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!!!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

The Majestic Inn and Spa

Well we are back to reality now! We had a great time though! We stayed at the Majestic Inn and Spa in downtown Anacortes, WA. When we arrived we checked in and got settled, then it was off to the spa. We had time to sit in the steam rooms and relax a bit and then it was massage time! We each had a one hour massage. It was great! We were both a little sore because we went snowboarding on Wednesday, but I think it did us some good! Then we steamed a little longer and then headed back to our room to get ready for dinner. We had a great time at dinner and the food was great! We were stuffed! We were sooo tired and slept great! Then this morning there was a continental breakfast! It was a nice little getaway for the two of us! We were able to relax and enjoy each other's company!

This is the Majestic Inn and Spa!!!

Here is the Relaxing/Waiting Room in the Spa!

Here is our room!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Weekend Together!!!

One of our Christmas presents to each other was a gift certificate to an Inn and Spa at a nearby town. So tonight we are going to have our spa weekend. We are getting massages, having dinner, staying the night, and then having breakfast in the morning! We are super excited for our Weekend Together! It will be good for us to get away for a weekend together just the two of us!!!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

The Perfect Valentine's Gift!

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Try the Valentine Blend Coffee from our

Here is the description from the website:
A passionate and romantic blend consisting of Indonesian chocolate & caramel notes along with sweet Eastern African fruitiness with a hint of nuttiness. Tell that special person how much you love them with a warm cup of Just Love Valentine's Blend. 13 oz. Fair Trade

It is an affordable gift (only $12.95) and you will be helping us fund our adoption!

Your Valentine will love this coffee! :)