{Give Away}: Apple Watch

We’re home with Nicholas and Olivia!  It has been quite a couple of weeks, learning about each other.  It wasn’t very long after we picked them up that it became clear that the information we received about their education levels was wrong. Both of our kids are bright, but neither of them has anything like a 4th or 5th grade education. Our kids have achieved about a preschool and kindergarten level equivalent, respectively. They are capable of learning, but will need an awful lot of help to catch up. We need to do about 5 years of intensive remedial work with them to bring them up to a level near what they should be for their ages.

In order to do that, I’m going to need some materials that will help them to learn and practice. I have made Montessori materials at home for many years, but our needs are more urgent than I can meet by making them myself now. I’m going to need to purchase materials so that we can get the kids started right away.

Because our previous giveaways have been so much fun and so successful, we are going to do another one!

An Apple for the Teacher

For every 100 apples claimed, we will give away one Apple Watch. And this time every gift is the same amount: $25.

Apple Watch Giveaway

Claim as many apples as you want. The more apples you claim, the greater your chance of winning.

To claim your apples, send your gift of $25 per apple through PayPal to nissa_@_gadboisfamily_._com

We will draw a winner (or winners) on Sunday, December 6th – St Nicholas Day. Please help us spread the word! We’re sure that lots of people will want a chance at an Apple Watch right before Christmas!

Apple Watch Giveaway

Whatever we raise in excess of our needs for materials will be put toward other projects here at the house: completion of the permanent schoolroom, completion of the third floor bedrooms for our adult children and guests, an office for our ministry, workspaces for making candles, soaps, and sewn items for our shop, a room to be used as photography studio – all in support of our ministry.

*No purchase necessary, click here for details.  Void where prohibited.

The Long and Winding Road

Twenty one years ago, we met with a social worker in the living room of our little apartment in Belleville, Illinois. We wanted to talk to her about adopting. She showed us pages and pages of available children. Beautiful little boys and girls, some just tiny babies. Almost every one of them was African American. And she told us that we could absolutely start the process but that the State of Illinois would never place a black child in a white home. They couldn’t flat out deny us since it was against the law, but they had ways to make it nigh impossible. We were young, and impressionable. We didn’t think we had the power to fight that, so we laid aside that attempt.
Over the years, we looked into adopting from China, India, Russia, Kazakhstan, Poland, Ukraine, and finally Bulgaria. We have been burned by unscrupulous placing agencies, started and stopped home studies, and hosted children with the intention of adopting. We have been blessed with nine children through birth along the way. The desire to answer God’s call to care for orphans never faded.
Two years ago, I saw two little faces on an adoption photo listing. I committed to pray for them, as I do any time the profile of an orphan touches my heart. I know that the timing wasn’t right for us, but I printed out the information I had. Six months later, a friend sent me a message and asked me to consider two children she knew were available for adoption. The timing was still terrible, but I promised to pray about it. And we did. For two weeks.
We were paying two mortgages, trying to run a farm and renovate a house. There were NO savings and it didn’t look like there was going to be anything extra in the budget anytime soon. We knew we would never have the $30,000+ we needed to cover adoption fees and expenses. But we felt that God was calling us – loud and clear. So we stepped off in faith. It felt like stepping off a precipice over a yawning chasm. But we chose to believe, and stay in prayer.
He moved mountains and hearts. Folks gave so generously right from the beginning. Some gave $5, some gave much more. More people than that offered prayers for us and for our children, shared links to various fundraisers. There were times it came right down to the wire, funds were due and we didn’t know where they would come from, but we always trusted. And we asked for your prayers. And always – ALWAYS – we were provided for in lavish and spectacular style. Every single barrier fell before the power of faith. You who have been with us on this journey, you have witnessed faith in action. You have witnessed a miracle.
Tomorrow, we board a flight to Bulgaria to bring our son and daughter home. Forever. And we are so grateful. We can’t wait to see how their lives unfold, to see what things God has planned for them.
And we ask you to go before our Father with one last prayer. Pray for those who still wait. Pray for the children who are “too old” to get a second look, pray for sibling groups who are “too big” to take on, pray for the children with special medical and developmental needs who are “too great a burden” to raise. They are precious and worthy. They need us to do whatever we can for them. They need families and a future. So pray for them. Pray most fervently, and every day. And if God moves your heart to reach out and open your heart and home to one or more of these children; and if you feel that you just don’t know how you can possibly make it happen, you get in touch with me. I promise to pray with you, and to help you in whatever way I can to make it happen. Because so many did just that for us. Maybe one of those people was you. And it will make all the difference in the world.

{WINNER} Baker’s Delight GiveAway!

Congratulations to Jen Lawler!

And thank you to everyone who donated and took a chance on this super fun prize!

UPDATE 10/18: This week, we were blessed by a fellow adoptive family who were moved to help us by covering our remaining travel expenses.  We are so grateful and humbled that they were willing and able to respond to God’s grace.  We pray that they will be blessed, too. Our tickets are now on hold and should be processed tomorrow.  We leave Boston on November 5th.

We will be keeping this giveaway going until November 2.  All funds raised from here on out will go toward what we need for our family and our apostolate.  Let’s see if we can get all of the cookies claimed so that we can give away the BIG prize!

UPDATE 10/12:  We need to raise these funds TODAY.  We have to purchase our airplane tickets and our hotel fees.  We would be so very blessed if you would share this post, or the link to our Mission: Adoption campaign.   And, as always, we treasure your prayers for our success!

