Sunday, November 22, 2015

Meet Ella & Sam

We would like you to meet Samuel (Sam) and Eleanor (Ella), the siblings we are working hard to bring home next year as our son and daughter. 

We recently returned from our first trip to get to know them and we are praying the last phase of our adoption goes smoothly and quickly so they will be home ASAP! 

Please keep them in your prayers...their health and safety...and for their hearts to be prepared for all the life changes to come.

We are just under $10k away from being fully funded!! If anyone would like to help make a difference in the lives of two sweet children who have waited their whole lives for a family, we can accept tax-deductible donations here:

Thank you <3

It's been...

10 months since Esther came home...

A year ago this week, Esther became our daughter! 

It's been 2 years and 10 months since Ben came home...

3 years ago this week, he became our son!

Happy Adoption month!!

Saturday, November 21, 2015

I800 approved!

On Friday I called to check the status of our i800 that I had mailed out on Nov 3rd and was told we were approved the day before!! 

Next step is the visa interview and article 5. We are praying it goes quick and smooth. Thanksgiving holiday may cause a bit of delay as this step is held at the US embassy in their country.


Our changing Lives auction ended with total bids of $6530! Some winners rounded up their totals so each family should receive around $2200!!

Praise the Lord!! 

We personally have enough in our fund to cover our agency fee due now plus some to go towards the agency fee due at court. 

We have under $10k still needed to be fully funded now! So far all we have received are grant denials but I have more to send out and am still hopeful. 

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Home from trip 1!

We returned safely from meeting our new children! We had a great trip and can't wait to bring them home. E and S are beautiful, smart, silly, shy, athletic, creative, helpful, fun and loving children who very much are looking forward to coming to America and having a family of their own. 

Please pray the final steps of our adoption go quickly and smoothly! They have been waiting too long for a family already and even though they understand we have to go home to complete more paperwork and wait for court, it doesn't make the wait any easier. We won't be able to skype between trips after all. 

Please pray for their health and safety and for their hearts to be prepared for all of the changes to come!

We are only approximately $12k away from being fully funded! Please check out this link for our current Changing Lives auction that ends tomorrow night: 

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Made it!

It's 2:30 in the morning here in EE and we are wide awake thanks to our bodies thinking we are still stateside. We had a great trip despite a last minute 2.5 hr round trip jaunt to the capital for apostilles, bridge closure, the 2hr drive to the airport taking 4 hrs due to traffic/accidents, airline strikes, flight cancellations, an extra flight and layover...

But, we are here and excited for the visits ahead! We are as ready as we can be and so nervous about what to expect. Can't wait to tell them they will be ours. I have never visited kids able to express their thoughts and opinions, to be able to interact with us at a more cognitively appropriate level to their age. It should be  fun but something new and hence my nervousness. 

Please keep our trip in your prayers...for us, our children at home and the ones we are getting ready to meet, for wisdom and safety and memories made, comfort for our children who are missing us, for E and S-that their hearts are prepared to meet us. Thank you <3


Our giveaway of the Deluxe Kids Crooked Playhouse has ended and we were able to raise enough for all of our travel expense! 

Our Changing Lives auction is still going on and is doing great. We haven't yet reached our goal with that but I think we will by the time the auction ends. 

Please take a look at all the wonderful items up for bid! Proceeds are helping 4 children, including our 2, come home. One family has already passed court, another should be hearing any day of their court date and our adoption is being expedited as much as possible as well. 

This link takes you directly to the auction album: 

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Travel Dates!

We have our written referral and travel dates....

We leave this Friday!

5 months after sending in our commitment documents, we are on our way to see them again. That doesn't seem very long but it's been over a year since I saw them last so it feels like it's been much longer. 

It's been a whirlwind the past couple weeks with finishing up the book auction, getting our verbal referral, starting the Kids Crooked Playhouse Giveaway and preparing for our Changing Lives Auction. Throw in 3 birthdays and 4 doctors appointments and everyday life...

Never dreamed we would be traveling this soon! 

I still have a lot to do...finish the kids photo books, pack, stock the food for everyone staying behind, get the van and house cleaned up...schedule our stage 2 dossier medicals and find a time to go get fingerprints done to update our FBI clearance....and the Changing Lives auction ends shortly after we get back so I will be working on getting that wrapped up and everything shipped out before Thanksgiving and then there are some more grants applications to send in. 

Needless to say, we will be taking a break during the month of December from fundraising to rest. 

Prayers are coveted! 

Our playhouse giveaway ends tomorrow. This is the most current picture I have, though 4 more entries were claimed since I made it. Just 39 entries to go! 

