Sunday, December 19, 2010

Home For Christmas iPad Giveaway!!

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Dearest Friends,

Let me just say...that I thought my hands were shaking when I wrote The Most Important Post I Have Ever Written. But that was nothing compared to this moment when I am pretty much a rubber band about to snap! In a good way :)

If this is the first time you are entering my giveaway- I wrote this in my orginal giveaway...

In Eastern Europe, babies with Down syndrome are deemed unacceptable at birth. They are left in orphanages until the age of five. When they turn 5, they are transferred to a mental institution. Forever.

If you don't like to read those words, if hearing about the plight of these orphans turns your stomach (it does mine), if you just can't bear the thought of what happens to those children...

Then be thankful.

Be thankful you have the option of hitting that tiny x at the top right hand corner of your screen.


Because these children don't have that option.

They can't close their eyes and make their whole bad-dream-of-a-life go away.

They are destined to a life of abandonment and grief and ugliness so horrid most of us can't even stand to watch a five minute video about it. (click here to watch)


Many of you know I implored Lily's readers to pray the other day like they'd never prayed- storm Heaven for Olga. Specifically for a family for Olga to come forward.

I contacted Andrea Roberts, the founder of Reece's Rainbow today to see if she was aware of the $12,594that has been raised so far for Olga during our first giveaway for an iPod...and asked what news she could tell me, if any. She gave me permission to copy her email here...


Patti, that is absolutely incredible! What a blessed little girl Olga is! I so wish there was a way to (advocate for) a 2nd child, what a blessing! We HAVE had several inquiries about Olga, and I guarantee you will be shocked to see how many children find families after the first of the year as a result of these grants. We don't truly need a FULL grant for every child, $10k is a big chunk and certainly enough to encourage a family to choose that child! Think about it....

Soooo...we know of several different little miracles...scratch that....several HUGE miracles...brewing right now.

Several families "waiting in the wings" to adopt a child with special needs.

One of these families- through an amazing series of events ...is seriously inquiring about Olga...waiting on an important detail...and is one of the MANY friends we have (so don't try to guess, teehee;))

I did not know until today that this family had come forward to inquire.

And there is more in the works with another family that I am not at liberty to say right now...but I do believe God is going to blow our minds (to coin my husband's favorite phrase!) the next few weeks.


Olga's account is so large right now, that Andrea Roberts -
who has seen more than 350 children like Olga be adopted through Reece's Rainbow- is confident a family is going to commit to her soon. SO confident that she asked us to advocate for a second child.

And this is where our Christmas Miracle just got a whole lot bigger.

I prayed all day for something very specific.

And that little something specific just came in the mail last night at ten p.m.

Our family was gathered around the computer, watching this beautiful video that LC and Jace's mom, Courtney, put together about Reece's Rainbow. (CLICK HERE TO SEE)

That day, as Courtney and I were exchanging emails, she said something that is still haunting me...


What you're doing is showing Lily and your other children and the other people in your community that LILY is worth this. That LC is worth this. That we would beg, borrow, and obsess ourselves to make sure they knew love and felt valued and wanted. That, if Lily were alone on the other side of the ocean, you would find her and rescue her no matter what the cost or how much dignity needed to be compromised.

I know this analogy will sound VERY sensational to some people....

I've always been incredibly interested in the holocaust and related literature about it. From a very young age. And the thing that always fascinated me, was how these camps could exist...how families could be torn apart...how little children could be massacred...and the townspeople allow it all to happen.

I've read the interviews and first hand accounts of people living in the towns at that time saying they were told it was what was best for society...or the community...and the people were being taken care of. But instinctively, they had to look at those emaciated faces and shaved heads and KNOW BETTER.

And now, in the age we're living in, the internet allows us to exist in a worldwide community. And once again we have children who are emaciated...with shaved heads...and people like Katya are believing what people were willing to believe 70 years ago. But the difference is the population that is being treated this way doesn't have the cognitive ability to speak up for themselves. To reach out for help. And they're not valued enough in society for anyone to equate these conditions as being as horrific as the conditions typical Jews and Poles and Catholics were subjected to 70 years ago.



As we were watching the video, my son Caleb brought me the mail...I absent mindedly opened one of the envelopes...and out fell a little miracle. A check for enough to buy that little something I had been praying for all day...

