Thursday, April 21, 2011

Photog Session Winner!

We have been so crazy busy trying to get my laundry list of a to do list done before we leave. It is just hard to know how things will be when the kids come home, so I want to get everything done that could possibly need to be done so we can all just focus on getting to know each other. I just can't wait to go but I am overwhelmed with the preparation. I am so thankful to have so many amazing friends in my life offering to help in anyway they can. We leave May 7th!

On to my winner...Rebecca Jolley! Congrats! Thanks all for entering! I will be in touch with the information you need.

Back to my list!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Photog Session Give-a-way

My fabulous sis-in-law generously offered a photog session for us to give-a-way. Many of you know Becca, but you might not know that she is also a gifted photographer. Check out her work at Rebecca Williams Photography. She takes beautiful portraits of my children even when they are being difficult-ha! Yes, that is my Eli on her page.

For this give-a-way, she is offering a free session + and 8x10. To enter, donate $5 to our adoption fund. Each $5 will get you one entry. After you donate, if you share on fb or your blog and comment here to let me know, I will give you an extra entry. I will draw for this on April 21st.

Thanks Becca! Love you! And happy entering all!

Sari Winner

Thanks to all who entered! We have one more give-a-way coming up and we are still selling coffee. We really appreciate all the fundraising help. I can't say that enough and saying it doesn't come close to showing you how moved we are. The generosity of friends and strangers has blown us away. The BBQ fundraiser on Abigail's birthday was incredibly successful. Thanks to all that made that happen. No, we are not fully funded yet or even all that close, but we are running out of time, ideas, and energy, lol. If you have any of those 3 and want to help, let me know!

We have a travel date too! I haven't posted here since getting that date last week, but our appointment is May 10th. This means that we will fly out May 7th. We bought tickets yesterday. That makes everything feel so real and close. I am so ready to go. Please be in prayer with us over this trip. Pray now that we are given a quick court date with a favorable judge. That feels like the last huge hurdle for us, and we are trying to cover the entire trip in prayer.

Don't forget! You can still order your own doll-sized sari and help the women of Pune, India at the same time! Details here.

And now, on to my winner! My sweet, sleepy Samuel helped out this morning.

Congrats Kathy! I will get this sari to you asap!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Dear Abigail

Mommy misses you little bit. I have nothing left in me to say more. My tears will have to speak for themselves. I'm one year closer to being with you again and I'm counting down the days eagerly. I love you.

Saturday, April 9, 2011


Today my heart is broken. Celebrating my child's birthday without her. Singing happy birthday at the cemetery. Taking pictures with her marker instead of her. Desperately wanting to know what she would be like now. And then watching my children try to keep it together. We are broken today.

Monday, April 4, 2011

BBQ for Abigail's birthday

We are still waiting on a travel date, but time is getting short and we still have funds to raise (and a to do list a mile long! ahhh!)! My amazing friends Eric and Heather have offered to do a fundraiser for us this weekend in honor of Abigail's 3rd birthday which is Saturday. (More on that to the emotions). We are also still selling t-shirts until the end of this week and coffee as well. See the right side for links for ordering those. And I am drawing for the straight from Inida doll-sized sari, one of a kind, that you can't get here, and that I am happy to ship this week as well. Get your entries in! See the post below.

Anyway, if you are local, please help us out and order super yummy BBQ! Details of prices are below. If you came to the Hope Project, this is the same fantastic BBQ we had there. If you didn't, then you need to try it. I received so many comments of "best BBQ ever!" after that event. All proceeds from BBQ sold on Saturday will go to our adoption fund.

Pick up is in Bluff Park and orders can be sent to Thanks for all your wonderful support! And we appreciate all your prayers as we try to get through the next 2 weeks of memories and painful days.

Heather writes,
"On Saturday, April 9th we will be doing a big BBQ cooking event to raise funds for the Dahlen family's adoption on what would have been their sweet Abigail's 3rd birthday. If you want to support this awesome cause, or if you just love BBQ,...... please place an order or pass this around. You can order by posting on Facebook, on my page or on Eric's or you can send us an email. Also, please pass this around so we can make this as successful as possible. 100% of the profits go to the Dahlen family! All orders will need to be picked up by 2:00 Saturday afternoon unless you make other arrangements with us ahead of time. Prices are as follows:

Pulled Pork: $10/lb

Pulled Chicken: $10/lb

Whole Smoked Chicken (butterflied) $10 each

Ribs: $15/rack

ABTs: $5/dozen (if you don't know what these are yet, you're missing out!)

Let me know if I have forgetten anything or if you have any questions! For more information about international adoption, please check out"