Thursday, April 29, 2010
However, we have made a decision to continue pursuing adoption. I'm going to be vague for a bit, so please forgive me. But things are so crazy in this ever constantly changing world of adoption, that I would hate to make any "announcement" only to have to retract it in a week or two. I have made that mistake before! So, I say with great enthusiasm, the fundraising continues! Right now, we have about $7000 more to go to reach our goal needed to finalize everything. I venture into the next weeks with slight trepidation, but I have so much Faith in my God, I know that fear will soon fade.
Please keep us in your prayers as we march along down this wandering path toward our daughter! thank you!!
Friday, April 23, 2010
My faith is in the Lord not the Lotto. (repeat daily)
Sunday, April 11, 2010
The weather here was amazing today...like an August day in Maine! The boys enjoyed church with my folks while Andy and I stayed home and .... yip, you guessed it! CLEANED! Ug, the house was this side of a disaster-just awful and embarrassing! But the real reason we had to clean? We have someone who wants to look at it tomorrow! How exciting, our first showing. (If you didn't know, I had a wild hair and put the house on the market last week!) Don't ask me where we will go...I have no idea!
The garage sale was a huge success! We had tons of folks who brought over donations for us to sell (huge rocker, home appliances, futons!) It was truly amazing! And tomorrow, we send off a big ole check to the agency! Woo hoo...one step closer to baby girl.
I swear our boys have grown 2 inches in the last week! Jack took off on his big bike "20 inch with hand brake/no trainers". Within a minute or two, he had that sucker whipped! So proud of him! Change is hard and he hated giving up his little 14" bike, but he looked ridiculous trying to pedal it...his knees would hit the handle bars! Jude followed right behind him on his little bike (with trainers) trying hard to keep up! While making a turn, he took a digger on the neighbors sidewalk and bloodied his knee. But never fear, today he decided to check out the creek at our local park and ended up soaked head to toe and another bloody knee. So they match now! He is all boy!
Well, I still have so much cleaning to do, so I'd better stopped procrastinating! Wish us luck tomorrow! It would be nice to trim our monthly house payment, but I sure do love my house... hmmmm.
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Love seat, futon, luggage, children’s clothing of all sizes, women’s and men’s clothing, playschool toys, Thomas the Train ride on, household items, glider rocker, large outdoor rocking chair, sandbox, toddler bike, tricycle, outside play equipment…
& lots more!
No early sales, please.
Bake sale, too!
All proceeds go to the Wells’ Family Adoption Fund
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
As you may know, Andrew and I are in the process of adopting our daughter from Africa. With ups and downs over the last 2 years, we've recently applied to adopt from Ethiopia. As a result of this process, we have become aware of the devastating poverty that affects the children of this region. We all know of food shortages and contagious diseases that run rampant, but have we ever stopped to think about what this truly means for those unable to help themselves?
Due to poverty, many birth families give up their children with hopes of providing them a better, healthier life. However, poverty is not the only reason children are abandoned. Education is another common factor. In many countries, birth control is not widely offered nor is it taught. Birth mothers also lack education on how to parent a child. Some lack the capability to earn a living wage to support the child. So, education can play a large part in children becoming available for international adoption. In some situations, when a birth mother becomes pregnant, both her family and her community may shun her. Often this leads to desperate situations that force birth parents to either abandon or relinquish their child. Sadly, there are other factors that create orphans—war, famine, drought, and in some countries, the AIDS epidemic has also created a need for adoptive parents.
Without orphanages and families around the world willing to open their homes to these children, those abandoned would die of malnutrition. Street gangs will kill others and some will turn to violence, leaving this country in a far worse state than imaginable.
How can you help? We are not asking each of you to adopt a child, although that opportunity is available! However, we are asking for your help in creating funds to help us bring our daughter home and support the orphanages of Ethiopia. With the help of families, friends, and other advocates for adoption, we are arranging a “Coast to Coast” raffle. We have fundraising stations in Washington State, DC, California, Chicago, Maine, Florida and Missouri. With over 7 locations advertising this raffle, the plight of this small country to find their children homes will not go unnoticed.
Proceeds will be used toward the lawyer fees associated with the adoption, translating important paperwork, court fees, and the required orphanage donation. Any extra received will go directly to the support of The Thomas Center, our agency’s privately run foster center. This will be the home for children awaiting their forever family.
As part of the Coast to Coast Raffle, we are asking our friends and families for donations: Cash, products for the raffle, unused airline miles, gift certificates, new electronic devices or household appliances. Any cash/check donations will be tax deductible when made out to Children’s House International (our adoption agency) and will go directly to the account designated for the adoption of our daughter. Any other donations will be raffled off at a later date, we are hoping for June 5. Watch your mail for more details on the raffle.
With millions of orphans all over the world, and hundreds of thousands in Africa alone, we felt drawn to the opportunity and security of Ethiopia. We cannot wait to travel to our daughter’s home country and marvel at the sheer beauty of Africa. We also know that we will witness first hand the devastation that surrounds her and other children just like her. With a goal of $30,000, we can provide hope for these children.
Our contact information is listed above, so please contact us with any donation. You may also email us at email@example.com. Thank you, in advance, for making a difference.
Friday, April 2, 2010
June 6, 1944 at the age of 21, he landed on the beaches of Normandy and fought in one of the bloodiest battles of World War II. His life spared as he watched those around him sacrificed in the sand. And yes, he brought home 4 bronze stars for his bravery during the war, he also brought home the memory of that day. A day he didn't speak of for over 1/2 a century.
Today, another hero was lost. His journey on this earth ended at 5:30 this morning, with 2 daughters by his side. My grandfather served his country with pride. He came home from the war and built a company from scratch. A successful business that thrives today. He provided a wonderful life for his wife and 5 children. He buried one son and one grandson far before their time. He lived the American dream. A life of highs and lows. Love and loss.
Allen James Hicks was born May 29, 1923 and died April 2, 2010. His amazing life on this earth will be rewarded with riches in Heaven.