Welcome to Touching Lives, One at a time

This blog is dedicated to giving you a place to shop that supports adoption and adoptive families. Everyone listed on this blog is trying to raise money either for their family to adopt or to help other families adopt. If you want to support adoption - this is the place to shop!!

Just a note - I realize that posts will drop off the bottom of the blog that are still relevant - SO - make sure and click on the sidebar on Labels - to see past posts that are still active - you don't want to miss anything!!!!

Monday, December 29, 2008

Unique Coasters

I LOVE these coasters. You MUST check them out and help this family finish up their adoption costs.

2China4Darci - their family blog

Tumbled Marbled Coasters on Etsy - coasters on Etsy

Saturday, December 6, 2008

EMB Give Thanks Giveaway

Ella Marie Boutique is having a Give Thanks Giveaway - it is a great idea and SUCH a great cause! Go check it out - you may even win!!!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008


This fundraiser is perfect for any Christmas gift! Terry said: "We are currently raising funds to adopt our second child. Our fundraiser is creating unique, custom gift baskets for any occasion. In addition to fundraising for our adoption, a portion of our profit from each basket will be donated to Weaving Families Adoption Ministry." To see their wonderful fundraiser - go HERE.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Christmas Cards

What a fun idea!!! Go see these BEAUTIFUL cards and help support a family adopting domestically!! CafePress Faith Hope and Love

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Special Needs Adoption

Another adoptive family waiting to adopt a special needs child. They have a few fundraisers going on - clothing and a laptop. Go check it out! Arms of an Angel

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Supporting Adoption

This is a boutique that is run by families that have adopted - they do some beautiful work and I wanted to put a "plug" in for them!!

China Patterns 2005 Boutique

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Stationery Anyone??

Let's support the Hollis family as they are pursuing their second adoption - this time a domestic adoption. You can go HERE to see their blog.
A bit about their fundraiser:

The latest news with Keep in Touch Stationery Co. is that I've
updated my Stationery catalog and Notepad & Bag Tag
catalog! There are new designs for individuals, engaged
couples, and parents-to-be! To celebrate the release of your
new catalogs, I'm offering "Buy 2, Get 1 Free" with all of our
products!** You can use this sale for multiple items!
For example, if you buy 4 items, you get 2 free or if you buy 6
items, you get 3 free, etc. This is a great opportunity to get
your Christmas shopping done!

The other great news about this sale is that it's a fundraiser for our friends, Steve & Katie Jo Hollis, who are adopting their second child. For more information on their adoption, click www.hopeforthehollises.blogspot.com. So, as you're doing
your Christmas shopping, know that you're supporting a worthy cause!
If you'd like the new catalogs (all catalogs are sent via email), reply to this email and indicate which catalog you'd like to receive. The two available catalogs are: Stationery catalog (includes notecards & enclosure cards) or the Notepad & Bag Tag catalogs. */The "Buy 2, Get 1 Free" sale runs Wednesday, October 22--Friday, October 31. /*

Here is the stationery site: Keeping in Touch

Adoption Rocks!

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE these t-shirts - you MUST go check them out! BECAUSE yes, Adoption ROCKS!!!! Let's help out this family adopting from Ethiopia.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Just for your Car!

I LOVE THESE!! How fun!! I think we all need (at least) one!

This family has created a fabulous adoptive magnetic bumper sticker for the car .. It is only $6 and it will help them bring their child home .. Robbins Family

Charm Addiction

This wonderful family is paperchasing for their daughter from China. They have set up an Etsy store and their proceeds go towards their adoption. You need to go check out their Etsy site - they even have some adoption-themed items on there! Charm Addiction

Monday, October 6, 2008


This family is such a blessing to adoptive families - having been one themselves. They have set up this AMAZING site that has beautiful items for gift giving or just for yourself!! I bought the ornaments from them and LOVE them - but I am finding lots of other items I wish I had bought in China, but didn't!!! So go check it out - AND, if you don't have a family you wish to support on the site, you may surely put our names in when you purchase (Bilby's) - if you specify a family, a portion of the proceeds go to that family.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Ethiopian Fundraiser

What a great fundraiser - it is beautiful - go HERE to see this beautiful decal you can purchase.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Blue Eyes

Here is a magazine fundraiser to help bring home a beautiful daughter from Russia! Then, you can visit their family blog HERE. Let's help bring BLUE EYES home!!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Let's Bring this Little One Home!!!

