adoption auction


AUCTION CLOSED

Posted in Uncategorized by Laura on November 21, 2009

THE AUCTION IS NOW CLOSED!

Unending thanks – we’re currently contacting everyone involved. <3

LOVE,
Laura and Sam

welcome to the auction!

Posted in Uncategorized by Laura on November 21, 2009

WELCOME to the Adoption Auction!

As you will see below, a TON of our family and friends have generously offered their time, services, and really neat items for sale. There are a total of 94 donations. We are humbled.

All proceeds will go toward our adoption costs. We hope and pray to bring our child home this coming year.

Please read more about the auction on the right – you will see 3 links: “A Million Thanks” (a tribute to our donors), “About the Parents-To-Be” and “Auction Details” . The auction begins today (11/15) at 10:00 am and will end on Saturday (11/21) at 5:00 pm. At that time we will begin to contact winners and arrange mailings/drop-offs.

Scroll down to see items up for bid. Specific bidding instructions are included with each post.

Thank you so much for your help and support.

Love,
Sam & Laura

8 dozen Christmas cookies

Posted in Uncategorized by Laura on November 21, 2009

8 dozen Christmas cookies – Twin Cities area only

This item is generously being offered by Nancy and Jane. An assortment of 8 dozen Christmas cookies for those that don’t like or have time to bake … or those that know what good bakers Jane and Laura’s mom are.

to bid on this item:
please leave a comment on this entry including your name, location and bid
if Sam or Laura don’t know you personally, please include your email address

holiday snack mix assortment

Posted in Uncategorized by Laura on November 5, 2009

chexmixholiday snack mix assortment

This item is generously being offered by Laura’s aunt (and Godmother) Mary Greer. Mary has constantly been one of our biggest cheerleaders. The assortment will include 3 different snack mixes made by Mary (we’ve had all 3 – you won’t be disappointed) – homemade Chex mix, nutty Crispix/pecan mix and white chocolate Craisin/cashew mix. Mary will get the snacks to you in early/mid December so they are fresh for the holidays.

to bid on this item:
please leave a comment on this entry including your name and bid
if Sam or Laura don’t know you personally, please include your email address

homemade chicken wild rice soup & banana bread

Posted in Uncategorized by Laura on November 5, 2009

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Twin Cities/Northfield area only
[this photo is an example]

This item is generously being offered by Melissa Greer. Melissa is Laura’s cousin and one of her closest friends. She and Casey live in Bloomington and she teaches middle school in Shakopee. Melissa’s a great cook! The soup will come frozen and just need a little milk to thin it out. It will serve 4-6. Banana bread included.

to bid on this item:
please leave a comment on this entry including your name and bid
if Sam or Laura don’t know you personally, please include your email address

personalized 1/4-sheet cake

Posted in Uncategorized by Laura on November 5, 2009

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free quarter-sheet personalized cake – retail value $25
Twin Cities area only
[photo is just an example of Jorjean’s artistry]

This service is generously being offered by Jorjean. Jorjean is a master cake decorator and the photo above is one of probably thousands of cakes she has designed. Jorjean is a good friend of Laura’s mom Nancy, and Laura and Sam consider her a dear friend as well. If you win this, you will be mailed a certificate for the cake to be redeemed at any time. Please call in your order 2 weeks prior.

to bid on this item:
please leave a comment on this entry including your name, location and bid
if Sam or Laura don’t know you personally, please include your email address

personalized 1/4-sheet cake

Posted in Uncategorized by Laura on November 5, 2009

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free quarter-sheet personalized cake
– retail value $25
Twin Cities area only
[photo is just an example of Jorjean’s artistry]

This service is generously being offered by Jorjean Murphy. Jorjean is a master cake decorator and the photo above is one of probably thousands of cakes she has designed. Jorjean is a good friend of Laura’s mom Nancy, and Laura and Sam consider her a dear friend as well. If you win this, you will be mailed a certificate for the cake to be redeemed at any time. Please call in your order 2 weeks prior.

