Archive for July, 2010

And the Winner is…

… drawn by two of the cutest little volunteer name-drawers there ever were (actually, I had the three-year old — the one who can’t yet read — draw a name so I knew there could be no cheating involved)…

Amy Biesenthal!!!

… who also happens to be my sister-in-law.  🙂

Interesting that the winner has the same first name as the necklace designer… How cool is that?!

Congrats, Ames!  Your beautiful necklace will soon be on its way!

Thanks so much to everyone who donated this week… the $300 raised will go a long way toward helping us pay for the dossier authentication fee.  And be looking for some more fun raffles to come… including one from one of my favorite sites on the web, Etsy!



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We’re up to $290… which is wonderful… but I want to give you folks one more chance to win this beautiful necklace before tomorrow’s drawing.  Every $5 helps, more than you know!

In the meantime, here’s a reminder that Bryan needs another baby girl to build his biceps.  One simply is not enough.  🙂

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UPDATE (1 hour later):  We’ve got $100 in raffle entries already… are you next?

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So, God is totally awesome.

Just so you know.

We had a huge garage sale, and since then have been slowly, slowly selling donated items on Craigslist… slowly, slowly pinching each and every penny to try to save enough money to submit our dossier as soon as our fingerprints come back.

And as I told you in this post, after all that we still needed $3,400.

Note the past tense.


Through more massive Craigslist postings and numerous trips to the kid consignment store, I managed to make about $500 during this past week.

So we were down to $2,900.

And we prayed.

And out of nowhere, Bryan got a side engineering job.

That pays cash.

$2,900 in cash to be exact.

So when the ol’ fingerprints get back and our home study is finalized (it’s being written up now, thanks to our wonderful social worker!), we’ll hopefully be able to submit!  Hallelujah!

Like my BBF (best bloggy friend) Missy says, it’s truly a beautiful thing when God opens doors and shows you so clearly you’re on the right path.  His provision is timely, perfect, and unbelievably AWE. SOME.

I figure there’s no better time than now to have a raffle… since, if you know anything about the international adoption process, the next fee is just around the corner… and in this case, it’s a $525 dossier authentication fee.

So here’s the deal:  Our friend and neighbor Amy Longley makes gorgeous jewelry.  Jewelry that used to grace high-end boutiques all over the greater Seattle metropolitan area… before she moved to suburban Colorado and traded it all to be a stay-at-home mom (God bless her!).  And she still does the occasional trunk show.  But to help us raise money for our baby girl, she has graciously donated THIS:

I know.  It’s gorgeous.  I put it on for the picture, and I didn’t want to take it off.  Ever.

Here’s another look:

Specifically, this is a sterling silver necklace with a real aquamarine pendant, studded with pearls and Swarovski crystals separated by spun silk.  It is delicate, beautiful, and stunningly perfect… and it retails for $75.

And in case you haven’t noticed, I now have a handy-dandy Paypal “donate” button at the top of the right sidebar.  It’s totally secure and easy… and best of all, it takes credit cards.  🙂

So between now and next Wednesday, July 14, every $5 you donate enters you in the drawing for the necklace.  Every $5 equals one entry, so if you donate $10, that’s two entries; $50, that’s 10 entries.  If you blog about this raffle or share it on Facebook, let me know in the comments below and you’ll get another entry.  I’ll have one of the kiddos draw the winner next Thursday, and we’ll send it to you in a shiny silver box.

Let Him use you to help open another door to our little girl.  Let’s see if we can reach that $525!

In Missy’s words:

I still don’t know exactly how it is going to happen.
But I know Who’s gonna make it happen.

Do it, Lord. Open those doors. Bring Your baby home.
Oh, how I praise You for open doors!!


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Happy Independence Day!

“It should be the highest ambition of every American to extend his views beyond himself, and to bear in mind that his conduct will not only affect himself, his country, and his immediate posterity; but that its influence may be co-extensive with the world, and stamp political happiness or misery on ages yet unborn.”

-President George Washington

Celebrate freedom today…

and remember its responsibilities as well as its blessings.

Love, the Starrs

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The girl can CRAWL!!!

As most of you know, our baby Annie has a kidney disorder called RTA (renal tubular acidosis, type II).   It’s not a huge deal in the grand scheme of things, but it does affect her eating, growth and muscle strength.

Along with that diagnosis comes the label “gross motor delayed.”  When Annie was nine months old, we would lay her down on her stomach and she would just put her head down and cry because she lacked the strength to push up or raise her head.  So needless to say she’s a bit behind the eight-ball as far as physical development is concerned.

But today, my friends, was a banner day.  Today she turned 15 months old.  And TODAY, after weeks of flirting with the concept (rolling all over, getting into a sitting position herself from a laying down position, army crawling)… our girl can CRAWL.

Watch her go!

I'm on my knees... this is the easy part.

I want that green ball. And I want it NOW.

I think I can... I think I can...

Ha ha! I GOT the ball! Mommy, why are you jumping around screaming like a crazy person? Did I do something? Do I have something in my hair? Oh... the crawling. Ah shucks, that was nothing.

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