October 16, 2009

She pointed to his picture and said this is my baby brother.

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Yesterday we had a playdate at Lovelyn's home. Ellie immediately showed her future husband Gray a photo book of pictures, pointing, "This is my baby brother."

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Soon, Clayton won't just be in her picture book. He'll be in her home. He'll be in her arms.

I feel honored to call Love a friend. If you aren't familiar with her story, please catch up here.



Love has been selling t-shirts and beautiful necklaces from her trip to Uganda to help raise funds for the adoption.


I purchased two necklaces yesterday. One for me, and one for one of you.

Just leave a comment below to be entered to win. Open to anyone, no matter where you live.


Today is actually Love's birthday! Wish her well! Follow her- she's letlovegrow on Twitter.


And then leave a comment here if you'd like to win one of her necklaces that helps to bring Clayton home.

I'll choose one winner at random from the comments below sometime after 11:59 PM (CST) Monday October 19, 2009. (following Love on twitter is not a requirement, just a suggestion!)

Contest has now ended. The winner is
Kalee.


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110 comments:

  1. pretty necklaces!

    i love following her story. my brother and sister-in-law are in the adoption process now, too. it's very exciting.

    rebekah

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  2. I'm totally sucked in to her story. And have been coveting a necklace for weeks.

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  3. I love her story! I've been following it since you and Beth mentioned her fundraising trip. I'm on the edge of my seat as she shares her story on her blog.

    I think the necklaces are so pretty! I went to buy one before she left but they were sold out. So if I don't win this, I'll be sure to check back on her site. :)

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  4. Happy Birthday Love! Hopefully Clayton will be home soon!

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  5. Beautiful necklaces. Now I must go and read her story!

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  6. She's a remarkable woman.

    The necklaces are beautiful, too!

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  7. Happy birthday Love! Your story is beautiful, and many people will be excited when your family grows with the new baby brother!

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  8. What a beautiful story!! My brother's family AND my brother-in-law's family are both in the process of adopting internationally; we have a new niece & nephew that we haven't met yet!

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  9. Beautiful! The necklaces and her story. I admire people like that!

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  10. What sweet pictures. I wish them the best on their journey to bringing home Clayton. I love the colorful necklace.

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  11. beautiful necklace! I love adoption blogs.

    Did you hear: Jamie at Dreaming_BIG_Dreams 's little girl, Story, got a visa appt for next Tuesday!

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  12. What a beautiful family. I wish them the very best with the adoption and hope to follow in their footsteps ones day.

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  13. I'd love to win one, but I may have to go and buy one as well...

    Little secret - I've been thinking on awful lot about adoption lately. I look forward to reading this story.

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  14. Awww what a sweet necklace!

    Just had a sneek peek at Loves story, She is an amazing woman. I take my "tartan" hat of to people who adopt!


    Judith from Scotland

    xXx

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  15. How beautiful, and what a great cause! I hope to adopt one day...!

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  16. what a beautiful necklace and beautifl cause.

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  17. I love reading about all of this. God is so good.

    Thanks for the chance to win such a beautiful necklace that represents so much!

    Heidi P.

    h.polcaster@sbcglobal.net

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  18. Their story is amazing. Thank you for linking to her site!

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  19. Adoptive mom here too, and I wish Clayton a very speedy homecoming.

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  20. what a lovely story. thanks for sharing it.

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  21. I'd love to win one. They are so pretty!

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  22. Those are such pretty necklaces! I have really enjoyed her story and am praying for a speedy homecoming for Clayton.

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  23. Her blog and story are just amazing; Can't wait to continue following her story after they bring that precious little boy home!

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  24. oooh! I just started following her! WHat a great story!

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  25. Necklaces are beautiful...hope Clayton comes home soon.

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  26. I would love a necklace and have been reading her story for awhile now!!

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  27. Beautiful! That is the only word I have to describe the children, Love, and the necklace.

