Monday, November 8, 2010

Love Wins Giveaway!!

***Just 6 hours left!
Still only 20 entrants for 29 prize packages! Your odds are very good!**

First of all- Thank you to every one who donated to this giveaway. I am overwhelmed at the generosity of complete strangers who just love the Lord and want to help other families bring their babies home. Alot of the donors are also adopting, and in the middle of fundraising, and they sacrificed what these items could have added to their fund, to give it to us. For that I am so grateful. Be sure to follow the links and maybe you will be able to do a little Christmas shopping with them!

The reason for this giveaway is to raise money for our USCIS and Dossier Submission Fees. We are adopting a baby girl from Ethiopia.We started 1000 Butterflies for Zoey last month to raise money and you can read about that more here. This is similar to the puzzles that most families do, but with a twist.

The Rules:

1. The giveaway will start Monday, November 8th and end at midnight Thursday, November 11. Friday I will post all the winners.
2. Anyone can get one entry by becoming a follower. If you are already a follower, just remind me and you can get your entry too.
3. For every $10 donated to Butterflies for Zoey, you will get 1 entry. You can donate $10 as many times as you can stand. You will get 1 entry every single time.
4. After you have donated $10 or more, you can get more entries by posting a link on Facebook, Twitter, your blog, or whatever other social media sites that I am not cool enough to know about. These will get you 1 entry each. You can do this every day if you like and get 1 entry every time.
5. The way I will be able to keep track of all these entries is this: You must leave a comment stating which one(s) you did. Otherwise, I will not know. You can leave them all in one comment on the last day, or do it every day, or however you want to do it, just don't forget!I will leave the post about the giveaway up on the blog all 4 days so you will know where to leave your comment(s).
6.This is a lot of rules, isn't it?
7. Your name will be drawn for a random prize. Due to the high number of prizes available, I will have to just randomly select one name for each , or one for each group whatever may be the case. So you won't be able to request a specific prize- sorry. Its just a lot easier this way.
8. I can only ship prizes to the US.

So are you ready?

Here is what you could win:

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1. SleepyWrap in Beige

Attachment is such a crucial part of a positive bonding experience with a newly adopted child. I received a Sleepywrap when Charlotte was born and I love it! This is what their website says about babies who are "worn":

  • Cry Less! (43% less overall and 54% less during the evening hours)1
  • Are Healthier! (gain weight faster, have better motor skills, coordination, increased muscle tone, and sense of balance)2
  • Get a better view of the world! (babies pushed in strollers or lugged around in car seats only get to see the adult world at knee-level)
  • Become Independent Faster! (making them more confident and less clingy)3
  • Sleep Better! (they fall asleep quicker and sleep for longer periods of time)
  • Learn More! (not overstimulated, but calm and alert, observing the world around them)
  • And are just plain Happier!4

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2. 1-$56 gift certificate to Baby Be Blessed
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Beautiful handmade dolls with Scripture verses on their tummies! The women who make these dolls also sell them to raise money for Show Hope. These dolls can be viewed at the link above, and at Mary Beth Chapman's Website!

From the Baby Be Blessed Website:

Baby be Blessed is a doll ministry. We are a family of stay-at-home Christian Mommies who love the Lord and desire to share His hope and truth! Each handmade doll has the Word of God printed on a patch sewn to their belly. Our mission and deepest desire is for each child to come to know, understand and live for Jesus Christ.

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3. A beautiful Love Africa Necklace by JunkPosse!

Tracy is an Adoptive Mom and Grandma. Most of her jewelry focuses on Africa, and it is all so so beautiful. Her proceeds currently benefit 8 different non-profit and adoption groups! She is THE name for Adoption jewelry!

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4.Heart for Africa Necklace by The Vintage Pearl
a heart for Africa (hand stamped jewelry)
Erin is a mom of 4 and makes gorgeous custom hand-stamped, entirely stainless steel jewelry. Her designs range from Africa to Alpha Delta Phi! Perfect for any occasion, or just something beautiful for yourself!

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5. Blog Design and Adopt Africa Magnet by Adopt Africa Digital Designs

Get your own ADOPT AFRICA magnet HERE!
Do you like my new improved blog? Becky at Adopt Africa has donated a complete blog overhaul which includes blog layout, header, button, post divider, and sidebar titles. Her goal is to donate 100% of her proceeds to adopting families and humanitarian aid organizations like Charity:Water and Children's Hopechest.

