Home Study Completed. Raffle Now Open!

Today was Home Study Visit #3 and we reached what I would consider another huge milestone: The end of the application process!  We are now about 6 weeks away from becoming officially, legally eligible to adopt. And from there… it could happen anytime! We know a couple who were picked almost immediately, another couple who waited four months, and another couple that waited a year. It’s just one great, big surprise!

At least that’s what I tell myself when the anxiety starts to kick in. We really have everything we need, so if we absolutely have to boot Elise to the cabin-in-the-woods-wallpapered guest bedroom, then so be it.

And no, we did not choose that wallpaper. Just haven’t gotten around to making it our own yet. Taking down wallpaper is a daunting chore.

So next on our list: Finalizing our Photo Book, Writing our “Dear Birthmom” letter, making our profile page, and kicking off our fundraising. I certainly don’t want anyone to feel sorry for us, but adoption costs between $21,000-$24,000. Which leads me to the big announcement:

Our Raffle is officially open!

Check out the amazing prizes you can enter to win! (Most of which were donated – a huge thank-you to those who contributed: Sabina Williams, Vicki Goethals, Lacey Key, and our families.  And thanks also to my dear friend Michaellynn, who helped me set up the youcaring.com photo link over in my Sidebar! We were overwhelmed by the generosity of both our friends as well as people that barely know us. When I posted about doing a raffle, I really was planning on us buying the prizes ourselves. I had no idea people would be so excited to donate items!)

2 Night Stay at the J.W. Marriott, Grand Rapids



exterior-02-th JW1 JW2 JW3


Apple iPad Air 2 (16 GB)




Hand-crafted (by Tyler) Sofa Table (48 x 15 x 32)


(Not yet built, but here is an example of another [8 ft] sofa table he built):



$100 Target Gift Card




Custom Handmade Villa and Londyn Baby/Toddler Girl Vintage Romper




Crafty Momma’s Design Home Decor

(2 winners: 1 box and 1 sign)  –  $5/ticket

craftymomma1     craftymomma2


Young Living Essential Oils or Healing Reign Office Consultation


Entering is easy! To enter the raffle, just click the link just below that says “Cheyenne and Tyler’s Baby#2 Adoption Fund” or the “Donate” button in the sidebar. After you have donated, it will let you write a note in which you can specify which prize or prize-combination that you would like to enter to win! (For example: “1 ticket for the Ipad.”) All donations are through paypal, so it’s safe too!

Cheyenne and Tyler’s Baby#2 Adoption Fund

The drawing will take place on Saturday, June 27 at a dinner at our church (at which time you can still enter the raffle if you would like). All winners who are not present will be contacted by June 28.

Good luck! And our sincerest, most grateful “thanks” for giving a gift that means so much to our family.


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