Wednesday, November 12, 2008

The Getaway Giveaway

And we're off!! We leave tomorrow morning for a much-needed family vacation to see our friends, Mickey & Minnie.

I'm not sure if I'll be able to post while I'm away, but I have loaded up on memory cards and full-on Mamarazzi gear to capture our fun family memories. The girls are ready for taking pictures, too.

Say "Cinderella's Castle."


And while we're on our getaway,
I'd like to do a giveaway!

On top of vacation euphoria, I am excited to say that our home study is complete and our I-800A is on its way to the USCIS today. (Completed in 35 days, along with all our dossier documents, notarized, verified by the county clerk (we live in one of "those" states), approved by our agency and ready for the state seal. I have been a woman on a mission!) And to celebrate, I'm doing a little giveaway. Just leave a comment and your email address (if your comment doesn't link to your blog) and I'll draw the winner on November 23. The winner will receive the book, Shaeoey & Dot: The Christmas Miracle and Selah's Hiding Place CD. I plan on picking up a little souvenir from our trip to add in, too.

See ya real soon!


Tisha said...


Have a wonderful trip!!!! I can't wait to see your pictures. Mickey and Minnie better watch out, they might not be prepared for the Mamarazzi. LOL.

What a wonderful giveaway. The original Shaeoey and Dot is a family favorite. I can recite the entire book by memory. One time I was reading it with Sloan before we adopted Kensie and he pointed to little Shaoeoey in the crib and said, "There's Kensie." I couldn't finish the page through my tears. And Selah, my favorite!

We'll see you when you get back. Safe travels.


Shannon said...

Yay! This looks like a fun giveaway. I'm originally from FL and a trip to Disney sounds like fun. I'm sure we'll see plenty of pictures when you get home.
I've been following your blog a couple weeks but can't remember how I found you. Your photography is really great.

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

Congrats on your paperwork....WOW...35 Days!!! Now that is a were certainly a Mom on a mission!!

What a great give are so sweet....count me in!

Have a WONDERFUL trip....and say hi to Mickey and Minney for me...can't wait to see all the great moments you are going to capture!


Michelle said...

Have a GREAT trip!! I'd love to be considered for the giveaway! :)

Jboo said...

Congrats on getting that paperwork done-- that has to a record for speed! Yay!!

Have a wonderful trip to Disney!! We love us some Mouse at our house too. Can't wait to see your photos. And throw my name in for the giveaway please.


Kelly Green said...

Hi there Michelle! Have a safe and magical trip. So glad so much of the paperwork is behind!! Give Mickey and Minnie a scrunch from Maddie :)


day by day said...

Oh, lucky you!!! Have a wonderful time...I am sure you will! And a big congrats on getting so far along with your paperwork! Woohoo!!!!

sjh said...

Wow - have a great trip. Can't wait to see/hear all about it! Tell Mickey and Minnie hi!

Congrats on paperwork. Bet that is a load off your mind!

LaLa said...

Pick me!!!! Have a great time to Disney will be with three kids : )

M's Jie Jie said...

Congratulations on the quick completion of your homestudy! I love reading your blog!
Jie Jie to Maura Xiao Mei

Shawnstribe said...

have a gorgeous trip girly!!!!
so glad your papers are moving on to where they are meant to be
our prayers are with you
psyes pls count me in : )

ellie said...

Have a great trip! I love the gorgeous photos of your girls and I can't wait to see the ones you take at Disney :)

Becki party of 5 said...

Michelle, I"m FINALLY getting a chance to catch up on your blog tonight, and there was a LOT to catch up on!! Congrats on your paperchase, WOW, a new daughter. Our son is 10 turning 11 in April, it is such a fun age!
Your pictures are GREAT as always!! Have fun at Disney, can't wait to see your pics from that!

Annette said...


Have a wonderful trip... we love Disney!!! Can't wait to see your photos when you get back!

Janelle said...

Have a wonderful trip and I look forward to seeing the pictures! Congrats on completing all the paperwork in record time, and I'd love to be considered for the giveaway as well.

