Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Super Secret Project!!

Though we felt very certain we would adopt an older child after Lucy,
it happened much quicker than we

But what were we to do?? We discovered we had another daughter
waiting for us in Ch*na & nothing would stop us
from goin' to get her, quick as possible.

And even though our agency has waived many of its fees for
our sweet Shu Li,
there are still many expenses.

I have prayed for months over this....do we do a fundraiser?
Or not?

If so, what should that look like?

I prayed....A LOT!

Then the answer came to me.
The parable that Jesus told about the talents (Matt. 25:14-30) revealed it.

I felt sure that I was to use my "talents".....

that I should work hard, as unto the Lord,
to raise the funds we need.

So I began to....sew.

And oh my gracious did I have a ball!

And here you go....

A rag quilt (throw) that is super warm!

This fun bag
is just as cute
on the inside

as the outside!

Great for a
diaper bag!

And some more great bags...

Here's the scoop....

Enter by:

*Leaving a comment (on this post) or email me for one entry.
**One comment entry per person.

*Plugging my giveaway on your blog for one entry.
**Please let me know in a comment that you are
giving me a plug!

*Donate $10 using Chipin (top right corner) for each additional entry.

Easy as can be!!

The drawings will be held on Wednesday, June 17!

If there is anything you just love and don't want to take a chance on
not winning the drawing, email me and if the fabric is still
available I would love to make the identical
item for you for a set price.

Oh yes....one last (very important) thing....
Take a peek at our sweet girl, would ya?

Isn't that the sweetest face ever?!
I'm so in love.

Thank you in advance for whatever you are
able to do to help us bring
our darling daughter home.


Chasity said...

Absolutely gorgeous bags, the quilt is amazing, you did a beautiful job. I will be praying for your funds to come in quickly.

P.S. Shu Li is just beatiful!

Rachel said...

Oh friend...What a great idea! You are truly talented & I'm praying right now that you will raise a huge amount of funds to bring you closer to that beautiful girl!!! Time to go "Chip in" !!!

Lacy said...

Your bags are beautiful! I also love the quilt. You are very talented.
PS. Your Daughter is just beautiful.

Jaime said...

Lori - those are amazing!!!!!
I'll be posting about you (not only b/c I want to win something) because I love that you are following GOd's call and trusting in Him tot ake care of the details. YOU, my dear sweet bloggy friend, are AMAZING!

Mom Of Many said...

I just have to know...did Nick help make the throw? Cause I saw it and the first word that came to mind was: SEXY!

Beautiful stuff you talented girl...absolutely beautiful - just like your daughter waiting!!

Michele said...

Couple of things:

1: What gorgeous stuff! I love it all. You are so talented! I for sure want to be entered! I will post a plug for you in just a little bit on my blog and I will be glad to chip in $10!

2: Funny that you posted about this. I know you don't know me or my story, so I will be brief. I desperately want to adopt, my husband does not. However, last night I poured my heart out to him, weeping. We didn't get very far. This morning rolls around and he comes to me to say that he wouldn't have such a hard time if it weren't for the money. He is terrified of that. So we are making progress, but I don't know how to make him feel better. I have no idea where the money would come from. I can not sew. LOL.

3: Shu Li is gorgeous. I am not sure why, but when I saw her I started crying (dumb I know) but I am just so happy for her. I can't wait to see her adoption story unfold.

Lastly, I am sorry that I have written you a book here. Jeez, you must think I am a psycho stalker. I promise I am not psycho, LOL.

Hezra said...

awesome! I am so excited for you. I am in the same boat. I will be praying for you and help where I can. Shu Li is so pretty. I have not gotten pictures of my girls yet. :-( But I can hardly wait to see their faces! The quilt and bags are amazing! Yes, I thought "sexy quilt" too.. . .lol

Stacy said...


Shu Li is beautiful! I know that you can't wait to hug her. I just love the peace sign teens are teens no matter where they live. You are very talented, you quilt and bags are beautiful.


julie said...

Shu Li is so pretty, I'm so glad to finally see her picture. Good luck with the fundraiser, you are one talented lady!

P.S. After reading Michele's comment, I realized I'm not the only one who has a husband afraid to commit to adoption. We have to keep working on these guys!

Debby said...

Oh Lori...so happy to finally "meet" your daughter. I know you can hardly wait to bring her home. What a wonderful time that will be.

I will gladly put a plug in for you on my Blog. Sorry, that's all my single mom purse strings allow for these days.

My family often jokes that if I ever won the lottery, I'd be like a mini Oprah..dispersing funds to all of my worthy causes....

And, of course I will pray that it all comes together quickly for you.

JR said...

Lori, LOVE your handmade items! Such talent!!!

