Friday, July 2, 2010

Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner

Dear Baby Blakely,

I cannot wait until you are old enough for me to tell you the story of how you came to be a part of our family.  I cannot wait until you will understand how many people loved you, prayed for you, and cared enough to want to be a part of your adoption.

I am praying for you tonight, thanking God for our amazing friends and family, and anxiously awaiting the day that we will bring you home.

Love forever,

Wow... how can I possibly express how grateful I am to each one of you that participated in this raffle? 
My cup runneth over today.

Now for the news that you are all waiting for.

First of all... how much we raised.
I believe that we need at least $3,000 to finish covering our adoption costs.
Because I want to be able to pass some money on to another family, I had a goal in my head of raising $5,000.

We raised $6,085!

Six thousand eighty five dollars!!!

I am absolutely, positively blown away.
God is so faithful.

And now for what you are all really waiting for... the winners.

Drum roll please {da, da, da, da...}

The winner of the For the Kids basket is Lisa Frattone.

I am so over-the-moon excited that my dear friend Lisa won this basket.
After six years of infertility and one amazing adopted son, Lisa is pregnant with a little girl.
Yay, Lisa!!!  This is just another confirmation that God is taking good care of that little baby in your belly.

The winner of the Locals Only basket is Chrissy Del Real.

 When Chrissy and I were babies I crawled up on top of her and bit her on the cheek.
She still was nice enough to be my best friend for many years.
Does this make up for that bite, Chrissy?

The winner of the All Grown Up basket is Bonnie Faris.

Bone!  I'm so happy that you are my winner.
As my friend-in-law you have always been so supportive and such a wonderful friend.
Thank you for once again championing my cause.

Thank you all again so very, very much for your support.
We had so much fun running this raffle.

I got a call this morning from our Social Worker and our Home Inspection is scheduled!
I promise to keep you updated on our journey, and I promise to let you know when we are ready to pass on our "leftovers" to the next family.


  1. Yay! I never win stuff! That is awesome! Thanks for all the kind words, Emmy! I can't wait to put all that cute girly stuff to good use. Yay! P.S. Picture me screaming like that lady who won the xyron machine at the CHA.

  2. So cool Blakelys....God is sooooo good and soooo faithful! That's a lot of tickets in that strainer and very impressive amount of money raised. Great idea and great job! Truly an answer to prayer! xo, M

  3. Nicole FredericksJuly 2, 2010 at 9:44 PM

    I'm bummed to not see my name on here, but I'm so excited for Lisa!! Congratulations on raising so much money--that is so amazing! Praise God!

  4. Wait! What? I won the WHOLE basket!?! I thought you were giving away the seperate different items in the basket individually!Holy cow! I just wanted to support you, and your adoption. But hey, BONUS!!! How exciting! I don't think I have ever won anything in my entire life!

  5. Once again Emmy your post has left me in tears, Congratulations and may God be with you, your family, and your beautiful new baby! Jami

  6. I'm truly SO glad you were able to raise so much money! And that we were able to help out in some way :]

    xoxo jess of yourstrulydear ♥

  7. GOD IS AWESOME!! Yay for baby Blakely. We can't wait to meet this precious little one that God has picked just for your family.

    "I prayed for this child, and the LORD has granted me what I asked of him. So now I give him to the LORD. For his whole life he will be given over to the LORD." 1 Samuel 1:27-28

  8. How exciting for your family! The baby will have a wonderful home in such a loving family and a strong circle of support.

  9. Congrats to the winners!

    What a beautiful post Emmy!! Your baby is a blessede and lucky baby to have a mum like you!!

    I pray your adoption goes well and can't wait to se pictures of the little one! :)

    All my love!

  10. Many congrats! I'm so happy for you and your family.


  11. so happy for the financial blessing and to hear the "ball is rolling"!