Sunday, October 30, 2011


I know there hasn't been much action on the adoption blog for a while, but there hasn't been much going on sadly. We are just hoping and praying that we are matched very soon! Anyway we have a new fundraiser!!! One of our good friends, Megan Ward, here in Washington is doing this one for us. She is making and selling Christmas Cards! All proceeds go to our Adoption Fund! We are so thankful for this since we lost so much money in our failed adoption in July. Get your orders in now - 1 for $5 or 5 for $20. Megan can customize them to your liking and can also do Birthday, Anniversary, and any others type of cards you may be interested in! To order contact Megan (

Here are some sample cards:

Christmas Cards 

Thank You Card

Baby Card

Her cards are so fun and she can do just about anything you like! You will not be disappointed!!! Send out some one of a kind cards this year and help our our Adoption!

Thank You!!! 

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Long Time No Blog!

I just want to start by saying sorry! I am so sorry I haven't posted a blog post in over a month! We were pretty busy in September, which is a good thing! It is good to keep busy and keep our minds off the adoption waiting. Anyway I have started couponing as a way to save money! It has been going very well! I have been doing it for almost 2 months now and I really think it is going to save us a lot of money over time. I have been keeping track of all purchases since I have started and I have saved an average of 70%!!!!! I think that is pretty great! I have also gotten a lot of things for free, like paper towels, toothpaste, deodorant, and candy bars to name a few! So that keeps me pretty busy!

At the beginning of September over Labor Day weekend we went down to Portland, OR. We had never been, so we explored, we got to see the Rose Test Garden and were even able to spend a day with Kenny and Ash who were there for Kenny's sister's wedding!

At the end of September my parents came to visit and we had a great time! I showed them all about couponing and they thought it was pretty cool! Also we rented a boat one day and took it up to Deception Pass! It was really great to see them!!!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Great Urban Race - Seattle

On Saturday, August 20th we participated in the Seattle Great Urban Race! It was soooo much fun. It is kind of like the Amazing Race but it is only one day and in one city. At the beginning we were handed a sheet with 12 clues on it. We sat down and figured them all out first so we could plan our route! It was so much fun!!! We can't wait to do something like it again! 

Here we are before the race! 
You have to wear matching uniforms and create a team name.
We were TEAM MILE HIGH so the Broncos shirts were appropriate.


 Find a certain cupcake shop and feed a cupcake to your partner.

Find Dry Soda and drink their soda
in front of the logo.

Find this totem pole and get a picture.  

Although this last month has been hard for us, having to deal with our failed adoption and waiting for another match, we are trying to keep busy and do some fun things to keep our minds off the situation. Look for more exciting things to come!!!

We know God has the perfect baby and that he has perfect timing! Waiting is hard though!!! 

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Visit Our Online Coffee Store

For all you coffee drinkers out there we are still selling Fair Trade Coffee from Just Love Coffee Roasters. They sell delicious Fair Trade Coffee from many different countries. We have our own online store with Just Love Coffee, so please visit our store by clicking OUR COFFEE STORE.

For every single bag of coffee we sell to our friends, family, and other coffee lovers we get $5 to go towards our adoption. So if you buy 3 bags of coffee that puts $15 right into our adoption fund and puts us closer to our dream of becoming parents.

Thank you for all your support!!!

Back to WA Life

I know we haven't posted anything in a few weeks, but that is just because not too much has been going on. We have settled back into life in WA and are enjoying the good weather whenever we get it! CJ has been mountain biking and golfing and I have been running and keeping busy with day to day house work! We have been trying to continue our fundraising and have been trying to sell stuff on craigslist to raise the money we still need. We are still waiting for our match call and are hoping it will happen very soon! Please continue to pray that the right birth mother will pick us very very soon!!!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Update & Fundraiser Reminders!

We are now back home in WA and trying to get back into the swing of things. We are very disappointed about the failed adoption, but there isn't anything we can do about it, so we are moving on. We are hoping we won't have to wait too long for our next adoption call. Thank you for all your prayers and support during this time!

