Monday, September 22, 2014

Registration Closed

Sign-ups for the Favorite Things Recipe Exchange are now closed.

If you signed up, please don't forget to make your donation to the Ladd Family's Adoption fund by clicking on the donate button below:



Assignment emails will go out ON OR BEFORE Friday, September 26th.  Please check your inbox, then check your spam, then contact me on Saturday if you have not received your assignment.

Thanks so much to all who have signed up!  #peoplehelpingpeopleismyfavorite

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

@theadoptswap Favorite Things Recipe Exchange

Today I got a message from a friend on IG telling me about an urgent adoption need for a friend of hers.  I knew immediately that the Lord was calling me to come out of my exchange sabbatical and help this family.  So I texted a few of my insta-besties and asked them if they had any brilliant ideas for a new exchange {because as much as you guys love the garland exchanges, I am kind of bored with them}.  And one of my friends immediately suggested a recipe exchange.  Brilliant.

So there it was... a new exchange: the Favorite Things Recipe Exchange.

I got in touch with the gal whose family has this need and we began to talk about their story and the exchange.  And guess what... she went to culinary school and has a recipe blog!!!  I just love it when God orchestrates the details to say, "I'm here."

First I want you to hear about the family we will be helping.  The Ladds.  Here is their story in Leigh's words:


Gray and I have been married for 6 1/2 years.  My husband works in the nonprofit sector and I'm a stay at home  homeschooling mama.  We adopted our son from Ethiopia in 2012 when he was 31/2 years old.  He is our little Lego loving, movie quoting, card game obsessed cutie!  


We knew we wanted to adopt again but it took a little while to figure out where God wanted us this time. In November we officially signed on with Christian Adoption Consultants and in the spring we started our home study. We were ready for placement at the end of June.  

On September 8th we found out about a sweet baby girl that is being born very soon. From the moment our case worker started telling me the details I knew this was it.  But we still had to be chosen. 

In the process we also found out that we had to have 11,000 dollars when we were matched and 11,000 dollars at placement.  Both of these either needed to be cash, check or wired meaning it had to be cash in the bank.  We had 5,000 dollars, not 22,000. At this point we sort of freaked out, we thought there was absolutely no way. My best friend Ashley was not having it. God had provided in big ways recently for their adoption and she was confident that if this baby was supposed to be part of our family that He would provide for us as well.  Despite her insistence we went to bed that Monday night thinking we would not be presenting to this situation.  

Neither of us slept at all and by morning we decided to go for it, in my heart I just knew. While we waited to hear if we were chosen for the baby, we raised 6,000 dollars in 38 hours. It was amazing and humbling. 

On Thursday, September 11th we got the call that we were chosen. I sobbed over the phone to our case worker for a good 5 minutes telling her that I just knew it.  We still can't believe how God has guided our path so far!  

Now we only have 15 days to raise the remaining 11,000 dollars with any extra going towards to medical expenses.  We are holding on to the hope that we have not been brought this far in the journey for nothing!  We are already so in love with this baby girl, our son is getting more and more excited about being a big brother and our hearts just long to snuggle her in our arms.  

We are walking a sacred story and we feel so humbled that so many have decided to walk with us.

Will you join me to help Leigh and her family bring home their baby girl?  I know $11,000 sounds like a lot, but I have seen God provide more than that in less time to complete families that He has knit together.

*PLEASE READ THIS ENTIRE POST THOROUGHLY BEFORE SIGNING UP*

In this exchange you will be assigned a friend to whom you will send a recipe and some item that coordinates with your recipe.  For example, if you are sending your recipe for the World's Best Mashed Potatoes {first of all, sorry... they're the second best... I make REALLY good mashed potatoes}, then you might include your favorite potato peeler.

Oxo Potato Peeler available at Target

Or if you are sending your recipe for Spiced Chicken, you may want to include a package of your secret seasoning mix.


Feel free to include some extra little goodies, but do not feel obligated to spend a ton of money. The only requirements are the recipe and the one extra item. 

ANYONE can participate in this exchange, it requires no crafting abilities.  However I am limiting this exchange to ADULTS ONLY.



*BEFORE YOU COMMIT TO JOINING THE EXCHANGE I NEED TO GO OVER A FEW RULES.*

1. PLEASE DO NOT SIGN UP FOR THE EXCHANGE IF YOU ARE NOT 100% COMMITTED TO GETTING YOUR PACKAGE IN THE MAIL BY THE DEADLINE.
It breaks my heart that some sweet women work hard at sending out a fabulous package and never get one in return.  It's rude, and as my MIL would have said, rude is never appropriate.  NO EXCUSES.

2. PLEASE BE KIND.
The point of this exchange is to help a family grow.  The perk is that you get to receive a fun little gift while helping that family.  If your package comes late, or you don't love it, or you never receive it, or if you send a package and don't get a gushing thank you from the recipient... PLEASE JUST REMEMBER THE PURPOSE OF THIS EXCHANGE.

3. HAVE FUN!
The spirit of this exchange is giving.  It's an opportunity to do something amazing for a sweet family, make a new friend, be blessed and be a blessing!  I cannot even begin to tell you what a joy it has been for me to coordinate these exchanges and see friendships develop and people have happy mail days that turn their frowns upside down.  Please keep all that in mind and give without expectation.

4. INTERNATIONAL PARTICIPANTS ARE WELCOME, BUT MUST BE WILLING TO SHIP INTERNATIONALLY.

5. THE COST TO PARTICIPATE IS $5. 
All of this money goes directly to the Ladd Family's Adoption Fund.  I do not make any profit off of this exchange.  If you would like to have more than one swap partner, you need to pay $5 for each one.  Feel free to donate more, but we are only asking $5 per person per exchange.

6. THIS EXCHANGE IS OPEN TO ADULTS ONLY.


You still excited???
Good, me too.
Let's do this!

Please make note of the following important dates, especially the shipping date.  For reals.  Write it in your calendar now.

SIGN-UPS OPEN: Thursday, September 18th - Monday, September 22nd
ASSIGNMENT EMAILS SENT: by Friday, September 26th
SHIPPING DEADLINE: Friday, October 17th {that gives you THREE WEEKS}  

To register follow these THREE STEPS:

STEP 1: Please fill out the registration form below.

STEP 2: Please make your donation by clicking the Donate button below:
In the Purpose field, please say "@theadoptswap Exchange".  The minimum donation is $5 per swap, but please feel free to donate more than $5.



 
STEP 3: Exchange assignments will be sent on or before September 26th.
If you have not received an email by September 26th, PLEASE FIRST CHECK YOUR SPAM FOLDER.  If you still don't see it, then please send an email to adoptswap@gmail.com with the subject: Missing Assignment.

REGISTER HERE: