Monday, December 5, 2011
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Our Connection Group with the shoeboxes
Our Connection Group at PRCC has been challenged to raise 150 shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. We got the word out but didn't know what the result would be. Last night we had our packing party and I was amazed at the bags and bags of shoebox gift items that people kept bringing in! One person got their local grocery store to donate a gift card and went shopping. Another person invited her facebook friends to participate...and one of the friends even showed up!
Monday, November 14, 2011
Saturday, November 12, 2011
I am STOKED about the Operation Christmas Child shoebox stories from everyone. We have to raise 10 boxes per person by next week and so far we've raised 13! Three were donated by us, 3 more from a friend Wendi, who I have never met but we have connected through this adoption blog. Wendi & fam also adopted 3 beautiful kids from Columbia so we have another connection. I was thrilled when she facebooked me and said, "Our kids want to participate."
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
We had a fun night Trick or Treating. Nate went as the Transformer, Bumble Bee and we handed 120 rice krispy treats before we ran out and had to turn off the lights. And there were still kids running around! One of the benefits of having a small bucket means you're not stuck with a ton of candy to tempt you. haha. It was fun seeing the families in our neighborhood. Best costumes were 2 Geisha girls, a Dorothy holding a live Toto dog, & a homeless boy with a cardboard sign "Will work for candy".
Saturday, October 29, 2011
Ahhh, they're finally here! My leaf art on paper plates, napkins and tablecloths in Target. Yay! Look for them on an endcap in the party goods section. Unfortunately my name isn't on them since Target has a new policy to disallow artist's names and signatures. But regardless, it's very cool to see my stuff in a major chain!
Monday, October 17, 2011
ZZZZZzzzzzz....I could seriously take a nap right about now. We just got back from our awesome trip to California and Disneyland for Part 2 of Nate's BIG 5 BIRTHDAY! What a great time we had! Nate was SO excited to go. We got his birthday button and everyone in the park would wish him Happy Birthday when they saw him. They even announced his name and birthday on one of the rides! We celebrated with a Mickey pirate treasure cake and wore ourselves out over 2 days of rides and fun. His first "big kid" ride was the Tower of Terror at Disney's CA Adventure and he didn't even flinch. That's my boy! Here's some fun pics for you.
Monday, October 3, 2011
Our Natester turned 5 this past weekend and we had a fun time celebrating. Just a simple birthday with the fam, but since 5 is a big deal in our house, we are excited (ok, I AM excited) to take him to Disneyland during fall break! Unfortunately, we have to wait a couple of weeks and that can't come fast enough for him. In the meantime, he gets an extra long birthday party!
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Very excited to see this movie. I've seen the previews and they look pretty good. The movie opens this weekend and our church is going together on Sunday, Oct 2 at the AMC Theaters inside the Foothills Mall, 4:15 showing (but be there by 3:45 to get a decent seat).
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Ok, here's the store & product I had to wait to tell you about...
Friday, September 16, 2011
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Thursday, September 1, 2011
Monday, August 8, 2011
What a morning! Today is Nate's first day of Kindergarten! I am so excited I can hardly stand it. Nate was up early (before 6am) and we piled in the car to head out for a good breakfast. It was mayhem at the school....mainly because the brand new school has barely finished construction! The school had their final safety inspection THIS MORNING and tons of families ended up waiting over an hour before the inspection was finished. It was hot, humid and they ended up passing out water bottles to everyone. Poor Nate was already overwhelmed by the crowd, hot & sweaty and losing patience quickly. Thankfully, I remembered the camera and let him take a bunch of photos to get his mind off the wait.
Friday, August 5, 2011
We had a fun day celebrating the 4th anniverary of Nate's Gotcha Day! Off to a movie with friends, lunch at a chinese restaurant (with Meiji Hello Panda cookies for dessert) and finished the day with Nate meeting his Kindergarten teacher and new classroom! Whew! It was fun reminiscing about that day 4 years ago. Hard to believe he's already starting Kindergarten. We are so proud of our little man!
Sunday, July 31, 2011
Well, summer is almost over...at least in terms of "going back to school". Nate has had a great time completing Level 2 of swim lessons, learning how to take a breath while swimming without gagging on a mouthful of pool water. He has also been in karate lessons for a month and loves it. He has the best instructor at the YMCA and is picking up the moves quickly.
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Sunday, July 3, 2011
Many of you know I am an Licensing Artist and I have 2 agents who market my art into the retail stores. When my art is picked up by a manufacturer, I usually receive a few samples for my collection (or to give away at Christmas!) Yesterday I received some very awesome samples of a few Father's Day cards that were printed by Crown Point Graphics using my artwork that featured a photo of Don and Nate! This was taken in San Diego when Nate was just 2-1/2 yrs old. I'm not sure where these cards ended up or if they were even available this Father's Day. They may have only been available in the manufacturer's catalog, but it was exciting to see my two guys in print!