Shu Li has such a sweet face - I can't wait to see the rest of her journey unfold. Still praying for you and your family on this road to Shu Li....

Nicole A. said...

Ooooh, a picture! Yay! She is beautiful! I am so very happy for you guys!

And your sewing is fabulous! How wonderful that you can use your God-given talents for such good.

All the best,
Nicole A. in OH

Chris said...

Ha! I was right on one of the items, but wow! lady, you've been busy! Neat stuff.
Shu Li is beautiful, but I had to look at the back ground makes me sad. Can't wait till the smile is all over her face like Lucy's

Chris said...

Lori make sure you get this give-away put up on Amie's sisters blog it's called For The Love of a Child and lists all the fund raisers she can find. Great shopping

Michele said...

I wanted to come back and say thank you for the sweet words! They mean more than you know. And after talking to my husband again, he finally said YES!!!!!! Praise Jesus!! He did say that he would like to pay off our credit card first, and I am FINE with that! This is the same husband that was adamant 6 months ago that we would never adopt! YIPPEE JESUS!

I gave you a little plug on my blog too! Hopefully, it will help!

Lisa said...

Your bags are beautiful and that quilt is amazing. Best of luck in raising your funds. I will pray that they come in as needed. I just came from chip in.

Your daughter is beautiful. She will be so blessed to be a part of your family.

Newark, Ohio

megadog said...

Hi Lori
Gorgeous, beautiful, talented you.
We traveled at the same time and adopted our beautiful little boy. We enjoyed meeting you guys.
I am going to donate as well.
Beautiful work! Beautiful girl!

Karin said...

Wow, Lori! Great stuff! You are very talented. I love the purse with the different blocks of fabric.

Tracy said...

Your daughter is beautiful! I can see why you are chomping at the bit to get her home. You are one talented lady. I love the first bag that you made. Love the syle, the colors, everything. Your blog blesses me everytime I read it. I enjoy the laughter I get everytime I visit, and the way you make day to day life more interesting. Thanks!

Patty said...

You are so very VERY talented and crafty!!!! And I'm so NOT!!!! LOVE the stuff you made. Praying you will raise more than enough.
And praying LOA is here QUICK. Today would be preferable.

Lynsay said...

ooh lala.....Do I love rag quilts or do i LOVE THEM? :)

SL is beautiful! Can't wait till she is home!

Sally- That Girl! said...

Love the bags and quilt! I just checked your blog in between me sewing car bags for the kids to take to Disneyland!! Great minds think alike!

You and Shu Li are inspiring me for our next child to be around Shu Li's age.

Posting on my blog and chiping in!

Shanny said...

I really enjoy reading your blog. You always seem to make me laugh, smile or cry (happy tears). Like you, my husband and I are adopting from China. Although we have a long road ahead with a LID of June 2008. I will pray that you are able to raise the needed funds to bring home your adorable daughter. By the way, you are an amazing seamstress.

Jean said...

I'm excited!! I'm in and hoping to win!!

Shu Li is so beautiful! She has such a sweet smile!
We need to get this girl home!

Lori- please check out my blog- we need major prayer.
Thank you,

the mommy. said...

Beautiful items! Your waiting daughter is beautiful! Best of luck with everything and your family will be in my prayers!

Anonymous said...

She's beautiful!!!! Can't wait to see you in the pictures with her. :)

Nice work on those secret projects! Mrs. G. would be SO proud. The quilt is my fav. Is that the same kind of quilt Nick made? Cute idea!

Sarah the Kool Kid said...

Great bags! Such talent. lol
OMGNESS! She's so cute! adorable! I can't wait to come and meet her soon!

Mailia's Mom said...

I'm absolutely thrilled for Shu Li! I adopted my daughter at age 6 1/2 and so much wanted to go back, but when the CCAA changed their rules a while back, they decided we were too old. :-( But we are so blessed to have the child that China did let us have. I'm a blogger friend of Lindsi's and Jami's mom, Debby. And now I know that your Lucy and my daughter are Fu sisters too. Anxious to learn more about Shu Li and follow you when you get to go bring her home.

Kathy said...

I love the quilt!! Everything is beautiful!
You are so very talented.

Shu Li is beautiful!!!

Nancy said...

So glad to finally see Shu Li picture. And I love the bags.

ronvic7 said...

ohhhh, I wish I could sew! I am so jealous! You are so blessed to be getting your girl, here's to older child adoption, it's SUPER!!

I can't chip in since we're going back for bros, but I'll give ya a plug on my blog for sure:)

You are very blessed, God will come through with your funds- I'll pray for you.

Mom to Chloe, going back for the brothers, Chase and Chance

Jen said...

Lori, what great talent you have there girl!! While they all are beautiful, I love the floral bag with the knot strap!!