Marianne said...

Have an awesome trip, we just got back and I would to go again over Christmas. Say hello to all our Disney friends. Thanks for the give away...what fun!

Rebecca of "China, Baby!" said...

Well, well!! Look at you all headin' to Disney!!!! And look at those girls, growing up to be just like mama!! :)

I'm in on the giveaway, of course... that goes without saying. :) I've always wanted that book!

You guys HAVE FUN (like I need to tell you that!) and come home with lots of pictures (AS IF YOU WOULDN'T!!!!)


PS I almost forgot to say CONGRATULATIONS on your incredibly lightning-fast paperchase!!!! Woo-hooooooooooo!

Somewhere In The Sun said...

What a fun time to be going to Disney! I know you will have a blast. I've never even heard of the new Shaeoey & Dot book. I'd love to win a copy!


Steffie B. said...

Have a wondergul time.....I'd love to be in on the bloggy give a ;) Like you don't know that already! *wink*

Marla said...

We hope you all have a terrific vacation. How nice of you to do such a wonderful giveaway. I have added the book to Adalyn's Christmas list just in case we dont win. :o)

Leslie said...

You were a woman on a mission Michelle. I'm glad you can go see Mickey and relax now. Way to go.

I love giveaways, and your's is so great!!!! Please count me in.

Can't wait to see Disney pictues.

mommy24treasures said...

have fun we are going after TG and are so excited.
Can't wait to see your pics! Enjoy...

Keri said...

Have fun! I love Selah and of course Shaoey and Dot! Hope you have a wonderful trip.


Faye said...

Hi Michelle,
I just got back from Baltimore to visit my brother. I hope you are having a wonderful time at Disney. I can't wait to see the pictures and hear all about your fun adventures.
Congrats on getting that homestudy and I 800 form done. You were a woman on a mission. I know you want to get your sweet girl home fast.
Hope to see you soon

nsmorinville said...

Have lots of fun...hope to make it there one day!!

Kim said...

Congratulations on your paperwork! Have a great time in Disney! All those disney princess' better look out cause your little princess' are going to give them some real competition!

Mom to five said...

What fun!! We love Disney.

Count me in on the giveaway. I haven't been able to find the book yet so I am excited about the opportunity to win it!!

Beverly said...

I'm in. Have a great vacay!!

Missy said...

Have a great, most wonderful, magical vacation!!! I can't wait to see your incredible photos, as I know they will be stunning.

GO GIRL on the paperwork front! Will Kara be home before she is 11? Wouldn't that be awesome???

Cammie said...

Have a great trip. I will miss reading while you are gone. Would love to win the book and CD.

Stefanie said...

I wanna play :)

Stefanie said...

P.S. I am AMAZED that you were able to paperchase that fast! You should write a book!! HUGE congratulations on being one step closer to your new daughter :)

Chris and Deb said...

Michelle...I would love to enter in your giveaway.....sounds like you are having a great time in Florida....enjoy the rest of your time there! We were there in January and Sophie had a ball! I am sure your girls will too! :) Can't wait to see more pictures!

Deb said...

Hope you have a great time while you are in Florida. We live about 30 minutes from Disney. The weather has been "cooler" than what we are used to. Enjoy your time with family!

What an exciting giveaway. I did not realize that there was a Shoey & Dot Christmas book.


abundantlyblessed said...


I'm so amazed at your fast paperwork. It took us nearly 7 months to complete our paperwork and I was really trying to get it done quickly. I'm sure you all are having a blast at Disney World - we're heading there in a few weeks. I love Disney at Christmas time. I'm excited to read the new Shaoey book - I didn't know there was one either! Love Selah too....
God bless,

Don and Lisa Osborn said...

Hey Michelle~

I've been hanging out on FB so much I've been missing blogs. I am so excited your paperwork is complete. A new business venture, perhaps?

Congratulations with love!

Alyson said...

Congrats on the paperwork. You have such a lovely family. I know your family will have a blast at Disney.