Friday, March 2, 2018

Waiting for a court date!

Sorry for not posting for a while. I am still in the waiting phase (which most of an adoption is). I have received I800 approval and approval from the National Visa Center. All paperwork is at the US Embassy in ''Lana's'' country. Any day now they will issue what is called an Article 5. This gives the attorney that works with us in country permission to petition the court for a court date. 

Hopefully, I will be leaving before the end of the month!!

Monday, December 4, 2017

I know I am late posting this. 😞 My daughter put together this auction for me. Go ahead and take a look and place your bids! Thank you!!

Auction is live and runs through Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 8:00 EST.


To bid on an item, please comment on the picture with your bid amount. Starting bid is listed and is the minimum bid that must be made for the first bid. Each subsequent bid must increase by at least $1.00.

For this auction, shipping is included! At the end of the auction, winners will be tagged on their winning items.

Payment for item(s) you win will be made to the Rice family's FSP
here:  PayPal is also accepted.

Winners will be PMed with instructions on where to send a copy of their receipt and to get a shipping address.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Waiting for final trip

My visits in September went well. When 'Lana' was told that I was going to be her mama, she got a smile on her face and didn't start crying or anything so I guess that's a good sign.  We played on the playground when I visited her at her school - she really liked the swing and a merry-go-round (she actually made me dizzy after a while watching her).

When I visited at the orphanage, we played with Playdoh, stamps, and used colored pencils to color and draw. I think she will pick up on things fast since she liked to 'copy' what me and my niece did with the Playdoh and what we drew.

Now I have to wait until February/March to return for court. I will be there for approximately 3 weeks waiting for the final paperwork, a visa, and passport before returning home.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Traveling Dates


I received word on Saturday, September 9, that I need to arrive in country on Sunday, September 17th! Yay! I have an appointment on that Monday to get the official OK to visit 'Lana' at the orphanage. I don't know right now how much time I will get to spend with her - only time will tell. After I return home, I will have to wait 4-6 months to return to bring her home to stay. I will update you when I return to let you know how things went! Thank you all for your continued support & prayers.  

Friday, August 11, 2017

Dossier Review


I was told my dossier was on the list to be reviewed by the government back on July 14th. I have not heard anything regarding the review. The government uses snail mail to notify my adoption agency of their decision and when I can travel to meet 'Lana'. I expect it to be the last week of August or the first week of September.

My t-shirt fundraiser is ongoing. They will get printed every time there are at least 10-12 ordered. Thank you to all who have ordered.

My daughter, Stephani, is also selling Avon and all proceeds will be given to my adoption. If you need anything from Avon use this link:

I am also working on an auction. This will probably happen in Sept/Oct. after I return from my 1st trip and in time for people to start their Christmas shopping.

If you are doing any back-to-school shopping online, please don't forget about my Amazon link. Use this link to order (it doesn't cost anything extra) and a portion of your total sales will go to help my adoption and also 2 other families.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

T-Shirts are here!

We are all blessed and what better way to show it then with this t-shirt! You will also be blessing a young girl with a family and not living the rest of her life in an institution. Thank you for your support! 

Update July 3, 2017

Yes, it's been a while since I posted. 

All of my paperwork is in Armenia waiting on their government to review. They held elections in April and have new government officials and it is taking them time to get things moving. I am hoping they will review me this month (July) so I can make my first trip in August, but it might be another month or two before they review dossier packets. So it's just a waiting game now. 

Still working on fundraisers - though they haven't gone very well. 😡 I did a flower bulb fundraiser, a The Gourmet Cupboard fundraiser, made bird seed wreaths (see below), (sold a few and I will try again in the fall), sold some dog treats at a craft show, knitted a set of finger puppets that sold, made a few sponge water bombs that did not sell, and sold items from around the house. The last fundraiser was for the 4th of July/vacation; a goodie package with popcorn, candy, and glo bracelets (see below). I also rented out my backyard for a bridal shower and am working a part-time job (10-25 hours a week) on top of my full-time job. 

Upcoming fundraisers are (besides still selling more items from home) : Avon, T-shirts, and an Auction. 

Travel/Summer time packs: $10 for 1 pack (includes shipping) and $5 for each additional fun pack.