Monday, October 21, 2013

The Merge!

Happy Monday! This is the last post for the Europe blog! We are MERGING to one big happy blog! Go take a look at GiveOneSaveOne.  

We'll be having giveaways all week, so be sure to visit daily.   
Also, will you subscribe while you're there? We don't want you to miss a thing! We're all going to one Facebook page, too, so be sure to "like" us!
We're super excited about the new blog and hope you love it, too!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Welcome Home Henry!

The Saubers family welcomed home their son Henry from Lithuania in July! You gave $162 to help the Saubers family adopt Henry. Thank you for helping bring Henry home!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Edna is Home!

Remember the Boswells, the very first family we asked you to support, way back in February? (There Featured Family post is here: Good news! They have brought their daughter Edna home! 

Edna with her Momma and Daddy!
Isn't she just sweetness itself? Head on over to their blog to see more pictures on their daughter!

Thank you for your support of $1 or more to the Boswells! Because of you, a child is home with her parents!

Monday, September 2, 2013

Exciting News for Give1Save1

Hey all! I have some exciting news to tell you! We have some big things happening at Give1Save1! Give1Save1 is merging! Way back the beginning, Give1Save1 started out as one big blog. As Give1Save1 grew, it branched out and became Give1AfricaGive1AsiaGive1DomesticGive1Caribbean, and Give1Europe. That is a lot of blogs to run by a lot of volunteers! And a lot of families! The exciting news is we are going back to one big blog!

Here is why this is fantastic: 
  • More Financial Support for Families - All the readers from all the blogs will be united, which will hopefully increase the amount of support we are able to give each week to our featured families!
  • Better Pre-Adoption Research for Families - It will help families who are just in the beginning of their adoption journey to research adoption. They can go to one blog and read about all different countries, get connected with lots of families, and hopefully, get lots of questions answered!
  • Better Quality Service for Our Readers & Simplified Work Load for Our Volunteers - Having 1 blog will be less work for our team of volunteers. We had a lot of volunteers burn out after a year or so of working with Give1Save1. We hope that by joining forces, we can lighten all of our volunteers work load, while offering a better service to the adoption community!
What you need to know: 
  • Although Give1Save1 is making some changes, we are keeping the same purpose. At our heart, we are the same Give1Save1! We will continue to support adoptive families and help them raise funds to bring their child home! By uniting to one blog, we hope to do it even better!
  • We are also combining our Facebook pages. We will be using what is currently the Africa page as our official page since it has the most likes. I suggest you go ahead and like it so you can keep up to date!
  • Give1 Save1 had a gazillion emails! Now we have 1! Our new email is giveonesaveone (at) gmail (dot) com

Q & A:

When will these changes take place and the new blog be started?

No changes for a few more weeks! I wanted to tell you ahead of time. The plans to merge have been in the works for over a month now! We are keeping all the blogs going until we are ready to roll out the new blog! Our volunteer designer is working hard to get the new blog ready! I don't have a specific date, but we hope the new blog will be ready in 2-3 weeks.

How will families be chosen to be featured?

We will choose featured families the way we always have. Families must be truly adopting to qualify to be featured (we verify this with their agency.) That being said a lot of families qualify, and not all families may be chosen. Since the beginning, we have always given priority to families who are traveling soonest. We will continue to do that. We will also try to rotate through different parts of the world. Every month, we will try to feature a family adopting from Africa, Asia, Europe, Domestic, and Caribbean.

Have more questions? Feel free to comment with them and I will try my best to answer them!

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Update on Families

No new family this week. Instead just an update on some of the families we have featured. Some families still need to raise funds, so go to their blog and give $1 if you feel lead!

Ashby Family

In April we raised $20 for the Ashby family to adopt Drake. You can still give here. They have now received their referral and are waiting for travel dates! Follow their blog here for updates:

Jacobs Family

We raised $1,256 for the Jacobs to adopt a waiting little boy, Hamilton. They have now completed their homestudy and almost have their dossier ready to send the country in Europe where Hamilton lives! You can keep up with their story here:

Saubers Family

You gave $162 to help the Saubers family adopt Henry from Lithuania. They are still fundraising to bring their son home. You can still donate here. Follow their story here:

Jenson Family

In May, we raised $754 for the Jenson family! They have now received their official referral for Sofi Rose and expect to travel for trip 1 in September. Keep up with the Jensons here:

Monday, August 12, 2013

New Week: Welcome the Smeiles Family!

