Sunday, July 29, 2012

Three Days Left

There are only THREE days left of the Over-The-Wall Giveaway to benefit the Rogers Family.  They have raised several thousand of the dollars that they need, but are still short!  They got their travel date and will be leaving to meet their beautiful daughter BErnadette and their handsome son Mason in just a few days!  Please share this giveaway and donate any amount to enter!!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012


We went camping last week!  It's one of my favorite things to do.  My Honey and GirlofGod did most of the cooking.  Here are pictures of our first mornings' breakfast: eggs, sausage patties, fried potatoes with sausage gravy.  Who says you can't eat good in the woods?!

God did His best work in our mountains, I think.  Who wouldn't want to live here?!

We had such fun bouldering, climbing and hiking.  It's the best form of exercise I know.

There's more about our adventure over at TeachingtheCrew.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Travel Dates!


The Rogers Family got their travel date and they get to leave NEXT WEEK!  Bernadette and Mason will soon know the feel of their loving Mama's arms wrapped around them.  Please consider entering the Over-the-Wall giveaway to help them.  You can win one (or more) of many wonderful prizes and help these two orphans come home!

Click the link, donate at the box in the post, and leave me a comment.  Include the amount you gave and your e-mail or other contact information.  I will not publish your comment, so your info will be safe.

Please help bring these children HOME where they belong!

Saturday, July 14, 2012

For The Love Of Innocence

Oh, the number of children needing families can be overwhelming.  Browsing page after page of faces at Reece's Rainbow can seem to make the problem so large, but only if we get our eyes off of the Lord where they belong!  He is so much BIGGER than any problem!  Over 500 children have come home in the 6 years that Reece's Rainbow has been working for them.  So far in 2012, there have been 85 homecomings! More are coming home in the next weeks, as many families are traveling this very minute.

Despite all of those happy endings, many children have been passed over month over month, year after year.  Is it because of a poor expression in their picture?  Because they aren't as handsome or cute as others?  Because their needs seem too great?  Perhaps it's because the devil is opposing their adoption for a spiritual reason we don't understand?  Perhaps it's because you haven't seen your child's face yet and they have been waiting for you to choose them?  Please look....really look at these faces this Lord's day.  Choose one to pray for, to advocate for, to help to build their fund financially, or even to bring HOME!  Please.

Abbott, 5 years old and surviving at a mental institution. How he longs to be held and cherished!

Nana, who has spent five years alone.  She needs her mama to come.  She won't do well institutionalized.

Talia, five years old and so smiley!  What joy she will bring her family!  Why has she been listed for years without being chosen?

Tiny Alexandra suffers from Brittle Bone disease and looking at the pictures is not doing well.  Where is her mama? Five years she's spent in a crib; will she have to suffer and die alone?

Tina is in a poorer region and is facing transfer any time.  Can you imagine her shock and confusion as she is taken from all she knows, plunked down in an institution and left. Please pray for this to not happen to her!

Someone has to be looking for six year old Austin. He's in the same region as Abbott; perhaps they could be brothers?  He will never have a chance at a life outside of an institution.  How he will thrive with proper nutrition and love!

Church, RISE UP!  The Lord has commanded us in James to minister to the widows and orphans.  Not all can adopt, but we are free to pray constantly.  Not all can give financially, but the effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails MUCH!  Will you pray? Give? Share and advocate for the orphans?  Ask the Lord is He is calling to you to bring one or more of these precious, innocent lambs home?  Have you asked Him?  Please pray!

There are many bloggers posting about the 63 "most passed over" children of Reece's Rainbow.  Here's a sampling of addresses that you can cut and paste to get to other stories of other children.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Let's Bring Them Home!

We're a little over a week in to the Over the Wall Giveaway and the Rogers Family is closer than ever to their goal!  They only have about $3,500 to go before they are fully funded!  These are the funds they need for their airfare home with the children, food and lodging while they are in country and passport, medical and other various fees they will incur.
I can't wait to see them home, smiling and holding on to their Mama and Papa.  I imagine Bernie with her hair grown out and held back in pigtails, swinging in the park.  Her brother, Mason will have some chub in his cheeks and be running circles around everyone!

Gone will be the endless days spent wandering the same bare room with nothing to do all day.  Gone, the days of just enough food to get by. Gone, the going to sleep without being tucked and kissed.  Gone...because THEY ARE GOING HOME!

To be a part of their homecoming and have a chance at some great giveaway items, click the link below.  Donate using the widget in the post and leave a comment ON THE POST!   The days are ticking down; make sure to be a part of this miracle homecoming!

Monday, July 2, 2012

The Over-The-Wall Giveaway

Look at the adorable faces below.  The little beauty in red is named Bernadette.  The handsome little guy is named Mason.  They need your help! At this moment, Bernadette and Mason have $6386.22 in their adoption account.  Their parents are traveling very soon and are about $6,600 short of what they need to be able to get them.  I want to help get them "over-the-wall" and be free to focus on leaving rather than funding.  Also, right now they have a $1000 matching grant!  Each dollar given automatically doubles!  Where on earth can you get a 100% increase on your investment AND help save two lives at the same time?

