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!!!!

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Two Boys Coming Home

Two little boys in China are COMING HOME!!! (But Dad and Mom could sure use some help getting them here!) Go visit their BLOG or their CAFE PRESS shop to do some shopping and help bring the boys home!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Loved By Choice

Adam and Tracy are working hard to bring home two beautiful little ones from Taiwan. They are using their talents to raise money to bring these two children home. Their site will certainly have something for everyone - the artwork is beautiful, the clothing is so fun, Adam's Christmas CD is so special and the jewelry is reminiscent of what we saw in China - all at great prices.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Just Love Coffee

We were approached, before we ever finished Jada's adoption, about joining a fundraiser for adoption - and being it involved COFFEE - I was thrilled to sign up!! Well, it has just taken off now and we were able to set up a store front - even though our adoption is finished. SO, for the next 6 months or so - we are able to make a portion of the sales off of any coffee ordered from this site to help with past expenses from Jada's adoption AND the rest of the money goes to help other adoptive families as well. What's not to love about that?!?! How about some more details?? You can order a one-time order or schedule out your orders AND it's fair trade coffee - I like that too - helping other countries as we help adoptive families. SO, if you enjoy coffee like I do - check it out - I have heard it is WONDERFUL coffee!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Sips for Selah

What a great idea for a fundraiser AND a way for you to win!!! Don't miss it - go check it out HERE.

Here is what the family said:
We're asking you to blog about our fundraiser and tell your readers to go to our Web site Sips for Selah to order our fairly-traded, shade-grown coffee (and order some yourself!). This superb, artisan-roasted coffee is some of the best we've ever tasted! We also offer two varieties of Chinese tea. Or if they prefer, they can simply make a donation.

As our thank you, your readers will get a chance at one of ten prizes. Every bag purchased or every $5 in donations counts as an entry into the contest. Out of every 1,000 entries, a lucky buyer (drawn at random) can choose to receive either free coffee or tea for a year (one bag a month), or a free iPod Shuffle.

What a great way to help bring a child home!!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Online Yard Sale

Let's help this family bring home their second son from China - visit their online yard sale and SHOP!!!!

Sunday, June 14, 2009


I have set up a Cafe Press store to help with our upcoming adoption. It has LOTS of items with Chinese characters on them! Shop and Enjoy!!
Come visit my store on CafePress!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Tupperware Fundraiser

Tupperware Fundraiser!! We get 40% of all sales and that isn't bad for a fundraiser! So, if you are interested go HERE to view the Fundraiser Catalog - you can only purchase from that catalog for us to get the credit. There are some VERY fun items in there!!! If you find something you like, just email me and let me know - I'll get the details to you and we all benefit! If you want to see a catalog in person - just email me and I'll mail one out to you ASAP! Our fundraiser ends June 20 - so shop soon if you like Tupperware!!
Our email - joeb382 AT orangecitycomm DOT net

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Chloe's Closet

What do these have in common??
A Full Comforter Set - Tommy Hilfiger Brand
Squeaky Shoes

They are all on Chloe's Closet - go visit to help this adoptive family finish fundraising AND clean out their basement!! :)

Monday, June 1, 2009

It's Poppy Dip!

These are beautiful dresses - all sewn by a mom raising money to bring home another little one from Ethiopia. It's Poppy Dip
It's Poppy Dip

Saturday, May 30, 2009


It's a raffle for an Ipod Touch or a Wii Gaming System!! Go check it out HERE. Let's help bring Zoe Home!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Bringing Madelyn Home

CJ and I have put together a fundraiser to raise money to donate to Madelyn's orphanage in Wuhan, China. Our plan is to shop for the orphanage while we are there getting Madelyn. Some of the items we wish to purchase would be in the area of ... Diapers, formula, vitamins, medicines like tylenol, tee-shirts, socks, underwear, clothes, bedding, etc... In addition, we would love to bless them with some air conditioners and maybe a washer and dryer.

We have created a blog with the fundraiser information. Check it out!!! Bringing Madelyn Home

Items we're raffling off...

DELL-MINI laptop
iPod Shuffle
Gift certificates
Vera Bradley Tote bag
Blog makeover

Each $10 raffle ticket is good for one entry for each item!!! Tell your friends and family!!!!

We appreciate all your help!!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Art, Clothing and MORE!!!!

What a great idea - this site has it all!!! Artwork, Clothing, Blankets and MORE!!! Go and see all they are doing to raise money for their TWO little ones yet to come home!
Blankets and Stuff

Cookbooks, anyone??

The Fisher's are selling these great cookbooks to help raise money for their adoption. This is such a great idea - let's go help them out!!!

