After hosting an 8 year old girl from a Ukrainian orphanage during the 2009 holiday season, our hearts have been opened to international adoption. We adopted our daughter in December of 2010, and while we were there we knew we weren't done. We are now working to raise funds to travel back to Ukraine this Summer! Please consider supporting us either through a donated item, or by purchasing a donated item. Thank you so much! Blessings, J&B

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

We're At It Again!

So, last week I hinted that we had some fun news, but I wanted to keep it kind of down low (No... this is not an adoption announcement!)... But then the lovely IRS got in my way, so, I figured I'd spill the beans in hopes that someone might want to help out...
A little over a month ago, when I was minding my own business,and BAM! I was called to act. I read a bajillion and one adoption blogs. I follow almost every hosting group there is. I usually separate myself pretty well. But when I saw this picture, I had to act. Something more than "awww they're cute" or "Wow, they need a home" happened. The next thing I knew, I was mailing off our application and driving the host coordinator's crazy with my questions. I kind of freak myself out when those moments happen... Those are the moments that no matter how hard I resist, I have to move forward.
We must be crazy- but it's a GREAT kind of crazy to be! We are hosting 2 girls from Western Ukraine for 5-6 weeks this summer. They are almost 7 and almost 10. They don't speak Russian, and none of us speak Ukrainian. Hmmm. Should be interesting! We had planned on using our tax return (Adoption Tax Credit) to bring them here, but it looks like we are being audited along with all of the other adoptive families, so the IRS is (not so kindly) holding our return at this time. Not good for our plan. I am trying not to take this as a "sign", but rather an obstacle that we must overcome. If anyone would like to help us on this latest adventure- we, The Fam of 5, and V and Y would be very grateful.

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Winner Winner... Chicken Dinner....

I interrupt this wound wrapping event to announce the winner of the Ipad drawing....

Texas Longhorn hat used for good luck....

Drum roll pleeeeeeeeease........


Thank you everyone for entering... We made over half of the amount we needed to submit our dossier which is AMAZING! We had folks that we know, some we don't know... local people, and people far far away.... But no matter if we know you or don't... we appreciate your support! We're one step closer to getting our second girl... making this child ONE LESS orphan... and our family ONE MORE!
As they say in Ukraine... Slava Bogu!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Apple Ipad Raffle- CLOSED!


Behold, the first raffle of Adoption 2011.

We're going back to Ukraine! Our homestudy is DONE. Our dossier is (almost) done.

Now, we just need the funds. (C'mon IRS, process those taxes already!)

Here's the scoop:

$15... 1 chance

$25... 2 chances

$50... 5 chances
What are the chances for? An Apple Ipad of course! (We are offering a non-3G version, but if you win, and prefer the 3G version, we'll include the reciept to a popular box store so you can return it and apply the money towards a 3G version. Since those require contracts, that would make my job a bit tricky...) Click HERE to enter, or simply use Pay.Pal to send it to our account!
Bonus: If you take a chance to win the Ipad, and you blog or FB about this fundraiser, you will automatically be given one free ticket into the pot. Just be sure to let me know...

The winner will be chosen by Miss Ukraine herself... well, the only Ukrainian that lives on our street anyways, close enough... on Saturday April 30 at 8pm EST.

We appreciate all the help! We're on a mission, one we never thought we would be on, but once our eyes were opened, we just could not close them again.

Watch out, Ukraine... Here we come again!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Got Coffee

Who doesn't drink coffee? If you do, perhaps you'd like to try the coffee from Just Love coffee roasters (Fair Trade). For each bag sold, our family will recieve $5 towards our Ukrainian Adventure. Check It Out!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010


We are currently trying to prepare this website for our Ukrainian Adoption Fundraiser. If you have any items you would like to donate- whether you made it, bought it, or sell a particular product, please leave us a comment with an email address (I won't publish it) and we'll figure it out! Thanks so much for your help!