Another wonderful family that is fundraising - visit them at Fundraising for Teddy. They have a variety of fundraisers to bring their little guy home. (The bows and baby dolls are ones they'd REALLY like to sell as they had to purchase those "up front".) Their family blog is Gathered Angels.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Want to own a TomTom??

Here is your chance to own a TomTom GPS unit! All by purchasing a raffle ticket - and the bonus? You are part of helping a little one come home from China. Plumb Blossom Books

Monday, September 1, 2008

Ella Marie Pick of the Week

It's time to go shopping - for adorable clothes - and all to help bring Ella Marie home from Guatemala!! Ella Marie Boutique

Monday, August 25, 2008

Thinking Christmas??

I know, this is really pushing it, as we are a ways from Christmas, but we have a wonderful opportunity to be in on an adoption fundraiser and I wanted to post about it. I think these ornaments are beautiful and Christine is an adoptive mother and has a heart to help adoptive families. SO- if you like these as much as I do and want to order one or a whole set - she said to order soon - they sell quickly and they do come all the way from China! Oh, and if you want the proceeds to help our family - just add "Bilby Family" somehwere in your email - then she gives the proceeds to us. (If you don't care who the proceeds go to, you don't need to add anything and she just divides it evenly. ) We are so grateful to people like this that are willing to help adoptive families! Holiday Fundraiser

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

A Fundraiser YOU Can Sign up For

This is a rare and wonderful treat - someone actually WANTING to do a fundraiser for an adoptive family!!!! Contact Barb if you want to learn more about her Tupperware fundraiser. She is willing to donate 80% of profits to your wonderful cause - bringing a child home!!! (Oh, and my favorite part?? It can be done all online!!)

Friday, July 25, 2008

Ladybug Anyone??

It's a raffle! And what a great raffle it is! You MUST go see this adorable ladybug afghan - and all to help bring home the Leonard's daughter from China - oh, you must go see her too - she's a beauty!! Let's help the Leonard's!!

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Avon Calling!!!

We are running a new fundraiser thanks to a friend. She is donating 20% of her sales from Avon campaigns #16, 17 and 18 towards the bring Little Miss home fund. You can have items shipped directly to your home for only $3.00 shipping. Visit http://youravon.com/tamarajarrett


Sunday, June 22, 2008

Car Seat Raffle

What an awesome opportunity for us to help another adoptive family!!

Saturday, May 31, 2008

Nikon Raffle

This is quite an amazing family - they are waiting to bring their ninth child home through adoption - and they are having a raffle to help with funds. You NEED to go check this one out! They are raffling a beautiful Nikon Camera!!! So go HERE to help them out!

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Fundraiser Idea

Angie has a generous offer for those of you that are looking for a fundraiser - she lists some details below and how to contact her directly:

I would like to offer this to anyone that is adopting. My name is Angie and they can view my website at www.loveforadoption.com or email me directly at angel@wyan.org. What I would do is send the family a flyer to pass around to friends and family and also it can be emailed or posted on blogs. The flyer would direct everyone to a special site set up for only fundraisers. Whenever someone makes a purchase, I will donate 25% of the sale to the adoptive family. The donation would come in the form of a check from me around the 20th of the following month. Shaklee pays me around the 18th. I would love to be able to help others on their journey! We are hoping to start the process again in a few years.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Lilee Bug Bows

Amanda Writes: We are waiting for our fingerprint appointment, but we have a blog featuring the bows that I make. We have one daughter adopted from China in 2006 & we are excited to be adding a Mei Mei to our family. We are waiting in the SN Program. The link to our Lileebug "Bow"tique is http://lileebugbowtique.blogspot.com/

These are adorable - you will want to check them out!


