Our 1st Fundraiser Has Been Scheduled!!!

It's OFFICIAL!!!!!

Sweet Frog in Stafford, VA will be hosting "Going Sweet Froggy 4 Gigi"- An Adoption Fundraiser on July 26, 2014!!!! All day long 25% of your purchase will be donated to our daughter's adoption fund as long as you tell them you are there for the event OR hand them a really cute flyer Sweet Frog has produced. (Stay tuned for the Event Flyer's posting). A special thank you to Sweet Frog, 315 Garrisonville Road, for this amazing opportunity and wonderful blessing to our family and community! Event Invitation Is posted below. We really need your help to make this event a success!!! How excited are we!!!!!!

Disappointments and Opportunities

Hello everyone,

So this morning, after not hearing anything from the grant organization we'd applied to well past the proposed award date, I contacted the Grant Coordinator and asked if a decision had been made. I was both saddened and disheartened to read the following:

"Dear (name removed for privacy)

Thank you for applying for a grant from (name removed for privacy).

We received an overwhelming response to our call for applications and had a limited amount of funds to disperse. Unfortunately, we are not able to grant your request.

This grant cycle we received over 380 applications with financial requests approximating $3.7 million dollars. We had $150,000 to award.

Though we understand that it is no consolation for the disappointment you must feel at receiving this news, please know that we are actively working to increase the amount of funds we can grant in the future. Our commitment to helping families grow through adoption only becomes stronger with each letter like this that we must send.

We sincerely wish you all the best as you continue your adoption journey."

For one sad second, I let a wave of disappointment wash over me. For a brief minute, I wanted to cry. Our family was really looking forward to some great news after putting in so much time and effort. I wondered why we had not been chosen. Was our file not compelling enough? Were we not representative of the ideal family. Then, almost as quickly as the thoughts began, other thoughts immediately punched through my psyche. "Grab your Word" came and then "What does the Bible say" came next.

I went to Google and pulled up bible scriptures for the broken hearted and bible scriptures for the disappointed. What bought peace so rapidly was Isaiah 40:28-31

"Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint."

I felt courage and strength course through my veins as I remembered that in all things I am more than a conqueror. I'd contacted several businesses on last Friday asking their help or information on prospective fundraising. I'd waited patiently for responses and hadn't heard from them. I decided to contact them again.

I started with Sweet Frog. It was an amazing and awesome conversation. The marketing representative had literally pressed send in an answer to my email from last week as I was ringing her phone! We talked and she was so on board with helping. She discussed their traditional method of 25% of a customer's bill being donated to a given charity, in our case our daughter's adoption account. How wonderful and exciting! My husband and I need only to choose a date, get the flyers, and disseminate information. Sweet Frog will even post on their website the day of the event. With the size of our church, the social and physical network of friends, family, colleagues, service providers, etc., we should definitely be able to have some impact. Again, ecstatic!

The second business has similar results. This one is a local skating rink which offers two proven methods of fundraising. One included a skate lock-in, the other included ticket sales. I think we will probably do the ticket sales, but I am very encouraged for the suggestions.

We have a long way to go, but I think we will be just fine. God is working things out for us on a grand scale and I am so looking forward to seeing how He works it all out for us.

Stay tuned for dates, pictures, media, etc. I think this is going to be something FANTASTIC!


Introductions and Appeals

Hello everyone.

Please allow me to introduce myself. I'm WinterMommy. I am a wife, mother, and a follower of Christ. This blog was started as a means to get the widest dissemination of a fundraising request for my daughter's adoption. Her adoptive father (my husband) and I have been working very hard to let everyone know how great and wonderful this cause is and how much we truly love out family. We hope you'll visit this blog and take the time to get to know us.

We are a loving family of three (Daddy, Mommy, and a handsome third grader) who believe with every fiber of our being that we have been called to adopt. After lots of prayers, a few tears, and some disappointments in placements that were not to be, we were blessed to have a legal risk placement of our daughter in March 2014! We then became a loving family of four!

Our daughter is the most amazing and wonderful infant girl you would ever want to meet with an infectious smile and beautiful dark and endearing eyes! We were overjoyed to bring her home, but the journey is not yet over!

We still have to have her adoption finalized. The anticipated finalization date is Sep/Oct 2014 and we are fortunate that her agency offers payment plans that will allow us a small amount of time to pay everything off. The costs are well over $18K including legal fees. That's a lot of money, but we are doing whatever it takes to make those costs attainable so that we can have our daughter stay with us in her forever family.

We love our daughter. We can't wait to teach her how to ride bikes and tie her shoes. We can't wait to take family pictures with her that we're able to share with all of our family and friends (we can't now because of confidentiality agreements). We can't wait to teach her the rivalry in our household that is the Chicago Bears and everyone else :). We can't wait to for her to be legally ours as she already is in our hearts.

This is where we humbly ask your help. Can you please help our dream become a reality sooner than later? Should you feel moved to donate even $1, it would be a great help and wholeheartedly appreciated.

If you are not in a position to donate, you can certainly help us in other ways.

1. Pray. Pray. Pray. During the particularly hard days waiting for a match during this journey, Phillippians 4: 6-7 remained in our spirit, "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” We gained peace, left our concerns with God, and shortly thereafter received the call about the match for their daughter.

2. Share, Share, Share. If you know of anyone who would be interested not in the gossip of what is going on, but in supporting a movement that will assist in making our family whole, please share this site with that person. Perhaps they will be moved to donate. Perhaps they will be moved to pray.

3. Keep visiting. We're applying for grants. We're looking for adoption assistance. We're doing it all. In the event a grant is awarded, we'll post it here, let you guys know, AND will show how the grant has helped reduce adoption costs (meaning the goal amount will be reduced!).

We're really excited about the remainder of this journey! We hope you are too.

Thank you so much and so sincerely for all of your help.

We truly appreciate you!