Monthly Archives: March 2009

WHEW!

We have looked over and approved the rough draft of our HS and it is now in the hands of our SW to forward to our agency! We are moving right along…

Oh and btw, although the above photo is not our actual paperwork, our stack is similar and a tad bit more disorganized. (insert sheepish grin) Why must I be so honest in these blog posts??

USCIS, HERE WE COME!!!!!!!!!!!

Taking it Easy

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Camera: Canon Rebel XTi Exposure: 1/2000 Aperture: f/1.8
Focal Length: 50mm ISO Speed: 200 Mode: Manual

Well, I am happy that the children are having some free time to be outdoors, soak up some Vitamin D and play with their pets. We are still focused on school since we had so much time off while everyone was sick last month. The kids and I went for our TB tests today. We will have rechecks for them on Thursday and then all we have to do is wait for my passport to arrive and we will have EVERYTHING checked off the social worker’s list! Hooray! I am also excited that I get to meet Tami and her cutie pie Noah later this month! Tami and her family are coming to Houston for a few days and we plan to meet up at some point. I will have my camera ready!

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Our Grant Fund

January 2013

We were accepted to the AdoptTogether grant program! This is a place where those who would like to donate to our adoption fund may do so through our profile page on the AdoptTogether website. Use this link to visit our page. https://adopttogether.org/roomformore/ 

All donations are tax deductible and a year end statement will be mailed to you from AdoptTogether at the end of the year.  Even if just one dollar is donated, it will make a huge difference to our adoption efforts. 

Yummy Coffee


January 5, 2013


First off, ignore the date of this post that Blogger posted…This was the only way I could fit more pages on my drop down menu ; ) We are raising money to pay our agency fees for our second Embryo Adoption. We earn $5 for every bag of coffee you purchase from Just Love Coffee Roasters! For us to receive credit, please click HERE to shop . Those who have supported purchased have sent me rave reviews about how delicious the coffee tastes and these reviews come from very particular coffee connoisseurs ; ) Even one bag makes a HUGE difference in helping us meet our goal! 


Here is the link to shop again….CLICK HERE
Send your favorite coffee-lovin’ Valentine a special treat! 
Thank you Everyone!!




Online Auction

Edited: 1/5/13

Thank you to all who bid! Most items were snatched up and since 100% went to our adoption fund, December’s auction came to $417.00! Check back for our another auction coming soon!
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To see our December Adoption Auction on Facebook, follow this link. If you are not on FB, I have listed all the items below for you. Leave a comment with your bid and I will add it to the FB auction page. I will also let you know if you are outbid so you can have  a chance to bid again. There are 22 items and I will be adding a couple more in the next day or two, so please check back!

Here are the “details” if you want them 😉 and following that are photos of all the items and descriptions and opening bids.

The Robison Family Adoption Auction 


This auction will raise funds for the Robison family’s second adoption through Embryo Adoption. 100% of all money raised will be donated to the family’s adoption fund.


The auction begins at 9:00 a.m. CST on Thursday, December 6, 2012 and will continue until 9:00 p.m. CST on Wednesday, December 12, 2012.


Starting bids are listed in the description of each photo. You may bid any amount you choose by commenting under each picture. Please keep bidding amounts to full dollar increments. If needed, we will ship items to you for the most economical service and we will charge you the exact shipping you will see printed on the label.


The winner of each item will be notified under each picture at the end of the auction. Payment is required in 3 days. Failure to pay during that time will mean that the item will be offered to the next highest bidder.

Payments are made directly to the Robison Family Adoption Fund via Paypal or check. Once you have been announced as a winner, please send an email to ajourneyoflove@gmail.com for payment details.




All items were lovingly donated, so 100% of all sales go straight to the adoption!! Please feel free to pass this link on to your friends. Remember, just leave a comment with the item you want and your bid. Thank you everyone and happy shopping! 

Pampered Chef Stoneware Rectangular Cranberry Baker (new in box 2012) – $49 value
Its rich cranberry exterior lets you debut family-size cakes, casseroles and entrées on your table with style! Lasagna looks especially elegant in this glazed baker. 13″ x 9″, 14 cups. 
Opening Bid: $38
Krups Espresso Machine (new in Box) –$200 value
The Krups XP5240 won’t keep you waiting, with its Thermoblock heating system, this unit goes from cold to ready-to-brew in less than 40 seconds. You can also take advantage of the integrated steam wand to make authentic frothed or steamed milk. It’s never been so easy to make great tasting beverages! The XP5240 also comes equipped with a universal filter basket, letting you brew a single or double shot, as well as ESE pods. This is a factory refurb model, purchased from a Krups dealer and has never been opened and has everything included! Great for a gift or to make yummy espresso, lattes, and cappuccinos at home! Donated by a special friend.
Opening bid: $75

