Dawn McVey's color challenge this week was fantastic!!! The inspiration, the new t-shirt for the Pioneer Woman. I have to say this shirt was designed by our friends at Wild Olive Tees. You can check out their designs by clicking on their blog link to the left. This company gives 10% of their profits to Love Without Boundaries, a group of volunteers improving the lives of orphaned children in China. By the way, they have a great promotion going on today.
So, here was the challenge. Use the 5 colors in the picture below and create.
What a beautiful day with friends here in Flower Mound. I am so thankful for the love that surrounds us. There was so much laughter, great food, and even some exercise with a game of football and jumping on the trampoline.
I am excited to share this post with you today. My heart is anxious to see what will happen over the next couple days.
Jennifer and Joe created myadoptionwebsite.com after the adoption of their little girl from China. Here is a small excerpt of what they do in their own words.
"We created myadoptionwebsite.com so that others could share their own China adoption story with family and friends over the worldwide web. We create and maintain all of the personal adoption websites that we host. Those who choose our services simply email us their desired text and photos. We import your text and resize your photos for placement on your personal website."
Chris and I started to follow families on this site about 2 years ago and have enjoyed the personal stories. Also, the websites are gorgeous.
They are hosting a fundraiser this Wednesday, November 18th, to raise support for An Orphans Wish. An Orphan's Wish is "a unique project in the Guangxi province of China. It is located outside the picturesque city of Guilin. It's a very special place for orphaned children."
You can visit their website to read more about their mission and the details of the work being done. All the money raised by this fundraiser will go towards the purchase of warm clothing and cloth diapers for the children.
What a great time of year to be able to bless orphans halfway around the world. Journeymark Cards and Gifts is honored to donate some of the items up for sale.
Since this was my first giveaway, I am feeling that each person who responded needs to win.
Congratulations, Stacey and Adoption Advocate! Please be sure to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to claim your prize and email me with your ship to address. You have 30 days to claim your prize package. Here are the sweet responses below.
Stacey said, "This is a very hard decision! As much as I like the vintage feel of "Holiday Wishes," I'm voting for the final card, "Wishes" because of its fresh and cute design. Love them all!"
Adoption Advocate said, "I agree with Stacey, the choice is beyond difficult to make. I love "celebrate" and "wishes" the most because to me they express a fun and joyous feeling that christmas brings."
Thanks for all of you who are supporting us with this business. We love and appreciate you more than you know! I have something very exciting to share with you all tomorrow that Journeymark is honored to be a part of. Can't wait!!!!
Here are some of my designs for Christmas cards. Let me know what your favorite card is and why, and you will be entered into a drawing to receive a pack of 10 cards from the card you chose. Drawing will end Sunday, November 15th at noon.
It was a fun and busy weekend. I wanted to make Christmas cards this weekend and decided to enter the Taylored Expressions Sketch Challenge. I made two completely different cards for the challenge.
The first card is for Christmas. I used Kraft, Spring Moss, and Vintage Cream paper from PTI and paired with the 2008 Holiday Tag Collection stamps. I used some beautiful ribbon I had and highlighted with diamond stickles.
For this second card, I used Raspberry Fizz, Sweet Blush, and Aqua Mist paper from PTI. I again stamped with the 2008 Holiday Tag Collection using chocolate ink and stamped Thank You with Aqua Mist using a wooden stamp. I tied Raspberry Fizz Vintage buttons on twine and highlighted with some holiday ribbon from Michaels.
So much fun. I will have more cards later for you to check out. Have a wonderful Monday!
After battling with 4 years of infertility, we are moving forward with a decision that brings peace to our hearts. We are moving forward with adoption.
A couple weeks ago, Chris and I went to the 2009 Tapestry Adoption and Foster Care Conference held at Irving Bible Church. This was an incredible opportunity for us to hear from speakers who have experienced adopting children, both domestic and international. We learned more about the beauty of adoption, financial resources, the realities and myths of adoption, and heard from a dynamic speaker, Dr. Karyn Purvis. Dr. Purvis brings over 10 years experience in working with adoptive families and foster families. You can learn more about Dr. Karyn Purvis by clicking on the Empowered To Connect link under my resource column to the right.
There are many things to think about, agencies to research, deciding on domestic or international adoption, the financial responsibility, etc. However, there is something wonderful in knowing that our loving God is walking beside us and ahead of us, and will guide us in every step of the journey.
Please continue to pray for us. If any of you have experienced adoption or are in the process, and would like to share your experiences, please do so. Don't forget this Sunday is Orphan Sunday and November is National Adoption Awareness Month. Visit www.orphansunday.org.
With much love and warm wishes to you and your family,