to bid on this item:
please leave a comment on this entry including your name, location and bid
if Sam or Laura don’t know you personally, please include your email address

homemade chocolate lasagna

Posted in Uncategorized by Laura on November 5, 2009

303826-ChocolateLasagnahomemade chocolate lasagna – Twin Cities/surrounding area
[photo is an example of Olive Garden’s version]

This item is generously being offered by Laura’s great friend Megan Flaherty. Megan and Laura went to high school together and grew closer once we went away to college. We love to go to the Olive Garden together and were so disappointed when they stopped serving chocolate lasagna a few years back. I will tell you – Megan is an fantastic cook. She has made some of the best meals I’ve ever had!

to bid on this item:
please leave a comment on this entry including your name, location and bid
if Sam or Laura don’t know you personally, please include your email address

12 dozen cookies/bars throughout the year

Posted in Uncategorized by Laura on November 5, 2009

8-12-09-02212 dozen bars or cookies throughout the year
[this photo is an example]

This item is generously being offered by Laura’s mom Nancy. Her bars and cookies are known throughout the Midwest (well, just about). Nancy’s treats are staples for our families, especially during the holidays – chocolate peanut butter bars, Snickers bars, whatever you want! She said that you can have 12 dozen throughout the year whenever you like.

to bid on this item:
please leave a comment on this entry including your name and bid
if Sam or Laura don’t know you personally, please include your email address

double batch of homemade caramel corn

Posted in Uncategorized by Laura on November 5, 2009

CaramelCornPuffs
double batch of homemade caramel corn, mailed to you

[this photo is an example – she wants you to know that it will be way more than shown here!]

This item is generously being offered by Laura’s mom Nancy. Her caramel corn is a hit at family gatherings – it really melts in your mouth. It’s also easy to mail!

to bid on this item:
please leave a comment on this entry including your name and bid
if Sam or Laura don’t know you personally, please include your email address

date night package

Posted in Uncategorized by Laura on November 5, 2009

IG2246Kdate night package – pasta dinner, dessert, bottle of wine, movie & popcorn
Twin Cities area only

This item is generously being offered by Lindsay Reuter, her husband Chad and their daughter Natalie. Lindsay, Laura and Sam all became close at Christ Lutheran Church on mission trips and other activities. She is also a new mom!

to bid on this item:
please leave a comment on this entry including your name and bid
if Sam or Laura don’t know you personally, please include your email address

Mexican basket

Posted in Uncategorized by Laura on November 5, 2009

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Mexican basket – retail value $30
[photo is Laura’s actual salsa]

This item is from Laura, the mother-to-be. It will include a batch of homemade black bean and corn salsa (my Grandma G’s famous recipe), tortilla chips, margarita mix and tequila. Must be 21.

*note = St. Olaf students, please do not bid on this, as you know we’re a dry campus! I’ll be buying the tequila on my way to deliver it.  =)

to bid on this item:
please leave a comment on this entry including your name and bid
if Sam or Laura don’t know you personally, please include your email address

2 lbs. Dominican coffee beans

Posted in Uncategorized by Laura on November 5, 2009

2 lbs. Dominican coffee beans

This item is generously being offered by Sam’s aunt Dorothy and uncle Brad Wood. They are missionaries in the Dominican Republic and will mail the coffee beans directly to the winner.

to bid on this item:
please leave a comment on this entry including your name and bid
if Sam or Laura don’t know you personally, please include your email address

1 dozen pork egg rolls

Posted in Uncategorized by Laura on November 5, 2009

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a dozen pork egg rolls – Twin Cities area
[photo is just an example]

This item is generously being offered by Erin (Fransen) Loosbrock. Erin was one of Laura’s Resident Assistants at UW-River Falls and they have remained close friends. Erin gave Laura cooking lessons in Grimm Hall – she’s amazing. She lives with her husband in Eagan, MN.

to bid on this item:
please leave a comment on this entry including your name, location and bid
if Sam or Laura don’t know you personally, please include your email address

1 dozen pork egg rolls

Posted in Uncategorized by Laura on November 5, 2009

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a dozen pork egg rolls – Twin Cities area
[photo is just an example]

