Monday, January 31, 2011

Puzzle Update - Week 1

Week 1 of the puzzle fundraiser was pretty good! We put together 30 pieces of the puzzle. We still have 470 pieces to go so sponsor your pieces now and become a part of this puzzle that will be a reminder of our journey that we can have with us forever.

So there it is. We have a good part of the penguins put together and we have the edges started up there in the left corner! I am so excited to get this thing all put together and see how it looks! I can't wait to see all of your names on the back!!! :)

Saturday, January 29, 2011


As much as you may not want to be honest about your daily caffeine intake we know there are a lot of you coffee drinkers out there reading this right now. We are here to help you! In an effort to help all of you coffee drinkers get your daily caffeine and quench your thirst for delicious coffee we are selling fair trade coffee from Just Love Coffee Roasters. 

Just Love Coffee Roasters only sells fair trade coffee and they have many varieties from all different countries! Also by buying this coffee you will be helping our adoption fund. For every bag of coffee that is sold from our store $5 goes toward our adoption!!!!

It's a Win Win situation! You get delicious coffee and we get closer to becoming parents!!!

to visit our store and buy your coffee today!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Garage Sale Fundraiser!

We decided it would be a good idea to have a garage sale! It is a good way to raise money for the adoption and a good way to get rid of all of our "extra stuff." We are going to try to start gathering stuff now so we can have it in about a month of so. We will also be accepting donations for the sale. I know how it is 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.

So for all of you here in the Oak Harbor area, get together all your thrift store donations and anything in the house you need to just get rid of and donate it to our Garage Sale!!! So go, now is the time to clean out your closets, garages, and bedrooms and donate all your unwanted things to us!

We will keep you updated as to when we will be having the sale! Please leave a comment of get in touch with us if you have anything to donate!

Does anyone have any ideas or advice on how the make the garage sale a big hit? Please leave comments with any input you have! 

Thanks everyone!!! :)

Nookachamps 5K Race!

On January 15, 2011 Scham ran the Nookachamps 5k race in Mt. Vernon, WA to train for the upcoming Half Marathon. It was her first 5k ever and her time was 28:52. She ran it with one of her really good friends here in WA, Amber. Amber is also running the Half Marathon and collection pledges to support our adoption. As of today we have 5 people running the race and collection pledges! Here are some pictures from the 5k race!

Just before the race!

At the 2 1/2 mile mark! 
After the race with Amber!

Monday, January 24, 2011

The Puzzle Arrived!!!

Earlier  tonight we were pleasantly surprised to find a package at our door. We opened it up and it was our "Dear Little One" puzzle! We were so excited!!! We are ready to get this puzzle put together, so start sponsoring puzzle pieces so you can be a part of this puzzle forever!!!

Here it is!!! We officially have the puzzle and are ready to get going!!!

500 pieces just waiting to be sponsored! ;)

Half Marathon Course

Check out the map of the Half Marathon below! This is the course we will be running on April 10, 2011. It is a very nice course and it runs by our condo! :)

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Training Motivation!!!

We got our very first pledge for the Half Marathon! It is awesome motivation that people want to support you and believe in you! It is exciting!!! Knowing the reason behind our training now gives us that extra little push we need!!!

Saturdays are our long run days for the week, so we just ran 6 miles! Phew!!! It was hard, but we both feel so accomplished! We are fortunate enough to live close to the course, we actually run by our condo during the race, so we have been able to train on parts of the course. It will we nice to know the course the day of the race!!!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Running for a Reason!!!

In order to stay in shape and to raise money for our adoption expenses we have decided to run the Whidbey Island Half Marathon on Sunday, April 10, 2011 and take pledges. It is a big undertaking, but we are up for the challenge. We have begun training and finishing the race is our goal!

The Furthest CJ has ever run in his life is 9 miles and the furthest Scham has ever ran is 4 miles! We are nervous about the daunting 13.1miles, but we are determined! 

If you are interested in running the Half Marathon and collecting pledges please let us know!

*If you would like to make a pledge click the DONATE button on the right sidebar under Make a Pledge! (you can put your name(s) and a note in the special notes to sellers)*

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Puzzle Fundraiser - "Dear Little One"

As we consider the cost associated with our adoption we have begun to think about fundraising ideas. The amount of money it will cost us to complete our adoption is overwhelming, but we are trusting that God will provide. 

We would first like to ask for your prayers during this exciting time in our lives. Please pray that God will give us wisdom, patience, and an overwhelming peace during our process. Please also pray for our future child and birth mother. 

Secondly we would ask that you might consider supporting us financially. We will be doing different fundraisers during the next few months to raise money to complete our adoption. 

In order to raise money for our home study we bought this 500 piece puzzle titled "Dear Little One," which we thought was appropriate. It is a daddy and mommy penguin caring for their baby penguin. 

We are inviting you to sponsor 2 puzzle pieces for $12. You can sponsor as many pieces as you want. Each piece you sponsor, we will write your name on the back of that piece before putting it into the puzzle. 

Once all the pieces are sponsored, we will frame the puzzle in a double sided frame and hang it in the house. It will be a reminder of everyone who prayed for us and supported us financially through this journey of adoption. 

As pieces are sponsored and thus added to the puzzle we will post updates and pictures so you can follow with us in the progress. It should be really FUN!!!

*If you wish to sponsor some pieces you can click on the DONATE link on the right sidebar under "Sponsor Puzzle Pieces" (you can put your name(s) and a note in the special notes to sellers) or you can mail a check to our home address. Email us for the info.* 

Thank you so much for all your love and support!!!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Just the Beginning

After everything that happened this last year we really feel God is leading us to start our family through adoption. We have been toying with the idea for some time now and decided to take a step forward.

Today was our phone consultation with the Adoption Network. It was really good. The consultant we talked to, Kay, was very informative and caring. She understood our situation and was very kind in helping us understand their process. After the conversation we both felt pretty good. The only minor concern is the money. It will cost about $30,000 - $40,000. We are going to look over everything she emailed us and pray about it. Hopefully God will show us if we are supposed to go through the adoption process with ANLC. Please pray that His path will be clear to us! :)

We are also trying to come up with unique fundraising ideas, so do you have any ideas??? Leave them in the comments section or email us!!!