Monday, April 11, 2011

Dreaming Big!!!

*The Fundraiser is closed*

*Check here for an important update of how you can gain a few more entries to our fundraiser, hurry there's only a few days left!!!

*MY CUP RUNNETH OVER:) Yay!!, I had to add another post because there are so many prizes coming in that this post can't handle anymore!!!  You can go here to see all the other GOODIES!!! 

*PRIZE UPDATE!!! 4/13- More prizes are coming in, I'm so EXCITED for you guys!!  Scroll down to see the new arrivals.  Thank you to ALL the people who continue to email me about donating items to our fundraiser, it is greatly appreciated and very much welcomed:)

*UPDATE!!! 4/12- I just want to say that you ALL have greatly blessed us with your donations and words of encouragement.  EACH AND EVERY donation is greatly appreciated no matter how much.  Me and my kiddos do a HAPPY DANCE for ALL of them!  You are very much appreciated dear friends and I am working frantically to reach all of you to thank you personally, whether through your blogs or by email.  I am sorry to say that some of my messages have been sent back due to errors.  But I will keep resending them!  Just know that we are sincerely grateful for the outpouring of love you have shown us and our very special little boy:)  THANK YOU!!!

* I am adding an update to let you know that as of right now we have $610.00, I have no idea why my ChipIn is not updating.  If anyone can help me with this please by all means HELP:)  I would also like to add that I just got the BIGGEST SURPRISE EVER!!!!!  A couple that is now near and dear to my heart has generously donated an iPad 2 (32 gig) to our fundraiser!!!!!  TO GOD BE THE GLORY GREAT THINGS HE HAS DONE!!!!!  I am adding it to the list of prizes below, many blessings to ALL of you dear friends and THANK YOU!!!!!

It's finally here!!  We are so excited to see what God is about to do!  As my new sweet friend Meg said to me in an email "Dream BIG Danielle, this is God we're talkin' about!  He dreams big for us so let's dream big together."  So Perfect!!  Hence the inspiration for the name of our fundraiser:)  So that's what we're doing, there's no holding back.  We're dreaming BIG and going for the whole shebang!  A whopping $25,000.00, do I believe we can raise this kind of money?  I believe that anything is possible with God, but no matter what, God is still good!  His thoughts are not my thoughts and His ways are not my ways, and I am perfectly fine with that:)  He tells us in His word that even if we have faith the size of a teeny tiny mustard seed we can say to that mountain "MOVE" and it will be done.  So here we stand with all the faith we can muster, facing a mountain of money that seems overwhelming and waaaaaay over on the other side waits the sweetest little boy you've ever seen.

This is Sergey (insert awww!!)  This is the precious little boy with a special extra chromosome that we hope to make apart of our family very soon!  International adoption from Eastern Europe is not cheap, after all is said and done we will be paying almost $33,000.00 to bring Sergey home, who by the way is worth every single penny:)  Why so much you ask?  Well here's a break down:
*$250.00 for application fee to our agency
*$1,000.00 Consultation fee to our agency
*$7,000.00 Dossier (this is the paperwork that is sent to Sergey's country which includes translating the documents)
*16,500.00 Foreign program fee (this covers the processing of the adoption)
*then there are a multitude of a lot of other little fees that all add up to a very big fee but if I were to write them all here this would be a very long post, but if you would like to know I would be happy to email you the list:)

We believe God is asking us to step out in faith to bring Sergey home, He has a plan so we are trusting in His provision. It's heartbreaking that it has to cost so much because truth be told these children are living on borrowed time.  If these children are not adopted between the ages of 4 and 5 they will be sent to an adult mental institution where they will be tied to cribs to live out the remainder of their lives.  Which statistically 95% of these children will die in the very first year of being in these institutions mainly due to starvation, as well as trauma from the other adult patients and just plain loss of hope.  I share this with you not to be a downer but to be a voice of hope for these children.  "Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves...defend the rights of the needy."  Proverbs 31:8,9.  And because until last December I was completely ignorant to the fates of these children, so I know for some of you reading this right now it is also the first time you are hearing of this.  Just like you I sat reading a blog about a sweet little boy needing a family and my heart was broken.  I clicked on the link to learn more about these children who were waiting for their forever families and was led to Reece's Rainbow.  When I visited RR I fell in love with these precious children, which inevitably led us to find our son.  I cannot in good conscience start this fundraiser without first letting you know about this amazing organization and I implore you to please visit their site.  You will not be sorry you did and who knows you just might find your son or daughter waiting for you to:)

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I would like to start out by saying thank you to all the lovely ladies who generously donated to this fundraiser. I am humbled and blessed beyond words that these women jumped at the chance to help me without ever having met me.  What wonderful examples of Christ's love:)

Here's how to enter the drawing for the happiest prizes EVER!!!!

