Sunday, October 20, 2013

The Merge!!

Hey, how's it going today? I'm enjoying our Sunday and writing the last post for the ASIA blog! We are MERGING to one big happy blog! Go take a look at GiveOneSaveOne.  



We'll be having giveaways all week, so be sure to visit daily.   
Also, will you subscribe while you're there? We don't want you to miss a thing! We're all going to one Facebook page, too, so be sure to "like" us!
We're super excited about the new blog and hope you love it, too!


Thursday, October 17, 2013

Awesomeness

So far, the Potgeters have raised over $3100!!! Yahooo!  They are extremely grateful for your gift.  It's really been so fun to watch their total grow and grow all week.

If you want to do it again, check back here every week.  We LOVE to bless our families of the week!

Remember, we're merging to one blog......follow us, like us on Facebook and write it on your calendar. $1/week for a year is $52! Totally doable.

                                                                    See you next week!


Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Update AND A Request

**The Potgeters are almost at $2100  {<----old news} close to $2600!!! Yayyyyy for a great week! Thanks to those who've given!**

Will you do me a favor?  (or 4)  In a few days, we'll be merging all of our Give1Save1 pages (domestic, Africa, Europe and Asia) into one big, happy blog.  We think it will really be a huge help in keeping everyone in one place where you can follow along.  And it will be awesome.

Will you subscribe to our blog when we merge?
Will you set a reminder in your phone or on your calendar to give $1 every week to our families?
Will you follow or add us to your blog lovin'? Whatever works for you.
Will you "like" our  Facebook page? I knew you would - that's why you're my best friend.

Oh, and we'll have some giveaways, so you'll want to check in all week.

Happy fall!!

Monday, October 14, 2013

Potgeter Update!

Well, happy Monday to you! Time for an update.  (Already??--Yep!)   Have you seen the Potgeter's total so far? OVER $1200!!! What?? When I went to sleep last night, it was around $250:) Woohoo!! Keep it up, friends! (and family!)  They are using the money raised for plane tickets, so know that every dollar is much appreciated.  Be sure and watch their video if you haven't already.  Want to follow along on their blog? This is the link.

If you didn't watch their video yesterday, click HERE to see it.  Thanks for loving on the Potgeters!


Sunday, October 13, 2013

Meet The Potgeters!

Hey, happy Fall!! We have a family this week for you to support, so get those $1s ready! Since it's been a couple of weeks since our last family, you may have $2 to give! Get crazy!

Meet the Potgeters.  Mark and Jodi (and big brother Camden) are adopting a little girl from China.  The Potgeters felt led to adopt from China and have been matched with their daughter through the Waiting Child Program.  They hope to travel in December!  Read more about the Potgeters on their blog, Double Cranes. Will you give them $1 and help them out today? Go ahead and watch their video first.....



Such a sweet, fun family! Are you ready to donate? Yes?? Okay, you can read more and GIVE to the Potgeters by clicking the "Give Now" button below! Easy and very much appreciated:) Look at that cute little icing covered face!



Thanks for your support! Share this page with a friend and let's watch the little bar climb this week:)

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Travel Tips

Hey there! I've been traveling lately, so I've been away from the blog, but now I'm back.  Only for a while here, though, because we're merging SOON! Very soon!!  First you've heard of this? Read about it here.  We're all super excited!

We'll be bringing our daughter home soon, so I need travel tips.  What are some "must haves" for traveling with a toddler? Internationally.  On a plane.  A very long flight.  With a child who speaks a different language.   What worked for you?  My plan is to bring a few books, our iPad, some snacks for the hotel and plane (let's be real....those are for me, too), and a few toys.  What about you? Strollers vs carriers? Take lots of food or buy in country?  A variety of toys or keep it simple?

Thanks for following along. Our last family of the week, the Groves family, raised $799 during their time here!

