Thursday, July 7, 2011

keeper of my heart. a big giveaway.

the giveaway is now over. 
thank you for your donations!!

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my ben boy.
sweet little monkey.
wild, blue-eyed, keeper of my heart.


you all know how much i love this kid, don't you?
becoming ben's mommy changed every inch of my being.
he opened my eyes, worked his magic in my stubborn brain, stretched my heart a mile wide.
and because of ben, i was led to davis.


my davis boy.
sweet little monkey.
wild, brown-eyed, keeper of my heart.
oh how i love him so.

i want him to come home.
i want him to be with us, his family.
i want him to be able to start living the life that's waiting for him.
i want to see him thriving.
in order for him to do that, we have to step out of our comfort zone and ask for help.

this is the hardest thing for me to do.
but we cannot do this on our own.
we need YOUR help.

i know you're thinking, "another fundraiser?! ugh. but i just gave to that other kid!"
and you're right, there have been quite a number of fundraisers lately.
there are a lot of families who need our help. but that's because there are a LOT of children that need our help.

147 million, in fact.

and i am astounded at the number of families who are in the adoption process right now.
it's AWESOME.
and our son davis, well, he needs your help as much as the next kid.

so to entice you, to sweeten the deal, to up the ante, we put together a super fundraiser right here on the blog!

i present to you a ridiculously amazing bunch of items we are giving away!
here are the GOODS!

first up for grabs, the BIGGIE. the most coveted piece of technology on the planet: the iPAD2.


how about a $100 gift card to amazon.com?


or a total blog makeover from life made lovely designs valued at $130?
this custom lovely package includes a header, background, navigation bar, 3 sidebar buttons, and a blog button with scroll box.
here are some awesome examples of their designs (they also did my blog redesign and i couldn't be happier!):


i'm just going to start listing these awesome prizes because the cuteness can talk for itself!

*child-size apron and blue pennant banner, both from beanstalk by izzy. i could buy everything in this shop.


*gorgeous mr. darcy (pride and prejudice) grey scoop neck tshirt, size large, from brookish. i need this for myself. i do. :)


*the very popular and oh so adorable "so very happy" print from dazey chic.


*two matted 5x7 prints of your choice from camillion creations. anna has one of these mermaids hanging in her bedroom.


*life is a daring adventure letterpress print in spring green from happy deliveries. i have another print from this shop and it's perfect.


*$60 shop credit to my favorite vinyl wall art shop, lewa's designs.
i put this adorable bird on my laptop and it makes me happy every day.


*5 wee birds and 3 wee owls from krakra craft! maja is the nicest person i've ever "met" on etsy and she's also the creator of flick and frock!


*$50 shop credit (prior to shipping) to the incredible vintage shop of ethanollie. i drool over everything in this shop!


*large wood family by gemmie lou. remember our painted friends? now you can make some too! :)


*my favorite ring on etsy from indiaylaluna.


*a set of 4 kitty crayons and a printed coloring book from kitty baby love. makes the perfect bday present!


*your choice of one reusable snack bag from sew long ziploc. i send the kiddos' snacks to school in these and they are awesome. no more buying plastic baggies!


*an 8x10 things i'm thankful for print from laura george. this print must go in the little boys' room! MUST.


*$15 shop credit to vintage shop lemon tree vintage. she has such great prices and neat finds!


*$50 to be spent on any illustration, including prints or originals, or one birthday set, including 10 personalized invitations, 10 personalized thank you cards, and 10 gift tags ($46 value). all from lila b/noulou, adorable. just plain adorable.


*autographed book Freundschaft by amazing photographer conny wenk. conny knows from personal experience how kids with down syndrome are all rock stars in their own right!


*$40 shop credit from one of my favorites on etsy, little byrd vintage. amazing, amazing finds!


*two lovely pocket watch necklaces, to go to two different winners, both from oh hello friend. i love the one with the vintage camera charm!


*cutey pie handmade wool horse from pine blossoms (check out her sold items to see her awesome gloves too!).


*handmade bicycle silhouette from pr pictorials. be sure and check out her custom silhouettes too. they make the best keepsakes!


*tiny canvas print called "sundays afternoon" by tush tush shop. it's little grannies!!


*tote bag from fab-u-loso vintage shoppe vintage jane . you will love her stuff.


*three winners can each choose an unframed print of their choice from gifted illustrator lori mcdonough of whimsy studios. lori is mad talented and her work makes me SMILE!