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Yup. We're doing another giveaway. This time it's a brand new iPad.


I'm giving away this brand new iPad (valued at $500) to one lucky commenter. And I am hoping, praying, shamelessly begging you to give til it hurts. And tell every blessed soul you know about this giveaway. As my husband loves to say- tell your in-laws and out-laws too! Blog about it, Facebook about it, tweet it, text it...just get the word out- Lily is giving away an iPad.

And LC and Jace's mama donated a $50 iTunes gift card to cover some new apps to go with the iPad !

(Thank you Courtney...I love you and I owe you for all the advice;))

Also donated (thank you Nicki!):

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Acase Pure Genuine Hand Made Leather Case Folio (Award Winner Halo) for Apple Ipad (retail value:$99)

***edited to add: when I wrote this post we actually only had $400 of the $500 needed for the iPad..we were believing God to help us scrounge up $100 over the next few days...6 hours after I posted the giveaway, Kelli, from Living Life With E's, contacted me and offered $100 to help with the giveaway. And she had NO idea we were short $100. Kelli's daughter, Emily, is undergoing treatment for Leukemia right now- and she is still finding ways to bless other children...can everybody run over to her blog and leave a comment telling her she's our hero?!


Also donated (as a separate prize): from Etsy shop Little Rozie

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One boutique bow any color choice
One Yellow rose headband: Please specify age and band preference, crochet, or thin soft band
One Genuine Freshwater Pearl infant bracelet: Sterling silver, lead-fee crystals, pearls

THANK YOU SHEVA- you are wonderful, and your Rozie is too!

Soooo...

Same rules as before. Only this time there are TEN chances to win.
***updated to add- Olga's fund has grown so large, that we are sure she is about to find her forever family. Several families have made serious inquires about her- and although nobody has committed to her yet, I feel confident that Olga will be rescued. And I promise to update you as soon as I can:)
In light of this overwhelming success for Olga, we asked Andrea Roberts to allocate all donations coming in after 12/17 to this little sweetie...


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Kareen
Born January 15, 2007

This pretty muffin is waiting for her family! She is healthy, with no heart condition noted in her records. She has brown hair and hazel eyes, and is already up and learning to walk! Her records indicate “meiotic nondisjunction”, but this is just a fancy word for what happens to create “Down syndrome” genetically. She is considered higher functioning and is really doing well. She is an orphanage favorite, and the director has asked for a family to save her from the institution.

I asked Andrea to give me the name of a child facing the institution...and she gave me the name of Kareen. My heart just melted when I saw her.
The TEN chances to win are as follows: (and if you already left comments prior to us switching gears- no worries...you're good to go:))

Ten chances to win:(but FIRST you must give to Kareen!)
*leave two comments if you give to Kareen at Reece's Rainbow (click here!)
*leave two more comments if you blog about this giveaway (post your link)
*leave two more comments if you post about this giveaway on FB
*leave two more comments if you tweet this giveaway.
*leave two more if you sign up (at the bottom of this blog) as a follower...and if you are already a follower, you can leave a second comment as well;)

*BONUS CHANCE TO WIN- vote for Lily's blog on Babble Top 50 Blogs.
this might sound self-serving, but follow me here..we have had a LOT of visits from that site, and Lily is only at #25. If she were to move up on the list- I have a hunch we could get a lot more traffic to this giveaway, and/or future giveaways for RR. If you go vote, come back and leave a comment...but ONLY if you first give to Kareen:)

**the links to give are like a shopping cart- click on "add" under Kareen's picture, which will add her to the cart and at that point you can either order an ornament, make an additional donation, or both.
***UPDATE- Kareen now has $2,830in her fund!! ****

So here's what I want you to do for Olga- pray. Things are moving in the right direction- her grant is so large- THANKS TO YOU!- that we need to pray that Olga's family (whoever they are) is able to commit to her soon and that things move quickly for her whole adoption process. Pray for Olga's protection while she waits for her family to adopt her, and pray for her health and safety. Will you do this?

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I know you will.

Please spread the word, and please pray for Olga and Kareen.

I can't think of a better Christmas present, then knowing these girls will be rescued.

Random.org will draw a winner from Lily's comment section on Christmas Eve.

THANK YOU AHEAD OF TIME!!!!!

