FAITH is the substance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not yet seen.
Heb. 11:1

Friday, February 24, 2012

New pictures of Faith!!

I opened my in-box this morning and received updated pictures of Faith.  I was sooooo excited!!!  This is the second picture I've received of her at the piano.  It looks like she likes to wear her hair up.  It was up in her birthday pictures too!  So pretty!!!  And I just love her smile!!!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Just eight short weeks from tonight . . .

and we'll have our last sleep before we travel to bring our sweet Faith home.    Oh I'm getting so
excited.  For those that may not know, I first saw Faith 2 years ago on the Rainbow Kids sight.  And now, fast forward, we are finally getting close to bringing our daughter home.

The kids and I have been talking about Faith and what she'll think about her new family.  As we have three kids, they all have such a different little personality.  We sit and wonder what Faith will be like.  Who will she most be like?  Is she head strong or meek?  Will she be bossy (lol) or be a follower.   We are so blessed to have such different little personality's around here.  To say the least, there's never a dull moment and I love it!!!!

Here's a recent picture of the kid's that I took for their Nai Nai's birthday video that Emmi made.

It's hard to believe that the next picture will have Faith in it too.  Praying that she transitions right into our
family and that we are all patient and tolerant as we grow our family.  

As we have conducted fundraiser after fundraiser after fundraiser, we still have a few more to go to help with our adoption expenses.  We are so excited about our current fundraiser which I'll post next.

Thank you so much to everyone who has supported us on our journey to our daughter Faith so far.  We so appreciate all your prayers, donations, purchases, and sharing of our events.   I am truly humbled by your support.  And am so thankful for each new friendship that has been made.   God is so good!!!


Thank You!!

Thank you to everyone who supported our fundraiser auction!!!  I really do appreciate you all.  We raised $275 which is AWESOME!!!  This will go towards our inter-country fees.  Again,
thank you!!!

We began a new fundraiser today, Delicate Fortress Creations.  I'll post the details in the next post.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Fundraiser auction for Faith

We need your help!  We still have several items with no bids.   This fundraiser ends tonight, Monday, Feb. 20th at midnight. 

We are so blessed to have received our TA for our sweet Faith!!!  I'm so excited and have been grinning ear to ear ever since we got the call.  So excited!!!  It seems like it has taken forever to get to this point, but I know it's all been in God's timing and He's in total control. 

So now as we wait to travel, we still unfortunately need the rest of the fees for all travel and all province fees.   I have several items that I'm listing for this "Fundraiser auction for Faith".  And a sweet friend, Amy has offered several cute, cute items as well for this auction.  Thank you Amy, again!!!  

Here's how it works:
This auction runs from Feb. 14th to Feb. 20th at midnight.
Please e-mail me here with your bid and the item you are bidding on with description.
I'll reply and comfirm your bid (and post it)
If you are outbid, I'll send an e-mail giving you the opportunity to bid again
All winning bids are responsible for shipping charges (I'll ship usps) and I'll send a final e-mail with
your total.
You're payment can be made through the "donate" button to the right (via paypal).  Or I will also
except a check, whichever is easiest.
Please know how much we appreciate your support!!

The "Faith" & "Believe" bracelets were made by me.  They are either glass or Shell beads and are so pretty.  The pictures are a little blurred.  Seriously, I need a new camera.   They are all on a stretchy band and fit an adult.   "Faith" of course is because of our walk of faith to follow God's plan to bring our daughter, Faith into our family, and "Believe" (believing in Him to lead the way).

The Sharper Image Digital Photo Album Keychain.  The price on
the bottom of the box $50.

Starting bid $25.00

Shaoey and Dot Hardcover Book (great adoption book)!

