Another quick goal update (with percentages!)

For those who love percentages here are a few!

Currently we have almost 36% of our $40,000 raised (see the progress bar on our welcome page). When Steven gets the rebates back on his car (in up to 4 weeks) we will be at 43%. We are definitely on our way to our goal!

Right now of the 36% we have raised toward our goal 87.5% of it is our own money, 10.5% is from our art booth sales (and donations), and 2% is through WePay donations.


Lowering our target donation goal & other news

With the money Steven was able to free up from his car and money we have available in savings we will be able to put up at least $15,000 of our own money toward the adoption. Our overall goal hasn’t changed and that is to get as close to $40,000 combined as we possibly can to make sure all eventualities are covered (within reason). We have lowered our WePay donation goal to $25,000 as given what we will currently be able to come up with that will get us to the $40,000 goal we originally set.

We’ve received almost 1500 page views so far and we really appreciate everyone who has shared our story with their family and friends! We’re very lucky to have such good people in our lives!

We added a progress bar on the front page to help monitor our progress toward our goal as the WePay page only shows progress made through donations on that site and only toward the $25,000. The progress bar on our Welcome page is updated manually and we do our best to make sure it’s updated (and accurate!). Keep in mind it will show our progress through all means of funding whether it’s from our own money, money raised at art / craft fairs, in-person donations, etc. We’re trying to only put the total of money we actually have received so as to not artificially inflate our progress (or count our chickens before they hatch!). As such our current progress shows donations from WePay, $7500 from Steven’s car (with $2895 coming in the next 4 weeks…so not added in yet), $1500 we’ve made through art fairs thus far, and the $5000 from our savings.

Keep Sharing!!

Yay! We’ve reached 1,000 views on our blog! Thanks to all of our friends and family for sharing and the people out there we may not have met yet!

❤ Leslie and Steven

Sign the Petition to Renew the Adoption Tax Credit!!

The adoption tax credit is set to expire 12/31/12 and this is a credit that helps thousands of families bring children into loving and supportive homes.  Without this credit, it’s not only going to be hard on us, but it’s going to make it much harder for anyone wanting to adopt today.  Sign this petition today!  Don’t forget to write your senators and state representatives!! There is a sample letter here.


Thanks goes to Carriage Ford, Mike Fetko, and Derek Sherrell!

With the help of Mike and Derek at Carriage Ford (in Clarksville) we were able to free up $10,000 in equity in Steven’s not so baby friendly car and get something more baby friendly. We will be able to put that money toward starting this process SOON now instead of later. Steven’s monthly car payment went up some, but the $10,000 in our pocket is more important. It also means $10,000 less we might have to borrow elsewhere in the form of a personal loan or line of credit.

Thank you Mike and Derrek! We really appreciate it!

Remember to Share, Share, Share!

Just a quick update, our blog has reached 600! views since it was placed on the world of the internets!  431 of those was just yesterday on our official blog release date!! Things are looking great thanks to your help!  Remember to share our blog and encourage your family and friends to share as well.   This could be through any social networking site, your blog, or the old fashioned way, in person!  Or maybe it would be safer to text or e-mail?  🙂

Leslie and Steven

Making Progress: Success at two Art Festivals and a holiday bazaar coming up!

To help us raise money for our adoption, I have been selling my photographs and other handmade items at local art festivals. So far we have been in the Highlands Festival in Louisville, KY and Fringe Fest in New Albany, IN. If you happened to stop by our booth, thank you for coming by and supporting us! We’ve done really well so far thanks to the generosity of others and so far we have raised enough to pay for our home study. We have met people who have adopted, who are wanting to adopt, and we have had the occasional adopted person excitedly stop by to see us. It’s really sweet to meet kids who are excited to help us because they were adopted. 🙂

Our next stop is the Holiday Bazaar at Floyd Central High School in Floyds Knobs, IN Saturday, December 1st from 9:00a.m. – 1:30p.m. I will be selling my photographs, hand warmers, t-shirt scarves and bracelets, and earrings and hair pins that I make out of polymer clay. We will also be raffling off a brand new Wii U! I am looking into other options in the mean time, but nothing is set in stone yet. I will keep you posted if that changes and send a message over if you know of any other opportunities in the Southern Indiana area. So wish us luck in these endeavors and come by if you can!



Today is the day we are officially sharing our blog with the world! We hope you enjoy our blog and we will continue to post updates here about our progress, which we hope to update some this evening. 🙂

Leslie and Steven