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Fundraising Goal: We are currently 75% funded! Only a quarter left!

Auction & Katelyn’s Fund Grant Update

 

We just finished an amazingly wonderful auction that surpassed our fundraising goal for the event. We don’t have a firm final total raised yet, but I feel relatively confident in saying that it is at least $1400 (which was more that I thought and may have said to a few people who asked right away-remember, math is not my strong suit)! What a blessing! I am working on getting things shipped and delivered to where they belong this week; many of the items are not in my possession, but in the hands of dear friends, literally across the country who are working to accommodate the winners. 🙂

If you recall, a couple of weeks ago, we have a late night Skype interview with an agency called Katelyn’s Fund for an adoption grant. We thought it went well, but we also know that there are many, many deserving families out there, all seeking kids that desperately need families. Today, we received an email that we have indeed received a grant from them! We are so delighted!  We feel so encouraged that this agency, these strangers, feel that we would be fitting parents to J___  and wanted to ease our burden!  $3,000 off of our expenses just like that!

I am continually reminded of Psalm 50. Whenever I get worried or stressed out about an upcoming fundraiser or what we still need to come up with, I have been reminded that my Father owns the cattle on a thousand hills….

 

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Auction Contributions: several private donors-tons of stuff!

It is definitely time for another post dedicated to our lovely pals who have provided items privately.  Check out this stuff:

Bird nest necklaces-these measure 28 in.  I’m in love with these, and truth be told, would love to score one.  I have a feeling that these are going to go FAST!  We have FOUR available, and I believe we will sell these as “buy it now” items at $15 a piece.  One of my sweet friends makes these.  (Hi Lori)!

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Next, we have 2 new with tags, Charming Charlies scarves-love these prints!  Retail value:  $30

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Who doesn’t love some jewelry?  Check out these beautiful bangles from Premier Jewelry!  The silver bracelet is called the Illusion Bangle.  The gold bracelet is called the Hamilton Bracelet.  The total retail value for both is about $35.

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Finally, look at this adorable Bedtime Basket set!  Included:  5 board books (The Going to Bed Book, Ahoy Lil Buccaneers, Dr. Seuss’s ABC, Trucks, Colors in the Natural World), woven basket, unisex blanket (super soft), stuffed elephant, nightlight
Retail Value: $70

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Homemade Dinner for 4 Colombian Style!
Will include 4 chicken breasts (cooked a la Chuleta de Pollo), dinner rolls (Pandebono) and a vegetable, Arroz con Zanahoria (rice with carrots).
Locals only
Retail value: $25

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Adorable matching taggie fox print burp cloth (11×17) + blankie (13×13)! Handmade by a sweet friend!
Fabric is flannel on minky dot-super soft
Retail value is $35

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Set of 3 hot pads + 6 dish scrubbies
Handmade with love and super durable-will last years!

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Beat the summer heat with a Jelly Belly Snow Cone maker! Includes the portable ice shaving machine, 3 full size syrups, 10 ice treat cups and spoons, 4 reusable treat cups, and a snow cone decorating kit!  Retail value: $40
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Adorable matching taggie girlie silhouette burp cloth (11×17) + blankies (13×13)! Handmade by a sweet friend!
Fabric is flannel on minky dot-super soft
Retail value is $35

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Set of 5 colorful pillowcases 1 extra large reversible baby blanket-perfect for tummy time!
Handmade with love!
Saying on extra large blanket is: “I think animal crackers and cocoa to drink,, that is the finest of suppers” Adorable!
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Wii!!!!
Wii console & battery +all cords, 2 controllers, 1 nunchuck, sensor bar, Wii Active Personal Trainer + Active Sports Accessory Pack, 4 more games (NBA2K11, Wii Fit Plus, Yamaha Supercross, Story Hour Adventures), boxing gloves (for Wii)
Retail value: $264!!
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Finally….2 pieces of artwork from our sweet boys who really, really want to bring a sister home.  Judah calls his, “My Speech” (lol) and Asher calls his, “Happy Day.”  Both done on canvas.