Jill, Kenny, and Garrett are working on adopting a sister from Africa! So, they are selling these wonderful t-shirts to help raise the rest of their needed money! Go check them out - we all need another t-shirt!! Wade Whereabouts

Better Than Ebay!!

Like gently used clothing?? Then this is better than Ebay!!!! Here it is in the words of the site owner: "We brought our little girl home from Guatemala in Feb 2007 and we are now starting the process for our son from Thailand. I'm selling items to help with the funding of our second adoption in 2 years. Lots of name brand clothes and shoes. I list stuff daily."

Go HERE to see it!

Adoption Tshirts

These are awesome t-shirts - and for such a great cause - to help bring a little one home from China - go check them out HERE!!!

Friday, May 2, 2008

Shades of Us - Fundraising Company

I got this as an email and wanted to share:

My name Sarah Hirengen. I am the Executive Director of an organization called Shades of Us. We help adoptive families raise funds to pay for some of the financial burdens that come with adoption. We do this by offering three kinds of fundraising options specifically tailored to adoptive families. These fundraisers are convenient, easy to set up, and have worked well for our families in the past. I was wondering if you would allow me to make your members aware that we are out there to help. Please take a look at our website at http://www.shadesofus.org/. I would be more than happy to answer any questions. I look forward to hearing from you. Thank you.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

T-shirt Dresses

Ok - this post I know FIRST HAND. Our friend, Kari, is sewing to raise money for their upcoming adoption. I asked her if she had any "Olivia" fabric - since we LOVE Olivia books - she found some and look what she made. I have to say - the dresses are adorable and I'm planning to order an Asian-themed one as well!!! You've got to see them!!! Kari's Kafe

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Prayer Pillows

What a great idea - this family is sewing prayer pillows to bring home a special needs child from Russia. Alie says, "We are going to have quite a supply on hand but we are able to make them per special order too, for example, in specific colors. The idea is that you place a paper with someone's name or prayer written on it inside the pocket on the pillow and at night you use it as a reminder to include them in your prayers." Go check out their blog to learn more or place an order. Bringing Home Blue Eyes

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Raffle for a VACATION!!

We are holding a vacation raffle to win a $500 voucher towards your next vacation, to help us raise money towards our adoption of Chynna...

How does it work you ask, well....

Vacation Raffle Details: All funds raised from this raffle will be used to help 4 families with their adoption from China.

Cost: 1 ticket for 10.00 or 3 for 25.00

Prize: Attached to the ticket is a card for a travel website AMG Vacations . The winner of the raffle can use the 500.00 travel voucher towards a booking of their choice from the travel agents site. For example, if you book a cruise that costs 700.00 for your whole family you would only pay the difference of 200.00. If it only costs you $500 then it will be free! This can be a cruise, airline tickets, hotel bookings…..your choice!

Date of drawing: May the 24th…..winner will be notified that day!
To learn more and enter - go HERE.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Adoption Bracelet Fundraiser

The DeMoss family is hoping to adopt two daughters!! Let's support them in their fundraising - these bracelets are unique and fun!

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Russia - Here they Come!

Let's help bring an orphan home from Russia. This mom sells children's books and Arbonne Skin Care Products. Go HERE.


Raising money by selling candles and even a GIVEAWAY for their second adoption - go check it out!!

Wednesday, April 2, 2008


Jennifer has set up an Etsy shop to raise money to bring home Sunshine!!! She is selling blankets, hair clips, and Koozies - go check them out !!! They are gorgeous!!

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Blog Giveaway

It's a blog giveaway - but she's also a great one to go to when you need a blog design anytime!! She dontates her fees to other adoptive families. Click on the Freebie sign - go to her blog - leave a message to enter!

Blog Fairy Ads Blog Fairy Blog Design

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Sewing for Grace

This dear family is bringing home another little one. Let's see how we can help!!
They do have a site for sewing to raise money- Sewing for Grace - you need to go see her ADORABLE outfits!!!
Oh - and on their main family site - you can also purchase magazine subscriptions to help them out too!

