Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Casey. Simon. Barton. Sutter. Hanson. Frank. Aubree. Bobby. Jason. Porter. Iris. Darren.

We have raised over $8,500.00 in our Mulligan Stew so far.
 
I don't know the exact numbers this morning as my number runner couldn't get them to me but tomorrow we should have the totals.
 
I'm too exhausted right now to rally myself to figure them out.
 
We did an 18 hour marathon yesterday - drove up to Philly and back with a stop at Nemours and a LONG day at Shriners. 
 
Want to know what made our day worth it??
 
Want to know what made my husband cry??
In this picture are FIVE adopted children and ONE homegrown babe with arthrogryposis.
 
 
Three of these children were ones we YELLED FOR on this blog.
 
 
 Laurel (Alexandra), Alexis (Sasha) and Cole (Judah)
 
  
 
It's okay to go grab some tissues... we had leaky eyes too..
 
 
I'd met Alexandra before but Rob hadn't had that privilege.
 
We both got to meet Sasha and Judah for the first time.
 
Brother and sister.
 
 
So many of you gave to the Duval family so they could get Judah and a few months later Sasha.  
 
THANK YOU FOR GIVING... THANK YOU FOR CARING!! 
 
IT MATTERS!
 
I know that Sasha doesn't look all that happy in this picture - treatments at Shriners are not the happiest of events.  She is struggling through and I know her family would deeply appreciate prayers at this time. 
 
 
 
Sheri has five of the children with her and they are currently camping out in Philly for the next several weeks as Sasha goes through the serial casting process. 
 
 
Please pray for them!!
 
Go leave some words of comfort for Sasha and the family here if you can....
 
The sacrifice they are making to give Sasha the gift of walking is HUGE.  It is a long road ahead for Sasha.  Please please pray!!
 
This is another beautiful adopted treasure.  She's as precious in real life as she is in the picture!!
 
 
It is such a blessing to meet the Shriners families and watch the children as they grow!  Adopting kids with arthrogryposis definitely has its benefits!
 
Aaron got all of his casts off yesterday..
 
They did the arm first and he was beyond overjoyed!
 
 
His bone hadn't healed yet so we moved from a cast to a splint.  I'll take a splint over a cast any day!!
 
After the easy arm experience.. Aaron was ready and willing to do the leg part...
 
 
 
 His smile lasted until she started actually removing the casts.
 

 
He definitely shed a few tears during the process.  Then, seeing bandages on both his knees and realizing that moving his legs was terribly PAINFUL..
 
Well...
 
 

We quickly covered up those ugly knees...
 
 
And Dr. Papa did major distraction therapy...
 

Pooh Bear is now cast free.
 
 
Our littlest is going to take a few days before his shaky little legs can run again.  It will probably take even longer to restore his fragile spirit.   March was a hard month on so very many levels for him.  We watched him deteriorate emotionally as the month wore on.  Losing the ability to walk freely had a profound impact upon his psyche.  Orphanage behavior that we thought was long gone came back.  His vocabulary went backwards, his nighttime rocking and teeth grinding increased and he went back to daytime rocking.  Redirecting him didn't stop the need to rock and comfort himself.  He was quick to fall apart, quick to cry and unable to regulate his emotions. 
 
It was a vivid reminder to us for the entire month of the life our son once lived. 
 
He suffered for 6 years alone.
 
He spent the first few years of his life in and out of the hospital.
 
Every single time he was there he was ALONE.
 
I just can't even go there with my mind.
 
I can't allow myself to go there.
 
I love him so very much and to think that he went through surgeries and sicknesses and traumas without my being by his side makes me ill.
 
It is one of the motivating factors for all the screaming and yelling we are doing.
 
Casey.  Simon.  Barton.  Sutter.  Hanson.  Frank.  Aubree.  Bobby.  Jason.  Porter.  Iris.  Darren.
 
They are suffering alone. 
 
PLEASE HELP US BE THEIR VOICE!
 
Help raise their grant funds.
 
Share them through the internet and in your own worlds.
 
Consider - just consider bringing one of them into your home.
 
Pray for them.
 
Pray for this Mulligan Stew that it would provide a way for them to be seen.
 
We cannot do this without you.
 
These kids are suffering.  We cannot save every one but we can do something about these!
 
 
Casey.  Simon.  Barton.  Sutter.  Hanson.  Frank.  Aubree.  Bobby.  Jason.  Porter.  Iris.  Darren.
 