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6.11x14 "Good News" Canvas by Ahni Art

From "Ahni's" Website:
I want my children to be greeted by God's Word when they wake in the morning, and to fall into bed being shadowed by the words of the God who knows the number of hairs covering their heads. My desire is to share the power of God's Word with His world by using the gifts and abilities He has given me. I pray your home might be transformed by God's Word and Ahni's Art!

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7. Ethiopian Tutu from 2000 Tutus +these bows from my good friend Julie, and these ornaments from EthiopiaAdoption on Etsy
This family has 4 children currently and are trying to sell 2000 tutus to bring home their second daughter, Mary-Kate, from China. All color combinations, all occasions, all themes:the possibilities are endless! They even have a turkey tutu! The tutu up for grabs will be the colors of the Ethiopian Flag-beautiful for any Ethiopian princess!

The Jenkins family is raising money for their travel fees to Ethiopia to pick up their newest family member! Debi makes these all by hand in her father's shop-way cool! These are nice, heavy, beautiful ornaments to grace your tree this Christmas or give to a friend!

My friend Julie donated these cute hairbows- visit her shop here

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8. Set of 6 Notecards and Child's size small shirt from Go. Seek. Love
The Dubois family helps adopting families raise money through the sale of t-shirts. The Partnering Family, as they are called, receives 100% of the proceeds to help fund their adoption. The Dubois adopted their son from Ethiopia, and I highly suggest reading their Adoption Announcement Letter because not only is it just plain beautiful, but it really reflects how I think alot of us adopting parents feel, but may not have the courage to say to our friends and family.

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9. Child Size All You Need Is Love Bracelet by Sosobellatoo on Etsy

All You Need is Love Bracelet Girls   SaLe

Lots of beautiful handmade jewelry in this shop! Adorned with Swarovski crystals, her pieces are perfect for any occasion. She has something for adults and children.

10. Women's Joy Lifesong shirt+ Listening is an Act of Love

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Lifesong for Orphans provides orphan care in 6 countries and provides Adoption Grants through their Both Hands Projects, Matching Grants, and Interest Free Loans. They know that the financial aspect of adoption is what scares most families away that would otherwise adopt. 100% of all donations to Lifesong go to Orphan Care-no administrative fees are deducted.
Since 2003, tens of thousands of everyday people have interviewed family and friends through StoryCorps. Each conversation is archived for generations to come at the Library of Congress. StoryCorps is the largest oral history project of its kind, creating a growing portrait of who we really are as Americans. The heart of StoryCorps is the conversation between two people who are important to each other: a son asking his mother about her childhood, an immigrant telling his friend about coming to America, or a couple reminiscing on their 50th wedding anniversary. By helping people to connect, and to talk about the questions that matter, the StoryCorps experience is powerful and sometimes even life-changing. The goal of StoryCorps is to make that experience accessible to all, and find new ways to inspire people to record and preserve the stories of someone important to them. Everybody’s story matters and every life counts.

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11. Serve One Another Cookbook from Wiphan
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{WIdows + orPHAN = WIPHAN}
Wiphan Care Ministries is a Zambian based Christian ministry that provides biblical teaching, skills training and education to widows and orphans in Zambia, Africa who have been devastated by the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

Wiphan has set up two school campuses in neighboring compounds (villages)…one called “Sinia Center” and the other called “Mapalo Center”. Together these schools serve 400 orphans and vulnerable children as well as 100 widows. Wiphan schools provide a biblical education, skills training, medical attention and daily meals. Furthermore, the schools double as as churches on Sundays. The church is the foundation of the orphan and widow care that is administered. It is through the love of Jesus Christ that we desire to love and nurture our relationships with the ladies and children.

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12. Joshua 24:15 and 5x7 Ethiopian Countryside Photo from The Canvas Heart on Etsy

"As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord."

The Canvas Heart specializes in Ethiopian adoption gifts and Amharic(the national language of Ethiopia) translations. Crystal and her husband served 2 years in Ethiopia and it is apparent that she has a deep love for its people and natural beauty. She also has photos from around the world and many beautiful works of art, all for a very reasonable price!

