Saturday, December 17, 2011

BIG Gratitude Winners

Last month we had a big giveaway - we asked you to refer a friend who you really thought needed a big Christmas gift. The winner received $100 in One Mango Tree goods for herself, and $100 to give away to her friend. November's winners were Kelly and Stephanie. Check out what Kelly had to say about her friend Stephanie:

 Stepanie, her husband and their three daughters

Christmas just got a bit more fun for my friend Stephanie.

After struggling to become pregnant, miracle baby number #1 arrived 3 ½ years ago and turned this couple into a family. Wanting to grow their family again, they were called to adoption and traveled across the world to China in June 2010 to bring home a little girl born with cleft lip/cleft palate. Lots of adjustments and some surgeries too. But, confirmation all along that they were right where they were supposed to be.

Then, something happened. They learned of a baby girl in a remote city in a country many people have never even heard of who was also born with cleft lip/cleft palate. And, she needed a family.

Unsure and a bit anxious, they took steps forward to discern if this little girl was their little girl. And, every step led to an open door; every open door to the next step.

On Black Friday, while most mothers were running around the mall, this mama was on a plane with her husband and her new baby girl. While we were eating turkey dinner leftovers, they were uniting 3 sisters for the first time.

Christmas is going to be interesting for them this year. Two international adoptions in less than 18 months = a lot of money spent. But, I have a feeling they won’t be worrying about how many or how few gifts are wrapped under their tree this year. They’ve got 3 precious gifts to celebrate.


Kelly the Overthinker said...

We were both so excited to win! Stephanie didn't know I had entered--it was a fun phone call to make to tell her about her shopping spree. :) My things arrived this week, and I'm in love. Thank you so much for offering this giveaway and for encouraging my dear friend!

Stephanie said...

I love all the things I ordered with my unexpected win!! It was so much fun to look through everything. Thank you for brightening my day -- perhaps even week!

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