Sunday, April 15, 2012

Showering Love on Asher: The Giveaways & WINNERS!

GIVEAWAY WINNERS!!




$50 Thirty One Gift Certificate goes to:


Aubry Maxson




$50 Just Love Coffee Gift Certificate goes to:


Maureen Hess




$100 Total Blog Makeover goes to:


Suzanne Lewis


One custom designed Cash Stash Wallet goes to:


Molly Nemecek


Please email me at woosterweester@aol.com so I can get you your prizes.


Thank you EVERYONE for showering Jen and Asher this week.
You all made this so fun!
I still have a little adding to do before I give the donation total, but I wanted to announce the winners bright and early this morning.:)
Thank you for blessing others!!




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*It's Tuesday night 11:56 p.m. and I was going to do the drawing right after midnight but it looks like a few donations are still coming in.  This mama is gonna hit the hay and I will do the drawing in the morning...will hopefully announce the winners on here soon after!:)
Good night!


*Last Day!  Check bottom of post for update and a little something to sweeten the pot.


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Okay folks, I think I've held you in suspense long enough!
If you're just now tuning in you need to go back and read here and here.


This is what we're up to:


Most of you are already pretty clued in to Jen's family's journey.  If you're not you should definitely go read her posts on her right side bar.  Adoption is a beautiful thing, but it is not without great pain and loss.  I'm going to leave it to Jen to write about that as she sees fit and as little A becomes part of their family.  What I want to touch on is the financial aspect.  It costs a LOT to bring a child home.  In fact it's usually in the neighborhood of $25,0000 to $50,000.   And that's just to bring them home! 


It is truly a faith journey and I know Jen can attest to the faithfulness of God to meet every need along the way.
And anyone who's seen his sweet face knows how worth it he is!
The.most.kissable.cheeks.
Ever.


In just a matter of weeks Jen and Trent are hopping on a plane to pickup their son.  (Is anyone else losing sleep over this exciting news or is it just me?!)
What I'd like to do is give you an opportunity to really blow this family's minds.  I'd like to send them off on their trip with extra money in hand.  


You know, kinda like this:
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I don't want them to get all the way to Thailand and be worried about any extra expenses that might come up while there.  I want them to be able to purchase a gift or two for their children who have so patiently been waiting for their little brother to come home.  I'd like them to be able to buy a couple of special items for Asher, you know items that will hold special place because they are from his birth country, items they can give to him on special occasions as he grows up.  They may want to bless Asher's foster family while there.  They may need an extra meal or two on the way home.  And once they're home a whole new set of needs might pop up.  


Ladies, many of you know how crazy life is right after you bring home a new born (let alone a todder).  How nice would it be to know you had money to cover ordering a pizza when you've had a hectic day or to pay someone to come clean your house because you're too jetlagged to even know what day it is.  


See where I'm comin' from?
Let's do something about it!


I've set up a donate button up at the top right of Jen's sidebar.
For every $5 you give you'll be entered to win one of THREE great giveaways between now and Tuesday night at midnight.


$5 = 1 entry, $10 = 2 entries, and so on.


This is a great way to send some love their way, especially if you weren't going to be able to attend their local shower but still wanted to do something.  Give here and we'll make sure Jen gets the cash.


Cool huh?


Now, there is one more way you can be entered to win.
Obviously we really want to gift some funds to this super special family, but we ALSO want to bless them with our words.


Send your words of blessing, your Bible verses, your prayers in written form to woosterweester@aol.com.
I'll make sure to print them all out and give them to Jen.
Won't it be sweet to have Asher read those some day?


Let's recap.
1.  For every $5 donation you'll receive one entry into our giveaway.
2.  For every email blessing sent you'll receive one entry as well.


I'll draw the winners this Wednesday and hopefully have a post for you that day announcing the winners.  So if you enter make sure to check back to see if you've won!


Now on to the giveaways!!


We not only want to bless Asher.
We not only want to bless all of YOU fantastic people.
We want this shower to pay it forward.
And so, each giveaway item is helping to bring an orphan home!
I've attached some links so you can read more about each story.
I hope you all are having as much fun as I am at this!


We aren't all called to adopt, but we're all called to help orphans.
Someday you're going to get to look into the eyes of a little boy from Thailand and know that you were part of his forever homecoming.


Are you with me?!?!


Let's seriously BLOW their minds with our generosity and love.