Event page is here for more details on how to enter:

Our auction has begun! We have some amazing items donated-go take a look! 

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Limited Entry Kids Crooked House Deluxe Playhouse Giveaway

We need to do some fast fundraising!

Limited Entry Kids Crooked House Deluxe Playhouse Giveaway
This is a limited entry giveaway! 
There are only 225 entries available...


1. "Give a home' by donating $25 to our tax-deductible adoption fund to 'buy a house' on our chart:…/pure-and-faultless

This gives you one entry, which is worth 5 tickets (or 5 times that your name is entered into the giveaway)

***NO limit to the number of entries!***

1. Blog about the giveaway to get one free ticket - must post the link in the comments here or in the event page on FB
2. Share the link to the event page on FB and tag me (Amanda Sutton) so I can verify it

This chart will be kept updated daily as entries are taken!

A winner will be drawn once ALL 225 entries are taken and our goal date is to end this on November 4th and announce a winner on November 5th!

The FB event page is here for easy posts to share:

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Almost Half Way Funded!

We are almost to the halfway funded point for our estimated $32k adoption costs!

Just $290 to go and we will have raised and paid $16k in just 4 months!

It was a lot of work to get to this point as we have had to fundraise for every dollar of that. God is providing and we will continue working hard to bring them home. 

Here is the breakdown of our upcoming Fees:

Immediate Need:

Agency fee for dossier expenses: $350 (needed NOW)

Trip 1 Airline Tickets: $3k (needed by Nov 1st)
Trip 1 In Country Expenses: $1k (needed by Nov 15)
Visas: $640 (Needed by Nov 15)
Third Program Fee: $1500 (Needed by Dec 1)

Needed by March/April 2016
Final  Program fee due after court: $1400
Trip 2 Expenses: Estimated $6k 
Post Placement Fees: $2400

$16,290 needed to be fully funded

If you would like to help us chip away at these fees, we can accept tax-deductible donations here (100% goes to us, no fees are taken out!):

Monday, October 19, 2015

Pure and Faultless

Today we blessed by the generosity and kindness of a stranger who heard our story and wanted to help!

Yesterday, I was getting discouraged as I thought about the $750 we were short of raising in the book auction, and the $6k we will need in November, half of that as soon as two weeks from now...

I just kept praying "Lord you know our need, we trust and have faith that you will provide. Help me not to worry or doubt." His hand has been evident every step we have taken to bring the siblings home starting over a year ago. We could not have orchestrated the way things have worked out to get where we are right now and we are so grateful!

We spent all day today working on packaging up the books and were able to get 30 packages mailed out today. Work is a good distraction :) Hopefully the rest will go out tomorrow, just in time to get ready to launch our big giveaway and start the event page for our next Changing Lives auction.

Today we received a message from the director of She said they had received an email from someone who wanted to help, all because a post with our blog and need was shared and they saw it! They are sending a check for $400! That means we are only $350 short of our goal to cover the last of our dossier fees.

Praise the Lord!!

It was the encouragement I needed and an answer to prayer. A reminder to 'not grow weary'. Galatians 6:9

Thank you, friend, for your kindness and generosity. Thank you for blessing our family and helping in a huge way <3


Through this, we learned we could set up a fund on Pure and Faultless that would allow us to accept tax-deductible donations and 100% goes to our adoption. Nothing is taken out for fees like it is on our PureCharity and GoFundMe pages. This is possible because of the generosity of others who donated specifically to help cover those fees. They are even able to wire fees to our EE agency for us! Oh how I wish we had learned about this option from the beginning of our adoption. We went ahead and got it set up today and will be working on closing down the other two this week.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Verbal & Funding Update!

On Friday we heard that we had received our verbal referral (approval) the day before!! 

Current timelines from verbal to written are only 2 weeks right now and with written comes travel dates. As exciting as that is, it is also stressful because at that point we will need the funds to make our airline reservations. 

Our book auction ended Friday with total bids of $1750. That is wonderful and more than we started with but unfortunately we didn't reach our needed goal of $2500. 

We should start hearing back from some grants in the next couple weeks and we are praying hard that something may come through to help with our urgent and upcoming funding needs. I'm a bit burnt out right now with fundraising but can't stop now.

We have two more fundraisers we are working on to help get us closer. A limited entry giveaway starts this week and another Changing Lives auction with all new items starts Nov 1st. Both of those will be benefiting our family as well as two others. 

Stay tuned for updates...I will be opening the event page this week! 

Meanwhile, back to the books. I'm working on getting the books packaged up and out the door as soon as payments come in. 

