want or send me an email at with "Book Order" in the title so I look at it quickly. I am also posting these on and we will be selling them on a first come, first served basis. Tonight I cleaned off 4 shelves and these are the books that we are getting rid of:

The Bookshelf for boys and girls volume 1: Nursery Favorites Old and New, 1955
The Bookshelf for boys and girls volume 2: Happy Hours in Storyland, 1955
The Bookshelf for boys and girls volume 3: Folk and Fairy Tales, 1955
The Bookshelf for boys and girls volume 4: Pictures, Stories, and Music, 1955
The Bookshelf for boys and girls volume 6: Famous stories and verse, 1955 (Yes, we are missing #5)
The Bookshelf for boys and girls volume 7: Nature, Recreation, and Physical Development, 1955
The Bookshelf for boys and girls volume 8: Stories from Every Land

Stories Children Love, 1958 is written in front cover. This was a previous library book*

Exploring Time with Dora: 2004, 1-4127-3177-1

A is for Apple, 2005

My Little Golden Book about God1975, 0-307-02105-X

Green Guide Insects of Australia, 2002, 9781864367379

LGB** Benji, Fastest Dog in the West 1978

LGB of Hymns 1985, 0-307-02003-7

Did Dinosaurs live in Your Backyard? Questions and Answers about Dinosaurs, 1998, 0-590-13085-4

Spongebob Squarepants Bottoms UP! 2002, 0-689-85181-2

Focus on the Family 20 Bible Stories Every Child should Know, 2004, 0-7847-1586-6

Pride and Prejudice, former library book, 1962, 0-590-08576-X

The Bourne Supremacy, 1986, 0-553-26322-6

The Bourne Identity, 1980, 978-0-553-59354-9

The Bourne Ultimatum, 1990, 978-0-553-28773-8

The Last Juror, 2004, 0-440-24157-X

The Summons, 2002, 0-385-50382-2

The Testament, 1999, 0-385-49380-0

The Brethren, 2000, 0-385-49746-6

The Cross and the Switchblade, 1962

36 Hours with an angel, 1990, the binding is a little worn, but otherwise it's OK

Betty Zane, 1903, hard back, binding is taped but still in pretty good condition considering it's age

Hidden Rainbow, 1957

Return from Tomorrow, 2007, 978-0-8007-9432-3

Cassie, The Girl with the Hero's Heart, 1997, 0-8280-1096-X

Ask Suze about Insurance, 2000, 1-57322-421-9 (We have more of these books, just haven't gotten to them yet)

The Passion of Jesus Christ, 2004, 1-58134-608-5

Deeper Kind of Calm, 2006, 1-60006-075-7

Streiker's Bride, 1993, 0-89109-731-7 (I think I have a sequel to this book as well, just haven't come to it yet)

The Little Blue Kitten, 1964, former library book

Disney's Hunchback of Notre Dame, 1996, 1-57082-173-9

Mitzi and the Terrible Tyrannosaurus Rex, 1982

LGB Tootle, 1945, 0-307-02097-5

The Incredibles, Play a Sound book, 2004, 1-4127-3029-5

Just The 2 of Us by Will Smith, 2001, 0-439-08792-9

Dinosaurs, 2003, An Usborne book

Baby Einstein First Words, 2008, 978-142311302-7

Circle of Life, 1994, 0-7868-6148-7

Key Words Reading Scheme: Fun at the Farm, 0-7214-0478-2

Troll Treasury of Animal Stories, previously a library book, 1991, 0-8167-2240-4

Strawberry Shortcake The Berry Best Friends' Picnic, 2003, 0-448-43134-3

My Prayer Book, The Lord's Prayer, The Lord is my Shepherd, 2001, Allied Publishing Group

My First Big Book of Questions and Answers of The Bible, 2002, 0-7853-6777-2

My Big Book of Spanish Words, 2008

Circus, Circus, 2005

The Little Red Car, former library book, 1979 is written on the card envelope

Time-Life Books, The Cowboys, 1973

A color of his Own, 1975, 0-439-71588-1

Selected Hymns in Large Print, 1964, From the American Lutheran Church: NO music, just words

Care Bears Caring Contest, 2002, 0-439-45158-2

Walt Disney's Lady and the Tramp, 1993, 0-453-03052-1

I've Seen Santa, 2006, 0-439-89533-2

The Squire and the Scroll, signed copy, 2004, 1-59317-079-3

Scotts Lawns, Your Guide to a Beautiful Yard, 2nd edition, 978-0-696-22969-5

Things I see in Church, 1999, 0-570-05489-3

Salt and Light, 2007, 978-0-9612999-5-8

A Girl Named Sooner, 1972, 0-380-00216-7

Highland Hopes, 2001, 0-7642-2452-2

Rift In Time, 1997, 0-8423-5500-6

Hidden in Time, 2000, 0-8423-5501-4

The Covenant, 2002, 0-7642-2330-5

The Heart's Lonely Secret, 1994, 0-8007-5542-1

God's Handmaiden, 2004, 0-310-24699-7

*Some of these books were in a public school library that closed down. They will have the check-out card and envelope in them. You might even see my name on some of the cards. :-) 
**LGB = Little Golden Book

Fundraiser Friday...The Puzzle

Today's featured fundraiser is our puzzle. I had a really hard time deciding what puzzle to get for our daughter from India, but I just kept coming back to this one. After all, we will have our own Indian princess one day. We did a similar fundraiser for the boys and I love being able to show them all the people who helped bring them home.

For this fundraiser, people/families "sponsor" a piece for $5. We will then write your name on the back of the piece(s). When the puzzle is complete, we will glue it together and frame it with glass on each side so not only will our daughter see the puzzle, but she'll be able to see the names of the people who helped bring her home. So far we have had 0 pieces sponsored. I would LOVE to get this puzzle started NEXT WEEK!

To sponsor a piece, you can send us a check, cash, or money order to us at 111 N Engdahl Ave, Oakland, NE 68045. You can also send us money via Paypal by clicking the link we just added on the right. We would, however, prefer money in the mail because Paypal does take 2.9% + $0.30 per transaction, so we wouldn't be getting the full amount (so a fee of $3.20 on a donation of $100).

Who is going to sponsor the 1st puzzle piece?

Today I Kissed an Angel

Today I kissed an angel. I knew it from the start. The first time my angel smiled at me; I gave away my heart.

Today I kissed an angel; This angel child of mine. Though not of my creation, My child by God's design.

Today I kissed an angel. My heart is dancing wild; Our family, by a miracle; Blessed by our angel child.

All I Really Want by Steven Curtis Chapman