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So Excited To Share Our Tanks and Tees With You!!

We are SUPER excited to show you our tanks and t-shirts we are selling for our adoption!!!!  ALL proceeds go directly to our adoption fund!!

We LOVE them and hope you like them as much as we do!!

Why the quote about surfing?!?

Although we are BEYOND grateful for adoption, let’s be honest….adoption is HARD.  It’s uncomfortable, it’s risky, and it’s scary. It’s about giving up control and just surrendering to the process (the HARDEST part for me personally).  We’ve learned that we can be knocked over by these waves of emotions brought on by adoption OR we can learn to adapt, let go, and ride out that wave so we can see the BEAUTY that adoption offers as well.

So now you know :)…..here is how to order!!!

These are VERY soft Bella Triblend unisex t-shirts and ladies flowy tanks!! The t-shirts are offered in Sunset or Blue Tri-Blend, for adults sizes XS-3XL. The flowy racerback tanks are offered in Sunset and Denim Slub for ladies sizes  XS-2XL. These are PRE-ORDER only! Order will close on September 24th and all orders will ship or be available for pick up the first 2 weeks of October.  Each shirt is $22 and we will ship for $4 for first shirt add $1 per shirt after that (to same address).

Message us to place your order and be sure to state STYLE, COLOR, SIZE, QUANTITY and YOUR EMAIL. I will send you an invoice via PayPal OR if you are local you can pay via cash or check in person!

 

Puzzle Fundraiser Update!

Okay, so there are TWO things we know for sure!

1 – We are absolutely horrible at putting puzzles together.  It may or may not have taken us 5 hours to put our complete puzzle together. And by “us”, I mean Bill…I had to walk away after an hour or so.   Also, as a pointer to others, if you plan on making a puzzle, make sure it’s colorful and has color on every piece.  All white pieces and pieces with black swipes about sent us over the edge!!

Aaaannnd Michelle OUT!
Ta-Daaaaaa!!

2 – More importantly….We have some AH-MAZING friends and family!!! No, seriously, you guys are the best!!   It’s so cool to start writing the names of our friends and family on the back side of the pieces and seeing how everyone becomes intertwined and connected together.  Although a lot of you may not know each other, you are ALL forever connected through our adoption story…how cool is that!?!? Pretty flippin’ cool if you ask me!

Adoption Puzzle Fundraiser
Do you see your name?? Everyone coming together as one!

We still have about 150 pieces left to complete our puzzle, so it’s not too late to become a part of our story!  And if you have no idea what I’m talking about, no worries, you just missed our previous post, so I have the details for you here!

We had a beautiful watercolor painting done by my sister made into a puzzle. Each piece will represent someone who donated to help us on our journey! Each puzzle piece represents a $25 donation. You may want to be represented on 1 piece of our puzzle or many pieces! Your name will be written on the back of each piece that you represent. Once the puzzle is finished it will be framed in a double sided glass frame and hung in our nursery. It will forever be a reminder of who was part of our journey with us! To be a part of this fundraiser you can donate through our YouCaring (now GoFundme) link or the PayPal link on the right side of our blog or you can contact me directly! Even if you aren’t able to donate, we would LOVE it if you could share!!

xoxo – Michelle & Bill

Baby Boy or Baby Girl??

Hey All!

Thank you to everyone for your donations and for sharing our story!  With your help, we are getting closer to our goal each day! Please keep on sharing our story!  We still have pieces of our puzzle left, so if you’d like to be involved, it’s not too late to participate in our puzzle fundraiser!  If you have any questions on how to make a donation or where to donate to, you can check out the links on the right side of the blog or as always, you can contact me directly too!

So…onto some exciting news….WE KNOW THE GENDER OF OUR BABY!!!!

We are beyond excited to share our gender reveal with you!! Our sweet birth mama found out Friday morning and with the help of our good friend Naomi we were able to pull off a surprise gender reveal by Friday evening!! Both Bill and I were absolutely clueless until it was revealed!  We hope you enjoy!

Puzzle Fundraiser – Become a Permanent Part of Our Adoption Journey

We are SO excited to start our PUZZLE FUNDRAISER!!!

Everyone who donates to our adoption through this fundraiser becomes a permanent part of our adoption journey through a piece of our puzzle!

My sister painted this precious watercolor for us and we had the image printed on a 252 piece puzzle.

Each piece will represent someone who donated to help us on our journey!

Each puzzle piece represents a $25 donation.

You may want to be represented on 1 piece of our puzzle or many pieces! Your name will be written on the back of each piece that you represent.

Once the puzzle is finished it will be framed in a double sided glass frame and hung in our nursery. It will forever be a reminder of who was part of our journey with us!

To be a part of this fundraiser just click on our GoFundMe link, or the PayPal link (Both on the right side of our blog) or you can contact me directly! We are thankful beyond words for each and every one of you that takes part in this fundraiser!!!

Even if you aren’t able to donate, we would LOVE it if you could share!! We are SO excited to share in this journey with you!

We’re Matched!!!

At some point and time I PROMISE I will go back and update you on how we got from there to here, but in the meantime, we could not be more excited to announce that we’ve been MATCHED!!!! We are expecting a little one to arrive around Thanksgiving!

Announcing the adoption was the fun part.

The part that feels a little more overwhelming is coming up with the $39,000 we are going to need to pay for the adoption (believe it or not, we don’t have that much spare money just lying around). Everything we’ve been through has definitely made us a stronger couple, but also a couple with a lot less money!

We’ve been working hard and have already paid for and saved enough to cover half of our adoption expenses. We only have $19,000 left to go and we have 5 months to get there! We are both working extra jobs, selling anything we don’t need, applying for grants, but we’ve realized that we can’t do this on our own.

We are going to need help. Adoption is expensive. We’re not fundraising because we can’t afford take care of a baby; we’re fundraising to ALLOW us the opportunity to do so.

We hope that during our fundraising efforts, we’re able to become advocates for the option of adoption and can shed a little light on this long, complicated process. We are humbled by the, many friends, family members — even strangers — who have been walking with us along this unknown, scary path.

We’ve set aside our pride to ask and accept financial help.

It’s not easy.
Trust me.

So, if you are interested in helping out in any way, we will be sharing lots of opportunities on our blog and social media!

There are some ongoing things in the sidebar on the right that can be done at any time, like shopping in our Etsy shop, visiting and/or sharing our YouCaring site, donating through PayPal, or just sharing our blog and adoption journey!

Thank you for loving us; we could not get through this without you.

xoxo Michelle & Bill

A Bunch of Randomness

Hey All!

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.

Next…

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!

Next….

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

Next….

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

Resolve Walk of Hope – Tampa

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!

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Etsy Shop is FINALLY Open!

Good Morning All!

I don’t know about all of you, but I get horrible insomnia around a full moon – the upside?  I FINALLY finished our Etsy shop!  I’m still working on building out the “shop” side to our blog for the cupcakes, but one shop at a time, right? 🙂  For now, our Etsy shop sells wish bracelets (we hope to add more).  We decided to do wish bracelets because OUR wish is to have a baby, so we thought we would try to make your wishes come true too!

The shop is bare bones right now, so excuse the “mess” lol. All proceeds go directly to our adoption fund and once we reach our goal, we will keep the shop open and donate a percentage of the proceeds to another family on their adoption journey!
If you are interested in purchasing the bracelets in bulk for your own fundraising purposes, please get in touch for bulk pricing.
xoxo – Michelle

Gimme S’more

Hey All!

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!

Gimme S'more

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

 

Cupcakes in a Jar

Hey all!

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!Cupcake in a Jar

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