Saturday, September 3, 2011

Getting Down to Business!

Okay, first of all....oh me oh my! Have you seen our FSP growing by leaps and bounds???? We are only $80 away from $2,000!!!! All donated by family and friends, and some lovely people we don't even know!!!! I wish I could see the names of who donated right away, but it usually takes a little time before my request to see the donors comes through. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts to all of you who have donated! We are so very blessed and appreciate those of you who have felt convicted to give! It's funny how God has used our adoption journeys to make us less prideful and more willing and appreciative of help from others.

Secondly, I will be doing the drawing for the $25 gift card very soon :) That is for those of you who shared the beach trip giveaway on your facebook or blog!

I've been counting down the days until Thursday. I am so thankful Laina's country is ahead of us by several hours because that means we usually don't have to wait all day to get an answer....when we wake up here it is almost the end of their workday there :) We are hoping and praying to get submitted Thursday. Things are uncertain as always in Laina's country and only God knows what the timeline looks like. I thought we passed the class on learning patience and giving up control through Zoya's adoption, but apparently we're repeating those classes all over again....how soon we forget. Or maybe I could look at it as taking a higher level class after learning the basics through Zoya's adoption? Naaahhh, we're pretty much starting all over! ha!

And one more little piece of business....I know many of you who are following our journey, but many of you I don't know! Pretty please, could you introduce yourself either in the comments or by email: spbasile at gmail dot com ?? I'd love to hear who you are and how you found us :)

19 comments:

  1. Elissa in Austin Texas. LOVED Laina from the moment get picture was posted. Knew I had to follow her story home. We are ineligible to adopt at thus time due to minor, but Evidently restricting, medical issues. So, I LOVE following my heart with many kids I wished we could have made our own. Each family that I see is the perfect family for "my loves" and I just know one day, some day one of "my loves" will come home to me ;-)

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  2. we live in canada and love to read reeces rainbow adoption stories and donate..

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  3. I am a special education teacher in Georgia. I found your other blog months ago and have read about Zoya and now Laina.

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  4. Julie from Christiansburg, VA. I have been following your journey with Zoya and was so excited when I heard you were adopting Laina. I grew up with two older family members with down syndrome. They were such a blessing to our family. Praying blessing on your journey to Laina.

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  5. Hi. i've commented before on your zoya blog, but not recently. i enjoyed following your journey to her and now to laina. you are a great blogger! i'm an adoptive mom myself and love reading adoption blogs (found zoya's through r.r.). hey, it beats watching t.v. for "down time" right?

    tara

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  6. Been following your family and Zoya's adoption story (link from RR) and have enjoyed seeing her grow up! Was very excited to see you are bringing Laina home too! We hope to adopt through RR one day, Lord willing. We are learning so much through following other RR family blogs. We also have donated towards Laina's adoption fund and are praying for your family! We love the updates you post!

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  7. I've been following your blog for a few months now. I am a special education teacher in Georgia too....so special needs kiddos are near and dear to my heart. I am also a single mommy to my two precious Taiwan princesses (Janie is 2 1/2 and Lexie is 19 months). Janie came home in Sept. 2009 and then in 2010 I received a sibling call from my agency. Yep, Janie had a baby sister in Taiwan....so I went back and now the sisters are together!!! Praying for your sweet babies!!

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  8. Hi Sarah,
    we spoke before, we are adopting Genevieve/Geneva. We were told she was in #2 but found out she is really in #17. I told you my family was from Erie, Pa but we moved to Ca when I was 5. I love reading your blog with Miss Zoya. Soon little miss Lania too.

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  9. Anne-whats going on with your adoption? Email me I've been wondering bc your blog is gone....I'm assuming it has to do with the new law...are you guys waiting it out?? spbasile at gmail dot com!

    And Hi to everyone else!!! Love hearing from you all!!!

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  10. Hey guys, Kim here from New Zealand, been following for ages, I cant remember how I came across your blog but we have been following you since you adopted Zoya....

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  11. Hi I'm Kaleigh. I'm 19 and somehow I stumbled upon Zoya's blog this year and fell in love with her beautiful face and sweet, sassy pictures! I hope to adopt some day and I loved learning from your blogs. My family has adopted once before and we are in the process of adopting two more special needs little girls now! I am praying that you get to bring Laina home SOON
    www.theorphanssong.blogspot.com

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  12. I´m Anna, twenty-something Scandinavian RR enthusiast and supporter that followed your journey of adopting Zoya and have been following your journey ever since them and have learned a lot from it (I personally love the way you blog about Zoya´s educational progress, it´s so interesting!). I am personally very interested in adoption and find your blog to be a very valuable resource. Not to mention, I think Laina is precious :)

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  13. Shawn went to Mercyhurst with my older sister, Jenny. I live in Waterford and have followed your blog clear through Zoya's adoption to today! I am in awe of your beautiful family and your faithfulness!
    --Amy (Standfest) Hetrick

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  14. Hey, Sarah,
    I'm Sandra from Lithuania (yes, yes, I am the closest to your daughter! ;)), I am 29 years old and have a 2-year old son with ds. I've been following Zoya's story from very very early, but I can't remember how I found you. I just remember the post about Four Leaf Clover to be one of the firsts and I stuck after that. You've also consulted me on Signing time - thank you very much, we are already studying 3 Baby Signing time dvds, and we all love them :)
    Lots of love to your family, you are welcome to Lithuania anytime!!

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  15. Hey Sarah,

    I'm Amanda. My friend Melanie works with your husband Shawn. She introduced me to Zoya's blog and then I found Laina's through that.

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  16. I'm Tami from California. I found your blog thru RR. We have a little girl who will be 4 this month. She is an amazing child who happens to have Ds. We would love to be able to adopt another little angel but we are past the age limit. I was 46 when I had Emme. I love following these adoption journeys and donating whenever I can. I hope and pray everything goes smoothly for you and you can get that precious little girl home quickly!

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  17. Hi! I'm Erin from Missouri. I also found Zoya's blog through RR. Her picture captured my heart and I've enjoyed getting to know her through your blog.

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  18. Hi, I'm Katie. I am a senior at Mercyhurst. I read about Zoya last year in the Mercyhurst Magazine and have followed Zoya's blog ever since. I enjoy watching her grow and look forward to watching Laina grow as well! I hope and pray you have her home soon! I also follow Carrington and I am thrilled to see how Amazing she is doing!

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