Monday, March 10, 2014


Today is the day!!!!!  Today starts our week as the featured family on Give1Save1!!!!!  We are so blessed and honored to partner with them and hopefully further our fundraising efforts.

In celebration of this huge honor (and to hopefully get our video and story  to go "viral" we will be having daily giveaways on facebook to encourage people to share our Give1Save1 link.  We were donated some beautiful gifts and I wanted to share with you what you could win this week just by hitting that share button:

First we have these two BEAUTIFUL eternity scarves handmade by my friend Laura who is ALSO adopting from Uganda (same orphanage as us!!!) and they are awaiting their court date to bring their TWO sweet children home.  One scarf is navy blue, and the other a forest green

Next we have some lovely original art work by my friend, Maria Pardo.  You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram at MARIAP380 and also check out her etsy shop here!

Here we have custom jewelry FROM Uganda.  The first is a beautiful necklace donated by our friends, Scott and Marianne (who traveled with us to Uganda to adopt their son and just returned with their daughter!) The neckalce is made my local widows who make and sell crafts for a living.  The beads are paper beads and I secretly want to keep this treasure for myself...
 The earrings are made by local Ugandan artist, Davis Muwumba - handpainted and made from recycled bottle caps.  You can see more of Davis' art at his etsy shop here

Here we have handmade cards from my friend Des.  She donated a collection of 6 cards for all occasions.  You can like her facebook page here to see more of her designs and order cards (she also does custom cards!)

Next we have these rad scarves by my friend Misty.  Here facebook page can be found here.  She has graciously donated a beautiful blue eternity scarf with matching fingerless gloves  AND a green/teal/brown neck warmer and head band.  She really is a gifted artisan!

Here is another donation from our friends Scott and Marianne  - here is a large purse made by local widows/women who make and sell their crafts for a living.

We also have a teal and black wallet made from the same group of ladies in Uganda

We also have this super ADORABLE handmade dress donated by fellow adopting mama and my sister from another mister, Melissa.  The dress is size 18 months. 

Lastly we have this ADORABLE hot pad and matching kitchen towel set made by my oh so crafty friend, Jessica.  It has a cute ladybug print and it is  so crazy cute I want to keep it for myself - but I won't.

To win any of these great prizes you just need to share our Give1Save1 link (here) with the daily hashtag hashtags will be as follows:
Monday - #Solecki1
Tuesday - #Solecki2
Wednesday - #Solecki3
and so on till we get to #Solecki7 which is what we will be once we get our boy home!!!!!

Also, remember, right now all donations made to our adoption through the paypal link on the right or the address below will be DOUBLED up to $5000 due to our matching grant!  

Checks should be payable to “Lifesong for Orphans. In the memo, note “family name” and “family account 
number” (Solecki/#4354) to assure it goes to the correct account. Please mail to"
 Lifesong for Orphans, PO 
Box 40, Gridley, IL 61744. 

 To pay online click to donate button on the right
 fill in “Family Account Number” and “Family Name” fields. Note PayPal charges an administrative 
fee (2.9% + $.30 USD per transaction). Your donation will be decreased by the amount of this fee. 

 “family account number” (Solecki/#4354)

Thank you for sharing in our joy and supporting our adoption!

Monday, March 3, 2014

looking back/looking forward

It is hard to believe that it has been 10 months since we came home from Uganda with Bridget.  It seems like a lifetime ago that be boarded that plane and flew for what seemed like an eternity to the other side of the world to finally meet our little girl.

10 months of adjusting
10 months of growing
10 months of learning
10 months of tears
10 months of triumphs
10 months of attaching
10 months of heart aching
10 months of loving

It has been a wild ride, and I know it is far from over.  It hasn't always been easy, but never once have we walked alone in the venture.  We have had the prayers, love and encouragement from friends and family.  We have seen the grace, love and mercy from our Heavenly Father.  We have grown as a family and grown individually as a result of this.  I can honestly say I am a better mom and wife because of the past 10 months (and also more aware of how bad of a mom and wife I am...)  This has been a growing year for our family - not only growing in number, but growing in the Lord

I wanted so share a couple of videos with y'all.  The first video I made was for Bridget of her homecoming so you all could see where we have been.  The second video our friend John made to introduce our family for our son's adoption so you could see where we are going.  Hopefully this gives you a better idea of who we are and why we are doing what we are doing.

  Some think its because we are crazy (and there is some truth to that) but really it is because of God.  He has done amazing and mighty things to bring these kids into our families - I mean, really amazing and mighty things.  I wish I could say we are just really good, nice, incredible people and that is why we are adoption, but that's just not true.  We are sinful, stubborn, at times crazy people - BUT, we were adopted by Christ.  He pursued us, loved us and transformed our lives and our hearts, and because of what He has done for us, we step out in faith and do this.

Please pray for us as we continue our journey back to Uganda to adopt our son.  And look out for our Give1Save one debut next week!  We will be the feature family on the Give1Save1 blog next week (starting March 10) and we will have a NEW family video PLUS daily giveaways for those that share our video!  It should be lots of fun and we are praying there is a great response because every dollar that is donated to our adoption WILL BE DOUBLED because of our matching grant through Legacy 685 and Lifesong For Orphans!  

Thank YOU for your continued love and support through this process.  We look forward to what God will do next week in terms of raising support for our son and getting him HOME!