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Friday, November 30, 2012

Fundraiser Friday

It's been a while since I have talked about our ongoing fundraisers, so I'm going to do it now.

Amazon I have an Amazon store and when items are purchased on here, we will get a commission. Right now I have only health and beauty products and books, but I will be adding other things as well. If there is something specific that you would like to buy and help support our adoption, please let me know and I'll try to get it added to my store. On the left of our blog, you will also see a search box that allows you to search for anything you can think of. The product will be displayed right there on our page at which time you can click on it. If you hover your mouse over the web address, as long as it says DruckFamilyAdo-20 at the end you know you are supporting our adoption.

Books: Half Price Book stores will buy used books from people to sell at their stores. If you have books in piles because you don't have room on your shelves anymore, we would be happy to take those books that you don't read anymore so you can put the new ones on the shelves. Just let us know and we will come pick them up.

Cans: If you don't recycle your cans, let us do it for you! We would like your uncrushed aluminum cans so we can recycle them for you. Not only are you helping the earth by recycling, you'll be helping us with our adoption expenses!

Cards for a Cause: This past Thanksgiving weekend, I was able to sell several more boxes of cards, which was great! I just got a new shipment of the all-occasion cards so if you would like to get a box, please let me know. There are 30 cards in the boxes and you can have it for only $31.10 plus shipping if I can't deliver it to you.

Coupaide: This fundraiser allows you to get a $50 Restaurant.com gift certificate for only $20! We will in turn get a check for $10 for each certificate that is purchased. To see what restaurants you can choose from, click here and enter your zip code. There are thousands of restaurants that participate with Restaurant.com, so see what is close to you! We have currently had 1 purchased, but we'd love to see a lot more get this great deal!

Just Love Coffee: We had this fundraiser with the boys and people really liked it so we kept it going. We get paid a set amount for every item purchased, which is outlined below. I always like it when I see that Just Love Coffee check in the mail!

13oz. Coffees (non-small lot): $5
Taste of Africa (4) 6oz. Sampler: $7
Tour of The World (4) 6oz. Sampler: $7
Coffee Cupper's Sampler: $19
Jamaica Blue Mountain (small lot): 4oz. ($3)  13oz. ($9)
5oz. Tin Colombian Cup of Excellence Lot #1: $5
6oz. Kenya AA (small lot): $3
Special Blend–I Love Mom: $5
T-Shirts: $5
Sale T-Shirts: $3
Sale Hoodie: $4
Beanie: $3
Hat: $3
Travel Mug: $3
Stoneware Mug: $2
16oz. Steel Tumbler: $2
Aeropress: $5
Aeropress Microfilters: $.25
Coffee Scoop: $1
Chemex Brewer: $3

Sponsor a Puzzle Piece: Look at this gorgeous puzzle that we will be putting together for our Indian princess. Each piece can be sponsored for only $5 and you will get your name written on the back of the puzzle piece. When we frame it, we will put glass on the back so our child/ren will be able to see all the people who helped bring them home. Also, since there are 1500 pieces, if we get all the pieces sponsored by the time we are finished with our dossier, we will ALSO have all the money raised to send it in!


In the new year, I will have some other fundraisers as well, but for now we will keep up with these. If you have any questions about any of the fundraisers, don't hesitate to ask! Thanks so much! 

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Seasons of Crafts show

This weekend I will be in Lincoln at the Seasons of Crafts show with a Pampered Chef table. While this isn't your "normal" fundraiser, all the money that I make at this event will be going towards our adoption. It is at the Lancaster Events Center at 84th and Havelock Avenue in the Lincoln Room. The show will run from 9-4 on Saturday and 10-4 on Sunday. I will have some cash and carry items as well as a 10% discount on any catalog orders placed at the event. I have attached some pictures of a few of the cash and carry items that will be for sale. Also, if you mention this blog post, I'll give you a free Season's Best cookbook while supplies last. I hope to see you there!

The versatile brownie pan. With the purchase of this, I will also email you an eCookbook with over 50 recipes for this pan including pizza, breakfast bakes, lasagna, meat loaf, etc.

The shimmering glass platter. A must have for your holiday entertaining!