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13. One of 4 Ugandan Bead Necklaces from Visiting Orphans
(Necklaces are a variety of colors)

Visiting Orphans serves orphans in 13 countries. Their vision:
  • To enlist Church volunteers to visit orphanages so they may meet physical, emotional and spiritual needs of orphans.
  • To develop relationships, provide comfort and to share the Gospel with orphans.
  • To provide financial aid for child sponsorship, medical assistance and construction to improve the living conditions of orphans.
  • To mobilize Christian churches to help orphans experience the blessing of family.
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14.Ordinary Hero Child Shirt+ 1 BottleCap Necklace from Little Goody 2-Shoes

Our first kids\

Samantha is 11 years old and lives in St. Louis. Her family is adopting a 4-year old boy from Ethiopia and she makes these necklaces, as well as many other designs herself. 100% of her proceeds go to buying shoes for kids at Children's Hopechest.I bought a necklace from Samantha and asked if I could highlight her work, and she graciously sent us necklaces just for the raffle! How sweet is that? If you are in need of stocking stuffers ( and you know you are!) go check out what other designs she has and help save the world at the same time!
Kelly runs Ordinary Hero, a non-profit child advocacy organization.She has led mission trips to Africa and advocated for children living in Korah, as well as held community service projects in Tennessee. Her organization believes in inspiring and empowering ordinary people to make an extraordinary difference in the life of a child in need. Please click here to read her story of picking up their son from the orphanage. It is such a beautiful story.

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15.Set of 5 Ethiopian Themed Cards from Paint4Ethiopia , 1 BottleCap Necklace, 1 Button from Endorfinn on Etsy

Gina, who owns Paint4Ethiopia on Etsy created these cards herself using the block printing method. Her daughter was adopted from Ethiopia in 2008. Gina's shop is full of color and unique artworks that reflect her love for her daughter's birth country.
Kathryn at Endorfinn created the Ethiopia Buttons as a fundraiser for the Benson family adopting from Ethiopia. All her jewelry is so classy and beautiful, and unbelievably inexpensive!

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16.Baby Sling of the winner's choice from
The Kleo Sling

Someone is going to be seriously happy to get this! If I were you, I would just go on over to their site and check out all the beautiful designs they have right now, just in case.

Here is what they have to say about their slings:

Chic and Simple. Lucky Baby Slings are reversible with a pocket. Our slings are comfortable and easy to use! No buckles, rings or clips to adjust. No complicated swaddling, wrapping or tying techniques - just slip it over your shoulder and away you go!

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17. A Way Cool T-shirt from Gautraud Family + BottleCap Necklace + Ethiopia Button

The Gautrauds love Jesus, have one beautiful daughter, and are adopting their second child from Ethiopia. They hand drew and made these shirts to raise money for their adoption. Personally, I think this is the best design for an Adoption tee that I've seen because I think it really captures what adoption does for a child.

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18. The Connected Child, from Focus on the Family

The Connected Child: Bring Hope and Healing to Your Adoptive Family  -              By: Karyn B. Purvis, David R. Cross, Wendy Sunshine
Focus on the Family is a global Christian ministry dedicated to helping families thrive. We provide help and resources for couples to build healthy marriages that reflect God’s design, and for parents to raise their children according to morals and values grounded in biblical principles.

Written by two research psychologists, The Connected Child specializes in adoption and attachment. Learn how to build bonds of affection and trust with your adopted child, effectively deal with any learning or behavioral disorders, and discipline with love without making him or her feel threatened. Paperback.

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19. Africa Coffee Cup Cuff from 147SpareMoments + 1 Tasfa=Hope Bracelet fromZoesmother on Etsy+Colour Seed Bead Bracelets from Somewhere in Colorado on Etsy

Coffee Cup Cuff - Africa
147SpareMoments is two moms working in their spare time to create beautiful things to help make a dent in the orphan crisis by donating their profits to orphan care. Currently, 100% of their proceeds go to Reece's Rainbow to help a little boy named Sam find a family. If you've been around here lately, you know how my heart just falls to a million pieces over the Reece's Rainbow children. I hope you will go check out that website. I can't promise you it won't cause tears or a feeling of wanting to sell everything you own to bring one of these little ones home. I can promise that once you see those faces and read those stories, you will not be the same.
The Kirkseys are another family raising money for an Ethiopian Adoption. Their two sons are so handsome! In Amharic, Tasfa means Hope. Wear this bracelet and be inspired!
Somewhere in Colorado is currently raising money for a mission trip to build an orphanage for the children in Shanto, Ethiopia with 26 Orphans.

