$9000 and 12 days…

I had a really big day today, I got to do makeup for my two favorite celebrities/friends, Jessica Bass with Dance Fitness with Jessica and Emily Ann Roberts Music, the runner up from the last season of the Voice! Both of these two sweet friends I have known for a while, and I was so excited to get to spend time with them today! They’re both major celebrities in their own rights, and it was huge to get to do a makeup tutorial for Jessica on her live feed, and to get to raise awareness about our adoption!  If you want to see that video, you can check it out here: themakeupmomma.org
  

So at this point, we need about $9000 by the end of April.  If you haven’t seen, we have a fundraiser this Saturday at the Vine of the Mountains, in Waynesville.  Of course, if you can’t make it, you can still give.  The best, quickest ways to donate are to send a payment to btmilan@gmail.com (either through paypal or google wallet) or to check out our Youcaring site. 

If you want to make a tax-deductible donation, you can use our Lifesong MyStory site.

Thank you so much to everyone who has given so far, but we still have a ways to go!

BLUEGRASS

$12,000 and 18 days

Just to get you up to speed, we have been matched with an expectant mother who is due July 11.  We got the chance to meet her last weekend and to spend some time with her and her young children.

At this point, we have 18 days to raise about $12,000 in order to pay for our adoption.  We are having a fundraiser on Saturday, April 23rd featuring Bluegrass and BBQ.  Our friends with the Maggie Valley Band are going to be doing a concert and we will have some incredible BBQ and a silent auction! Check the bottom of this post to see a flyer for the event.

Leah is also doing a separate fundraiser involving her incredible make-up skills.  Most of you have probably noticed how beautiful Leah is; one of the cool things about her is that she has incredible make-up skills that make her able to enhance those things that make her and other people naturally beautiful.  She is hoping to use her make-up skills for good, rather than evil, and to make a little more money to go towards our adoption.  She set up a separate website where you can see some samples of her work, so be sure to check out her website here!

 

We can’t impress enough how much we need all of your to help us out with bringing home our next baby! Because of the chance that this baby may be born significantly earlier than her due date, we need to raise the rest of our money ASAP!

The best, quickest ways to donate are to send a payment to btmilan@gmail.com or to check out our Youcaring site.

If you want to make a tax-deductible donation, you can use our Lifesong MyStory site.

BLUEGRASS

 

If you haven’t watched this video yet, you should do it:

 

Bluegrass and Barbecue: April 23rd

On our most recent post, we let you know that we have 25 days (now 24) to raise a HUGE sum of money to help bring home the baby girl that we have been matched with.

On April 23rd, we are having a fundraiser at Vine of the Mountains,our church here in Waynesville, featuring BBQ along with music from The Maggie Valley Band and a silent auction. It’s going to be an amazing event! Please mark your calendars and PLEASE come! I promise that I will drive you crazy so that you will remember!

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April 23rd, at 5pm.  Please email or send us a facebook message if you have any questions. We can NOT wait to see you there!

This will likely be our only “physical” fundraiser. It’s so hard to put ourselves out there and ask for help, but we would literally do anything to help bring home the baby girl we are matched with! You can be a part of this story and quite frankly, we need you to be! Give, Share, Pray, come to this fundraiser!

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 If you can’t make it, you can still give!

Here are our ways to give. We much prefer paypal and youcaring because they are more direct and have low/no fees on our end.

If you want to make a tax-deductible donation, you can use our Lifesong MyStory site.

Our You Caring Fundraiser -for a quicker, easier donation
Or if you want to do it a little more directly, and you already have a paypal account, then sign into paypal and send a “gift” to btmilan@gmail.com (there are no fees for us with that).

A time crunch $17,000 in 25 days…

First off, we had a great weekend meeting the expectant mother and seeing the baby girl we are matched through an ultrasound. Here are a couple of pics, she is adorable!

We are exhausted but seeing her sweet face makes it SO much more real!

So, here’s the thing…we only have about 25 days left to raise about $17,000….WE NEED YOUR HELP. Please help us bring this baby girl home.

 

We are also having an “in person” Bluegrass and Barbecue fundraiser in the evening of April 23rd at Vine of the Mountains. There will be a nice dinner plate, a concert and a silent auction. Be on the look for details and go ahead and mark your calendars!

