Saturday, March 10, 2012

Simply: Adoption {And the Winner Is!}

Congratulations to Heather G. on winning the first ever Meme Simply giveaway! I am so blessed by the support of so many of you as we came together and had a very successful My Thirty One party. Each and every one of you should know how grateful I am that you were willing to support someone you have never met, just because I asked. What it really means is that God has given you a spark in your heart for his people, for ALL of his people. Especially the tiny helpless ones. This sweet babe has a wonderful future ahead of her! I can not wait till she is home in her Mama's arms and I can share that with you all! Until then, keep shopping ;-) (feel free to join any open party on Dawn's site) and more importantly, keep praying! Pray for the paper work, pray for the government agencies in both China and America. Pray for policy makers that will make decisions that both protect the integrity of international adoption AND make adoption a swifter process. Pray for The Haas family as they wait. Pray for the brothers, that God will prepare their hearts to welcome a new little sister. Pray for Jessa, the precious child that God so tenderly told Dawn that He Sees.

Since I can't share sweet Jessa's picture with you, I'll share one of my favorite china adoptee during her gotcha trip with my beautiful sister. My precious niece Mei Mei. Thank you for being a part of this journey, for being connected on that red thread the Chinese saying talks about  "An invisible red thread connects those destined to meet, regardless of time, place or circumstance. The thread may stretch or tangle, but never breaks."

Friday, March 9, 2012

Simply: Adoption FINAL CALL

I will be closing our fundraiser out tomorrow afternoon. You have until 8pm tomorrow for your order to count towards the giveaway! If you were on the fence on choosing an item, go for it now! Times a wastin' :-)! I have loved herearing what you have chosen.

There is some big news on the Haas adoption front and Dawn finally gave me permission to share it with you!! This week Matt and Dawn accepted a referral!! This means that they have accepted a baby and made official steps to claim her as their own. They have also given her a name, a beautiful name! 8 month old Jessa Jaelle will join the Haas family in (God willing) less than 6 months! Praise him from whom all blessings flow!

This, I might add, makes fundraising even more urgent... so go for it.... snag that organizer tote you've been eyeing!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Giveaway countdown 5 days left!

There are five days left and even though the comments section here is kinda quiet. (Ahem) theres is some activity happening on my facebook page. So today, I thought I would jump in and help get you excited about My Thirty One! I myself tend to become like a porcupine when a friend announces shes starting a home buisness. I mean, really. everyone sells something, and I have been burned so many times with friendships turned into constant sales pitches. I would not be doing this giveaway unless I personally knew that A. the money is going to a very very very good cause and B. the product is actually worth buying! I've been noticing Thirty One bags everywhere lately. A friend in Balins preschool class has the organizer tote, and a woman at walmart had a bag in the same print I've ordered! SOO Cute! So Come, on! Join the fun and be a part of a sweet baby girls life story!

I made an order too :-). With soccer season upon us, and three trips a week to the soggy soccer field with ALL three kids in tow I needed a way to keep team snacks, balls, activities for the littles, my purse, drinks and everything else all together. Getting in and out of the van can be chaos. So I ordered the large utility tote in the windsor bouquet print. I personalized it with our family name in a bright turquoise. Because this is a special occasion I used the rest of my personal allowance to order the about town blanket and a matching soft wallet too! Get this- the blanket is lined with a waterproof nylon backing so those sweet little bums can watch their brother without getting soggy!

Another great idea is to shop for what you will be shopping for anyway! Easter is right around the corner! The mini utility bin is only 8$ with a 31$ purchase. At 10x8x8 it is a perfect size to pack goodies from the easter bunny, and then perfect for storing toys or art supplies once all that chocolate is gone!

Mothers day is also right around the corner! Gift certificates are available! These would also make great teacher gifts! So have fun, get creative, and remember this is all in the name of bringing a precious baby home to her forever family

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Simply:: Adoption {Haas Part 3}

Yesterday I told you about my sweet friends business and her efforts to earn the money to pay for the expenses involved in adopting her little girl from China. Today I ask you to join in the shopping fun and enter to win a little something for yourself....
Its Giveaway Time!!

I am so excited to be bringing you the first ever Meme Simply Giveaway! I've wanted to do one for a while, but wasn't sure what to give! I was working on some projects for my Etsy site that is empty and on long term holiday. I love working with felt and made some adorable coffee sleeves. They make awesome teacher gifts or perfect take to a friend with their coffee treat. They fit any size or brand coffee "to go" cup, hot or cold. I specifically made these Ladybug sleeves with adoption on the brain. Chinese baby girls are often symbolized with lady bugs. The winner of the giveaway will receive a coordinated set of two ladybug coffee sleeves and a $10.00 Starbucks gift Card!

Entry is easy! Any of the following will earn you an entry (or entries)!
1. follow my blog. I do this not to gain a longer list of readers, but in hopes that others who see who you follow will hop on over and join the fun. Every follower I have is automatically entered. (1 entry)
2. Share this post on facebook or twitter (let me know you did!) (1 entry per media site!)
4. Share about this fundraiser on your blog (tell me how you did!) (2 entries)
3. Go to and browse the catalog! Come back here and tell me what your favorite item is! (1 entry)
4. BUY SOMETHING (5 entries)
5. Host your own online My Thirty One party! (If you live in northern Colorado you can have one in person ) (signing up to host will earn you 5 entries. contact me @ for details)

You can enter any way or ways you want! I will be selecting the winner Saturday March 10th at 9:00 pm. Drawing will be done by the young child reaching into a hat method. PLEASE help us get the word out and bring this baby girl home! If you want to help the Haas family financially but do not want to shop from this website, you MAY send them a donation directly. Contact me at for the address.

Thank you so much for your help!