Please pray for provision and for the Lord to bless our efforts to raise the funds needed. Please pray for our children in EE, for their hearts to be prepared to join ours. I'm a bit nervous how the visits will go but I can't wait to see them again. It has been over a year already :( Please pray for our family here as we prepare for all the changes to come. Life is busy and the days are going by too quickly. 

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Book Auction Ending!

The first three groups of books (Christmas Books, Board Books  & Group 1 of the Picture Books) ends at 11pm EST tonight!!

That's just over 200 books ending tonight, with another 200 ending tomorrow night and the last 150+ ending Friday night, all at 11pm EST!

Everyone loves books-go take a look.
Every dollar goes to our adoption fund!

Once tonight's books end, I will move them to another album to get them out of the way of the ones that end tomorrow.

Happy bidding :)

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Changes to the ending of the auction...

We now have over 500 up for bid in our auction!

It took some very long days this week getting that all sorted, organized, and book info found and posted with starting bids. The hard work is worth it and we are hoping that all this pre-auction prep will help the ending go smoother. I am still working on moving the last 100 books into the correct groups but hope to have that finished tomorrow.

We also made another change. The auction will end on three different days and this picture explains that:

As each day ends, I will be tagging the winners and then moving all the books in the completed groups to a different album to get them out of the way so there will be less scrolling to get to the books that are still active. 

On October 17th, I will add up all the totals and contact all the winners with payment info and to get shipping information. 

We need $2500 for the last of our dossier fees and another $100 for Gideon's passport so that is our goal for this auction.

Please share the link! Over 500 books in our auction to benefit our adoption of older siblings from EE! Low starting bids!

Something for everyone, feel free to share. Flat $5 shipping to anywhere in the US.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Book Auction Starts today!

Exciting news!
Our dossier is being submitted tomorrow to the MOJ and should be reviewed at next week's IAC meeting. Usually you get 'Verbal Approval/Referral" at the IAC meeting and then approximately 3 weeks later your dossier gets signed by the MOJ and that is called the 'Written referral". Travel dates for trip 1 are usually issued when the written referral is received.

Getting much closer! Now to raise the last of our dossier fees! 
All proceeds from our book auction be be going to cover the $2500 needed now!

I'm still working on adding the last of the book info, starting bids and moving over 100 more books into the album but hopefully will have that all done today. Keep checking back and feel free to share !

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Changing Lives Auction #2

We have already begun working on preparing for our second Changing Lives Auction.
This one will start November 1st and end November 12th at 11PM EST.

One change this time is that we wanted to find a way to help others so there will be three families, bringing home a total of 4 children from the same EE country, that will benefit from this auction. 

The Collicott family is working to bring home a 5 1/2 year old boy that only weighs 11 pounds. Christopher needs medical intervention once home due to the severe malnourishment he suffered all his life in an orphanage.

The Horton family is adopting Hope, a tiny seven year old, ten pound girl who desperately needs a family.

We will be raising the funds for our first trip and helping to raise the funds for the pickup trips for the other two families. 

We look forward to continue sharing more about all the wonderful businesses and organizations that are making a difference in the world!

Sweet picture

Esther finally reached 36lbs! 
She has been home 8 1/2 months. She's a happy girl! 

Saturday, October 3, 2015


At the end of last week, our dossier was sent to be authenticated. We should be hearing soon when it will be submitted to wait for our referral. That usually comes in two steps, typically 3 weeks apart: verbal (approval at an IAC meeting) and then written (once it is signed off on by the Minister of Justice). We will receive our travel dates at the same time as our written approval. Best estimate of travel dates for trip 1 is early to mid-December.


A week ago, we still needed $9k for fees due for our adoption so our dossier could be submitted. $5k to our US agency and $4k to our foreign agency.

* We sent a $3k check to our US agency this past week, that was raised through a Spaghetti dinner and silent auction held at our church last weekend. We have an additional $1k heading to our US agency (from our PureCharity Fund), leaving us only needing $1k more to pay the last of our US agency fees!!

* After shipping costs and some manufacturing costs for a couple of the items in our auction were deducted from our total bids, we raised $2500 in our Changing Lives auction..and we are still waiting on about $300 of that from the auction so we can pay our foreign agency fees. That leaves us with only needing $1500 for the last of the foreign agency fee due now!!


With a combined $2500 needed *yesterday*, we have decided to move our book auction up much sooner than originally planned in order to hopefully bring in the last of that so there are no delays. 

* Our tentative book auction dates are October 7 - October 15th. I have a lot of work to do to get it ready in time. You can take a look through the books available here. They are very unorganized right now, and I still have to add the book info and starting bids, so please do not post any bids until it begins! We have over 400 books in our auction!