Anyone who buys/orders the trifle bowl will also receive a trifle bowl recipe book including a yam trifle, banana split trifle, apple spice cake trifle, and many, many more!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Update on India program

I know it's been a while since I have blogged about our India adoption and it's because there hasn't really been anything to report. We are still steadily building our dossier and fundraising. However, yesterday we got a call from Melissa at AWAA in the India program telling us about a change. Following the conversation, we got this email:

Dear Families:

CARA* has announced that they are closing to any new applicants/registration from December 1, 2012 to February 2013  due to “sufficient number of applicants registered for inter-country adoption.” We do not know if this means they will reopen sometime in February or soon after. We do know that last time they closed it took several months longer for them to reopen than originally anticipated. Therefore, we want all families to be prepared for potential delays in re-opening and the unknowns of when that will happen and what new quotas or rules may apply to the process at that time.

Currently AWAA has families in the following stages of their process:

1.       Completing paperwork/not yet registered with CARA: All families who have not yet been registered with CARA were called this morning and informed of their various options.
2.       Registered with CARA and waiting on orphanage assignment: These families are aware that CARA is updating their internal website and we will be notified of the orphanage assignments after that time.
3.       Assigned an Orphanage: Many families are waiting for confirmation from their orphanage assignment regarding their dossier and referral waiting process. Orphanages are still operating for inter-country adoption though we continue to expect delays in communication with the orphanages.
4.       Waiting for Approvals: Some families have received a referral or referral review opportunity and are waiting for approvals from the orphanage or courts in India. Orphanages and courts in India will still be processing adoptions.

Please feel free to continue to call or email me with questions about your adoption process. Our offices will close Thursday and Friday this week for the Thanksgiving holiday but I am in the office for the next few days. AWAA will be praying for CARA as they reorganize their system and for all our families in the India program.

If I don’t talk to you again before the holiday, I hope you have a blessed Thanksgiving with your family and friends.

Sincerely,

Melissa

This happened last year at about this same time and they reopened in February so I FULLY expect them to reopen again. When Melissa called us, she gave us various options of what we could do. They are:

1.  Withdraw from India and transfer to another program: This was not even an option for us. The path of international adoption is filled with unknowns, slow-downs, changes, etc. We knew this when we signed up for it. Since we aren't even done with our dossier, this just means we have more time to get it finished and when they DO reopen, we could be at the top of the list to get assigned an orphanage.

2.  Hold all paperwork: We could suspend our home study and paperwork if we did not feel 100% sure we would want to register or continue when India reopens. Again, this wasn't an option either. We KNOW we have at least a daughter (and possibly a sibling group) in India somewhere and we will continue on until we get her/them home.

3.  Continue paperwork, complete home study. Once our home study is completed, they will send us the 1-page CARA registration form and with those 2 items we would be ready to register with CARA when it reopens. We could also then move forward with the I800a USCIS application and the rest of our dossier documents so everything will be ready when we are registered and assigned an orphanage. This is the best option if we are 100% sure we will move forward regardless of when they reopen. The only downfall to going forward with the I800a is that there is a small risk of paperwork expiring if India doesn't open back up until later in the year, but generally speaking as long as our paperwork is not older than 12 months when it is submitted to India, we will be OK for the initial dossier mailing to the orphanage. Later, when our paperwork is presented at court, all families will have to update paperwork or complete complete new paperwork according to that specific orphanage and court rules. These details won't be known until we get to that point of the process.

We could also wait on the USCIS application, but it does have to be submitted within 6 months of finalizing our home study.

So, at this point we are still working on our dossier, raising money via fundraisers, and praying every day for our daughter/children in India. We are also praying for the family that this really affects...those who were so close to getting submitted and now won't be able to for at least 2 more months.

*Central Adoption Resource Authority

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Fundraiser Friday - Blessings Unlimited

We are still having our Blessings Unlimited fundraiser! This will run for 8 MORE DAYS so get your orders in! Here are a few other products that Blessings have.

This pocket pillow has a stitched-on pocket where you can tuck a note, photo, or friendship token! This little pillow will appeal to friends of any age. Message on the pocket reads: True friendship is poured out from God's hand. Upon the moment where two souls meet and recognize it, there is a comfort and joy born that will grow into one of the most beautiful gifts ever given. Scripture on back: Your love has given me much joy and comfort. PHILEMON 1:7 NLT. 8" square fabric pillow.


