Thursday, October 27, 2011

Just a thought...

The last few weeks I have been trying to rack my brain on how to fundraise for our upcoming Jamaican adoption. So far our fundraising has not been as fast as I had hoped...I am sure the keyword there is "I," Im sure God has a specific timing and will make all the funds available when the time is needed! In the meantime, I wanted to figure out how I could raise more money through people outside of my friends and family. I don't know about the rest of you, but I find it incredibly hard to continually always ask my friends and family for money, or to come and pay a lot of money to participate in yet another fundraiser. It is all I have known how to do so far though, so I keep doing it. But after coming across the 147millionorpans website, and seeing their unique ugandan recycled necklaces that they sell and provide to adoptive families at wholesale prices, it got me thinking. What if I could do something BIG with these necklaces? After all, they are recycled, something people are definietly in to today. They are also helping the women of Uganada afford to keep their children, rather than be forced to give them to orphanages for economic reasons. Not only are you helping an adoption, your helping another child AVOID adoption! Weird, but GREAT! So I havde decided to see if I can get these necklaces sold in stores and boutiques, maybe craft fairs as well. There are so many little shops and boutiques where I live, there just HAS to be some stores interested in selling these! This is just the beginning of my process. I am not a business person so I am not sure how this will go. I am going to seek advice from others who know more, and hopefully this will result in some major sucess! Anhyone out there who is business oriented and has any advice I am open ears!!


  1. WOW WOW WOW!!
    I don't know what else to say, but WOW!
    I found your blog on "No greater Mom" and so glad I did. You and your husband are AMAZING!!! When I think how crazy I was at age 19 and 20 and here you are doing such worthwhile things with your life, it reassures me of the humanity of people!
    I so enjoyed reading about all your adoptions and experiences of foster care. I'm a 64 year old mother of two daughters and grandmother of 10. I read about 35 adoption blogs everyday and now hope you don't mind if I include yours! My grandchildren read the blogs with me and now have such a heart for orphans! Our 6 yr. old and our 8 yr.old granddaughters are already talking about adopting 20 children! LOL When they play dolls they say, This baby Sho Wen, was adopted from China, and baby Eli was adopted from Africa! I'm so proud of them to already have such a "heart for the orphan"
    I'm looking forward to hearing more from you and your lovely family!!

    Miss Lila in Atlanta

  2. Thank you so much for your kind words Lila! I totally understand when you talk about your grandkids getting inspired too! Already my 6 year old has said "When I grow up I want to take care of babies just like daddy" warms my heart to hear things like that!! And I don't mind one bit if you follow the blog :)

  3. My sister, some friends and I are in the process of starting a non-profit organization that will educate people on the need of families to adopt children with special needs who live in orphanages (Our director and her husband just adopted a beautiful girl from Bulgaria and my brother was adopted two years ago from there as well-they both have Down Syndrome). We are also hoping to provide adoption grants eventually. We are based out of BC, although two of us currently reside in Sask for school. I would love to connect with you. My email is