This item is generously being offered by Erin (Fransen) Loosbrock. Erin was one of Laura’s Resident Assistants at UW-River Falls and they have remained close friends. Erin gave Laura cooking lessons in Grimm Hall – she’s amazing. She lives with her husband in Eagan, MN.

to bid on this item:
please leave a comment on this entry including your name, location and bid
if Sam or Laura don’t know you personally, please include your email address

homemade veggie lasagna w/sauce

Posted in Uncategorized by Laura on November 5, 2009

photolibrary_rf_photo_of_veggie_lasagnafrozen homemade veggie lasagna with sauce – Twin Cities area
[photo is just an example]

This item is generously being offered by Erin (Fransen) Loosbrock. Erin was one of Laura’s Resident Assistants at UW-River Falls and they have remained close friends. Erin gave Laura cooking lessons in Grimm Hall – she’s amazing. She lives with her husband in Eagan, MN.

to bid on this item:
please leave a comment on this entry including your name, location and bid
if Sam or Laura don’t know you personally, please include your email address

dinner with our family of 3

Posted in Uncategorized by Laura on November 5, 2009

spice rubbed pork chops 3
a home-cooked meal with our family after baby arrives
[photo is an example of one of Laura’s meals – spice rubbed pork chops]

This service is being provided by Laura, Sam and Baby We will have the winner (up to 4 people) over to our home for a meal of your choice after the baby comes, so you can spend time with the 3 of us! Please keep in mind that the baby may be here this spring, next fall … we don’t know. So we may be living in Northfield or we may be living in the Twin Cities area (we aren’t sure yet of our plans). You’d have to be willing to come to either! =)

to bid on this item:
please leave a comment on this entry including your name and bid
if Sam or Laura don’t know you personally, please include your email address

$75 massage gift card & relaxation basket

Posted in Uncategorized by Laura on November 5, 2009

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$75 Simonson’s massage gift card & relaxation basket
– retail value $90
locations in Anoka, Maple Grove, Elk River, Plymouth

This item is generously being offered by Sam’s wonderful aunt Susie and uncle Gary, Heath, Jamie, Kacey and Dan. It includes a gift certificate to Simonson’s Salon & Day Spa for a 1-hour massage and a relaxation basket.

to bid on this item:
please leave a comment on this entry including your name, location and bid
if Sam or Laura don’t know you personally, please include your email address

weekend at Northern Wisconsin cabin

Posted in Uncategorized by Laura on November 5, 2009

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[photo is a water trampoline]

This item is generously being offered by Laura’s wonderful aunt Anne and uncle Doug Smith. They own really nice two-story cabin on Robinson Lake in Northern Wisconsin. It is near the town of Barnes,WI. Sleeps 9 people. Enjoy kayaking, fishing, canoeing and water trampoline.

to bid on this item:
please leave a comment on this entry including your name and bid
if Sam or Laura don’t know you personally, please include your email address

Chicago Segway Tour for 2

Posted in Uncategorized by Laura on November 5, 2009

16458_625421942858_60700406_35719660_4165971_nChicago Segway Tour – retail value $140

This item is generously being offered by Katie Van Shaick and her fiance Kyle Gaffaney. Katie lived in Crabtree Hall as a freshman at UWRF, where Sam and Laura both lived. Though we never got to know Katie very well while at River Falls, Katie and Laura have become good “online” friends because we have so many similar interests – classic rock, Scrabble, SNL. To quote Katie, “Kyle is a (nerd) Segway tour guide in Chicago and we’d like to donate a gift certificate worth two Segway tours in Chicago, through his company City Segway Tours. It will be good for a year, so best used in spring or summer or early fall of 2010. You CAN use it in the winter, but… Segwaying in snow is not something I would recommend.”

to bid on this item:
please leave a comment on this entry including your name and bid
if Sam or Laura don’t know you personally, please include your email address

afternoon in St. Paul

Posted in Uncategorized by Laura on November 5, 2009

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2 passes to the Science Museum & $25 gift card to Cosetta Italian Market
retail value – $59