I'm going to bed a happy woman:)
oxPatti

P.S. CHRISTMAS MIRACLE!!!!!!!

Do you remember Elizabeth?




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I blogged about her before the giveaway started...her story broke my heart. I first heard about her being transferred to the Institution from a link on Tara's blog. I decided that day that I was going to DO something to save Olga from Elizabeth's fate.

Guess what? A family has stepped forward to adopt Elizabeth. You read that right- they are going to rescue her from the Institution. Can I tell I sobbed like a baby when I heard that yesterday? MIRACLES HAPPEN.

And as a side note...guess who random.org (not me!) chose to win the iPod.

Tara.

Kinda cool, eh?

317 comments:

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Woody Smith said...

I donated to Kareen

Woody Smith said...

I donated to Kareen

cathy said...

waiting, waiting....to hear about forever families for these children...
Patti, my oldest son' school (where he teaches) decided to do one last Dress Down Day before the holiday break & since he is the newest teacher, HE picks!! Just found this out last night, soPC Middle School is donating all proceeds to Kareen.
That was a miracle into itself, because they never have done 2 in a month, but the staff wanted to!
xoxo
I should have emailed this to you
xoxo

Jamie Wooddell said...

Just posted about this giveaway on my blog. Thanks for what you do. You are amazing!

Jamie Wooddell said...

2nd comment for blog post.

Jamie Wooddell said...

Posted to facebook!

Jamie Wooddell said...

2nd comment for facebook post!

Jamie Wooddell said...

Just signed up to follow you. Don't know why I hadn't done that before today.

Jamie Wooddell said...

did I completely forget to mention I donated to Kareen. I did do that first by the way.

Jamie Wooddell said...

2nd comment for giving to Kareen.

Jamie Wooddell said...

2nd comment for following your blog.
I can't wait to see the numbers go up and up for Kareen. Now let's find her a family!

Jamie Wooddell said...

Oh and I voted for your blog! Hope it helps get some people here to learn about these precious orphans.
God bless you and Merry Christmas!

Brenna said...

Excited to see Kareen's fund growing! Just chipped in...every bit counts!

Brenna said...

I donated to Kareen. : )

Brenna said...

Posted a link to your blog on my facebook. Hoping for lots of readers!

Brenna said...

Posted about Kareen and Olga on my facebook. Two years ago I had never even heard of Reece's Rainbow. I hope your campaign for Olga and Kareen introduces this amazing organization to LOTS of people!

Brenna said...

I subscribe to your blog. : ) I am touched by your efforts and inspired by your faith!

Team Graves said...

Donated! I cannot think of a better way to spend our money.

Elissa said...

Donated to Kareen again yesterday and voted for the blog!

Ilisa Ailts said...

Patti, 100.00 to her and 50 to Olga, CHECK!! Yay!

Ilisa Ailts said...

2nd post for donating to Kareen!

Ilisa Ailts said...

I blogged about it today: www.ailtsfamily.blogspot.com

Ilisa Ailts said...

2nd post for blogging about it!

Keri Jo said...

my first comment for being a follower...actually I should just put you as my home page for as much as I check in! :)

Keri Jo said...

my second comment for following :)

montanadays said...

Voted! Lily's blog is almost ready to move up a spot :)

-Tami in MT

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Melissa said...

Hi Patti! I didn't have enought to buy an ornament for Kareen, but I did donate $5 for her. Here is my confirmation number: 9LM424146C035583B

Melissa said...

And now I'm offically a follower. :)

Melissa said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you for what you do. I have a special needs niece and she has taught us immeasurable amounts about hope, love and courage (and laughter!!!), but still, it's just an awesome call you are answering and we thank you for doing so.

Cristina said...

I donated to Kareen!

Cristina said...

2nd comment for donating to Kareen's Angel Tree fund

Cristina said...

I also put a comment on facebook about the giveaway and put a link to the blog and Reece's Rainbow. :-)

Cristina said...

2nd comment for posting on facebook

Jamie Rand said...

I voted for Lily's blog!

Jamie Rand said...

I facebooked about Karen and Olga!

Jamie Rand said...

I signed up as a follower of Lily's blog:)

Lori said...

Voted for you on Babble - not being biased because you're my sister-in-love;)

Anonymous said...