Happy Monday! Hope you had a great weekend! Welcome our featured family of the week - the Smeiles family! Karli and Jeff are adopting a waiting child. He is an older toddler from Europe! You can follow their adoption journey at their blog. Watch their video to learn more about this wonderful family and their son! Your going to love them!

"He'll be our first son - and we are very happy to be his second family!"  - Karli Smeiles

How You Can Help

1. PRAY for the Smeiles' adoption.

2. SHARE their video via Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram,  etc. Please help us spread the word! 

3. GIVE $1 (or more if you feel led.) Just click below to donate online!

Click here to check out the world map that will take you to the other Give1Save1 pages: US, Africa, the Caribbean, and Asia.

Adopting from Europe and want to be a family of the week? Send me an email at giveonesaveone (at) and I'll send you an email explaining how to apply!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

dear friends of waiting adoptive moms: some things to know (also, we’re sorry)

by Wymsel
First posted on her blog, Wonderment, Etc. on August 2, 2013. 
View original post here:
1. Your friend is not crazy. (She is adopting.)
There is, I will admit, a fine line between those two but still it’s good to remember. The international adoption of a child requires enough paperwork to kill a small forest. And more governmental red tape than you can believe. Imagine your longest, most frustrating trip to the DMV. Now quadruple that, add in twelve more governmental agencies in two countries, and remember it’s not a driver’s license you’re waiting for but the final piece of paper that says this family you’re creating can finally, finally be together. Yeah. Not crazy. But close.
2. She loves a child she’s never met.
It’s possible. So possible. It’s irrational and crazy but it’s reality. Does she love them like she will once she gets to know them? No. But she loves them. She wakes up loving them and goes to sleep loving them. She drives to the grocery story and aches to have them safe and snug in the car seat waiting for them. She pushes her cart around the store and hears a child cry and her heart pounds wondering if her child is crying? Alone? Hungry? She might even have to leave an entire grocery cart full of food in the yogurt aisle to go home and cry because it just is too hard. Way too hard.
3. It’s difficult having your heart on the other side of the world.
To people on the outside they don’t look like our kids, on paper they might not be our kids yet. But in our hearts we love these children like they are and yet we’re not together. We’re moms without children. It’s an ache that doesn't go away. It starts before we see their faces and only ends when they’re in our arms. So we walk about with half our heart missing. It’s hard to breathe, to think, to speak. Something always feels missing. Because they are.
4. She is addicted to her email.
It’s okay. This is a temporary condition and most make a full recovery. It can be diagnosed by refusal to allow separation from her smart phone, or glassy-eyed concentration as she clicks “refresh” over and over and over on her computer. Other signs may include: waking up in the middle of the night to check because it’s X time over there, and muttering aloud “must get home, must check for update, must get home” while out in public.
5. Her child has been through trauma.
If she’s like a lot of moms she won’t be advertising that fact everywhere because she respects her child’s privacy. But children don’t come to the place of needing a second family because they were placed in a cabbage patch by unicorns and leprechauns. Adoption comes from loss. Loss she will see in her child’s eyes and in their heart. Loss that as a mama can make your soul curl up in a ball for an ugly cry. So don’t tell her the kids are lucky. You wouldn't tell a person who lost an arm that they’re lucky to have a prosthetic one would you? I mean yeah, they are lucky to have that replacement. But you know what would be luckier? Not losing that arm in the first place. So please be understanding. Also, maybe instead of asking for her child’s story outright ask “are you sharing about his history before you?” That gives her a chance to either answer you or bow out graciously.
6. Adoption isn't pregnancy.
It just isn't. Well, it is in that at the end of it the hope is to have a new son or daughter in your arms. But I've yet to meet a pregnant woman who wonders how old her child will be upon entry into the family. Adoption is different. There is no due date for us. Let that sink in. No due date. And even given preemies and late arrivals with the baby by stork method you have a narrow months-long window of time in which the baby will arrive. That brings us to point number seven.
7. She probably doesn't know when the child is coming home.
