Thursday, June 7, 2012

Adoption Raffle to Celebrate our Dossier

Our dossier (fancy for "huge stack of important papers that have taken us six months to get ready") is DONE!  We put it in the mail to our agency yesterday and are so unbelievably excited to be one step closer to our son!

And what better way to celebrate this HUGE milestone than with a raffle?!

We have some amazing prizes donated by some seriously generous friends . . . you'll definitely be wanting a chance to win!

Our first prize is a gorgeous tote that was made and donated by my friend Jeannette Barnes!  We met Jeannette during our first year of marriage at Doulos in Branson almost 9 years ago!  She is an amazing seamstress . . . you can check out her many other creations at her Too Cute Designs by Jeannette Etsy shop.

The TOTE bag is an EXTRA LARGE size tote bag ...when measuring the base dimensions are: 16 inches wide and 8 inches deep and 16 inches tall ...when laying flat and measuring the side to side seams it is 23 inches wide.... with a shoulder strap drop of 12 inches. Features 8 roomy pockets around the interior and a magnetic snap at the top.

This beauty retails for $60!!  Wonder who will be walking around with this on their shoulder next week?!

The next prize was donated by my friend Jenn Cole.  Jenn left NOLA a few years ago (sniff, sniff), but still wanted to help us raise money for our adoption even from a few states away!  Jenn is a consultant with Thirty One and has graciously donated one of their Making Memories Thermals!  (This thermal is not only amazing, but is only normally available to someone who hosts a Thirty One party . . . this might be your only chance to get your hands on this thermal!)

I'm not going to lie, I would LOVE to have this prize!  But it is valued at $129 so that will only be happening for the lucky winner of this raffle! :) 

Our next prize was donated by one of Chad's friends from college, Stephanie (Dowden) Moon.  Stephanie makes a wide range of incredible goodies for her business Moonpie Designs.  I have some pictures of a few of her creations, but she also has more pictures of options on her blog.

The winner will get a custom made order and will have a $30 gift certificate toward that purchase! 

Like I said, these are just a few of the things available!  Here are the prices so you can get an idea of how far the $30 will go!  (You know I'm dying for some of those blocks and that Africa wallet . . . so jealous right now!)

Burpies - $20
Bibs- $15
Barefoot Sandals - $10
Mini-Wallet - $15
Wood Blocks - $4 per block
Hand Towels - $10
Paci Clip - $5
Fabric Flower pins/hair clips - $5
Ruffle Butt onesies - $20
Personalized shirts (for pictures/birthdays) - $20

And last, but certainly not least, we will be including one of our adoption t-shirts in the raffle too!  And don't worry, if the winner already has a t-shirt, they can give it away as a prize . . . you'll bless someone else and be spreading the word about God's heart for orphans!

So let's just recap . . .

A too cute tote, a thermal cooler (with wheels!), $30 toward a custom creation, and one of our fabulous adoption t-shirts! 

So here is how the raffle will work . . .

A $5 donation will receive 1 entry for the raffle.
A $10 donation will receive 3 entries for the raffle.
A $20 donation will receive 7 entries for the raffle.
If you give more than $20, I'll let you know about the number of entries!

Steps to enter the raffle . . .

1. Use the Donate (PayPal) button on the right side of the blog to make your donation or you can pay me directly.
2. Let me know about your donation through facebook, email or by commenting on this post.
3. I will send you an entry number(s).
4. I will use a random number generator to pick the winner.

After you donate, if you share the link to this blog post on your blog or on facebook, I'll give you an extra entry! Just let me know that you shared the link!

I'll announce the winner on Tuesday, June 12 so you only have a few days to donate and spread the word!

Remember that all the donations will help us bring Easton home from Ethiopia!  Thanks!


  1. Hi! Congratulations on your new son! I found your blog through Stephanie Moon and donated $10. I am also an adoptive mom and sister :) Praying your new son comes home soon!!

  2. Thank you Sarah ... for donating and for praying! Since I don't have your email, I'll just give you your entry numbers on here ... 9, 10, & 11. Good luck and be sure to check back on Tuesday!

  3. This hits near and dear to my heart, and I am honored to help in this small way. I have such a passion for helping people with HIV/Aids, particularly children who are born with it. God is already and will continue to use you through this adoption. May God bless you for giving this boy a loving and Christian home. I donated $25 so hope this helps with some of your upcoming expenses! (Email is in case you need it for any reason)