*$50 shop credit for party supplies and other awesomeness from tomkat studios. brace yourselves. this stuff is nutty cute.


pretty fun, huh? i know!!

this is a fundraiser after all, so here's how you enter:

all it takes is $10.
10 beans.
10 duckets
10 smackeroos.
for every $10 you donate, you get one entry thrown in the hat.
feeling especially generous?
for every $50 donated, you will be rewarded with 20 entries!

got that?
$10 = 1 entry
$50 = 20 entries

i set up a chipin donation link over there on the sidebar (at the tippy top, under my picture).

if you click on it, it will take you to a website where you can make a SECURE donation directly to our family.

this is important for one big reason:

this money will be used to complete our paperwork and adoption agency fees necessary BEFORE we travel to davis' country. our reece's rainbow account money will only be made available when we are ready to travel and that makes it almost too late!

wanna earn more entries?
facebook or blog about the giveaway, leave a comment telling me you did so and earn one more entry.

the giveaway will run for TWO WEEKS.
after two weeks is up, i will close the comments and dish out the prizes.

please, please, please spread the word to your friends and family!
and remember, the more $ you give, the better your chances to win one of these awesome prizes!

lastly, our family is overwhelmed and deliriously happy over the generosity of the etsy shop owners and friends who have contributed to this giveaway.
we are forever indebted to each of you.
big hug.
little kiss.
big kiss.
little hug.

now...go!
let's see where this takes us!
the jupin fam

***edited to add: everyone is welcome to donate, but items cannot be shipped overseas! sorry! :)

150 comments:

Heather | Cookie Mondays said...

i facebooked! love it, amy :)

Heather | Cookie Mondays said...

and i donated! you are AWESOME. xo

melissajhill said...

I just made my donation!!

Danielle said...

I posted on Facebook!

Danielle said...

I blogged about it!

Danielle said...

Donated as well:)

Gabriela H. said...

Thank you so much for let me be part of this!!

I just made a donation also!!!

Artsy Matilda said...

blogged! Thanks for sharing and giving us the opportunity to help with such a beautiful cause! How can I contribute to the donation?
Cheri

Aubrie said...

Camillion Creations sent me, I wish you the best of luck bringing that sweet little boy home...

Emily D. said...

I shared on facebook, hope you get lots of donations!

Kimberlee said...

Blogged it.
Donation to come for sweet Davis.
Is it too early to start calling myself Auntie Kimberlee? :)

Selina said...

I'm donating.

I hope you get your boy in your arms soon!

christine said...

best of luck!
happy to donate to give davis the opportunity to be raised in a loving home

Rachel said...

Happy to donate. Davis is one lucky little boy!!!

Tricia Pittman said...

Amy, I posted on facebook!!

meg duerksen said...

i love you amy jupin.

meg duerksen said...

and i love davis already too.

meg duerksen said...

you have a great haircut.

meg duerksen said...

and you make BEAST embroidery hoop crafts!!!

meg duerksen said...

you are an excellent barn shopper.

meg duerksen said...

i ordered summer bridge books for my kids because you did.

meg duerksen said...

i wish you didn't live so far away.

meg duerksen said...

the neck.
it's all i need to say.

meg duerksen said...

you are an amazing woman.
for reals.

meg duerksen said...

and for my last one.....hmmm what to say???

davis is a blessed little guy to get to be in your family.
what an awesome plan God has for you!!!!

Heidi Jo the Artist said...

Just donated. Hope your little boy will be in your arms soon! Will be praying for your family. :)

Heidi Jo the Artist said...

I just spread the word through facebook and twitterland. Hope it helps bring more people!!

Kelly@TheAdornedAbode.com said...

I've just donated! And I'm praying that little Davis gets to come home with you very soon!
- Kelly of The Adorned Abode

Kelly@TheAdornedAbode.com said...

And I've just linked and posted this on my shop's Facebook! http://www.facebook.com/TheAdornedAbode

Kelly@TheAdornedAbode.com said...

And I posted this on my personal facebook page!

Heidi Bobo said...

Donated and facebooked! I can't wait to meet Davis! Love you Amy Jupin!

* elizabeth * said...

Donated!
God bless you and that beautiful little boy! He'll be home before you know it!

* elizabeth * said...

And facebook-ed it too! Best of luck!!

Elizabeth Howard said...

I donated and put the link of FB. I can't wait to meet Davis!

Janet said...

God Bless! donated and fb! so happy to donate to such a wonderful cause!

She Loves Life said...

I can't wait to see you hold him in your arms in your family home.

I blogged about it.

Shared the link on Facebook & Twitter.

Donated & prayers to you!

Kim said...

Donated through "chip in". :)

Amanda said...

I just donated..best of luck to you with your adoption!

Amanda said...

And facebooked too! :)
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Violet-by-Amanda-Cowell/182899866211

...Nancy said...