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/writers/paul_daugherty/12/22/jillian/index.html?eref=sihp

Check out this article! Forget what they Can't or Won't do, and read about what they Can and Will do if given the chance!

xo Julie

Erin said...

I donated to Kareen on behalf of my family, as well as Carrigain's and Emerson's teachers and therapists. I also became a follower of your blog (officially). I am enjoying watching this miracle unfold!

Frank said...

I donated to Kareen.

I e-mailed all my contacts.

Penny Smith said...

Facbooked for Kareen!
Praying loud and proud for ALL the children in this situation!
Hugging my Ukrainian princess a little tighter today!

Penny Smith said...

Second post about donating to Olga again... Praying hard!

Penny Smith said...

Posting again for Kareen's donation! Praying for a family too!! God's in all the details!!

Penny Smith said...

I'm a follower of you...

Penny Smith said...

...and the God that makes this all possible!!

Penny Smith said...

...tweet...

Penny Smith said...

...tweet...

Alison Darty said...

Two comments for finally donating. And another for spreading it on FB!

Alison Darty said...

Two comments for finally donating. And another for spreading it on FB!

Alison Darty said...

FB!

NikkiB said...

I donated to Kareen! Cute lil cheeks.... :)

NikkiB said...

Donated to Kareen... I was SO excited and blown away by the miracle for Olga and all God has worked thru you in this!! Praying the same for Kareen :) :)

NikkiB said...

I, of course am a follower!! :)

NikkiB said...

And voted for your blog...

NikkiB said...

I just blogged about Kareen. :)

NikkiB said...

I blogged about Kareen :) :)

Thanks for letting us be a part of this :)

Anonymous said...

I just made a donation to Olga via RR. Thanks for hosting the Ipad giveaway and for all your advocacy on behalf of the orphans!

Anonymous said...

I shared about Olga and the giveaway on FB. I made a donation via RR too but when I posted the comment here it showed as anonymous.

Holly said...

Why are my comments showing as anonymous :-( I don't have that option checked!

Anyway, I made a donation, posted on FB and signed up to follow this blog!

Holly C.

Holly said...

I voted for Lily's Blog on Babble Top 50!

Penny Smith said...

OOPS! Forgot the blog link!
http://artfullyembellished.blogspot.com/2010/12/honored-to-be-part-of.html

Nicole said...

I posted about this blog on Facebook in hopes that others will be inspired to help out, as well.

Nicole said...

I posted about this blog on Facebook in hopes that others will be inspired to help out, as well.

Nicole said...

I donated to Kareen. I hope she finds her family soon.

Nicole said...

I voted for you blog. I love following you, and I want others to read too.

Nicole said...

I am a follower of you blog.

Nicole said...

I am a follower of you blog.

Nicole said...

Blogged.
http://prayerandwing.blogspot.com/2010/12/christmas-miracle.html

Nicole said...

http://prayerandwing.blogspot.com/2010/12/christmas-miracle.html
Blogged

cathy said...

Patti, Kevin's school raised $192.00 today---I'll email it to you, too

xoxo

katekopp said...

OK, so donated for Kareen, posted on facebook and voted again - A Perfect Lily is now #17! I would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that IPAD!!!! Telling everyone I know too! Thank you for making this a very very special Christmas!!! Kate

katekopp said...

2nd post for FB - sorry I really, really want that IPAD!!

katekopp said...

Voted on Babble

katekopp said...

2nd post for Babble vote

katekopp said...

2nd post for donating.

katekopp said...

OK - praying, praying, praying. (Even if it doesn't increase my chances of winning!!) God Bless you and your family. Merry Christmas from the PA Kopps!

Melissa said...

Oops...forgot I got two comments for giving...

Melissa said...

And another for following. :)

Melissa said...

A Perfect Lily now has 193 likes at babble.com. :)

TheFoleyFive said...

of COURSE I follow notes from home. where else can i get race bannon humor?

TheFoleyFive said...

voted on babble, like a ton when it first started...have you read short fat dictator? so odd...that name really really kills me. anyway...i'm not sure what i'll do if we win, cause I don't need this amazing giveaway, but I know some desperate folks...maybe this will be the pay it forward type of Christmas...

Scott said...

I was going to donate more for Olga, but donated to Kareen instead:-)

Scott said...

and this is my second post for donating to Kareen

Scott said...