*The Fundraiser will run from April 11-25.
*Make a donation of at least $10.00 to Sergey's Dream Big ChipIn on the top right hand corner of my sidebar.
*You can leave one comment for every $10.00 you donate to receive extra entries!
*After donating you can make additional comments(1 for each) if you tweet, blog or Facebook about this fundraiser! Please help us spread the word and please feel free to grab Sergey's button for your blogs as well:)
*All winners will be chosen by Random.org.

All right here we go!!

*PRIZE UPDATES!!!! TO GOD BE THE GLORY!!!!


You could be the winner of a brand spankin new iPad 2 (32 gig)!!!!
Charlaanne is donating two of these BEAUTIFUL handmade flowers!!  If you have never visited her blog before it is a MUST, absolute pure loveliness.





* My VERY good friend Lisa back home in my lovely hometown of AZ is a Scentsy Independent Consultant.  If you have never smelled these wickless Scentsations then you have been missing out my dear friends.  Your house will smell AMAZING as well as your car!  Lisa is generously donating to one LUCKY WINNER, their choice of Scentsy warmer OR $30.00 worth of other products!!  

Here are just a few examples of what she has to offer:)


The Faith Warmer
And just look at these adorable Scentsy buddies for your kiddos, so CUTE!!!  Go visit her site to see more:)


*Sweet Jenni, has graciously donated a Silhouette SD machine, WOO HOO!!!!  
*One of the Loveliest ladies I know,my friend Denise, is donating a (1) beautiful Fiona Lattice Shelf from Willow House.  They have the most beautiful accessories for your home, so be sure to check out her online catalog!


* Kelly over at PETUNIAS is giving away one of  these sweet Matryoshka/Babushka doll pillows!  If you didn't already guess where Sergey is from by his name then this will give you an extra hint:)






1. An adorable custom sized rainbow hoodie and Whatever print (Phil. 4:8) by Meg, you can visit her blog here.





2.  Two predesigned blog designs by Kristina over at:

She is the lovely lady who designed my banner and logo for our fundrasier!  And here are just a a couple examples of her work:)




3.  This lovely print of my favorite verse by Amy J. 




4.  Marisela, a friend that I have recently come into contact with after we committed to Sergey.  She has prayed for Sergey to find a family ever since she saw him on Reece's Rainbow.  She loves him with a Mommy's heart and has generously donated two gift cards to help us reach our goal!  

The first is $100.00 Gift Card to

And second is a $50.00 Gift Card to





5.  Shelli over at Dazeychic is donating this very sweet print!  And by the way she's having a sale:)


6.  Sam is donating a $20.00 Gift Certificate to her shop at:


Just look at some of the adorableness she has to offer!!  Go on over and like her on Facebook so you can be kept up to date on her newest designs and sales!



7.  Kelly is donating this BEAUTIFUL necklace from her shop







8.  Emily has donated 3 beautiful prints to our cause.  You can visit her lovely blog and shop over at:




9.  Kristen is donating a $25.00 Gift Certificate to her shop at


Here's a little taste of what she creates, I have ordered her cupcake toppers in the past for my daughter's birthday party and can attest to the quality of her work:)  So CUTE!!!


10.  Chrissie Grace is donating this happy print, also a very important reminder, from her shop



So there you have it folks!  Keep us in your prayers and thank you all for being His hands and feet and coming along side us to help bring our little boy home!  MOVE MOUNTAIN MOVE!!!!

In Him
Danielle






*The Fundraiser is closed*




1,004 comments:

  1. I LOVE being a part of God's family! So excited to see what God will do and how he will Bless Sergey's Life! love, Love, LOVE Dreaming BIG!!

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  2. Hi, do you know of Kelle from "Enjoying the small things" blog??? I think you should contact her to see if she can help you with this. Such a wonderful heart you have !

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  3. Just donated!
    Thanks for the opportunity to help such a beautiful boy!

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  4. This is so exciting!
    So happy to help bring your little boy home!

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  5. I love adoption! Hope our little bit helps!