If you have a minute, go take the super short survey (anonymous) on our Facebook page. We want to hear from you:)

Have a great week,
Tonya

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Holidays And Birth Families

It’s that time of the year. The beginning of the holiday season where my Pinterest board is showing DIY costumes, Thanksgiving crafts, and new Christmas traditions to start. And as I reflect upon this, I remember that not too long ago the holiday season was a time of great sadness for me. And now I get to fully enjoy the true meaning of the season with my son. Yet, I feel the empathy for a mom out there who is heartbroken and sad during this time of the year. One thing that is hard for others to understand is that adoption, while it is a beautiful and joyous thing, is from sadness. Sadness that can last a lifetime for birthmoms while we are enjoying the blessings.
Let me tell you a little bit about my family. Hudson, my energetic, funny, and loving two year old was adopted domestically as an infant through an open adoption. The relationship with his birthmom has not been easy. In fact, it was one of the hardest relationships I have ever had. But we worked through it and it is a beautiful thing, for all involved. Not many understand why we chose to do an open adoption, or even keep it open with some of the things that happened. But, I fought for this relationship for my son and I am so glad I did. Now we are currently in the process of adopting another son from Africa. He is legally ours, but still lives on the other side of the world. And someday he will be home, but not before this holiday season.
When we started this adoption we were told we would travel 4-6 months after receiving our referral. After months of waiting and grieving 3 lost referrals, we received news that things were changing and it would be closer to a year before we could bring him home. And this holiday season is particularly hard, because this month will mark 6 months since receiving his referral, I thought we would be home. But now I see this change, this experience, has given me empathy for Hudson’s birthmom that I wouldn’t have otherwise. Of course I was compassionate and understanding. But no one can really know what it feels like to have a child that is yours, which you love, and have called your son since you first saw their face and not be with them during the holidays.
I now have a good relationship with our birthmom, but twice a year I have come to expect anger from her: May and December. May is of course Mother’s Day, how could she not hurt?! This past Mother’s Day I felt her pain as I celebrated with one son here to hug and another sick half a world away. And then for our birthmom she relives the pain of the day she gave birth to a son she doesn’t raise. To a son she doesn’t get to rock to sleep when he is sick, or kiss every night before he goes to bed. It’s a hard month. And I get it. And last December, I thought I understood her pain at Christmas. I knew what it was like once to long for a child to watch experience the joy on Christmas morning, but I was wrong. It is not the same hurt. And unfortunately, as I am buying gifts for my son who won’t be here this Christmas, I see her pain is much deeper than mine was when I longed for a child to hold.
So, we celebrate and honor her. We call her on the Saturday before Mother’s Day, which is actually Birthmom’s Day. We make her gifts and Hudson colors on her card. We call her on his birthday and send her pictures. At Christmas we have incorporated some if her Christmas traditions into ours to and call her Christmas morning. This Christmas we are incorporating traditions from our next little one’s country into ours. So as you are experiencing such joy and happiness this time of year, make sure you take the time to remember someone out there is hurting. Someone is trying to push back the tears and enjoy the season. Honor them and the blessing they graciously and selflessly gave you.
What are some things you have done to honor your child’s birthmom, whether or not you know who she is?

Blessings,

Kristie 

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Dumplings!

In keeping with Tonya's posts about food I figured I would share my most recent experience in the world of Chinese cooking. 

I'm trying ya'll. My boy loves his Chinese food, but I'm a little too steeped in American ways and not nearly patient enough. These Chinese cooks spend forever on their food! But every so often I can give it a whirl.


This
 
took an entire two days to make.

Two days! But it was worth it when I saw the look on my boy's face as these were steaming away. 

Dumpling Dough
Two cups of flour to 1 1/2 cups of water
(I added a bit more flour as it seemed tacky to me)
So mix it with your hands. Yep your hands.
Let it sit for two hours.
Knead it.
Let it sit for two hours...again.
Knead it...again.
Let it sit overnight.

Dude, I warned you...two whole days.
The next day you roll it out at thin as possible and cut it into round circles
about six inches in diameter.


Dumpling Filling
You can add and choose your own fillings but this is what I used.
I cooked the pork a day in advance.
I put the pork into the steamer with green onions on the side for flavor. 
(Forgive me, I was out of leeks)
I then chopped very finely an onion and more green onions.
*You must drain as much water from the onions or vegetables as possible*
Wrap them in cheesecloth and twist until water drips out of the cloth
Mix ginger, soy sauce and sesame oil in with the veggies.
Shred the pork very finely or grind it in a processor.


