Saturday, March 31, 2012


This is the last chance to enter the NOOK fundraiser which ends tomorrow April 1st. So far there are 12 people entered in the deal so that means with 4 prizes they have a 25 percent chance of winning something. How do you like them odds. To enter click on the chip in button on the side or go here for our RR account which is tax deductible. Cost of entries is as follows:
 $10 = 1 entry
$20 = 3 entries
$50 = 15 entries
$100 = 45 entries

Thanks to all, Amanda

What is Arthrogryposis?

"Arthrogryposis" (Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita) is a term describing the presence of multiple joint contractures at birth. A contracture is a limitation in the range of motion of a joint.
In some cases, few joints maybe affected and the range of motion may be nearly normal. In the "classic" case of Arthrogryposis, hands, wrists, elbows, shoulders, hips, feet, and knees are affected. In the most severe cases, nearly every body joint may be involved, including the jaw and back. Frequently, the joint contractures are accompanied by muscle weakness which further limits movement. So the child's joints have limited movement and if they aren't given PT at a young age or  worked on (moved) then they freeze in place.. Which limits how they move.
Arthrogryposis is relatively rare, occurring in perhaps one in 3,000 births. 

What is the treatment?

For most types of Arthrogryposis, physical and occupational therapy has proven very beneficial in improving muscle strength and function and increasing the range of motion of affected joints. Parents are encouraged to become active participants in a therapy program and to continue therapy at home on a daily basis.
Splints can be made to augment the stretching exercises to increase range of motion. Casting is often used to improve foot position. However, emphasis should be placed on achieving as much joint mobility as possible. Some type of removable splint (perhaps a bi- valve cast) maybe used on knees and feet so that the joints can be moved and muscles exercised periodically. In some cases, merely wearing a splint at night may be sufficient.
Surgery should be viewed as a supportive measure to other forms of treatment when they have achieved their maximum result. Surgeries are commonly performed on ankles to put feet in position for weight-bearing and walking. Less frequently, surgery is required on knees, hips, elbows and wrists to achieve better position or greater range of motion. In some cases, tendon transfers have been done to improve muscle function.
What is the outlook?
There is a wide variation in the degree to which muscles and joints are affected in those with Arthrogryposis. In some cases, Arthrogryposis may be accompanied by other conditions, such as central nervous system disorders, which complicate the picture. However, in most cases, the outlook for those with Arthrogryposis is a positive one. Unlike many other conditions, Arthrogryposis is non-progressive. That is, it does not worsen with age. Furthermore, with physical therapy and other available treatments, substantial improvement in function is normally possible. Most people with Arthrogryposis are of normal intelligence and are able to lead productive, independent lives as adults. 

So why am I telling you this? Well because there is a child Laurel who is about to turn 15 in Eastern Europe. She has Arthrogryposis. Yet she smiles everyday and remains happy. When she turns 15 she becomes un-adoptable. She will be stuck in a country that won't accommodate her. She will go live in an Insane Asylum. With adults who have lived their whole lives there. That is her fate unless someone out there feels the call to be her family. Or maybe you can donate to her fund here. Look  at her face again. Be her family. Pray for her.

Many people have adopted children with this condition. Over at Micah six eight they are having a large giveaway for several children and Laurel. Let God use you to affect these children. Go here run don't walk and tell your friends about it.

Oh and if you are worried about the costs for her medical care....Shiner's treats these kids for FREE. including plane tickets to and from the hospital. So what excuse do you have now?

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Got Invitations?

So a coworker at my school, that has been a big supporter of our adoption fundraising has asked me to make some invitations for a wedding shower she is hosting. The wedding is a destination wedding on the beach and it was super fun to research for the invites the ones they chose are both contemporary and elegant. They will be very cool. I will take a picture of them to show you once I finish them all. So that got me thinking. Does anybody else want any invites. I can design digital ones, that you can print at Wal-mart or from your own computer or I can do paper ones. Does you child want a birthday party featuring some cartoon that nobody has party stuff for? With my silhouette I can do that for you. Need banners? Place mats? party favors? I can do that too!! Need craft sets for 10 kids or 20 I can do that too.  Let me know if you need anything crafty. VIKA needs a mommy and a daddy and we are doing ANYTHING we can to get her here.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

New recipe I came across

Original Recipe Yield 6 servings


6 slices bacon
1 1/2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 1/2 tablespoons maple syrup
6 slices bread, crusts removed
6 eggs
salt and black pepper to taste6 tablespoons heavy cream
6 tablespoons shredded Cheddar cheese, or as desired


1.Place the bacon in a large, deep skillet, and cook over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Drain the bacon slices on a paper towel-lined plate; crumble and set aside.

