Friday, June 29, 2012

Hand-made Bracelets For Only $5!



One of our best friends saw these on Pinterest, and began making them for us so we can sell them at our yard sales, fundraisers, etc. I am amazed by how great they turned out. Not because I doubt our friends jewelry-making skills (How could I Amy?), but because they are made entirely of ribbons and coke tabs. That's it!! She even went on to say how addictive they are to make once you get started. Good thing for us right?!?! 

 

We're going to ask $5 per bracelet. If you live in the Louisville area we can deliver them, or if you are an out-of-towner, just click on the PayPal donation button on the right, and we can ship it to you. Please add $2 for shipping :)

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Special Guest Blog Writer - Julie Steed!!

Hey guys, we have a very special guest-post today from Julie Steed, of Worthyoftheprize. Let's give her a nice round of applause :) And thanks again Julie, for everything!!!


"I wanted to first start off by saying how thankful I am for Mike allowing me to guest blog. My name is Julie Steed and I am the Adoption Fundraising director for http://worthyoftheprize.blogspot.com/ . Our goal at Worthy of the prize is to help you reach your full potential in Christ no matter where you are on your journey. Adoption Ministry is just one of the many things going on our blog. We also do Sports Camps, and give out giveaways regularly on the blog! One of the main goals of the blog is supporting families that are in the process of adopting a child. Each month we feature a new family. During this month the family can promote our Chosen Child wrist bands and all the proceeds will go to the featured family. It doesn’t matter how many or how little each family sells during the month, we want to help support them in their journey and feel this is one way we can help!

 We have chosen the Dalton family for the Month of June. You can still support till Saturday by purchasing a wrist band on our blog Shop. We have loved getting to know the Dalton family and are excited about their journey. We encourage other families who want help in fundraising to check our site as we still have openings for a few months in 2012!"
 
~Julie Steed

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

*Creative Fundraising Ideas For Adopting Families*



Most posts on this blog are directed specifically towards 'our' adoption, and what 'we' are doing to raise money, and blah, blah, blah. Well, today I wanted to change that. I wanted to provide a running list of some of the best fundraising idea's out there for adopting families, or really anyone that's needing to raise money. As most of you know, I'm not a creative person, so basically all of these idea's were given to me in some way or another, but regardless of their origin, I hope they prove to be successful for you :)

1.) Yard Sales.
5.) Sell homemade ornaments (Thanks JT & Natalie).
8.) Personalized blog, with a PayPal donation link.
10.) Cookbook fundraiser.

As you can see, some of these have been linked because we have tried them, and we have more information available on them. Others are linked to a wonderful couple that has gone down this road before, and is doing so again, so please, check out JT and Natalie's site. They are a wealth of information (thanks again for dinner guys).

And a much deserved thank you to all of you who have contributed to this list, as I pray God uses it to bless many, many, more families!!! Love you all.

Monday, June 25, 2012

--June 30th Yard Sale--

Hey everyone, just wanted to let you all know we are having our big yard sale this weekend in Locust Creek subdivision. Please keep us in your prayers. Pray that our first ever yard sale goes smoothly and that the generosity of many is well rewarded.


June 30th, from 8:00am to 1:00pm (officially). This is a neighborhood wide yard sale so there will be a lot of traffic. If you know some people that enjoy yard sales, you may want to tell them about this. Locust Creek is located off of Shelbyville Rd., just a little ways past Lake Forest and Polo Fields. For further information please leave a comment below, or shoot me an email. Also, it's not too late if you have some stuff you would like to donate, we would be thrilled to come by and pick it up.

Thanks again to everyone who has so graciously donated their stuff and their time to make this yard sale a success. And thanks to all of you who have been praying for us and our journey, as they have been much needed. God bless!!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Car Washers Needed!?!?


July 14th, 12:00pm, American Founders Bank, in Shelbyville, Ky.

Hey everyone, we have decided to move the golf scramble back to August or September, so we could get more participants, as well as raffle items. For the time being, we decided to do a car wash out in Shelbyville. We have already worked out all the details so all that's left is the volunteers :)

The more the merrier here guys. I think so far we have 4 or 5, but we probably need upwards of 10 to run efficiently (more if possible). Please comment below, or shoot us an email if you would like to help. Or if you have any suggestions on how to run this car wash more effectively, I would appreciate that as well. Also, and most important, please continue to keep us in your prayers. We can't do this without Him, or you :) Love you guys!