We can do something to help them!!
 
Last year we had over 500 PEOPLE donate and share.
 
This year ....
 
 76 people have donated so far...
 

Annie, Joni, Nicole, Erin, Katrina, Micheala, Kim, Andrew, Leah, Kathy, Daniel
Anne, Debbie, Amy, Lori, Christine, Katie, Pam
K.B.  Tina   Candee  Amber   Joni   C.H.    Rebecca  Kelly   Jenny   Christine   Katie   Pam
Joni, Jason, Jane, Nicole, Amanda, Rebecca, Kami, Lynettte,  Jennifer, Candice, Francine, Lisa, Liz, Layna, Osborn, Courtney, Ivy
Pam, Amanda, Candice, Erika, Gretchen, Elizabeth, Amanda, Tanna, Susan , Cathy, Kelli
Natalie, Chelsea, Tania, Jolene, Beth, S.D., Val, Kalia, Gina, Morgan, K.B.
Pam, Cassandra, F.M., Amy, Ryan, Vanessa, Christine
 
..... PLUS a whole bunch of anonymous donors...
 
IF YOU HAVEN'T GIVEN - IF YOU HAVEN'T SHARED - PLEASE DO SO!!

EVERY SINGLE DROP IN THE BUCKET MATTERS.
 

OUR 2013 MICAH SIX EIGHT MULLIGAN STEW GIVEAWAY!


"A Common Stew for an Uncommonly Good Cause!"

There are more than 100 items simmering away in our stew pot. The total value of all of these items is well over $5,000.00.

Now we just need YOU to help us care for the orphan.

“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.'"


THESE ARE OUR SEVEN FAMILIES
Our FIRST goal is to raise AT LEAST $2,000.00 in each grant account!!
My deepest desire is to double that!!

We need $8,000.00 to meet our first goal!!! 
PLEASE HELP US!!
 
JON AND ANGELA-Adopting Jack and Jensen RAISED $2027.00 (MET THE FIRST GOAL)
THE JOHNSON FAMILY - Adopting FOUR brothers! RAISED $889.00
THE MARR FAMILY - Adopting Alexei RAISED $475.00
THE TAYLOR FAMILY - Adopting Samuel and Sara RAISED $436.00
THE DEUTSCH FAMILY - Adopting Estelle and Gerard RAISED $1348.00
THE BAKER FAMILY - Adopting Emmitt RAISED $395.00
THE UNROE FAMILY - Adopting Matthew, Jonathan, and Charity RAISED $474.00
 
 
THESE ARE OUR TWELVE WAITING CHILDREN.... THEY ALL NEED FAMILIES!!

Our FIRST goal is to raise $1,000.00 in each of their grant accounts.
My deepest desire is to double that!!

WE NEED $9,800.00 TO MEET OUR FIRST GOAL!!

 
HANSON - RAISED $103.00
PORTER - RAISED $58.00
JASON - RAISED $83.00
CASEY - RAISED $808.00
SIMON - RAISED $154.00
BOBBY - RAISED $54.00
SUTTER - RAISED $45.00
BARTON - RAISED $41.00
IRIS - RAISED $207.00
AUBREE - RAISED $136.00
FRANK - RAISED $76.00
DARREN - RAISED $393.00

LOST BOYS - RAISED $115.00

THESE ARE THE RULES:
Simple Math - Every five dollars donated earns you one entry into our giveaway!!!

To enter, here's what you have to do:

FIRST.... You have to pick at least ONE of the families and make a donation into their grant account.

SECOND....You have to pick at least ONE of the waiting children below and make a donation into their grant account.

THIRD... You have to leave a comment WITH YOUR FIRST AND LAST NAME letting me know which of the families you donated to and which of the waiting children. Make sure to give me the total amount donated. Because I always moderate my comments, I will be able to keep this information private if you ask me to leave it private. if you prefer not to leave a comment, you can e-mail me at covenantb@yahoo.com


THAT'S IT.... YOU ARE OFFICALLY ENTERED WITH JUST THOSE TWO DONATIONS...

We will let it be between you and the Lord the size of your gift.

BUT DON'T STOP THERE....

FOURTH.... You will also earn one entry for each additional family and/or waiting child you donate to. For example, a $50 donation spread among 3 families and 2 waiting children earns you 15 entries: 50/5 = 10 entries for the money, and 1 entry each for the families/children! So spread the love around!!!!