This service is generously being offered by Sam’s lovely sister Abby Von Ruden and her husband Dave (and their dog Cookie). They are expecting their first child in April! Abby and Dave currently live in Yakima, Washington. We enjoyed visiting them for the second time a month ago. Enjoy an afternoon in St. Paul on the Von Rudens.

to bid on this item:
please leave a comment on this entry including your name and bid
if Sam or Laura don’t know you personally, please include your email address

4 passes to Science Museum

Posted in Uncategorized by Laura on November 5, 2009

SMM4 passes to Science Museum – retail value $68

This service is generously being offered by Steph Szurek. Steph and Laura were band geeks together back in high school. She is an Event Coordinator and kindly offered these passes to us.

to bid on this item:
please leave a comment on this entry including your name and bid
if Sam or Laura don’t know you personally, please include your email address

4 passes to Science Museum

Posted in Uncategorized by Laura on November 5, 2009

science-museum-bayou4 passes to Science Museum – retail value $68

This service is generously being offered by Steph Szurek. Steph and Laura were band geeks together back in high school. She is an Event Coordinator and kindly offered these passes to us.

to bid on this item:
please leave a comment on this entry including your name and bid
if Sam or Laura don’t know you personally, please include your email address

2 Gem Lake Hills golf passes

Posted in Uncategorized by Laura on November 5, 2009

82 Gem Lake Hills golf passes – 9 holes
retail value $28

This item is generously being offered by Vanessa Carlson. Vanessa is the fiance of Laura’s cousin Matt Greer (they are getting married in June!) and she is a very welcomed addition to the Heiple family. Her dad is the manager of Gem Lake and they were kind enough to offer these passes to us. Gem Lake Hills Golf Course is in White Bear Lake, Minnesota.

to bid on this item:
please leave a comment on this entry including your name and bid
if Sam or Laura don’t know you personally, please include your email address

2 Gem Lake Hills golf passes

Posted in Uncategorized by Laura on November 5, 2009

182 Gem Lake Hills golf passes – 9 holes
retail value $28

This item is generously being offered by Vanessa Carlson. Vanessa is the fiance of Laura’s cousin Matt Greer (they are getting married in June!) and she is a very welcomed addition to the Heiple family. Her dad is the manager of Gem Lake and they were kind enough to offer these passes to us. Gem Lake Hills Golf Course is in White Bear Lake, Minnesota.

to bid on this item:
please leave a comment on this entry including your name and bid
if Sam or Laura don’t know you personally, please include your email address

$50 Best Buy gift card

Posted in Uncategorized by Laura on November 5, 2009

best-buy$50 Best Buy gift card

This item is generously being offered by Brandon Paulson. If you know us well at all, you know how important Brandon is to both of us. At UWRF he became a great friend, through sharing a double-major with Sam and being one of Laura’s RAs. After a year of being in La Crosse, Brandon moved there to pursue the same graduate degree and become Laura’s co-worker at Viterbo. He is an amazing friend and we miss him every day.

to bid on this item:
please leave a comment on this entry including your name and bid
if Sam or Laura don’t know you personally, please include your email address

$10 Caribou Coffee gift card

Posted in Uncategorized by Laura on November 5, 2009

caribou-coffee-logo$10 Caribou Coffee gift card

This item is generously being offered by Laura’s parents (Nancy and Steve). They have been among our biggest supporters and we thank them for all they’ve done for us in this process.

to bid on this item:
please leave a comment on this entry including your name and bid
if Sam or Laura don’t know you personally, please include your email address

$10 Caribou Coffee gift card

Posted in Uncategorized by Laura on November 5, 2009

$10 Caribou Coffee gift card

This item is generously being offered by Kathy Sjoquist. Kathy works with Nancy (Laura’s mom) at the library and she has always been so sweet to us and interested in our lives. Thanks Kathy. :)

to bid on this item:
please leave a comment on this entry including your name and bid
if Sam or Laura don’t know you personally, please include your email address

