Dotting the ‘i’

My husband and I are complete band nerds.  In the best way possible.  We loved our time in our respective marching bands, and will demand hope that our children will share in this incredible experience themselves some day.

A certain level of greatness is evident even in rehearsal. The uniformity of our spacing? The hunger in the eye?  Eh, not really. We were all just looking for something to do.

I used a marching band metaphor a couple of weeks ago:

(It’s) like having a football game packed around the main attraction: the half-time show.

And Thadius’ adoption is a whole half-time show. It’s script Ohio. Sure, he’s dotting the “i”, but without every member of the band, he’s just a baby dude alone on a field.

Don’t get grumpy, Wolverines ;)

We need a strong band to bring this whole production home.

And those few words and a little picture brought on a cascade of blessings, financial and spiritual, allowing me to make a wonderful contact with Joyce and Sarah.

And I had a little idea. We would like to welcome our Thadius home with a meaningful representation of the people who helped get him there.  Script Ohio-style.

Andy and I are in the works to paint a 4 ft. x 7 ft. mural of a football field on the wall in the kids’ playroom.  Our goal is to sponsor 225 “members” of the band for $10 each, which will look something like this, except drawn by, you know, someone with talent (who has been contacted, no worries):

Pick the face and instrument of your choice!

As our band gets filled, I’ll print and laminate our members, and put them on the mural to spell out the name of our sweet new boy: Thadius. Well, except his real name. Which also has an “i” in it. Woohoo!

And when we have a whole mural, and our little boy has come home, we will make sure that he is the one who gets to dot the “i” to make our journey complete, and to kick off the next part of our lives together.

Here’s how it works:

1) Donate twenty dollars for each band member you would like to sponsor to our Chip-in (not tax-deductible, but immediately available, no further action needed) or to our FSP (tax-deductible, and send me a copy of the receipt at biglittledays at g mail .com).
2) I will send you an email with directions for getting an image for your band member(s).
3) I will email you back with your completed image, your file to keep, and I will make it a (soon-to-be modified into) very cool marching band dude/dudette for our wall.
4) The band fundraiser will continue until all of the marching band members have been sponsored, with our goal being before our second trip to court in (hopefully) late fall.

And for those of you who still have absolutely no idea what I’m talking about, I present The Best Damn Band in the Land, doing what it does best:

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Closer to You

Tomorrow I will share our newest fundraiser project!  Stay tuned!

Some days I can’t believe we’re actually making progress on adopting Thadius, but we are.

Many people were thinking that once our home study was complete, and we were approved to travel, we would be bringing our son home on that trip.  Our country in Eastern Europe works a little differently.  So, in agonizingly sparse outline form, here are our next steps, as I understand them, that will lead us closer to our sweet boy.

Our homestudy is being finished right now.  Once finished, the homestudy needs to go to two places.

1) The US customs and immigration service does this beautiful thing now that allows adopted children to avoid having green cards, but quickly become American citizens.  To do this, we pre-approve our adoption through them so that we can get his travel visa at the US Embassy (with his country’s passport) just a day or two after we get him.  To prepare, we submit the USCIS form and homestudy here.  They will give us an appointment date to go get fingerprinted for background checks.  The approval should come within a month after that.

2) The whole homestudy must be included in our referral documents.  We have not been matched with Thadius officially.  Once we send the giant packet of documents (marriage certificates, financial statements, etc.), our country will match us with a child who fits the description we have provided.  Magically, this will be Thadius if he is still available.  (There is less uncertainty in this than it seems.)  1/3 of agency fees due at this point.

3) We receive our referral in 2-6 weeks and get to show you his picture!

4) We receive an invitation to meet the referred child so we can officially accept the referral. Remaining 2/3 agency fees due at this time.

5) We travel to the country for 5-7 days.

6) We meet with a magistrate and officially accept the referral.  We return home.

7) We compile any remaining documentation into an official dossier and submit them for translation ASAP.  In the meantime, our facilitator sends a paper back to the adoption center in our child’s region (about 30 days) and requests to bring our whole dossier before the judge.  Facilitator receives a date to bring dossier in.  Facilitator receives a court date (that we need to be at) 3 weeks out or so.

8) We receive the court date to return (now 2-3 months from our last visit).

9) We return to country for 10 days, get doctor’s exams, and appear before judge.  Adoption is granted, pending 30-day wait period.

10) 30-day wait period during which his family members may appeal.

