Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Adoption Month~ Become an Ambassador!

We have always done something fun in November for National Adoption Awareness Month and this year I'm SUPER excited to share with you what we have up our sleeve!

First, browse through some of our past NAAM posts so you don't miss out on some amazing guest posts ... you'll get to meet some amazing authors, too :-)

This year will be much the same.... guest posts from YOU, introductions to some fabulous authors, and I'm super excited to add one more way for you to become involved in such a special celebration of what is responsible for the existence of so many of our families!!

About a month ago, I was extremely honored to become an Ambassador for World Adoption Day! World Adoption Day is a brand new movement that we are hoping will sweep across the WORLD on November 9, 2014.... that's only 40 days away!

Participating in World Adoption Day is super easy! Mark your calendar for November 9 and on that day, post a photo of you and your family showing off your smiley-face palm and the hash tag #WorldAdoptionDay...

that's it!

BUT, if you're like me and want to take this one step further, head over here and sign up to be a World Adoption Day Ambassador.... like me :-) Your role will be simple, but crucial to raising adoption awareness and it's as easy as that.... sign up and make a commitment to spending the next 40 days sharing about the significance of raising awareness; share your story and ask others to share theirs! And when November 9 rolls around, post your own #WorldAdoptionDay photos to your favorite social media websites.... and then we get to sit back and watch adoption awareness explode!

And I can't think of a better way to spend a Sunday :-)

If you DO sign up to be an ambassador, I'd love to know! Please leave me a comment here or on our Instagram letting me know so I can watch for post announcing you!

And no matter what, be sure you follow #WorldAdoptionDay on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter so you don't miss out on any updates!

We still want to be sure we are doing our own part in spreading adoption awareness, so if you have an adoption story to share, start writing! I'll be accepting personal adoption stories from now through the entire month of November to post here... simply email your typed-up post to me at OnLoanFromHeaven (at) yahoo (dot) com and be sure you include a link to your personal blog, too if you have one! I'm looking for stories that include parts of YOU... your emotional or spiritual journey, your families reaction to your journey, what you would have done differently, or your best advice for those who may be in the beginning stages of their own adoption story. Be real. Be honest. Be YOU. They don't have to be perfect, grammatically or otherwise... they just have to be you.

This is my favorite time of year... and I can't wait to see how much we can all do together to raise awareness this year!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Giveaway Winners!!

This post is LONG overdue... as are most of my thoughts lately.

Pregnancy brain.

It's a thing.

Adoption brain is, too... I just don't think I expected Pregnancy Brain,


WAY TOO LONG AGO, I was so excited to give away TWO of Katy Simmons' amazing CD's, which includes the song On Loan From Heaven... the song behind my blog... behind my passion for parenting... my passion for my kids.

And WAY TOO LONG AGO, many of you entered that giveaway... and then I left you hanging :-/

But today, not only am I excited to announce our TWO winners...

but also to announce that, since we have SO many new friends here, I'm going to give you a chance to win ONE MORE CD!!


Our giveaway winners are...

Mayfield Madness


Mollie Dettinger-Ashcraft

I am SO excited for you two to experience the song(s) that changed so many things for me... whose lyrics have echoed through my mind and heart too many times to count over the past 10 years!

I have your CD's ready to mail so email me at OnLoanFromHeaven (at) yahoo (dot) com with your name and mailing address and I will get those to you ASAP!

And for those of you who are insanely jealous and can't wait to have Katy's music for yourself, here's your (second) chance :-)

Just leave me a comment!

'Anonymous' comments won't be accepted for now since giveaway winners need names... if you don't leave a name, your comment will be deleted ;-) In your comment, simply tell me what your very favorite song is! On Loan From Heaven would most definitely be mine ;-)

And if you just can't wait, head over to itunes and download Katy's music! If you happen to win her CD, it would make an incredible Holiday gift :-)

Comments for this giveaway will end on Thursday, October 9 and the winner will be announced on Friday!

** Coming soon;

* Remember Baby Girl S?! Of course you do... I have an update!!

* National Adoption Day and how YOU can be an ambassador with me!

* Our 3rd trimester and how we're feeling about Baby A's pending arrival... and how, sometimes, adoption seems so much easier... but it didn't always ;-)