Shu Li is absolutly stunning!! She is BEAUTIFUL! So happy I finally got to see her sweet face.

McNew Family said...

Congratulations, Lori! I can't wait to see your sweet daughter and you in the same photo!!!!

Holly said...

You are able to post pictures now??? So exciting!! Oh my. I LOVE that quilt! I just love you and truly pray that all will go well with adoption, financially, emotionally, and in every other way. :)

Janet and Kevin said...


Your new daughter is so beautiful! Hopefully she will be home soon.

We will be praying for your finances to bring her home. We'll post about your journey.

Janet and Kevin

quilt'n mama said...

Beautiful work! and a beautiful daughter! I love the idea of the things you are giving away being handmade!
I'll put a note on my blog as well. Can't wait to hear those words... LOA for you!

CJ said...

You have a beautiful family!! I am excited to follow along on your journey to your new daughter.

We brought home our own sweet girl from Korea about the same time you brought your beautiful Lucy home.

You are very talented!! I love your bags and the throw as well.

annie said...

Hi Lori,

I'm a friend of Jaime's and saw her post about your giveaway. I love the idea! You are very talented! I'll be posting about you and chipping in!

Shu Li is so beautiful. I pray everything moves swiftly so you can hug her soon!

Danie Nicole said...

how much would you charge for that throw? i absolutely love it and would rather buy it to help out your cause.

Jones family said...

Right now our family (me, husband, and 3 teenage daughters) are in Colombia finalizing the adoption of our 2 sons (12 & 6 years old). It has been quite the process, but worth every minute, piece of paper, and dollar spent. They are AMAZING boys and we are so blessed to add them to our family! Your family is beautiful and we will be praying for Shu Li to come home soon!

Nancy said...

Wow! Lori, you are gifted! Been to "Chip In", now I have to post on my blog, too! :)

Nancy in CT

Londa said...


How do you find the time... You truly amaze me! Just beautiful...everything and espcially Shu Li!! Yes, we have started the paper chase...you should have warned me of all the additional paperwork...oh my!! Please be praying for us and I will continue to do the same for you. Our God is an awesome God...he has suppplied all our needs in Christ Jesus!! To Him be all the glory!!

The Carter Family said...

I am praying for your family to continue to grow! I also am crossing my fingers. . . your items are so beautiful!

Shu Li is a very lucky young lady!

christy rose said...

I came over from Sarah's blog, Splashin Glory and I am so glad that I did. I absolutely loved your blog, your family, your heart, everything! I love your family pic at the bottom of your blog. I do not know why but it moved me to tears. I think it is wonderful you are increasing your family through adoption. I donated a little bit toward that as well. I hope and pray that everything comes together smoothly for you and your family to adopt that sweet girl. I would like to continue to come back and visit often. My time spent here today was very enjoyable.
Christy Rose

trina said...

She is such a pretty girl!! I think that is the first time I have seen her picture. Your idea of sewing is a great idea. The dress is darling and the bags are so cute. You go girl!! I believe in fundraising. :)

Faye Verquer said...


Add me to the drawing...I am headed over to Chip in right now!

Your newest daughter is BEAUTIFUL!



codyssister1 said...

ok, I want the diaper bag but now I NEED the black and white dress. I'm sure Maren will be beautiful in that!! I'm watching everyday for your good news! What's taking so long??? love ya!

Mark & Melanie said...

Hi, Lori

I came to your website via "Our China Girls" - I would love to be part of your giveaway. I'll mention you in my blog as well.

The throw is beautiful and I would be happy to purchase one for your cause. Would be extra special for the little one we are hoping to adopt. Actually, all of your items are gorgeous. I have Great admiration for those who are blessed with the gift of sewing and crafts. Me? Not so much!

What a beautiful daughter you are adding to your already beautiful family! Blessings to you in your faithfulness to God's calling.

Chris and Sarah said...

I finally got a chance to do this. We had dial-up and I have been having the worst time with blogs. I now have high speed so I just posted on my blog about your giveaway.

These are beautiful things but I LOVE the quilt. You need to go into business making this stuff.

christina said...

Your daughter is absolutely beautiful, no wonder you are sewing like mad to bring her home! :) Praying for your family on this amazing journey...

Mary said...

Best of luck on your endeavor - she's beautiful and will be a wonderful addition to your family. My downstairs neighbors/pseudo sisters were adopted from China, and I've known both of them since their mom brought them home 16 and 5 years ago respectively. They are my inspiration to adopt someday.

Kristi said...

You have a beautiful family! I'll post the plug on my blog. We are waiting for TA for our sweet 20 mos old baby. jkcc-ourjourneytochina.blogspot.com

Shonni said...

She is so beautiful and I can't wait for her to get home to you!

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