Monday, November 29, 2010

Christmas Frenzy

Stacy at My Cup Overfloweth is hosting a wonderful fundraising opportunity for families that are in the process of adopting. It's a great place to help families raise the funds that they need to bring their little treasures home and purchase some fun Christmas gifts at the same time!

For those of you new to our blog, we're a brand-new adopting family, and we've recently committed to adopting a sweet boy from China, Kaden, and welcoming him into our family here in Southern California. We're heavily into the paperwork, classes, home study, etc., etc., etc. to get our son home to us as soon as we possibly can.

Here's another opportunity to help us out in raising the funds to bring our Kaden home! We're selling posters designed by my husband, Steve. He's a graphic designer and teaches design at a local community college, so this kind of thing is what he does by choice and profession. Steve has designed the poster based on the passage James 1:27 "Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world."

The posters are available in 3 sizes, and are priced accordingly. They are printed on acid-free archival paper, and will be signed and dated by Steve on the back of each poster.

Here are the sizes and prices:
12" x 16" - $30
16" x 20" - $40
23" x 31" - $50

These sizes should work for standard frame sizes. For example, IKEA sells frames in the RIBBA series that will work for each of these. 

The posters are unframed, and will be mailed to you in a sturdy mailing tube to ensure that it arrives safely.

To purchase one of these posters, send us an email at and we will get in touch with you to work out payment details and shipping information.

Thank you so much!

Monday, November 22, 2010

It's Raffle Time!!

Again, thanks to everyone who helped to make our boutique this past weekend a success!

Our next fundraiser to help us bring home Kaden is a RAFFLE!

We've got some really good stuff for this - we hope you like it as much as we do!
The main prize for the raffle will be a combination item. First, it will be an Apple iPod Nano (8 GB model) in the winner's choice of colors! This is a music player, a video player, and more. It's got a touchscreen display, and is about the size of a Triscuit cracker!! Now, to go along with this, we will be including a brand-new product that isn't even available until the end of December it's so new (the winner will get the iPod before Christmas, with the companion product delivered as soon as it's available). The brand-new product is a custom-designed watchband that the iPod snaps into to become a wristwatch! This in not a toy, but a serious bit of industrial design. If you know someone who loves gadgets, this will be a beyond-cool gift!

iPod Nano as a watch.
It just snaps in!

There will be 3 Second prizes! Each of the 3 second place winners will receive a handmade scarf donated by our friend Sue Christy. They are great colors, and incredibly soft - perfect for the cooler weather on the way.

Third prize will be a necklace of your choosing from Soloman Beads - thanks to Stacy Richards! These are beautiful, and you can find out more about them from Stacy's blog.

The final prize will be a custom-made "doggy blanket" for you or your kiddo. Rolled up, it's a doggy stuffed animal, unrolled it's a comfy blanket!

Raffle tickets are $10 each.
You can purchase tickets through midnight, December 14th by mailing a check to:
Steven Cox
c/o Orange Coast College
2701 Fairview Rd.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Also, so that no one entering gets left out, please contact us by email at (by midnight, Dec. 14th) to let us know to enter you in the raffle.

The drawing will be Wednesday, December 15th.

Get your tickets now - you won't want to miss out on the chance to win one of these great prizes.

Also, please let anyone/everyone know about this raffle! Pass the link on to all your Facebook friends, Blog followers, random people on the street, whoever!  We want to sell as many tickets as we possibly can, because . . .

. . . all the proceeds go towards bringing our little Kaden home!

Thank you for all your support!!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Thanks to ALL Who Participated in the Boutique!

Our boutique this past weekend was great fun! Even though the weather was unlike what we are used to here in Sunny Southern California - cold, rainy & blustery, we had a good flow of people all day. Thank you to all of our vendors who participated, to all our friends who stopped by, and to Stacy and her family for opening up their home!!

We are so thankful for and blessed by all the love and support from you!

For those who were not able to make it but were hoping to stop by, we are already making plans to have another boutique in the Spring.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Christmas Boutique

Announcing our very first fundraising event - 
"Abounding In Love" Boutique

My dear friend, Stacy, is hosting a boutique at her home to help us raise some of the funds that we need to bring Kaden home! The boutique will be

Saturday, November 20th from 10am - 3pm

We already have over 15 vendors lined up!! What a wonderful opportunity to get some early Christmas shopping done all in one location!

If you live in the area and would like more information on this event, please feel free to email me.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Another Precious Treasure!

There's been tons of excitement lately in our home! 

Why all the excitement? 

We are adopting a precious 4 year old boy from China! 

Back in March, my good friend Stacy over at My Cup Overfloweth, asked me if we would pray about adopting a young boy from the same orphanage that her family was in the process of adopting from. After several months of praying, we really felt like God was calling us to bring Kaden home to join our family! 

So, on Friday, October 29th we called our adoption agency and told them YES! Right away they sent us paperwork to begin the process to bring our precious son home, and by late that evening we emailed our first round of paperwork back to them. By early Wednesday morning, just 4 1/2 days later, we received our pre-approval from China! 

We are working on our home study paperwork and will hopefully begin our dossier paperwork later this week. Our prayer is that we will be able to travel by sometime in June, or sooner, to bring our precious treasure home. Our family would greatly appreciate your prayers through our exciting journey!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Welcome to my blog!


My husband and I are working on getting this looking good, and we're almost there! Hopefully, a full post tomorrow.

Thank you all for your support with us through this amazing journey.