Sunday, January 30, 2011

This week's fabulous giveaway!

Posted by Angie at 11:24 PM
Heeeellllllllloooooooo bloggy friends!!

Hope ya'll had wonderful weekends!  I know we did...gorgeous weather down here in the South.  Plus, I'm super excited to announce another giveaway today!! Oh yeah!  Ok, so today's necklace was donated to us by The Adopt Shoppe.  She has an Etsy page HERE and a Facebook page HERE.  This week's one lucky winner gets to PICK any one of her $10.00 necklaces!!  If you win, are you going to choose a scripture necklace?
Or, perhaps you are an adoptive mama and would LOVE one of these....
Or wouldn't you just ADORE something like this for yourself or as a gift?
What's that you say?  None of those quite make your heart sing?  Well then, by golly you should just head over to her online shop and check out the DOZENS of necklaces I couldn't fit into this post.  Go on, take a gander!  I can practically guarantee that you will find something that you just love!

Ok, so before I get to how you can win, first I want to tell you about the wonderful woman who makes these.  Here is her story, as she tells it:

My husband and i have been married for 11 years. We lost 2 baby boys before we had our 2 bio children, Madison & Mason. After M & M, the doctors said we couldn't have any more children. We've always wanted to adopt, but didn't know where or how to start. A friend told me about some missionaries in Taiwan that help women there that are willing to give birth to their babies and make an adoption plan for them instead of having abortions--which is incredibly common and VERY accepted, even encouraged there. We did some research on Taiwan. They worship SO many gods over there still. Pretty much any and every god but the TRUE and living God in heaven. My heart broke for these women/girls that had very little options/ no one to turn to or help/ and no faith in God. We wanted to ensure that at least one of these babies from Taiwan grew up knowing without a doubt that God the Father loves her. We brought Mia home in August. She was 5 1/2 months old when we brought her home. If you've adopted before, you know the cost involved. When we traveled in August, it was in the peak traveling time to/from Taiwan, apparently! We had to charge the outrageous cost of the plane tickets to a credit card. That's what I'm working to pay off. And after that is done, we will start saving to bring another little one into a Christian home! Thank you SO much for your help in our adoption(s) and for your interest in our story!

Isn't that just precious?!  And of course, her little girl is simply adorable!
Ok, so by now I am sure you are just ITCHING to know how to win!!  So, we have all seen ones, boring ones, successful ones, complete failures.  The Future Papa and I have been wracking our brains for ways to raise money for the adoption...things to make?  Items to sell?  And we would LOVE to draw on your wisdom! is how you can WIN THE NECKLACE OF YOUR CHOICE!

To enter, simply leave a comment describing:
~a fundraising idea that totally couldn't love it any more!
~a fundraising idea that you really wouldn't recommend...too much work, hard to sell, whatever!

These can be ideas that you have done or even just seen.  Feel free to submit as many failure/success ideas as you have!!  Each tip = 1 entry.  They can be in the same comment or different ones, it really doesn't mater.

We will be drawing a winner this Friday, February 4, 2011 and announce it in a post!!!!!

Can't wait to see what you say!
Much love,
Future Mama
*please support us through our journey with your prayers, advice, and donations.  help us bring our child home.  see our donate tab.


abby said...

We did the garage sale thing TWICE and it was SOOOOOO much work but didn't really make a lot for the amount of work that was needed. I know some people make a ton a money from g-sales just didn't work for us. What did work for us was carwashes. It was only about 4hrs of actual work and double the g-sale profits. My friend had a zumba fundraiser that was A LOT of fun and she said it was fairly easy to organize. Hope that helps a little:)

Roxie Olsen said...

My suggestion would be to look more into domestic adoption from the foster care system in your local area first. There seams to be lots of misunderstanding and fear about this type of adoption, but I know there are also many, many, many wonderful family's made this way. Mine included. My husband an I were foster parents for 2 years. Only fostered newborns. Cared for 4 and adopted 2. We got our son at 3 days old from the hospital, and finalized his adoption when he was 22 months old, and got our daughter at 6 weeks and finalized with her at 6 months. The two littles that we didn't adopt were for sure hard to let go of but knowing that we gave them something that their parents or extended family couldn't at the time was worth every minute. And the relationships we formed with there families was also wonderful.I know for sure that their are two sweet healthy little boys out there that have a much better chance at being able to bond,and love and form lasting relationships because they received what they needed in those early weeks and months. Also I wouldn't trade the time I got to spend with two of our birth moms for anything ( our adoptions are however closed and we currently have no contact with the moms, but we parted on good terms) But that is a whole other story! : ) I know that there are MANY ways to adoption, all of which are equally beautiful, and special.This one just happens to cost (in terms of $) NOTHING( well I think we paid for the fingerprinting and CPR certification) and you can even get Legal insurance for very inexpensive that will cover the attorneys fees and some court costs when you finalize the adoption. I can't tell you the number of people who are COMPLETELY shocked when they fine out how, and where we adopted our babies from. I just know that often times people aren't completely informed about adopting threw the foster system before they choose a rout. I would say that if you haven't met with someone from your county or city DSS/CPS office, gone to an information meeting, contacted a local Foster Parent support group, or at least gone to your states website about the Foster/Adopt process I would recommend doing that. You would get the most "real" information from a Foster parent or former Foster parent in your state ( because they will know the laws and be able to explain the process to you more clearly). It is next to imposable to get a straight answer from a State case worker, partly because they are just too busy to call you back! : ) Just my PSA for the day! And if you HAVE fully informed your self of the options and need in your local area, then I would suggest maybe find something you , and/or your husband are good at and enjoy, maybe a hobby, or craft, and figure out a way to make it into a way to raise funds. Like if you play piano; teach lessons in you home to young children, for a competitive rate. The possibilities are endless! Or make and sell things at your local farmers market, craft bazaar or local community center. Take in " Laundry"! There are lots of people who clean houses, but I know from experience it is hard to find someone who will do laundry/ironing! Since you don't have children (yet) BABYSIT! I'm sure if you marketed it as a fund raiser for your adoption people in your church and friends would sign up of a " parents night out". Your church may even let you use there nursery/gum to host the event. Have volunteers sign up to help out with the kiddo's and plan a snack and activity. Maybe once a month? Or just baby sit for family's who don't have extended family in the area. My husband and I are always looking for responsable adults, verses teens, that are willing or available to babysit (almost impossable). And we would pay top dollar! Wana move to NC! Ha! May the lord bless,grow, and speak to you threw your entire journey to become parents. : )


