Monday, May 2, 2011

Three Little Angels Giveaway !!!

Okay friends. You know back in December when I was putting together my Most Important Post That I Have Ever Written post, and my hands were shaking so much I had a hard time typing?

It's happening again:)

In fact, it happened during our Pure Love Giveaway with Peter too. It's like everything comes together for what I'm hoping to do, and I get this image in my mind of these sweet babies being rescued, and how all my friends out in blogland can be a part of something bigger than themselves, and the adrenaline kicks in.

And yes, I know I'm a dreamer. I know I tend to gush and CAPITALIZE THINGS WAY TOO MUCH and I know I probably come off as a little hyper when I'm trying these things. Guess what? I don't care ! :)

SO with that little revelation out of the way, please let me introduce you to three little angels who need our help!

First is Albina....

Oh my word, look at those eyes! She melts my heart!

Michelle Z from Reece's Rainbow blogged about her today, and she asked me to help her spread the word...when I read her post, I decided I couldn't say it better, so I'm copying it here!

Recently, I received an email about a little girl listed on the Reece's Rainbow named Albina. A woman contacted me to ask for ideas -- she wanted to help Albina's grant fund grow. She (let's call her Mrs. B) doesn't have a blog, and wanted to know what she could do to spread the word that Albina needed a family.

Now this is not really ideal timing for me. In a few days, Reece's Rainbow will start their 5/5/5 fundraiser, and they're trying to raise $5000 for each of the 5-year-olds listed on the site, waiting for families. I signed up to fundraise for a little girl. Albina's not even 5! She's not in that campaign!

But, when Mrs. B. first told me her plan, I was so excited -- I told her I would help her, and try to recruit others to help spread the word, too. Because this generous woman and her husband want to donate $5,000 to Albina -- in matching funds.

The least we can do is TRY. The best we can do is put these faces out there, and find families.

I asked Mrs. B why they picked Albina, and this is what she told me...

Neither of us can explain why one night we came across Reece's Rainbow or how we ended up on Albina's picture captivated by her big dark eyes that simultaneously express sadness and determination. We think Albina somehow found us. As days passed, [my husband] nor I could stop thinking about this lonely, sweet baby who seemed to be calling for us to help her. We prayed for her and asked God how we could help. [My husband] and I decided we could hopefully raise enough money with the match campaign that somewhere a family who really wants this sweet baby, who is perhaps financially unable to adopt her will now be able to bring her home. This family would be the answer to our prayers and hopefully this assistance would be the answer to theirs.
We will pray everyday that everyone out there will donate, that somewhere a family is preparing to bring Albina home, that Albina will stay healthy and strong and that one day all of these children will have a place to call their forever home.

So, if someone makes a donation to Albina's fund this month, they'll match it -- and double your money.

If you can spare $10 for this little love, she'll really receive $20.

And if she gets $5,000...this generous family will match those funds and she will get $10,000 !

Albina's profile on Reece's Rainbow says she was born in September, 2007. She's a few months younger than my Ruby ... and that little frown makes me think she may be just as independent-minded as well.

This past week, we received an update picture of Albina for the Reece's Rainbow website! Still no smile, still those soulful eyes.

So that's our first little angel- and while I was writing this post, every one of my kids came in the room and asked if we could adopt her. And I may or may not have sent an email to Sam asking him the same thing :) It would take a million miracles at this point though, so in light of that I am asking you for help in finding her a family.

Albina needs us.

Next up we have a beautiful little girl who has stolen the hearts of people all over blogland, named Ollie Faith...


Ollie blessed her family's socks off when she arrived in life sporting that sweet extra chromosome 3 months ago, and her mom Annie writes about her on her fabulous blog The House That Jade Built.

Ollie goes in for open heart surgery next month at St. Louis at Children's Hospital. I asked Annie how she is doing right now, and she gave me this update:

The prayers are amazing! We were told Miss O would be in full blown heart failure within 2-4 weeks of her birth. She's 12 weeks old & shows very minor signs of heart failure - only things the doctor notices, like an enlarged liver. She's been doing GREAT!! The prayers we have had so far have made a huge difference - God is moving through this tiny little 10 pound little girl :)

Ollie needs us.

