Adoption Supper Fundraiser

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This is an exciting week for our adoption. We have submitted our dossier to our agency and it will begin the translation process this week! The next step is sending it to Haiti with $12,000 for their in country fee! The Lord continues to supply ALL we need for each step of this process. Our Adopt an Envelope has raised almost $3,000 in just a few weeks.  Tomorrow night in Andrews, Monte Alban will be donating 10% of all sales from 5 – 8pm to our adoption! Take out orders are included! We are excited to see how the Lord is leading in this process and how the body of Christ gathers around us to help bring a little boy into our family!

We have started a few applications for grants and matching grants now that our home study is approved! I will keep you updated on those. Thanks so much for all your support and encouragement over the past few months! I’ll be sure to post an update next week!

P.S. If you live local, come out and have supper at Monte Alban tomorrow night! I’ll be there from 5 -8pm!

Art for Adoption: Face Painting #2

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This past Saturday I had the privilege of setting up my little face painting booth at the Heritage Festival in downtown Andrews, NC where we live.   As soon as I was set up to paint,  kids began lining up and before I knew it, I had been painting faces for 3 hours with no break! These kids were so excited to have their faces painted. When I was finished with each one, I would hand them a mirror so they could check out their transformation… it was my favorite part!  Some of the little ones actually squealed with excitement when they saw their faces painted! Shy little girl’s lit up in smiles when they saw themselves as a butterfly or kitten.  One little boy got his face painted like Spider Man, then after lunch, he came back to have his face re-painted like Spider Man again!

The people at the festival really enjoyed it, and so did I. I painted faces from 10am to 4:30pm and raised over $185! I am very thankful for such a fun and rewarding way to raise money to bring  our new son home from Haiti.

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So far, I have been able to raise $241 painting faces and I am scheduled to paint faces this Friday night (4th of July) for ArtWalk in Murphy! So, if you are in the area and would like to get your kid’s face painted, stop by. I will be set up outside the Murphy Art Guild.

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Check out our fundraising project and help us raise money to adopt from HAITI

Check out our fundraising project and help us raise money to adopt from HAITI

Davis Nation Adoption Video

Hello everyone! As you know we are adopting from Haiti. This weekend we made a video about our adoption and how you can partner with us in giving a little boy a forever family. Check out our video about our adoption from Haiti and share the link with everyone you know!

 

Go here to read more info on Adopt An Envelope!

We Have Been Approved!!!

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That’s right! We have been approved to adopt from Haiti! Things are moving forward quickly and I am just so excited to share with you how the LORD has been working in our family.

These past few months have been crazy! While I have been super quiet online, I have been filling out online applications, researching nearly every country offering international adoptions and reading tons of adoption blogs and personal stories, not to mention the normal Stay-at-home-mom stuff. It has been a race to find an adoption agency who will be able to use our approved home study for an international adoption. With the Lord’s leading, we have chosen an agency and have been approved to adopt from HAITI!

I am so thankful to those of you who are eager to hear about our adoption! Your questions have been so encouraging to me even though there has not been much to say until recently. I have organized pages of information about our adoption and how you can help on this blog. I’ll be tracking our adoption progress here at mavisdavis.wordpress.com! So, if you go to “Our Adoption Journey” on the menu bar above, you will see a drop down box full of information on how you can get involved in our little boy’s story!

My ONE WORD 365

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I am participating in the ONEWORD365.com challenge! ADVENTURE is my one word to focus on this year! According to a solid online resource, Wikipedia, an adventure is an exciting or unusual experience! I am planning a bunch for this year!

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1. Adopting a little boy! Please join our FB page for updates and info on our current status. Also, you can go here to donate to our adoption fund! We are over half way there:)

2. Rebranding my blog! What? Mavisdavis, where are you going? Well, I am not going anywhere! That’s the point. The name is a bit confusing for new readers who may think, “her name is Amy, why would she call herself Mavis?” So, I am skipping all the confusion and re-branding my blog. I will focus my writing on creativity, missions, motherhood and creative ways to connect the three. I will also be sharing my adventures in motherhood and life at SWO. Basically what I already blog about, but I need a new blog name! So, brainstorm and email me your suggestions. If you have the winning suggestion for my new blog name, I will send you a free piece of art!
*Also, there will be plenty of warning before I shut down MavisDavis.wordpress.com!

