Family 2013

Family 2013
Ohana means family. Family means no one gets left behind or forgotten.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

H. Pylori :( and Tick bites, Families Needed !

H. Pylori bacteria :( this is the  medication I have been giving to the 3 little kids for about 5 weeks now. 2 times a day. Its a joy. Taiya is very tricky , because if she gets a taste of 2 of the medications she quickly spits the whole mess out :( then we have to try again. So I try to disguise it in applesauce or yogurt with some sugar on top :) To read about the H.Pylori joy click here  we still have another 3 weeks worth of meds to go....

This is exactly what I needed. I found a nasty DEER TICK on my side 2 weeks ago. We live in the country but I have never seen  a Deer tick  around here before.  It was not the normal passive brown tick...this little sucker was not going to be removed! He was digging into my side and it hurt! After removing it, it throbbed and by day can see the inflammation and infection setting in. I felt icky too :( A few folks said "no big deal don't worry" and many others said "get to a Dr" so After trusting myself, and calling the Dr...I went to a walk in clinic.
The Dr there said  Lyme disease risks aside- I clearly had Cellulitis starting ! That explained why it looked so infected and I felt like I had a fever starting :( so I opted for the 2 weeks of antibiotics . Sheesh! never a dull moment ;)

Taiya has her apt for her thyroid issues next Monday. Fingers crossed they find a solution easily for our little one.


 This little boy is Preston. He is 4 years old and at GREAT RISK of being moved to an institution for disabled children :( He has CP most likely. Sadly his picture doesn't show any of his personality..but his mama has to be able to look PAST his bad picture and save him. My Giana loves this little guy and is having a bake sale this weekend to try to raise money for his grant and her plane ticket to Baby Anna's country with us.  :):)
OK. This is Lauren :):) She will turn 4 in March. I love this little beauty! She is in Baby Anna's baby house and she is HIV +  
I  would LOVE to scoop her up ! She will make a beautiful daughter :):) Is she your little girl??
This little cherub is Ilya :) his birthday is June 2006 :) what a sweet little face he has ! He has Down syndrome and needs his mama so bad !!! He also has a nice size grant and single moms are welcome!

Go to  to find out more about these little cuties !

Thank you to everyone who has donated or purchased a dress :) We are only about $200 away from our goal to cover our USCIS FEES!  Don't forget you don't have to buy a dress, you can purchase just socks or a doll dress with free shipping !! Every $1 is a blessing.

I have an surprise too !! We have decided on Baby Anna's  new name :) Its coming next...... any guesses ??
Hugs !!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Cuteness! Pillow case Dresses & MATCHING doll dresses w/bows and socks OhMY!

Brown with flowers

Pink with butterflies

Green with ladybugs

Salmon pink with brown/blue cirles


Optional matching socks with either ribbon or bead trim !!

beads close up , they will match your fabric choice

Optional bow to match dress choice :)


My friend Jessica is donating all materials and time to make some ADORABLE girls dresses and  matching doll dresses. You can also buy matching hair bows or socks ! The socks are either beaded or ribbon topped :):) Jess's sister in law is donating her time to make beautiful hair bows to match !can you say LOVE !
Once you order Jess will make your dress in either size -
18 month
remember these dresses are very adjustable so pick a size close to what your child wears and you can easily size up or down :)
socks come in sz-
24 months
6-10 shoe sz
I have had these cute socks on my girls from infant (6 months) all the way up to Bug in a sz 2 shoe. They wash wonderful and are SO CUTE! Jess's  SIL's  bow company MadeByMe Bowtique.
Dresses and accessories are on a donation basis :):) Remember this is a non-profit endeavor. ALL FUNDS will go to bring home Baby Anna :)

Minimum donations listed below:

$15- Girls dress

$5- doll dress

$3- ribbon socks

$5- beaded socks

$4- hair bows

(can you BELIEVE these prices??? Thank you SOOOO MUCH JESS !)

Please fee free to repost and share on Facebook :)

Please use the chip-in on the left sidebar, under the picture of the dresses (saving baby Anna) . When you pay w pay pal please leave the fabric choice, dress sz, and any accessories you would like in the "note to seller box"  if you would like to send a check, email me at  and I will hook ya up ;)

Shipping with be $5.00 flat fee  NO matter how many items you buy  and the bows will ship separate from Jess's sister in law (no extra shipping fee) who has a beautiful bow business .