Ethiopia T-shirts

I LOVE these - go check them out!!
The Kings are raising money for their adoption by selling these wonderful tshirts.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Jada Fund

I try not to post for myself very often, but since I have people asking, I thought I would let you know how you can give to help our family with this, our second, adoption. So I will post some different ways you can help give money toward our adoption. What always amazes me is that God takes care of everything! And Jada Makes 7 (Previously And Chloe Makes 6
1) You can give to the piggy bank in the sidebar And Jada Makes 7 - this goes through Paypal.
2) You can sign up for a blog makeover at Busy Mama Blog Design.
3) You can order from Amazon.com by clicking on ANY of our links at the bottom of our blog - you don't even have to order THAT item, but any order placed by clicking in through our blog - gives a small portion to our family account.
4) You can mail a check to our church and give through them - that would give you a tax deductible statement. If you choose this route here's the address:
New Hope Evangelical Free Church
Attn: Lisa Leusink
718 Florida Ave. SW
Orange City, IA 51041
IN THE MEMO LINE: put "Adoption for Bilby's" and it will 100% get to us and you will get a tax-deductible statement as well.
5) Any Creative Memories orders placed through my site also give a portion back to us - so that is good too!! (Traditional Scrapbooking or Digital Supplies - either counts!!)
6)Lastly, I am starting another blog - this one is called Chloe's Closet - I am selling all of Chloe's out-grown clothes that I was saving for Jada and now know won't fit her! I am also accepting DONATIONS of items to giveaway on this site as well - some designers have sent me brand new items to list on there - and that helps us too!

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Cookbook Anyone??

I love it when yet another family has their heart turned toward adoption! The Ryder's are raising money to help bring home their son who is currently in Uganda. What a wonderful cause and their cookbook looks like it will be WONDERFUL!
Visit them at Recipes for Elijah.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Oatsvall Village

Our dear friends working to bring home 2 little ones. They have started a blog to sell items - see if there's anything you need - the tshirts are WONDERFUL!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009


Another family adopting from Ethiopia!! So exciting!! They have set up a cafepress shop with some of THE CUTEST shirts, etc. that I have seen - go see what they have available. All different occasions, including international adoption t's from many countries!

Twinkle and Shine

Friday, February 27, 2009

Chickadee Circle

The Wright's are pursuing adoption and have set up an Etsy shop to help cover some of the expenses. Her shop is BEAUTIFUL - she has personalized cards, baby gifts and children's clothing - you MUST go see her work!
Chickadee Circle

Popcorn Anyone??

This is a great popcorn fundraiser - the choices look SCRUMPTIOUS!!!!!


Yet another family doing a raffle to give away a MARVELOUS prize package!!! $5.00 entries - that is such an easy way to help a family.

(Click on the button to go there and get bidding!)


Let's help "Seventh Diamond" bring home her little Sophia. She is holding an online auction - lots of great stuff there to bid on - including a blog design from me!!!

Starfish Cleft Home

Monday, February 16, 2009


What a fun site - I had not seen this before - a website ZAZZLE - that sells adoption apparel and gifts. This fundraiser will support another adoptive family so go check it out!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Stitching to China

This family is raising money for their second special needs adoption. She does beautiful sewing - her clothes are gorgeous! Go see what she has for your little one and help support their endeavors!
Stitching to China

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Need a T???

Support orphans (and an adoptive family) through a t-shirt - I just LOVE it - you MUST go see these!!!

Gwen states:

T-SHIRTS ARE HERE ... I DESIGNED THEM TO CAUSE PEOPLE TO TALK ... I pictured the Daisy as people would say "You Love Me, You Love Me Not?" and it hit me ... It is a personal choice to love the orphans, but it is a mandate from the Father
that we all care for them in some way ... WHAT DOES CARING LOOK LIKE FOR YOU ...
It could be adopting, sponsoring a child, helping someone fund their adoption,
clothes drives/food drives for orphanages, volunteering at a non-profit, interim
care, or simply buying this t-shirt to help bring my children home ... I know I
am saying this to the choir... You, my blog family, have been amazing at caring
for the orphans, so many of you are ACTING and we are changing this world !!!
Let's keep talking about them to others and get more people involved ...
$25.00 each ... I am so excited to be taking this step to start the fundraising for
my angels ... Much has happened over the last few days that I will blog soon ...
Feel free to email me any questions about the shirts ... s.oatsvall@comcast.net

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Fundraising for Sasha

Here is an online auction to help raise funds to bring Sasha home - there are some great items here - go check it out.
Fundraising for Sasha

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

BIG AUCTION to help bring Jailynn Home

Here is a great opportunity for us - this is a wonderful auction to help bring Jailynn home. They are still trying to raise the $5000 for the orphanage donation, and they have many beautiful items that have been donated for this great cause.

Jailynn's Prayer

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Travel Plans??

I LOVE this way to fundraise!! James and Natalia have one son from Korea and are now waiting to bring home a second child from China. Their method of fundraising is through their online travel store - you REALLY need to check this out - it is very competitive with Expedia, Orbitz, etc. but you are helping an adoptive family!!

(They also have concert tickets, flowers, and so much more!!)

Life Stride Travel

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Bringing home a child through BOOKS!

This family is choosing adoption to add to their family! What a blessing.
They have a fundraiser selling quality children's books - you MUST check them out - Barefoot Books!

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