2.Preheat an oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease muffin cups.

3.Combine the melted butter and maple syrup in a small bowl. Flatten a piece of bread with a rolling pin. Brush the bread with the butter mixture. Line the muffin cup with the flattened bread. Repeat with the remaining bread slices. Bake in a preheated oven until the bread crisps, about 3 to 5 minutes.

4.Sprinkle crumbled bacon into the bottom of the toast cups. Crack an egg into each cup. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Top each egg with 1 tablespoon of heavy cream and 1 tablespoon cheese. Bake until the whites are just set, about 10 to 14 minutes or until the eggs are cooked to your taste.

Nutritional Information

Amount Per Serving Calories: 311
Total Fat: 20.8g
Cholesterol: 258mg Powered by ESHA Nutrient Database

I am doing weight watchers right now sooo i will be making this recipe just a wee bit healthier when I do Ill publish that here

Cleaning house ....

Really.We .R. Cleaning house here!! Home study appt at our house on Monday. Hoping we will be ready. I am off to go do laundy at mt. Washmore as my friend tara would

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The cost of Adoption

Some of you have asked about how things are going and why we need to raise all that money and where does it go? First of all adoptions aren't for the faint of heart. Whether domestic or international it takes a long, long time from start to finish. That said international adoption in Eastern Europe tend to be quicker than those in other countries. If we had all the money we needed we could move very quickly in this adoption. But. We. Don't. So we are moving on God's timeline. That said there are estimates as to what it is going to cost. The total is around 25,000. I know right? SHOCK. But domestic adoptions can cost between 8-13,000. And China adoptions cost upwards of 30,000-50,000. So its all relative. But here is the break down of those costs....

$2000 ............ homestudy
$2000  ............ USCIS,i-600a and fingerprinting
$5000  ............ flights
$8600  ............ facilitator fees
$1700  ............ first trip lodging ($80/nt 3 weeks)
$1100 ............  second trip lodging ($80/nt 2 weeks)
$450 ............    first trip food/other supplies ($20/day 3 weeks)
$250 ............   second trip food/other supplies ($20/day 2 weeks)
$600  ............   passport
$550   ............    Visa and Medical
$2000  ............ transportation (in country)
$1000  ............  orphanage donation/dossier preparation costs
25,000 TOTAL

Wow that's a lot but seriously this is a living breathing child here who will be forced to live in an insane asylum with grown adults if we don't get there soon. Its a lot of money, YES but our GOD can do it!!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Win this just for sharing!!

OK so the interest in the NOOK giveaway is dwindling and we have a lot more money to raise for Vika. So from now till the 31st of April I am having a giveaway for anyone who shares the Our story or our giveaway on their blog or their Facebook page or if they do a story about us on their blog.
So do you want a cake pop maker and a bakerella cookbook? Then share, share, share....Every time you share you are entered.  Please leave a comment letting me know where and when you shared so I can add you to the list.  Also you can email me if you like at aholmes at hardin-central dot org. Thanks all, Amanda

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Reminder that NOOK Fundraiser ends MARCH 31st

THE NOOK fundraiser ends March 31st. Here is a refresher about what its all about.
New NOOK Tablet giveaway....

What can it do?
Our fastest, lightest tablet with the best entertainment displayed in stunning VividView™

•Movies, TV shows and music from the top names—Netflix, Hulu Plus™, Pandora® & more

•World's most advanced VividView™ 7" Touchscreen

•Over 2.5 million books, magazines, comics & kids' books

•Lightning fast Email, Web & smooth streaming video

•Thousands of must-have apps like Angry Birds and Epicurious

•Extra-long battery life—yet ultra-light and thin

•Always free NOOK support in-store
Other Items in the Fundraiser are;

from Terri Ellis @ A Drop in the Bucket a 10$ gift certificate. Terri paints beautiful signs like this one.

 from me Amanda @  Ollie and Sully your choice of 20 handmade cards. An 80$ value. And...