Monday, September 30, 2013

Monday Madness

Here I am. Your amazing writer/blogger. You laugh with me, cry with me and advocate with me. Today let's all allow our faces to hide in shame. 
I goofed. Again.
I thought I was being all organized (not my strong point) and emailed the families that I have waiting for a spot on Give1Save1. I marked them all on the calendar for the next three weeks. Score. I was ready for the month of October to begin.

Then, I got this email: Hi Katie, We were featured last week and it was an amazing blessing! Thank you!

Um, tell me I did not just email my family from last week? I did.
Head hanging in shame.

Really, I do remember all the faces.
I'm just terrible with names.and organization.

I worked myself up completely wondering how to fix this one when I realized that maybe God has a purpose in my madness. Maybe the Heppner's could really use a boost. And guess what? They can!

I worked myself all up over this wondering if people would be upset because they didn't get two weeks or because they already gave this family $1. But you know what? I know you guys. You are all awesome and have hearts of gold. You want to help these families. This family still needs around $7,000.

So, I'm just going to go with it! I already messed it up so lets see how amazing we can make this week for the Heppners...again. :)

What are we going to do about that $7,000? People, let's erase it.
The link above takes you to their donation page! Do it.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

The McDaniel's Update

The McDaniel's are doing great! And they are so appreciative.
They are at an amazing $1500!!
We had a bit of a fumble with the video so if you weren't able to watch it before now 
here it is.

And here is their Pure Charity link one more time:

Monday, September 23, 2013

New Family of the Week, The McDaniel's!

I want to start this week out by thanking all of you that follow us. I recently saw a blog post that brought me back to the orphanage in China that I visited with our new son. It brought me back to that moment of seeing hundreds of faces with eyes that had lost their sparkle and hundreds of voices screaming out to us. In that moment everything I knew of this world fell to pieces. I broke in that moment. Broke.

There exists in the world a strong apathy towards these children. It's as if we want to forget they exist. But here at Give1Save1 we are fighting back. You come back week after week to prove the world wrong. You remind the world that there is strength in numbers and every single week we come back and we battle the apathy. We shine light on the darkness that threatens the children. I am so encouraged by every single one of you. Your dollar is so much more than a dollar.

This week I'm pleased to introduce to you Tim and Megan McDaniel. They are in the final stages to bring home their daughter from Ethiopia. She is turning four years old soon!                                                     
McDaniel Adoption Story from Tim McDaniel on Vimeo.

This is their third adoption as a family. Talk about fighting back! This sweet family is so ready and eager to bring their daughter/sister home. Sena is her name and she has an army behind her. Her siblings have done everything they possibly can to pull their own weight and have willingly sold their own belongings.

I love when children are involved. There is a purity in what they are doing that reminds us of the heart of God.

Sweetness surrounds this family. I was here to encourage them and instead they ended up encouraging me with their patience and sweet spirits. Sometimes you come across a family and they just leave an imprint on your life. That is the McDaniel family.

The McDaniel family has done everything they possibly can to get to their daughter and bring her home. Right now they need us. They need us to remember that Sena is not just another face in a sea of thousands. Sena is beautiful and real and she has a family fighting to get her home.

Let's band together once again this week and help bring Sena home.
Head over to Pure Charity and donate $1 to their family fund. And if you want to really be a rebel...skip the $1 and give a little more. :)

Monday, September 16, 2013

New Week! Meet the Heppners!

Hey y'all! It's me Steph, I'm back popping in to say hey! And to introduce you to this weeks family! Meet The Heppners!

They are bringing little 3 year old 'A' home from Uganda and are expecting a call any day now with their court date, and then they can go meet her and bring her home! Let's bless their socks off shall we?! Ready?! GO!

Click on "give now" on the button below to go to their fundraising page! Let's do BIG things for this family!


Friday, September 13, 2013


Time for an update from Ashley Haden because you guys blew it out of the water.......