And she has probably been asked this approximately twelve times that day. Because you, her awesome friends, care about her! (And also you secretly worry she’s going a little nuts, see point #1.) And I get it. It’s hard with adoption because you don’t know what to ask. I feel that way with pregnant ladies, like what am I supposed to say? “Your ankles really don’t look that bad do they?” Recently I learned the always safe phrase “you look great – how is baby doing?”, the adoption equivalent is “I know you must miss your kiddos, how is the adoption going?” Or, if you don’t have time to have her break down and cry all over you try the even safer “can I see your latest update pictures?” and then ooh and aww over their cute faces. Even if the pictures are horrible say something positive. I mean I don’t tell people that their sonogram pictures sometimes look like aliens made of bread dough. (Except yours Amy B. Yours is the cutest thing I've ever seen.)
8. She isn't sure they’re coming home.
This is the part of the adoption process that makes you want to crawl under your bed and not come out until it’s safe again. This is the part that tears you soul in two. This is the part that you wake up in the morning remembering and going to bed at night fearing. Because there are no guarantees. And that’s hard. No, not hard. It’s gut-wrenching. It’s not just the fear that your child might die before having a family, it’s that this child you love with every ounce of your being might grow up in an orphanage, on the streets, or worse.
9. Your friend is kind of stupid.
I know. That’s harsh. But it’s true. You try operating on a daily basis with only half your heart and half your brain, because that’s what it’s like. ‘Cause they other half of you is wrapped up in a tiny person who is half a world and what feels like a lifetime away. Also, because of the time zone difference it means that half of you is awake pretty much all the time.
10. She doesn't need to hear your HAS (horrible adoption stories.)
Yes, I know, everyone knows of someone’s uncle’s neighbor who adopted a child and then the child burned down the school with the power of her mind after her classmates dumped a bucket of pigs blood on her. (Oh wait, that’s the story line of “Carrie” isn't it?) But sharing these stories are the equivalent of telling someone hopping in a plane for their first sky-diving session “I watched this video on YouTube where a guy skydived. He died. And his body was all smashed and stuff.” Maybe it’s true but it’s also not overly helpful. Unless you’re the kind of person who also goes up to pregnant woman and says “I read a book about this lady who got pregnant one time, she gave birth to a kid who became a serial killer and sewed a suit of clothes out of his victims skin. (Shoot, that’s the story line of “Hannibal” isn't it? Well, I tried.)
Do “Adoptive Kids” sometimes grow up and do horrible thing? Yep. You know who else grows up and does horrible things? “Vaginal kids.” So really, the warning should be more along these lines: “You’re going to be a parent huh? Good luck with that.”
11. She has probably done her research
Don’t assume she’s going into this because of a driving urge to be mistaken for Angelina Jolie. Unless she is also demanding everyone call her husband “Brad” it probably comes from some deeper place. Or you know, her husband’s name really IS Brad. Chances are she’s read books on adoptive parenting, has agonized for hours over which adoption agency to choose from. Made a decision. Then agonized some more. She’s thought about the ethical questions. And if you don’t think she has then maybe ask. “How did you pick your agency?” “What led you to X country?”
12. She looks brave on the outside, she’s brave on the inside too. But she’s also a mess
Which, I think is what mothering and loving is all about. Being a mess. Throwing your love out there and not knowing if you’re ever going to get it back. It’s scary. It’s vulnerable. It feels like you can’t breathe and when you can it hurts to do it. And you don’t want to complain about that because you picked it. So you pick up the pieces of your heart and you keep going. You keep going because at the end of the day what you go through as an adoptive mother is nothing compared to what children go through when they live their life without family. And that’s what this journey is all about.
dear friends of waiting adoptive moms
edited to add this note: When I hit publish this morning it didn't occur to me that this post would spread so far beyond the small group of friends and family who read my blog. Beyond the group of women who've become my friends during this adoption journey and who helped me think of topics to add to this post. I’m honored that each one of you have come here and read my thoughts, and honored that you saw fit to share this post with your friends. For those of you who haven’t read posts before I’d like to offer links to a few that I believe will present a more complete picture of my thoughts on the adoption process.

Monday, August 5, 2013

New Week: Welcome the Weal Family

Happy Monday! Hope you had a great weekend! Welcome our featured family of the week - the Weal family! Dave and Courtney Weal are adopting a 7 year old waiting boy from Eastern Europe! You can follow their adoption journey at their blog. Watch their video to learn more about this wonderful family and their son! Your going to love them!

How You Can Help

1. PRAY for the Weals' adoption.

2. SHARE their video via Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram,  etc. Please help us spread the word!  The Weals are traveling this month for their 1st trip! 