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  6. Donated to you guys this morning! Prayers and lots of love coming to you!! Best of luck from a stranger in Nebraska. :)

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  7. And I've reposted. Or hyperlinked, or whatever. :)

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  8. Just hopped on over from Meg's blog. I hope that your little guy will be in your arms sooon! Praying!

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  9. Praying that your Sergey will be with you SOon!
    I donated a bit and hope that it will be multiplied quickly.

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  10. donated! praying that your little boy will be with you soon :)

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  11. came over from whatever blog. . .cause I have a heart for adoption (we have 3 bio, one adopted from Guatemala, and process of adopting 6 yr old from Ethiopia). Also LOVE to dream big and ask God for BIG things. . so it is a honor to come alongside you. I just donated. I am going to leave some more comments for each $10 I donated. . cause I really really like the items you are giving away. . what fun!! items. . .items I wold love to have in my home!!!

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  12. Posting again. . .so 2 things I know about adoption. . .1 is the money thing. . God will provide. He is for Sergey. . He is for adoption. The cost of our first adoption was more than my husband made in one year. . he was a 2nd grade school teacher who had just quit to go back to school for his masters. . .God provided every penny. . miracle after miracle!! And once you start hanging out with other adoption families. . you see that these miracles happen all the time. . God providing the money. I think it is a scheme of the enemy to have us Christians so tied up about the money part of adopting. I mean how many times have you heard. . I would adopt but we cannot afford it. Or we would adopt if it weren't so expensive. That is exactly where Satan wants us Christians to be . .so we do not move forward to give these kiddos homes. But when we take a step. . oh how God shows up!! Our God writes BIG, crazy, mountain moving stories!!!

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  13. and the 2nd thing I know about adoption is once we say yes to it, it is like we have put a target on our back. . sayins satan here I am. . attacks start coming, you start doubting, kids at home already and you and hubby start fighting. . so satan. . he wants you to think, "I can't even get my kids here to behave. . or our marriage is in no state to bring a little one home. .or I can't handle the kids I have now. . " Oh those are lies. Cling to our God!!

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  14. and my last comment. . for now. . .I will close this comment with a prayer for you. . that God will just wow!! you. . that your faith will be taken to new levels. . and that Sergey will be in your arms soon!!! WOW!!! Go God!!!

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  15. I hopped over from Meg's blog too and I'm definitely marking you as a favorite so I can keep up with the progress of your expanding family! I know that this will happen for you...God will provide in a big way if just step out in faith, as you have done! Thanks for the opportunity to help another family bring home a bundle of joy! Crystal Swoverland

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  16. Feeling so blessed that I can help bring your little boy home...

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  17. praise the Lord! praying that God will provide! (1 of 2)

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  18. Just donated and wishing you all the best in this process!

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  19. i donated, blessings, you guys are amazing!

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  20. Almost forgot my second comment here! (2 of 2)
    So exciting to see those numbers go up!

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  21. I found your site through Meg Duerksen's blog. Such an amazing story! I donated $20 so I'll leave this and a second comment.

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  22. My second comment for the other half of my donation :) katiemid(at)gmail(dot)com

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  23. hopped over from meg's blog. donated $10. hope that you bring that sweet boy home very soon! :)

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  24. Also came over from Meg's blog. Donated $10.
    We are the parents of an adopted little princess, and I know that the journey we took is what God had in his plans so that we would be brought together at the right time. Praying for your family that will be brought together soon!

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  25. And I posted a link to your blog on my Facebook acct.

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  26. Donated! Wish I could donate ten THOUSAND dollars. . . but alas, we do not have much extra and are adopting also!

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  27. What a joy to watch God work! He is so good!!
    donated to help sweet Sergey get home!- also, I added a link to your blog on mine, under "just sharing"-
    many, many prayers and lots of love & blessings!
    Jill

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  28. Got here from Meg's blog. Happy to help your sweet boy come home. Blessings to you. Kristi

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  29. Posted your link on facebook and praying for your big dream to come true!!!

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  30. I'm SO excited for you and your family, Danielle! I donated a little something! I hope it helps! BIG hugs and God is SO good!

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  31. I also posted about your fundraiser on my blog! :-D Let me know if there is anything else I can do!

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  32. LOVE all of the awesome goodies up for grabs for such a wonderful cause!

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  33. Just donated, all the best to you and your family. Can't wait to hear the details of the day you bring Buster Boy home.

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  34. donated again - prayers to bring that cute boy home!