Friday, June 15, 2012

1st Annual Dalton Adoption Golf Scramble!

Well, the U.S. Open is upon us and it got me thinking. I know, I know.. "Don't hurt yourself Mike." And for those of you who are concerned, I want you to know that I'm OK. But seriously, I got thinking about another fun and creative way to fundraise for our adoption. The 1st-Annual-Dalton-Adoption-Golf-Scramble?!?! I'm talking to a couple different courses at the moment so as soon as I nail down a date, I'll post it here on the blog. Right now we're shooting for August or September.


The questions I pose to you loyal readers out there are:
1.) Any ideas on how we could get some items donated to raffle off at the event?
2.) Would a $50/75 entrance fee be acceptable?
3.) Anyone know someone at a local course that could assist with the logistics?
4.) Any advice in general, because I certainly need it?!

I think this could be a great way to raise a little bit of money and also, get everyone together and have a great time, which we don't get to do enough!

Any and all feedback is much appreciated :) Love you guys.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Dalton House Adoption Update!

Hey guys, hope everyone is well. Quick update on the adoption stuff. We are about to make another payment to Lifeline (thanks to all of you who keep generously giving, in so many ways) and following that, we begin putting together our dossier. We still have a ton of online education requirements that we must complete as well, so we'll be knocking those out over the coming weeks.

We are still planning on having our big yard sale on June 30th, in Locust Creek subdivision. If you have any items you wish to donate, please let us know as we would love to come pick them up. For more information on this or our other fundraisers click here

Also, please support us by stopping by the shop at Worthy Of The Prize. All the proceeds from their 'Chosen Child' adoption bands are going directly towards our adoption costs, as well as Cap Creation's proceeds from their 'Chosen' necklaces.

Thank you so much for all the support. We really appreciate everything you're doing for us :) Please continue to keep us in your prayers, as we do you. Love you all.

Monday, June 11, 2012

About Time Right?!?!


We finally have a picture of us together wearing our fundraiser shirts :)

And for those of you that are wondering, "How did that goofy looking dude end up with that hot chick?" I honestly don't know!!

Monday, June 4, 2012

Many Many Thanks!

Hey guys! Our Sunday fundraiser couldn't have gone better, and we owe it all to the very special group of individuals that organized it, set up, spread the word, and gave financially. For those still interested, we will have links put up to the vendors that are allowing for additional online orders such as Amanda from Thirty-One.

We don't have a total yet from the fundraiser, but I know we did really well. Thanks again to all of you who participated :) We love you all so much!


As I've mentioned in previous posts, Worthyoftheprize.com has chosen us for the month of June so all the proceeds from their Chosen Bands (pictured above on right top and bottom) as well as $10 from every necklace sold at Cap Creations (pictured on the left) goes directly to our adoption agency! We are so excited about this. We know the month of June is going to be huge for us, and it's all because of you wonderful people out there. If it weren't for you, we might never be able to bring our sweet little baby home.

Be sure to check out our Fundraising Efforts page to see our other fundraisers, and please, more than anything, just keep us in your prayers!! With love-

Friday, June 1, 2012

Birth Mother Update and a Big Fundraising Weekend

We don't know all the details yet, but Marissa (birth mother that chose us for domestic adoption) went in to labor on Wednesday. At some point in the process she telephoned our social worker and informed her that she has decided to keep her baby. Marissa has been very honest with us from the beginning. We knew she was struggling with the decision, and I think we weren't surprised. We are so excited for her. We knew that whatever decision she made, it was going to be win-win, and we were going to support it. Either she was going to give him up to a loving family, or she was going to raise him herself. Either way, we knew the baby would be loved, cared, and provided for. If we get more details on Marissa and Garrett, and anyone is interested, I would be happy to update you, just leave a comment below, or email me :)

This weekend is going to be huge for our fundraising. This Sunday is our big fundraising event with all the different vendors coming (Scentsy, Tastefully Simple, Adorable Aprons, Gold Canyon, Pampered Chef, Thirty-One, Premier Jewelry). Everyone has been so generous, donating their time in preparation for the event, donating their time the day of, donating their commission, and a host of other ways. We appreciate all of you, and everything you are doing. You mean the world to us. I hope one day we are in a position to help others the way you all have so generously helped us!

If there is any last minute interest in coming or questions regarding the event, please comment below, or send me an email. We can also arrange online orders if there are any items of interest to you from the vendors listed above. Just let me know. Love you all :)