3. GIVE $1 (or more if you feel led.) Just click below to donate online!

Click here to check out the world map that will take you to the other Give1Save1 pages: US, Africa, the Caribbean, and Asia.

Adopting from Europe and want to be a family of the week? Send me an email at giveonesaveone (at) and I'll send you an email explaining how to apply!

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Welcome Home! (Update on Our Featured Families)

This is going to be one of the best blog posts I have ever written! Because it tells the story of families we helped unite!

Boswell Family

Our first featured family, The Boswells, our leaving for Ukraine to bring Edna home in less than a week! We raised $1,375 to help the Boswells bring Edna home. Follow their adoption journey here:

Sponseller Family

Remember our second featured family, the Sponsellers? You gave $1,383 to help with their adoption expenses! They just welcomed Daniel into their family! They are still in Ukraine finishing up their adoption. Learn more at their blog:

Daniel Sponseller! Now in a family!

Moss Family

In March, we raised $755 for the Moss Family! They are in Bulgaria right now completing their adoption of Maia! You can check their blog for lots of pictures and updates!

Maia Faith and her new Mama! Leaving the orphanage behind forever!

Gardner Family
We raised $1,006 for the Gardner family! They are on their first trip and have picked up their son. However they are not allowed to share pictures yet. They will need to make 3 more trips to Latvia to finish their adoption! They have lots of pictures on their blog from their trip:

McRoberts Family

In May we raised $257 to help the McRoberts bring home Edgars! Their adoption is now complete! Enjoy these two pictures of the McRoberts clan with their new son Edgars!



Monday, July 29, 2013

New Week: Welcome the Collicott Family

Happy Monday! Hope you had a great weekend! Welcome our featured family of the week - the Collicott familyDoug and Lynda have been together almost 26 years, and are the parents to 6 children. The older two girls, Cassandra and Samantha, are out of the home with one married, one off to college, and the last 4 are at home. At home are Katrina 14, Erikka 9, Andrei 8 (just adopted Feb 2013), and Riana 4. The Collicotts are now adopting 2 year old Brett from Bulgaria. Doug and Lynda are very thankful that, despite being deaf, they lead a very enriched life with their children. Their 5 bio daughters can hear, which made for some interesting times. However, Andrei is deaf, and Brett, the little boy they are now adopting, is also deaf. God truly places the lonely in families, and He knew what He was doing by placing Andrei and Brett in their family. Now their communication will flourish through sign language and they will actually understand that they have a mommy and a daddy who loves them. You can follow the Collicotts' adoption journey at their blog. I can't wait for you to watch the Collicotts video! You are going to love this amazing family!

Lynda shared this with me about their adoption journey:

"I (Lynda) was adopted domestically and have always wanted to adopt because of having such great parents. Thankfully Doug is very supportive of this. We just brought home our 8 year old deaf son from Bulgaria 2 months ago and have been called again to adopt a 2 1/2 year old deaf boy from Bulgaria. Andrei is picking up sign language so quickly, he is like a sponge soaking it all up. We are so thankful that we are able to adopt again!"

-Lynda Collicott

How You Can Help

1. PRAY for Doug and Lynda and their children as they adopt their son. Pray for their son Brett! Pray for the adoption process!

2. SHARE their video and this blog post via Blog, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, etc. Please help us spread the word!  The Collicotts are traveling in August for their first trip. Funding a second adoption so soon after bringing home Andrei this past February is very daunting! The Collicotts need $8,000 to be fully funded! Any financial help, no matter the amount, would greatly be appreciated!

3. GIVE $1 (or more if you feel led.) You can give your tax deductible donation at Reece's Rainbow. Just click below to donate.

Click here to check out the world map that will take you to the other Give1Save1 pages: US, Africa, the Caribbean, and Asia.

Adopting and want to be a family of the week? Send me an email at giveonesaveone (at) gmail (dot) com and I'll send you an email explaining how to apply!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Just Love

by Katie Hurst from our Asia blog

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

There is this store on etsy that I love. LOVE.
Not only does the owner make and sell some of the most
amazing things, but she does it for the sake of the orphans!

Just love 127

Love makes a Family


      Just love 127 is a shop owned and operated by an adoptive momma. 
She is in the process of speeding back for their third adoption.
Did you catch that?
Go read their amazing journey on their blog!