Current bid $5.00
Set of 2 Handmade Dishcloths

Starting bid $10.00


Starting bid $5.00

Hello Kitty Hair Clips (purchased in China)

Current bid $5.00

Sterling Silver Butterfly Bracelet (retails for $44)

Starting bid $_____________

Handmade Bird's Nest Pendant

Starting bid $10.00

Set of 3 wooden bookmarks with Chinese writing on the back (purchased in

Starting bid $15.00

Set of 2 glass pendants (purchased in China)

Starting bid $10.00

Set of 3 Chinese Ornaments (purchased in China)

Starting bid $15.00
Glass beaded bracelete with "Faith" charm
Current bid $20.00
Glass bead and shell bead bracelet with "Believe" charm
Current bid $20.00
Glass bead bracelet with "Faith" charm
I added the "yellow" bead to represent "one more child" now having a family!
Current bid $20.00
Glass beaded bracelet with "Faith" charm
Current bid $25.00
2 yards of asian print fabric (deep burgandy in color)
Current bid $___________
Nintendo DS Princess Peach game
Current bid $10.00
Petz Dogz Talent Show Nintendo DS game
Current Bid $10.00
Littlest Pet Shop Nintendo DS game
Current bid $10.00
Imagine Fashion Stylist Nintendo DS game
Current bid $15.00
Disney Wizards of Wavery Place Nintendo DS game
Current bid $5.00
Gym rockets Nintendo DS game
Current bid $_________
Littlest Pet Shop Nintendo DS game
Current bid $10.00

Wheel of Fortune Nintendo DS game
Current bid $5.00

#1  Welcome Lady Bug wall/door hanger  13" high
would be great to add to a wreath
Current bid $10.00
#2 Welcome Lady Bug wall/door hanger 13" high
Current bid $5.00
#3 Ladybug Wall/Door hanger  13"high
Current bid $___________
#4 Ladybug wall/door hanger  13" high
Current bid $___________

Set of 2 silk coin purses (pinch sides to open)

Current bid $10.00

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Thirty-One fundraiser for Faith

WE HAVE TA!!!!  Yippeee!!!  We got the call yesterday morning.   We are still fundraising as we still need all our travel expense fees and province fees.  Our Thirty-One fundraiser will be ending soon and we hope and pray we get more orders as we're currently at $450 in total sales and we were really trying to get to over $1000 in sales.  Anne is giving us all her commission from the sales.  Please take a look at all the cool stuff that's available.  The link is   Once there click on "events" to the right and then you'll see the Vantrease name.  Click next to our name and you can begin your order.  We appreciate everyone stopping by our little blog!!!  And we certainly appreciate your support to help bring our daughter home. 

We are down to the final countdown to go get our daughter.  It seems like forever ago when I first saw her picture, two years ago this month as I just happened to go visit  It was very random and not planned.  There she was, in her dance costume very poised.  She was listed as having CP, sequalea from a brain injury.  Oh how I was scared to death.  And she was listed with a different agency. And she was an older child, 10 at the time.  Oh my!! God certainly had it all planned out from the beginning, as I would have clicked off that sight and went on with what I was doing.   This adoption is all in His hands and He has been there by my side the entire time.  There's a peace that I can't explain, except that I know everything will work out just fine.  God's in control, not me.  It's been a hard lesson to learn (don't we all like to be in control), but it's been a good one.

So, as we are on our final countdown to TA, we are having yet another fundraiser to get Faith home.  We still lack "all" travel fees as well as the in-province fees.
I'm so excited about this Thirty-One fundraiser!!   A sweet friend, Anne Little, is hosting it for us to help with the adoption expenses to bring Faith home.    The Thirty-One website just updated this month with all the new product.  There's sooooo many cute items!!  I know there is something that will catch your eye.  And, the special for Feb. is great!!!  There are cute items for kids, teachers, friends, and family members.  One of my very favorites is the "lil expressions" items.  I purchased a couple for my m-i-l and mom as gifts for their birthdays.    All the kids' pictures are on their via "lil expressions" and it's so amazing to see Faith on there too. 

The link to see all the great product is  Once there, click on "events" to the right.  Then you will see our name "Vantrease" with a link to shop.   Here's how the
Feb. special works: 

"To take advantage of the customer special, enter at least $31 in product, then choose the item you would like at 31% off that has an "S" at the end of the item number. This let's Thirty-One know which item you want the special on. The item with the "S" on the product number will show up in your cart at the discounted price".

I added some pictures of some of the bags and baskets that are available and ideas on how they can be used for gift giving:

                                                    "All in one organizer" as shower gift

                                                                      Gift basket

                                                  "little carry all's" as Easter baskets

                                                                  Cupcake gift bags

Oh, and Anne is giving away a purse this month on her blog at
Just visit her blog and leave a comment on the current post to get entered!   She is awesome!!
Thank you Anne!!!!