" My original goal was simply to raise funds to buy 31 nets to cover babies in one orphanage...and you guys blew that away! You bought 86 nets for babies and children and 12 wind up/solar lanterns (upgraded from flashlights because these are larger and will light an entire room) for orphanages. And as if that wasn't enough, several generous folks sent unearmarked donations that purchased 3 first aid kits, many sets of new underpants and 20 plastic zippered mattress covers (mattresses often have mold growth due to soiling/lack of access to diapers) for 2 orphanages. I'm blown away by your generosity and HUGE hearts. I'm eager to share photos of all that you have done for these children. From the bottom of my heart, thank you!!"

Do good.  Be rich in good deeds.  Be generous and willing to share. 
I Timothy 6:18


Thursday, September 12, 2013

Buy Mosquito Nets For Babies!

Hey there! We have an opportunity for you to help in a BIG way.  Hear what a former Give1Save1Africa mama, Ashley Haden, has to say about what's going on in Africa, where her child currently lives.  She's in the midst of her second adoption and is asking for our help.

"There are 31 babies that need mosquito protection nets in this orphanage! My lofty goal is that perhaps we can provide each child with a net for their crib/sleeping space. This will reduce their chance of being bitten by a disease carrying mosquito at night by up to 90%! The nets I am purchasing are World Health Organization endorsed and insecticide treated (necessary for full protection) and cost $13/net. I will order them personally, receive them at my house and ensure they are delivered to the orphanage. If we end up with more net donations then we need I will use any excess to order wind-up (no batteries required) flashlights (Cost is $10 for 2 flashlights on There are very frequent power outages and the "mamas" that care for the children are finding it very difficult to feed bottles and care for sick babies in the middle of the night with no power. Thanks for helping these babies!"

Okay, I know you're already on board and ready to donate.  Get on your paypal and send a gift (remember, by choosing "sending $ to fam/friends"  you can avoid the fees)  Send your gift to: 


Let's go ahead and buy all 31 babies a net. It can truly save their lives 

Thanks so much!

(visiting from Asia's page!)

Monday, September 9, 2013

This week

This week we do not have a new family. Gasp.
Ahh. I know. 
But I'm focusing on getting things organized and ready
for our big merger coming in the next few weeks.
It's going to be awesome. 

Here are a few fun things for the week:
Check out our Pinterest boards!
(Single) Parent Travel Tips - good ideas for all parents traveling with kids, not all apply to adoption trip but many will
Katie R. has been working like crazy getting those boards 
filled. There are playlists and books and fundraising ideas, and grant information!

Go back and review our past families and pick one to be YOUR family of the week:

Go head over to my old friend Asia's page:

Stay tuned this week for new and exciting things going on all around Give1Save1!!

Friday, September 6, 2013

Weekend Call for the Schmid Family!

Can you repost the Schmid family one more time on your social media for them?
They are doing great and I would love to see them keep it up through the weekend!

Don't forget to donate and share!!
Have a great weekend!

Monday, September 2, 2013

The Schmid Family!!!

Have you ever seen pictures of a family and they just made you want to meet that family?
That's the Schmids. Hilarity spills out of their family photos.

Anyone that is awesome enough to post pictures like this on their blog is 
someone I want to meet and spend the day with and laugh until our bellies hurt.

They once lived in Michigan. Um...hello, move back please? Let's hang.
Or at least strategically plan our next April fools day together.

In case you are still holding out on their awesomeness 
here is their video.

Our Adoption from Jennifer Schmid on Vimeo.

Dance Party? 
For the love!!!! Move home. Michigan is calling your name.
So, bottom line? The Schmids rock.
They are still waiting on a referral for a little one from Africa.
They need our help to finish this journey.
Pure Charity?
Not feeling Pure Charity? It's okay!
We have access to paypal too.
Blog with paypal link in the right column?

Boom. The Schmid family.
To whom I have an unhealthy attachment.