$25 Macy’s gift card

Posted in Uncategorized by Laura on November 5, 2009

macys$25 Macy’s gift card

This item is generously being offered by Jenny and Esteban Rivera. Jenny and Laura have been best friends since they were 3 years old. She has been my dearest and most trusted companion and I consider her my sister. We are so glad that Esteban has joined our family too!

to bid on this item:
please leave a comment on this entry including your name and bid
if Sam or Laura don’t know you personally, please include your email address

$50 Barnes & Noble gift card

Posted in Uncategorized by Laura on November 5, 2009

barnes_and_noble$50 Barnes & Noble gift card

This item is generously being offered by Kate Demerse. Kate was in graduate school with Laura at UW-La Crosse and remains there as a Hall Director. Thank you so much Kate!

to bid on this item:
please leave a comment on this entry including your name and bid
if Sam or Laura don’t know you personally, please include your email address

$10 Subway gift card

Posted in Uncategorized by Laura on November 5, 2009

6$10 Subway gift card

This item is generously being offered by Laura’s parents (Nancy and Steve Goldsmith). They have been among our biggest supporters and we thank them for all they’ve done for us in this process.

to bid on this item:
please leave a comment on this entry including your name and bid
if Sam or Laura don’t know you personally, please include your email address

$50 Old Navy gift card

Posted in Uncategorized by Laura on November 5, 2009

Old_Navy_Logo_on_Black_Bg_AP$50 Old Navy gift card

This item is generously being offered by Sam’s wonderful uncle Bill and aunt Kay. Thank you so much to the Goslinga family for your generous donations!

to bid on this item:
please leave a comment on this entry including your name and bid
if Sam or Laura don’t know you personally, please include your email address

$50 Holiday gift card

Posted in Uncategorized by Laura on November 5, 2009

holiday$50 Holiday Station gift card

This item is generously being offered by Sam’s parents, Eileen and Steve. They are a wonderful mother and father (and grandparents) and we are so lucky to have their constant love and support.

to bid on this item:
please leave a comment on this entry including your name and bid
if Sam or Laura don’t know you personally, please include your email address

$25 Bed Bath & Beyond gift card

Posted in Uncategorized by Laura on November 5, 2009

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$25 Bed Bath & Beyond gift card

You may have read on our blog that a kind stranger contacted us who had been reading our blog and wanted to donate. This item is generously being offered by Bethany Gordon from Virginia, is mailing us a gift card. We are inspired by her actions.

to bid on this item:
please leave a comment on this entry including your name and bid
if Sam or Laura don’t know you personally, please include your email address

$25 Bachman’s gift card

Posted in Uncategorized by Laura on November 5, 2009

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This item is generously being offered by Jane and Dean Krepela. Jane was one of our adoption references. We’re sure you know what a big part of our lives the Krepela family is… in fact, we consider them a part of our family.

to bid on this item:
please leave a comment on this entry including your name and bid
if Sam or Laura don’t know you personally, please include your email address

$15 Target gift card

Posted in Uncategorized by Laura on November 5, 2009

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$15 Target gift card

This item is generously being offered by Sam’s cousin Tracy, her husband and their family. Thanks Tracy, Todd, Claire, Nick and Abby!

to bid on this item:
please leave a comment on this entry including your name and bid
if Sam or Laura don’t know you personally, please include your email address

$25 Target gift card

Posted in Uncategorized by Laura on November 5, 2009

tumblr_kp60ouYTwb1qzkbrlo1_400$25 Target gift card

This item is generously being offered by Joe Haferman. Joe was a senior at UW-La Crosse when Laura was a graduate student there. He was the President of RHAC, of which Laura was the co-advisor. They quickly became friends and he remains an important part of our lives.

to bid on this item:
please leave a comment on this entry including your name and bid
if Sam or Laura don’t know you personally, please include your email address

$50 Target gift card

Posted in Uncategorized by Laura on November 5, 2009

Target Store-CapeCoral-Lg$50 Target gift card

This item is generously being offered by Sam’s wonderful uncle Bill and aunt Kay. Thank you so much to the Goslinga family for your generous donations!