The hardest part about this is we did loose some money with this situation. The money we paid to the attorney and social worker in Michigan is no refundable along with a few other things we paid. The fees we paid to the agency will just transfer over which is good, but we are down a few thousand dollars now. We were getting so close to our goal, and now we need to raise more. We would like to remind you of our current fundraisers.

Just Love Coffee - Click here for more info - with every bag you buy $5 goes to our adoption fund

Buy things you need Everyday - Click here for more info and please take a look at all the items you can buy on their website and email Ashlea with questions

Donate - Remember you can always donate to our adoption with the donate button on the right hand side or by mailing a check (email for our address)

Thank you all for helping us make our dreams of becoming parents a reality!!!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Bump in the Road!

Many of you may already know, but for those of you who have not heard our adoption failed. The birth family decided to keep the baby. We are back on the website, please pray we will be picekd by another birth mother quickly! :) We are very grateful that we found out before we made the trip to Michigan. We are very hopeful that we will be picked again very soon!!!!!

Monday, July 11, 2011


So the due date is tomorrow!!! I know in pregnancy it doesn't necessarily mean much, but I can't believe it is almost here. But I am very surprised that we have not left for Michigan yet. I really thought we would have headed out by now, but we are still just waiting for the call! Please pray we will get a call soon and that the entire process goes smoothly out there in Michigan! We will be parents very soon!!!

Sunday, July 3, 2011


Out of shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, vitamins, cleaning products?

Purchase the things you NEED (your basic commodity items) and support our adoption!

Kenny and Ashlea have offered to do a fundraiser for us to help support our adoption. They have their own online store where you can purchase the things you NEED and support our adoption at the same time! If you oder in the month of July, all profits will go to support our adoption!!!

Orders of $99 or more get free shipping!

To shop, go to:

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Any Day Now!!!

We are a little more than a week from the due date now. So really we could get the call any day now. We have begun to look at last minute plane tickets, hotels, and car rentals to try and get prepared! Last minute tickets are sooooo expensive!!! We are trying really hard to come up with the last bit of money we need. Our travel expenses will be about $3000 give or take a little, from what we have been researching. Please pray we will be able to come up with the money soon. Thank you.

You can still donate to our donation through the link on the right side of the page.
Also we will be posting a new fundraiser later today to help with the expenses.


Thank you so much to all of you who ordered Scentsy from Nicole durinig the month of June! She was very generous and gave 25% of all the sales during the month of June to our adoption fund! We added an additional $380 to the fund. We are getting close to our goal, but still have a little bit to go. Thank you all so much!!! And THANK YOU NICOLE!!!

Monday, June 27, 2011

CO Baby Shower!!!

My sister threw me a baby shower on Friday, June 17, 2011 and it was wonderful! Many of my friends and family were there and they showered me with all the baby stuff I need to go pick up our little guy in Michigan when we get the call! I just want to say thank you so much to all of you who came to the shower! I had a great time! Thank you also to those of you who couldn't make it and sent gifts to our home in WA. CJ has been receiving many packages! It is very exciting for us to finally be to this point! Thank you all for all your prayers and support along our long journey. And we ask for continued prayer as we are very soon going to be traveling to Michigan. Please pray we have safe travels there and back and pray the baby is born healthy and that there are no complications. Pray also that the legal process goes quickly and smoothly. Thank you so much!!!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Homeward Bound!!!

It is official! CJ is headed back to WA! CJ left for det on May 7, 2011 and was scheduled to be gone until August 1, 2011, but after we got the call about our adoption opportunity he started to work at finding a way to come back early so he could be here for the birth. He had to work really hard to get everything done so he was able to come home, but he did it! He left on Sunday and last I heard he was in Jacksonville, FL on his last leg up to Whidbey Island! He should be back in WA later tonight! Thank you for all of you who were praying he would be able to be back in time to go out to Michigan!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Due Date 1 month out......

