Friday, March 9, 2012

Mulligan Stew Giveaway


"A Common Stew for an Uncommonly Good Cause!"

Our Mulligan Stew is a tasty community stew that will feed a whole host of orphans, because a whole host of Godly people from the adoption community threw a whole host of great ingredients into our stew pot.

There are 83 items simmering away in our stew pot.  The total value of all of these items is well over $4,500.00.  Every single one of these donated items has been accompanied by whispered prayers that God will multiply the gift.

Our stew's been simmering for well over a week now.  We've been praying for the Lord's blessing on this meal.  We've also been learning the stories of all of those whom we've invited to share in this meal.

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.'"


Since the idea for this Mulligan Stew Giveaway began with 17-year-old Maria's desire to have a family above all else....

You can enter our giveaway just by making a tax-deductible donation to Maria (Masha) and her siblings (Heim family).  I'll leave the amount of your donation between you and the Lord.  They need $35,000 to adopt all four children.

That's it.  One donation to Maria and her siblings puts your name in our giveaway, with a chance to win one of these 80+ great prizes.

After that, we'd like you to choose one, two or several more children and families from the list below that you feel led to help.  The number of donations, and the amounts, are totally up to you.

As an added incentive for making extra donations, we've come up with this simple point system:

We'll put one entry beside your name for every $5 that you donate. However, at certain levels of giving, you'll also receive extra entries. At the $20 level, you'll receive 1 extra entry-- instead of 4 entries, you'll receive 5. At the $35 level, you'll receive 2 extra entries-- instead of 7 entries, you'll receive 9. There are 3 extra entries at the $50 level, 4 extra at the $75 level, 5 extra at the $100 level, and so on. If all of that's too confusing, just refer to this chart:

$10.00 - 2 entries
$20.00 - 5 entries
$35.00 - 9 entries
$50.00 - 13 entries
$75.00 - 19 entries
$100.00 - 25 entries
$150.00 - 36 entries
$200.00 - 47 entries
$250.00 - 58 entries
$500.00 - 110 entries

There is also another way to earn entries: by sharing our Giveaway on Facebook, Twitter or your own blog.  After you've donated, just leave a comment on my blog to let me know that you've shared as well.   Every share gets you an entry.

When our Mulligan Stew Giveaway ends, we'll choose a winner for each prize by drawing random numbers from The more entries there are beside your name, the more chances you'll have to win something great!


  • Use the links below to go to the sites where these wonderful adoptive families and children are receiving donations. Follow the directions there to make your generous donations.
  • THEN, come back to this blog and leave a comment to let me know two things: (1) that you donated to Maria (Heim family), and (2) the total amount that you donated to ALL of the children and families that you chose to help.  Because I always moderate my comments, I will be able to keep this information private.
  • If you prefer not to leave a comment, you can e-mail me at
  • None of the money that you donate will flow through our hands; it will all go directly to the people who need it.
  • This Giveaway will end on March 31.

Please use these links to make your generous donations:

$35,000.00 needed

 Keith (4)
 The Unroe family blog
They are adopting Keith as well as 4 other children from other institutions.
  $11,000 needed

Teddy (7), Val (7), and Steward (8 1/2)
The Archer family blog
They are bringing home all three of these sweet boys!
$13,000 needed

 Angelina Mariana (5)
The Carpenter family blog
Find the instructions for donating to the Carpenter family on their sidebar.                
                                                                        $2,800.00 needed                               

Kelton and Teagon are listed as Steven and Tommy on their Reece's Rainbow accounts.
$2,000.00 needed

Ian (2-1/2)                                                                  Kolina (9)
                             Menges family blog                                                   Duncan family blog
                             $10,000 needed                                                       $8,000.00 needed
                                                                                                 They are also adopting another girl.

  $17,000 needed  

The Sousa family is also adopting one more little guy from another orphanage.
$3,000.00 needed

BABY N (3)
(no picture)

                                    Samantha (7)                                                              Annie (5)
                    Fully Funded PLEASE PRAY!!                                      Fully Funded PLEASE PRAY!!
Both of these girls desperately need our prayers!!  They are tiny and weak.

                                        Victoria                                                                  Igor
                              $118.75 in her grant account                               $382.20 in his grant account

$484.00 in his grant account

Heath                                                            Hanson
                      $4383.30 in his grant account                             $187.00 in his grant account

Our Lost Boys

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.

CLICK HERE to go to the Lost Boys Boutique and support the Lost Boys while you shop.
100% of the proceeds support the Lost Boys.

 Jack                                                     Laurel
$4303.10 in his grant account            $10,114.01-- SHE NEEDS A FAMILY!
                                                                                     LAUREL IS TURNING 16 THIS YEAR!!!

 $10,098.00-- SHE NEEDS A FAMILY!


Here's the list.  To see pictures of each item go to the Mulligan Stew menu link at the top of the blog!

Over the next few weeks I will be highlighting some of these items and sharing some of the stories behind some of these gifts.

 For now, HERE IS THE LIST OF ALL 83 ITEMS.  Total value is over $4,500.00.
  1. 3RD GENERATION iPAD 16GB WiFi with engraving - $500.00 value - donated by S.
  2. Kindle Fire Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi  - $200.00 value - donated by Molly
  3. Kindle Fire Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi  - $200.00 value - donated by Kelly
  4. Extra $250.00 donation to a waiting child of the winner’s choice
  5. Extra $100.00 donation to a waiting child of the winner's choice
  6. Extra $50.00 donation to a waiting child of the winner’s choice
  7. 250.00 gift card to Bed Bath and Beyond
  8. 250.00 gift card to Best Buy
  9. $100.00 gift card to Vintage Pearl
  10. $100.00 iTunes gift card
  11. $50.00 gift card of your choice
  12. $50 gift card to Bath and Body Works
  13. $25.00 gift card to Old Navy
  14. $25.00 gift card to Fandango
  15. $25.00 Kindle gift card
  16. $25.00 iTunes gift card
  17. $25.00 gift certificate to - This gift certificate will also benefit Lilly 3G on RR
  18. $15.00 gift certificate to Vadas Creation 
  19. $5.00 gift card to Walmart
  20. $5.00 gift card to Walmart
  21. Beautifully and lovingly made Afghan by the M. family - $100.00 value
  22. PUPPY EYES stained glass by Martha Walker - $50.00 value
  23. Handmade Dr. Seuss quilt for a Double bed with ornate and detailed quilting by Heather Vitella-  $400.00 value
  24. Owl purse handmade with love by Brenda - $20.00 value
  25. Owl purse handmade with love by Brenda - $20.00 value
  26. Happy Hartman Handmade soap - $15.00 value
  27. Happy Hartman Handmade soap - $10.00 value
  28. 4 Handmade potholders - Made with hands of love - PRICELESS
  29. Beautiful Dresser Scarf  - $10.00 value
  30. Chain crocheted by seven year old Maggie, who has a very big heart for orphans - Value: PRICELESS!!
  31. Set of cards from Africa - lovingly purchased from an African man in a handcart wheelchair - Priceless
  32. Set of cards from Africa - lovingly purchased from an African man in a handcart wheelchair - Priceless
  33. Set of cards from Africa - lovingly purchased from an African man in a handcart wheelchair - Priceless
  34. E-reader/ipad cover by Missy Breen - $8.00 value
  35. Tag blanket by Shelly Berman - $10.00 value
  36. Two very cute hand puppets by Missy Breen - $12.00 value
  37. Monkey receiving blanket by Kaitlyn - $15.00 value
  38. Pooh receiving blanket by Kaitlyn - $15.00 value
  39. Flower receiving blanket by Kaitlyn - $15.00 value
  40. Beautiful handmade child's quilt donated by Amanda Burlingham - $45.00 value
  41. Homemade hair clips and bow by Jamie Lentz - $20.00 value
  42. Melissa and Doug Vehicle Puzzles in a Box Set - $12.00 value
  43. 100% Highland newborn Booties and Aviatrix baby hat - $20.00 value
  44. ART GIFT SET (Crayola and Elmer's products) - $50.00 value
  45. Handmade doll by Becky Wangerin - $29.00 value
  46. 2 handmade grosgrain ribbon bows. One of the bows is a ladybug and the other is a butterfly. Plus a  bow organizer/holder for the bows. It is a wooden cloud with a long ribbon attached. By Alissa - $15.00 value