* Lastly, we are planning a very special Changing Lives auction #2 for November, with even more great items from businesses and organizations that help other causes. Plus this one will benefit, in addition to our family, two other families adopting children in desperate need to come home quickly. I will share more after our book auction is complete. We will be raising the funds for our first trip and the pickup trips for the other two families.


I could use prayer for endurance as I work to get all of this completed in the short timeline we have to work with. Prayer that we will be able to connect with businesses and organizations that will be willing to help. Prayers that many will be reached through our efforts to bring awareness of the many ways to help others and make a difference. Prayer for provision for our adoption. Jehovah-Jireh

Most of all that God will be glorified through it all! 

Thank you, friends!! <3

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Changing Lives Auction

We raised an amazing $3300 at our Spaghetti Dinner & Silent Auction event at our church!! We are amazed at the love and generosity shown towards our family to help bring the siblings home. Our event went very well and we are so thankful our church was willing to host it and help by providing the food and inviting everyone to come.


We have another $5k we need to raise this week so please take a look at our Changing Lives auction, which ends tomorrow at 11pm EST.

Album Link here:

Quick look here at the items up for bid:

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Super Hero Cape & Mask Sets

Super Hero Cape & Mask Sets

We are taking preorders for the Super Hero Cape & Mask sets through Sept 30th!
Orders will be sent in on October 1st and will arrive within 7-10 days later.

Small (capes 1-29): $20 each
Medium (capes 1-15): $25 each
Large (capes 1-15): $30 each

Flat $5 shipping fee per order to the same address. No shipping fee if you are local.

For Height
Small (25 inch)
28 inch
28—39 inch
Medium (35 inch)
28 inch
34—43 inch
Large (43 inch)
24 inch
55—71 inch
**the picture shows the large incorrectly as 45 inches long

These are all the capes shown in the picture:

1 - Superman (Blue on top & red underneath)
2 - Spiderman (red on top & black underneath)
3 - Batman (black on top & yellow underneath)
4 - Green Lantern (green on top & silver underneath)
5- Iron Man (red & yellow w/iron man face decal)
6 - Robin (red on top & green underneath)
7 - Captain America (blue on top & red underneath) 
8 - Flash (red on top & yellow underneath)
9 - Superman (RED on top & BLUE underneath)
10 - Batgirl (black on top & fuschia underneath)
11 - Supergirl (pink on top & silver underneath)
12 - Wonder Woman (red on top & blue underneath)
13 - Spidergirl (Purple on top & red underneath)
14 -  Hulk (purple & green w/friendly fist decal)
15- Thor (black & red w/mallet decal)
16- Frozen (Sky blue top & Silver underneath)
17-Incredibles (Red top & Black underneath)
18-Lion Shield (Blue on top & Red underneath)
19-Cross Shield (Navy on top & Green underneath)
20 - Crown-1 (Purple on top & Silver underneath)
21 - Crown-2 (Light green top & Purple underneath)
22 - Yoda (Fuchsia on top & Light green underneath)
23- Darth Vader (Black on top & Red underneath)
24- Chewbacca (Light green on top & Brown underneath)
25- Storm Trooper (red on top & White underneath)
26- TMNT-1 (Green top & Blue underneath)
27- TMNT-2 (Green top & Red underneath)
28 - TMNT-3 (Green top & Purple underneath)
29 - TMNT-4 (Green top & Orange underneath)

Capes are made of Satin and/or Polyester and come with a velcro enclosure for easy removal. Masks are made of double sided felt. * Mask styles may vary.

To order, leave a comment here and I will message you or else send an email to: with the capes & sizes you want and your mailing address. I will send you an invoice.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Spaghetti Dinner & Silent Auction Details

You are all invited to a Spaghetti Dinner and Silent Auction to benefit our adoption of an older sibling group, ages 9 & 11, from Eastern Europe! This is our 3rd special needs, international adoption in 3 years.

WHEN:    September 27, 2015 @ 12:30 PM
WHERE:   Tabernacle Baptist Church, 10640 Kings Highway, King George, VA 22485, in the Gym

AUCTION:  Items up for bid include tickets to Belvedere Plantation, gift cards to Funland in Central Park, tickets to Splitsville Lanes in Fredericksburg, movie & dinner gift card, tickets to the Children’s Museum of Richmond, a one night stay at the Belle Grove Plantation…and more!

Event page

**Donations will be accepted for the meal. Just choose an envelope and place your family's donation of $10, $25 or $50 inside.

Pictures of the silent auction gift baskets will be added this week!

Belle Grove Plantation
Splitsville Lanes
Belvedere Plantation
Central Park Funland
Children's Museum of Richmond

We are working hard to bring them home!