So the due date is exactly one month from today!!! I can't believe that our little guy is due in only one short month!!! We are working really hard to get all the money together quickly because we have to pay a lot sooner than we thought. We have applied for an adoption grant but haven't heard anything yet. We would really appreciate some prayer in that area! We really need to grant to be able to cover the rest of the costs. It is all coming so soon and we are getting very excited! Thanks for all your prayer and support throughout our journey so far. Please also pray for the birth mother. Pray that she will be at peace with her decision and with the situation and that she will feel comfortable with us. And pray for the little guy that he is growing big and strong! Thanks!!!

Friday, June 3, 2011


Just wanted to remind everyone that the SCENTSY Party is tonight from 6pm to 9pm. Hope to see you there! If you can't make it please remember to order online  Just find Scham and CJ's Adoption Party on the home page and order from the party!

Also our Garage Sale Fundraiser is on Saturday at 4190 Nonchalant Circle S, 80917. Come out and check out all the great bargins and have a hot dog for lunch!!!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011


A Family member shared this with us and we think it is great!

Teacher Debbie Moon's first graders were
discussing a picture of a family. One little boy in the picture
had a different hair color than the other members. One of her
students suggested that he was adopted.
   A little girl said, 'I know all about
Adoption, I was adopted..'
   'What does it mean to be adopted?', asked
  another child.
'It means', said the girl, 'that you grew
in your mommy's heart instead of her tummy!'

Sunday, May 29, 2011

We Have Been MATCHED!!!

We have been matched and our little boy is due on July 12th in Michigan! We got the call a few weeks ago and had to work through a bunch of things but things are on track now and we are super excited! We can't wait! It is all happening very fast, but we are excited to bring the little guy home! Thank you for all your prayers and support through our journey thus far. Please continue to pray that the rest goes smoothly. Please pray for our little boy as well as his birth mother and pray all the legal stuff goes well.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011


We have another SCENTSY FUNDRAISER! Nicole Uhrin, a local Colorado Springs Scentsy Consultant, offered to do another Scentsy fundraiser for us! You can order from our online fundraiser & we will also be having a party at my parents house here in CO on June 3rd, so for all of you who missed out on the party because you live in CO now is your chance to attend a Scentsy Party Fundraiser for our adoption! To order online use the link, below find Scham & CJ's Adoption Party under "Open Parties" on the homepage & click "Buy from Party" next to the name. Scentsy is a safer alternative to candles; no wick, no flame, no lead, non-toxic, & safe around children and pets! I really think you will love it! 

Below is an image of the invite! If you haven't received the invite in your email and would like to please let me know! Hope to see you all on Friday, June 3rd!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Colorado Springs Garage Sale Info!

Our Colorado Springs garage sale is Saturday, June 4th. We are hoping that all of you in the Colorado Springs area will come out to the garage sale to support us. It will be on Saturday, June 4, 2011 from 8am till 3pm and it will be at 4190 Nonchalant Cir S, 80917. If you have donations for the sale please let us know and we will let you know when you can drop them off.  Please also let all your friends and family in the area know about the sale as well. Below is our flyer. Please try to get the word out so we can have a great turn out. If you would like the PDF file of the flyer to email out or to print out and hand out just email us at and we will send it to you. Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Pampered Chef Reminder!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This is just a reminder for you to place your Pampered Chef orders TODAY!!! It will be open till May 20th! By placing your orders you will get some great Pampered Chef products and a portion of all sales go to help fund our adoption! We really appreciate all your support!!! To order CLICK HERE and enter Scham Johnson.

Remember if you want to save on shipping and you are in the Colorado Springs area have your order sent to the host and shipping will be $4.50 and we will get in contact with you when the order arrives. Thank you so much!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

CJ Arrived!!

