Thursday, May 20, 2010

Pieced Together By Love


When we began this journey we prayed that we would be able to complete these adoptions without incurring any additional debt. Through the hand of the Lord, a lot of hard work and the support of our wonderful friends, family and even strangers, we have watched, in humility, as the needed funds have always been there when we needed them, without incurring any additional debt!

As we near the end of our journey we find that we are once again, just short of the mark. We will be bringing our lovely ladies home in just six, short weeks!

We are calling our final fundraiser "Pieced Together By Love." Here is how it works:

We have purchased a 500 piece puzzle featuring one of my favorite pictures of the Savior by artist Del Parson:

For every $5 donation, the name of the donor will be featured on the back of a puzzle piece. Each donor will only have their name listed once, but every additional $5 donation by the same donor can be made in someone elses name (for example, if you have a family of five, you can make a $25 donation and each family member's name will be listed on a puzzle piece).

Each $5 donation will also enter you into a gift card giveaway. We will be giving away five $25 gift cards (iTunes, Visa, Target, Amazon and Toys R Us) at the end of our fundraiser. So, if you donate $5 your name will be entered into the giveaway once, if you donate $25, your name will be entered five times, etc.

If you aren't able to offer your financial support we understand. There are still several ways that you can get your name on a puzzle piece and entered into our gift card giveaway. Help us get the word out! Post our fundraiser information on your blog, your Facebook page, Twitter, etc. and earn an entry in our giveaway and a piece on our puzzle (make sure you leave a comment to let me know that you have done so).

Once our puzzle is complete we will seal it and hang it on our wall as a reminder of the outpouring of love, support and encouragement that we have received as we have worked to bring our girls home. We are truly humbled each and every day by the number of people who have supported us throughout this process and we know that, for many of you, seeing our girls come home is just as much a victory for you as it is for us. We are SO grateful to each and every one of you! Without your love, support, encouragement and prayers this would not be possible.

So, for a quick recap:

For a $5 donation you will receive your name on our puzzle and an entry into our gift card giveaway.

Each additional $5 donation will be another entry into the gift card giveaway and, if you so desire, the name of a friend/family member on our puzzle.

Also, for every mention of our fundraiser on your blog, Facebook, Twitter, etc. your name will be entered into the gift card giveaway and, if it has not been already, added to the puzzle.

There are several ways to donate:

You may donate directly to us by clicking on the "Pieced Together By Love" chip-in on the sidebar. This is linked directly to our paypal account and will come to us immediately upon donation.

You may also donate directly to our Reece's Rainbow grant fund by clicking on the green button on the sidebar (under "Make a Tax-Deductible donation). Follow the link and the instructions provided. Donations can be made via paypal or mail (be sure to let me know if you have chosen to donate this way as sometimes it takes a week or two for the donation information to be reported to me). These donations are tax-deductible.

If you would like to donate by check, please contact me at for our mailing address.

We will provide photo updates of our puzzle as it is pieced together so that everyone will have the opportunity to see how amazing it is when so many people link together in love and support of one another!


Madame Hallie said...

What a wonderful idea. I was sent a link to your blog from another adoption friend! Thank you for being a great adoption advocate. I hope your fundraiser works for you. All the best.

Blessedmom said...

Hi, Valerie,
Congrats on your lovely new daughters!!! From all of us, thank you so much for your message about our little boy. My e-mail address is We'll include the full success of your trip in our family prayers. That's your second trip, correct? How long was it between trips? I updated my blog--but I'm sure you have BIGGER news at this time! God bless,

Renae said...

Congrats on being so close. We too are adopting, through the foster care system. I'm not sure what process is lengthier, but I'm learning to have the patience of Job. I wish you the best of luck with your adoption! I've read about it now through Jamie Stansfield and one other person. Of course I don't remember who. Can't wait to see pictures of your new little girls!

Journeymark Cards & Gifts said...

Hey Valerie, I just found your blog and am thrilled to be following your journey. My husband and I are just getting started in the process of adopting from the Ukraine. At first, we thought Bulgaria, but God had another plan we were not aware of.

I love the idea of this fund raiser and wish you all the very best. My heart is full of joy for you.

erinannie said...

I can't wait to see your whole family together!