Shelley said...

A pie auction is a good way to make some money especially if you live in a community where people love to bake and help out. I know in our community we raised quite a bit with a pie auction and when a pie would come up that everyone knew the baker and knew his/her pies/cakes were the best others would bid upwards of 50+ on a single pie! Its a lot of fun for everyone involved and it lets everyone from the bakers to volunteers to the buyers feel like they are making a difference in the life of someone.

Michelle on January 31, 2011 at 10:25 AM said...

Penny collection! (I know you have already seen it on our blog!) But really just ask everyone to give you their pennies, we have $2000 from it so far! And you would not believe the people that told me they use to THROW THEM AWAY!!!

carrie said...

We had a garage sale this fall and it went incredibly well, above and beyond expectations! (I credit that to all of the prayers and support from family and friends). It takes a lot of work; finding people to donate, picking up and organizing donations, lining up tables, advertising, setting up, etc. But it was well worth our time. It was a great way to interact with the community, to share with our neighbors what we were doing, and to (hopefully) touch some more hearts to consider adoption. We made a few posters with pictures, statistics, and articles about adoption and the needs in Ethiopia. Several people offered to donate baked goods, which really brought in a lot of $. After all was said and done, we brought in around $2,700. My best advice is to pray that the Lord would direct you to an opportunity that works for your family. We really felt He did this with us, and we felt His hand orchestrating the events throughout the whole weekend.
Carrie Lahman

Lisa on February 1, 2011 at 9:15 AM said...

Good luck with your efforts! The jewelry is gorgeous; thank you for calling attention to this sweet family!

I think someone might have already shared a variation on this, but a coworker of my husband's and his wife raised money by distributing baby bottles to firends who placed them at their worksites; they asked folks to fill each one with pennies and they offered to donate every other bottle to a charity in the country they were adopting from! It was a huge success......they raised over $2,000 and most bottles ended up being filled with "silver" not pennies! :)

I have also seen blog or online related auctions be very lucrative; if you have crafty friends or find Etsy owners who wish to have their items highlighted, then you start the big at a certain minimum ( each item is donated) and you set an ending date! You will have to factor in shipping, but very little overhead otherwise!

Finally, a local family we knew organized a walk/run for their adoptive cause; there was a fee to enter, which covered a t-shirt and was in part a donation to their adoption. They may have also sought pledges.....I can't remember all the details now, but we participated and it was lots of fun! Racing for Baby, I think they called it! :)

I have also heard of folks using their latent skills and talents to raise money. If you have an amatuer magician in the family or can paint faces at a kid's party! Dog walking.....babysitting.....

Good luck as you move forward!!!

Sarah on February 1, 2011 at 9:21 AM said...

I know people have already mentioned it, but we had HUGE success (over $5,000) with a garage sale. We had it at our house, but tons of people donated stuff and helped out. We also had a donation jar out and I was shocked at how many people donated money while shopping at the sale!

Terri F. on February 1, 2011 at 10:15 AM said...

Fundraising can be challenging, but here are some things that have worked for us:

1. A HUGE garage sale where almost everything was "by donation only". We included a bake sale along with it and made over $3000...enough to pay our first fees when we were starting out.

2. We created a cookbook with recipes from families and friends. We used Morris Publishing, and called it Forever Family. We are still selling these, and they have been very popular.

3. My sister, also an adoptive parent, created unique t-shirts to sell as well as self-publishing a book of her own poetry (she's quite the writer!)

4. Selling pieces to a puzzle, maybe even a puzzle of your child's photo or the country you are adopting from. As people buy pieces, you can write their name on the back of their piece(s) as a reminder of those who helped to bring your child home.

5. If you are creative in any way, or have friends who are, you can sell almost anything. I have made cards to sell for our adoption.

6. An on-line auction blog with donations from families and friends...this has worked well for a lot of my friends, and we are getting ready to try it out for ourselves.

Good luck!

Maplemcvety said...

We have three adopted answered prayers and pray that God has plans for us to adopt one more time. We have done grants and loans, and are now seeking ways to fund this next one. Garage sales have worked well. Praying your baby comes home soon!

Meredith on February 2, 2011 at 7:50 AM said...

Garage Sale - we advertised about it benefiting our adoption, asked family and friends for their 'junk' and wanted to make our application fee. We almost tripled it! It was a bit of work but a complete success!

Meredith on February 2, 2011 at 7:51 AM said...

Dinner/Silent Auction - we're working on this and while it's been a bit of work, it's also been fun and we can't wait to figure out the date and see all the people who are supporting us through this adoption

Meredith on February 2, 2011 at 7:52 AM said...

T-shirt sales through Ordinary Hero or 147 Million Orphans - so simple, hardly anytime and an easy reward!

Meredith on February 2, 2011 at 7:52 AM said...

Just Love Coffee - same as t-shirt sales :)

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