Monday, August 24, 2009


In just 2 more days I'm going to be in China with my mom and in 7 days I'm going to be meeting my daughter for the first time. In light of this unbelievable blessing/gift my husband and I are about to receive from an amazingly loving God, I thought it only fitting that I have my first and hopefully not last GIVEAWAY to show my appreciation for all the love and support you all have given to me in the last two years during our adoption journey. The gift will be something that I will get in China, and of course I don't know what that is yet, lol.

Now, anyone can enter and hopefully all of you will participate (it always makes things more fun when you actually have entries, lol), and there will be several ways to enter, and hopefully you'll take advantage of all of them.

1. You'll be given one entry for just leaving a comment to this post.

2. You'll be given one entry by mentioning this giveaway on your own blog, telling me that you've done so by leaving a comment to this post.

3. You'll be given one entry by posting a link on your blog to my blog, telling me that you've done so by leaving a comment to this post.

4. You'll be given one entry for every other site you have that you mention this giveaway on, i.e., Facebook, MySpace, etc., telling me that you've done so by leaving a comment to this post.

5. (ADDENDUM) For those of you who receive these posts through your email, just leave a comment by replying to the email.


Entries will be taken for my very first giveaway up to the day I leave for China. And, folks, we're going to pick the winner the old fashioned way. Depending on how many times you're entered, your name will be written on slips of paper and put into something. My very new and very beautiful daughter Ciara is going to pick the winner and I'm going to videotape it and post the winner on a day to be announced sometime very soon after we get back from China!!!



Anonymous said...

I saw your posting on the adoption board regarding your new of traveling tomorrow. Safe travels in bringing your beautiful little girl home. I will be joining your footprints everymorning and looking forward to reading all about your journey.
sue hulme, Westminster MD

Jennifer and Eric said...

Hi Jackie!

I found the link to your blog from the CIA Yahoo group and have been enjoying reading your story. I also noticed your daughter is in Hefei. We love Hefei!! Our daughter Noelle is from Hefei!! We adopted her in March 2008 at 18 months of age, and we also stayed in the Novotel. :-) Great hotel and staff and buffet. Only downside is some of the rooms are very small. Since Noelle was a toddler, we spent lots of time roaming the halls, riding the elevator, and exploring the hotel, rather than stay in the room (there is also a play area on the roof). One of our other families upgraded to a suite and really enjoyed it. We also enjoyed the park across the street and loved taking evening stroller walks around the hotel...or to McDonalds! lol :-)

Thanks for sharing the photos of your precious Ciara. She's a cutie, and will soon be experiencing the joy of a loving family. I hope you will get to visit the orphanage too. That was a special opportunity! BTW-- is your local guide a gal named Jane? She called herself "Fussy Nanny Jane" and was wonderful! If you do have her, please tell her the Johnsons (Noelle's mommy and daddy from America World Adoption Association (AWAA) in March 2008) say a big "hello!"

I look forward to stories and pics from China! Prayers and blessings for your exciting journey ahead!