Saturday, April 25, 2009

Chloe's Closet

Click here to visit Chloe's Closet

My dear friend Becky has received the referral of her daughter Jada. In order to help raise funds for their adoption, she is selling clothing that was originally purchased for Jada's big sister Chloe. Please drop by her site and see if there is anything that will fit your little one. She has wonderful brand name clothing, some is new and some is very gently used.

Welcome to Nancy and Arianna's Baby Shower!

The shower begins at 10am central/11am eastern time. Please join us!
Nancy is registered at Toys R Us and Target. She is asking for clothing in sizes 24 months and above. She has Spring and Summer clothing already, so would prefer items for the Fall and Winter.
She has already purchased her carseat, grooming set and pack 'n play.
If you are unable to attend but would like her address information, please leave a comment or send me an e-mail at

Friday, April 24, 2009

Welcome Home Andrew!

On Wednesday night we went to the airport to welcome home Steffie and her family. And most especially to meet their new son Andrew. Welcome home little man.

Tim was hearing about the logistics of the trip from David. We will be taking their exact same journey to bring Sophia home since we are with the same agency and our children were in the same orphanage. Evidently it was very hot and there was no air conditioning in the hotel. Oh man, that's not sounding good.

Just look at this little darling. He was so happy and all smiles. He played with the children who were there and had a wonderful time.

I don't have any photos of us together, but here is Kim K. (at least her hair :). It was great to see her too.

Welcome home my dear friend. Even though we don't see each other all of the time, having you nearby is a source of strength for me. I am glad that you are home. Andrew is absolutely beautiful. I wish I would have taken a photo of him and David together, you can tell that he is one proud Daddy. Can't wait to see you.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

The Bailey Collection...only on the All Roads Lead to You Auction to bring our Sophia Home

The Bailey Collection has been donated by my dear friend Sharon. I cannot thank her enough for her kindness and generosity. Her blog is 'And Bai Li makes 3' At one time, Tim and I saw the file of her beautiful daughter Bailey, but we were not meant to be her family, Sharon's family was. I met Sharon by seeing Bailey's familiar photo and following it to her blog. She has been a wonderful friend ever since and it has been a sheer pleasure watching Bailey grow in the love and happiness of her new family. Thank you Sharon for helping us bring our daughter home :)


Remember this dress?

It's now available to bid on.
Proceeds will go to help The Seventh Diamond family
travel to China to bring home their Sophia Jane.

This was one of the two 'dream dresses' I had hanging from my fireplace mantle in my bedroom where I could look at them every night before bed and every morning when I woke up for almost the entire 9 months I was waiting to go to China after we had found our Xia Xiao (Bailey Alexandria). I had spent so much on them that John was a little put out but sometimes, well.
This time last year, we were getting to ready to leave and I was almost ballistic with excitement. Those of you who have followed this blog for awhile know that Kimberley could have been matched with Bailey if things had gone a different way. Now that she has been matched finally with her own little girl in the Red Mary Jane's, Bailey and I would like to do a little something to help bring this China sister home.


'Le Pink' from Paris
Very light weight and fun to wear. Size 24 months

This dress ended up being a little small for Bailey even though I had brought it all the way to China for her to wear. She wore it a total of two hours to get her passport and then has never had it on again. It is basically brand new. I have been hanging onto a few lovely and meaningful things for sentimental reasons that I have finally decided is silly. If someone else can enjoy them now and we can raise a little money for a very near and dear to our heart's cause, then, as hard as it is to let them go, that is exactly what I should do. I know I will get a lot more enjoyment putting them to good use than allowing them to collect dust and looking at them every once and a while.


"God could not be everywhere, so he created Mothers"


My brand new sister in law, Kari gave this to me so you can imagine that it is hard to part with but I will put this in with the Le Pink dress if you come back and tell me that you have linked "All Roads lead to you" blog (Click here) and this post of mine here in one of your posts or on your sidebar so your own followers can find out about this fundraiser.

Also if the bid for any item of mine is over $25.00 then I will pay for shipping. Otherwise, it will be what Kimberly has set at $5.00 extra.

This item will close at 5pm pacific/8pm east coast, tomorrow 4/24/09

The Bailey Collection...Disney Outfit


This is an adorable Disney outfit that Bailey will not grow into for a while. It was a gift from a very dear friend of mine who I know will understand it's being used for this effort. It is brand new with the tags still on and comes with a little white cotton camisole under the frilly blouse. It is a size 4/5, runs a little big.


This item will close at 5pm pacific/8pm east coast, tomorrow 4/24/09

The Bailey Collection...Hobo Bag Gift to Highest Bidder on the Bailey Collection Items...

Another thing I will do to help make this effort successful, is to send a very nice gift to the generous, giving person who ends up with the highest bid out of all these items of mine. Kimberly will put these donations on her all roads blog also for her followers to bid on and you should bid there too but please leave me comments under this post telling me how much and on what item you would like so I will know which one of you to send the gift to. I assume you will pay Kimberly directly through paypal but I will ship it.


Many of you may remember this hobo bag too. I picked it up in a tres chic boutique in Beijing. I used it while in China and then not since I came home so it is just very gently used.


The Bailey Collection...Lilly Pulitzer Sunshine Garden Vista Print Dress

This is Lilly Pulitzer Sunshine Garden Vista Print, size 4T shift dress,(runs a little small) brand new and you can start the bids at $1.00. Hope you win!!


I love these colors and the elephants!


Please consider it and leave me a comment then check over at All Roads lead to you for more guilt free shopping. But don't bid on that tutu, that's mine!! ha-ha... kidding...mostly.

Bidding for these items will end at 8pm east coast time/5pm pacific, Friday night, 4/24/09


This is a little silk purse that we picked up for Bailey recently in China Town. She ended up getting a little silk drawstring bag also and she doesn't need both. I will throw this in for free for the person who ends up winning the Lily Pulitzer dress if the bid ends up going over &50.00.


This item will close at 5pm pacific/8pm east coast, tomorrow 4/24/09

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

New Babies Coming Into the Starfish Cleft Home Will Need Support

Amanda has been very busy at the Starfish Cleft Home. She has brought in more new babies and is coordinating surgeries to repair lips and pallats. She has let me know that the orphanage has called and has four more cleft babies that they would like her to take. The funding is not there right now for these four. I am not ready to start the fundraising campaign today, but I will very shortly. If you would like to sponsor a child, please let me know in a comment or an e-mail to

This photo is Antonia after her surgery. I look at this photo and watch the posts on the blog and I am just so thrilled. So many of you have stepped up for these children. All of this is possible because you banded together and spread the word.

The goal right now is to have the home running at capacity so that as many children can be provided for as possible. Amanda is working hard to get the new babies stabilized, arrange whatever medical care/surgeries are necessary, get the babies paper ready and on the SN/shared list and pray that families will come forward for them. We want to see the number of babies helped by the Starfish homes increase.

Sunday, April 19, 2009