As most of you know CJ headed out again on Saturday morning. Just wanted to let everyone know that he arrived safely and will be there till August! He is going to have one HOT summer! Today he said it was over 100 degrees and extremely humid and it is only May! So it WILL get hotter! Hopefully he won't have heat stroke or something! I am sure he will be at the pool every day! :)
Thank you for your prayers and support while he is away!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Garage Sale in Colorado Springs!!!

Since the Oak Harbor garage sale was such a success we decided it would be a good idea to have another one in Colorado Springs! We are planning on having it the first weekend of June. I know many people in CO were jealous of our sale in WA so, now is your chance to support us. Our families have stuff for the sale and we will also be accepting donations for the sale. We all know what it is like to have a pile of stuff that you have been meaning to take to the thrift store! Well now you can just bring it to us and we will sell it at the garage sale.

Everyone in the Colorado Springs area, get together all your donations and anything in the house you need to just get rid of and donate it to our Garage Sale!!! So go now and clean out your closets, garages, and bedrooms and donate all your unwanted things to us!

Mark your calendars now for the first weekend of June! We will have flyers soon!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Puzzle Update Week 15

We finished the puzzle this week!!! We added the last 40 pieces and glued it all together. Thank you so much to everyone who supported us in this fundraiser. It was really fun and now we have something to remember our journey forever!

Friday, May 6, 2011

The Puzzle is Finished!

We finished the puzzle! We will be glueing it soon! Update with pictures will come soon!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Puzzle Update Week 14

This week we added another 52 pieces to the puzzle! We are soooo close to finishing! I am hoping we finish this week since I am heading back to CO for a while. Anyway there are now 460 pieces in the puzzle which means there are only 40 left to sponsor; the puzzle is now 92% done!

Thank you to:

Kate Powers
Sam Consentino
Daniel & Bonnie Hendren
Audra Schovel
Allen Peter

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Puzzle Update Week 13

So the update is so late, but we have been busy this week! CJ's 25th birthday was yesterday! This week we added another 14 pieces to the puzzle! We are working away each week and we will be done with it soon. We now have 408 pieces in the puzzle which means there are only 92 pieces left! We have 82% of the puzzle completed!

Thank You to:
Ken & Cathy Toms
Leslie Mackenzie

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Mother's Day Gift Ideas!

Need a great Mother's Day gift? We have a few options for you! By buying mom a gift from one of our fundraisers you will get her a great gift as well as contribute to our adoption. 

So here are your options:

This year instead of candles you can buy your mom some Scentsy products to make her house smell great!
For the mom who is or wants to be a gourmet chef get her a gift she will love from Pampered Chef!
Enter Scham Johnson as Host

Or for the Coffee Lover mom buy her some delicious fair trade coffee!

Monday, April 25, 2011


Kimberlee Westlake has put together a new fundraiser for us! Here is the info from Kim!
Scham and CJ's Pampered Chef Fundraiser!

It is my privilege to work with Scham and CJ to help them raise funds for their adoption! Please take a moment to visit my website and consider placing an order as a percentage of ALL sales will be given back to the Johnsons as they prepare for their adoption!

I am pleased to offer up a few specials for you as well! If your order is placed in April, you will have the opportunity to purchase one of our special Mother's Day packages at a discounted rate! You will also have receive a free peeler of your choice with a $60 purchase! 

All orders placed beginning next week will be eligible for the Father's Day Specials as well as our Help Whip Cancer pink products!

Here is how to order:
1. Go to my website

2. Click "Shop Online"

3. A new window will pop up asking for your host's name
First name: Scham
Last name: Johnson

4. Click on Scham Johnson on the next screen and start selecting products.

5. Upon checkout, please check to have it sent directly to your home unless you live near Scham and CJ

Happy Shopping!

If you have any questions or comments as you shop, please don't hesitate to contact me. Also, please feel free to share this information with any of your friends or family that may be interested in helping the Johnsons raise some money!