to bid on this item:
please leave a comment on this entry including your name and bid
if Sam or Laura don’t know you personally, please include your email address

$50 Cub Foods gift card

Posted in Uncategorized by Laura on November 5, 2009

CubLogo$50 Cub Foods gift card

Just in time for the holidays! This item is generously being offered by Laura’s parents (Nancy and Steve). They have been among our biggest supporters and we thank them for all they’ve done for us in this process.

to bid on this item:
please leave a comment on this entry including your name and bid
if Sam or Laura don’t know you personally, please include your email address

$25 Rainbow Foods gift card

Posted in Uncategorized by Laura on November 5, 2009

Rainbow-Lg$25 Rainbow Foods gift card

This item is generously being offered by Sam’s parents, Eileen and Steve. They are a wonderful mother and father (and grandparents) and we are so lucky to have their constant love and support.

to bid on this item:
please leave a comment on this entry including your name and bid
if Sam or Laura don’t know you personally, please include your email address

$50 Minnesota Twins gift card

Posted in Uncategorized by Laura on November 5, 2009

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This item is generously being offered by Jane and Steve Lupton. Jane is Nancy’s cousin who lives in the Chicago area with her family. This gift card can be used toward MN Twins merchandise or toward tickets to a baseball game.

to bid on this item:
please leave a comment on this entry including your name and bid
if Sam or Laura don’t know you personally, please include your email address

$25 Chili’s/Macaroni Grill gift card

Posted in Uncategorized by Laura on November 5, 2009

Chilis.logo$25 Chili’s/Macaroni Grill gift card

This item is generously being offered by Sam’s parents, Eileen and Steve. They are a wonderful mother and father (and grandparents) and we are so lucky to have their constant love and support. This gift card will also work at On The Border and Maggiano’s.

to bid on this item:
please leave a comment on this entry including your name and bid
if Sam or Laura don’t know you personally, please include your email address

$20 Chipotle gift card

Posted in Uncategorized by Laura on November 5, 2009

chipotle1$20 Chipotle gift card

This item is generously being offered by Laura’s parents (Nancy and Steve). They have been among our biggest supporters and we thank them for all they’ve done for us in this process. Chipotle is our favorite place to eat!

to bid on this item:
please leave a comment on this entry including your name and bid
if Sam or Laura don’t know you personally, please include your email address

$30 Olive Garden gift card

Posted in Uncategorized by Laura on November 5, 2009

olive_garden1$30 Olive Garden gift card

This item is generously being offered by Laura’s parents (Nancy and Steve). They have been among our biggest supporters and we thank them for all they’ve done for us in this process. Sam and Laura always went to the Olive Garden for romantic dates in high school.

to bid on this item:
please leave a comment on this entry including your name and bid
if Sam or Laura don’t know you personally, please include your email address

$50 Red Lobster/Olive Garden gift card

Posted in Uncategorized by Laura on November 5, 2009

logo_Red_Lobster_3D$50 Red Lobster/Olive Garden gift card

This item is generously being offered by Laura’s grandma Marilyn Heiple, whom we love very, very much. The gift card can be used at either Red Lobster or the Olive Garden (or both!). Other restaurants it is accepted at are Longhorn Steakhouse or Bahama Breeze Island Grille.

to bid on this item:
please leave a comment on this entry including your name and bid
if Sam or Laura don’t know you personally, please include your email address

2 Timberwolves game tickets

Posted in Uncategorized by Laura on November 5, 2009

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2 Timberwolves game tickets – December 5 against Utah Jazz
section 138, row H, seats 16 & 17
retail value $50/ticket

This item is generously being offered by Gage Matthews. Gage graduated from St. Olaf and is now in a Ph.D program at Vanderbilt. Last year he was Laura’s Student Hall Coordinator in Hill Kitt Hall (second in command, right hand man). We are both touched that he is offering such a generous gift. He is extremely special.

to bid on this item:
please leave a comment on this entry including your name and bid
if Sam or Laura don’t know you personally, please include your email address