Annie also has an amazing etsy shop called Ollie Faith Designs, and she is donating one of her gorgeous blankets today...but more on that in a minute!

The last angel who needs our help is the little guy I have been telling you about for months...


Date of Birth: June 4, 2006
Gender: Male
Eyes: Brown
Hair: dark brown
Temperament: good-natured

Artem turns five next month...if you've been reading here long, you know what that birthday means. Artem has been at the Baby House for most of his life, but he is facing a transfer to the mental institution some time on or after his fifth birthday. The though of that bright, happy face witnessing the horrors of the institution has had me on my knees so many times, crying out to God for a family for Artem.

Artem needs us.

SO here's the deal.

Many of you might remember the beautiful fingerprint necklaces from etsy shop LilyBudDesigns that we featured here a few months ago. They are SO sweet, and I HOPE my kids have been paying attention to all the subtle hints I have been dropping about wanting one with Lily's fingerprint on it for Mother's Day!!!

Anyhoo, etsy owner Jessica has graciously agreed to donate another $50 gift credit to help with our THREE LITTLE ANGELS GIVEAWAY!!
As well as that amazingly generous contibution, Ollie's mama Annie is donating one of her stunning custom blankets from her etsy shop....

Initial Childrens BlanketFrom OllieFaithDesigns
A fun modern print is backed with double sided minky fleece. Your child's initial is hand cut on a contrasting fabric & stitched to the blanket.

Approximately 33"x42" makes for a large cuddly blanket your little one is bound to love!

Made to order - $50 Please allow 2 weeks for delivery

***I can work with you to create a custom initial blanket in any fabric to go with the personality of your child :) ****

Esty owner Samantha from Happy Hooks Crochet is donating a $20 gift credit to our Three Little Angels Giveaway!!



Lily's grammi bought her a monkey hat from Happy Hooks, and a pink cap for my daughter Abbi from there as well, and people ask us all the time where we got them- they are as cute in person as in the pictures! Thank you, Sam!!!

In addition to that fabulous gift, my sweet friend Jamie Rand is setting up a Scentsy party for Albina!

Unique Scentsy warmers use a low-watt bulb to melt the specially formulated wax slowly, maximizing the fragrance time of the Scentsy Bar or Scentsy Brick. With no flame, soot or wick, the Scentsy system is a safe way to enjoy more than 80 Scentsy fragrances.

All commission on orders made through that party will go to Albina!

And in addition to THAT, one lucky reader will receive a plug-in warmer from Scentsy and three bars to go with it...all you need to do is place an order with Jamie, or blog about her party for Albina or post the link to the party on Facebook. Please leave a comment here telling which one of these you did (and you can leave three comments if you did all three things) to be entered to win the Scentsy plug-in and bars.

So are you ready???

There are four ways to enter this giveaway- you can leave four comments total (plus three additional ones for the Scentsy warmer if you order/blog/FB about the party) if you do all four things...

TO CLARIFY~ you do not need to donate to enter, you can do ANY one of these things and leave a comment! Spreading the word is just as important as giving- you just never know who you might reach, and sometimes we reach people with more resources than we have!

1)Donate to Albina- she gets a dollar for every dollar you donate, so if you donate $50 she gets $100, etc. The family matching donations will donate up to $5,000, so let's get this baby girl a huge grant and find her a family!!!

2)Pray for Ollie. Her surgery is next month, and as her mama stated they have already seen the power of prayer at work. Pray for her surgeon, and that everything would go well, and that recovery time will be amazingly fast. And pray for Ollie's family as well- I can't even imagine handing your baby girl over to someone else, knowing her life is in their hands. God is already working, so keep praying!

3)Spread the word about Artem needing a family. He has a grant of $4,232 that will go a long way to helping a family rescue him. Either blog about him, email friends about him, make phone calls, post his plight on a forum somewhere...any way you can think to get the word out there that Artem is facing imminent transfer, and he needs a family FAST.

