Friday, February 4

Today’s tears (iPad giveaway and more!)

I tried really hard to post about Wesley’s birthday without any tears.  I might have succeeded.  Maybe…

Then I tried to hold them back as James signed “More” to me and, though he wouldn’t touch the cup, he trusted me to give him just enough.  And he drank the full 3 oz of Pediasure and filled his belly up just a little bit.  I might have succeeded.  Maybe…

But then, I started making lunch for my kids and thinking about Wesley and how HUGE it is that he’s no longer an orphan!  I was praising God for that, and trying not to let any tears slip through.  And I began thinking about this iPad giveaway post… about sweet little Masha (click the link to learn more about her on the Eli Project site) that’s still there in an orphanage waiting to be transferred to the mental institution where she would spend the rest of her life… inevitably shortened by the lack of care and nutrition generally available. 

And I turned on the radio.  Actually, I turned on Pandora (Internet radio) and selected my “Matthew West” channel… And this song is what came on as the first “random” song.  Then, the tears just came… (it’s short… I promise!)

 

But Masha will be an orphan NO MORE!  She has a family that is on their way to get her!  Their dossier has been delivered and they may travel as early as next month!  And Masha will know the love and security of not just any family, but one which I hold a special love and admiration for.

The Dickinson family (follow that link to view their Family Profile at the Eli Project who they’re adopting through!) stepped out in faith to adopt a child with Down syndrome who just so happened to be the little boy that was posted on my refrigerator as my very first “prayer child” through Reece’s Rainbow.  Now named Marcus, (in the halo above) he’s in the very best family!  They didn’t have any children with special needs, but are friends of the Malones and through their son Eli saw the joy and delight… and the need for homes.  You’ll also remember the Malones as the ones in UA RIGHT NOW adopting the sweet TINY 6 year old with Down syndrome and a colostomy, and as the parents who are loving “our” sweet Misha—now Micah—who we met during our first adoption trip for Aleksa.

So can you see the fondness I have for both of these families already??  Even more love for the Dickinson family came when they visited Orlando for the National Down Syndrome Convention last summer and spent some time with us here at our home and at our hotel in Orlando.  It was just the girls of the family- Meghan, Taylor (who is celebrating sweet 16 today and shares her birthday with Wesley!) and Macy.  Macy was an ‘unknown’ referral they received when they went for Marcus and she, too, has Down syndrome.

Now, as I said, they’re on their way for another sweet child named Masha who will join their family very soon!

And once again, I’m writing to you all because there is a NEED, but one you can FILL!  They are in need of finances for their trip…

It’s been no secret that I really really would like an iPad for our family :).  It’s one of the new techno gadgets which I know benefit kids with special needs—and let’s face it they’re really handy for Moms and Dads and typical kids too :).  But more than I need an iPad, little Masha NEEDS a family.

And so… this is a give-away for a brand new iPad to one of the people who donates to the Dickinson family through this ChipIn (or, if you have a large donation please email me about sending a check so there are less paypal fees! meredithcornish at gmail dot com).  We will wait a while longer for our ‘own’ iPad because we believe God provided this money for an iPad for us to help the Dickinson family bring Masha home!

Our goal, lofty as it is, is to pay for the Dickinsons PLANE TICKETS to go get their Masha and bring her home!  That means that we are setting out to raise $5,000 for the Dickinson family!!

Here’s the details:  (ALL donations are tax deductible through the Ukraine Outreach/ Eli Project!)
$10= 1 entry
$25= 3 entries
$50= 8 entries
$100= 20 entries
$150= 35 entries
$300= 80 entries!!!!

Ok, there’s more… Because this is a high goal (but with God all things are possible!!) we need some help with publicity.  No question that the more a giveaway (and a need!) are “out there”, the more people will see it and be able to pitch in (and get a chance to win an iPad!).  So… those of you with blogs and/or FaceBook, we have another give-away for you!

Shelley Bedford has donated a $25 gift card for Target (or another store if there’s not a Target near you!).  Every person, whether or not they have donated to the iPad giveaway, can earn up to TWO ENTRIES PER DAY by posting a link to this give-away on their blog and/or FaceBook!  Yep, you could get $25 for posting a link :)  So… leave a comment here with a link to your blog post or letting us know you posted it on FB for EACH TIME that you do!  (Winner’s links will be verified).  Encourage your friends to post as well! 

