Friday, December 31, 2010


Dear Poppy Dip Supporters,
We have been to Ethiopia to see our son-- passed our court hearing-- and have returned home WITHOUT him to simply await our embassy date so we may return to pick him up and bring him home forever.

Long story short...
I was going to travel to pick him up... but upon meeting him... hearing his story (as we met his birth father-- )... seeing the connection made between Montie and Samson Jude... we feel that BOTH us of need to go to get him.

We are making a plea if anyone of you might feel led to give-- even just $10

You may click on the link below for a contribution (tax) credit in 2010... scroll down on the page to the 'donate' button and it will direct you to the PAYPAL page

please put COUCH 997 Adoption in the 'purpose'
Year End Giving Deadline: Donations must be received, postmarked or, in the case of credit card giving, charged by 12/31/10 in order for the donation to receive contribution credit in 2010.

the CHIP-IN/Plane tickets button at the top left side bar is also a way you may give... but will not count towards a tax credit.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

We are home... our hearts are aching

~ to have our sweetest little Samson Jude home too...
We now will wait for our embassy date and hop on a plane back to Addis Ababa ETHIOPIA to bring him home... (in a matter of weeks --and we pray a short span!)
This was the most heart wrenching thing we have ever done, to have to leave him there. We trust fully in our great God, knowing He will take care of him.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Thursday, December 23, 2010 to meet our boy!!

leaving in the morning to meet our little Samson Jude
Addis Ababa ETHIOPIA
~ court--December 27th

so we celebrated our family Christmas together a bit early

and then an early morning with stockings!!

... he's waiting to meet us...studying our photos!!

wishing you all a
Merry Christmas!!

Monday, December 20, 2010

santa hat

We leave in just FOUR days!!!
We can't wait to see you Samson Jude!!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

it's freezing here!!! uuuggghhhh

...but we're packing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
in just 11 days ...
we will get to meet our little Samson Jude!!

Friday, December 10, 2010

time flies by

... have been watching home videos!...
they grow up SO fast...

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

catch up with little girlies in POPPY DIPS!!

our little presents!!~ Solomon Natnael ~ Esther Yordanos

now to show all these little cuties wearing their POPPY DIPS!!

THANK YOU again for ALL your support to help bring our little Samson Jude home!!
Hope to be back for more sewing later next year!!
now enjoy...

Thursday, December 2, 2010

just waiting...

to add our little Samson Jude...
I did have photos with the 3 BIGS...
but 'they' didn't 'like' their photos!! picky picky!!

my very cute 'adoption rocks' shirt... click here and scroll down on their blog

Friday, November 26, 2010

got milk? GOT LOVE? ADOPT!!

these are some of the cutest shirts out in the adoption t-shirt fundraising!!
(well there are LOTS of cute ones, but this one caught my attention!)
hop over to this post
Minus 1 Project
they are selling long sleeves!! ~ hooded sweatshirts!! ~
tote bags!! ~ travel mugs!! ~ car decals!!
great prices too!
think family...think gifts!!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010


life is flying by like a blurr!
when I posted that POPPY DIP orders would stop on December 1st ~ it was crazy!! ~ 40 orders in 2 days from that post!!
so the fabric is now completely gone...
the sewing is now done!! (finally!)
my machines are going to shop so that I can't even THINK about sewing!!
hope to come back next year after we are settled with our little boy!

The Lord blessed us with such provision through the sewing of so many little girl dresses/twirls!!

now to rest and get ready to travel to see our
little Samson Jude!!

we celebrated Esther's 5th birthday on November 3rd!!
Christa ~~ my sweet sister-in-law ~~ flew in for the festivities and to show off her belly !!
She's having a BOY!!

just had to include this photo!! shows real life here at our home!!
"it's my party and i'll cry if i want to...."

We also celebrated Adeline and Madison's 17th birthday!!
Our 3 girls received TOMS!!
"TOMS Shoes was founded on a simple premise: With every pair you purchase, TOMS will give a pair of new shoes to a child in need. One for One"

click on TOMS above and read more!!

We celebrated ADOPTION at
the fundraiser!!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Thank you all who helped out with the Fundraiser Event!

It was an event to remember!

