Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Amazon Affiliate Link :-D

On prime day and ANY day, please use our affiliate link when you are popping over to amazon.

A small portion of the purchase goes to helping our adoption fund. THANK YOU!!!!!!

Hey, if you are shopping there anyway, then why not?


Here is the link: http://amzn.to/29GW6IK

Saturday, November 14, 2015

End of year giving?


Friends and family, it is my understanding from an accountant friend that each of us can make up to a $500 dollar donation each year and not have to supply any receipts for any specific organization. Of course, you should research that on your own, I am not responsible for your actions or outcome.
If you are sitting down to decide your end of your giving please consider our family's adoption process as your cause this year, we would accept it as a "gift".

Thank you so much for the consideration,
Lynette (for K and P)

A sincere thank you! Our Pie Social and Craft Festival was a success!

Thank you so much for supporting our orphan-&-adoption fund, and caring for our family as well.

With your help at the event at Calvary Baptist Church in Oceanport NJlast week we raised $1,115 dollars! GO JESUS!!

That is a wonderful contribution for which we are so grateful, and we will continue to work towards the overall fees. 

up to 6,000 dollars for the home study and the US processing fees, Dossier items, etc (as outlined here: http://www.holtinternational.org/adoption/fees.php ) 

15,000 dollars all at once which would be at the time of being matched with our child ("sooner or later")

Holt updated their program information and new estimates for the overall costs are growing to 40,000, so we really do covet and need your support, we do hope that small svaings as a returning family will help with this, and we will apply for the Special Needs Adoption Grant with our agency. 

Of course Kevin continues his regular job, taking on additional hours wherever possible,  to support our family's regular bills. We are not rich, and like all adopting families, everything appears to be breaking just because we are adopting ;) My husband spent last week taking the old washing machine apart to replace the belt. We are a regular family, and due to specifics of my husband's job we remain in our state of NJ which is a more expensive place to live. We share a job cleaning our church, and I have an additional job at our daughter's school. Plus the fundraising and the paper work for the adoption is a job unto itself, so I personally wear many hats!

I wish I could name all of you individually who have helped on scene at CBC with the Pie Social and Craft Festival. By the GRACE OF GOD there are so many that we could not possible list all. You do know who you are and I have prayed thanks to Jesus on many occasions for YOU each and ask for Him to bless you.

On facebook I have been thanking all the businesses and hand crafters who have been donating items in "real time" as they donated. Again THANK YOU! 

Kev and I feel that the Lord has placed us in a position of advocating for the orphans and see this as a mission of ours. If anyone has any questions about orphans or their care, please reach out.We will do our best to answer your questions, or if we cannot do so we will give you resources.

Blessings and THANKS, Lynette (for Kev and little P)

Here are some pictures from the Pie Social and Craft Fair.:) 

Monday, October 5, 2015

Some helpful links

Here is some information from our agency's website, specific to the China program.
Please peruse this info.

"Holt International is a non-profit agency serving vulnerable children around the world. Holt's board of directors mandates that we keep our adoption fees in the mid to low-mid range, compared with other agencies of our size and scope. We advise families to budget $30-$32,000 total for an adoption from China, which includes the adoption trip and all related adoption expenses between application and placement. Additionally, all in-country adoption costs, including the $5700 orphanage donation, are included in the China program fee. Holt wires these funds to China prior to the family's travel. Holt families are not required to personally make large cash payments while in China. Our fees are on par with, or less than, many of the leading agencies."

" We always need families for boys! Many children come into institutional care in China because their birth families cannot pay the fines for exceeding the family size limit set by the one-child policy. Other families are unable to afford the cost of medical care needed to treat their child's medical condition. In the latter case, the number of boys entering care with special needs is close to the same as girls. And since adoption from China is now primarily for children with special needs, the ratio of boys and girls who need families is also close to 50/50. However, more families are requesting to adopt girls than boys, which means boys often wait longer to have a permanent family. Adoptive parents who are open to a boy may be matched more quickly than those preferring a girl."

FEES breakdown:  http://www.holtinternational.org/china/fee.php
(**EDIT** There is a new cost layout with an increase in the overall fees, see here  http://www.holtinternational.org/adoption/fees.php )

Most adoptions are "special needs", here is a checklist. Do not let it scare you, there are plenty of mama's and dads who are willing to help you through this list: http://www.holtinternational.org/china/pdfs/Medical%20Conditions%20Checklist.pdf

FAQ's page: http://www.holtinternational.org/china/chinafaq.shtml

If you are interested in adopting, please comment and I am happy to help you find the information you need. I do NOT have all the answers, and I do NOT work for an agency. I DO have a huge heart for the orphans, and I love when families grow through adoption of any type.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

More than you can shake a knitting needle at ...

254 dollars raised with the knitting pattern fundraiser. 

That is awesome.

Thank you, Jesus!!

Happy dance!!

Thank you, Larissa!! I have said it before and will again, you are very talented.

You have been a very sweet and caring Auntie, thank you for creating your pattern and offering it to help our journey. 

Thank you knitters who purchased. :) :) :) :)
Send me pictures of your finished shawls, pretty~pretty please. 

Thank you to each of you who did even the easiest task of hitting that little button and SHARING on fb, instagram, emails, etc.

We feel so blessed.

Lastly, the fundraiser is over, but I invite you all to follow Larissa, who still has the pattern for sale for her own shop here http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/ultra-eyelet   and she often has amazing things to share with you be it a new pattern, or a new book.

She is the author of Beautiful Wreck, so please go see her on amazon, and Good Reads!!

Oh, I have also heard that someone special is purchasing the original shawl made for the pattern photos, grateful is the word.

image from blog.biblia.com

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Last Day >>Knitting Pattern Fundraiser<<

8/19/15, today, is the LAST day for your purchase of the shawl pattern to be directed to our adoption fund.

Go here>  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/ultra-eyelet


If you purchase this pattern and make a shawl, be sure to send me a picture of it!! :-D

Monday, August 17, 2015

Calling all Knitters !!

 My sister, Larissa Brown, has offered this fabulous fundraiser which will be live from today Monday, August 17th, 2015 through Wednesday, August 19th, 2015.

Proceeds from this shawl knitting PATTERN from Mon to Wed will go to our adoption fund. 

It is a ravelry download for only $2.99


Be a sweetie and share, share, share. We have a few days to make this a huge success and I know the knitting community will adore this intricate and lovely pattern!

Thank you, Larissa, and thank you to all who share and purchase this pattern. We are grateful!!

"For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb". Psalm 139:13


This is the shawl that the pattern makes:
(and be sure to check out The Unique Sheep, for luscious yarns, as linked from Larissa's page):

This is my beautiful and talented sister, author, Larissa Brown.
Isn't she gorgeous?:

(photo by me, Lynette Fitzpatrick)