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  28. What a beautiful necklace! Thanks for the link to her site.

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  29. I've been catching up on her writing. What a lovely, lovely Love she is!

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  30. I'd love to win the necklace --- such a lovely story! :)

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  31. My family has been following her journey and I feel so much that words can't describe. I can't wait until her son Clayton is home in her arms!
    My 4 year old son is named Clayton too. He is also a gift from God.

    happyhorseygirl@gmail.com

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  32. She is someone I'd be honored to call a friend.

    And I'd be more than honored to wear one of her necklaces.

    Nell

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  33. The necklace is gorgeous and what a great cause!

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  34. Beautiful story, beautiful necklace. Thanks for sharing.

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  35. Great idea. Thanks! Leah *nystraldjo at hotmail dot com*

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  36. Beautiful story, gorgeous necklace. I need to buy one for my birthday!

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  37. an amazing story. and the necklaces are beautiful.

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  38. Bring Clayton home!!! I am enraptured with her story.

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  39. I'd love another necklace!! :) Now I alternate mine between a bracelet and necklace!

    Love's story is so awesome! :)

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  40. how beautiful (the necklaces and the kiddos and her story) Everytime its clean I wear my tree t that I got from her proudly.

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  41. Oh beautiful!

    I read their story the other day & it's so wonderful!!

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  42. I'm enraptured by any adoption story and gorgeous necklaces :) Hope the little one will join them soon! Erin

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  43. Beautiful necklaces! I love how they are made by the women thereto teach them a skill that provides for them!

    Lovelyn is amazing, she has answered questions we had about where to begin, and really given us hope that someday we will be able to do this!

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  44. How sweet! Did she get the beads in Uganda? I need to go read up on her blog.

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  45. That is so sweet! How wonderful it will be when he's finally home!

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  46. So pretty! And what a great story behind them too.

    :)

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  47. Happy Birthday Love, what an awesome name! Let's bring Clayton home! :)

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  48. I'm not familiar with Love's story but I will be as soon as I leave this comment.

    I'd love to have one of her necklaces, they are beautiful. And how they are crafted is just amazing.

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  49. What a sweet story and pretty necklaces!

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  50. What a great story. Thanks for introducing us to this family!

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  51. What a wonderful way to celebrate her birthday!

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  52. what an amazing story. so awesome of you to support her on your blog. we want to adopt from overseas (ethopia or ukraine) one day. so, have you found spouses for all of your beautiful children?

    drgarnecki at gmail dot com

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  53. I started reading her blog last week, what a wonderful story!

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  54. Very pretty and heartwarming! I would be honored to wear one!

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  55. Those necklaces are beautiful. Very cool story!

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  56. That is so sweet! :) And the necklaces are beautiful!

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  57. I have one of her shirts, but I sure would love a necklace. Her story is such a story of love.

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  58. lovely necklaces, happy birthday Love! :)

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  59. how absolutely wonderful! i hosted a Bead for Life party to sell these necklaces for Ugandan women earlier this year, the best most wonderful thing we have done, we loved every minute of it! How wonderful about her adoption story!

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  60. Those are beautiful necklaces.

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  61. Oops. Posted before I was done. It's a beautiful story too. What a lucky boy and what a lucky family.

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  62. how wonderful! I hope he comes home to them soon. :-)

    megseven AT yahoo

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  63. That is just absolutely beautiful!!! My son will gladly tell you all about his new baby sister. Who, by the way, we are going to meet in 23 days!!!!!! I will be praying for your fiend and her adoption.

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  64. Lovelyn is so inspiring. Thank you for sharing her story and spreading the wonderful message that children all over the world need loving homes.

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  65. what a nice thought! I hope she manages to get the adoption quickly! Happy birthday love and BTW the necklaces look gorgeous

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  66. Of course I'd love a necklace!

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  67. Beautiful story and lovely necklaces!

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  68. So pretty! That video on her blog was so moving. Can wait to see Clayton at home with his family.

