Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Eat Mor Chikin...For Our Adoption!

Alright, y'all...who likes Chick Fil-A?  We're pretty big fans in the Bright house, and we're even bigger fans now that the Bridgeport Chick Fil-A has agreed to partner with us for an Adoption Spirit Night on Monday, March 26.

How it works: You come to the Bridgeport Chick-Fil-A (on Emily Drive) on March 26 between 4-7pm, place your order, and present the fundraiser card that I'll be handing out prior to the event.  At the end of the night, we'll receive 15% of the profits from people who place an order on our behalf.  So....mark your calendars for March 26 from 4-7pm and come eat some chicken for a good cause!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Easy Fundraising Opportunity!

We came across a GREAT fundraising opportunity that will cost you NOTHING!  The Morgantown Armory is hosting a Spring Consignment Sale March 22-24.  As a consignor who is also volunteering at the sale, I will get 90% of the profits from the clothes that I consign.

Here's how you can help:  if you have any gently worn baby clothes, baby items, or kid's clothes that you would like to donate, we will receive 90% of the profits from our sales.  I can pick up the clothes/items any time and you can decide if you want any unsold clothes returned to you or donated at the end of the sale.  This is a great opportunity and could potentially bring in a few hundred dollars!  If you'd like to help out, please email (nbright327@gmail.com), Facebook me, leave a comment, or call me (304-203-1501).  I need to collect the clothes, tag them, and drop them off at the Armory on March 19, so I'd like to have everything done and ready to go by St. Patrick's Day!  Thanks for your help!

Cosignment Sale Brochure

Thursday, February 16, 2012

A Little Bit...of Awesome Timing

God's timing is perfect, but often, we don't realize it until what we're waiting for comes to fruition.  I had that revelation today, as I crunched numbers to figure out when our dossier submission fees would be due and how much we need to raise before then.  A random check of our bank account revealed that our tax refund had posted (insert singing and much jubilation)!  We were responsible and paid off some bills (more singing and jubilation!), but the remainder went to our Adoption Fund. 

So...out of the $7,000 we need for dossier submission (official documents that go to the U.S. Embassy and Ethiopian courts), we are now down to $2,860!  We are so thankful and grateful to our families and friends (and the U.S. Treasury) for their t-shirt orders and monetary gifts over the past few weeks - you all have made a life-changing difference for a little girl halfway around the world, even if it's not obvious to you right this second.  Perfect timing...brought to you by God....

Monday, February 13, 2012

Tickle, Tickle, Tickle!

What are the two best Valentine's Day gifts a mama could get from her kiddos? Here are mine:

1. Juliana tickling my neck as we snuggled for bedtime and saying, "ki-ckle, ki-ckle, ki-ckle!"
2. Getting an email from All God's Children that our home study was APPROVED today! (I know that gift was from baby girl in Ethiopia <3)

This mama doesn't need roses or chocolate; just a reminder of what true love really looks like!  Happy Valentine's Day!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Baby Be Blessed Dolls Giveaway

My friend sent me the link to these adorable dolls a few days ago, and I would love to get 2 for my girls!  They're customizable to look like your little girl (or boy!) and have a bible verse sewn onto their bellies.  This is an awesome ministry that supports orphan care and adoption awareness. 

And.... they're having a giveaway today!  Check out their blog: http://babybeblessed.blogspot.com/2012/02/yay.html to find out how you can win one of these adorable dolls.  Or...you can mention my name on their blog (not the FB page) to help us win one for our adopted little girl! (Don't worry, I'll buy Jules one, too!)

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Home Study Update!

Jules and I braved the cold and snow this morning to mail the final requirement for our home study to be completed!  God willing, it will be there Saturday morning via Priority for our case manager to review and APPROVE!! on Monday.  Go, mailman, go! 

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

A Much Needed Reminder

This reminder was much needed this morning after staying up until midnight filling out grant applications for the adoption and then being wakened at 6:45 by Princess Juliana (who had crashed at 6:30 PM last night).  Taking care of our little chicken pox girl for two weeks has taken its emotional and social toll on me, and I wondered as we ate our frosted flakes and yogurt, "What the heck are we going to do today?"  We were supposed to have a playdate this week and go to the Children's Discovery Museum, and instead, we're quarantined from other small children and any immunosuppressed adults for another week...  My question was answered when I sat down on the floor to play with Jules and she crawled into my lap with monkey, baby doll, bink and her little red car and watched The Cat in the Hat and Clifford for an HOUR.  A whole hour of cuddling with my sweet girl...followed by more cuddle time after her nap.  What the heck are we supposed to do today?  Cuddle.  And I'm completely ok with that.

