Monday, December 31, 2007
Sunday, December 30, 2007
Yes, it's true! We got home last night around 6:00. HOOORRRAAYYY!!
I'll post pics soon....Nate is calling.
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Saturday, December 22, 2007
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Friday, December 21, 2007
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Thursday, December 20, 2007
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Monday, December 17, 2007
As most of you probably already know, we have decided to change the baby's name. After careful consideration.....our little man will be Nathaniel Roger. We are so excited!!! Nathaniel means Gift from God and Roger is the name of a very dear friend of ours.
We also have amazing news! We are going to Adoption STAR tomorrow to sign the paperwork and then we get to go to the hospital to meet our son!! I really, really can't believe it. I don't think it has hit me yet. I can hardly wait. We'll keep you all posted!
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Saturday, December 15, 2007
Hooray!! Today's the big day for the raffle drawings! Thank you to everyone who purchased raffle tickets.
I used http://www.random.org/ to help me make the drawings, well, random. :) There were 20 tickets total sold for the Spa Raffle...here's the results.
There were 20 items in your list. Here they are in random order:
0019 -- Winner!!
Timestamp: 2007-12-15 21:43:26 UTC
And for the stamp sets there were 12 tickets sold.....
There were 12 items in your list. Here they are in random order:
0005 -- Winner!!
Timestamp: 2007-12-15 22:09:46 UTC
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Monday, December 3, 2007
It has been brought to my attention that I failed to give an update on our raffle drawings. I am so sorry! I have not yet drawn winners so if you have bought tickets, never fear. :)
I will be drawing on December 15. If you would still like to buy tickets, there's still time. The prizes would make great holiday gifts.
Remember, the raffles are for two sets of stamps and a $100 Spa Finder gift certificate.
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Wednesday, November 28, 2007
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Wednesday, October 24, 2007
We are doing a fundraiser with Current. For those of you who know Current, you know their products are great! With the holidays just around the corner, this is a great time to buy your cards, wrapping paper, etc. and also help us bring Patrick home. Current will donate 50% of sales to us! That is awesome!! If you'd like to contribute to our fundraiser, please go to http://www.currentfun.com/ You will choose your items and then proceed to check out. Once you do that, it will ask you to choose your participant state, New York, and choose your organization's name, Gardner Adoption Fund. That's it! Current just put out their new holiday stuff and there are some really cute items in there. Thank you all in advance for your support. Please feel free to pass this along to anyone you think may be interested.
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Monday, October 22, 2007
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Friday, October 19, 2007
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Wednesday, October 17, 2007
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Tuesday, October 16, 2007
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Friday, October 12, 2007
Here's another fun raffle!! This is for two, new in package, stamp sets from Close To My Heart. The first set is called Sun, Moon and Stars and the second set is called Go Fly Kites. Both of these sets are retired and come from my personal collection. I have so many sets that these were never even opened!! Perfect to add to your collection!
Raffle tickets are $1 each or six for $5. You can purchase your ticket(s) by clicking the Buy Now button below and using either paypal or a credit card. Please be sure to indicate how many tickets you want. I will email you your ticket number(s).
Drawing will be held on Wednesday, October 31! Good luck and thanks for playing.
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Saturday, October 6, 2007
I am in tears as I sit here writing this post. I honestly don't know what to say. The response we have received so far is just overwhelming.
I had very high hopes when I decided to do the $1 fundraiser. My goal was to raise $1000 in two weeks. I figured if we did that much in two weeks, we'd be doing great. Apparently I underestimated my family, friends and even complete strangers.
We have raised nearly $600 in less than 72 hours!!! I am truly blown away. If we can keep up this pace, we will meet our goal in no time!
The words thank you simply do not convey our true appreciation. Your love and support mean the world to us.
Many people have written to me to let me know that although they can not donate right now, they are thinking of us and keeping our family in their prayers. This also means the world to us. We know that these prayers are heard.
I will keep updating from time to time. We are also planning some additional fundraisers.
Thank you all again!
Posted by Jodie at 11:19 AM
Sunday, September 30, 2007
Thank you so much for taking the time to visit our blog. We are thrilled that we have been chosen to adopt this special little guy. We are also humbled that Heavenly Father has once again entrusted one of his special little ones to our family.
The baby, who we are planning to name Patrick Christopher, is doing well. He is a strong little guy! He still has a long road ahead of him but he is making progress day to day. As you know, Brent and I are committed to adopting children with special needs. We know in our hearts that this is our purpose in this life. Because of that, we jumped at the chance to adopt this special little boy. Yes, he needs medical care and on going assistance. But, what he needs most of all is a family who will love and support him every step of the way. We are so happy that we can be that family.
Adoption, of course, is not free. There are many costs associated with adoption. There is a home study fee, the placement fees, fees to do post placement visits after the child comes home, legal fees, etc. This is often overwhelming and daunting to adoptive parents. Although we have been planning to adopt again, and have even done some fundraising, we were not expecting this little miracle to come about at this time and therefore we are not in a position to pay all of the adoption fees on our own. Quite simply, we need your help.
We would like to ask you to take a moment to click on the "Donate Now" button and donate $1. That's right, just $1! (Of course, please feel free to donate more if you'd like.) Then, after you have made your donation, please forward this website and the information along to everyone you can asking them to donate $1 and then pass it on. Given how broad reaching and global the internet and email are, we are hoping that this $1 adoption fundraiser will help to make our dreams come true.
You do not have to have a paypal account to donate with the Donate button. It will give you an option to pay with credit card. If you would prefer to send your donation another way, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you all so much for your continued love and support. We are truly hoping that we can bring our little guy home soon.
Brent, Jodie and Family
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Collin is thirteen and is Brent's biological son from his first marriage. He is a great kid and we love the time we have with him!
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Tyler was born June 1, 2004 and adopted on August 11, 2004. He has special needs including Down syndrome. He is an amazing little boy and we are so happy to have him in our family!
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Emmalee was born April 6, 2005 and adopted on April 20, 2005. She was born drug and alcohol exposed and pre-maturely. She is now a healthy, thriving two year old. She brings such joy and laughter to our family!
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