Faith, hope and love flow freely from the lips of this lady.
She is walking this path with faith and praying with fervent hope
and she is full of love for a little boy that this world left behind.

LARGE Hope Anchor BLUE Marble V- Neck T

Her little boy, Myles, came to her by way of a list of special needs children.
My heart soared when I read that. Children with significant special needs
hold an oh-so-dear place in my heart.

She is defying this world and claiming this boy as royalty.
Because he is. He will fill her life with glimpses of the King of Kings,
this King that calls him son.
He is royalty.

Royalty Dog Tag Necklace

Since they found him so early this process is speeding by SO quickly.
They need to raise their funds fast ya'll. Super fast.
Hallelujah for an adoption process that gets these kids home quickly. 

I promise you if you go visit her shop you will not make it out without something in your cart.

See what I mean?

Hebrews Anchor 5x7 printLARGE Love the Lost Red Marble Round Neck T                                                      
Skeleton Key dangling necklace 'The Journey Awakens the Soul'

Africa Necklace

Yellow "enjoy the journey' Cuff                                                       

Let's remind this sweet lady and her family that they are not alone.
We are filled with love.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Guest Post: 5 Unexpected Ways You Can Help Orphans

I have been blogging about ways to help orphans with out adopting. Recently I came across this great article and wanted to share it with you! It was first published by "the unknown contributor" on The High Calling on Feb 24, 2011. Enjoy!

We all know they're out there, far across the oceans, or maybe even in our own backyards... Babies, toddlers, teenagers who for whatever reason are alone in this world. Orphans, with no one connected to them by blood, or law, they move through their lives at the mercy of those presently in charge of them. Next month, next year, or tomorrow, the crib they occupy could be given to another as they are moved to a different environment. Imagine a childhood made up of such instability, where nothing and no one belongs to you.
I could never find a comfortable place in my mind for these “waiting children” (as they are referred to by adoption agencies), and thus, I neglected to act on their behalf. I forgot about them in my daily life. After all, it was too depressing to contemplate hundreds of thousands of innocent, unwanted children.
Then one day, I stumbled onto a website that had pictures of children available for adoption. I saw a little girl with Down syndrome and pony tails. She was holding a doll. Her expression was hauntingly empty. She suddenly became so real to me that I hurt for her. I wanted her to have a family, but what could I really do about it?
The first thought is to adopt her and those like her (which we eventually did), but that's not feasible for everyone. And, while adoption is the obvious answer, it's not the only answer. If you cannot adopt, you can still love an orphan and make a difference in his or her life. Below are five ways you can get involved.
1. Seek them out. Do not allow yourself to forget the orphans. My guess is that very few people feel “called” to action the first few times they hear about or see orphans. Your role in orphan care will become clearer the more you expose yourself to their plight. Sign yourself up as a follower of an orphan care blog, such as the Reece’s Rainbow blog. Subscribe to a YouTube channel (try Buckner Int.) dedicated to improving the lives of orphans worldwide. Pray diligently for orphans. Their needs are multiple... pray that families step up to adopt them, that their caretakers are kind and committed. Pray for their health, that their physical needs are met, that they are protected emotionally and psychologically. Pray that their governments keep foreign adoptions open. Pray for guidance concerning your role in the orphan crisis.
2. Virtually adopt a child. Visit sites that list “waiting children” and pick out a child as your own. Print off pictures of the child to frame for your desk and to stick up on your fridge. Tell everyone about your adopted child and how they can help bless him or her. Pray for this child daily. You may find that you are able to donate specifically to this child’s adoption grant fund, or even that you can send needed items to this child’s orphanage. Write about your child on your blog, Facebook, and Twitter... raise awareness of his or her existence and need for a family. I have noticed that almost every child that is advocated for in this manner has been committed to within months. (Visit Reece’s Rainbow, or to find your child.)
3. Find a family that is adopting and adopt them. Adoption is an arduous and stressful process. Families who are in the throes of an adoption could use all kinds of support. You can leave encouraging comments on their adoption blog, blog about them on your own blog, help them raise funds, or offer to write or edit letters and documents needed for the adoption process. As you follow your adopted family’s journey, you will find many ways to connect with them and support their mission.
4. Support ministries that work to keep children with their families, educate cultures, and train care workers. Many children are separated from their parents due to natural disasters, disease, and poverty. Other children are left behind in maternity wards because they are born with “imperfections.” Parents of all of these children are surely heartbroken to let them go but they have been pressured by circumstance and cultural rejection. By going after the root causes of the orphan crisis we can keep many children from ever becoming one. You can get started by volunteering with an orphan ministry, going on a mission trip to an orphanage, or connecting with a special educator whose focus is in-country support.
5. Get your feet wet and host an orphan. The World Orphan Project website describes its hosting program as “giving orphaned children from Ukraine the opportunity to spend time in America with caring families who open their hearts and homes to these deserving children.” The three week long programs happen twice a year.