2 Twins game tickets

Posted in Uncategorized by Laura on November 5, 2009

MinnesotaTwins5002 Twins tickets at new stadium – retail value $30/ticket

This item is generously being offered by Laura’s wonderful aunt Anne and uncle Doug Smith. Winner will have a choice between 1 of 5 different games.

to bid on this item:
please leave a comment on this entry including your name, location and bid
if Sam or Laura don’t know you personally, please include your email address

2 Twins game tickets

Posted in Uncategorized by Laura on November 5, 2009

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2 Twins tickets at new stadium – Section 223, Row 2, Seats 17 & 18
retail value $20/ticket

This item is generously being offered by Sam and Laura’s great friend Todd Schellenberg. We have loved Todd since we became friends with him at church about 10 years ago. You will have your choice between 10 different games. Todd will find out the dates he has tickets for at a later time and contact the winner to choose.

to bid on this item:
please leave a comment on this entry including your name and bid
if Sam or Laura don’t know you personally, please include your email address

2 Wild game tickets

Posted in Uncategorized by Laura on November 5, 2009

gaborikblurmed2  Wild game tickets for December 21 vs. Colorado Avalanche
Section 229 Row 6 Seats 11 & 12
– retail value $70/ticket

This item is generously being offered by Laura’s wonderful aunt Tammy and uncle Bob. They have been very supportive of both of us throughout our relationship and are giving up these tickets for us.

to bid on this item:
please leave a comment on this entry including your name and bid
if Sam or Laura don’t know you personally, please include your email address

2 Wild game tickets

Posted in Uncategorized by Laura on November 5, 2009

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2 Wild game tickets for January 9th against the Chicago Blackhawks
Section 103 Row 19 Seats 13 & 14
– retail value $86/ticket

This item is generously being offered by the Marvin family – Laura’s wonderful aunt Mary, uncle Dan and cousins Erin, Elli and Sophie. They have offered to give up their season tickets for a game in honor of our cause.

to bid on this item:
please leave a comment on this entry including your name and bid
if Sam or Laura don’t know you personally, please include your email address

babysitting & holiday fun – Twin Cities

Posted in Uncategorized by Laura on November 5, 2009

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babysitting by Sarah & Andy – Twin Cities area

This service is generously being offered by Sarah and Andy Brackemyer, who are some of our very dearest friends – we met at UW-River Falls. Sarah is one of our adoption references. She is an elementary teacher (and probably the greatest babysitter on the planet), and Andy is fun and loves games. We would trust them with any of your kids. They’ll have a blast. They would love to come to your home and watch children over the holidays, and, if age-appropriate, decorate cookies with them or help wrap gifts.

to bid on this item:
please leave a comment on this entry including your name, location and bid
if Sam or Laura don’t know you personally, please include your email address

babysitting – Northfield/Twin Cities

Posted in Uncategorized by Laura on November 5, 2009

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babysitting by Laura & Bethany – Northfield/Twin Cities

This service is generously being offered by Laura Ritchie and Bethany Olson, who are currently two of Laura’s Junior Counselors in Hill Kitt Hall at St Olaf College. They are two of the most bubbly and fun people on the planet, and I’m so touched that they want to take part in the auction! We promise you they will be outstanding babysitters.

to bid on this item:
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if Sam or Laura don’t know you personally, please include your email address

manual labor/yard work

Posted in Uncategorized by Laura on November 5, 2009

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manual labor/yard work

This item is being offered by Sam, the father-to-be. He is willing to come to your home on a Saturday or Sunday and help you with raking, shoveling, yard work, or other manual labor. Sam’s a hard worker and will be very helpful!

to bid on this item:
please leave a comment on this entry including your name, location and bid
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ride-along w/University of Minnesota Police

Posted in Uncategorized by Laura on November 5, 2009

University-of-Minnesota-Twin-Cities-E38BFA61ride-along with University of Minnesota Police

This service is generously being offered by Sam’s cousin Steve Kragt and his family. Steve is a Police Officer at the U of M and will take someone on an exciting ride-along – up to 3 or 4 hours. You must be 18 years old and willing to sign a liability waiver.