Alani with her guitar and me with the banjo on Christmas!

Alani with her guitar and me with the banjo on Christmas!

3. Songwriting! I got a new banjo for Christmas (thanks again, Mom and Steve)! So, I’m taking the leap back into songwriting. It has been about 3 years since I have written a new song.  It is good to feel Lord stirring my heart to write new tunes for our church services at RedOak!

4. Art! I have recently joined a few friends in a little adventure called Stillframe Studio. We are joining our forces in art to create some beautiful things to share! It is up and running, so check it out!

So, those are 4 of my personal ADVENTURES for the year! So, it is appropriate to give my 2014 the name ADVENTURE! You can name your year too! Check out the resolution revolution at ONEWORD365.com and find out what it is all about!

Day 31: Custom Painting

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Today is the last day in my 31 Days of Artsy Giveaways! I have had such a great experience sharing these pieces with you and I am so thankful for those of you who bought tickets to help us raise money for our adoption. So far we have raised over $3500! Thank you to everyone who has supported us in this raffle as well as the generous donations we have received this month.

I am giving away a custom painting today! At the beginning of the month, I made a list of giveaways, assigned everyone a number, and used an online number picker to choose the winner for each day. Somewhere in the middle of the month, I contacted the winner of today’s custom painting and began working on her custom project. This is the first draft of the artwork. I wanted to share it with you on the last day of my 31 Days of Artsy Giveaways!
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Congratulations Amy Rasmussen! Thanks for your continued support in our adoption.

In closing my 31 Days of Artsy Giveaways, I want to thank everyone who checked out my artwork daily. I do have prints available on my store, here. If you would like a print of a giveaway not shown on my store, just leave a comment on this post.

The point of this whole project was to raise money for our adoption. If you would like to give, but missed the deadline for the 31 days of artsy giveaway, it is not too late! Just click the “Adoption” button on the sidebar and donate now.

You guys are awesome!
I look forward to sharing more of our adoption journey as it unfolds!
– Amy

Day 30: Custom Canvas

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Day 30: Custom Canvas
Today I am giving away another 1 of 3 personalized art pieces. (If you are keeping count, that is 2 so far).This giveaway is a canvas that will be created in the near future! The winner will send me their favorite saying/phrase/verse or family name, I will paint them a one-of-a-kind Amy Davis original. This is an example of a wedding gift for Jason and Zabrina. And the winner is…
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Amy James! So excited to be working on your artwork! Thanks for all your support of our family and this adoption.

Day 29: We Hope 5X7 Print

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Only a few more days of giveaways! Today I am giving away this 5X7 print of “We Hope For What We Can Not See” This print is also available here on my online store. And the winner is…
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Pam Higle. Congratulations Pam!

Also… this is how my kids were entertained while I took photos of the giveaways. Thanks Holloways! feedinggoatsy

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Day 28: This World Is Not Your Home…

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Today’s giveaway is a 5X7 print of this little drawing! It is a great comfort to know that this world is not our home!
And the winner is…
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Sarah Beecham! So happy you won this drawing girl! Thanks for supporting our adoption!

Day 27: The Lord Is My Portion…

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Day 27: The Lord Is My Portion
The inspiration for this painting came from SWO13 girls night! As I looked through my journal for inspiring thoughts and drawings, I came across this verse in Lamentations multiple times. It stirs my soul to read it.
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22 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
23 they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
24 “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
“therefore I will hope in him.”

Ah, so encouraging… and the winner is…
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April Plemons!! (My little sister) So excited that you won!! You are awesome! I love you! Hopefully you will have a new nephew soon!!!