I hope you are raising tons and tons of money! :-) Love you... I gave and FB'ed it.

Anonymous said...

I donated and facebooked! Best of luck and big hugs! Love ya lots!

Anonymous said...

Meant to leave my name above....Sorry! It is Susan Edwards :)

The Sanchez Family said...

Just facebooked about it!!! SUCH a great giveaway!

Tesney said...

Facebooked and blogged it! :)

Lora said...

Donated! And facebooked it. Your Davis is a sweetie! We are adopting Tanner. I look forward to keeping up with your journey!

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and 20! Hope I did this right. Let me know if I didn't. I think this is such an AWESOME thing you are doing. I can't remember how I found your blog, but it looks like you are from AL. I was born and raised in Huntsville : ) (but now live in CA). BEST of luck!!

Amber said...

I donated!

amberlowmiddleton at gmail dot com

Amber said...

...and posted on FB!

https://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=100000947815571

amberlowmiddleton at gmail dot com

Angela Allison said...

I made a donation...good luck with the adoption. Davis is a lucky little boy!

Justine said...

I made a donation. What a great giveaway! I adopted a little boy with DS a year and a half ago, and he is such a huge blessing in my life. I don't know what we did without him.

sharonleerichter said...

Just donated 50. Do I need to leave 20 messages?

tgreeson said...

Donated 50! Good luck! This is the hardest part!!! We are still struggling with it :)

tgreeson said...

Facebooked Too

Jane@flightplatformliving said...

Just donated and shared on face book, will also blog post about the giveaway this week. xxxx

Lisa said...

Donated

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Donated

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Facebooked

Lisa said...

Blogged. http://bridgets-light.blogspot.com/2011/07/sharing-keeper-of-my-heart-giveaway.html

I'm thrilled to see your fund growing and promise to do whatever I can to support you and John in your journey to sweet Davis. Rock on, Mama Jupin. xoxo

BarbaraR. said...

Happy to make a donation!

Kelly Coulson Photography said...

facebooked it and made a donation - best of luck to you and your growing family!

Nicole said...

facebooked about it :)

Amanda said...

I donated! Hope Davis is home where he belongs with you soon!!

Meghan said...

I donated and posted to Facebook. Honored to do it.

Bailey said...

Happy to donate $50. Good luck! :)

Lorri said...

Happy to help support you!

Amanda said...

Also blogged about it!

Meredith said...

Just donated $50! Best wishes on everything!

Donna @ Party Wishes said...

I posted on FB! Good luck with your journey!

Donna @ Party Wishes said...

Donation is done! Blessings to you and your family!

Mary said...

You stop my heart and then for a moment, it started to grow and by the time I was done, it four times bigger. I had to make room for those two sweet little boys and their wonderful family. I hope Davis comes home soon!

I posted it on my facebook.
http://www.facebook.com/malia.loleka

Mary said...

I wasn't sure if it was part of the giveaway but don't mind if it isn't. I also put it on my tweet. :)

Kendra said...

I donated and facebooked! Good luck!

Kendra said...

I donated and facebooked!

Our Family said...

shared the link with my Ds group in NC....

Rope said...

Just put your link on our facebook page:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Rope/149330888411994
We are praying for your family and this journey!
Anna

Rope said...

Just added your cause to my etsy store, http://rope.etsy.com
And I wanted to let you know that I am dedicating 25% of sales for the next week to go to your family. (You don't have to give me another entry for this. I just wanted to let you know.)
A Sister in Christ,
Anna

The Raudenbush Family said...

Just donated!

The Raudenbush Family said...

I posted it on Facebook!

The Raudenbush Family said...

I posted it on the We Are Grafted In forum too (www.wearegraftedin.com)

Hope it brings some new people here! And, if you do this again, let me know. I'd be glad to donate something to the cause!

Lasso the Moon said...

Just posted your link on facebook and twitter--I only wish I was more popular so I could help more! I can't wait to ask my husband how much we can donate to your family. Much love!

j*e*n said...

Just donated $50. Do I need to leave 20 comments? I'm so excited for your family!

Jessie said...

HI, I just donated & facebooked.
Best of luck with everything. Keeping you ALL In my thoughts & prayers! Jessie
jesq2AThotmail.com
http://freshjessie.blogspot.com/

Valerie said...

Just made my donation & happy to do so for your dream :)

Valerie said...

Shared your giveaway on FB! :)

Julie said...

So excited for your family and happy to donate and be a part of bringing Davis home to you!!

Krystin said...

I donated and facebooked...and if I had a blog I would blog about it as well!! As a fellow Down Syndrome parent, I am praying for your family and can't wait to read the news that Davis is home!!

