Goodbye Ordinary

I will recount the steadfast love of the LORD, the praises of the LORD, according to all that the LORD has granted us. Isaiah 63:7

Time to Think about Christmas Gifts October 28, 2010

Filed under: Adoption,Fund Raising — Lori @ 12:28 pm

I have made family bracelets for purchase for several years.  They are a unique gift to give to a mom, grandma, aunt, or friend.  Each bracelet is custom made for that person as a visual representation of the birth month of each family member.  You can include the husband and wife’s birthstone as well as their children, or you can have a bracelet that is just the children’s birthstones or just the grandkids’ birthstones.  I will make it to your specifications.  All the components of the bracelet are made of solid sterling silver and Swarovski crystals. 

Check out the following link to see all the details and instructions for ordering.  I will use the proceeds of the sale of the braclet for our adoption expenses.

Details to order bracelet


Our Silent Auction was great!! May 27, 2010

Filed under: Adoption,Faith,Fund Raising — Lori @ 11:31 pm

Me and my "Dream Team"

I don’t even know where to start.  I have great friends.  My friends Lori and Jen put a ton of time and work into this event and I am so thankful for them.  The thing is, though, that it was a total labor of love for them and I SO appreciate that.  They are amazing!

Some of the beautiful flowers on the tables! Thanks Mollie!!

Kalindi and Kira wanted to do what they could to help out and so Kalindi made some pretty, bright colored potholders and I added some things to make a basket.  She loved knowing that she was contributing and also helped out with serving.

Kira went to work making stretch bracelets to sell.  She does a great job with color choices and patterns.  We decided to just set her up and say donation instead of a set price for her bracelets.  She did very well.  I think it helps to be cute. 🙂

The girls and Maggie man the bracelet table

So many people donated auction items for us and we are touched by their generosity.  We were thrilled with the attendance, especially when we weren’t sure how many would come since RSVP’s hadn’t really come in. 

We made a good sum of money and we are pleased with that.  I think, though, that for Kevin and I, what we really enjoyed was being able to share our adoption journey with our community and also to be able to talk about adoption and what a blessing it is.  I was asked what goal I had for this evening and my answer was, that one orphan would have a family because of a seed that was planted tonight.  That is what it is all about.

I feel very blessed tonight.  The Lord has been good to us.  I have no worries that He will provide all that we need.  And, I also trust that He is in complete control and will get Levi home exactly when he wants to.

Keep praying!!


Just a Reminder April 19, 2010

Filed under: Adoption,Fund Raising — Lori @ 12:48 pm

We have several fundraisers going on and I wanted to remind you about them.

First, is our Silent Auction/Dessert we are holding on Thursday, May 27.  Please read about that here.  We could really use your help in gathering auction items and would also love for you to attend!

We also have the family bracelet fundraiser – this is a great gift for a mom or grandma or even for yourself! 

Sample Family Bracelet

You can enjoy some great fresh roased coffee and contribute to our adoptive fund with every purchase.

And, last but certainly not least, a wonderful fundraiser offered by Susan of Greenfield Soap Co., where a portion of your purchase will be added to our adoption fund.  She makes great handmade soap of natural ingredients and wonderful fragrances!

Please consider one of these fund raisers to help us with our travel costs to go to India.  Travel costs can fluctuate wildly so it is really hard to plan – especially when we have NO idea of when we will be going.  We assume costs will be $7,000 to $10,000.  Only Kevin and I will be traveling.

Thank you so much for your participation with us in this venture!  We appreciate your prayers most of all! 🙂


Mother’s Day Gift Idea March 23, 2010

Filed under: Adoption,Fund Raising — Lori @ 5:19 pm

I have made for myself and some friends and family what I call a “family bracelet”.  You could also call it a “mother’s” or “grandmother’s” bracelet.  The bracelets represent the birthstones for each member of the family/person you are representing.  So, not only are they colorful, they have great meaning.

Here are some examples:

I am offering these bracelets as a custom order for yourself or to purchase as a gift for $50.  I can make a bracelet with three to nine birthstone crystals.  In between the Swarovski 8mm crystal birthstone stations will be sterling silver seamless beads and Bali beads of varying designs – depending on the space.  Each crystal will be flanked with a sterling silver bead cap of various designs. If you need more than nine, I can make it with 6mm crystals and do up to fourteen – photo example below.

6mm crystals - can have up to fourteen

I will make it with as many silver beads as necessary to make the design look balanced and for the bracelet to be the right size.  All components will be solid sterling silver, including the toggle clasp.

Here are the birthstone crystal colors:

January – Garnet
February – Amethyst
March – Aquamarine
April – Clear Crystal (Diamond)
May – Emerald
June – Pearl or Alexandrite
July – Ruby
August – Peridot
September – Sapphire (I used a dark color, but I can use a lighter sapphire blue if you desire)
October – Pink Tourmaline or Opal
November – Topaz (I usually use a golden color, but I can use a light blue if you prefer or it looks better in the design)
December – Blue Zircon or Turquoise

Here are some alternative stones for several months:

My lighting in the photos is not the best – I apologize! 

I like to play with the birthstone color a bit if it helps the design of the bracelet.  If I think an adjustment should be made to your bracelet I will talk it over with you and send photos if necessary.  Some families have multiple birthdays in the same month.  For some months there are alternative color choices, such as November, which is Topaz.  I usually use a golden color for November, but I can also use a blue topaz. 

Here are the toggle choices:

If you are interested in placing an order, leave a comment on this post or email me at goodbyeordinary (at) yahoo (dot) com.  You will need to tell me the months for the birthstones you want to use – in order, the toggle design you like, and the length of bracelet that works best for you or the recipient of the bracelet.  The price is $50.  I can send you a paypal invoice to pay for your order if you want to pay that way.  You can also pay by check or cash.  If I need to mail it to you (because you don’t live in the Portland area), the mailing cost is about $3.00 and I insure it. 

The bracelet that I made for myself has my husband’s, mine, and all of my children’s birthstones – including Levi’s which is the opal for October.  Here it is:

Thank you for considering a purchase of one of these bracelets to help us raise money for our adoption!  You will also be purchasing a special keepsake for yourself or your mom or grandma. 🙂



Soap for Levi March 18, 2010

Filed under: Adoption,Fund Raising — Lori @ 10:15 am

Greenfield Soap Company

I am overwhelmed with the gesture of my friend, Susan, who makes beautiful and natural handmade soaps.  She has offered to do a promotion on her website to help us raise money for Levi’s adoption expenses.

Using this link you can order any kind of soap that she offers on her website and a portion of the sale will be donated to our adoption fund.  I have used her soap for some time and it is wonderful!

Some information from Susan’s website about her soap:

…….And that is why I make Greenfield Soap Co.’s luxurious bars of soap thoughtfully and carefully, in small batches with naturally occurring and plant-based ingredients only.  I do NOT use artificial colorings or synthetic preservatives or fragrances, and I make Greenfield Soap using the cold process method, so each bar retains glycerin, a naturally occurring moisturizer.  Each bar of Greenfield Soap also contains a high percentage of olive oil for its moisturizing, healing, and gentle cleansing properties.  Coconut oil imparts a generous lathering quality, and palm oil helps to make the soap long-lasting and stable.  It is my desire and joy to infuse each bar of Greenfield Soap with nature’s aroma and conditioning qualities, and the results are beautiful bars of soap, gentle and sudsy and especially good for sensitive skin!

I have put a permanent link in my “Adoption Fundraising” section on the right hand side for Greenfield Soap Co.  Thank you for reading and as Susan would say – Be Clean! 🙂


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