This wooden block pillar set has verses on each side that spell out PRAY and HOME, two of the greatest words in the English language. Display candles, ornaments, or just add a touch of color to a tablescape with these bold blocks. The tall block spells PRAY: Pray with joy. PHILLIPIANS 1:4 / Rest in God alone, PSALM 62:1 / Affect the world. JAMES 5:15-16 / Yearn for the presence of God. PSALM 73:25  Measures 9" H x 4" W x 4" D. The shorter block spells HOME. Honor each other. ROMANS 12:10 / Open your heart. MARK 12:33 / Make the Lord your trust. PSALM 40:4 / Enjoy peace. JEREMIAH 33:6. Measures 6"H x 4"W x 4" D.

Tears in a Bottle: When you want to give a truly gorgeous gift from the heart, look no further. This glass bottle adorned with a single teardrop pendant is a stunning reminder of how much God cares for us - right down to the tears that we weep. The ornate touches of silver and mottled glass make this a gift that will be treasured for years to come. Scripture on card attachment: You keep track of my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in Your bottle. You have recorded each one in Your book. PSALM 56:8 NLT. Measures 5" in height.

Large Pathway GlobeIf I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me. PSALM 139:9-10 25" circumference, 15" tall. 

Gracious Lazy SusanPass the salt and pepper, please! A common request soon to be made easier with the convenience of our Gracious Lazy Susan. Made of dark, rich mango wood, this piece compliments a homemade meal and declares a gracious home is a place of peace from the embossed brass center. So gather the family around the table for meaningful conversation and a delicious dinner served with ease. Measures 15" and sits 2" off the table. Hand-crafted in India, each one is unique. Wipe clean with a damp cloth only. Protect the wood surface with hot pads when serving hot dishes.

Men's Journal: Made of durable, Fiscagomma simulated leather, our Men's Journal can be a powerful tool in strengthening your walk with Christ. Use it for compiling truthful insights, logging meaningful Scripture, and noting the battles fought and the victories won. Neatly debossed on the front of the journal is the encouraging Scripture, For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11 NIV (which happens to be my FAVORITE verse in the Bible). Measures 4 3/8"x7 5/16". Pages: 192, grid design. Scripture on each page. Self-dated. 

Blessings Cardholder: This fun, metal cardholder is a great place for displaying cards, notes, pictures, menus, or treasured art from your children. Perfect for the kitchen, entry, or living room wall, or anywhere you want to display these family blessings! The brown finish blends with any decor and makes a great gift for birthday, housewarming, wedding, or anniversary. It has 33 ring clips. 35" long and 5" wide.  This also happens to be the most popular item with Blessings Unlimited. 

Forever Wall Clock: This distressed wooden clock will not only get you to church on time but it will complement any decor. The copper numbers add a rustic, weathered charm while the soft taupe letters on the white background read, The Lord is good and His love endures forever. PSALM 100:5 NKJV. Hand-crafted in India, each one has unique characteristics in the wood and copper numbers. Measures 20" diameter. Requires one AA battery, not included. Easel not included.  

Grace and Gratitude casserole dishGratitude, Our God we give you thanks. Ceramic. Holds 2 quarts. Circumference is 11". Height with lid is 6 1/2". Oven, dishwasher, and microwave safe.
God Made Just One: Remember those books your parents read to you when you were a child? The one that you just had to hear over and over because you loved it so much? This is destined to be one of those books. God Made Just One is a delightful way to celebrate your child's one-of-a-kindness. With adorable art by Ellen Matkowski and catchy sing-songy content by Bonnie Jensen, this book will help your child embrace the person God made them to be. Measures 6" x 9". 24 board book pages.

ABC Magnets: I know that I posted about this last time, but now I have a picture of the individual magnets I thought you might like to see. 

Story of Christmas Family Puzzle: What a wonderful way to spend time as a family during the holidays and teach your children in a fun way about the Christmas story from Luke 2. Your family will enjoy watching this beautiful, colorful picture of the story of Jesus’ birth materialize as you lock the pieces together. Puzzle is 20" in diameter when all three rings are put together. (Cute little girls are NOT included)

Celebrate PlateOur hand-painted Celebrate plate is designed to bring lots of smiles and lots of love. Whether giving it for a special occasion or “just because,” it will certainly make someone’s day HAPPY! Message on plate reads: You are special, loved, adored. A gift from God, a sweet reward. Your smiles light up every day. You bless the world—hip, hip, hooray! You’re fun to be with, fun to love, a happy treat from God above. So thankful He created you—let’s celebrate with much ado! The beautiful Scripture on the underside of the plate reads, He will take great delight in you, He will rejoice over you with singing. ZEPHANIAH 3:17 NIV. Embossed design. Ceramic. Measures 12" diameter. Microwave and Dishwasher safe. 