4)RE-POST this giveaway somewhere. Link to it, or feel free to steal it (contact me if you want to do this, as my images and words are copyrighted.) Post it anywhere you can think, if you're not a blogger, find an outlet to spread the word. I know this sounds a lot like number 4, but just because I want this to go viral, I am making this a separate chance to enter:)

So there you have it. No big iPads to give away...yet...but two prizes that I personally think are better than iPads!!! For reals, my brother texted me this weekend to ask if he could do a google search on an iPad. I had to tell him I DON'T HAVE A CLUE ...I just give them away, I don't know what they're used for!!! Now a custom fingerprint necklace or blanket....those I know exactly what to do with!!:) ****Mother's Day is coming up, kids!!!***

If you want to donate to little Albina, you can go directly to Reece's Rainbow, or donate on my fancy shmancy little sidebar gadget that does the same thing- goes right to her grant fund.

I'm so excited to see what God will do for these Three Little Angels!!!!! :):):)

And for once I am not going to bed after posting!

THANK YOU for helping and Happy Monday!!!!


nicole said...

Donated to little Albina and will pray for little Ollie, of course!

Annie said...

Ollie and I thank you with all our hearts!!

one_plustwins said...

I will pray and share, Patti. ArtemK. needs a home; I wish we could save him too.
Albina is precious.

Anonymous said...

Well, I was out the door to get Abigail to knitting class. Couldn't find my keys/phones are not working for some odd reason. The Lord wanted me here on your site because this is where He led me after realizing we are not leaving as I checked my email. I am in tears! Oh, precious Albina!!! Her face melts me and reminds me SO much of Benjamin- only she is sad. Breaks my heart. My heart just breaks for these orphans, and God is continuing to draw me to them. I will donate, but wish there was SO much more I could do. You know my situation right now cause I really would bring them all home. But continue to be open to whatever God has for us in surrender to Him. Artem has the sweetest smile!

Oh sweet Ollie! I did not know that she was having heart surgery. I will be praying for her!! I cannot imagine giving my baby over to the heart surgeon. But we know God is the Great Physician, and we are truly giving our children over to Him. He is GOOD!! Benji may have to have heart surgery in the future- just had him into the cardiologist last week. I know how important the prayer is!!

Thank you for standing up and being a voice for these precious orphans Patti. I do not want to enter the giveaway, but just wanted to comment. I will pray that the money floods in for these precious kids and the families are found. Much love, Cara- oh and you know I am spreading the word!

Anna Theurer said...

Hi Patti, just posted to FB. Will donate soon. . .

Of course I am praying for all of the lovies--Ollie, Albina, and Artem.

BTW, like your blog header. Actually, I love it!!

Michelle Z said...

Patti, you are awesome -- thank you for helping this little ones find families!

And that Ollie Faith is ADORABLE!

Thanks, my friend.

Leah said...

I will pray for Ollie, I have linked Aretem K on my facebook recently, & shared your giveaway link on facebook.

Mandy said...

I shared on facebook Michelle's post earlier today, and your giveaway tonight. I'm praying for Ollie and have been for awhile. I can't wait to see Artem and Albina come home. Oh, and hubby and I are praying about the amount to donate, so I'll post back when we make our donation. Thanks for all you do for the orphan :)

cathy said...



Mrs. K said...

How could I not pray for Ollie Faith...Love, from Grammi Faith.

Actually will be praying for all of them. At this point I am going to have to get a job to make more donations.

abbi rice said...

I'm prayinf for all three little cuties!:) There so cute.

Jenn said...

Donated to little Albina (under hubbys name Christopher), will be praying for Ollie (what a cutie!!!), and will share on my blog tonight.

Samantha said...