These two beautiful children are in a decent orphanage.  They get their physical needs met, but because they have Down Syndrome, they are stuck in a boring room away from all the other children. All they had in their future was a promise of "life" at a mental institution.  However, their loving adoptive family is coming and they have property where the children will finally be able to run and play, and they will be cherished.  Let's not let a measly $6000 stand in their way of Mel and Erika getting them for

Here are the rules and details: 

1. You may share this giveaway on Facebook, Twitter or your blog and leave a comment ON THIS POST to earn one free entry into the giveaway. Please leave a link to your blog if you blogged about it. I'd love to read it! 

2. When you donate to the FSP, leave a comment ON THIS POST and let me know that you did and how much you donated. I will not post this comment. PLEASE leave your name and main e-mail address in your comment so I can contact you if you win. 

3. If a winner can not be contacted for 7 days after the giveaway ends, the prize will be donated to another giveaway.

4. Only comments left ON THIS POST will be entered.  

5. This giveaway ends at midnight, Pacific Time, on August 1, 2012. I will draw names on August 2nd.

Entries are as follows: 

$5.00 - 1 entry
$10.00 - 2 entries
$20.00 - 5 entries
$35.00 - 9 entries
$50.00 - 13 entries
$75.00 - 19 entries
$100.00 - 25 entries
$150.00 - 36 entries
$200.00 - 47 entries
$250.00 - 58 entries

$500.00 - 110 entries

Here's the tax deductible FSP that you use to donate.  Just click the donate button.


Now, for the fun part...PRIZES! Please check back often as prizes may be added after the beginning of the giveaway.

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The winner will have their choice of one year of BiblioPlan, in e-book form.  This is a classical Christian literature and history curriculum, using a four year rotation: Ancients, Medieval, Early America and the World and Modern America and the World. What an incredible offer for homeschoolers!  A huge thank you to BiblioPlan for the generous donation.

A $50 gift certificate from Lucky Lady Apparel. The proprietor, Sarah, is a very talented seamstress who crafts lovely purses, dresses, slings and more.  Be sure to like her  Facebook page to see each new item as she creates it!  Thank you, Sarah, for the gift!

This crocheted farmer's market bag, along with twelve veggies, will delight any child and spark imaginative play.  The Waldorf style of education highly recommends play items like this for a child's development. It would make a great Christmas gift, as well!
There's an ever popular Pick a Child prize!  The winner of this prize will get the privilege of choosing any child or adopting family on Reece's Rainbow to get $25 added to their fund.  Thanks to Maureen and Steve for this generous donation!
There's ANOTHER Pick a Child prize!  The winner of this prize will get the privilege of choosing any child or adopting family on Reece's Rainbow to get $25 added to their fund.  Thanks to Alison for the donation.

Handiwork for Lilly

A $15 gift certificate to Handiwork For Lilly, a craft blog that raises money for Lilly on Reece's Rainbow.  The winner of this prize will be able to choose $15 worth of merchandise and both the Rogers Family and Lilly will benefit! Thanks to Christina for donating!  

*The* cutest pair of baby shoes you have ever seen,  These are approx. newborn to 3 months size.  Perfect for a baby shower gift if you don't have a tiny babe in your own arms. Thanks to Monica for her donation!

This is a crocheted lap-ghan, perfectly sized for couch use or for a person who uses a wheelchair.  Worked in deep, elegant colors, it adds a handsome touch to any home.  

These are full sized seasonal flags perfect for decorating your home for the season.  The set includes Thanksgiving, Spring, Autumn and Christmas flags. These are out of their packages but in like-new condition.

A Girls Gardening Set includes a kneeling pad, shovel and gloves all in a Disney Princess theme.  This was graciously donated by Lowe's.
An Herb Garden Set!  This kit has everything your child needs to grow their own herbs.  Kids love to be able to grow food and help prepare it into a meal for their family.  This was graciously donated by Lowe's.

A Boy's Gardening Set.  This kit features Diego and includes a kneeling pad, shovel and gloves.  This was graciously donated by Lowe's.

Here's a date night graciously donated by Chili's!  If you win this, you will be mailed these five $5 coupons to be used in any restaurant in the nation.

This is a counted cross stitch kit that includes all you need to make this design.

This is a printed cross stitch kit that includes everything you need to craft TWO Precious Moments bibs for your favorite babe.
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The winner of this prize will receive TWO gift cards.  Perfect for a Mother-Daughter afternoon, the winner gets $10 at Panera Bread and $9 to spend at an American Girl store.  

"Blue Beauty" A handmade creation by Kristen, who has an extraordinary eye for attention to detail.  Wouldn't this look lovely against a pure white summer dress?

"Sweet Simplicity" is a necklace and earring set also created by Kristen.  This set reminds me of the art deco period.

"Golden Lace" is beautifully wrought with accents of purple and green.  Thanks, Kristen, for all the beautiful donations!