Three posts in a week…I know, it’s a lot for this busy blogger and is probably why this one is one big pot of randomness! So here it goes…
I had my second surgery on April 20th. All went well with the surgery and we are just patiently (okay, not so patiently) waiting for the pathology reports to come back. The doctor said it didn’t look like a traditional polyp, it was more of a flap, but she’s not ruling polyps out. IF all is well with pathology (and I really truly think it will be), then my hope is to go back to the Czech Republic in June. My doctor has decided to start me on a lower dose of estrogen and slowly bump me up in hopes that I don’t develop any more polyps.
We’ve been presented with an amazing opportunity to share our story and raise infertility awareness…I can’t go into details yet, but it’s pretty cool! But before we can do so, said storytellers are looking for someone who is a surrogate or someone who is working with or getting ready to work with a surrogate. Is that you? Is that someone you know? If so, please contact me and possibly you can help!
We often get asked about what people can do to support us. We would love any support people are able to give us! Here are some ways to help
I’ve been meaning to share this for a while because although painfully truthful, it’s hysterical. Bill and I feel like someone based this video off of us…lol!
XOXO – Michelle & Bill
Come out and see us this Saturday in Tampa at the Resolve Walk of Hope! The Walk of Hope recognizes the many ways in which families are built, supports local support services and programs for the of women and men living with infertility, and raises public understanding of how the disease of infertility impacts families nationwide. For those of you that don’t know our story, my husband and I have struggled with infertility for many years and have now chosen to go down the path of adoption, so this organization is near and dear to our hearts! A portion of the sale from each of our cupcakes will go to Resolve, so come out, and enjoy some amazing cupcakes while helping out a great cause! If you want to take it one step further, you are more than welcome to join our team and walk with us – it’s a just a mile and you’ll be handsomely rewarded with cupcakes at the end 🙂 Contact me for details!
I have three words for you – Oh. Em. Geee!! Our Gimme S’more cupcake is currently our featured cupcake. This little beauty has a graham cracker crust, topped with a moist chocolate cake, topped with creamy marshmallow frosting and a little chocolate square. Pretty much like heaven in a jar! If s’mores aren’t you thing, don’t worry – we can do almost any cake/frosting combo for you, along with a custom label, ribbon and little bamboo spoon. $3 each or $30 for a dozen (min purchase ½ dozen). Did I mention that we deliver locally? All proceeds go directly to our adoption fund. After we meet our goal, we will continue to keep the shop open and donate 5% of our proceeds to a family going through their adoption journey!
We also have our Facebook page up and running (just barely!). If you get a chance stop by and give us a like – www.facebook.com/HopeStrengthAndWine
We are still working on the shop portion of our site – I PROMISE it will be up soon!
xoxo – Michelle
So I’m super jazzed up (yes, I went there) about our cupcakes in a jar! We’ve been so blessed that we can use the proceeds from these cupcakes to go towards our adoption costs! It’s really a win-win. You get an adorable yet delicious portable cupcake and we are one step closer to our fundraising goal! Check out the cute cakes we made today! You’re hungry now, aren’t you? That’s okay – just get in touch and you can have your very own yummy snacks!
We had our second fundraising sale yesterday at the St Pete Beach Rec center. We want to thank EVERYONE that came out to stopped by to see us! It was also awesome to meet so many new people and hear their adoption journeys. The kindness of strangers makes our hearts so happy! I know we say this all the time, but we really can’t do this without you all, so thank you, thank you, thank you!
Back to the sale…It was a community sale, so we REALLY had our hopes set high as far as traffic at the sale. Unfortunately, Mother Nature had other plans…it rained pretty much the whole time! Our sales weren’t quite where we wanted them to be and we didn’t hit our fundraising goal, but hey, we did make some money, so that’s a good day in our books 🙂 Here’s where the Universe(God)stepped in…although we didn’t have a lot of traffic, almost everyone that stopped in loved our baked goods, especially our cupcakes in a jar. We brought them as more of an add on item, not thinking that they would be such a huge hit!
Seriously though, whats not to love about them, they’re so stinking adorable and delicious to boot! We ended up with multiple orders before the day was done and after posting them online, we ended up with more and more orders through the night! We went from feeling like the day had been a bust, to feeling so blessed and overjoyed. Someone is definitely watching out for us!
We’ve been making the cupcakes for years for friends and family and now we can make them for you too! Our online shop will be open this week, but if you want to place an order before then, just reach out to me on Facebook or on our contact page here.
Thank you all for your love and support!
xoxo – Michelle & Bill