Now, take those blessed little circles of dough that you currently want to scream at and 
place a scoop of the meat mixture slightly off center, wet the edges of the circle.
Pinch from both the left side and right side into the middle.
Fold the left and right side to form an "envelope" shape with the dough.

Don't worry, you are almost finished now.


If you would like to steam them then place a paper towel in the bottom of the steamer.
Wait for it to fill with steam and add your precious little dumplings in until they are nearly transparent.
5-10 minutes and DONE.
Phew. You did it.

Now...find a maid to clean up the mess cause, Sister, "Ain't nobody got time for that."





Sunday, September 22, 2013

Groves Family/New Experiences

Well, hello! Thanks for stopping by! No new family this week so the Groves will be here through next weekend! Go watch their video and give while you're there.  {link on the right side of the blog} They are adopting from India and are grateful for your support!

I'm in Korea enjoying new friends, new food and lots of sightseeing! What's your favorite Korean dish? 

 
Are you an adventurous eater?? My husband and older son are while my youngest son and I are "slightly less than adventurous"!  New things are exciting though, right? What's your favorite "new food" that you've tried?
     
                         ~Tonya
 

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Groves Family!

I hope you're having a good week! Have you given to our family of the week yet?  They're adopting a sweet little girl from India! She will be joining her mom and dad and brother, Aiden.


Hear from the Groves...
           "God has turned our hearts toward India. We learned about a beautiful country with a cultural preference for boys. Often times this preference leads to baby girls being abandoned and even killed because of their gender. This reality gave us a burden for the plight of girls and women in India. As we thought more about this reality our hearts were softened toward specials needs children. Many of these young girls are already unwanted due to their gender then add on a disability of some sort. Our hearts were broken and we said yes to a little girl we have yet to meet. We anxiously await the day when we will see the face of our daughter for the first time. We continue to trust God to provide all we need to bring her home."  

Thanks for supporting each other! 

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Time to Meet the Groves Family!

Hey, how are you? I'm glad you visited our blog today.  If this is your first time here, I'll tell you what we do:  We feature a family for 1 week, we all give $1, we all share this blog page on our own Facebook walls, or Twitter, or our blogs.  And we tell others about it.  And then they come and give their $1.....you get it!  The more we share, the better. Will you also come back next week and support that family, too? $1 every week would be $52 for a whole year.  Not a lot to you, but it means a lot to them!

I'm happy to introduce you to our family of the week. The Groves family, Johnathan and Kristen, are adopting a little girl from India.  They have one son, Aiden, who just turned 3.    The Groves are waiting on their referral.  Visit their blog to learn more about them, but first, watch their video.
          



Are you ready to give your $1??   Share this blog page and let's show the Groves family our support! Give your dollars through the link on the side (for $5 and up)  or by sending your donation to hopingforhaddie@gmail.comtheir paypal account.  Thanks!
Have a great week!!

   

Friday, September 13, 2013

An Awesome Update!

Look who broke $200!! Thanks, friends!   Still 2 more days on the blog!

And there's this from Ashley Haden.............. 


  " My original goal was simply to raise funds to buy 31 nets to cover babies in one orphanage...and you guys blew that away! You bought 86 nets for babies and children and 12 wind up/solar lanterns (upgraded from flashlights because these are larger and will light an entire room) for orphanages. And as if that wasn't enough, several generous folks sent unearmarked donations that purchased 3 first aid kits, many sets of new underpants and 20 plastic zippered mattress covers (mattresses often have mold growth due to soiling/lack of access to diapers) for 2 orphanages. I'm blown away by your generosity and HUGE hearts. I'm eager to share photos of all that you have done for these children. From the bottom of my heart, thank you!!"



     Do good.  Be rich in good deeds. Be generous and willing to share.  I Timothy 6:18


But you already know that.



Thursday, September 12, 2013

Bujnosek Family AND An Additional Opportunity!

Thanks for supporting the Bujnosek family this week.  They're SOOOO close to $200! Can you help bump them up a bit?  They are traveling NEXT month!!