Ready?
Set?
GO!


Click on the donate button, send me your emails, and check back on Wednesday for the winners of our giveaway!
  
$50 gift certificate to Thirty-One


This precious family brought home their son from Ethiopia last year.  They are currently raising funds to host a teenage orphaned girl from Russia this summer in hopes of finding her forever family before she ages out of the system.  You will fall in love with them and their story!
You can use your certificate to buy some unique purses, wallets, or other fun items from this site.


$50 gift certificate to Just Love Coffee


This family (who many of you probably know!) is working hard to bring their daughter home from Ethiopia.  This mama is quite the go-getter and talented too.  Coffee lovers will not only enjoy the taste of this coffee but love the variety of choices!


$100 Total Blog Makeover







This family has already brought their son home from Ethiopia and now they are bringing their next little one home from Ghana.  Lauren is not only a fantastic mommy but a skilled blog designer.  Check out some of her awesome work!
Don't have a blog?
Check out her other web design options!

Well what are you waiting for?
Let's do this!

~Rory

Monday's post update:  It has been so fun to watch all of you crazy, wonderful people participate in showering Asher.
As we close in on Tuesday's midnight deadline I wanted to let you know a couple things.
1.  If you'd like to donate still but would rather send a check than use paypal just email me at woosterweester@aol.com  That way I'll be sure to get you entered in time and we'll figure the rest out from there.
2.  Don't forget that you can bless Asher with words too!  This is all about you folks showering love in the way you want to.  Some of you may want to share funds and some may be thrilled to share written blessings~both are welcome and cherished!  Just email me your note at woosterweester@aol.com and I'll get you entered!:)

See you tomorrow for another update!

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One more giveaway!

A custom designed wallet from Cash Stash Wallets




You can design your own envelope-style, Dave Ramsey inspired wallet.  You'll have your choice of  cute laminated cotton fabrics , 2, 4, or 6 "envelopes" and "budget categories."

You need to check these out!
Jodi is one sweet lady and makes some CUTE wallets!
She emailed me last night and offered to add this to the giveaways.  Isn't that awesome?!
Someone who has never met Jen in person but just wants to bless her and Asher.  That's what it's about folks!

So now instead of 3 winners...there will be 4!!

See you later for an update.






10 comments:

lifeaccordingtothechristians said...

The donate button isn't working for me. It just takes me to my paypal account, don't know who to send funds to!!! This is really cool. I'm going to hope against all hope for the blog makeover, lol! Thanks for being apart of blessing this adoptive family! Jenn I'm watching and helping to advocate with NACAC to lobby and get the adoption tax credit permanent and refundable which would be great for those of us finalizing adoptions in 2012!! Legislation was just introduced a few days ago to make this happen, I'm very excited about that!

woosterweester said...

Thanks for letting me know! I just checked this on the way to church and will do some damage control when I get home in a few hours. Hang in there folks!:)

mom2mom said...

Love this!

The Unlikely Pastor's Wife said...

Rory I don't know you.....but you are AWESOME! You have completely blown my mind. I Love
Every.
Single.
Detail!

What a blessing Jen has in you!

woosterweester said...

Yay! So glad you guys are all excited about this too. Okay, the donation button should be fixed now. Let me know if you have any more problems. I'll try to check back regularly and also give an update or two between now and Wednesday. Let the showering begin!!:)

Becky said...

Rory, this is so amazing! You have gone above and beyond what I ever imagined for this shower. Thank you for your hard work! I can't wait to see how this all works out and all the blessings that come from this blog shower for Jen, Asher and all our blog friends.

Amy Bentz said...

Rory, Imagine my surprise when I read Jen's blog to see my family... You are one awesome lady! Thank you for the support :) Jen and I are lucky to have you in our lives. Now, it's time we meet!!! I'm glad that day is coming quick!

Amy

Dionne Sincire said...

I would love to participate, but I do not have a Paypal account. :0( Can I mail in my donation?

Brazenlilly said...

Of course you can Dionne! Just shoot me an email: woosterweester@aol.com. We can work it out from there. Love all of your hearts! This is just too fun!

woosterweester said...

ACK! Sorry, that was ME still signed in to Jen's account...sheesh this is getting confusing.:) So YES anyone who wants to skip the paypal step and send donations just message me at woosterweester@aol.com. Should be easy to remember since I'm the only one left on the planet with an aol address.:)