"Sometimes I'd like to ask God why He allows poverty, famine, and injustice in the world when He could do something about it...but I'm afraid God might ask me the same question."

Friday, March 2, 2012

BIG Giveaway!

I am so excited...lots to write about!  Our dear friends, The Hendersons, are in the process of adopting from Ethiopia.  They are so special to us, because we were able to travel to Ethiopia together and bring our two precious kiddos home together.  JT was so much fun to spend time in Ethiopia with.  He was a first-time dad traveling alone to meet and bring home his son.  Natalie and I had gotten to know each other throughout our adoption process, and because she was doing her residency and was unable to travel, we promised that we would be there for JT when he entered the world of fatherhood for the first time.  Can you imagine traveling to Africa alone to meet and bring home your four year old son?   JT was a natural and our time together was awesome.  He was an amazing dad from day one.  

The Henderson Family- 5 Million Minus One (but now...more like minus 2 or 3 or more!)

Tedi and Grace are almost like family...they arrived at the orphanage the same day.  They met their forever families the same day, and they even traveled to America together on the same day.  We have been lucky enough to stay in touch with Tedi and his family even though they live in Louisville, KY.  We traveled to Louisville and it was as if Grace and Tedi didn't skip a beat.  They will always be special friends.

The Hendersons are adopting again, and we are thrilled for them.  We also want to do whatever we can to support their adoption.  They are working with Both Hands to take part in a great fundraising opportunity.
Both Hands is a non-profit organization with a two-fold mission. They serve widows in a very practical way in communities, while raising funds to help willing families adopt. They partner withLifesong for Orphans whose mission is “bringing joy and purpose to orphans.”  

JT and Natalie (along with a lot of friends and family) will be serving a widow in the Louisville area.  They will be having a huge "work day" to help meet some of her needs, and in turn, will be asking for people to sponsor the project.

For the next week, I will be giving you a chance to win this awesome assortment of Africa related loot.  I have three shirts, a paper bead necklace from Uganda, a key chain, and a great book to give away.  
All you have to do is make a donation to The Henderson's Both Hands project. 
I don't care how much you donate...every single dollar helps.  We have all seen the amazing things that happen when people in "blog world" donate to help fellow adoptive families.  I have seen amazing amounts of money collected for families in such a short time!  EVERY SINGLE DONATION will help.

If you make a donation, please leave me a comment.  That is all you have to do!
If you feel led to share this giveaway on your blog or facebook, that would be extra awesome!
Here are all of the items you could win...

I love Suubi necklaces.  They are beautiful necklaces and are packaged beautifully for gift giving.

This book is such a good read!  It is a historical fiction novel which is set in Ethiopia during the 1970's.  I have learned so much about Ethiopia and it's history through books.  I promise you will love this book and will learn so much about the heartache and difficult political struggles that Ethiopia has endured.  I am giving away a new, hardcover edition of the book.
This hand-embellished t-shirt is super cute.  It is black and has an applique Africa cut out on the left hip.  It is a size L, but it seems like a junior fit, so it runs a bit smaller than a regular women's shirt.

This kids shirt is a size 6-8.  I would say that it also runs small and is more of a 4/5.  It is a pink tee with a brown polka dot Africa appliqued on the front.
I also have a very small tee from a wonderful adoptive family.  The brown t-shirt pictured is a shirt says "147,000,000 minus one" and is about a size 24 mo (the tag says 4, but there is no way).
I ordered one of these shirts for Grace, and was unsure of size, and Cindy was so sweet that she sent me two shirts to be sure that one fit Grace!  How sweet is that?  So, here is the smaller shirt that did NOT fit my little  Grace (or her not so little tummy).
Super cool Africa key chain

So there you have it!  PLEASE donate a few dollars (or much more) to our friends Both Hands site
After you donate, just leave me a comment.  Your odds of winning are really good, so get to it!
Thanks so much for your support!!!!
I will be picking (Grace will pick out of a hat) a winner next Friday (March 9th).  


  1. THank you so much Deena. US (and our new addition) appreciate this so much!

  2. We just donated! :0) Love seeing families help other families home! Keep up the good work!