Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Fundraisers !!

We have 3 fund raisers going on at the moment, and are incredibly grateful for every penny that we raise from them !!  If you haven't already, please check them out and see if there's anything that interests you - or if there's anything you might like to share with anyone you know !

Our newest is an amazing fundraising opportunity brought to us by a fellow Reece's Rainbow advocate - she is selling absolutely adorable DotDotSmile dresses, so if you have a little girl in your life who likes to TWIRL, you really so need to check them out !!   

You can find them on Facebook HERE.

Please take a look - they already raised over $600 for us just this past weekend !!!

We also still have our t-shirts for sale !!   I will be placing an order in a couple of weeks, so you have plenty of time to order - show them to your work or school colleagues - if all of you buy one and wear them on the same day, how fun would that be ??  

These shirts are just $20 each - you can pay either via our tax deductible adoption grant at Reece's Rainbow HERE (then e-mail me with your size/color/shipping info at britgirlus @ aol.com ) 

OR to my Paypal account HERE - be sure to include size/color/shipping info with your payment.

We also still have our puzzle fundraiser going !

We have sold almost half of the pieces already - 217 - thank you !!

Do you think it would be possible to get ALL 500 pieces sold ?

For just $10 you can get your name - or the name of your choice - on a piece of Sealey's puzzle !   Once he is home, this puzzle will be displayed in a double sided frame in Sealey's room - every single day, we will be able to see the names of everyone who helped bring him home - how incredibly cool will that be ??  

All you need to do is donate to either our FSP or Paypal (linked above) - and let me know which name to put on the puzzle piece ! 

 Lastly, in the near future, I will be holding a small auction of cross stitched items that I have been working in for the past few weeks - here is a sneak preview !!

Watch this space !!!  :)

We have been working hard all winter to gather the appropriate documents needed by both our government and Sealey's government. We are currently waiting for USCIS approval (US immigration) - once we have that, we can submit our paperwork to Sealey's country, and then we will - all being well - be invited to his country to actually meet him !!

After that, we will come home, and wait for them to assign us a court date - at that time, we will go back to his country, and, hopefully, they will approve his adoption. THEN there is a 30 day waiting period, during which we will come home and finish our preparations for his arrival home !

Our third and last trip to his country will be when we spring him from his institute, and do a whole bunch of paperwork - get him a medical and visa - and then, finally, bring him home.

This past weekend we visited Mount Rushmore - we, as usual, took Sealey's photo with us - and I took great pleasure in knowing that the next time we are there, we will have the real Sealey, in the flesh, with us.  I just cannot wait to be able to share pictures of THAT day with you !!

If you are unable to donate at this time, no problem - just knowing that you are reading this, and care about Sealey is enough. 

Thank you so very much for reading - and feel free to share !

Friday, February 23, 2018

The Perfect Shirt ??

Who NEEDS a new t-shirt ??

YOU do !!

You may not know it, but you really do need to add another shirt to your collection - and if you're going to get one, you may as well make it THIS one !!

The more we sell, the more money we make - and every penny we make will go towards Sealey's adoption fund !!

We are currently waiting for USCIS (immigration) approval - once we have that in hand, we will be able to submit our adoption dossier to Sealey's government - we are getting closer and closer every day !!!

This shirt is perfect for so many occasions - and I can almost guarantee you'll get a comment or two every time you wear it !!

As you can see, there are 4 colors - pick your favorite, or buy one of every color !!  Now - these are a softer shirt, and they do tend to run on the smaller side - so if you are between sizes, be sure to order the larger size.

Sizes are adult XS-4XL.

The cost ?

Just $20 !!

Yes - this does include shipping, but if you feel led to add an extra dollar or two to cover shipping, that would be greatly appreciated !

These shirts will not print until I submit the order - so once you have paid, there will be a few weeks wait before they get to you - I will aim for placing my order mid-March.

Now - how to order.

If you see this posted on Facebook, you can just comment on the post with the color/size you would like. Or you can e-mail me at britgirlus @ aol.com  (take out the gaps).

Payment - you can pay either to my Paypal account HERE - you can include size/color info in the notes when you pay.

OR to our tax deductible adoption grant at Reece's Rainbow HERE - be sure to let me know via e-mail, or by commenting below or on the Facebook post - which color/size you would like.

Thank you SO much for helping us bring Sealey home !!!

Friday, January 19, 2018

Hurry up and Wait.

At the beginning of this adoption process, I was almost overwhelmed with the paperwork that we had to gather, both for the home study and the dossier. 

At this point in time, we have completed our home study - it was actually finished mid December, but here were a few changes that needed to be made, and then with the holidays we were delayed even more. 
It was finally sent to USCIS (the governmental agency that will, hopefully, approve us for adoption) yesterday, January 18th.  Once it arrives there, they have up to 75 days to approve us - I am hoping they will be a lot quicker than that, but I am prepared for the full 75 days so as to avoid disappointment !  

Once they have approved us, we can then be submitted to the appropriate authorities in Sealey's country, who will go over our dossier with a fine toothcomb, and hopefully invite us over to an appointment at their adoption office, which is where we will see Sealey's file, and tell them that's who we want to adopt. 

In his country, you cannot be pre-approved for a particular child, so there's always a chance someone could walk in the day before us and want to adopt him - but the chances of that happening are pretty slim, given his age and disabilities. 

I currently have most of our dossier paperwork in hand, which will have to be sent to the state to be apostilled before sending to his country.