Thank you!
Kimberlee Westlake
(843) 513-2753

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Puzzle Update Week 12

This week we added another 12 pieces to the puzzle! It is really looking great! We are now 79% done with the puzzle. There are only 106 pieces left to be sponsored! If you haven't sponsored your pieces yet you better do it soon, cause there aren't may left! This may be your last chance to be a part of our adoption puzzle! This week we would like to thank:
Floyd & Nicole Powell
Camden Ashmore

Monday, April 11, 2011

Half Marathon!!!

The Half Marathon is over! We made it!!! Yesterday we ran 13.1 miles! It was me, CJ, and my mom Janice. It was supposed to rain, but we were lucky and it didn't rain at all, but there were times that the wind was horrible and that was almost worse! My mom did great! She finished in 2:10. Then CJ and I finished in 2:40. We were very happy with that considering my injuries and CJ's lack of training due to his very hectic schedule lately. Everyone feels pretty good today. CJ has a pretty sore knee and my back and hips are pretty sore. My mom probably feels the best, her legs are sore! haha She did train in Colorado though! And she used to be a pretty avid runner. Anyway We just want to thank her for running and raising money for us! We also would like to thank all of you who pledged for this race! We raised over $1400. Thank you sooooo much!!!!

Puzzle Update Week 11

We didn't add any pieces to the puzzle this week. We still have 118 pieces left to sponsor, so sponsor your pieces today and be a part of our adoption puzzle! For more info see our Puzzle Fundraiser!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Puzzle Update Week 10

We added another 40 pieces to the puzzle this week! It will be ready to frame very soon!!! That bring out total number of pieces in the puzzle to 382 pieces. Which means there are only 118 pieces left to sponsor! And the puzzle is now 76% completed!!!

We would also like the thank the people who have added to the puzzle in the last 2 weeks!

Thank you to: 

Sean & Danielle Bancroft
Al & Virginia Wehe
Bryan & Katie Pancoast
Dick & Rhoda Bennett
Robert Passmore 

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Order SCENTSY Online

Our Scentsy Fundraiser is still going online! We had our party on Friday night and it went well! We had a great time smelling all the scents and learning more about Scentsy. We are trying to get most of the orders in by April 10th if we can. So please visit  and click Join Party next to our names. If you are interested in buying but can't by the 10th just let me know and we will have it opened up again!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Puzzle Update Week 9

Sorry the update is a little late this week, but we were on vacation in San Diego! So, anyway this week we added 24 more pieces to the puzzle. That brings the total number of pieces up to 342 pieces. Now we are 68% done with our puzzle! We are getting close to finishing! We only have 158 pieces left, so sponsor your pieces now!!!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

SCENTSY Fundraiser

Our Scentsy fundraiser is going on now and the party here in WA is on Friday! Don't forget to place your Scentsy orders! We get 25% of all online sales!!!!!

You get a great new smell that fills your house and we get money to go towards our adoption!!!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

WE are LIVE!!!

It is official! We are waiting for our baby! Our profiles are live on four different websites for birthmoms to look at. If you would like to view our profiles we are on the following websites. 

Adoption Network Law Center
Adoption Spacebook
Courageous Choice
The Adoption Foundation

We are so excited!!!!!!!!!! :)

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Puzzle Update Week 8

This week was a great week for the puzzle. We added 56 pieces to the puzzle this week making the total number of pieces in the puzzle 318! So that means we are 64% done with the puzzle! 

We would also like to thank and recognize everyone who has contributed to the puzzle so far. 

Thank You to:

Mark Rantal
Kenny & Ashlea Toms
Mark & Andrea Micci
Paul & Janice Bennett
Bryan & Amber Mullins
Jim & Helen Johnson
Lauren Henry
Lance Eich
Lyle VanHorn
Joel & Silvia VanHorn
Mark & Debbie Billingslea
Anne Branson
Andy Lopez
Brian & Elise Kubo
Dan Maulsby
Dick & Rhoda Bennett
Howard & Joan Mayer
Laura Schwab
Rhianna Combs
Christian Sjostrom
Phil Langness
Bob & Julie Gilbert
Megan Johnson
Jay & Laura VanHorn
Greg & Tina Halterman
John & Peggy VanHorn
Donnelly & Janet Johnson
Missy Snyder
Bob & Mignon Zylstra
Jerry VanHorn & Fabiola Hunt
Jeff & Lori VanHorn
Craig & Cherie VanHorn
Dan & April Myers

Thanks to everyone above for sponsoring puzzle pieces! 