Artistree Blog Designs

Rebecca is designing blogs as a way to help bring home her SN son!!
Go see Artistree Blog Designs.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Beautiful Gems

April, and her family, are anxiously awaiting a daughter from China ~ so, to help the wait AND to help finance their adoption, April is creating and selling beautiful jewelry.

For Your Reading Enjoyment!!

Carissa - a single mom-to-be, is adopting from Ethiopia - and to help with that - she and her friends have organized a magazine fundraiser. Go check it out HERE!!

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Running for Mia Hope

What a wonderful idea - a 5K run - being held to help bring Mia Hope home!!! Go HERE to find out more!

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Another One Needs a Home

I was touched by this family - they are wanting to adopt a special needs child - one that will require MUCH effort after they come home, and have not had much success at fundraising - I am happy to post them there. A Ladyblog - here is the family's blog. This family has teamed up with a beautiful blanket company to sell blanets and give them financial support to help with their upcoming adoption. Go Here to see their blanket sales fundraiser.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Bringing a Son Home

I know, when it comes to adoption, that everyone could use a financial boost - and that is the purpose of this blog. So when I got this request - I felt compelled to put it on - even though I do not usually list those that are not selling something....
Here is the email:

I was wondering if you could possibly link my blog. We are in a hurry up and find the money mode to adopt a waiting child. We just adopted our beautiful daughter, and had no intentions to adopt again. But alas, the world had different plans for us! http://hk-roadhome.blogspot.com/ If there is anymore information I can give, please just ask. We aren't exactly liking asking people for monetary help, but this child was meant to be our son, and we just can't bear to see him wait any longer.

By the way, after checking out their blog - they do have some beautiful blankets for sale - and their little guy is a honey - go see for yourself!!!

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Forever Home Creations

We are Julie & Peggy and together we are "Forever Home Creations". We make unique custom jewelry as a means of fundraising to bring our daughters home from China. We do custom order work as well. One of our most popular bracelets are children's name bracelets. We use genuine Austrian Swarovski Crystals, sterling silver letters, sterling silver beads and sterling silver clasps & extenders. These run between $30-$40 depending on what you request. Please check out our website - Forever Home Creations - that has pictures of all of our work and help support us in our quest to bring Faith & Sarah home!

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Letter of Love from China

Do you know my one weakness in life?? It's not chocolate - it's not BLOGGING (but it's close!!) it's BOOKS !!!!! So when this mom sent me her link - I was dreading even telling my husband that we needed to purchase a new book - BUT the good news is that we already have this WONDEFUL book and you should too!!! Go check it out and help them bring their second daughter, Lauren, home from China.

Tooth Fairy Pillows

These are adorable - Tooth Fairy Pillows - go check them out!!! (THERE IS A LOT MORE on this site too!!!) And support another adoptive family!!
More adorable dresses on this site!! You NEED to go see these asian prints, ladybugs and MORE!!! Olivia was adopted in 2006 from China, and the Raff's are LID in 2007 for a mei-mei. Fly Away Home Clothing

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Love Quilts???

Do you love quilts?? Do you love rag quilts?? Do you want to help an adoptive family?? Then go HERE!!! You can also find these on Ebay - her user ID is luke1230_6, and if you go to her profile page on Ebay - you can even learn more about their upcoming adoption.

Adopting August

Amazing story here from this family - and what a great idea!!! T-shirts to sell to help bring August home!!! Go HERE to find out more!!! Hey - who can pass up a tshirt AND a chance to help!?!?!

Friday, February 29, 2008


For the next three months, JunkPosse Jewelry, is donating a part of her proceeds to The Bilby family for their adoption of a daughter from China. This means that a portion of all China jewelry designs (either custom or pre-designed) will go toward their funding for these next three months. Tracy does beautiful work - go see all of her designs - she said to let you know that over the next week or so new China designs will be added - so keep checking back.

And, as usual, Tracy donates a part of all of her jewelry proceeds to adoptive families, so browse all of her work - it is fabulous!!!