Monday, February 6, 2012


I can't wait to rearrange and decorate the girls' room.  I know it's really early and sounds silly, because we don't know if our little baby girl will still be in a crib or in a toddler bed.  But I really, really want it to feel like she's already part of our family, even though she may not even be born yet! Here's the plan: two of these adorable toddler beds:
With matching (well, almost matching) quilts, made by mama:

And finally and most importantly, her name on the wall in wooden letters, just like Juliana's:

Sigh....now we just need her to get here... love you, little girl, and your room will be ready and waiting for you soon!

Saturday, February 4, 2012

On the fence...

I'd like to think that most of us would agree that Jesus was the complete opposite of selfish, but at the same time, are we wholeheartedly acknowledging and acting on His command to love and protect those who need it most, or are we straddling the fence? What are your thoughts?

She has your smile...

She has your smile...how many times have I heard this about Juliana?  How many times will I hear it about our new daughter?  I hope and pray that I hear it a lot...because smiles aren't English, Amharic, white or black....they're the universal language.  So when somebody says, "She has your smile", I'll smile and say, "I know, isn't it beautiful?" 

Thursday, February 2, 2012

A Need Greater Than Our Own

These are our kids, Fredrick and Kekeli.  No, we have not received our referral(s) from Ethiopia, nor did we switch it up on you all and request older children instead of an infant/toddler.  These are our Compassion International children and we've sponsored them since 2009.  Fredrick is 12 and lives in Ghana, and Kekeli is 10 and lives in Togo.  These kids have become our kids over the past three years.  We send them letters, pictures, stickers, coloring pages and lots of love.  We pray for them and their families daily.  They send letters back, filled with questions about how volcanoes work, what snow feels like and "What are the different kinds of engineers so I can pick one to be when I grow up?".  The letters are written by children far beyond their age and filled with love, compassion and hope.  Fredrick talks about school with excitement and yearns to know more about science and the natural world.  Kekeli's compassion and love shines through when she asks us to pray for her father, who had to be transported to a hospital in another country to treat his life-threatening high blood pressure, or when she asks us to give Juliana  kisses and to give our dogs extra treats.

When we first began sponsoring these children, we were newlyweds and were both working.  We didn't have a budget, ate at restaurants 3-4 times a week, and basically bought whatever we wanted.  The $75 a month we sent to Compassion was pocket change in our financial book.  Fast forward to 2011: We've bought a house and truck, had a baby, now have 2 dogs, I quit my job and Buck gets laid off for 4 months.  Ask us to produce $75 extra a month now...it was tight...really tight.  We downgraded our cable and internet, canceled Netflix, made a grocery budget (what's that??), and put an impasse on unneccessary purchases, like ice cream from Cold Stone (my weakness) or a new earring (Buck's weakness).  Canceling our sponsorship was never an option, though, because we knew that Fredrick and Kekeli needed that $75 more than we ever could. That money provides food, clothing, bible lessons at a community center, and so much more.  Fredrick and Kekeli are thriving now, instead of just surviving. Their school performance has improved drastically over the past 3 years, and we even get an occasional picture of Kekeli smiling. 

So, now it's 2012.  2011 taught us a lesson in economic hardship that was about 50% the economy's fault and 50% our fault for being financially irresponsible for so many years.  Now we have a budget, a back-up plan for when Buck gets laid off, and our bills are (almost) all the way paid off.  But now, we don't worry about whether or not we'll have the $75 to send to Fredrick and Kekeli every month; we know it's there.  And at the end of the month, when all of the bills are paid, the groceries are bought and there's only $____ left in the checking account, we remind ourselves....that the bills are paid, there's food in fridge, and that our daughter is happy and healthy.  And that's more than enough.

Want to sponsor a Compassion child?  Sign up at http://www.compassion.com/