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
There has been so much going on, I can't keep up with it! Between creating art, sewing laptop bags, doing graphic design work for the church and other church ministries...I am BUSY. Let's see...where to start. Much to my surprise, my burlap laptop bags have been a hit on Etsy. I've sold more than the purses I used to make, to people in the U.S., Ireland, England and Canada! Crazy considering they're not exactly cheap. I'm excited because I found 2 coffee roasters in Tucson who supply me with very cool burlap sacks. However, I may have to start ordering the other supplies online because I keep buying out everything at Hancock Fabrics or JoAnn's!
Thursday, May 19, 2011
I've enjoyed designing my coffee purses out of recycled coffee bags but they were just too labor intensive to sell at a reasonable price. So then I started a different venture that has exploded! Laptop cases made from burlap coffee sacks! They're selling like hotcakes on my Etsy site.
Sunday, May 8, 2011
Sunday, April 24, 2011
Saturday, April 9, 2011
It's a soggy Diaper Drive (pardon the pun) but we still braved the rainy weather and set up the truck. I feel like the last few weeks, Satan has been doing everything in his power to discourage us during our pre-Easter events and preparations. Things haven't all gone the way we've planned or bits of negativity have sparked up. BUT, we can't help but notice the GREAT things God has been doing. As we (when I say "we", I'm talking about people in church plugging away), keep the faith and are determined not to be discouraged, we are thrilled with what God is showing us.
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Dear Denise & Don Sullivan,
I just wanted to send you this quick email to let you know that your dossier has been sent back to our office from Washington D.C. You are now on the waiting list for a referral. We will be keeping your dossier in queue here in the St. Louis office until it is time to be expressed to Ethiopia. Congratulations on having this piece behind you!!!! You're now a waiting family!!!
After you have accepted a referral, the dossier will be translated and authenticated, and presented to the Ministry of Womens Affairs (MOWA), which is the first entity in Ethiopia to approve you to adopt the child.
Waiting for a referral can really be a difficult wait for most families. We suggest keeping busy and doing those things that you may not have a chance to do once your child comes home. You also will want to read as much as you can related to raising adopted children, bonding and attachment, transracial adoption, Ethiopia, etc. etc., and you may even want to start learning some phrases in Amharic.
This would also be a good time to look into the immunizations that you will need for your trip. Some immunizations are good for 3, 5 and even 10 years so it's not too early to start. Visitwww.cdc.gov/travel . Information is also noted in the CHI Ethiopia Travel Guide located on the CHIFamily.net website.
Please know that we are here to support you during your wait and answer any questions that you might have.
Congratulations again, you are one step closer to bringing your little one home!!!
Ethiopia Adoption Consultant
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Statement on the Pending Reduction of Intercountry Adoption in Ethiopia
Last week the Ethiopian Ministry of Women, Children and Youth Affairs announced their intention to reduce intercountry adoptions by 90% beginning March 10, 2011. The Ministry’s plan for a dramatic reduction is apparently based on two primary issues; 1) the assumption that corruption in intercountry adoption is systemic and rampant and 2) the Ministry’s resources should be focused on the children for whom intercountry adoption is not an option. Without further announcements by the Government of Ethiopia, it is our understanding that the Ministry’s plan will be initiated this week.
The Ministry’s plan is a tragic, unnecessary and disproportionate reaction to concerns of isolated abuses in the adoption process and fails to reflect the overwhelmingly positive, ethical and legal services provided to children and families through intercountry adoption. Rather than eliminate the right of Ethiopian children to a permanent family, we encourage the Ministry to accept the partnerships offered by governments, NGOs, and foundations. Such partnerships could increase the Ministry’s capacity to regulate service providers and further ensure ethical adoptions.
The Ministry’s plan which calls for the processing of only five adoption cases per work day, will result not only in systemic and lasting damage to a large sector of social services, but will have an immediate impact on the lives and futures of children. Moving from over 4,000 adoptions per year to less than 500 will result in thousands of children languishing in under-regulated and poorly resourced institutions for years. For those children who are currently institutionalized and legally available for adoption, the Ministry’s plan will increase their time languishing in institutions for up to 7-years.
Joint Council respectfully urges the Ministry of Women, Children and Youth Affairs to reconsider their plan and to partner with governments, NGOs and foundations to achieve their goals and avoid the coming tragedy for children and families.
In addition to this formal statement,we are also preparing a large scale advocacy, education and awareness campaign, which will launch later this week. We will post details here, so please check back for the launch of this urgent and important campaign.
We hope you will join us in advocating for the continuation of intercountry adoption in Ethiopia.