This story truly touched my heart. I have been praying for lil Ollie Faith for a long time now. I only know her family through facebook acquaintances, but I know that this is one truly blessed family and that God will pull through for them in the best way He knows how. I wish I could adopt or even donate but unfortunately circumstances will not allow. I will however continue praying and start spreading the news about sweet lil Artem. I have shared this post with all my facebook friends. God Bless and keep fighting.

kecia said...

Oh that little pouty face on Alibina just gets me! She is a doll! If she were in Kareen's orphanage I would take her home with us too! Once again Patti you are helping and doing amazing things!
thanks for all your kind words and prayers for us! we feel them all!

kecia said...

how funny that we are both posting at the same time! I totally agree....she does remind me of Kareen and just as I do when I look at Kareen's picture, I look at Albina and wonder what that sweet face looks like with a smile on it?! Praying that Albina finds her family! And Artem too!

cathy said...

I LOVE the new header--


Lori said...

Posted on my blog about your giveaway, and of course we are all praying for these kiddos - our list is getting longer!!!:)

eestarn said...

Prayers to all especially Ollie

Heidi Ehle said...

I wish so much that I could donate money to RR. Unfortunately, God has not seen fit to bless us with extra yet... I did however share the link in an effort to pass the word! I will continue to pray for these beautiful babies. They touch my heart so much. It breaks my heart to know that by nothing more than a twist of fate one of those babies could be my Liddy. To Ollie's parents, I will pray for you and your beautiful girl. We too are preparing for heart surgery and I know the many emotions that you must be going through. I know that personally, I am scared to death! I will pray for God to give you strength, peace, and that He send His angels to watch over all of you, especially that beautiful baby!

lacy myers said...

Praying praying praying. God is faithful!

Rebecca said...

Oh my goodness...I am in tears. Praying with all of my heart and soul for these beautiful children. <3

Sasha said...

Praying for Ollie! (and all the others!)

Sasha said...

Spreading the word for Artem on Facebook.

Sasha said...

Reposting this blog post on Facebook:)You have been such a great worker for the Lord Patti! Your blog breaks my heart over and over! I need that though! God wants to keep me on top of the whole adoption process!

Tiffany said...

Have been praying for Miss Ollie and will continue to do so!!!

Tiffany said...

Linked this post to Facebook.!/pages/Just-a-Little-Bit-Downsy/146239852081726

Janie Fox said...

Thanks from Ollie's Grandma! Praying for all! xoxo

Mandy said...

I donated to Albina and my little girl, Julie donated, too. She sold some crafts and donated her $2 that she made, because she loves Albina, too :) Excited to watch Albina's story unfold!

Amy said...

I have opened this post three times since you first posted it and have prayed for these cherubs each time. I just tried to donate to Albina but paypal is currently having issues with their credit card payments so I will try again later.

I posted a link to this post on my FB and also put it on my Giveaways tab on my blog. :) So wish I could bring Albina home!

amy jupin said...

donated, of course.
my goodness is she a cutie pie!

amy jupin said...

prayed too, for all of these children.
and will continue to pray.

Anonymous said...

I donated and will keep little Ollie in my prayers. She is one lucky little girl to have such a loving family.

Amy said...

Paypal worked today- YAY! Got my donation in for sweet Albina.

Katrina said...

I am actually praying for all of them. They are each a treasure and I am wishing and hoping for the best.

Debbie Fults said...

Praying for all of the sweet babies...Thanks again for being such an advocate!

Ann said...

Praying for all of them!!! Spreading the word about Artem and Albina to all my friends and co-workers. They are probably tired of hearing about the latest child in need, as I tend to mention them often. Albina's sweet face makes me cry because I want to wrap her in a big hug! I wish we could bring one of them home.

Danielle said...

I think you already did the giveaway (: but I did blog about it! Ha!

Pam said...

I'm in tears thinking about Albina and ArtemK. Those eyes say it all...oh how I wish my husband wasn't unemployed and could help! I love my Brady so much (he is 20 months and has Ds) that I can't imagine these children without someone to love them. Oh how I wish I could do something! I am going to pray hard tonight, and pray for all those sweet children.
God bless you all!