Thursday, March 17, 2011

SCENTSY Fundraiser

We have a NEW FUNDRAISER! Nikki Paino, a local Scentsy Consultant, offered to do a Scentsy fundraiser for us! You can order from our online fundraiser & we will also be having a party at my house here in WA on April 1st! To order online use the link, below find my name under "Open Parties" on the homepage & click "Buy from Party" next to my name. Scentsy is a safer alternative to candles; no wick, no flame, no lead, non-toxic, & safe around children and pets! I really think you will love it!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Photos Reviewed!

We got the email today that we had been waiting for. The email said: 

"Your photos have been reviewed, and it looks like we have enough to build all three of your Webpages. I will contact you once they are live with instructions to view the pages. It should take about a week to have all three pages completed."

We were so excited to receive this email! We are so excited that we will be LIVE in about a week! In about a week real birthmoms will be looking at OUR profiles! So crazy!!!

Puzzle Update Week 7

We added another 36 pieces to the puzzle this week. That brings the total number of pieces that have been put into the puzzle up to 262 pieces. We are now over half way done! Yay!!! We are 52% done with the puzzle! We are getting very excited about the finished product! We can't wait to see it done! If you haven't yet, be sure to sponsor your pieces soon!

Baby Bottles!!!

Some of the baby bottles have been filled and given back to us. As you can see below we have a lot of change to count!

After looking at all the change we decide it would be a good idea to go to a coin counting machine instead of take the time to count it ourselves. We had 10 full bottles as well as a bag of coins that probably weighed 15 pounds or more, so we decided to take this batch in and get it counted, so that is what we did!

When it was all said and done it added up to $339 and we left with $306!!!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Successful Garage Sale!!!

The garage sale was a huge success yesterday! Thank you so much to everyone who came out and supported us and everyone who donated items to the sale! We made $473 to be added to our adoption fund! It was very cold and windy but we still had a great turnout. Thanks for braving the crazy weather!

Here were 2 of our signs!

CJ at his grill!
Scham by her baked goods.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Bump in the Training Road

So I have hit a bump in my training for the half marathon. I have been battling shin splints for about 5 weeks now. They get really bad to the point I have to stop running for a week or 2 at a time. I have been icing them and stretching and doing everything you are supposed to do for shin splints. I went to the doctor last week and she said the only thing that will take the pain away is to stop running for about 2 months and let them heal. Well since I am not going to do that I am just trying to manage the pain and listen to my body. I am currently on a break from running, but hope to start back next Tuesday. I know that my legs are going to be in pain, but I just want to finish the 13.1 miles and then I will work on getting them healed. Please pray that I will be able to keep in shape and be ready for the race on April 10th and please pray that I will be able to finish the race and not get permanently injured! Thanks!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Puzzle Update - Week 6

This week we added 16 more pieces to the puzzle bringing the total to 226 pieces! We are getting there! We are 45% done with the puzzle and it is looking good! Don't forget to sponsor your pieces today and be a part of our puzzle forever! Remember it is $12 for every 2 pieces!

Pictures and Letters sent to Media Department

Last Thursday we talked with the media department at ANLC to make sure we understood what they needed from us to get our profiles LIVE. Then this weekend we worked hard at getting all of our letters written and getting all of our pictures picked out. We also had to take a few additional ones. Then today we emailed all our letters and mailed out the CD of all our pictures. They should receive it on Wednesday, so we are hoping to be live sometime next week! We will keep you posted!!!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Oak Harbor Garage Sale Info!!!