Retail Value:  immeasureable

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Reminder:  The auction will run for 48 hours on Facebook (July 1-3).  A starting bid will be provided, and further bids will simply be made by commenting on the item’s picture-simple!  Items will be shipped by me from Sherman IL.  Payment will go directly to our Lifesong for Orphans matching grant account.  Lifesong does NOT keep a portion of any sales!  100% of the proceeds from this event will go directly to the adoption.  We have a PayPal button specifically for the Lifesong account located here on our blog.  Checks can also be written to Lifesong for Orphans P.O. Box 40 Gridley, IL 61744, with Erickson #4462 in the memo.  Or, you can visit this link:  https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=8ZREECA9WJ3UL

Event page link:  https://www.facebook.com/searchingforselah

Featured Auction Contributer: Corrina Dea of The Unlimited Stitch

Calling all superheros!  Today’s featured auction contributor is Corrina Dea from The Unlimited Stitch in Morton, IL.  Corrina has donated this awesome set for the superhero in your life!  Thanks, Unlimited Stitch!

Here’s what she says about her superhero sets, “These fun reversible cape and mask sets will make any little guy or girl feel like a super hero!  Unlike traditional capes, I designed my capes to be worn on your child’s shoulders secured with elastic straps for a comfortable fit and hours of worry-free play time.  A standard cape comes with a coordinating mask and adorned with a lightening bolt.”  This cape below fits well on children 40″ or taller (4-7 years old).

This set retails at $18.

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Some of her other current products include:

  • Quiet Books/cloth activity books
  • Children’s Aprons
  • Cloth tool belt
  • Crayon and coloring book tote
  • Oversized cloth checkerboards
  • Baby bibs – regular and full body
  • Cloth diaper burp cloths
  • Mini-burpies/wash cloths
  • Iron-on-tie appliques
  • Embroidered golf/grilling towels
  • Custom family pillows
  • Corn Hole Bags sets

Check out The Unlimited Stitch on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/TheUnlimitedStitch

Check out her personal website:  http://www.theunlimitedstitch.com

Remember everyone, the auction starts TOMORROW (7/1)!

Reminder:  The auction will run for 48 hours on Facebook (July 1-3).  A starting bid will be provided, and further bids will simply be made by commenting on the item’s picture-simple!  Items will be shipped by me from Sherman IL.  Payment will go directly to our Lifesong for Orphans matching grant account.  Lifesong does NOT keep a portion of any sales!  100% of the proceeds from this event will go directly to the adoption.  We have a PayPal button specifically for the Lifesong account located here on our blog.  Checks can also be written to Lifesong for Orphans P.O. Box 40 Gridley, IL 61744, with Erickson #4462 in the memo.  Or, you can visit this link:  https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=8ZREECA9WJ3UL

Public auction page link:  https://www.facebook.com/searchingforselah

Featured Auction Contributor: Shannen Bozied with Wildtree

Today’s featured auction contributor is Shannen Bozied with Wildtree products! I do not know Shannen personally, so many thanks to Callie for the introduction!  If you are not familiar with Wildtree, it is a line that has now gone completely organic! They have a number of products available, such as seasonings, spices, oils, bases and much more. Wildtree is a delicious and creates healthy ways to cook with lots of flavor!

For the auction, Shannen (and my pal, Callie) teamed up to offer this amazing set:

full size Beer Bread Mix
full size Spiced Cranberry Jam
full size Garlic Grapeseed Oil
full size Natural Grapeseed Oil
full size Asian Spice Blend
1 packet alfredo mix
2 packets chocolate mousse mix
1 packet taco seasoning
1 packet dill dip blend
1 packet berry cheesecake blend
vegetable bouillon soup base
ALL organic, non-GMO
Retail Value: $77

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Thanks Shannen!   🙂

Please visit Shannen’s Wildtree site to learn more about these products and many more: http://www.mywildtree.com/SHANNEN

Reminder:  The auction will run for 48 hours on Facebook (July 1-3).  A starting bid will be provided, and further bids will simply be made by commenting on the item’s picture-simple!  Items will be shipped by me from Sherman IL.  Payment will go directly to our Lifesong for Orphans matching grant account.  Lifesong does NOT keep a portion of any sales!  100% of the proceeds from this event will go directly to the adoption.  We have a PayPal button specifically for the Lifesong account located here on our blog.  Checks can also be written to Lifesong for Orphans P.O. Box 40 Gridley, IL 61744, with Erickson #4462 in the memo.  Or, you can visit this link:  https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=8ZREECA9WJ3UL