There's also another project you may be interested in.  We were contacted by Ashley Haden, a past G1S1Africa mama, in the middle of her 2nd adoption from Africa. This is what she wrote:

 


"There are 31 babies that need mosquito protection nets in this orphanage! My lofty goal is that perhaps we can provide each child with a net for their crib/sleeping space. This will reduce their chance of being bitten by a disease carrying mosquito at night by up to 90%! The nets I am purchasing are World Health Organization endorsed and insecticide treated (necessary for full protection) and cost $13/net. I will order them personally, receive them at my house and ensure they are delivered to the orphanage. If we end up with more net donations then we need I will use any excess to order wind-up (no batteries required) flashlights (Cost is $10 for 2 flashlights on amazon.com). There are very frequent power outages and the "mamas" that care for the children are finding it very difficult to feed bottles and care for sick babies in the middle of the night with no power. Thanks for helping these babies!"

Okay, I know you're already on board and ready to donate.  Get on your paypal and send a gift (remember, by choosing "sending $ to fam/friends"  you can avoid the fees)  Send your gift to: 


                AHHSTL@SBCGLOBAL.NET

Let's go ahead and buy all 31 babies a net. It can truly save their lives.

Thanks so much!


Monday, September 9, 2013

Not Alone {LINK}

Remember our friend Camille? She graciously wrote a blog post for us a few weeks ago and today, she is featured at the Created For Care site!

"Last week, I sat at the kitchen table in front of the computer, eagerly awaiting 11 p.m. when Created for Care 2014 tickets would go on sale. I wanted those tickets more than a 14-year-old Belieber wants front row center. 

Last year was my first C4C; I was on the waiting list and got tickets at the last minute. I know now that God intended for me to be there.

God. That guy is a master of timing."............read more at Created For Care.  I know you'll enjoy it!

                                                                                                     

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Meet The Bujnosek Family!

Happy Sunday to you! It's time to meet the Bujnosek family, our family of the week!
Jason and Tanya have one beautiful daughter and are very close to bringing home a sweet 18 month old baby girl from China! Would you like to help them out this week? You can give your $1 and share this blog post on your own Facebook page, blog and Twitter.    It all adds up!
Watch the Bujnosek's video and get ready to give!
                                                             

You can visit their blog at Bujnosek Family. Ready to give? You can donate over there>>>> on the right side of our blog:) THANKS!
Have a great week, everyone!

Friday, September 6, 2013

Roepnack Update

Hey there! Happy Friday and thanks for stopping by the blog.

Thank you for supporting the Roepnacks this week.  They have an ongoing puzzle piece fundraiser that you can learn more about at their blog.  They have 135 pieces left. Finishing this puzzle fundraiser will take them over the 1/2 way mark of their total fundraising need. Interested?


                                                                        Visit their blog.  

Thank you for your generosity!  Have a great weekend of fall-ish weather, football and fun!
                                                                                      

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Roepnack Blessings

The Roepnack family is having a wonderful week of being prayed for, given to, and supported.  The adoption community is close knit and those that support us are part of that community.  So, thank you!

Read what a sweet, fellow adoptive mom (Mary Ostyn) shared on her own blog about the Roepnacks......and while they have never met in person, their shared love for God's children connects them.  As it connects all of us.
 
Visit her blog at Owl Haven and see if you can relate.  I can.

If you missed Sunday's post, here ya go:)  You can read more about Paul and Missy Roepnack and their sweet family on their blog.  (there are some super cute photos there, too!)

Keep praying, giving and sharing--it works!




Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Welcome!

How are ya? Thank you for following the blog. If you're new here, welcome! Let me tell you what we do.
We  (fellow adoptive mamas)  feature an adoptive family for 1 week and allow them to fundraise by sharing our blog posts on social media, blogs, email and word of mouth.  We ask YOU to pray for our family of the week, give $1 and share their story. Very simple. We ask the family to promote their week and it all comes together with a week of dollars adding up to a big blessing for the family and  their supporters!

Will you come back every week? We're asking for $1 from you....if you gave all year, that would be $52.  When we all give, it makes such a difference.

Acts 20:35 says
"...remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself says, "It is more blessed to give than to receive."

Thanks for supporting our families and each other! 



Monday, September 2, 2013

Monday's Update

Happy Labor Day! I hope you're enjoying your long weekend as much as I am!