Voted at Babble Top 50 Blogs.
Noticed it's the top 50 Mom blogs, and I'm a guy... must be Shauna's fault... :-)

Scott said...

forgot to say I'll now have matching Olga and Kareen ornaments for out tree...

Posted on my Facebook

Scott said...

2nd comment, posted on my Facebook

Scott said...

I am a folllower of this blog

Scott said...

2nd comment, I am a folllower of this blog

Scott said...

I am also now a follower of your Notes from Home blog

Scott said...

I don't tweet, but you have inspired me to start my own blog... Notes from "Papa". I have blogged there... http://notes-from-papa.blogspot.com/2010/12/help-save-child-from-life-of-horror.html

Scott said...

2nd comment about my new blog... http://notes-from-papa.blogspot.com/2010/12/help-save-child-from-life-of-horror.html

Scott said...

and my final comment at this moment... when you posted the results from the first contest I rushed though the results to reach the info about Olga, because that is what is really important! Although it would be nice to win the iPad, and I could put it to good use, that's not why I donated. My heart is here. For several years we have supported orphans in the Ukraine and I even have taken the position of having my birthday presents be gifts to the orphans. These children have as much right to a good life as anybody, a position that I held strongly BEFORE my granddaughter was born DS. Now I have a constant reminder to pray... because my granddaughter has a good loving home with a strong support system, and she shouldn't be an exception... that's not how my God would have it.

Suzie said...

I hope I am doing this right. I follow you so I will comment twice.
What I am not understanding is that you are not charging to enter this giveaway. Is that correct? No $5.00 for every entry? Are you in hopes that everyone will go and donate at RR (which I have done for another cutie patutie this year, but will donate for Kareen as well).
If you ever do a giveaway again let me know.I will be more than happy to donate a "Ladder to Heaven" Bear. They are probably not a not a very "hot item" but they are so soft and cuddily I think the kids enjoy them.

Suzie said...

#2 for following

Suzie said...

#3 for donating

Suzie said...

#4 for donating

Deanna said...

I'm sorry I missed the excitement on your blog this past week! I just donated. It wasn't much, but I know that every little bit helps. I'm sorry I wasn't able to help advertise for this giveaway....I will try to get something posted today, but not sure how many people will come over in time!
Glad to see that you are making such a huge difference in these precious babies' lives.
Merry Christmas, Patti! (did you get my card?)

Aundrea said...

I subscribe to your blog!

Aundrea said...

2nd comment for subscription.

Aundrea said...

I have facebooked this for all of my friends to see. I really hope this give you more readers!

Aundrea said...

2nd post for facebook.

Aundrea said...

I voted for Lily's blog, you are up to number 23!

Rachel Bretbunner said...

I donated a second time!

Rachel Bretbunner said...

I face booked it again today as well.

Rachel Bretbunner said...

I voted along time ago for your blog even before the fundraising started Olga!

Rachel Bretbunner said...

I don't tweet but I posted in 50 states the other day on craigs list. :)

Rachel Bretbunner said...

I am a follower! Have been for a while!

Erin said...

I just re-read and realized that I should post twice for donating and twice for signing up. Here is my 2nd post for donating to Kareen.

Erin said...

And my first post for following.

Erin said...

...and my second post for following.
You can add $150 to Kareen's total. I sent a check to avoid Paypal fees, but it probably won't be reflected in her total until sometime next week. Merry Christmas Kareen!

amy jupin said...

miracles do happen.
i am praying with you patti.
merry christmas and may God bless you.

(i donated for kareen this time.)

amy jupin said...

and the second comment for donating to kareen!

Anonymous said...

“It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope.” - RFK

Gave some more to Kareen... went over to the other blog... and I follow Notes From Home, too.

I suppose this is my last entry... but it won't be my last donation to RR. Not until every child has a home and the insanity of throwing away these children STOPS.

I am believing that God WILL multiply what has been given to this Kareen and He WILL send her family to her soon!

xo Julie

Jamie Rand said...

We just donated to karen!! not going to lie would love a IPAD:)

Jamie Rand said...

I just donated to Olga.....praying for a miracle!!!

minnie said...

Hi Rices,

It's Christmas in Thailand and I'm missing home...I keep an eye on your blogs and wanted to participate a little bit...

Give Lilybird a pinch on her cheek from me!

Love
Alison

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