Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Be A Piece of Our Puzzle!


Dear friends and family, 

We've got some good news and some bad news. The good news is that we are matched with a beautiful baby girl who is due in just a few weeks (if not sooner!) It's very exciting! The bad news is that we have hit a bump in the road and we now need your help.

When we started our adoption journey we worked tirelessly to save up the cash for the adoption. And you might remember my post about the moment we hit our goal and how excited we were! We were good to go with finances and feeling so blessed! Well... this week a new development has come, practically out of nowhere, and with just 3 weeks or less until baby's arrival we are now looking at a much longer stay out of state (away from our home for about a month which means more costs associated with travel) and thousands more in fees we must pay to an attorney to help us with this situation that we had no way to anticipate or be ready for.

We wanted to avoid having to ask our friends and family for money at all costs. So it is with very humble hearts that we are putting this out there. In case anyone would like to help us in this 11th hour. We have been doing all we can to take on extra photography work, to sell things we no longer need, to cut areas in our budget, but it's not going to be enough in such a short amount of time.

We need to raise $10,000.

We didn't want to just ask anyone for money and wanted to find a way to turn this rocky situation into something beautiful if we could. When we heard about this idea it instantly struck a chord in our hearts and we think it might be a powerful way to welcome this little girl to her forever family!

Let me explain how it's going to work and then read on if you want to hear the reasons why we chose this...

We have selected a beautiful puzzle with sentimental and personal meanings to our family (you can see it pictured above and again below) It has 500 pieces. We are going to basically auction each piece off at $20 a piece. When you contribute, by buying a piece or multiple pieces, we will write your name on the back of the pieces. We are going to assemble the puzzle and have it framed with both the front and back sides visible and it will hang in baby girl's room as a tangible reminder for her of all the people that love her and wanted her to come home! When we think about her having this keepsake as she gets older it makes our hearts swell a little bit! If you'd like to purchase a puzzle piece, just click the Donate button below. It will allow you to make your donation via Paypal. Please, in the "special instructions" section write your name as you want it on the puzzle piece!

Now a little bit about this puzzle....

When I was a little girl, my grandpa (who was a rose gardener) brought me these little books of illustrations based on the seasons showing different flowers that bloomed that season and the flower fairies that lived in them. There were little poems next to each vintage illustration. I was OBSESSED with them. In fact, I read the books so much that I still have some of the poems memorized! The artwork was done by artist, Cicely Mary Barker. She makes the most beautiful things if you want to look her up! When I first heard about the puzzle fundraiser I thought to myself, "only if I can find a puzzle with extra special meaning" and I stumbled upon this on on Amazon shortly after. These little flower fairies were so special to me as a little girl. PLUS, our daughter's name has a strong connection to the springtime, so I knew this blooming puzzle was meant to be!

Here is what the finished puzzle will look like hanging in her room:

Thank you so much from the bottom of our hearts! We will continue to be hustling to raise funds over here and anything that you decide to contribute will be so much appreciated! Hopefully together we can make it happen in time! Anything that is raised that is above or beyond what we end up needing we will donate to another adopting family in need! Current puzzle status 217/500 pieces funded. 


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