11) We return to country for 4-7 days for gotcha trip.  Adoption from country is official!  Stop at US embassy and receive visa for our little man, who will become a US citizen when we land on US soil.  He will have dual citizenship with his birth country until age 18.

12) We have 4 follow-up visits from 3 months to 3 years from our social worker, who will write 4 brief reports to submit to the country that our child is doing well.

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So, when I say we are acting in faith, you can see, I mean it.  When I say we are doing this in obedience to God’s call for us, I mean it.  When I say we aren’t doing this for personal gain, but to give life to someone for whom no one else is coming, I mean it.  Last year, fewer than 1,000 children were adopted from this country.  Even fewer of those children had an identified special need.  When I say that this is not only a huge financial hurdle, but an emotionally trying time, I mean it.

But when I say every word of encouragement is a blessing to us, I mean it.  When I tell you every dollar that you have given us tells us we are rescuing someone valuable, I mean it.  When I tell you that we will not grow weary, that we are achieving a level of organization, follow-through, and persistence we would have previously thought impossible, I mean that, too.

Because bringing Thadius home is not impossible, only difficult.  And we are not alone.  We have the greatest support network of families who are walking here with us.  But, even more importantly, we have a community of readers and friends who look at us, and look at the list above, and don’t see impossible.

All they see is one step closer to you.

Lessons For a Dollar

Every weekend after the offering at Mass, a kids’ offering is collected. That means that our kind priest holds the collection basket and swirls his finger in the air over his head, signaling the round-up. All of the children run forward and place their donations of money or a note about what they are sacrificing or doing this week in service to others.

My wonderful son is five years old. That’s old enough to see that money means things, and that mommy and daddy determine where the money is spent. Yesterday at the overcrowded farmer’s market, we saw a man selling pop guns. JR was instantly drawn to them, and I offered him both reasons we would not be getting that today: “We didn’t come for pop guns, but aren’t they great?” And the reminder “That’s not in your budget,” …clearly not what he wanted to hear.

So this morning, when it was time for Papa to hand out the kids’ dollars for the offering, JR refused to go. He didn’t look at me, he just smoothed his dollar out and rolled it up again, and said no. I reminded him that the money is used to do God’s work on earth, and if a friend was hungry, wouldn’t you invite him for dinner? The answer was still no, and Mass continued.

As we went up for communion, I gave JR another chance to drop his money off.  He refused.

After Mass, I explained that it really isn’t our money, but God’s money that He enabled us to earn. I asked JR to decide if his dollar should go to the collection or in the garbage. When we hide our offerings from God, it’s better that we put them in the garbage than to buy something for ourselves.

And that’s when he put his head on my shoulder and cried with the pure grief only a five year old can, “I want to buy a pop gun.”

Oh.

I saw it all in that moment. He didn’t know how to get what he wanted, and giving this dollar up would put him so far behind. I saw what a million mothers before have seen: a child who can’t have the desires of his heart, looking in the wrong place to get those things.

Oh.

So, I hugged him. Mass was long over and we were sitting out on the back steps and his heart was just able to hear. I told him our little secret. That when we give to God what belongs to God, He gives us the desires of our heart. That when we refuse to give more because then we won’t have enough, we are missing out on trusting God to meet our needs.  I told him that, even though we don’t have all the money to bring Thadius home, we are still giving money to families who have a more immediate need than we do.  We know that God is meeting our every need, and want.  JR said again through tears “I really want a pop gun.”  I put my arm around his shoulder and we headed out.

And just when I thought all hope was lost, as I walked our little boy back to the car, he put it in my hand.

A rolled-up, so much closer to a pop-gun, dollar bill. He pushed me back towards the church, and asked me to give it for him. We did it together.

Tonight I’m going to make a chart. Just this one time, instead of the usual $1 to earn this week, JR is going to have the chance for six. Five for a pop-gun, and one for church. Sometimes God works on a heart who can give you so much more than what you could ever raise on your own.
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To date, your donations and purchases have raised $4,671. We are 1/3 of the way to being fully funded. Thank you all so much for letting go of the dollars that would have brought your own pop-guns home.

We have a winner…

THE GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.  THANK YOU FOR HELPING US RAISE OVER $3000, AND SECURE AN ADDITIONAL $1000 MATCHING GRANT!  ONLY $11,000 LEFT TO MEET OUR GOAL!  STAY TUNED FOR FUTURE FUNDRAISERS!  

Thank you for all of your support: shares, donations, advocating, prayers…no gift is too small!

