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Oh. My. Wow.

We’ve been busy. Not just our usual busy; I’m talking crazy, ridiculous, out-of-control busy.

After a school year that started with a lot of drama and heartache, both for the girls and for Brad and I as their parents, we found ourselves back at good ol’ ECA. It was a scary thing to pull the kids out of the only school they’d ever known on a random Thursday and enroll them in the only school I’d ever known the very next day.

We were welcomed so warmly by everyone and the girls felt at home almost instantly. We feel so blessed that the kids are finally home.

Our oldest daughter, Ginna, graduated from 6th grade last night on the very same stage where I graduated 22 years ago and Brad graduated 20 years ago. It was a surreal experience and one that I will never forget.

Last week, Avery and I traveled to Santa Fe with her 5th grade class. It was a whirlwind trip, but we had a great time and it was fun to get to know some of the other parents.

Sydney is wrapping up the 2nd grade and she absolutely adores her teacher. He’s been such a blessing to our family this year and Sydney has matured so much.

Things with the adoption are going well, as far as we know. We had to have our home study updated to include a provision for the adoption of 3 children instead of only 2. Subsequently, we had to have our immigration / citizenship paperwork updated for the same reason. We were told it could take from 4 to 6 weeks and were absolutely floored when it took less than 1!

The day after the updates, we received word from our adoption agency that our entire dossier had been translated and was on it’s way to the Congo! And, now we’re waiting to enter court. What that means is that we’re waiting for our adoption case to be sent to the Congolese court so that it can be made official. When that happens, there will be a 30 day period in which the boys’ mother has the right to change her mind. While it is not likely, it is possible and it has been known to happen.

In the meantime, we have two big fundraisers coming up and we need YOU to make them both successful!

So, here’s the scoop:

Our awesome friends (and fellow adoptive parents!), Matt & Lela Elliott generously offered to host a benefit / fundraiser for our family. We gave it some thought (for at least a split second…) and said, “yes, please!!”. Read more about it below and, please JOIN US! 

Join us on Friday, May 25th from 6-9 p.m. for a night of music and harmony at Marco’s in Briargate! This event is a special BENEFIT for The Brad & Shellie Costain family, who are raising funds to adopt triplet boys from the Democratic Republic of Congo. A percentage of pizza sales will go to the Costains as well as any donations given that night.

Matt & Lela will play 20 minute sets w/10 minute breaks. Warm weather means the patio should be open, too. 

OUR USUAL MOTTO: “It’s the Harmony, Stupid.”

OUR SLIGHTLY REVISED MOTTO: “It’s the harmony, Stupid. Oh, and Adoption, too. Sorry I called you ‘Stupid.'”

Come eat your hearts out. Or at least eat the pizza, subs, wings, salads, cheezy bread, and CinnaSquares! Either way, come support a great cause.

There will also be a silent auction taking place from 6:00 until 7:30. Up for grabs are some great items, including a manicure, pedicure, massage, basket of sweets, gift basket from The Urban Cottage, hand-painted cottage chic furniture and MORE! 

For directions, menu, coupons, ordering ahead, etc., click here:


More on the benefit element:

Brad & Shellie Costain are already doing a great job raising these three beautiful daughters, and they’re now raising funds to adopt triplet boys from the Democratic Republic of Congo. We’re honored to assist them in any way we can, and we you’ll take advantage of the opportunity, too.



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