Thanks so much to everyone who has visited the blog and donated to the Roepnacks! They've raised $625 so far thanks to you!  The Roepnacks are so grateful for you supporting their adoption AND sharing their story--they want to share the gospel as much as or more than they want to share about their adoption of Haven.                                      

Isn't she precious?
You can visit their blog and DONATE here.  



Sunday, September 1, 2013

Meet the Roepnack Family!

It's Sunday night and you know what that means on our blog......time to introduce you to our family of the week!                                        
                                                        
The Roepnack Family!


You may remember Missy from the Africa page, where she's been a contributor. We're thrilled to welcome her back, along with her family!  
 Paul and Missy Roepnack are adopting a BEAUTIFUL daughter from China, named Haven.
                                       

 This sweet girl will join her brother and 3 sisters at home.  This will also be the Roepnack's 3rd adoption and we are thrilled to be able to share in their journey.  I think you will love their video--it shows the Roepnack family's heart in a very real way.

After you watch their video, visit their blog  to see how you can be a part of the Roepnack story.
                                   




Are you ready to give your dollar? You can donate on their blog (using the "donate" button) and while you're there, you can read more about their puzzle piece fundraiser, their family, and their adoption story.  Thank you for your generosity!
Enjoy your Labor Day and have a wonderful week!

Friday, August 30, 2013

Spread The Word

Almost the weekend......what are your plans? The weather is great, so I'm hoping for some time outside. Can you do me a favor? Can you tell someone about Give1Save1?? You can invite them to like our Facebook page or share a blog post. We reaallly want to spread the word about our community.   So, after you catch up on laundry and watch the football game or go to the park, will you do that for me? Thanks!!!!!

And remember, we'll be bringing everyone together onto 1 blog page soon. We'll keep you posted.

The LaBahn family will be on our blog through Sunday and then we'll have a new family to introduce. Thank you for supporting each other! Enjoy your weekend:)

                                                                   


Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Being Prepared

I'm adopting a toddler! She should be joining our family very soon, so I've been getting our house ready for her.  We have to baby-proof everything, put the finishing touches on her room, we just bought a booster seat for our dining room and I'm in the market for a car seat.  Busy, busy!    But, more importantly, we're trying to prepare for her needs.  I've been reading, trying to gain a better understanding of what she may experience when she leaves the home she knows and joins ours.

"Adoptive parents will want to have at least a rudimentary knowledge of the developmental tasks of toddlers so they can respond appropriately to their child's behaviors and plan activities that stimulate their development. Children need to be parented according to their developmental age, which may not correspond to their chronological age. Many adopted toddlers display acute grief during their first weeks and months at home, seen in crying, withdrawal, poor appetite, seeking behavior, sleep difficulties, fear, or infantile behaviors. Acknowledging and supporting their child's grief is one of the first acts of love adoptive parents can give their new toddler. Grieving toddlers should be supported in their need to grieve the loss of former caregivers. Offering well-known food and maintaining a familiar routine is comforting. Accommodating a grieving toddler's need for being fed or comforted in a manner usually reserved for infants also supports the grief and provides a wonderful opportunity to develop attachment."    Read more at Rainbow Kids,  Toddler Adoption: More Than You May Expect.

Parents who've already brought children home, what did you do to prepare for your child's needs?


Sunday, August 25, 2013

LaBahn Family!

Please welcome the LaBahn family to our blog! Jacob and Jenny LaBahn are adopting a sweet little boy from China and he will be welcomed by his brother and sisters, Jesse, Keenon, Hannah and Hudson.  This will also be their third adoption from China.
You will LOVE their video....their family looks so fun!
 So, this is how it works:
 you watch the video (see it over on the right side??)  then you "back this fundraiser" on Pure Charity and give to the LeBahn family.   Your donation goes to their adoption agency and you get a tax deductible receipt.  And they will be very grateful!
Okay, now it's your turn........go watch, give and share this page! Thank you for supporting the LaBahn family!!

Friday, August 23, 2013

Thompson Update!

Happy Friday!! What are your plans this weekend??  I hope to get some (overdo) yard work done.