If you donated, attended, helped, sang, prayed, or just paused to think of us



esther and abby are the bestest of friends!!

just a little reminder as there are just a few more days in November...

has pledged to give us $2 for every comment under our article here:
click on SixSeeds and leave your comment there!!
thank you!!

blessings to all
Happy Thanksgiving

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Simply leave a comment... please

All you POPPY DIP supporters and those who have just found POPPY DIP...

In honor of Adoption Month--NOVEMBER a new parenting e-magazine is partnering with our family to help orphans across the globe find forever families… and they asked our family to be featured on their site!

SixSeeds has pledged to give us $2 for every comment under our article here:
click on SixSeeds and leave your comment there!!


You can say anything in the comment, make it short and sweet or leave a heartfelt note!

(Please just leave 1 comment per e-mail address, but do pass this along to anyone you know who cares about orphans!)

Not only will you be helping our adoption, you will also receive a weekly e-zine that talks about the best in good, family, fun!
(SixSeeds includes team members who brought you the Chronicles of Narnia movies, Waiting for Superman, Ramona and Beezus, best selling books, and other great family fun!)

Please take a minute to comment at SixSeeds
send others to our page
and spread the word about this unique offer

We have the entire month of November to comment, but please do it today! Then when you leave a comment... have your husband leave one...
call 10 friends and have them do it!!
post this on your blog
FACEBOOK about this

Those $2 add up!!

Thank you and pass it on!

We have 3 more plane tickets to buy!!
one for me--Sallee
one for Gabriel--our son going with me

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Some details...

... we have our tickets!
... both Montie and I will go for the court date Dec.27
... we will get to see Samson Jude on Christmas night or early the next morning!!
...our stay in Ethiopia will be short
...we will come home WITHOUT our sweet little boy!
...being Ethiopia requires 2 trips now!!
...we will wait for the embassy date
...Gabriel and I will travel back to Ethiopia to get our sweet little boy!!

...Poppy Dip sewing is coming to an end!

...December 1st will be the end ~ unless my fabric stash runs out before then...

...I hope to come back to sewing next spring or early summer

...THANK YOU for all your support in dressing these little girls in POPPY DIP creations!

...some random photos of life here at our house!

Blessings to ya all!!

Sunday, October 24, 2010


Ready Made POPPY DIP dresses
short sleeve $25
long sleeve $35
twirls $25
shipping $5
MUST contact me first!!

THINK of our little SAMSON JUDE in Ethiopia!!
we are saving for plane tickets to go to the court date--- and then return to pick him up
tickets are HIGH at the
holiday season ~ like double what they normally are!!!
so if you want to
double your payment for your SALE POPPY DIPS!!
teasing!! :)

left to right
Groove 18 mo SOLD!!
Scrappy Red Polkas 24 mo SOLD!!
Little Flakes 2T SOLD!!
Glitzmas Blue 3 SOLD!!
Yule Trees 4 SOLD!!
Scrappy Turquoise 5 SOLD!!
Disco Dot Sorbet 6
Little Flakes 7 SOLD!!

left to right
Dots in Snow 18 mo SOLD!!
Scrappy Mezzanine 18 mo SOLD!!
Lecien Snowflakes 24 mo SOLD!!
Riley Blake Trees 24 mo SOLD!!
Hallmark Bulbs Blue 2T SOLD!!
Scrappy Red Polkas 2T SOLD!!
12 Joys of Christmas Vintage 3 SOLD!!
Yule Trees 3 SOLD!!
Scrappy Holiday Stripe n Dots 4 SOLD!!
Merrytown Trees 4 SOLD!!

left to right
Vintage Mittens 5 SOLD!!
Holiday Sparkle PINK ornaments 5 SOLD!!
12 Joys of Christmas Vintage 6 SOLD!!
Holiday Stripe 6 SOLD!!
Disco Dot Sorbet 7 SOLD!!
Glitzmas Green 7 SOLD!!

TWILRS will fit any size --- lengths posted send me her waist measurement and I'll put in the custom size elastic
left to right
Lecien Snowflakes 10" SOLD!!
Olive Christmas 10" SOLD!!
Merrytown Trees 11" SOLD!!
Holiday Sparkle PINK Ornaments 11" SOLD!!
Mezzanine 11 1/2" SOLD!!
Yule Trees 12" SOLD!!
Disco Dots n Dots 12 1/2" SOLD!!
12 Joys of Christmas Vintage 14" SOLD!!
Holiday Sparkle PINK Ornaments 14 1/2" SOLD!!