We can’t show you our precious boy’s picture yet, but we know you “see” the potential in him.

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Tuesday Night Update: Congratulations to the winner of our $500 gift card/ Donation to a Reece’s Rainbow child or family of your choice:

Congratulations to our winner, who heard our story on the Classy Chaos blog, The Diaper Diaries!  Congratulations!  Jill contacted me and will be donating an additional $100 to another Reece’s Rainbow family!

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Tuesday Evening Update: Congratulations to the winner of our $200 Target gift card/ Donation to a Reece’s Rainbow child or family of your choice:

And the winner is: Amy D.!  Congratulations! Amy has graciously given her gift back to our Thadius.  Certainly not necessary, but lovingly given and joyfully received!  Thank you so much, Amy!

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Monday Night Update: Congratulations to the winner of our $150 Spafinder gift card/ Donation to a Reece’s Rainbow child or family of your choice:

And the winner is: Marcia Miars!  Congratulations!  Marcia has generously offered half of her winnings back to the Jobes family that is in-country now, and I talked her in to getting a massage with Lansing’s most skilled prenatal/all around masseuse (if I do say so myself!), Molly Massage at the Greenhouse Birth Center.

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Sunday Night Update: Congratulations to the winner of our $100 gas gift card/ Reece’s Rainbow donation to a child or family of your choice:

And the winner is: Lisa Polakowsi! Congratulations! Lisa has picked the Thomas family of Utah, adopting Gavin, to receive her gift instead!  Gavin is in desperate need of a kidney transplant and supportive care.  Godspeed to the Thomas family!

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Saturday Night update: Congratulations go to the winner of our $50 gift card to Amazon.com / Reece’s Rainbow Donation to a child or family of your choice:

And the winner is Joyce and Sarah E.!  (Our most recent donors, to boot!)  Congratulations!  The E. family has generously requested that their gift be donated to a RR family.  Their gift has been donated to the Westbrook Family of Colorado, that is travelling now to bring home Hailey.  Read about their  generous hearts, and unexpected need (they stopped fundraising early because they thought they were fully funded, and donated the rest to other families).

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Friday Night Update: We would like to offer our congratulations to the winner of the $25 Restaurant gift card/Reece’s Rainbow donation to a child or family of your choice:

And the winner is Linda Benham!  Congratulations!  Linda has asked that Artem for the Davis family from Utah be awarded with her prize.  Thank you Linda!

Stay tuned, share, comment, and donate to be eligible to win the rest of our great giveaway items!  Next winner announced at midnight Sunday, 7/29/2012!  It’s not too late to enter!

Matching grant!

I have been so good, you guys. I have known some great news for the past three days, and didn’t spill the beans. Aren’t you proud of me? Well, except, I was keeping the secret from YOU!

This week we were blessed with the opportunity to have EVERY dollar donated to our tax-deductible FSP or our Chip-In between now and the end of our Adoption Fundraiser $500 giveaway MATCHED, dollar for dollar, up to $1000. The giveaways go through midnight on Tuesday, 7/31/12!

This is a great blessing, and a great responsibility. We have been overwhelmed with the generosity of this gift, but even more overwhelmed by the outpouring of well-wishes, prayers, advocacy, and financial support these past two weeks.

Now it’s time to widen our reach, to ask others to see the potential and worthiness we all see in beautiful Thadius. To ask our core donors if they would share the message with friends, to bring new eyes to our mission, and have a donation make twice the impact. But, we can’t do it without you.

Our initial paperwork will hopefully be ready to send by the second week of August, and we would love to reach half of our fundraising goal by the time we travel.

And we have some great incentives to share the opportunity, including free entries in our giveaway. The prizes are like having a football game packed around the main attraction: the half-time show.

And Thadius’ adoption is a whole half-time show. It’s script Ohio. Sure, he’s dotting the “i”, but without every member of the band, he’s just a baby dude alone on a field.

Don’t get grumpy, Wolverines ;)

We need a strong band to bring this whole production home. And when every dollar means twice as much, it’s a great time to be a band geek. But only for the next 8 days.

Let’s go team!

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Update: Matching Grant goal has been met!  Thank you to everyone who has given so generously!

Fundraising and Freaking Out

Many people want orphans to find families. But, not everyone thinks families should ask others to help them out. After all, we don’t ask our friends and family to pay for our hospital bill when we have a baby. And that’s what adoption is all about, isn’t it? Bringing a new child into your home.

More succinctly, your family wants this; your family should pay for it.