Help Bring William Home

Nikki, over at Blogs for a Cause, is using this month, MARCH, to donate a part of her proceeds to an adoptive family. $5 of all blogs she stylizes in March will go to Jen to help her with the expenses of adopting her son, William, from Liberia. William has many special needs including a bilateral cleft lip, an absent leg, and several deformities of the fingers and toes. He is a special little boy that will benefit greatly from a loving family - click here to see William's blog and learn more about their wonderful family.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Help Bring Mavery Home

I think these raffles are such a great idea - Here is a sweet family working on their second adoption - and raffling a Garmin GPS unit - (we have a Garmin GPS unit ourselves and LOVE it - so I'll put my plug in there!!!!) Go HERE and check it out!!

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Cafe Press

Reza and Chin Ling are adopting from China ~ they have set up a cafe press store with some beautiful designs. They willl be adding more designs soon as well!!



Here is a family adopting from El Salvador that has a home-based business. Her products are adorable - you NEED to go check them out!!! Outfits, burp cloths, bibs, squeaky shoes, sippee cups and more - lots of items can be personalized - I KNOW I will be back!!!


Tuesday, February 26, 2008

In the Market for a New Home??

We have adopted 5 times and still owe thousands of dollars for our last 2 adoptions (from Liberia) and we have tried everything from yard sales to pizza cards to dollar-donation websites. Through it all, we have only raised a few hundred dollars. I have applied for every grant that I could and was never selected for any of them. The only good part of it is that it meant that another family was blessed when they were selected for those grants.

Anyway, we have basically given up except for one avenue which is my husband's job. He is a real estate agent in Utah and would like to be able to use at least a portion if not all of any commission or referral fee that came through an adoption source to go towards paying our adoptions. We are also on the board for a new adoption grant that is just getting going and once our adoptions are paid off, then we would like to continue to donate the money allocated for adoptions to help other people with grants. So if anyone is moving to or from Utah and would like to use him as their agent, please contact him at Martell@MyRadHome.com . His name is Martell Dansie. He can also get a referral fee for anyone moving anywhere else in the U.S. If they contact him and tell him what they are looking for in a house and the area they are moving to and/or from, then he can find them a good agent in that area and he will get a referral fee from that agent.

**I copied and pasted this email just so that you all would get the feel for what it is that you can accomplish by using them if you need to look for a new home!

Sunday, February 24, 2008

A Flicker of Hope

Missy, a mother of 4 (1 adopted from Liberia), and her husband are beginning the process to bring yet another child home from Africa. They are raising money through candle sales - but not just candles, there are room sprays and more! Go check out their site - A Flicker of Hope.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

For your reading pleasure....

Laura is an adoptive mom who is anxiously waiting to bring home another little gift - this time from Vietnam!! To help pay for this adoption, this family is doing a fundraiser selling magazine subscriptions. If you need a gift subscription for someone or maybe for yourself, go HERE. You are helping to bring Malia home!!!

Friday, February 22, 2008

Jewelry Celebrating Countries

Tracy is creating and selling gorgeous pendants celebrating countries of the world. The wonderful thing about her ministry is that she chooses families that are adopting to donate her proceeds to. You NEED to see these - they are beautiful!! Click HERE for Junk Posse.

Red Thread Stitches

An adoptive mom raising money for their upcoming, second adoption. Her outfits are beautiful and even include asian prints!!! Adorable dresses and more!! Click on the picture below to visit her site.

Blog Fairy Ads| Red Thread Stitches

Beautiful Bows

A Grandma raising money to help her children with their upcoming adoption. Her bows are gorgeous - go check them out!! Click on the picture below to visit her site.

Blog Fairy Ads| Angel Bowtique

Need PJ's???

A mom of two boys using her talents on the sewing machine to raise money for their upcoming adoption from China - they are asking for twins!!! Go check out her pajamas, blankets, bags, and MORE!!! Click on the picture below to visit her site.

Blog Fairy Ads| Kari's Kafe

Blog Design

This blog makeover blog is run by Becky - a mother of four, one adopted daughter from China and another on the way!!! She is helping to raise money to bring home their second daughter from China. If you need a blog makeover or even just a header - go check out her site! (She is currently able to only work on Blogger Blogs.) Click on the picture below to visit her site.

Lady In Waiting Blog Design

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