Public auction page link:  https://www.facebook.com/searchingforselah

Featured Auction Contributors: More than Rubies & Innisms

Today’s featured auction contributors are 2 ladies who have approached me (separately) since the Selah’s Sale page was started on Facebook, wanting to donate something.  I do not know either personally, but I am impressed and humbled by their hearts!  🙂

The following has been donated by Shealyn Ramirez; she does lovely etched work on glass, and so much more.  Her Facebook page, More Than Rubies, has many unique items for sale!  For the auction, she has donated this set of glass etched votives that she created.  The retail value of these is $12.  Thank you, Shealyn!

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Please like Shealyn’s page on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/More-Than-Rubies/880651028616702

Next, Monica Innis, of the Etsy shop, Innisms, has donated this beautiful, handmade necklace.  If you go to her Etsy shop, you will see many innovative and beautiful pieces.  The retail value of this necklace is $20.  Thank you, Monica!

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Please visit Monica’s Etsy shop:  http://www.innisms.etsy.com

Reminder:  The auction will run for 48 hours on Facebook (July 1-3).  A starting bid will be provided, and further bids will simply be made by commenting on the item’s picture-simple!  Items will be shipped by me from Sherman IL.  Payment will go directly to our Lifesong for Orphans matching grant account.  Lifesong does NOT keep a portion of any sales!  100% of the proceeds from this event will go directly to the adoption.  We have a PayPal button specifically for the Lifesong account located here on our blog.  Checks can also be written to Lifesong for Orphans P.O. Box 40 Gridley, IL 61744, with Erickson #4462 in the memo.  Or, you can visit this link:  https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=8ZREECA9WJ3UL

Public auction page link:  https://www.facebook.com/searchingforselah

Featured Auction Contributor: Brandi Butler with Scentsy-2 baskets

Brandi has provided 2 lovely baskets for our auction!  These smell wonderful and are super cute.  The first basket contains a Scentsy buddy (baby Patch the dog) and a Scentsy pack (Coconut Lemongrass scent).  Its retail value is $27.  (Judah received a Scentsy buddy lamb when he was a baby and he still sleeps with “Baby” every day)!  The scent pack in the buddy is not at all overwhelming for little ones.

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The second basket contains a beautiful, full size warmer and 2 Scentsy bars (scents are Raspberry Vanilla and Sugar).  These bars last far longer than your typical candle, smell better and are much safer for homes with little hands.  This basket’s retail value is $45.

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Thank you, Brandi, for helping place kids in forever families!  We appreciate you!

Please visit Brandi’s Scentsy site!: www.butlerb10.scentsy.us

Featured Auction Contributor: Jessica Robertson of Salon Trio

It wasn’t until I met Jessica in 2007 that I had ever returned to the same stylist more than once.  Jessica has been my go to hair girl for 7 years now!  In fact, since we moved, I still drive back to Logan County to have her do my hair.  When you find a great stylist, you keep her!  Jessica is not only a fabulous hair stylist, but a lovely friend.  For the auction, she has donated the following, valued at $53:  haircut and wax & an awesome Matrix Total Results Luminous Hair product set (shampoo, conditioner and bonus Total Miracle) for blonde hair.  Thank you Jessica, for your ability to transform my hair for the better part of a decade, and for your heart for kids!  ❤

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Please like Salon Trio on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/SalonTrio8321

Reminder:  The auction will run for 48 hours on Facebook (July 1-3).  A starting bid will be provided, and further bids will simply be made by commenting on the item’s picture-simple!  Items will be shipped by me from Sherman IL.  Payment will go directly to our Lifesong for Orphans matching grant account.  Lifesong does NOT keep a portion of any sales!  100% of the proceeds from this event will go directly to the adoption.  We have a PayPal button specifically for the Lifesong account located here on our blog.  Checks can also be written to Lifesong for Orphans P.O. Box 40 Gridley, IL 61744, with Erickson #4462 in the memo.  Or, you can visit this link:  https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=8ZREECA9WJ3UL

Public auction page link:  https://www.facebook.com/searchingforselah