The video above is for a new show on TLC about couponing. At first I was skeptical but after looking into it I am a believer. I am a stay at home mom so anything that can save me money is a blessing. Extreme couponing here I come!!!

An Amazing Young Woman

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Our Adoption Fundraiser!

We are excited to announce that we have been chosen to participate in an adoption fundraiser opportunity through Hip Mom Jewelry!  This site offers modern and unique jewelry for moms and dads.  Our fundraiser will be active for the whole month of October.  If you visit the site and purchase any item from the adoption line of jewelry we will receive 30% of the retail price which we will use to help finance our adoption.  Please enter our family code: Hutch1010 on the order page.  Many of the jewelry items would be great birthday or Christmas gifts and some can even be personalized!  Please find the link button to Hip Mom Jewelry at the top right of this blog.  Thank you so much for taking the time to check out the site.  Feel free to share our fundraising endeavor with your friends and family.  God bless you. 

Sunday, September 26, 2010

It's a Match

It is official we met with the birth parents and we have chosen each other!  They are a terrific young couple and are making the ultimate sacrifice for their baby.  They know that they can not provide the life that their baby deserves so they have  chosen to place the baby in our care.  We are very excited!  She is having a girl and is due November 23rd.  What a wonderful Thanksgiving gift!  Thank you for all your thoughts and prayers.  Please continue to pray for both the birth parents and us.     

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Adoption Fundraisers

I have found some wonderful sites which offer adoption fundraising opportunities.  We are looking into participating in a couple of them.  Please visit the following sites... 
It is so wonderful to find others who actively support adoption!

Possible Match Situation

We received a phone call from Michelle at Adoption Answer because we were chosen by a birth mother/birth father!  We have agreed to meet this Sunday with this couple to discuss the adoption.  We are excited but reserving a celebration until we meet face to face and have our assurances.  Please pray for us and the birth parents as this will be a life changing choice for all of us.  I will keep you posted regarding our decision.  

Monday, September 20, 2010

Work From Home Jobs

The following link is for an article on regarding legitimate work from home jobs.  I thought it would be helpful for moms who want to stay at home and raise their children but need a source of income.

Dancing Merengue Dog

This video is awesome!  It's makes me want to dance the merengue with my dogs.  I guess I better get busy training them.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

The Adoption Poem Touchstone Necklace -- Online Store

The following link is for a beautiful necklace with the Adoption Creed printed on it. I think it might be my next purchase.
The Adoption Poem Touchstone Necklace -- Online Store

JDRF's Walk to Cure Diabetes

Hi all,
The following information comes from my cousin Georges's website  He is a loving husband and father of two terrific kids and has been living with type 1 diabetes for almost twenty years.  If you are interested in participating in the Walk to Cure Diabetes or to make a donation please click on the team web page link.  Thank you.

Walk And Celebrate With Me

TUESDAY, JULY 13, 2010 AT 10:10AM
This year I am participating in JDRF's Walk to Cure Diabetes and I want you to join my team,
This year is a big deal for me because it marks my 20th year of diabetes and the walk is scheduled on the day I was diagnosed back in 1990! 
So immediately following the walk I am going to throw a huge party. A party celebrate fighting diabetes for 20 years and to celebrate all of those PWD's out there who fight every day. It's not about me, it's about us.
There are several people from the Online Community that are going to come out and I hope you can too. Invite your family and friends. You can join the team by going to the team web page.
If you can’t make it to walk or to the party, would you be willing to donate towards my goal? I am hoping to raise $100 for every year I have had diabetes. 
What: JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes & Celebration
When: Saturday, October 2nd, 2010 @ 8:00 AM
Where: Guasti Regional Park in Ontario, California
If you have any questions, please let me know. I hope you can make it!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Susan G. Komen for the Cure

I just pulled this info from  I wish I would have seen it earlier.  Please check out the site for more information on understanding breast cancer and getting involved in the cause. Thank you. 

Massage Envy

Massage Envy new logo
Susan G. Komen for the Cure is proud to once again be the beneficiary of Massage for the Cure® in 2010. Massage for the Cure is an annual, one-day event presented by Massage Envy® offering one-hour therapeutic massage sessions for $49 with $15 from each massage being donated to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. 100% of the funds raised will be given to Komen Affiliates to be used for breast cancer education, screening and treatment programs. Massage for the Cure is a national event, with an expected 620 Massage Envy centers across 42 states participating. This will be the sixth consecutive year Massage Envy has hosted this event - contributing $1.4 million to the fight against breast cancer.

Program Information

Program Active: Massage for the Cure events will be held on September 14, 2010.Massage Envy will begin taking appointments on August 14, 2010.
Product Available for PurchaseMassage Envy locations nationwide or online at
Suggested Retail: $49 per one-hour massage session
Benefit to Komen for the Cure: $15 from every massage purchased
Guaranteed Donation: $250,000 minimum guaranteed donation
Years of Partnership: 6 years

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

For Dog Lovers

I have always been a dog lover and I just found a link from Sean Hannity's website to a site titled  It has a wonderful video featuring the search and rescue dogs at Ground Zero.  It is hard to believe that we are approaching the 9th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks on our nation.  Please check out the link as a means to honor the lives lost.  The following will take you directly to the video...

Congratulations Horton Family

My very good friend and her husband just welcomed their first child into their lives yesterday.  Her name is Amelia and she weighs 13lbs., 9oz. and is 19 inches tall.  She is a beautiful little bundle of joy.  I am so happy for them. God bless the Horton family!  

Sunday, September 5, 2010

I Am Your Child

Adoption Update

I want to give an update about our adoption since I haven't written about it yet. On Monday, August 23rd we received a phone call from Michelle at Adoption Answer.  She called to tell us that a birth mom was presented with our profile and she chose us to adopt her baby.  When that phone rang at 9:30 in the morning and Todd said "hello Michelle" my heart dropped.  I was excited because I knew what the call was for.  She gave us background information on the birth mom and after a tearful conversation with Todd we decided to pass on this situation.  I have to say I was not anticipating this situation and all the emotions involved.  Part of me just wants a baby so bad that I will say yes to any situation and the other part of me wants to be as sensible as possible.  I believe we made the right choice but I have a little guilt because I want the birth mom and her baby to be in a safe environment and well taken care of.  I never thought we would say no to a birth mom and I hope our choice didn't hurt her too badly.

We have only been waiting for a couple months to be matched with the right birth mom but it feels like an eternity.  I guess I had this fairy tale situation in my head that our match would happen immediately.  I have good days and bad. Some days I'm really positive and feel that the call will come soon and other days I feel it is never going to happen.  As you know I am a faith filled person but I need your prayers to help me get through this time of waiting.  Thank you for your support.