Our Oak Harbor garage sale is next Saturday. We are hoping that all of you in the Oak Harbor area will come out to the garage sale to support us. It will be on Saturday, March 12, 2011 from 9am till 3pm and it will be at 1850 SW Scenic Heights St., Oak Harbor, WA 98277. If you have donations for the sale you can drop them off at the above address on Friday, March 11, 2011 between 11am and 2pm. Call or text when you arrive so we can come down and meet you. If that time doesn't work for you just let us know and we can find another time for you to drop off your donations or we can find a time for us to come by and pick them up. Please also let all your friends and family in the area know about the sale as well. Below is our flyer. Please try to get the word out so we can have a great turn out. If you would like the PDF file of the flyer to email out or to print out and hand out just email us at and we will send it to you. Hope to see you next Saturday!

Monday, February 28, 2011

Puzzle Update - Week 5

During week 5 of our puzzle fundraiser we added another 26 pieces to our puzzle! That makes a total of 210 pieces all together. It is really coming together. We are starting to get to the harder part as you can see. We have mostly the snow left. :) So now the puzzle is 42% done!!! There are only 290 pieces left, so let's get them sponsored and finish this puzzle!!! 

Friday, February 25, 2011

Garage Sale in Oak Harbor!!!

We have picked a date for our garage sale in Oak Harbor. It will be on Saturday, March 12, 2011. For those of you in the Oak Harbor area who have donations just get in touch with us and we will find a time to come and pick them up. Also mark the date on your calendar so you can stop by and find some great bargains while supporting our adoption. We are working on some flyers and will have them out to all of you soon! This way we can get the word out around town about the sale. Also if you are interested in volunteering and helping with the sale let us know. Thanks!!!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

SNOW DAY!!!!!!!!

It was snowy today in Oak Harbor and it was beautiful! But of course CJ missed it ... again! We have lived here for 3 years now and we have had 3 or 4 times where it has snowed enough to close the base and CJ has missed it every time! Haha! Oh well! This morning when I woke up there were huge snow flakes coming down and there were about 3 inches of fresh snow on the ground! It was so awesome! I have missed the snow! It doesn't come around very often! Anyway just wanted to share that with all of you! Hope your day was great too!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Puzzle Update - Week 4

Week 4 was a great week for the puzzle! We got 104 pieces this week! That makes for a total of 184 pieces of the puzzle complete! We put in more pieces this week than the first 3 weeks combined! Wow!!! Thanks to come big contributers! :) As you can see below it is really coming along! For those of you who haven't sponsored your pieces yet, get them now! Remember you can sponsor 2 pieces for $12.  Check out the Fundraising page for more information!
Now we are 37% done with the puzzle!!! 

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Paperwork Has Been Received!

Our adoption coordinator, Kay Tanner, received our paperwork on Friday due to some difficulties with UPS. It was a little stressful when the package didn't come up on their tracking website, but she has it now. We also paid the 1st half of the first payment and should be paying the 2nd half early this next week! Then I will start working with the marketing people! We are excited to be "Live" soon!!! Stay tuned for more updates!!! :)

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

One Step Closer!!!

So today I sent in our application and contract to Adoption Network Law Center. So we are officially on our way to becoming parents. Once they receive the paperwork, which should be tomorrow, we can pay the 1st payment and then will officially be signed on with ANLC. If you would like to find out more about ANLC you can visit their site by clicking on the link over on the left side of the blog under Links. Or you can CLICK HERE. After we pay our first payment we will start working with their marketing department on our profile. They will let us know what pictures and things they need from us to make us "Live" on their website! It was a big step and we are very excited!!!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

CJ Training in Fallon

So CJ left on Sunday for an intense training in Fallon, NV. He will be there for 2 weeks and then come back here for the second half of the training. It is a total of 4 weeks of training. Please pray that he will do well while in Fallon and also when he gets back home. He will be done with the course on March 11th.