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  35. Got the update from Meg...So excited for you!! And all of us too! Really?? An ipad2?! Worth giving for right? Even if there isn't an ipad 2 in the giveaway... he is a very worth while cause to give for!

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  36. I put ten drops in the bucket :D

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  37. and another ten! xoxo such a beautiful baby boy!

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  38. donated! i wish i could give millions!!! what precious little treasures all children are!

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  39. and facebook-ed. My prayers are with you.

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  40. donated a little. i guess every bit helps. Praying for you guys!

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  41. another small donation. what a miracle!!

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  42. so excited for you guys! just donated...happy to do it.

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  43. i tweeted it... http://twitter.com/#!/saragood2bqueen

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  44. I found you through Kristina's post on FB.. this time 4 years ago we were packing for our trip to the Ukraine to bring our little boy home... best decision we ever made! I donated a little, and will spread the word- hope you reach your goal quickly! God Bless!

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  45. We (as a family) have donated, and I blogged about this tonight. We love you guys so much already. I can't wait to meet you all in person...someday soon. We believe it.

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  46. I came over from Meg's blog. Ten dollars closer to Sergey joining his Forever Family!

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  47. Praying for miracles for your family and your sweet little boy! Glad to help a little!

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  48. i do not have a blog but instead posted your link on my fb page. i heard about little sergey through kimberlee's blog and felt compelled to donate and spread the message. prayers, prayers and prayers!!!

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  49. i just read the rules - woohoo!

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  50. and again for my fb status. although i didn't do this for the giveaways... they are just an added bonus. :) i did this for your family and for sweet sergey. all my love and prayers.

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  51. just donated. So honored to be a part of bringing this precious boy home,

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  52. and blogged! God bless this goal.

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  53. I just happily donated to this worthwhile cause! I will have you and your family in my prayers.

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  54. I tweeeted
    http://twitter.com/#!/alas3lads/status/57776409409622017

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  55. Incredibly touching to see the Angel babies on the RR website.

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  56. I am not a crier, and I cried to think about all of the babies who wait for loving arms and therapy and medical care.

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  57. I looked at my own two little boys and think of all we are able to give them, and I want to give that to one of these children, too.

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  58. Someday we may be able to adopt a RR child and help "rescue those who are perishing" as the Bible says.

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  59. But for now we will are so happy for this opportunity to help you bring Sergey home. God will provide.

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  60. Donated! Praying for you all! :)

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  61. I've tweeted & FB'ed: http://twitter.com/#!/stephanieshep/statuses/57799102683037696

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  62. Via FB: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/stephanie.shepherd/posts/10150207910269245

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  63. Traveled over from Meg's blog! (1 of 1)

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  64. So excited for your family, even though I've never met you! (2 of 10)
    (P.S. my last comment should've read '1 of 10'.....oopsie!)

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  65. Prayers for your family....and little Sergey as he waits for you guys! (3 of 10)

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  66. Everyone should have a heart for the less fortunate like you guys do. It is so wonderful that you have answered a call. I admire your family for your obedience and courage! (4 of 10)

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  67. My boys share the same birthday, 3 years apart, and they have more than they can play with. Instead of more toys than they need this year, we're giving this donation to help little Sergey and your family! (5 of 10)

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  68. Will share this with friends and family to send as much traffic as possible! (6 of 10)

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  69. We feel blessed to be a part of your journey! (7 of 10)

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  70. Praying that the whole process will be swift and smooth! (8 of 10)

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  71. We have many friends that are 'adopted' parents and their hearts are so full and blessed. Praying for the same for your family. (9 of 10)

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  72. While the impact of this adoption on Sergey's life is going to be phenomenal, I suspect HE will touch your lives even more! It is truly exciting to think about. What a sweet, sweet blessing! Good luck guys! (10 of 10)

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  73. Just Facebook-ed it!

    http://www.facebook.com/christy.mandin/posts/165269890194148

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  74. Tweeted it!

    http://twitter.com/#!/cmandin/status/57834110521065473

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  75. Just donated! I wish I could give more but please know that prayers are being "cashed-in" for you like crazy! :o) Glad I can be a part of this!

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  76. I posted this wonderful goodness on FB!!!

    xoxo
    april

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  77. I donated! Can't wait to see the picture of you and your little boy together! Lindsey

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  78. Helping out some more. It is so obvious that this little boy is YOURS and I hope he's in your arms soon! Lindsey

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  79. You're on my facebook page! Praying that Sergey gets to join his forever family soon! Lindsey

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  80. I donated $20 so this is comment 1 of 2... Wish I has the money to hand over to you for the whole thing.. Praying for your family
    Jen.Christians@gmail.com

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  81. Comment 2 of 2 can't wait for an update that you brought this sweet child home!