 The Thompsons have raised $460 so far! Thanks so much for giving your dollars!
Go take a look at their blog.  They did a great Q & A post that you'll enjoy. 
Have a great weekend!


Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Update and Giveaway Winner!

Last week, you gave $906.96! AND, it was doubled through their matching grant! So, the Hudson family ended up with $1813.92!!  Such a blessing!
Also, the winner of the Coach Handbag was Lisa Harmon! Congrats, Lisa!! Contact us here or on Facebook and we'll get your info to Misty.
Thanks, everyone!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Their Story

Okay. I've been doing some reading about establishing trust and attachment in adoption. What are some books you recommend? Or websites?
Something I read today said that telling a child their story, the part before they became part of your family is super important.  Here are a few reasons why:
If they don't know their story, they may fill in the blanks with fantasy. The fantasy will probably not be realistic and will lead to disappointment later.
Your child needs to be able to trust YOU. If you keep secrets, you are not building trust.
Having no connection to their past is confusing and can leave them feeling disconnected.
I enjoyed reading about this on Focus On The Family's site.

What do you think? How important is it to you that your child knows all the parts of their story, the good and bad? AND, how private do you keep it? I'm looking for feedback, so feel free to comment!

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Meet the Thompson Family!

Hi there! I'm happy to introduce the Thompson family to you today! They will be on the blog this week  so let's give them a warm welcome!:)
Matt and Ashleigh Thompson have 3 handsome sons, Jacob, Aidan and Tru, and have been matched with a beautiful daughter in China.  Her name is Ellie Kay, she's 8 months and they hope to travel this fall! Go visit their blog to get to know them even better:)
Can you give them $1 AND ask your friends to do the same? Just share this page on your own Facebook, Twitter, blogs, emails, however you choose! All of our dollars add up and make a huge difference.
Watch their video....






And since you LOVE them already, give your dollars!  They have a grant through Lifesong.
This is the info needed to donate-it will take about 2 minutes:) LIFESONG For Orphans Link Please specify Thompson family (#3637).
Thanks so much-have a great week!

                                    

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Hudson Family

It's the weekend! I hope you're enjoying it . You can give to the Hudson family thru the Sunday afternoon. 
Remember, they have a matching grant and a Pure Charity account. 
Thanks! See ya tomorrow!
-TG

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Hudson Family

Hey there! Misty, our family of the week mom, shared on her blog today.  Go read and learn more about them!
Beautiful Possibility is their blog link.  And before you go, donate $1 to them, too!


Sunday, August 11, 2013

Meet the Hudsons!

New week...time to welcome a new family! I'm pleased to introduce Brandon and Misty Hudson! They will be on the blog all week and we are so thankful that you stopped by to visit!
The Hudsons are adopting a beautiful little 7 year old girl from China, named Maya.  Maya needs to be home with a family and the Hudsons hope to travel soon, so let's bless them with a great week:)
The Hudsons have a matching grant through Lifesong for $2500, so anything you donate will be doubled.  Also, we're showing their video from their Pure Charity page. You can give in either place, but the Lifesong link is the one that's doubling gifts! This is the LINK TO LIFESONG  Their  account # is 3813 and the Family Name is Hudson.   Thank you for taking a few minutes to support this family! Every dollar makes a difference.
*Be sure to watch the Hudson's video on the sidebar and learn more about this family. Just click, watch and give!!!

One more thing......the Hudsons are giving away this Coach Travel Pouch! Just comment when you share this page or donate. They'll pick a name at the end of their week!!
                                                       
 


Have a wonderful week, everyone!



Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Togetherness

Change is in the air, friends!   (just so you know, I looked for some catchy song lyrics about change. they're all sad, so, yeah.)     First, thank you for taking time to read our blog and support our families every week.  As you probably already know, our Europe, Africa, US and Caribbean pages all feature families, too. Instead of spreading everyone out, we've decided to bring everyone together, like one big happy family! We are giving the blog a makeover and will consolidate all of the blog pages into one. This should all be completed in the next few weeks, along with a new look!  In the meantime, you will see some of our bloggers moving around from page to page. We will keep featuring families as we wait for the "one big blog" concept to be finished. Steph will guest post, Katie Hurst will be helping out on the Africa page, I'll still be here for Asia, Jennifer Adank and Kristie Gonzales will be at domestic and Katie Richenback will blog on Europe's page and keep us all super organized behind the scenes. (Because she's really, really good at that.)  We'll have some other bloggers helping out, too.  Then, when we are on one page, we'll switch it up! 
So. Let us know if you have suggestions for us, be on the look out for the grand re-opening of our new and improved blog AND keep sending families our way.  We LOVE helping families and love that you love it, too! We'll keep you posted!  We're all excited about the changes and hope that you are, too!