FIFTH.... You also get entries if you donate to the Lost Boys through Harvest International. Directions are below!
SIXTH.... You can also earn entries into the giveaway for SHARING! So share away. Share on Twitter. Share on FB. Share on your blog!!
When our Mulligan Stew Giveaway ends, we'll choose a winner for each prize by drawing random numbers from random.org. The more entries there are beside your name, the more chances you'll have to win something great!

THESE ARE OUR FAMILIES
 

THE TAYLOR FAMILY
Adopting Samuel and Sara (brother and sister)
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THE DEUTSCH FAMILY
Adopting Estelle and Gerard

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THE BAKER FAMILY
Adopting Emmitt
Emmitt 2013 (1)

THE UNROE FAMILY
Adopting Matthew (Thad) Jonathan (Carson) and Charity (Presley)
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 Carson_Aug2012 Presley

JON AND ANGELA
Adopting Jack and Jensen
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THE JOHNSON FAMILY
Adopting FOUR brothers!
D. V. Little V and Baby K!!


THE MARR FAMILY
Adopting Alexei

 

THESE ARE OUR WAITING CHILDREN

WOULD YOU PRAY AND CONSIDER??
(All the babes from the same area/institute CAN BE adopted together or separately)

 
JASON                                                              CASEY

                                                                            Casey has until June 2013 to find a family
Jason (1)


SUTTER                                    BARTON
                                                                  Barton has until December 2013 to find a family
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FRANK                                        DARREN
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SIMON                                        BOBBY
Simon has until October 2013 to find a family!
 

                                                 IRIS                                                          AUBREE

OUR LOST BOYS!

BECAUSE I CANNOT LEAVE THEM OUT.... You can donate to the Lost Boys through Harvest International. Click on THIS LINK and designate your gift to Alyona and Slavik for the Lost Boys. All donations to Harvest International are Tax Deductible.
PLEASE DON'T FORGET TO DESIGNATE YOUR GIFT TO ALYONA AND SLAVIK FOR THE LOST BOYS.

 


WOW WOW WOW!!



THE LIST OF PRIZES!!!









$500.00 Gift Card
IPad Mini - $360.00
Wii U - $250.00 Value
KINDLE FIRE - $199.00 Value
Cross of Loops Necklace with Pearl - $280 Value
250.00 PICK A CHILD
BEAUTIFUL HANDMADE QUILT $175.00
BEAUTIFUL HANDMADE SURPRISE QUILT $175.00
Retired Lladro Shepherdess with basket, value approximately $130
$100.00 Value - BOG BOOTS
$100.00 Amazon Card
100 dollar gift card
$100.00 Target Gift Card
100 Chevron gas card
100 Chevron gas card
$100 BiblioPlan year for a family….
$100 Restaurant Gift Card

