Please mark your calendar's for Amy's Babyshower for LynnMarie being held on February 21st here at the Seventh Diamond. If you are unable to attend and would like the gift list and Amy's address to send your special items and good wishes, please leave a comment with your e-mail address or e-mail me at email@example.com. Amy's blog is 'When Love Takes You In'.
A special thank you to Daleea for this darling graphic!
Saturday, January 31, 2009
Good morning everyone! There is quite a bit going on right now. I hope you all had a wonderful Chinese New Year! The Starfish Supply Raiser is off to a wonderful start. Thank you all so much for your e-mails and participation.
Kim at 'Isabella Bison' is having a Scentsy party on-line, so head on over to her blog and register to attend!
Also, Holly at 'Purpose Driven Family' is doing a Pampered Chef fundraiser. This families blog is private, but if you follow along and know their situation, I am sure you will do whatever you can to help.
If you’d like to help, it’s easy with online ordering! Here are the instructions:
1. Go to www.pamperedchef.biz/mcdaneld
2. Click on ‘Our Products’
3. Under organization name, type: McDaneld Legal Fees
4. You can have the order sent to your home for an extra charge, or you can have it sent with the group order to my home here in Fayetteville NC for $4.25 and I will deliver it to you. (please don't chose this option if you life outside of the Fayetteville/Ft. Bragg area! Sadly, many of you...my blog readers do NOT!)
Thank you for helping us in our time of need! May you be blessed richly in return!
IF YOU ARE NEW AND WOULD LIKE TO JOIN THE CHAT, JUST RIGHT CLICK ON THE WORDS 'COMMENTS FROM A FRIEND' LIKE YOU ARE GOING TO LEAVE ONE AND THEN CLICK ON 'OPEN LINK IN NEW WINDOW' AND YOUR SCREEN WILL OPEN AND JUST TALK WITH US IN COMMENTS, IF YOU HIT REFRESH AT THE TOP OF YOUR SCREEN YOU WILL SEE EVERYONE'S NEW COMMENTS APPEAR AND THAT IS HOW WE TALK WITH EACH OTHER.
**The chatroom is now closed, have a wonderful weekend!**
Friday, January 30, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
First I want to say thank you to Desiree who designed our sidebar graphic. I have never met her before and she sent me an e-mail offering to help. I am so grateful...thank you!
I have received so many wonderful e-mails from people who want to send donations again this year. I think that is particularly incredible because we are in a recession and I know that money has become tighter for everyone. You are such amazing women.
I had some ladies ask about the things that Amanda needs. She needs clothing in sizes preemie to 4t for both girls and boys. Coats, shoes and boots. (she does not need anymore of the infant full body coats, we sent her plenty last year). She needs children's/infant's tylenol and motrin, teething tablets, infants liquid vitamins, little nose's decongestant. She uses playtex bottles with the liners.
Truly, she told me to tell you all to follow your hearts. But the children still love Craisins and eat them for breakfast whenever they can.
What is listed at the bottom of the last post is what we sent last year. I hope we do well this year too. It seems like a lot, but 18 babies go through 126 sleepers a week and that's if no one spits up or gets dirty.
Amanda brings home the babies who are most in need, the ones who it is feared will not survive if they remain in the main orphanage. She spends her time trying to stabilize the new babies and arranging for their medical care. For the older children who have been healed, she prepares their adoption paperwork and prays that a family will choose them.
The goal of this drive is to help supply her with the things she needs. Last year, she truly was amazed by the beautiful clothes that you all donated. She said that when the children went out, people wouldn't believe that they were orphans and she loved that.
I know that many of you were touched when you saw the children wearing outfits you had sent. It really was an amazing experience and I'm so glad that you all are helping me out again this year...thank you.
**ALSO, many of you sent cards and letters for Amanda last year, and I put them right into the boxes and sent them off to her. If you would like to send items for Amanda, I think that would be wonderful. She's a woman who lives with 18 children, so as you can imagine she has little for herself. I know that she is always looking for a good book to take with her when she travels to hospitals for the babies' surgeries. I think I'm going to buy some Bath and Body Works and send it along to her, that always makes me feel great. I also know that she wears crocs in a size 10, wide if they have them.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
I am excited to say that it is time for the Second Annual Starfish Supply Raiser to begin. Last year was such an amazing experience. I hope that this year is just as successful. I have been talking with Amanda and she wanted me to tell you all to follow your hearts in giving this year. She has infants who are needing very small preemie clothing and children wearing sizes all of the way up to 4T. She has both boys and girls at the foster home. Gently used clothing is wonderful.
If you are interested in participating, send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will get my address to you. All you need to do is send your Starfish purchases here to me and I will box them up with other donations and send them on to Amanda.
I will have Tim work on setting up the paypal for the postage donations.
Desiree has made a wonderful sidebar graphic, thank you so much!
I love the photo above because I recognize so many of the outfits on the children as being ones that you all sent last year. Below is a tally of what we sent last year. ALSO, I will need some spacebags, so if you have any laying around...they are wonderful for sending the coats.
*PLEASE DO WHAT YOU CAN TO SPREAD THE WORD THAT WE ARE COLLECTING AGAIN FOR STARFISH. I WOULD REALLY LOVE TO SEE THE NEW SIDEBAR GRAPHIC ON AS MANY BLOGS AS POSSIBLE AND HAVE IT LINK PEOPLE BACK TO HERE.
Teething Tablets 4
Onesies 21 (there are more than this because I counted packages as one)
Girls Outfits 88
Boys Outfits 48
Socks 35 (there are more because I counted packages as one)
Sun Hats 9
Bibs 17 (there are more because I counted packages as one)
Baby Hats 19
**UPDATE** Amanda wanted me to let everyone know that she has plenty of infant bag-style winter coats. She received quite a few of them from us last year and she is all set with those.
She does need: infant liquid vitamins and teething tablets, along with the infant tylenol and motrin
Sunday, January 25, 2009
I received this award from Jody at 'Jody's Cottage'/aka mommy2gabby. It really is one of the sweetest awards and I am happy to be passing it along. Thank you so much Jody!
Getting this award means the following:
"These blogs are exceedingly charming.
These kind bloggers aim to find friends and be friends.
They are not interested in self-aggrandizement.
Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships will be propagated.
Please give more attention to these writers.
Deliver this award to eight bloggers who must choose eight more and include this cleverly- written text into the body of their award."
Here are my 8!
Robin at 'Red Thread Stitches'. I cannot tell you how many times she raised my spirits and kept me going.
Daleea at 'Jewels of My Heart'. Thank you for always listening and helping me with all of my blog projects. I appreciate your friendship so much.
Lea at 'Oh My 6'. She is pricesless.
Amy at 'When Love Takes You In' is always there to support anyone who needs it. And she always comes to my Sat Chat and that's amazing since she's a nurse who works nights.
Denise at 'Tucked Inside My Heart' is one of the kindest ladies in blogland. I wish she lived next door!
Felicity at 'Fliss and Mike' I love her! She calls me from time to time and I love hearing her stories!
Meredith/can I tell your real name? at 'A Mother Singing' talks to my soul. We share many of the same joys and pains.
Ford and Alyson at 'Imagine Alyzabeth An/ yes, I love them both and if you blog with them..you know it's a great package deal. They always have a kind word and seem to know when you need a little more than that.