Blessings Door Bucket: As guests arrive at your front door, they will be welcomed with this prayer on the Blessings Door Bucket, “As you enter through our door we ask the Lord to greet you with peace and comfort joy of heart and blessings sweet and new.” The bucket hangs from the top scrollwork design and is 14" deep. Add flowers, branches, or greenery to decorate your front door for any season. Suitable for outdoor use. Hand-crafted in India. Measures 6¾"×3"×20".



To place an online order, follow these steps:
 
1.  Click here
2.  Click "Guest Sign In" on top
3.  Create a New Account (unless you already have one, then you can just sign in)
4.  Fill in account info (* denotes mandatory)
     Create your own Username and password
5.  Enroll
6.  Fill in Primary Information
7.  Proceed
8.  Fill in Home Address
     THIS PART IS IMPORTANT! In the first line put in your street address and in the 2nd line put "Re:    
     Adoption"
9.  Copy Home Address into shipping (unless shipping to another address)
10.  Finish.
You can then click Shop Online and start ordering some fantastic products!
If you have any questions about Blessings Unlimited, a particular item, or need help with your order, please contact Alice at blessingsforever@live.com or call her cell at 402-380-3303. 

Friday, November 2, 2012

Fundraiser Friday - Blessings Unlimited

Our Blessings Unlimited fundraiser has officially begun! This will run through November 18, so you'll have your products in PLENTY of time for Christmas! I sent you links for some of my favorite products last week, but this time I'd love to know what YOUR favorite products are! Could it be one of these that I have listed?

HOME DECOR: Check out this GORGEOUS Lazy Susan! I chose this one because it is hand-crafted in INDIA! Yes, that's right! I would LOVE to see someone get this Lazy Susan for your table!


KITCHEN AND TABLEWARE: How cute is this Celebrate Cupcake Stand and Wrappers? Each wrapper has a either Psalm 126:3 or Matthew 25:23 printed on each side!

JEWELRY: This Joy bracelet is a beautiful way to express your faith! Three of the charms each have one word: Hope, Live, and Joy.

STATIONERY: I saw this Happy Heart Puzzle Card at the county fair when I was introduced to Blessings Unlimited and loved them at first sight. What a unique way to bless a friend or family member! Send each piece one at a time and at the end they'll have a wonderful keepsake from a dear friend.

FUN FOR KIDS: How cute are these 12 oz. Christmas mugs for your child who loves hot cocoa! The mugs are embossed ceramic. Each mug has Happy Birthday to the King written on 1 side.

GIFTS FOR HER: Let the favorite woman in your life know what a blessing she is to you with these colorful Blessings Blocks. Make a word for yourself or pick one of the 13 words they have listed already.

GIFTS FOR HIM: Moments of Strength for Men gift book was written for men to encourage and strengthen them in their walk with God.

BE COMPASSIONATE: Let someone know that they make a difference with these ceramic You Make a Difference tokens. You get a set of 6 that each come in their own organza bag.

SEASONAL: I love this Holy Family and Angel Nativity. It shows the holy family being held in the protective arms of an angel. It is crafted from Indian mango wood.This would make a beautiful addition to your nativity scene or to place on your mantle.

These are just a few of the products that are available. Check out their entire website and start ordering! This show only runs for a couple weeks, so don't wait too long! Here are the ordering instructions.

To place an online order, follow these steps:
 
1.  Click here
2.  Click "Guest Sign In" on top
3.  Create a New Account (unless you already have one, then you can just sign in)
4.  Fill in account info (* denotes mandatory)
     Create your own Username and password
5.  Enroll
6.  Fill in Primary Information
7.  Proceed
8.  Fill in Home Address
     THIS PART IS IMPORTANT! In the first line put in your street address and in the 2nd line put "Re:    
     Adoption"
9.  Copy Home Address into shipping (unless shipping to another address)
10.  Finish.
You can then click Shop Online and start ordering some fantastic products!
If you have any questions about Blessings Unlimited, a particular item, or need help with your order, please contact Alice at blessingsforever@live.com or call her cell at 402-380-3303. 

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