Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
In 2006 when my husband Paul and I began the adoption process we created a financial plan before starting. At the time the housing market was great and we took out a home equity line of credit to cover the estimated cost of our adoption. As we moved through the process our program fee went up $3,000, the cost of passports went up, and airline tickets were through the roof. Paul and I began to get concerned that we would not have enough money to cover all of the fees. I knew it was time to get creative and find alternative ways to help pay for our adoption expenses.
I decided to join a YAHOO group all about fundraising for your adoption. I was amazed by all of the wonderful ideas and opportunities. However, my first thought was “Why would anyone help us raise money for our adoption? “ The reality was that many people wanted to help we just had to be willing to ask for it. Paul and I provided a product and an opportunity and we received monetary gifts. We were surprised when close family didn’t buy a raffle ticket for $10 or a t-shirt to help celebrate our daughter’s homecoming. I often took it personally. Then I realized that I had an expectation of what I felt people should do, based on what I would do and that was a big no! What I didn’t expect was the enormous amount of prayer, fundraising support, and love we received from people we didn’t know. It was a beautiful and humbling experience that Paul and I are grateful for. Fundraising brought together a community of people we knew and didn’t know for one sole purpose, our beautiful daughter Willow Hsin-Yi.
by: Andrea Hedstrom
Thursday, May 19, 2011
We have two families the Kinser Family and the Meier Family with their custom t-shirts and personal web pages "live" on our site, and we are curretly working with a few new families to get them up and running . Tracey is doing a fantasic job creating the custom t-shirt designs. You can view those right here on our blog to the right. There will be more to come!
Tracey and I are so excited to work with each adoptive family! We look forward to being just a small part of each families journey to their precious children.
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Wednesday, January 5, 2011