Thursday, August 8, 2013

Smoky Mountain Getaway ~ Giveaway: UPDATE

So we're rolling along, slowly but surely in our journey to bring Ian home! We are homestudy approved and are now waiting on USCIS approval and for a few last documents to come back from being apostilled to go into our dossier. Once all of that comes back our 'paper baby' will head to our son's country to be approved and we'll be invited to travel for first trip!!

So, in the mean time we are busy raising our next set of agency fees which will be $6,000 and the travel expenses for trip 1. We estimate needing around $9,000 but this will depend on when we actually travel and what plane tickets costs at the time. From sales of the 'Hello My Name Is' tshirts, which we are still doing, click here if you'd like to order, and a fb auction we did we have about $1,000 of the $9,000 needed.

Yesterday, a sweet friend of mine, who just got back from B a few months ago with their new son and daughter, offered us this awesome getaway to do a giveaway with! Here is what you can win:

A Weekend Getaway at an Amazing Chalet in Pigeon Forge Tennessee

You Pick the Dates!
(Any non-holiday weekend from September 2013 through May 2014)

You can go HERE to see all the photos of this gorgeous mountain chalet and read descriptions of each of the rooms. I copied an overview from the website

Safari High

With French doors opening to reveal a gorgeous four-poster raised King-size bed, a view of your private gas fireplace from the bed, a private jetted tub, and an HD television, the Master Bedroom truly deserves that title. As if that weren't enough, there is a private deck off the Master, perfect for enjoying that morning cup of coffee.

Enjoying the fireplace is not limiten, with a connecting bath. Also off the Den is the Game Room, where you can rack the balls for a game of billiards, or enjoy foosball and a game of darts.

If you'd like to unwind after a long day of shopping or sight-seeing (just 10 minutes away), there is a private hot tub on one of the three decks. This home is perfect for honeymoons, anniversaries, romantic getaways, or just plain fun with the family!

*The chalet is 2 miles out of town from Stoplight #8, which is convenient to all attractions in Pigeon Forge, and removed enough for you to enjoy the peace and quiet.
*All roads going to the chalet are paved, and the semi-circle driveway is paved.
*The home is equipped with keyless entry and an alarm system.d to the Master Bedroom, as a second fireplace is in the Living Room, which is complete with an HD television and XBox 360 Kinect.

Downstairs, you'll enter the Den with a sleeper sofa, and will find the second bedroom, also with a King-size bed and HD televisio

How to Enter:

We're keeping it simple with this one, and increasing your odds of winning by doing a limited entry giveaway!

We are taking the first 110  60 (we're taking less entries so your odds are doubled!) $10 donations! 
As of today 9/12/13 there are just 48 entries left!!
You get one entry for each $10 donation, and you can buy as many as you'd like!

Your tax deductible donation can be made to our FSP on Reece's Rainbow HERE or to our AdoptTogether grant HERE

Either way that you donate you will receive an email receipt, please forward that receipt to

I have a list with 110 60 slots for names. When all 110 60 slots are filled I will cut them into individual strips, put them into a bucket, blindfold Nicholas and let him draw a winner!

When all slots are sold we will have $500 more towards bringing our son home!!

And, I know I say it a lot, but THANK YOU. Thank you to everyone who has prayed for us, encouraged us, participated in our fundraisers even though I know you must be getting tired of us by now, and for every thing you do to show your love and support for our family!


Steve, Brooke and Nicholas