  47. Scrabble tile pendant with ball chain necklace. The picture is of a little juice box. By Alissa - $8.00 value
  48. Scrabble tile necklace with ball chain necklace.  The picture is of a flower. By Alissa - $8.00 value
  49. Handmade bird's nest silver wire wrapped pendant necklace with 3 blue eggs and simple silver chain. By Alissa - $15.00 value
  50. Can You Say Sew - t-shirt - You get to Pick!! - $12.00 value
  51. Calling Orphans Home t-shirt -You get to Pick!! - $25.00 value
  52. Kate Spade Black Leather Handbag - $295.00 value
  53. Utility tote - $30.00 value
  54. Metro bag - $52.00 value
  55. Lia Sophia necklace and bracelet - $188.00 value 
  56. BEAUTIFUL pendant handmade by Sarah - You get to design!! - $15.00 value
  57. Shamrock earrings (handmade) by Christina Reed - they are raising money for their adoption with these earrings - - $8.00 value
  58. Tiffany & Co. Revere 1 3/4 Qt. Crystal Bowl 7 3/4 Dia. - $70.00 value
  59. Antique Salad Servers (circa 1914) - $60.00 value
  60. Lladro: The Bridesmaid - $355.00 value
  61. Walt Disney Classics Collection Timon "Luau" - $64.00 value
  62. Walt Disney Classics Collection Snow White "Won't you smile for me?" - $75.00 value
  63. BIBLE STUDY GUIDE - (includes Teacher's Guide Unit 1, Student Pages Beginner Level 4 sets, Beginner Time Line and Bible Book Summary Cards (b/w) - $100.00 value
  64. Christian Books on CD Lot One - Surprised by Joy by C.S. Lewis -New (opened), How Good is good enough? by Andy Stanley, I Am Not But I Know I AM by Louie Giglio -New (opened), What Good is God? by Philip Yancey -New (opened), Just As I Am by Billy Graham - $50.00 value
  65. Christian Books on CD Lot Two - HOLY Discontent by Bill Hybels -New (opened), Radical by David Platt -New (opened), Rumors of Another World by Philip Yancey -Like new, Six Hours One Friday by Max Lucado -New (opened) - $35.00 value
  66. Christian DVD Lot - The Secrets of the Dead Sea Scrolls, Mysteries of the Dead Sea Scrolls, The Forbidden Book (The History of the English Bible) - $50.00 value
  67. The Daily Message-through the Bible in One Year (entire Bible on audio CDs, organized by daily reading) -New (opened) - $10.00 value
  68. Digital Personalized Scrapbook - 25-50 page scrapbook - by Amanda Holmes - $100.00 value
  69. A Daybook of Grace: A Year of Devotions to Draw You Near to the Heart of God - $20.00 value
  70. “7 – A Mutiny Against Excess” by Jen Hatmaker - $15.00 value
  71. “7 – A Mutiny Against Excess” by Jen Hatmaker - $15.00 value
  72. “7 – A Mutiny Against Excess” by Jen Hatmaker - $15.00 value
  73. E-book - ANCIENT BIBLIOPLAN COMPANION - $39.00 value
  74. E-book - MODERN BIBLIOPLAN COMPANION - $39.00 value
  75. Charlotte's Chocolate Factory - winner's choice of brownies, blondies or cookies - $15.00 value
  76. Charlotte's Chocolate Factory - winner's choice of brownies, blondies or cookies - $15.00 value
  77. 1 dozen "cake balls" or "cake pops" by Kerri - $25.00 value
  78. 1 dozen "cake balls" or "cake pops" by Kerri- $25.00 value
  79. 2 loaves of homemade bread and honey by Diana Tyree - $11.50 value
  80. 2 loaves of homemade bread and honey by Diana Tyree - $11.50 value
  81. 2 loaves of homemade bread and honey by Diana Tyree - $11.50 value
  82. 2 loaves of homemade bread and honey by Diana Tyree - $11.50 value
  83. Chocolate gift basket - Comes with hand-carved wooden platter made from a Chinese Fir Tree.  Basket includes Chocolaty Cherry Amaretto Cheesecake Fondue, White Chocolate Sauce, Hazelnut Zebra Hand-Crafted Biscotti, Chocolate Toffee Hand-Crafted Biscotti, Godiva Milk Chocolate Cashews, Godiva Dark Chocolate Almonds, Godiva Milk Chocolate Strawberries, A Large Assortment of Lindt Cream Filled Lindor Truffles, A Chocolate, Berries, Cookies, Grahams, Crispy Rice & Pecans Bar, A Chocolate, Peanuts, Peanut Butter and Chocolaty Puffs Gourmet Bar, 2 Godiva 3.5oz Dark Chocolate Bars, Godiva Milk Chocolate Bar (3.5oz), Godiva Dark Chocolate Raspberry Bar (3.5oz), Godiva White Chocolate Peppermint Crunch (3.5oz), Rich and Creamy Chocolate Walnut Fudge, Rich and Creamy Vanilla Walnut Fudge, European Delicacies Premium Cookie Assortment (incredible!), Godiva Dark Chocolate Truffle Bar with a Creamy Peppermint Filling, Godiva Milk Chocolate Filled With Caramel, Godiva Dark Chocolate Filled With Raspberries, Ribbon, Wrap and Ivy Enhancements - $200.00 value 