“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”
― Mother Teresa

If you want to....
guest post
be a family of the week
ask a question
make a suggestion
email us at
giveonesaveone@gmail.com 

Monday, August 5, 2013

Silvers Family

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These girls are ready for their brother to come home!!

And so is Mom and Dad!
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Thanks for supporting the Silvers family this week:)




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Sunday, August 4, 2013

New Week, Welcome the Silvers Family!!

Time to welcome the Silvers to the blog! Dan and Brandi Silvers are our family of the week, so let's show them some love!
The Silvers are adopting a little boy from China (waiting on the referral) and he will join his 3 siblings at home.  The Silvers are excited to add a little boy to their "all girl" family! Can you help them out?
Learn more at their BLOG (The Silver Scoop) and DONATE HERE.  Their blog has some good info on the adoption process! Go take a look!


(If you need a tax receipt, donate on their blog through Pure Charity. It's on the right side of the blog.)
Thanks for stopping by and check back this week for an announcement:)

Have a great week!
                                                    

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Happy Weekend

Hey there! Summer's almost over...school's about to start! Are you ready? I'm pretty sure I heard your kids scream no;)
Take a look back at this weeks' posts to get to know the Ledbetter family and about a fundraiser you'll love. Come back next week to meet our new family and to learn about some changes that are happening around here. Change is good, right?

-Tonya

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Fundraising for Give1Save1

We love fundraising! It's what we do best. We advocate for families that are adopting and try to get the word out there and help all those families fund a portion of their adoption. 

This time we are asking for your help. We need to fundraise to cover upcoming costs that we have.
We want to stay around for a long, long time and help lots and lots of families!

Can you help us out? 

We have a book fundraiser going on right now where all the proceeds go to us to help us spread the word and get our name out there to more families.

There are tons of amazing books for children through Usborne Books. 

We have a facebook event going on so check it out!
The first 25 people to join the event will be entered into a drawing for a 
FREE book. Free. For joining.
Is this thing on? GO. scat. Join the event.

There will also be a scavenger hunt to be entered to win another FREE book.
That's two absolutely free giveaways!

Here are a few great books to check out.
If you adopted from China this is an awesome book to have!


Anyone else still find coloring therapeutic?


Journaling? Yes, please.


Downton Abbey. Enough said.



Incredible book talking through childhood fears.


Perfect for back to school!




Sunday, July 28, 2013

Ledbetter Family

The Ledbetters are our family of the week! If you go read their blog, you know this has been a tough few weeks for them in the adoption world. Nobody likes this torturous waiting, nobody. Yet, the Ledbetters are handling this with grace and faith and honesty. I love their honesty. It's refreshing to those of us that have been there or are there. I remember those moments of talking to God and watching my friends that I had so hoped to travel with flying to China without me. It was tough, ugly tough. Reading through their blog reminded me of those days.

That's where we come in. Give1Save1 is a community of people committed to reminding our families of hope, reminding them through our $1 that they are not alone. It may be only $1 to you, but I remember being on the receiving end and that $1 meant people cared, that God had not forsaken us, that we were moving forward even if the pace was painfully slow.

Get your paypals open and ready to add $1 to their fund to bring their daughter home from Thailand.

They made her a birthday party even though she wasn't home to celebrate.
And they had paper lanterns in the shape of pink hearts.
It's perfectly acceptable to cry at this point. I did.
Oh.my.word.

Moving onward.
Head over to their blog, find the donate button on the right hand side and click it.
Watch the video.
Oh help, what is it about this family that makes me cry like I'm watching
 Anne of Green Gables again??
Mercy.
Donate.