Sunday, April 6, 2014

Red Thread blessings on this pageant Journey

Wow- I am humbled and in awe of how God gets us to the right people when we need them.

The Chinese has a proverb I love:
"The two people connected by the red thread are destined to meet, regardless of time, place, or circumstances. This magical cord may stretch or tangle, but never break."

We've had so many Red thread blessings on this pageant journey. I'd be amiss to not document here for our Chinese Princess.

I found a used blue dress for Izabella's "Let it go" talent performance on eBay. After emailing the seller- we were blessed to discover this dress was worn by another adopted princess at her NAM pageant.


THEN I order a used interview suit for her- too small. Hmmm...what now? It's late in the game to find something-found a little pink jewel of an outfit- a Nordstroms outfit on a Vintage store on esty- this time not trusting the size on the listing I asked for measurements! Ordered it. Then got an email yesterday that the little girl that wore this outfit is ow 16 years old, at the top of her class, loves to sing and dance, is in her HS Band and was also ADOPTED!




And finally--last years pageant dress was a nightmare that required the some grace and mercy on this newbie Pageant Mom. But cemented a relationship with a seller that also adopted a daughter! And this years dress arrived and it fits!


Some call all that coincidence. I call it fate, Gods plan, her destiny, and little Gods wink moments that tell me that we are on the right path doing the right thing.

Like so many times on our journey to finding our daughter- Izabella. When it's right- God lets you know-we just follow His trail of bread he'll lead us to right where we need to go in this trip on earth.

Love you Princess ! You rock! You face was emblazoned on my heart, revealed in the middle of the night in a dream, and then presented by our dear angel messenger on earth- Kelly Raudenbush! With this photo-August 10, 2009. Thank you God- thank you Krlly for hearing God calling to advocate-and sending us her face, so our hearts would be preparation to say yes- when our agency called with what seemed to be a very sick girl. That was actually a very healthy girl, who was meant to be our daughter. And is now on her way to a pageant to run for the Queen title! Miracles all the way !



Yesterday, I saw another face that drew me in and has not let me go, I don't know any way to bring this one home. But if it's meant to be, I am listening. Know I am praying for a home for you! If not ours, someone else's. He is in the care of a foundation called Love Without Boundries. Izabella prays for you and all orphans every night ! He looks like he could be Izabella's brother!



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Your support is so deeply appreciated!

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Friday, April 4, 2014

Izabellas Prayer

Izabella is more animated every day. Her personality is shining through the more time she is home. She regularly expresses her love for us, her joy in being a part of our family and lately she tells me several times a day that she doesn't know what she'd do if we hadn't found her and brought her home. Each time it melts my heart and I can't hold her, kiss her and love on her enough. These things so many take for granted this little one understands with crystal clarity. Sometimes I think we're too hard on her. We have lots of rules , and high expectations to do her very best at school and anything she does. We know she can, and we know this is the best way to prepare her for life, and give her the skills she'll need to reach her goals, which lately includes being a pet vet!

She is so brave, so strong, smart and full of life and joy! We want the very best for her. With all that seriousness she exhibits all sides if her lately. It's amazing to watch this " Chun lei" ( her orphanage given name- meaning -spring budding flower) unfold.

Yesterday had a couple moments worth writing on her blog for her.

On the way home from school, Izabella when I asked her how her day went she dropped her head and said very sadly and meekly, " I had a really bad day Mommy. I love science- but we had social studies today ! No science!"

A few mutes later, she burst into laughter and said, " Mom I didn't tell you I got TWO AWARDS TODAY during book club time!" WHAT!? That's awesome! She replied with much delight, "I got ya, didn't I!?"

Last night she said her prayers.

"God I just want you to know you really knew what you were doing when you put us together. You really did. I wouldn't want any other Mommy! She's the perfect Mom! Thank you God. And God, please find the perfect match for EVERY SINGLE CHILD IN THE WORLD, that doesn't have a home. I MEAN EVERY SINGLE ONE!"

She also worked on her introduction for the Pageant-it's coming along great! I am so proud of her!

YouTube Video

Buy a ticket to support Izabella's run for the crown of National American Miss Iowa! There is still time to purchase a ticket for a chance to win a Kindle Fire Tablet! Drawing April 26th!

You can buy tickets at the link at the top left sidebar of this blog!

(1) is $10, (2) tickets are $15, (7) tickets are $50. We are blessed by your support at ant level. She will send you a handwritten receipt and thank-you note. It's all part of the life skills she learns through this experience. And she can not go to
the pageant if she doesn't raise enough money to pay the entry fees.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Izabella Needs Your Support -- 2013 Videos & Kindle Fire Give-away


Before we get to the GIVE-AWAY--first things first! 

Thank you to all my family and friends that supported Izabella last year. She did you all proud--and she could NOT have done it WITHOUT the support of each and everyone of you! As you all know by now--Izabella took 2nd Runner-up in the 2013 National American Miss Iowa Compeition last April. We were in shock and awe of our precious little girl that has survived and endured so much in so few years of life, and were so proud of her. She came away from it all with a new level of confidence and ability to stand on her own. This proved especially useful as she entered the turbulent 1st grade year, in a new school, and 1st year in public school! I don't know how she would have managed some of the challenges faced in this 1st year without the skills this pagaent gave her. 

NEXT a little Fun--ENJOY these Rough Cut Videos! Listen carefully as she accepts the ribbon for 3rd Runner up in the Photogenic competition--you'll hear her proud Daddy yelling to her on stage, "Way to Go Izabella!"