So, let’s look at this assertion a little more closely. First off, we have to acknowledge that adoption, in some ways, is different from a birth. There is an associated cost to file paperwork to make the transfer of custody legal that is not covered by any insurance plan. This is NOT the same as “buying a child.” When we buy something, we are exchanging cash that is understood to be equal to the value of the item…even if it’s a great deal, ownership is transferred. In adoption, unlike buying, the child’s value is never being weighed against a cash system. The cash is to tackle the massive amounts of legal paperwork associated with transferring custody, and in some cases national citizenship, to the child’s adoptive family.

Secondly, unlike the birth of a biological child, the adoptive child has no claim on its biological or adoptive parents. That means that NO ONE, except a compassionate state, is required to care for a child given up for adoption. While the state generally meets all of the child’s physical needs, the state is incapable of creating a care system that mimics a parent-to-child bond, particularly in an orphanage setting. Thus, a child without parents, even domestically, even as a newborn, is at risk.

Think of one of your precious children, or even pets, being cared for by the postal service. Every town gets the mail delivered in a timely manner. But, some postal workers smile and talk to your kids. Some put your junk mail on the bottom of the good mail. Some put an extra $0.02 stamp on for no additional charge. And some are just plain mean. Like in the postal service, in an institution (or even foster care system), the quality of physical care is mandated and regulated, but the psychological care of the child is wholly dependent on the training and compassion of the caretaker. Many safeguards are in place, but a child who does not have invested, devoted caretakers is widely acknowledged to be a child at risk. Most people instinctively know that no child will reach his or her full potential outside of a loving family home.

Next, let’s consider parents who choose to adopt, either domestically or internationally. What is their motivation to adopt? Some would say if they are adopting to grow their own family, only they should cover all the costs. But, let me offer you this: any child who was not born into a family will in some way require more care. A child with special needs, or who has been institutionalized for any time will almost certainly require special care. Parents who adopt are fully informed and are still choosing to accept this child. That means that every person who is adopting a child is at least in some ways prepared that their child will have more special care needs than a biological child. This makes choosing adoption, at least in one way, more taxing on parents than birthing a biological child.

So now, there are levels of acceptance of asking others to contribute financially to bring a child home;

1) Absolutely no one should ask for anything to adopt a child ever. If you don’t have the money, you are not meant to adopt. You are enhancing your family.

2) Only special needs, international adoptions should receive any “charity” money because those kids will never be chosen first otherwise.

3) Only international adoptions should ask for money, because they are rescuing a child from life in an institution.

4) Only domestic and international special needs adoptions should be considered charitable causes, because the parents are getting less than they are giving by providing a home for this child.

5) Only older, foster adoptions should be considered for domestic fundraising (though this is rarely a concern, as most foster adoptions are subsidized by the state) because those kids need a lot of care to overcome previous abuse.

6) All adoptions should be considered for charitable donations, because all children need homes and this will make it more attainable for prospective parents.

All of these options are based on logical assessments of who is benefitting from the adoption more: the adoptive parents or the adopted child. Now, let me tell you what I think about all of this.

People are generally compassionate, but that inclination is easily overcome by worry that they are being snookered and some adoptive parents are just fundraising for the free ride.

And now, I need you to trust me.

Because I am going to ask you to press the “brain, don’t try to protect me from looking like a fool” button, and offer you this:

People believe orphans are better off outside of institutions. They grow stronger, learn more, and reach their full potential only when they have a loving caregiver who is fully responsible for them, who they can call their own.

Are you ready?

The path to reach all of these benefits, which we wish in our heart of hearts for every child on earth

…looks just the same as a couple who can’t have children, so they look to adopt.

…looks just the same as a missionary going overseas to build houses for grandmothers to become primary caretakers for AIDS orphans.

…looks just the same as a family of empty-nesters who can’t bear to think there is a child who they have the resources and skills to parent, apparently surrendering their retirement.

…looks just the same as a couple pursuing a cousin’s child who, unbeknownst to them, has been living in a group home on the other side of the country for three years.

…looks just the same as the couple who went this year to rescue a severely disabled 14 year-old who only weighs 14 lbs. from one of the worst human rights violating orphanages ever uncovered.

…looks just the same as a family who has four healthy kids and could easily have more but choose to adopt a baby from Eastern Europe with Down syndrome.

Who on this list is worthy? Who on this list could ask for financial support without you judging them? Who is doing it for themselves? Who can afford it? Why are they doing this? Who do they think they are?