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  69. Wow~ what a great family Clayton will be joining. I'd be proud to wear one of the necklaces and share their story.

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  70. Very cool story and a beautiful necklace. BTW, I have a Greyson, too. Mine is 9. Going to read the links now. :)

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  71. Those are beautiful...just like Love and her family!

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  72. Incredible story and amazing to see God working.

    Lovely necklace too! :)

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  73. I've been following her story for a short time. She really inspires me! Love the necklace. Clayton's smile is just priceless! =)

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  74. I bought one of her T-shirts (I may just have to buy a second one) and am going to have to get a necklace or two...would love to win one though. I can't wait to hear the ending to this wonderful story!

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  75. Happy birthday Love! I hope Clayton gets to come home soon!

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  76. I have been following Clayton's story. It is so beautiful.

    I would love the necklaces since we are on our own adoption journey to Ethiopia.
    Blessings,
    Amy

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  77. Pretty necklaces! I would love to have one!

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  78. Love the necklaces!

    Love is inspiring, indeed.

    And so are you, lady.

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  79. yes! i have been following her blog for a while now! i think its amazing to here her story. i check up on her every day to see whats going on with baby clayton.

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  80. I follow her blog as well.
    I'm hoping to purchase a t-shirt (or two) for Christmas presents...
    I'd love a necklace!!

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  81. I have friends who are trying to adopt, an adopted sister, and an adopted uncle and cousin. Adoption is a wonderful thing!

    I'd love the pretty necklace.

    Thanks for the giveaway,
    Heather

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  82. So amazing!! What an honour it will be for the winner to wear a necklace!!
    Many blessings to you!

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  83. Thank you for the link to her blog, what a beautiful story!

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  84. Love this story! Would love to win the necklace!

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  85. What a great story. Thanks for introducing her. Happy Birthday Love and I hope you are able to bring Clayton home soon!

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  86. So beautiful- the story AND the necklaces! I am praying for sweet Love... thank you for the giveaway!

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  87. What an awesome story! We adopted our daughter through our state's foster-adopt program and have been so blessed to be her parents. :)

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  88. Love it!!! Thanks for supporting her!

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  89. SO sweet, and how lovely of you to have a contest to give a necklace away!

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  90. I don't know Lovelyn personally but have followed her beautiful story!
    Just AMAZING!!!

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  91. I'm so very happy for your friend. I can't wait to hear the news that her son is home.

    The necklaces are gorgeous!

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  92. That is the sweetest thing ever!

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  93. I'm loving the necklaces but I have shirts planned for my future too

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  94. what a beautiful story of family and trust in God...i am praying for Lovelyn and her family daily.

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  95. I've been following her story for a few months!

    Happy Birthday to the lovely lady!

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  96. Her story is so amazing! I can't wait until the "little brother" comes home :)

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  97. What a wonderfully awesome story!!
    eclaireham at yahoo dot com

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  98. First off, I love that her name is Love! I'm pregnant with #3, and I'm trying to convince my husband to put that on the girl name list. :)

    Second, what a story! I really admire her love for children and her awesome efforts to make this adoption happen! Beautiful!

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  99. What a great story! And what pretty necklaces. I have a similar one, also made in Uganda, and would love to have another.

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  100. I have loved following her story. I have friends in the process of adopting from Ethiopa for the 2nd time and another who adopted from Guatemala.

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  101. What a beautiful necklace and a beautiful story. Thank you for sharing with us.

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  102. I know the contest is already over (I have been SO far behind in my RSS reading), but I just want to say...

    YOU = AWESOME.

    I think it's beyond cool that you bought a necklace for yourself AND for a reader...all for a good cause.

    I love your compassionate heart.

    P.S. I was just telling my husband tonight. If product reviewing and giveaways and the business side of blogging all went away, I'd still read Stephanie. And, yes, I meant you. :)

    stephanie@metropolitanmama.net

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