Here's a rough edit VIDEO Link of her Pagaent Finale Night! (winning moments) :) 


Here's a rough edit of their VERY special Daddy/Daughter Evening Gown Competition:
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Here's a rough edit of her touching personal introduction. Dan and I looked at each other and said, "We can go home now--we accomplished what we wanted here." She stood up there and told her story, and was proud of herself,she was so brave, and so strong. That's all we can ask for. Proud doesn't tell the half of how we felt at this moment. Still brings me to tears hearing it. And it was all her own words. 
video

NEXT--Here's how you can help her make another trip to the NAM 2014 Competion:
As we tell her all the time, "Nothing in life is handed to you, you must earn it!" So, she is again doing work to raise funds with the raffle again. Since the Kindle Fire is a great item for anyone to have/win, and it's a great tool for learning and reading (both of which she loves to do), we're giving another one away this year. 

We appreciate your support. As you purchase the tickets, Izabella will write you a reciept and a thank-you and mail it to you. This is another great life-skill and habit to learn early on. 

The Kindle Fire Raffle Give-Away Details: 
We'd be blessed with your support - here are the entry ticket amounts:  
--$10/entry or
--2 entries for $15 or
--3 entries $25 
--Sponsors donating $50 + (made before March 31st) will recieve recognition in the pagaent program. The program book sponsors are due to the National American Miss office by April 4th. So we need to mail it in before the drawing 4/26/14, so all entries of $50 will need to be in before the 4th--to be listed in the Pageant Program. Here's a pic of last year's book: 
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Enter Now! Purchase Your Raffle Tickets see the

at the top left of this page to purchase a ticket. 
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Drawing: "The Izabella Kindle Fire Giveaway" will end at Noon EST on Saturday, April 25th. The winner wil be chosen at random and announced shortly thereafter, on this blog with a video of Izabela drawing the winning name. Her State Pageant is on May 2-4, 2014 in Waterloo, Iowa!


She is already working hard! In addition to raising the money for the pagaent fees, writing thank-you notes, raffle tickets and reciepts. As you can see here she's talking to her Aunt Kathy and Grampa Arndt about supporting her:


AND She is/will also:
  • putting together and practicing her 30 second personal introduction speech to give on stage at the pageant--30% of her score (her practice runs always have me tears it is still so precious). 
  • working on her interview skills --judges interview--30% of her score. We're working on her interview skills that she's using everyday when she meets new people and it's amazing the difference in how she can now hold a conversation with strangers even. (Don't worry she knows all about stranger danger). 
  • purchasing school supplies or a book to donate--for 10% of her score--community involvement. 
  • taking part in the formal wear competition--which is about how she presents herself--not about the dress--and Daddy will have the honor of escorting her on stage! This is one of the most memorable moments for us--Dad is beyond beaming on stage.

A few details on Fill Their Stockings…
- An Orphan’s Wish will be blessed by any amount you would like to give. We do ask that you consider a minimum donation of $5 – additional entries will be given for multiples of $5. You can also enter without donating, just leave your name, email and mailing address in a comment on this post. Please note, if you choose to donate, you do not have to leave your address in a comment, we will have that information with your donation.
- To donate, simply use the button below and you’ll be directed to AOW’s PayPal page. All donations go directly to An Orphan’s Wish.
- You must have a shipping address in the US to win.
- The Flights, Camera, Action giveaway will end at 11:59 PM EST on Friday, December 14th. The winner will be chosen at random and announced shortly thereafter.
- See more at: http://nihaoyall.com/2012/12/fill-their-stockings-the-big-finale-flights-camera-action.html#sthash.yHmELnOw.dpuf
A few details on Fill Their Stockings…
- An Orphan’s Wish will be blessed by any amount you would like to give. We do ask that you consider a minimum donation of $5 – additional entries will be given for multiples of $5. You can also enter without donating, just leave your name, email and mailing address in a comment on this post. Please note, if you choose to donate, you do not have to leave your address in a comment, we will have that information with your donation.
- To donate, simply use the button below and you’ll be directed to AOW’s PayPal page. All donations go directly to An Orphan’s Wish.
- You must have a shipping address in the US to win.
- The Flights, Camera, Action giveaway will end at 11:59 PM EST on Friday, December 14th. The winner will be chosen at random and announced shortly thereafter.
- See more at: http://nihaoyall.com/2012/12/fill-their-stockings-the-big-finale-flights-camera-action.html#sthash.yHmELnOw.dpuf
You must have a shipping address in the US to win.

Again this is about the experience and life skills she learns at this event, preparing for it and after. It is not about money! It is not even about beauty. It's about learning life skills she will use in all aspects of her life. It is a fun way to learn skills that will definitively help her reach for her dreams and have a full, happy and successful life.

Thank you so much for your support. This is such a sweet adventure for our family! And we so appreciate your support! I am moved deepy by the way our friends, family and sometimes complete strangers support our sweet girl. She deserves it, needs it, and Dan and I appreciate it so much!

Watch for more fun updates on this journey! It is already another magic carpet ride! :) 

Sunday, March 9, 2014

A shower of love for another princess

Yesterday we attended a shower of love for a precious little sweet girl that has found her home in a most amazing family! It was a blessed day- and a great way for our Izabella to see first hand what it looks like to see a family open their hearts and arms to a little girl from half way around the world they've never met. Just like our family and friends did her- in October 2009. I wasn't sure she understood what was happening until I asked her to make a card for them.. And this is what she created! Brought me and the new little girls Aunt (who put in this amazing shower for her brother and sister in law and soon to be neice!) clearly she gets it! And she had to wear her princess best! :) thank you Dani for inviting us to share this special say with your family.

















(Above her new family and her new aunt Dani- blessed all around)