Here are our ways to give. We much prefer paypal and youcaring because they are more direct and have low/no fees on our end. But, if you need the tax credit, feel free to still give through our adopt together.

Our You Caring Fundraiser -for a quicker, easier donation

Or if you want to do it a little more directly, and you already have a paypal account, then sign into paypal and send a “gift” to btmilan@gmail.com (there are no fees for us with that).

If you want to make a tax-deductible donation, you can use our Lifesong MyStory site.

 

 

Where we are….31 days and $18,000

Tomorrow it has been a week since we were matched. A week since we found out about the baby girl we are matched with. A week since our life has gone into hyperspeed.

Here a few questions we have gotten,

  1. How for sure is this? Well, to answer that, it’s about as sure as an adoption situation can be. Our agency works really hard to protect both the prospective adoptive parents (us) and the expectant mothers. They try very hard to only work with women who are sure of their placements and have received/are receiving counseling. Of course, there is always risk, expectant mothers have every right change their minds and decide to parent, but our agency feels very strongly that this expectant mother will not.
  2. Are we protected? All of our personal money and the money we have fund-raised is protected by our agency. If this expectant mother were to change her mind, our money would be transferred to the next situation. This is a really big deal and part of why we went back with the same agency we used for Canaan.  Our agency is all around a “low risk” agency.
  3. Have we met the expectant mother? We have spoken to her on the phone. We are going to meet her,  take her to lunch and go to an ultrasound this Friday in Fl.
  4. What can we do? Give. Pray. Share. We have a HUGE hurdle to cross. We need $18,000 more by the end of April. 31 days to fundraise a huge amount. But, we are trusting that this is our situation, that God “has” this and that all will be provided for. We have applied for so many grants that we can’t see straight and we are still holding out hope. A lot of them won’t be dispersed, or even chosen until after our funds are due.

Lastly, we are NO longer doing the squares because quite frankly our need is much greater than that, plus it was confusing to some. At this point, please just make a direct donation to our adoption. We will still sing ya a song😉

We are also having an “in person” fundraiser in the evening of April 23rd at Vine of the Mountains. There will be a nice dinner plate, a concert and a silent auction. Be on the look for details and go ahead and mark your calendars!

Here are our ways to give. We much prefer paypal and youcaring because they are more direct and have low/no fees on our end. But, if you need the tax credit, feel free to still give through our adopt together.

Our You Caring Fundraiser -for a quicker, easier donation

Or if you want to do it a little more directly, and you already have a paypal account, then sign into paypal and send a “gift” to btmilan@gmail.com (there are no fees for us with that).

Our Adopt Together Page -for tax deductible donations

BIG HUGE NEWS…hold on to your pants…

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UPDATE***** We have a lot more to fundraise than we originally expected…We have been matched with an expectant mom! We have been matched with a baby girl! She is due in July, in Florida, she is biracial like our son. She has some medical issues that we can’t share right this second but they are minimal in comparison to our Canaan’s health issues.

We are absolutely over the moon, overwhelmed, excited, thankful, and I, for one, can’t stop crying. Yesterday was our son’s third birthday and today we find out that we have been matched with a baby girl! We will hopefully travel back down to Fl. sometime in the next week or so, hopefully next weekend, to meet with the expectant mom and go to an ultrasound.

We do have a few hurdles….

We need to fund-raise another $16,800-18,000 by the end of April.

That seems like a broad number but I am including some travel and unexpected expenses that we know from last time will come up. ***Update..we found out that we didn’t receive an adoption specific loan because we don’t make enough income, which is weird to me because if we made more income, we wouldn’t need the loan…😦

Quite simply, we need your help to bring home the baby girl we have been matched with.

If you can give financially, please do. If nothing else, we covet your prayers and if you could “share” this post, our songs, anything that we have done to try and fund-raise, we would be so grateful. 

You can give through

Our Adopt Together Page -for tax deductible donations

Our You Caring Fundraiser -for a quicker, easier donation

Or if you want to do it a little more directly, and you already have a paypal account, then sign into paypal and send a “gift” to btmilan@gmail.com (there are no fees with that).

We are still doing our square/song thing…just FYI.