Thank You!!!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Puzzle Update - Week 3

During week 3 there were 30 more pieces that were sponsored! So now that makes a total of 80 pieces that have been put into the puzzle! Only 420 more pieces left! As you can see in the image below the border is coming along. The whole left side is done and part of the top and bottom. Also the penguin family is coming together in the middle. We are so excited to get this thing finished, so please sponsor your puzzle pieces now!!!! If you don't know what we mean by sponsor your pieces please just leave a comment and ask or email us at, but don't miss out on being a part of this!!!

We are 16% done with the puzzle!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Baby Bottle Fundraiser!

That is what the sticker on these baby bottles says. We have officially started our baby bottle fundraiser! When we came across this idea we thought it was awesome! So we will be handing out these bottles to everyone we know. Then you will have about a month to fill it up with all your extra change and then we will pick them all back up! We thought it was such a great idea, because everyone always has spare change just lying around or doesn't know what to do with the change they just got at the grocery store. Well now you have an official place for all your change! 

Here are a few of our baby bottles!

If you haven't received a bottle and would like one just let us know and we will get one to you ASAP. Also if you know of other people who may be able to fill one let us know that too! We can give you as many as you think you can get filled! We are excited about this fundraiser! It should be fun for everyone! 
Collecting all your spare change will help change our lives!!!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011


The one thing that holds up the home study from being completed quickly is the fingerprinting. We have to have our fingerprints take and then sent to the FBI. Then they run them and return the results to our social worker. It seems simple, but like I said before it takes the FBI 6-12 weeks to get them done! Anyway we went and got fingerprinted today and then I went and got everything together to mail them off! So that's it, our fingerprints are on their way to the FBI office in West Virginia! Hopefully they will get processed quickly!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Home Study Visit!!!

So our Home Study visit was today at 2pm. We worked really hard to get our house looking great! It was a good excuse to get a really good clean in! :) And if I do say so myself we did a great job! The house looked great! Anyway we met with Mike, our social worker and he was very nice. He went over the whole home study process. He was very straight forward and told us he tries to make it as easy as possible. We went over a lot of paper work and he told us about the next steps. Now we have a few more forms to fill out and get back to him and tomorrow we are going to get our fingerprinting done since that is the thing that usually holds the home study up. The FBI fingerprints take anywhere from 6-12 weeks to come back! So we are on our way!

He said he would let our counselor know that we had started to process, so she knows where we are with things. We haven't officially signed on with ANLC yet because we don't have the first payment yet. The first payment is $14,500. We have to pay that when we send in our signed contract. We really want to send in our stuff and sign on with them ASAP. We are anxious to get our profile live on the web so birth mothers can start viewing us. We need about $5,000 more, so please pray we will find a way to come up with the money, please pray our fundraisers will pick up a bit! Thank you!!!

Monday, February 7, 2011

First Homestudy Visit!

So tomorrow is our first homestudy visit! So the process has officially started! It is extremely exciting, but a little scary at the same time! Our social worker will be coming to our house tomorrow at 3pm to see our house and just get to know us a little more and he will explain the whole process to us. We are ready to officially start our journey. Along with starting the homestudy a portion of the money will be due. We have enough saved to cover the first payment we need to make, so that is a relief. We do need to raise a lot more money though, so please continue to pray that the funds will be provided! We are so glad that we have all of you following us on this journey!!! Thank you all for your continued prayer and support!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Puzzle Update - Week 2

During week 2 of the puzzle fundraiser we added 20 more pieces to the puzzle! So that makes it 50 pieces of the puzzle that have been put together! It is exciting to get to put more and more pieces together! We are trying to be patient, but we can't wait to see the finished product! We are so excited! So we still have 450 pieces waiting to be sponsored! So sponsor your puzzle pieces now and become a part of our puzzle literally! Your name will go on your pieces!!!

Added 20 pieces this week. It's coming along!

Let's try to make week 3 the best week yet! We need to place more than 30 pieces!!!