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  82. I just tweeted about helping to bring Sergey home!

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  83. God is never early, He is never late...

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  84. How awesome!
    We hope to adopt someday & I hope we can find the support you have found here!

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  85. He is always right on time!

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  86. Cassandra McKinleyApril 12, 2011 at 1:05 PM

    A-MEN! To the energy your little man has already generated! He's perfect and I pray he comes home soon to you! (donated!)

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  87. I donated and am praying for you! I can't wait for Sergey to be home!

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  88. I just donated and can't wait for you guys to have that little guys in your arms! :)

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  89. Also, you could contact Tuesday Mourning http://www.etsy.com/shop/tuesdaymourning
    to see if she would donate something from her shop also. I just bought a print of hers in which all the proceeds went to a child with cleft lip/palate. :)

    (2nd comment)

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  90. Tweeted!

    http://twitter.com/#!/persimmongirl

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  91. And FB'd!

    http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=555939088

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  92. In honor of our granddaughter, Ella.
    Entry 1.

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  93. As a Mom of 2 adopted boys, my heart goes out to you. I hope my 10.00 along with lots of other donations will help get him here soon!

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  94. I posted on my Facebook too! Good luck!

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  95. We love our girl Ella, so get ready for me to enter a few times.
    Entry 2

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  96. Still here.
    Entry 3

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  97. Kimberlee sent me. She's my oldest and Mom to Ella. We love them all very much.
    Entry 20.

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  98. This is awesome and
    I can't wait to see what God has planned
    for your family!! :)


    {donated $20. comment 1 of 2}

    ~Keri

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  99. Happy to make a donation and support your journey to bring Sergy home!

    -Libby

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  100. One more entry...praying for your family and for Sergey while he waits for his family...

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  101. And now I've posted on facebook too! Blessings to you all!

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Blessings-and-Glory/197353733610604?ref=ts

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  102. We donated! Can't wait for you to bring your sweet boy home!

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  103. Just posted a link through facebook!

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  104. Donated $10! more to come later... :)

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  105. Donated and praying for your dream comes true.

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  106. Hoping you will be holding that sweet little one in your arms soon.

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  107. I keep coming back to check on your progress! You are almost 1/5 of the way there!! WOW!! AweSoMe, God!! 3rd in my string of 5 comments! :)

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  108. just donated! can't wait to see the photos when he joins your family for good!

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  109. Oh my, what a touching story. I hope you will be able to kiss those adorable cheeks very soon. Sarah from Clover Lane sent me! You will be in my prayers!

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  110. I came from Meg's site, just donated! Praying for your little boy to be in your arms soon.

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  111. Found you through Clover Lane, incredible story - my thoughts are with you, and my heart is with all of those precious babies needing homes. Wishing you and your family all the best.

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  112. Found you through Clover Lane. So happy to help :)

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  113. praying that you will be able to bring that sweet baby home! bless you in all of your efforts~

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  114. Happy to chip in for an extremely worthy cause!! (Found you through Clover Lane.)

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  115. read about you on meg's blog and am so happy to be a very small part of helping sergey join your family! xo

    melissa
    malkpl@verizon.net

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  116. God bless you and your family.

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  117. Just posted a link on facebook. I know I have generous friends who will help you out.

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  118. May God bless you and be with you as you work to bring Sergey home. I am inspired by your faith and trust.

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  119. I just donated $30. I hope he gets to come home soon:)

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  120. Praying that Sergey will be home with you soon. Be blessed.

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  121. Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam. (For The Greater Glory of God)

    what a beautiful blessing your family is to this world and to Sergey.

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  122. I am so glad I found you through Sarah at Clover Lane. God bless your journey

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  123. Kirsten thebestors@hotmail.comApril 14, 2011 at 6:29 AM

    I'm so happy to have been even the smallest part of this story. Blessings to this family, living out the love of our God.

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  124. hi! i found you through meg's blog. what a wonderful way to raise money for adopting your little boy. i donated a little bit and i pray that God moves mountains for your family!

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  125. So happy to have donated to bringing your family home. So much better than a couple of lattes! May God's goodness surround your family as you journey on together!

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  126. Just donated. What a wonderful thing you are doing!!

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