But wait…didn’t we just say that we want these orphans to be rescued from being, well, orphans?

We did, and we do.

This part may be hard to accept, but it is the truth. The only way out of being an orphan is to make them part of a family. Families that already exist. Families who are already covering the bulk of the fees. Families who didn’t plan on this. Families who don’t have the excess money even if they had planned on it.

So, if you ask me if I think giving money to help orphans have a lifetime of access to clean water and food, loving parents who will embrace them fully as their own, access to world-class medical care, acceptance of syndromes that are shunned and unacceptable in their country, access to quality education, is acceptable…the answer is, internationally and domestically, YES! There is no CHEAPER way to do this than placing them into the arms of parents who will do all of these things for their adopted children.

Demanding that a family be financially prepared to pay cash to process the paperwork to transfer the orphaned child into this situation is condemning a whole generation of children to a lifetime of institutionalization or transient foster care.

If more people knew how much our world benefits from simply placing orphaned children into the homes of forever families, who from that moment on don’t ask for another penny, more people would be able to see themselves adopting.

I am not ashamed that my husband and I do not have access to $35,000 in cash.

Ask yourself if you are ashamed of needing to take out a mortgage to buy your home. Your family benefits, so your family pays.

Now ask yourself if you are ashamed for us that we are asking others to help fund the freedom of a little boy from life as an orphan. That is the only step we are asking for help with. The cost of adoption is not about the family who is adopting. It is entirely for the benefit of the child who will no longer be an orphan. He cannot pay. Cannot even take out a loan. But we can stand at his side, and pay on his behalf. We believe that there are people who want to be a part of that. We believe that our Thadius *needs* more than just his future parents to be a part of that.

Orphans are children who have been done a great harm, even if it was done out of necessity or love. They have been denied the un-earned love of parents that the majority of us have been given as a gift. When they are adopted they have a deficit to fill. Hearing a thousand little voices saying, “we prayed for you before we knew you, we gave for you because you had worth, we advocated for you because you are so valuable,” creates the loving cushion to help fill the void. We do all this in the hope that the sweetest words of a parent as she whispers “I love you. You are mine,” can land in fertile soil. Because adoptive parents become “real” parents awfully fast…and kids will need more one day. Proof that they aren’t flawed, and their adopted parents aren’t just kindhearted or worse, selfish. A thousand little voices will speak the truth these children need so desperately to hear from us all. We saw you, we gave for you, you are valuable.

When we stop freaking out about making the process of adoption all about who should pay for what, and instead about “child becomes orphan no more,” our hearts can see clearly what a noble cause we are pursuing. And what a worthy recipient of our prayers, tithes, and love.

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If you are moved to action, please join our efforts to bring Thadius out of an orphanage. We are working with an incredible organization that allows us to receive Tax-deductible donations(proof that it ain’t for us!), Reece’s Rainbow. We are also accepting Chip-in donations for our immediate expenses, but please know that such donations are NOT tax deductible.

Click this picture to donate to our ChipIn

For those wondering, we are asking for tithes for our little boy with the goal amount of what we believe we will need for our first trip in the fall ($15,000). We have a solid financial roadmap to take care of the rest. We trust, like ourselves, that all prospective adoptive parents give sacrificially for their own child, and believe the majority already plan and expect to do so, as minimum income requirements, and homestudy evaluations of financial qualifications are required to be approved.

The reason we are doing incentive-based fundraising giveaways is to engage a larger population of people who might not be actively pursuing ways to help an orphaned child get adopted. In a perfect world, we would have the opportunity to present our child’s need to a wide audience without incentives, but that is just unrealistic, and time is of the essence. Giving our donors a fun giveaway allows for a “reason” to share our story with a wider audience than asking for donations alone would garner. We believe people who are inspired by our story may be moved to action by our incentives. That’s how we started, and now we give just for the joy of it!

Also, please understand that I know I am generalizing about “good” home situations. In the interest of brevity and clarity of this important point, I am speaking specifically to the kinds of homes that do nurture and protect children and give them appropriate care and support so that they can thrive. My heart is always with children who are victims of abuse, and these words are in no way intended to ignore the pain of those situations. This information is based on the low death rates of children adopted internationally compared to those adopted in their home country. Wider, easier access to funding of all adoptions could change those statistics, but that’s a risk I am willing to take.

I am in no way insinuating that this is a call for government action. This post is meant to ease the fears of individuals who are undecided about whether financially supporting an adoption is appropriate or not.