Other orphan hosting programs include Project 143 OrphansChildren's Cultural Connection and New Horizons for Children.

Monday, July 22, 2013

New Week: Welcome the Lauze Family

Happy Monday! Hope you had a fantastic weekend! Welcome our featured family of the week - the Lauze family! Dan and Jennifer Lauze have one daughter, Amber. The Lauzes are adopting two daughters from Latvia. You can follow the Lauzes' adoption journey at their adoption Facebook page. Dan shared this with me about their adoption:

"We hosted an orphan from Latvia last summer for five weeks through Project 143 which really helped open our eyes and hearts to Latvia. We have two family members that have adopted from Latvia this year and this is how we heard about one of the girls that we are adopting. When my brother in law was in Latvia he met a little girl that was the roommate to his little girl. It was her story that caused us to move forward with the adoption quickly. Recently we found out from the children's ministry that she has an older sister that she has never met, we of course started the process of adopting her as well. We are excited to be able to bring these two sisters together and raise them as the family that God intended for them."

- Dan Lauze


How You Can Help

1. PRAY for the Lauze's adoption of their two daughters.

2. SHARE their video via Facebook, Twitter, Blogs, Pinterest, Instagram,  etc. Please help us spread the word!  The Lauzes are traveling soon for the 1st of 3 trips! They need to raise $10,000 to complete the adoption of their two daughters.

3. GIVE $1 (or more if you feel led.) We have two options for you to donate.

UPDATE:  We have raised $347 to help bring the Lauzes' daughters home!

Option 1: Click here to donate safely, quickly, and easily at PayPal. (Note: Not tax deductible. PayPal charges 7% + $.30 in transaction and processing fees.)

Option 2: Click here to give a tax-deductible donation at Pure Charity. (Note: You will need to set up an account. Pure Charity charges 5% in processing and transaction fees.)

For more information about orphan hosting, check out Project 143 OrphansChildren's Cultural Connection and New Horizons for Children.

Click here to check out the world map that will take you to the other Give1Save1 pages: US, Africa, the Caribbean, and Asia.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

On My Adoption Play List..."What Now?" by Steven Curtis Chapman

Been listening to a song recently. It touches my heart and convicts me. The song What Now by Steven Curtis Chapman reminds me that Jesus said how I treat the "least of these" is how I am treating Him. I want to show more love to Jesus, so I need to show more love to others in this world. It may be through adoption, or child sponsorship, or becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister, or foster care, or another way. But I want to show more love! (For ideas on how care for orphans with out adopting, check out this series.)

Monday, July 15, 2013

New Week: Welcome the Blake Family

Happy Monday! Hope you had a fabulous weekend. Welcome our featured family of the week - the Blake family! Wesley and Karen Blake are adopting their son Simon from an Eastern European country. Simon is 15 and the Blakes are rushing to adopt him before he ages out of the orphanage and can no longer be adopted. You can follow the Wesley's and Karen's adoption journey at their blog.

How You Can Help

1. PRAY for the Blake's adoption of Simon.

2. SHARE their video via Twitter, blogs, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram,  etc. Please help us spread the word!  The Blakes are rushing to adopt their son Simon before he ages out. They need to raise $20,000 to bring Simon home.

3. GIVE $1 (or more if you feel led.) You can give your tax deductible donation two ways.

UPDATE: We have raised $1,454 to help bring Simon home!

Option 1: You can give at Reece's Rainbow by clicking here. (Note: Reece's Rainbow has a 3% transaction fee.)

Option 2: You can give at Pure Charity by clicking here. (Note: Pure Charity has a 5% transaction fee.) You can also do your online shopping through Pure Charity and a percentage of your purchase can be given to the Brandts adoption fundraiser! Stores include Priceline, Shutterfly, Groupon, Walmart, Target, and 100s more!