Gold Indian princess filigree bracelet (Retired-Hard to FInd!) — $24 value
Young, unmarried women in remote areas of India have few choices. Typically, they either remain in severely impoverished villages, or leave with hope of a better life only to wind up in the sex trade or working long hours for a pittance in sweatshops. Now, through Fair Trade, they are gaining independence, learning that they have value, and are even earning respect in their villages! Cara Green has graciously donated this brand new retired bracelet. This is a high quality, brand new bracelet. You will be VERY pleased. 
Opening bid — $24
(current bid $30 on 12/6)
Pampered Chef Snowman Plates. $22 value 
Build your collection! Set of four. 6″. Microwave- and dishwasher-safe. New in Box 2012
Starting Bid $12
Hand Sewn Beautiful Dress Set for 18” Doll — $25 value
This gorgeous dress, blouse, and hair scarf are all sewn with love and include details with snaps, bows, and decorative trim. Any girl would love this for her doll! (doll, shoes, and stand not included) Handcrafted and Donated by: Rebecca Robison
Opening Bid: $20
Vintage Dessert Stand (Dutch Blue)— $35 value
Upcycled from a vintage dinner plate and candlestick, this dessert pedestal measures 8 inches in diameter and 5 inches in height. Just right for delectable sandwiches, dainty cookies, or any other kind of tasty treat; this could also work well for your vintage inspired decorations! Hand wash only please. Created & Donated By Elena at http://lemonsandblueberries.blogspot.com/
Opening Bid: $15
Pumpkin Spiced Biscotti (one dozen)– $12 value
Like a sweater on a crisp, Fall day, these Italian cookies are best enjoyed with a hot cup of coffee or tea either on a back porch overlooking the fabulous autumn colors or in your own cozy kitchen with friends. Spiced with cinnamon, ginger, and cloves these biscotti serve well as a hostess gift, Christmas gift, or just because. Handcrafted with love and will be baked fresh for you! Baked to Order & Donated By Elena at http://lemonsandblueberries.blogspot.com/
Opening Bid: $10
Vintage Dessert Stand (Pink English Wildflower)— $35 value
Upcycled from a vintage dinner plate and candlestick, this dessert pedestal measures 9 inches (20.3 cm) in diameter and 5 inches (10.3 cm) in height. Just right for delectable sandwiches, dainty cookies, or any other kind of tasty treat; this could also work well for your vintage inspired decorations! Hand wash only please. Created & Donated By Elena at http://lemonsandblueberries.blogspot.com/
Opening Bid: $15
Super Soft Scarf/Hat/Clip Set–$40 value
You will love having this to keep you warm. Nothing scratchy about this set. So cute, so stylish, and so versatile. The clip can be worn on the hat, scarf, or hair. It is hand crocheted in a gorgeous speckled purple. Rich, warm, and ready to give as a gift or to wear yourself! Handcrafted & Donated by: Allyson Horner
Opening Bid: $20



Zachary Horner has donated a sealed copy of his CD Reflections.– $7.95 value 

Go listen to a sample of this talented young man’s music on his FB Page or here on BlueBehemoth. You will be blessed by his instrumental compositions.

Opening Bid: $7


How to Make Money Selling on ebay 3 eBook Set — $19 value
I have been selling on ebay for years, but Lynn knows all the secrets to success. Read her books and you will know how to shop garage/estate sales and buy items for pennies to turn around and sell them on ebay for a considerable profit. You will not be disappointed. Anyone can follow her steps. Her advice has helped us raise money for our adoptions and even pay the bills at times. Her expertise and knowledge is not to be passed up!
Opening Bid: $12
(current bid $20 on 12/6)
Custom Hand-Crocheted Baby Blanket, Booties, and Beanie — $35 value 
The pictures do not do this justice! I can send more pics if you want, but you will NOT be disappointed. This is absolutely beautiful, super soft, and full of detail. This was made with love by a very gifted and talented friend. Give this as a baby gift and I promise it will be treasured for years to come! Handcrafted & Donated by Stephanie Reed.
Opening bid: $ 20
Kristi’s Kandles Fresh Spring Collection (#1) –$22 value
These hand-poured, scented soy candles are long burning, are scented just perfectly and are ready for a gift bag or to enjoy in your own home. This auction includes one 8 oz Lilac candle & one 6 oz Rain Water candle. Handcrafted & Donated by Kristi Causey/Kristi’s Kandles. http://www.facebook.com/kristiskandles 
Opening bid $19