  1. Shared on FB and on my blog.

  2. Donated $20 to Masha, shared on FB (duh). But I am not finished yet ... :) This looks so good!! Kudos to you and Rob!

  3. Love the Mulligan Stew idea!!
    Donated $10 to the Heim Family and
    $5 to Hanson.
    I also Tweeted this post.
    The Ristow 7 are praying the Lord blesses this endeavor and for each child mentioned.

  4. What an amazing giveaway! I thank the Lord for all that you do for His little lost lambs. Praying for HUGE success as only the Lord can give.

  5. I shared on fb, but will be back to donate on Wednesday.

  6. Wow! What an awesome giveaway!!! I shared it on my FB so I hope even more people check it out & donate! Or adopt!

  7. Yowza so excited forr this stew to bubble over!!!!

  8. I want to win the extra $250 donation. What an amazingly thoughtful prize! All of the extra donations, actually. All of the prizes, for that matter, are so sweet!

  9. Donated to Maria, and $50 total to all the kids put together.

  10. Donated $100 to the Heim family. We looked at adopting their 4 kiddos when we found out that our host kids (Vlad and Dima) went to live with their aunt mid-December 2011. God led us to our Conner and Cooper (6-year-olds with Down syndrome) instead.

  11. I donated to Maria's fund and the total to everyone was $100. I also blogged, posted on facebook and posted to Pinterest.
    Missy Breen

  12. i have donated to maria, and $20 to the menges family (an online friend). i have also shared your wonderful giveaway on my blog, twitter, and facebook. i only hope i have helped get the word out a little more.

  13. I donated $10 to Victoria yesterday and she's still at $209. :( Come on, advocates! Please give to this wonderful little girl!

    -- Leah

  14. Donated100 dollars toMaria and $50 to Liliana. God bless your efforts.

  15. Shared on my blog.

  16. Donated $25 to Maria/Heim family and $25 to Laurel, and will be PRAYING! :) Thank you for doing this!

  17. Hi, I donated $25.00 for "Ian" and the Menges family

  18. OK, so I just invited 700 plus of my FB friends to the FB event which should add a little heat to the stew!

  19. Okay, I also did $25 for Makayla and $25 to the Brown family for a total of $100.

  20. donated 20 to Heim and 20 to burman family

  21. Donated to Maria, total donated was $35.

  22. I donated 10 to Heim and 5 to Hanson. May God bless all of these children with loving families.


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