Click here to check out the world map that will take you to the other Give1Save1 pages: US, Africa, the Caribbean, and Asia.!

Monday, July 8, 2013

New Week: Welcome the Brandt Family

Happy Monday! Hope you had a wonderful weekend! Welcome our featured family of the week - the Brandt family! Heather and Alan Brandt have two children,  Colin (6), who was adopted from Russia in 2008, and Dara (2), who was adopted domestically in 2011. After hosting  a brother and sister from Latvia last year at Christmas, they began the process to make them part of their forever family.  You can follow the Brandts’ adoption journey on their blog.

How You Can Help

1. PRAY for the Brandts' adoption of their son and daughter.
2. SHARE their video via Twitter, Blog, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, etc. Please help us spread the word!  The Brandts are traveling this week for their first of three trips to Latvia to adopt their son and daughter! We want to help them raise the money to give these kids a forever family and a home!

3. GIVE $1 (or more if you feel led.) The Brandts have a matching grant! Every dollar you give will be doubled! There are two ways to give tax deductible gifts towards the Brandts' matching grant from Lifesong for Orphans (up to $3,000 total will be matched) and 100% (minus processing fees will be given towards their adoption expenses).

Update: We have raised $69 to help the Brandts bring home their son and daughter!

Option #1:  Go online Select “Give to an Adoptive Family.” Complete the online form and “Fill in Family Account Number” with #3647 and “Family Name” with Brandt. Please select “Adoption Funding” for your Gift Preference and select “Family Specific” for your Adoption Gift Preference. (Note: Paypal charges a fee of 2.9% + $.30 USD per transaction. Your gift will be decreased by this amount.)

Option #2:  Donate online at Pure Charity. Just click the picture below to be taken to the Brandts donation page. (Note: 5% fee will be charged per each donation on Pure Charity.) You can also do your online shopping through Pure Charity and a percentage of your purchase can be given to the Brandts adoption fundraiser! Stores include Priceline, Groupon, Walmart, Target, and 100s more!

For more information about orphan hosting, check out Project 143 OrphansChildren's Cultural Connection, and New Horizons for Children.

Click here to check out the world map that will take you to the other Give1Save1 pages: US, Africa, the Caribbean, and Asia.

Adopting from Europe and want to be a family of the week? Send me an email at give1save1europe (at) and I'll send you an email explaining how to apply!

Friday, July 5, 2013

On My Adoption Playlist...."Haven't Met You Yet" by Micheal Bubble

This song isn't about adoption, but it totally applies to all of us who are waiting to meet our kids! The waiting can be so hard. I dream of two children half way around the world who I don't know their names or ages or even genders!

Monday, July 1, 2013

New Week: Give to Save 300

This week, on Give1Save1, I am not asking you to support to an adoptive family like I usually do. Instead, I am asking you to support 300 adoptive families and 300 orphans who are stuck in Russia do to the recent Russian adoption ban.

For more information visit the film's website here: and

How You Can Help

1. PRAY that God will change the hearts of political leaders so that these children and 100s of other orphans who are now stuck in an orphanage can have families!

2. SHARE & PROMOTE the Kick Starter page for The Dark Matter of Love.

3. GIVE $1 (or more) to help fund lobbyist, lawyers, and more fight for the rights of these children to have family! Click here to the here to donate.

4.  LIKE 300 Broken Promises on Facebook. Click here to go to their Facebook page.

300 Broken Promises is another organization rallying for the 300 children who have parents but are stuck in Russia due to the suddenness of the Russian ban. By liking their FB page, you will be able to stay up to date on what is going on and how you can help!

Thursday, June 27, 2013

On My Adoption Playlist..."So Far to Find You" by Casting Crowns

"So Far to Find You" isn't a typical adoption song. But I love it. I love the beautiful story behind the song. Mark Hall, the lead singer of Casting Crowns, tells the story behind the song like this:
"I wrote this song for Meeka Hope, our little girl whom we adopted from China. Steven Curtis Chapman and I wrote it together. When we traveled to China to get Meeka Hope, Steven’s wife, Mary Beth, accompanied us. We took all our kids and they got to play with their new sister, which was great. But Meeka Hope didn’t want me to hold her. Most white men that Chinese orphans see are doctors coming to do surgery on them. She was petrified of me.
"Only after a tearful session of pouring out my heart to God about Meeka Hope’s refusal to come to me did I realize that I often had done the same thing to my Lord. It took several weeks before Meeka Hope warmed up to me, and in the process I came to the realization that I need Jesus way more than his blessings. We are so quick to run to him for what he can do for us. We’re so slow just to sit with him and enjoy in his presence, and my crying out to him in China was really a God moment for me.
"The lyrics speak toward Meeka Hope, but the parallels of God reaching out to bring us home to him are evident throughout the song. We enjoy our relationship with God only because of how far Jesus was willing to go for us. To him be the glory."
Listen and Enjoy!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Ways to Help Orphans Without Adopting #3: Safe Families