So - all the documents that have been notarized in South Dakota will get an apostille from the Secretary of State of South Dakota ($25 per document).
Our homestudy and accompanying documents were notarized in Nebraska, so I will send them to the Secretary of State in Nebraska ($10 per document).
FBI clearances will be sent to Washington DC.Image result for apostille south dakota

Thankfully we have help in getting all 52 of the dossier documents done correctly - I scan and e-mail EVERY notarized document to Nancy, of HHA (Hand of Help in Adoption) - she makes sure everything is correct before being sent off to be apostilled - without her, I would be lost !!!

So - here we are - once I have sent all of the documents to be apostilled, we get to wait for someone in a government job to give us the rubber stamp to go ahead to the next step. Then we get to wait some more !

In the mean time, I do have time to fund raise a little to help offset the adoption costs. Have you seen our puzzle fundraiser yet ?

Check it out HERE - for just $10 YOU can get YOUR name on a piece of Sealey's puzzle !!  We have sold 173 puzzle pieces so far - THANK YOU !!

If you would like to donate to our adoption grant at Reece's Rainbow (this is tax deductible), please go HERE.

You can also donate directly to my Paypal account HERE.

We are SO excited to be adopting Sealey, and just cannot wait to bring him home and call him son !!!

If YOU are interested in adoption, please head to Reece's Rainbow, where you will find hundreds of children who are in desperate need of a family !!!

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

108 Puzzle Pieces !!

Wow !!!! 

In just 11 days, we have sold 108 pieces of Sealey's jigsaw puzzle !!

(If you are unfamiliar with the concept of puzzle fundraisers - please read my post HERE).

108 pieces at $10 per piece is $1080 !!

That's $1080 that will go towards bringing Sealey home !!

I don't have the exact figures, but it will cost close to $30,000 to totally fund Sealey's adoption.  According to my calculations, before we started this fundraiser, we still needed to raise about $8,000.  

After just 11 days, the figure we now need to raise is down to about $7,000.

WOW !!!

Thank you so much to those who have already bought their puzzle pieces - it truly does take a village, and I love that you are Sealey's Villagers !!!

If you would like to buy a piece of Sealey's puzzle, you can donate a couple of ways. 

You can either donate to our tax-deductible account at Reece's Rainbow HERE.

OR donate directly to my Paypal account HERE.

Then be sure to let me know what name you would like on your puzzle piece. You can comment below, on my Facebook post, send me a private message on Facebook, or e-mail me at Britgirlus@aol.com

If you are unable to donate at this time, no problem - just knowing that you care enough to read this  - and maybe share it - is enough !!


Sunday, December 24, 2017

Puzzle Fundraiser !!!

UPDATED 01/18/2018

Since launching this fund raiser, we have sold 183 puzzle pieces !!!


Again - thank you for helping us bring Sealey home !!


As I write on this Christmas Eve, my husband is wrapping a last minute gift, Newt is hanging out with Auntie Barbara, and I am enjoying a little peace and quiet.  Our Christmases are usually quiet - it's just the four of us - so we tend to hibernate and go a little overboard with the gift giving among ourselves.

This year, of course, we are missing one - one we didn't even know was part of our family until recently.  On this Christmas Eve, I have no doubt that he is doing what he does every other day of the year - laying in his crib, alone.  I try not to dwell on his life as it is - if I did, I don't know how I would get through each day.  I tend to look to the future - to the minutes and hours and days and years that he will spend surrounded by his loving family. The adoption process at times seems to go so quickly, at other times it seems that we are at a stand still - and I try to be patient, knowing what lies at the end of it.

(For those who don't know our story - go HERE to read all about Sealey, an orphan living in an institution in Eastern Europe)

This time next year Sealey will be HERE.
There will be gifts under the tree for him that HE will be here to open.
There will be gifts under the tree that HE has helped buy.

Sealey will be HERE.

I will be mom to TWO boys (two teenagers - yikes !!) 

This Christmas, though, he is not here - but I am launching a fundraiser that will help bring him home, that everyone can take part in !!

Over the last few weeks, I have been trying to figure out a theme for his room (bearing in mind that he will be sharing with big brother Newt).  I didn't want to choose something too babyish (though I was VERY tempted to repeat Newt's Winnie the Pooh theme, from when he was a baby LOL).

I though about typical teenage boy stuff - but we honestly don't know where Sealey is at developmentally - he could be an infant or a typical 13 year old.  

So - I aimed somewhere in between - and finally came up with an idea - "Under the Sea".  I found some adorable blue and white bedding with whales on,  and I'm building on that for his decor.  Once he's home, if he expresses any dislike, we'll change it, but for now, we're running with the theme :)

So, this brings me to our first fundraiser !

I have purchased a 500 piece jigsaw puzzle, and I am asking people to sponsor each piece of that puzzle. For a $10 donation to our adoption grant, I will write your name (or any name you choose) on the back of a puzzle piece. 
Once the puzzle is complete, we will frame it so both back and front are visible, and it will have pride of place in his room, so that he - and we - can see the names of every single person who helped bring him home !!!

For those of you familiar with Reece's Rainbow, how perfect is this puzzle ? It has the "Under the Sea" theme PLUS a rainbow AND a starfish !

If you would like to join in and sponsor a puzzle piece, there are couple of ways to do it.

You can donate your $10 to our tax-deductible adoption grant at Reece's Rainbow HERE.

Or you can donate directly to our Paypal account HERE

Then - most important - let me know you donated, and what name(s) to put on the puzzle piece(s) - you can message me on Facebook, comment below, or e-mail me at britgirlus@aol.com with the names.

Lastly - thank you for reading - and thank you so much for caring !!