Glass Wine Decanter with 6 glasses - $100.00 Value
$100.00 gift certificate to Caps for Causes:
$100.00 gift certificate to Caps for Causes
4 pack of ItWorks wraps. They are valued at $99
Original Photo on Canvas Print - $60.00 Value
16 GB Kingston Data Traveler Flash drive $60.00
Jessica Tote - $59.00
Baby/Lap Quilt (40" X 52") is valued at $50
$50.00 Target Gift Card
$50.00 Amazon Gift card
$50.00 Bloomingdales Gift Card
$50.00 Best Buy Gift card
50.00 Mobile Gas Card
50.00 Pencil Portrait
50.00 Pick a Child
$50.00 ANYWHERE GIFT CARD
$50.00 Custom book gift package
35 X 25 Rag quilt - $45.00 Value
Weighted Blanket - $40.00 Value
Thirty-One mini organizer in the minty chip pattern $30.00 value
Four Herbalife personal care products: Strengthening Shampoo (8.5 oz), Strengthening Conditioner (8.5 oz), Hand & Body Wash (8.5 oz), and Bath & Body Bar (4.4 oz). Approximate value $30.
Vera Bradley wristlet - 30.00
30.00 gift card to winner‘s choice
One dozen Cupcakes or cake balls from the "The Cupcake Patch" (winner’s choice) - $25.00 value
One dozen Cupcakes or cake balls from the "The Cupcake Patch" (winner’s choice) - $25.00 value
25.00 Amazon Gift Card
25.00 Visa gift card
25.00 credit to a scout shop
$25.00 ANYWHERE gift card <
$25.00 ANYWHERE gift card
25 itunes card
25.00 PICK A CHILD or FAMILY
Mama Bird Necklace - Value $25.00
Customized video $25.00 Value - Winner’s Choice
$25.00 in Amazon cards (five 5.00 cards)
$25 gift card to Maggiano’s/On the Border/Romano’s Macaroni Grill
EasyLunchboxes Set -- 4 containers and cooler (pink) - $21 value
EasyLunchboxes Set -- 4 containers and cooler (orange) - $21 value
Happier at Home book - $26.00 Value
Custom Made Crochet Hat $20.00 Value - Winner’s choice
Duct Tape set (2 hair bows and a wallet) Value 20.00
Duct Tape set (2 hair bows and a wallet) Value 20.00
20.00 PICK A CHILD or FAMILY
Montessori Wooden Rainbow Puzzle 20.00
Four Handmade Bars of Soap - 20.00 Value
Four Handmade Bars of Soap - 20.00 Value
Four Handmade Bars of Soap - 20.00 Value
Four Handmade Bars of Soap - 20.00 Value
Four Handmade Bars of Soap - 20.00 Value
$20.00 Multi-color print Owl purse
$20.00 Pink print Owl purse
$18 gift certificate for my crochet shop Hooked on Hope -
3 hair bows - 16.00 value
Personalized Pendant - $16.00 value
Rainbow Gnomes 15.00
"Heritage Lace" "Victorian House 13" x 20" Placement, Ecru" $15.00 value
$15 Jamba Juice Gift Card
Animal Lovie (bear) is valued at $12
Ancient craft book $12.00 Value
Medieval craft book $12.00 Value
Modern craft book $12.00 Value
$10.00 Bright turquoise Disciple cross
$10.00 Light pink Disciple cross
$10.00 Titanium Disciple cross
$10.00 4 wooden Disney puzzles
$10 Cold Stone gift card
$10 Target card
$10.00 Tortured for Christ book (gently used)
Autographed Blake Shelton CD $10.00
Devotional book - Jesus Calling 10.00 value
SIGNED COPY - $10.00 There's a Green Plastic Monkey in My Purse: And Other Ways Motherhood Changes Us by Jessie Clemence
Crayon People (5.00)
$5.00 Bible Card Games
THREE THEMED OUT OF PRINT WORKBOOKS
5.00 Crocheted headband
Crocheted hat
$25.00 Value Infinity scarf, Frosty Green Fleck with Amber Fun Fur & glass beads
$25.00 Value Infinity scarf/shoulder wrap, Homespun with Terra Cotta Fun Fur
Made with Love/Beloved necklace $15.00
Forevermore necklace 15.00
Worthy bracelet $15.00
Inspire/Believe bracelet $20.00
Chosen bracelet $15.00
Daughter bracelet $15.00
Wonderful bracelet $20.00
Pink ring $5.00
Set of matching red flower dresses with headbands $40.00
Set of matching powder blue dresses & headbands -$40.00
Set of matching blue/striped bottom dresses $35.00
Pink/Purple Dress with headband $25.00
Red/Black/White dress - $20.00
Two Pack Jam - Two equal sized bottles of your favourite jams (125mL). There are a few varieties to chose from!
Jam Sampler- 125ml bottles of brandied cranberry & orange sauce, bumbleberry jam, orange & lemon marmalade, raspberry jam, strawberry jam and wild blueberry jam.
 
 THIS GIVEAWAY ENDS APRIL 13, 2013

4 comments:

  1. Hi Julia,

    $35 to the Baker family and $25 to Frank.

    thanks,

    Karen Hunter in Canada

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  2. These updates of children who have come home mean so much to me. Thank you.

    Sue

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  3. Hypothetically speaking, if someone wanted to move on one of these kiddos, what is the first step? And is there a point in trying to adopt one of these guys if you're not currently with an agency? We've adopted three kids through CPS, but never internationally and we don't really plan to. But one of these kids is tugging at me. Can you talk about how a family would move forward with one of these guys? I'd like to know more.

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    1. All the children are actually from the same country this year. This link should help: http://reecesrainbow.org/new-family/newfamily - It gives you info and what you would need to qualify. Costs for individual children from this country (e-mail me covenantb@yahoo.com) run about 24,000.00 for one and 5,000 for each extra child.

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