Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Will you be a piece to our puzzle?

Okay everyone! I am so excited to announce our VERY LAST fundraiser for this adoption!!! We still have a couple thousand dollars to raise, and we are hopeful that this last fundraiser will accomplish that! I think the reason I am most excited for this fundraiser is because EVERYONE, near and far, can be a part of it! The other reason I love it is because it will create a wonderful keepsake for our future child!

Our family is so thankful that my cousin Lisa once again blessed us with her time and talents to do a little photo shoot for us this past weekend. (You can visit Lisa's photography webpage at moodphotographyaz.com). We wanted a few pictures to represent our adoption process, and she helped us get creative so we could do that! It is not easy taking photographs that represent a little person you do not know anything about!!! But we were so happy with the results, and as you can see from the new picture on top of the blog we got the perfect picture to represent our Adoption Faith Walk!

So what will we be doing with this awesome picture? We will be turning it into a giant jigsaw puzzle!!! With this photograph, we were able to custom order a large 513 piece jigsaw puzzle with the photo you see above (I realize that is a random number, but it's what they had! And after the cost of the puzzle and the amount paypal eats up with donations, if we sell each piece, it comes out to almost exactly what we need to fund the rest of this adoption!)!

What we are doing is asking people to "sponsor" one or more puzzle pieces for $5 a piece. When you sponsor a puzzle piece, we will write your name or family name on the back of it. When the puzzle is completed (and we are praying we can get every single piece sponsored!) we will frame it in a double sided glass frame and display it in our home! On the front will be the picture, and on the back will be 513 names of the people who helped bring our baby home! Someday it will be a wonderful gift for our little one to display in his or her own room to remind them how many people cared enough to help bring them home!

What I would like to do along with this fundraiser is ask that each person who sponsors a puzzle piece to write a short (or long!) note to our child. You can either email or message me your note, or mail it to me if you want to hand write it. I will be saving all of these notes and putting them in a special keepsake box to give to our baby when they are older. I think it will be a wonderful treasure for them to have, to be able to read notes from all the people who prayed and cared and donated and loved our family so much during this adoption process.

We are so excited about this fundraiser, and I will be posting updates and pictures of our Puzzle in progress as pieces get sponsored! We are asking for you to share this fundraiser with as many people as you possibly can, and pray that God blesses us with the rest of the finances to bring this little one HOME!!!

If you would like to be a piece of our puzzle and sponsor one or more pieces, you can donate through the paypal button or email me for my home address. We would be so honored to write your name or family's names on the back of a puzzle piece! Here's an example:

"Hello there! I would like to sponsor four pieces for each member of my family! Our names are Josh, Karen, Jake, and Eisley. I will send $20 through paypal!"


"Hello! I would like to sponsor one puzzle piece in honor of Lily! Please write her name on the back! I will mail you my $5!"

You can then pay through paypal or mail the money to our home address. Don't forget to send me (by mail or email or comment on the blog) your special message to our child! This is the most important part!!!

And don't forget to share this fundraiser with your friends and family! 513 pieces is a LOT of pieces, but we are praying that each one will have a name on it!

Thank you so, so incredibly much for following us along this Faith Walk. We could not have even taken two steps without the support and encouragement of our friends and family. We appreciate so much your patience and generosity as we raise these funds, and hope you know what a HUGE part you have played in this adoption.

A special thank you to my amazing cousin Lisa, who has given so much of her time and energy to bless us in this adoption process. Words cannot express how grateful we are to you!!!

Please keep us in your prayers as we continue to wait and fundraise! We are so thankful for your support and encouragement! We love you all!!!


Josh, Karen, Jake, and Eisley


  1. Each member of the Shingler family would like to buy a piece of your puzzle! (If you can trust Josh with cash at school, I'll try to trust Alec to bring it in...):D
    If there's enough room on each piece, please write Melody prayed for you, Keith prayed for you, Zach prayed for you, Alec prayed for you & Harrison prayed for you. (Otherwise, just the names would be fine.) ♥

    1. Melody THANK YOU!!! I will try to fit that on the puzzle pieces! I love it! We are so grateful! :)

  2. I would like to donate 20 dollars through paypal. Can you email me details at xp783@msn.com

    Good luck jordon Cohen.
    Ps. I will look for your email.

    1. Thank you SO much Jordan, you're awesome!

  3. We just donated $15 through PayPal. Please write "The Gay Family" on the back of our three pieces. We have adopted 7 kids and are about to adopt another 7 later this year. We donated $1 for each person and 1 to grow on! :) We hope that you are able reach your goal. Emily Church posted this on her FB and I was so blessed to read your blog. Thank you so very much for sharing your story, your journey and your faith. Dyan

    1. Dyan,

      Thank you so, so much for your support!!! Wow, your adoptions are amazing!!! We are so grateful for your encouragement and support for our family!

      God bless you guys on your adoption adventures! :)


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    1. Thank you Rhonda! I just checked out your blog, congratulations on starting down this road! How did you find our blog? Good luck with everything I look forward to following your journey!


  5. I think this idea is so cool! We will donate one puzzle piece. Please put "The George Family" on the back! :)

    1. Thank you so much Alisha! You are such an inspiration to me!