TEAM BARNETT ADOPTION 2014 ~ Felix's Heroes Wall

The following people have graciously donated to our adoption fund and have made Greta, Felix, & Romeo one step closer to becoming "An Orphan No More"!
Greta's, Felix's, & Romeo's Heroes Wall:
Linda Wade ~ TX; Tammy Johnson ~ TX; Brian & Carol Miller ~ NC; Karl & Beth Brennan ~ TX; Sammye Smith ~ TX; Barbara Balthrop ~ TX; Jeri Newman ~ TX; Shirley Bowman ~ TX; Anonymous ~ TX; Kelly & Chay McClellan ~ TX; Heather Farester ~ VA; Terri Mauldin ~ TX; Sherry Hamby ~ TX; Laura Homan ~ TX; Cindy & Kelsey Cregar ~ MD; April Jurisch ~ TX; Danni & Rhaya Edison ~ TX; Brenda Baswell ~ AL; Anonymous ~ TX; Keshia Melton ~ New Zealand; Mistie Sutko ~ TX; Amy Epley ~ TX; Annie Trenda ~ WA; Jenny Raspberry-Martin ~ Canada; Amber Gilchrist-Anderson ~ NM; Bianca Montelaro-Oliver ~ LA; Sasha Fera-Schanes ~ CA; Gigi Glynn ~ NJ; Cordie Teddlie Everman ~ TN; Clydene Moore ~ TX; Peggy McAdams ~ TX; Kayla Groen; Kristen Abel ~ TX; Dandy Rivas Fleming ~ TX; Colleen Salinas ~ TX; Katy Pyle ~ LA; Sandra Lizcano ~ LA; Reby Lawler ~ TX; Charlette Flowers ~ TX; Mary Anne McCartney ~ TX; Colleen Krizak ~ TX; Rhonda Jackson ~ TX; Heather Woodall ~ TX; Heather Johnson ~ TX; Sherwin & Ann Lee ~ TX; Stacie Lee Mercer ~ TX; Anonymous; Wesley Barnett ~ MS; Anonymous ~ TX; Shirley Massey ~ TX; Jeremy & Mandy Danielson ~ TX; Anonymous ~ TX; Debbie Goff ~ TX; Jamie Discher ~ TX; Carol Miller Wise ~ NC; Cherrisa Shelton ~ TX; Sheilah Chisum ~ NM; Debbie Marks ~ OH; The Stokes Family ~ TX; Wanda Oldag ~ TX; Lisa Smith ~ OH; Michelle Hughes ~ VA;
Reece's Rainbow: Andrea Roberts, Nancy Thornell, Debbie Hannon, Michelle Zoromski, & Lucille Brown

Friday, February 21, 2014

T-shirts, T-shirts, and more T-shirts ~ that's what we need, indeed!!

YAY!!  We have now sold 38 t-shirts and raised $839 for Felix's adoption!!!  We are beyond ecstatic!!!  We are slowly, but surely, reaching the required sale of at least 50 t-shirts through Bonfire Funds in order to receive the total amount raised.  We have exactly 7 days left to sell the remaining 16 shirts needed to reach the 50 shirt minimum and we are relying on faith that we will make it.  However, we are hoping and praying that A LOT MORE will be sold.  (If we do not sell the 50 t-shirt minimum by 2/27, Bonfire Funds will close out the fundraiser, refund all moneys to our supporters, & the t-shirts will not be printed.)  The amount raised from this fundraiser will be used toward Felix's US Homeland Security (USCIS) adoption fees.

We would greatly appreciate it if you would help make Felix AN ORPHAN NO MORE by purchasing a t-shirt and/or hoodie.  If you feel so moved, please click on this link here {} and then click on the GREEN "Buy a Shirt" tab.  From there, just follow the steps.  Please note that your purchase(s) will be shipped directly to you about 14 business days after 2/27 if the 50 shirt minimum is sold.   

If you aren't able to purchase a shirt, no worries at all!  But, would you please consider telling others about our t-shirt fundraiser??  Would you share our story & let others know how they could purchase a t-shirt??  We would greatly appreciate it if the word gets out there so that we can get these t-shirts sold!  Thank you!!

A lot of thought, reflection, and care went into the t-shirt/hoodie design.  For several days, I thought about what I wanted the t-shirts to say & I played around with several ideas and designs.  It was important to me that the shirts had these 4 things: 

1.  Info about Reece's Rainbow Down Syndrome Adoption Grant Foundation
2.  A Bible verse reflecting the heart of being An Orphan No More
3.  Felix's birth country (which is also Maclayne's, Teague's & Trenton's)
4.  My blog address because I try to dedicate a large portion of the posts to Down syndrome & orphan/adoption awareness

Most importantly, I wanted to glorify God in this design and I sincerely pray that He will be.  The first submission I made that included the Reece's Rainbow banner was rejected by Bonfire Funds because there were too many colors & graphics. I was pretty disappointed because the design was absolutely beautiful and captured RR perfectly. So, I did the next best thing and removed the banner and used one of the RR campaign quotes in its place. In the end, this is what I designed/created to be printed on blue t-shirts/hoodies:

It is also important to note that the t-shirt purchases must be made through Bonfire Funds from now until 2/27.  We ARE NOT selling them personally ~ our fundraiser is being handled by & is strictly through Bonfire Funds.  If you would like to purchase a t-shirt, but are not able to do so before 2/27, please leave a comment below with a way to get in touch with you personally.  We will try to work something out, but I cannot guarantee anything at this point (sorry!).    

Once again, thank you for supporting us as we answer our call from God to make Felix An Orphan No More by becoming his forever family!!  We are both humbled and blessed that you would choose to join us on our family's journey.  Words cannot adequately express how grateful we are.  Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.  Thank you for loving our son & seeing the true potential that God has blessed him with ~ the potential that can be reached through amazing love.

For more information about our adoption of Felix through Reece's Rainbow, please click this link to our RR Family Sponsorship Page. 

Now I leave you with these beautiful words of love written by the Apostle Paul ~ The Love Chapter ~ found in the New Testament.  I hope you see the truth and beauty in them.  May God bless you as you allow love to reign supreme in your life.

1 Corinthians 13

New American Standard Bible (NASB)

The Excellence of Love

13 If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing.
Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never fails; but if there are gifts of prophecy, they will be done away; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be done away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part; 10 but when the perfect comes, the partial will be done away. 11 When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things. 12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known. 13 But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the [f]greatest of these is love.

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