20. Made in Ethiopia Childs shirt by lkdkids+ 1 Tasfa Bracelet

From lkdkids:I donate 5% of all sales to Rapha House. Rapha House is a non-profit organization that helps love, rescue, and heal children who been rescued out of slavery and sexual exploitation. You can learn more about Rapha house by going to

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21. 1 of 2 sets of Thank you cards and LOVE magnets from LoveLetters2Ethiopia

Michelle and her husband are adopting their first child from Ethiopia. I love this form of art- using nature to create the alphabet. I see it everywhere and I'm sure you all love it too. She also has a set of magnets featuring the entire alphabet on her site- check it out!

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22. Women's Large Project Hopeful Tee(red,) Men's Feed 1 Tee in Medium, and Ugandan Bead Necklace from 147 Million Orphans


(I don't have a photo of the men's tee, but it is green.)

147 Million Orphans is two moms helping feed children in Uganda and Haiti through teaching women to make the bead necklaces from magazines, and selling the products to raise money to feed their families. And I know you know about Katie -they work with Amazima to help run feeding programs in Katie's village. They also help adopting families raise the funds they need by allowing them to sell the 147 shirts.

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23. Love Deeply Necklace by SweetTeaShoppe on Etsy

love deeply. a hand stamped sterling necklace.

Nicole and her family are currently waiting for their USCIS approval to be able to get to their son in Ethiopia. All her jewelry is so beautiful and she has a wide range of hand stamped options, even something for the guys!

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24. Ordinary Hero Adult Shirt + 1 Tasfa Bracelet

New OH shirts in Rust color!

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25. 16x20 Wrapped Canvas, Notecard set and Wall Plaque by Show Off's Art

From the website:

At Show Offs Art, we create fun, funky art to help you “show off” your faith and all you believe. In the craziness of life, we hope our products will be encouraging reminders of God’s love and His promises to you!

This dramatic canvas is the most popular item in the Show Offs Art collection. The vibrant colors of the large heart against the globe serve as a visual reminder of just how big God's love is for all of us. The heart is outlined with the text of John 3:16 ("For God so loved the world....")

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26. Hat from AfricaBoundAndrews+Ugandan Bead Necklace from The Road Less Travelled+ Owl Pouch from IsabellaKaitlyn

The Andrews family has a really neat shop on Etsy. Hats, shirts, and Adoption Advent Calendars! They also help other families raise the necessary funds to bring their children home.

The Shubin family at The Road Less Travelled are waiting for their fifth child, a daughter from Ethiopia. They have some really pretty shirts for sale as well as Africa shaped cookie cutters!

Hannah at IsabellaKaitlyn and her family are waiting on their FBI clearance to finalize their homestudy to bring home baby # 2! She makes beautiful scarves, bags, and other crocheted goodies to help raise much-needed funds.


  1. Ooh, I'm sooo excited about this! There are so many awesome things here! I am a follower now (although I've been reading for awhile!)

  2. I am a follower! I "chipped-in" and I posted a link on facebook last night but I can do it again today!! This is so fun, you did a great job!

  3. I am a follower! and I am going to donate now... ;)

  4. I also...
    1. Posted on my blog with a link to this post
    2. Posted the link on my facebook status!

  5. I followed, chipped in, posted you on my blog, and FB.

    I hope this is super successful for you!

  6. I am a new follower. God's blessings on your journey. It is a beautiful one.

  7. Followed, donated, posted, prayed! Anything else? Love you!

  8. FANTASTIC giveaway!!!

    Followed, donated, posted on FB, praying! That's for today! :)

  9. I am a new follower, chipped in, Posted on my blog
    (, and I tweeted. (4 entries)

    Amy @ Missional Mama

  10. Ok, Jessie!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    1) I'm a follower!
    2) I donated! (At least, I really tried to... make sure my moolah went through... there was some craziness going on with my computer.)
    3) I posted on my facebook!
    4) I posted on my blog!
    5) I only have a blog because I always loved yours so much!

    Ok, the last one doesn't count. Put me down for 4 entries... for now!!!!!!!!!!! I love being a part of this.


  11. Hi Jessie! I'm a new follower, I chipped in and I posted on my blog.

    So that's three entries... so far! ;)

  12. Follower~Donated~Facebook~Twitter~
    ~5 entries!
    I'll blog tomorrow! :)
    I continue to pray!

  13. Update... now I posted it on Facebook and Twitter (lucylu007)

    So to recap: new follower, chipped in, blogged, facebooked and twittered = 5 entries.


    I've been reading your blog for a while now and am so amazed at your story! I love your heart for adoption and am excited to see how it all unfolds!

  14. Today I posted a link on my blog post and put it on my facebook page = 2 more entries.

    6 entries total (just so you don't to go back through and tally!)

    I hope lots more people come by your blog! I'm praying!

  15. I am a follower, I chipped in, and I posted on my facebook. :)

  16. Ab here! 1) I'm a follower, 2) I chipped in, 3)I posted it on my blog, 4) I posted it on my facebook!

  17. Ok, I posted on Facebook again. So 4 entries for me!!

  18. I blogged about it too! Five total entries for me at this time. I am so excited!

  19. Hello Jessie!!

    I so much love this!!

    I donated, put on e-vine blog, facebook, and twitter.

    I pray everyday that Zoey will come home safe, heathly, and ready to be loved by one of the mose amazing familes I know!
    Love Danielle

  20. I facebooked and posted on my blog again today!

    Total of 8 entries for Ashley...

    I love coming and seeing your total raise everyday! :0)

  21. I am a follower! Need to go find my card then will be back to donate!

  22. I am a follower, Posted on Facebook and Donated!!!!! So excited! Love you lots and praying for you all and my sweet little niece:)

  23. I am a follower!! YIPEE!!!

  24. I put you on my FB too!!! This is fun. :)

  25. Love the name of your blog! I just became a follower, donated, posted on fb and twitter. That's 5 entries for me! Your giveaways are incredible! I want them all! We're in the process of adopting a baby boy(4 mon.) from Ethiopia within the next 2 months. We're waiting for our court date, which we hope will be in January! Blessings to you as you begin your journey!

  26. I just read your message above and tweeted again just now. Praying that God sends many, many to enter and contribute today.

    Amy @ Missional Mama

  27. I just posted on fb again and tweeted again...for 2 more entries! So excited for you guys!

  28. HI there.. I became a follower, chip'd in and posted on facebook! Blessings on you guys as you follow God's leading! My husband and I are missionaries in Mozambique, and just adopted our first daughter from there- the first of many we hope! :)

  29. I put another plug in for you on FB & Twitter. :)

  30. I posted on my blog and facebook again, so that makes 7 entries for me.

  31. What a lovely collection of prizes! I hope your really successful in your endeavor!

  32. I am now a follower and I just donated and now I am getting ready to post a link on my facebook page. I am so excited and happy for you guys!! Love you, Amy McMichael

  33. Lovely family, I chipped in today and prayed for you and your precious Zoey. Love you all!

  34. Hey I posted that at 11:00 p.m. no matter what that thing says!!!! B.Boo is my witness!!! :)

  35. Oh yeah! I forgot to tell you that I am doing all of my Christmas shopping from these wonderful donors. I admire (and desire) their merchandise but mostly I love their generous hearts! Praying for them as they endeavor to adopt or assist others!

  36. Hey Family,
    I am a follower and I chipped in! Sign me up!

  37. Hey, I facebooked it yesterday too, I forgot to come comment though! Can't wait for the big winner reveal! And how crazy excited am I that you're almost at 600.00???!!! Yea!

  38. Isn't it crazy to think about the fact that some woman right now could be pregnant right now with your precious Zoey.............hmmmmmmmmm it is soooooo exciting for you and sad knowing the sacrafice she will need to make :)

  39. Ummmmmmmmmmm I should have proof read that before i sent it ooops, you know what I mean