My First 4th of July!

Ruthie will be celebrating her very first 4th of July this year! I am super excited to be a part of this “1st” for her as we have missed so many.

The boys had “My First” shirts and outfits for many holidays as baby’s. I love them! But here is the thing, “first’s” are supposed to be celebrated while a child is still a baby. Try finding a My First…shirt at any store. If you are lucky you might find one in a size 24 months, but nothing bigger than that. And I understand, that’s how it’s supposed to be.

But for the children who come into a family after their 1st birthday there is a chance they have missed some “First’s” and the new parents have definitely missed them. Those children who are adopted from foreign countries have not celebrated America’s Independence Day. AHA! A “First” to celebrate together!

Now, on to the problem of finding a shirt large enough for your toddler, child, tween, teen. I have the solution! With the help of Fund the Nations we have a “My First 4th of July” t-shirt. Bonus, the proceeds will help an adopting family who are waiting for travel dates to meet their son in Eastern Europe!

This shirt is available in youth sizes XS-XL or adult sizes S-XL. Each shirt is $25 which includes shipping! (adult XXL and XXXL are available for $27)

Please contact me to place your order and for payment. All proceeds will go to the Tomasik family.

Deadline to order is Tuesday, June 7.

Toddler sizes were not available. Since even an XS will be large on Ruthie I plan to make hers into a shirt dress. šŸ™‚

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Recurring Theme

Wait…This is becoming a recurring theme.

Our home study hasĀ finally beenĀ written. It has been approved by our home study agency, adoption agency, and us. Now it needs to go to DCFS in Springfield for a one women department, Intercountry Adoption Coordinator, to put her stamp of approval on. I’ve been told this is currently taking about a month. UGH!!! A whole month! For NO reason! Illinois is the only state that still requires this approval. There is a bill, HB 3079, just waiting to be signed to end this non-sense. We likely will not benefit from it though.

PLEASE pray with us that we get our HS approval much sooner than anticipated!

As soon as that comes we can file our I800a with USCIS. This will give us permission from the US government to adopt a child from a foreign country. This process can take 4-6 weeks, so the sooner we can apply the better. We can’t submit our Dossier to our daughter’s country until we have this form from USCIS.

As you can see we will beĀ waiting A LOT this year. If there seems to be a lot of time between postings it is because we areĀ waiting. Again.

Psalm 27:14 Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.

Psalm 5:3 In the morning, O Lord, You hear my voice; in the morning I will order my prayer to You and eagerly watch.

In the meantime though we are fundraising. The egg fundraiser will run until we are out of eggs.

Judy’s shirt is available for a few more days.

https://www.bonfirefunds.com/help-the-ballard-family

We will be having our 2nd rummage sale this weekend. I will be doing a children’s clothes auction soon as well.

A friend has graciously offered to hold a Scentsy fundraiser for us June. So, be watching for that! It’s going to be awesome.

We are planning a Bike/Trike-a-Thon for August.

There are so many ways to be involved! You can find out FSP on the blog and my sister has a YouCaring account for us.

Current Fundraisers

We have a few fundraisers going right now. I am so excited for each one.

Our little girl has a Prayer Warrior from Reece’s Rainbow who has now become our Family Warrior. Judy has designed a shirt that works for anyone. It says “Bent, but NOT broken!” on the back. This saying has personal meaning to Judy making it even more special to us. The shirt is available in a variety of sizes and styles including women’s, youth, long sleeve, and sweatshirt.

https://www.bonfirefunds.com/help-the-ballard-family

My cousin, Courtney, has also started a shirt fundraiser. This one has a country outline with their flag colors on the front. The back says “God has perfect timing; never early, never late. It takes a little patience and faith but it’s all worth the wait.” Oh so very true and a reminder we constantly need!

https://www.bonfirefunds.com/help-the-bellard-family

Little Moose and I still have eggs available too! This was super successful in the beginning, Thank you to everyone who jumped on board when it started! Here is the info on the eggs.

Over the years we have purchased decorated eggs from artisans in the markets while in Lith. Zack and I have painted our own version of their painted egg. During ā€œtrial and errorā€ I learned that using real eggs was going to be a bad idea, we broke several. So we have chosen wooden eggs with a flat bottom so they can sit up and be displayed.

Each hand painted egg has a number 1-50. To purchase an egg, let me know what number egg you would like, that is also the cost of the egg.

Example; egg #2 is a $2 donation, egg #42 is a $42 donation.

Zack is very excited for his sister and wants to help, eggs 5, 15, 25, 35, 45, and 50 were decorated by him.

For every egg purchased your name will go into a drawing for a carved egg from the capital of our daughters country.

The available eggs are 17, 19, 23, 26, 27, 28, 31, 33, 34, 36-44, 47-50