We are just a few weeks from traveling to bring our new son and daughter home from Bulgaria (and then maybe we can catch up all of the posts we wanted to share about that adventure).  Just before we left for a week long trip to the World Meeting of Families Congress and Papal Visit, we got some very disappointing news.  There had been an error on our Reece’s Rainbow account.  Our total was $8000 less than we thought.  Since then, a kind donor has added $5000 to the account, but we are now still $3000  less than our previous amount and a total of $5000 short of our funding goal.

We must purchase our tickets NOW and pay for our lodging.  We leave the first week of November.

So we are doing another awesome giveaway to try to raise the remaining balance.  ONE family will receive a gorgeous KitchenAid Artisan ® Series Stand mixer in their choice of colour (20 to choose from).  I tell you, I would LOVE to have one of these.  I’ve always wanted one. And it comes just in time to do all of that Advent and Christmas baking!


AND if we fill all 200 envelopes, we will upgrade the mixer to a ProLine® Stand mixer with a 7qt bowl and attachments, PLUS a grain mill, pasta making set, and food processor – a total value of over $1500*

PLUS, every entrant will receive a little something from us as a special thank you for your generous gift.  So be sure to give us your shipping address.


Numbers 1-22, 23-30, 32, 40, 43, 48, 50, 198-200 are claimed!  Thank you!

Here’s how it works:

  • Choose one of the gingerbread children (comment below to let us know which one you’ve chosen)
  • Donate the amount that corresponds to the number on your gingerbread child directly to Mission: Adoption OR PayPal {} Remember to remove those underscores! 😀
  • The graphic will be updated to show which numbers have been claimed.
  • On November 2 (All Souls Day AND Jojo’s birthday), we will draw one person at random to receive a brand new KitchenAid stand mixer!

Claim as many gingerbread children as you would like, each entry increases your chances of winning.

Please share our giveaway on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, email, and whatever other social media that I am blissfully unaware of.  Feel free to pin our graphic above (and re-pin as it updates).  Claim as many gingerbread children as you wish.  Each one counts as an entry, so the more you claim, the better your chances of receiving the prize!

*No purchase necessary, click here for details.  Void where prohibited.
*If we give away the larger prize, recipient is responsible for all income tax due related to the value of the prize.

Still here


I haven’t been posting anything lately, not because there isn’t anything happening.  It’s just that  so much of our lives are about our adoption.  The process, our memories from the trip, and our contact with them is intertwined everything we do, it touches every part of our lives.

And I am most definitely not being fearless.

I want to be very protective of the process.  Not because I don’t want to share everything we are experiencing with you, but because we don’t want to do a single thing to jeopardize the process.  It’s a tricky thing, this sharing.  I didn’t want to share anything until I was certain of what I could safely share.
Now that I am a bit more confident about all of those things, I hope to begin posting more often.  We treasure your prayers for our family, our new children, and for the children who still wait everywhere.

I’m preparing another neat giveaway, and will hopefully have that posted this week.  We’re just $2100 from fully funded at Reece’s Rainbow.  That means that we will have the funds we need to go back to Bulgaria this fall and bring our kiddos home!

Two Weeks

Two weeks from today, we will be preparing to board a plane to meet our son and daughter.

I have no words for how excited I am.  So much emotion is wound up in all of this.  It is more than two decades since adoption was laid on our hearts.  There have been so many failed attempts to adopt.  And I remember the name of each child, I still pray for them, I wonder where they are and how they are doing.  So many disappointments for us, but I hope many blessings for them.  It’s so hard to believe that we have finally made it to this point in the process.  This time every obstacle has fallen away as we’ve met it.  We have had a mighty army of prayer warriors flanking us every step of the way.

We are amazed once again at God’s provision.  His generosity can not be outdone.

If you look just over there on the sidebar, you will see the miracle we witnessed two days ago.  I was out all day with the girlies, who had taken me out for a luncheon to celebrate my birthday.  We didn’t settle in until evening.  I checked on our FSP and was thrilled that someone had donated $10.  Every donation is precious and it’s such fun to see the numbers changed.  I was about to navigate away when I realized that something seemed out of place.  I looked again at the total.  I stared at it.  It took so long for it to register.  And then I was sure that something was wrong, and error.  But no, someone had put several thousand dollars into our account.  We have no idea who.  Only the ladies at Reece’s Rainbow know.

Whoever you are, THANK YOU!  Thank you for responding to His grace.  Thank you for helping us to bring our son and daughter home.

I am making a Novena of Thanksgiving for the intentions of our donors – current and future.

O God, of whose mercies there is no number, and of whose goodness the treasure is infinite; we render thanks to Thy most gracious majesty for the gifts Thou hast bestowed upon us, evermore beseeching Thy clemency, that as Thou grantest the petitions of them that ask Thee, Thou wilt never forsake them, but wilt prepare them for the reward to come.

Because of this generous donation, all of our placement fees are now covered, as well as a significant portion of our travel fees.  We are approximately $2500 from being able to cover all of our second trip – the one that brings them home with us.

We can close that gap to just a few hundred dollars if we have just 94 more donors for our swallows and forget-me-nots fundraiser.  For everyone who will donate $25 through that fundraiser, we will send a bottle of our favourite Sancta essence of Chrism essential oil.

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