We are continually blown away by the kindness and good wishes from people who (in most cases) we have NEVER EVEN MET ! Kind people who pray for our children, and support us in walking this walk led by faith :):) THANK YOU TO EACH OF YOU.

Taiya  thanks you too, for helping us to bring home her new baby sister !!
(Picture of baby Anna from the Reeces Rainbow angel tree drive)

Thank you to each of you who have donated to help us cover our United States Customs and Immigration Fees (uscis) xoxoxo


Friday, February 4, 2011

Seriously ? Why ? This is why pictures :)

Why does it cost that much?
Thats been the question of the day lately. People can not fathom WHY it should be so expensive to adopt children, who are not considered worthy in their own society due to their special needs. These children are destined to a mental institution and rarely will they live long enough to see adulthood, so really they should be HAPPY we are adopting them, right? Like maybe it should be free ? Umm, nice try ;)
                                                                    looking out the window at the tree guys cutting down a tree ;)
 I am sure they love to see the children find homes. 

But  every step of the process has a cost. Homestudy can be anywhere from hundreds for an update like ours this time, to $1000's  then,  notary fees for about 23 documents, to mailing the documents to the capitol for a Apostille stamps , at $10 per documents, $20 per marriage license x's 2 and mailing fees of either 4.95 both ways(scary without tracking)  or 18.95 for expedited shipping and tracking, which is x's 2 to mail  them back to you. Next you have to pay for new birth certificates, and marriage licenses, and Dr appts and tests ;) also you have to fax each paper to your stateside  helper to be sure everything is good to go , which if you are like me , without a fax machine costs $2 for the first page and $1 for each page after :) Then comes the USCIS fee which is now $720 for the first child plus $80 per adult to be fingerprinted, finally to ship off ALL  the documents to your childs Country in Europe is a jaw dropping  $150 ! Plus now we have to send the translations fees over with the documents which is around $500 (somewhere in there, cant remember exactly right now)
 Sooo you can see that before you even LEAVE the country the costs add up :(
Most folks in the adoption world know these fees are just part of the "ransom" to rescue our childrens lives back for them.And we will bow our heads and ask for help all in the name of saving our child and making Jesus happy :):)  But add in , well life , and things can get tight :( 

So I will be doing a couple little giveaways (bowing my head )  to try to raise our USCIS fees which I learned have gone up to $720 per child :(
plus of course, the $80 x 2 for fingerprints.
So for the folks that didnt know, this is why many adoptive families are struggling to raise money thru the whole process. It does take a bite out of your monthly is a ransom that is SO WORTH paying . It just takes a bit of creative financing sometimes ;) this is one of those times.

my sweet Bug painted a picture with "PRESTON 17 " 's picture and raffled it off to raise money for this sweet little boy she loves on Reeces Rainbow. We are raising kids who have a heart for those less fortunate , they are learning ..guess what? IT AIN'T all about YOU. :)
 I have added a "chip in" button on the right sidebar. If you feel led to donate to our 'United States Customs and Immigration  fund' we would be so very blessed and humbled :) Unfortunatley we are short the funds to apply right now . This sucks. But jumping right in to save baby Anna was faith and we knew  it was going to be hard to come up with so much money again so quickly.
It is SO worth it. We cant wait to hold our new baby girl in our arms and watch her hit each new milestone just like sweet Taiya :) And you get to be a part of it too ! Each of you who follow my little blog are part of this amazing process . And we are so very thankful for each of you :)
So check back next week for some goodies to bid on :)
Now for the cuteness you really came here for 
;) oh yeah...I know you just want pictures lol ;)

Look at my plump little Taiya! She is just blossoming !
 and she is pretty cool to sleep next to as you can see :) Both Baby girl and Boo sneak in Taiya's crib drawn in by her gently sweetness.
 Ok , NOT sure what Taiya was doing here :)

So. That is why is costs so much . That is why we cant go to lunch at pizza hut for a playdate.
And, THAT is why it is all so worth it :)
Hugs !!!
"...Once our eyes are opened, we can't pretend we don't know what to do. God who weighs our hearts and keeps our souls knows that we know, and holds us responsible to ACT..." Proverbs 24:12

"Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world." James 1:27
"You must be the change you wish to see in the world." -(Mahatma Gandhi)