Kristi’s Kandles Holiday Collection (#2) –$18 value
These hand-poured, scented soy candles are long burning, are scented just perfectly and are ready for a gift bag or to enjoy in your own home. This auction includes one 8 oz Pumpkin Pie candle & one 4 oz Peppermint Bark candle. Handcrafted & Donated by Kristi Causey/Kristi’s Kandles. http://www.facebook.com/kristiskandles 
Opening bid $15
Kristi’s Kandles Yummy Scents Collection (#3) –$23.50 value
These hand-poured, scented soy candles are long burning, are scented just perfectly and are ready for a gift bag or to enjoy in your own home. This auction includes one 8 oz Apple Harvest candle & one 8 oz Pineapple Coconut candle. Handcrafted & Donated by Kristi Causey/Kristi’s Kandles. http://www.facebook.com/kristiskandles 
Opening bid $15
Nursing Cover (Boutique Quality)–$35 value
Brand New and beautifully custom sewn with 100% cotton material, boning (so you can take a peek), and adjustable straps with metal D-rings (because you just never know!). Machine wash with care and hang to dry to dry for best results. Created & Donated By Elena at http://lemonsandblueberries.blogspot.com/
Opening Bid: $15
Weekly Piano Lessons for a Month — $85 value
Paula Stringer taught my own children piano for many years. She is an energetic Christian woman with a love for her Lord, music, and children. She teaches all ages and levels. She has an extensive resume and is gifted in her field. Why not try a new skill for you or one of your family members? You will love Paula : ) 
Studio located near the FM 1488@FM 2978 intersection
Opening bid — $45

MudLove Bracelets — $10 value
These are two handcrafted clay bracelets from a small studio/gallery in Indiana. 20% of MudLove’s sales goes directly to help bring clean water to Africa. These bracelets are fun alone or look great stacked with other bracelets. These bracelets were purchased and shipped directly to us for the auction by Ashley.
Opening Bid: $8

2 Potato Chip Scarves & Clip Set–$30 value
Mixed Greens Scarf (63”) & Gold Scarf (53”) w/2 clips.
Dress up your favorite top and add style to your casual wear. Very versatile, wear it many different ways. These are very popular this season! Hand-crocheted. These are so fun. You will love these!
Made from 100% Acrylic yarn-Machine Wash/Dry
Handcrafted & Donated by: Emily 
Opening Bid: $15
2 Potato Chip Scarves & Clip Set–$30 value
Pink/Brown (64”) & Red/Black (64”) w/3 clips.
Dress up your favorite top and add style to your casual wear. Very versatile, wear it many different ways. These are very popular this season! Hand-crocheted. These are so fun. You will love these!
Made from 100% Acrylic yarn-Machine Wash/Dry
Handcrafted & Donated by: Emily 
Opening Bid: $15

2 Potato Chip Scarves & Clip Set–$30 value
Royal Blue/Cream X-Long (6.5 ft) & Royal Blue (59”) w/1 clip.
Dress up your favorite top and add style to your casual wear. Very versatile, wear it many different ways. These are very popular this season! Hand-crocheted. These are so fun. You will love these!
Made from 100% Acrylic yarn-Machine Wash/Dry 
Handcrafted & Donated by: Emily 
Opening Bid: $15

2 Potato Chip Scarves & Clip Set–$30 value
Turquoise (59”) & Green (47”) w/2 clips.
Dress up your favorite top and add style to your casual wear. Very versatile, wear it many different ways. These are very popular this season! Hand-crocheted. These are so fun. You will love these!
Made from 100% Acrylic yarn-Machine Wash/Dry
Handcrafted & Donated by: Emily 
Opening Bid: $15

Pampered Chef Large Serving Spatula (new in pkg. 2012 ) —$10.00 value
Serve hearty helpings of cheesy lasagna, crisp pizza and moist cake. Its solid handle is durable and comfortable. 5″ beveled-edge stainless steel blade. Dishwasher-safe.
Opening Bid: $5
(current bid: $14 on 12/6)
Floral Handmade Earrings – $25 value
These unique and eye-catching earrings are made out of a silver/grey stretch fabric. The ear posts are nickel. Have fun dressing up a casual outfit or wear them with a sleek black dress. Very versatile and boutique quality! Donated by: Mitzi Hood
Opening Bid: $12

Give1Save1 Video

Edited 1/5/13:

For those of you who missed it this Christmas here is the video that our boys and their friends put together to give as a gift of love to their tiny siblings we are adopting. The Give1 Save1 charity website chose the video to run 2 weeks in December. The generosity of the viewers and readers brought our family close to $900! Our adoption is finalized and we need $4,000 in order to proceed with shipping of the embryos to the clinic, the doctor’s fees and airline tickets for two trips. We are scheduled to go for our first appt in February and the Frozen Embryo Transfer procedure to bring our little ones “home” in March. These dates may have to be postponed, but we are still hopeful that we will be traveling next month.

Click HERE for the video link, read about what the Give1 Save1 shared about our family if you wish, scan down to the video (you will see a star), click there and watch! If you would like to donate to help bring our babies home, return to our blog main page HERE and click the donate button on the left hand side bar. Every $1 helps us reach our goal.

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