Welcome to the third post in the series, Ways to Help Orphans Without Adopting. If you have ever thought, "Our family isn't able to adopt family. We still want to fulfill James 1:27.  How can we care for the need of orphans?" then this series of post is perfect for you! I know that not every family can or should adopt. I would love to suggest some ways you can support orphans. This week I want to tell you about Safe Families for Children.

"What Is Safe Families for Children?"

"Safe Families for Children is a collaboration among area churches, volunteers and agencies designed to support at-risk children and parents in need. It is an opportunity for volunteers to have a powerful impact on the lives of others while practicing Biblical hospitality and extending the love of Christ to people in need – all from their own home! Safe Families is a movement of compassion designed to reduce child abuse and neglect and return the church to the forefront of caring for families in crises."

"Who does Safe Families for Children Help?"

"Sadly, with the changing economy, many families are experiencing financial problems, unemployment or homelessness. Others are dealing with domestic violence, parental drug or alcohol abuse, illness or incarceration. During such crises, many of these parents are not able to provide a safe and caring environment for their children.
"Historically, extended family, neighbors and the church would step in to support the family. Today, however, many families are socially isolated and their extended family is not available. The children in a family traumatized by crisis have an increased risk for abuse and neglect as their parents struggle to cope with the crisis at hand and the emotions associated with it. That’s where Safe Families for Children steps in."

"How Does Safe Families Work?"

"Parents experiencing a temporary crisis can arrange for their children (newborn through 18 years old) to stay with Safe Families volunteers while they address the issues that led to the instability in their home. Children are matched with families in their own community whenever possible and the average length of stay is forty days. The goal is to reunite children with their biological parent(s) in a home that is more stable and healthy, in part because of the contribution of the Safe Families intervention.
Volunteer host families, serving out of compassion, open their homes to these children in crisis. The volunteers are screened, trained and serve without compensation. Host families are supported, educated and regularly visited to ensure the experience is successful for everyone involved."

"What About the Parents?"

"The biological parents maintain custody during the placement and we encourage them to be actively involved in their children’s lives, as well as, develop a relationship with the host family. Safe Families caseworkers keep in close contact with the parents in planning for a healthy reunification of the family. Positive family reunification is our number one priority, and through Safe Families for Children, an overwhelming 90% of children have been returned to their parents."

(All above information quoted from:

To learn more about how you can become a Safe Family for Children, go here.

"How Can the Church Get Involved?"

"The Safe Families for Children outreach can only be successful when it is embraced and adopted by the local church. Churches of all sizes are necessary to provide for vulnerable children within our community."
Option 1: You church can be a Safe Families Promoter.

This churches can provide marketing materials for Safe Families during a service, show a Safe Families video during a church service, and provide an information table and sign up opportunities for congregants interested in getting involved

Option 2: Your church can be a Safe Families Minister.

In addition promoting Safe Families for Children, it is designated as one of your church's local outreach ministries or a new ministry for Safe Families for Children is added. Ministry activities might include: identifying and supporting Safe Families in your church; offering support services to Safe Families within your church such as: babysitting, transportation assistance, physicians, dentists, etc.; developing a resource closet for Safe Families stocked with diapers, formula, car seats, high chairs, etc.; and provide volunteer case coaches (2-5 hours per placement per week).

Option 3: Your church can be a Safe Families Multiplier. 

In addition to the roles of Promoter and Minister, this church: offers services to other churches that are part of Safe Families; may recruit and employ professionals to carry out key functions; provide administrative support; offer resources to host families, birth parents and their children. Examples of possible services this church might offer include parenting classes; professional medical, counseling, or legal services; parent supports groups; housing; life skills training; etc..


To learn about how your church can become a Safe Church, go here.