Happy West Virginia Day! The Mountain State turned 152 on June 20th and to celebrate we are releasing a special t-shirt.
Home. As our beloved daughter, this beautiful state will become her new home. She will grow roots here. She’ll taste the sunshine and chase the fog. She’ll experience white winters and blazing autumns. She’ll find summertime lakes and wild flowers and county roads. She wasn’t born here, but this will be her home. Here. With us.
All the profit from these shirts will go to help us help us take our little señorita home on down a country road! The shirts are soft and vintage looking and are sure to become one of your go-to articles of clothing (toddler and infant shirts are slightly different in shade and not as vintage looking).
All shirts in all sizes are $25 each.
Styles and Sizes:
Adult Unisex T-Shirt ($25): Extra Small, Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large, and 2XL
So. YOU, specifically YOU, can be a part of this. A tangible part of uniting us with our child, whoever and wherever she is. From orphan to beloved daughter.
UPDATE: Rumor is that we will be traveling very soon and we only have 35 pieces left to fill our 500 piece puzzle. You can be a part of bringing our daughter home in a very cool way (read about it below). You can reserve a puzzle piece in our ETSY shop by clicking here. Please do! Let’s bring her home.
Friends! I am so excited to share with you our first real fundraising opportunity! OK. Maybe you’ve heard of this before, but we are doing a puzzle fundraiser!!!
Here’s how it works:
– We have purchased a 500 piece puzzle in hopes that family and friends interested in supporting our adoption will “purchase” all of the pieces – the pieces will then represent those who helped bring our daughter home, those who are forever a part of our story.
– Each piece is a minimum donation of $20. You may choose to be one piece of the puzzle or several – completely up to you!
– YOUR name (or chosen word/initials) will be written on the back of each piece you represent.
– Here’s the fun part…Once completed, the puzzle is going to be hung in our little girl’s room as a beautiful keepsake of this adoption story we are living out. Even better, the frame will be double sided! So, we’ll be able to take it off the wall, turn it around, and point out to our daughter the names of all you wonderful folks that helped bring her home, that helped make our family possible. How amazing is that?!
Here’s what it looks like:
(Now…I do have plans to alter it ever so slightly once every piece is in place, ya know, to make it personal and all.)
So. YOU, specifically YOU, can be a part of this. A tangible part of uniting us with our child, whoever and wherever she is. From orphan to beloved daughter. If we sell all 500 pieces, and I pray that we do, that will raise around $10,000!!! That is huge! It will cover a very large portion of our daunting overall anticipated amount (which is around $46,000). Guys. It’s so hard for me (us) to ask for money. It’s humbling and scary and convicting. But this is such a beautiful thing, such a worthy investment. It has very little to do with us; it’s so much bigger. Join us? Pretty please?
Here’s a link to our fundraising page, where you can donate online (be sure to write “puzzle” somewhere in a memo line or in a comment). Or if you prefer to give offline, you can click here for other giving options. If you desire more than one piece (oh, that’d be grand!) we’ll hook you up with one for each $20 donated. Easy peasy! Or flag us down next time you see us; I’m likely to have pieces in hand if you’d want to sign them yourself! We’ll be running this fundraiser until all the pieces are sold, but it’d be great to have it all put together when the time comes to submit our dossier (at that time a huge chunk of money is due…eeep!).
…this is such a beautiful thing, such a worthy investment. It has very little to do with us; it’s so much bigger. Join us? Pretty please?
And really, anything helps. If you cannot afford to financially contribute, we completely understand. Would you still consider praying for us (and/or click here for other ways you can be involved)? We covet your prayers – this process is exhilarating, but terrifying if I’m going to be honest.
Thank you for your support. We truly value every one of you. And know she will, too.
The need is great and the opportunity is greater. The cost is high but the return on investment is immeasurable. Link arms with us now, let’s whip this home study together and get busy bringing our little lady home.
Over the last 10 days, we’ve written individual autobiography papers, we’ve been fingerprinted, we’ve listed references, and we’ve filled in countless blanks on dozens of papers and signed our names like it’s our job (it kind of is). We’ve hunted down birth certificates and pay stubs and checking account statements. And I could bore you to death with a list about four times longer than this.
If paperwork is what it takes to bring her home, than bring it on. We’ll sign our name and fill in blanks until our hands bleed.
Right now we are in the midst of the home study application. After applying and being accepted by our adoption agency, the home study is basically the first big thing we’ve taken on in our the adoption journey. Our first step is to complete the application which involves everything from psych evaluations to FBI background checks and lots of signed and notarized paperwork. After the application is submitted and processed, there will be several in home visits, spaced out over several weeks, conducted by our home study agency. Finally, all of the information and paperwork will be compiled and our home study finalized. After that there will still be lots of work to do (ever heard of a dossier?). But one of the larger hurdles will have been cleared.
From start to finish, this process will take several months and cost several thousand dollars. Ouch! But with every stroke of the pen and phone call made and appointment required, we just keep wondering where our daughter is and what she is doing right now. If paperwork is what it takes to bring her home, than bring it on. We’ll sign our name and fill in blanks until our hands bleed. And every time we write the name Boekell on any of the forms, we think about writing her name on the paperwork when we bring her home. We’ll write the name Boekell then, too, and we know we’ll weep then just like we do now.
No matter how a family is brought together, there is always a cost. But it’s worth every penny.
And if it takes several thousand dollars for a home study and tens of thousands more by the time it’s all said and done, so be it. No matter how a family is brought together, there is always a cost. But it’s worth every penny.
And speaking of pennies… would you please thoughtfully consider giving some of your hard earned pennies (or maybe even dollars) to bring our daughter home? This can be your story too and we don’t think you will regret it. The need is great and the opportunity is greater. The cost is high but the return on investment is immeasurable. Link arms with us now, let’s whip this home study together and get busy bringing our little lady home.