Adoption Fundraiser $1000 Giveaway!

THE GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.  THANK YOU FOR HELPING US RAISE OVER $3000, AND SECURE AN ADDITIONAL $1000 MATCHING GRANT!  ONLY $11,000 LEFT TO MEET OUR GOAL!  STAY TUNED FOR FUTURE FUNDRAISERS!  

7/28/12: We have received our  matching grant!  Thank you all so much, on behalf of one loved, blessed, and truly precious little baby boy…who doesn’t know any of this is happening for him.  Thank you, Lord, for bringing us all here together.

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Thank you to the many people who have read our story, shared it, and donated to make one little boy with Down syndrome an orphan no more.

We are holding a giveaway. Of some really great the things.

And here’s how it works:

1) Easy-peasy free chance: Share this page and giveaway using social media, and win one chance for every “share” (FB, share the link to this giveaway on your wall and “like” Big Little Days Blog so you can tag us (add in @Big Little Days Blog in the message of your post somewhere), Twitter tag @BigLittleDays #giveaway in your post) or, leave us a comment here with the link for all other social media shares. Win up to three chances each day!

2) Donate any dollar amount to win two chances for every $10 donation.

3) Leave a donation in multiples of $18, a traditional Jewish blessing amount (a sweet gift from one of our encouraging readers), and win 3 additional chances for each $18 donated.

Donate to our Chip-In (not tax-deductible) account to help us cover immediate expenses or to our Reece’s Rainbow Account (tax-deductible) for in-country expenses.

Leave a comment here or on our Facebook page to let us know if you do any of the above things.  REALLY.  I cannot guarantee I have counted your entry without a comment here or on our Facebook page.

When our funds reach $250 Our funds reached $250 on 6/28/2012! We will definitely be giving out this prize on Friday, 7/27/12 at midnight, EST:

$25 Restaurant Gift card (Choose from Panera, Applebees, Outback, Olive Garden, and many others) or $25 donation to a RR kiddo of your choice

Congratulations to our $25 prize-winner Linda Benham!


When our funds reach $500, Goal reached 7/1/2012! We are definitely giving away this prize at midnight EST on Saturday 7/28/12:

$50 Gift card to Amazon.com or $50 donation to a RR kiddo

Congratulations to our $50 prize-winners Joyce and Sarah E.!

When our funds reach $1000, Goal reached 7/7/2012! We are definitely giving away this prize at midnight EST on Sunday, 7/29/12:

$100 Gas Card (Choose Speedway, Shell, or Marathon) or $100 donation to a RR kiddo

Congratulations to our $100 prize-winner Lisa Polakowski!

When our funds reach $1500, Goal reached 7/14/2012! We are definitely giving away this prize at midnight, EST on Monday 7/30/12:

$150 Gift Card from Spafinder.com or $150 donation to a RR kiddo.

Congratulations to our $150 prize-winner, Marcia M.!

And when our funds reach $2000, Goal reach 7/27/2012!  We will definitely be giving away this prize at 9 PM EST on Tuesday, 7/31/12:

$200 Target Gift Card or $200 donation to a RR kiddo

Congratulations to our $200 prize-winner, Amy D.!

And when we reach our goal of $3000,  Goal reached!  This prize will be awarded on Tuesday night, 7/31/12 at midnight EST:

A $500 Amazon Gift card, or $500 donation to a RR kiddo

Congratulations to our $500 prize-winner, The Diaper Diaries Blog!

All of our prizes are subject to change, but only to be replaced with an item of equal or greater value. If you would like to sponsor one of the prizes, please contact me!

So, that’s it. Winners will be announced on our Facebook page and on this blog.

Share away, and click this counter to donate to our Chip-in:

Click the picture to “Chip-in!”

Or to our FSP fund On the Reece’s Rainbow site (tax-deductible)

Remember to post your email address on the secure donation servers when prompted so I can contact you if you win. Everyone should also leave a comment below, especially if you are winning a chance from sharing, that includes an email address on the form (only I can see it). Winners will be selected by random number drawing. All prizes not claimed by 8/31/2012 will be forfeited/offered in a future giveaway. Giveaway participants must be 18 years of age or older. Unfortunately (due to messed up regulations), only folks in the USA can win. Anyone who donates from out of the US will each receive a personal thank-you and my undying love and mutual disappointment at the international laws preventing international giveaway awesomeness.

That’s it. Now let’s move those mountains!