Lo said...

Happy to donate...I hope you can bring your little boy home soon!

thefinestkind said...

just donated; wish it could of been a thousand times bigger! praying for you!

Me said...

Donated! :)

Me said...

Facebook posted! :)

Svetlana Petrova said...

Hiya Amy! I posted on Facebook today, and will be donating as soon as the quitting bell rings here in German town!!!

Me said...

Hey :) I had some trouble posting comments last night just in case it didn't go thru I donated 50 and posted on fb xx

Raven said...

Donated 20$, wish it was more. Hope you get you little boy home to Sweet Home Alabama soon!

Molly said...

donated my $50!

Kimberlee said...

I donated $50....
Do you really want 20 comments from me? Because if you do? I can do that. :)

Jillian said...

I donated and am praying

Jillian said...

Donated again....and am still praying. What a lucky boy to be coming home to a family like you all. AWESOME!!

Kellie said...

Donated....and posted on facebook!

Kellie said...

Donated & Facebooked!

Connie Vuong said...

Donated $50
Connie +JMJ orders@littlewaydesign.com

Sam said...

We donated $50. to bring Davis home as soon as possible! :-)

Jennifer said...

Donated and Facebooked! Best of luck on your journey!!

ROPE said...

Just sent you our first donation: $50! So happy to do this for you, Amy and family! And here is the article I wrote for my blog in case anyone wants to see:
http://lassothemoon.typepad.com/lasso_the_moon/2011/07/purpose.html

tgreeson said...

Donated, facebooked, blogged!!

Kristi said...

I donated! can't wait to see davis on your blog- and at home with his family!

Tina said...

Donated!! Praying for your family,

Rebekah said...

Donated $50. Praying God multiplies these gifts so you can hold your precious one soon!

Christy said...

Donated!

Kristi said...

donated again! bring that baby home!

amybart said...

I happened upon your site completely by chance this morning and was so touched by your story that I just made a $50 donation! Good luck to you and your family! I am also going to blog about it right now!

Stacy said...

just found you through meg's blog and am so glad i did! i have a son with Ds also. his name as wil and, like you with your boy, he has changed me! will donate what i can and will then post this on facebook. wishing you blessing upon blessing as you wait on your son to come home!

Lisa said...

Donated today. :)

Lisa said...

Here's my second entry... Praying Davis comes home soon :)

Kelly K. said...

Just donated! I hope you get to bring him home soon. We'll send prayers your way.

Jade Cook said...

i donated! i have no idea who or where you are, but i've been reading meg duerksen's blog for awhile and davis' sweet face got me. =) i hope he's home with you soon!

Nicole M said...

Just donated to bring your sweet boy home. Praying God does miraculous things for you and Davis!

coco said...

Just donated! Not on facebook and i don't have a blog but i sure am excited that you have a son on the other side of the world who will be coming to live with you soon. Sweet blessings to your family!

Tricia G said...

Donated and posted on Facebook to help support your cause!

Natalie said...

just donated and facebooked- you are awesome!!

Tricia G said...

We donated and Facebooked! Keep up the good work!

Tricia G said...

We donated and Facebooked. Keep up the good work!

Kate B. said...

I came over from Meg's blog - yay for Davis! And yay for you all! (Donated $10.00)

the mcclenahans said...

I blogged all about your awesome fundraiser and then almost forgot to come donate myself. :) Just donated $50. Thanks for letting us be a part of bringing Davis home. He is a sweetie and your family is awesome!

Kirsten said...

Not sure if we have to leave a comment or not, but I donated. I pray you get to bring your sweet boy home very soon. May he feel your love for him across the miles! xoxo

Lasso the Moon said...

Wow! Your total has jumped since I checked in last! Praise the Lord! We just did our 2nd donation ($20.35), but we are not done. We'll be raising money for you until Davis is home. Thanks to my customers for choosing this week to buy! Anna (rope)

Kellie Conklin said...

Just donated $50, found you through Meg's blog! My best wishes to your family that Davis is in your arms soon!
Kconklin1028@gmail.com

Kellie said...

Have the winners been announced?

Kellie said...

Have the winners been announced?

Jess said...

I can't donate this time, but I can give my prayers. So glad to have found your site. I hope that you get enough to make it!!! You have a big heart, this is a wonderful site and I look forward to following it.

BarbaraR. said...

Please post the winners, or at least write a post that you have notified the winners by e-mail.

m. said...

You had a lot of interesting items listed in your fundraiser. I am trying to arrange something online for an upcoming missions trip to Africa but I'm still new in the blogging world. How did you secure all these items? Did people contact you or you them? Thanks for any and all tips :)