USE THIS LINK: http://cornishadoptionjourney.blogspot.com/2011/02/todays-tears-ipad-giveaway-and-more.html

IPad give-away and Gift-card give-away end FEBRUARY 25th!!! So HURRY!  Donate, repost, link, and bless sweet Masha who needs to come home quickly!

63 comments:

  1. Just posted a link on my facebook page!

    Jenn

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  2. Praying for the Dickinson family. I shared the link on facebook, I hope it helps get the word out!

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  3. I also shared on FB! Prayers for the Dickinson Family as they bring Masha home!!!

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  4. I am reposting to my Face book page!

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  5. I reposted to my facebook page.

    God bless yoU!!
    Karen

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  6. I shared on FB the wonderful news of the iPad giveaway in honor of my new niece Masha! Thanks so much for doing this! I am anxiously awaiting the opportunity to travel with my sister and bring this sweet, little girl home!!!

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  7. I saw this on a friend's facebook and I just reposted it on mine :) Word gets around fast in the blog world!

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  8. I posted the link on my FB!
    http://www.facebook.com/#!/jennifer.tanhoffdeyoung

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  9. Praying that God provided above and beyond the amount needed!!

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  10. Shared the link on FB. Hope you raise tons of money!

    http://www.facebook.com/melissastuff/posts/180818681953324

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  11. I shared your link on my facebook. I pray it helps! http://www.facebook.com/pages/Freebies-Great-Deals-and-Swag-Bucks/162485837130665

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  12. LOVE that Matthew West song! Our "one less broken heart" has now been home with us for about 7 weeks. Posted this link on FB too! :)

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  13. Posted on FB, will post on our blog later tonight

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  14. I will post this and try to get as many friends as possible! We will be praying you reach the amount you are going for!

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  15. I linked on my blog!
    www.thislittlelightproject.blogspot.com

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  16. Love the Dickinsons! Happy to help any way I can. I posted on my FaceBook.

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  17. I posted on facebook. Becky Harm

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  18. Posted on Facebook! This is awesome!

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  19. http://arroller.blogspot.com/2011/02/httpcornishadoptionjourney.html

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  20. Posted in facebook!! Praying for that sweet baby :)

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  21. I posted on FB yesterday and thought I left a comment, but it hasn't shown up yet.

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  22. Tweeted it too - http://twitter.com/#!/melstuffblog/status/33919184371068928

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  23. Posted on facebook under my blog page so it will hit as many people as I have access to!
    http://www.facebook.com/CrazyGreenMommy

    I feel very strongly about adoption and know that is part of God's plan for our family. Before I even started dating my husband, I began learning about the adoption process and felt moved to adopt a special needs child. Thank you for the reminder!

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  24. Posted on Facebook. Praying for all these families adopting orphans. Blessings to you all.

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  25. THats wonderful...
    just put it on facebook (not sure how to get the link though) and also blogged about your fundraiser. OUr kids hope to sell some bracelets and are collecting change for them too :)
    http://childrenpreciousinhissight.blogspot.com/2011/02/birthday-gift-for-girl-who-doesnt-even.html

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  26. Donated and posted to my blog.

    http://martins-hope.blogspot.com/2011/02/cornish-adoption-journey-todays-tears.html

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  27. Have shared on fb twice (don't know where my first comment went, sorry bout that) and on our blog yesterday- will keep spreading the word :)

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  28. I posted on Facebook! What a lovely family for Masha!!

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  29. Almost halfway! Posted on fb and Twitter.

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  30. posted again on fb-where are my comments going?

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  31. Posted to blog and twitter: http://ukrainiac.wordpress.com/2011/02/08/masha-2/

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  32. squeezing one in before midnight - posted on fb

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  33. posted on fb...I put the link in a status where I was talking about how much I love your family :)

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  34. Posted on FB! I love you guys SOOOOOO much!

    Holly J. Martin

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  35. Posted on FB! Bring those babies hoome! :)

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  36. Donated and posted on FB....hope the Dickinsons can bring Masha home very soon!

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  37. I shared on FB! Looks like you're getting close to your goal!

    eemoody77 at gmail dot com

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  38. I shared on my blog: http://eccentric-chef.blogspot.com/2011/02/last-day-for-ipad-giveaway.html

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  39. I shared this on my blog again today: http://eccentric-chef.blogspot.com/2011/02/update-on-ipad-giveaway.html

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  40. I donated and posted on facebook.
    I'm so thankful for your family :)

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