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jewelry making kit

Posted in Uncategorized by Laura on November 5, 2009

beading toolsjewelry making kit – retail value $50
[this photo is an example]

This service is generously being offered by Sonja (Birkeland) Ebling. Sonja was the Middle School Youth Director at CLC when Sam and Laura were in high school. We reconnected a few years ago when Sonja discovered Facebook. This gift basket includes basic beading tools, stringing materials, a variety of beads and instructions to help you create beautiful pieces for yourself or to give to others. Whether you’re an beginning or an active beader, this kit contains all you’ll need to make amazing creations!

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scrapbook

Posted in Uncategorized by Laura on November 5, 2009

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[photo is an example]

This service is generously being offered by Miriam Huffman. Miriam worked in the Leadership Center at UWRF when Sam and Laura were involved with Residence Life. She sparked Laura’s interest in working with social justice issues. While we haven’t seen Miriam in years, we are so amazed at her generous offer. She loves to scrapbook. All you have to do is send her your pictures and she will create a scrapbook for you!

to bid on this item:
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1 hour of magic for event

Posted in Uncategorized by Laura on November 5, 2009

11833_104891916190004_100000075894711_135919_2142871_n1 hour of magic for an event – retail value $500
Twin Cities only

This service is generously being offered by Bob Dahline. Bob is a friend of Sam and Laura’s from Christ Lutheran Church. He is also a very talented magician. We remember when he was our confirmation teacher and he would do tricks for our class. The Magic Shop in St. Paul has rated Bob as valued at $250/half hour. Please note that this is not for children’s birthday parties, but aimed more toward corporate events.

to bid on this item:
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if Sam or Laura don’t know you personally, please include your email address

personal shopper – Twin Cities

Posted in Uncategorized by Laura on November 5, 2009

Personal Shopperpersonal shopper – Twin Cities

This service is generously being offered by Laura’s aunt Tammy Heiple. Tammy has always been a support to us throughout our relationship. Give her a list (groceries, gifts, party supplies) and she will run your errands for you.

to bid on this item:
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40% off Sherwin Williams order

Posted in Uncategorized by Laura on November 5, 2009

paintsed0140% off Sherwin Williams order

This service is generously being offered by Laura’s sister Katie and her fiance Christian. They are the parents of our Godson, Liam. Kate and Christian both work at Sherwin Williams and will get you 40% off one order.

to bid on this item:
please leave a comment on this entry including your name and bid
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conversion of CDs to MP3s

Posted in Uncategorized by Laura on November 5, 2009

IMG_8184conversion of CDs to MP3s

This item is being offered by Sam, the father-to-be. Do you have a large number of CDs that you would like to convert to MP3s so they can be transferred to your iPod? Sam’s your guy. A job that can take hours of frustration will be done by Sam and his big smile.

to bid on this item:
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if Sam or Laura don’t know you personally, please include your email address

gift wrapping – Twin Cities

Posted in Uncategorized by Laura on November 5, 2009

lt_blue_snowflake_1gift wrapping – Twin Cities

Just in time for the holidays! This item is generously being offered by Laura’s aunt (and Godmother) Mary Greer. Mary has constantly been one of our biggest cheerleaders. Mary loves to wrap gifts. She will come to your home for up to 3 hours (with her paper, ribbons and bows) and make beautiful Christmas presents. We have always put Mary’s gifts at the front of the tree because they’re always the prettiest.

to bid on this item:
please leave a comment on this entry including your name, location and bid
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gift wrapping – Twin Cities

Posted in Uncategorized by Laura on November 5, 2009

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Just in time for the holidays! This item is generously being offered by Laura’s friend Beki Carr. Beki and Laura met a long time ago while working together at Lynn’s Cake & Candy Supplies. They have remained good friends, even though they don’t get to see each other enough. Beki is a true friend and a light in my life. She will come to your home and wrap all of your Christmas presents! Since Beki is so crafty, I imagine she will do a phenomenal job. And she’s super friendly too.

to bid on this item:
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if Sam or Laura don’t know you personally, please include your email address

professional photo session – Nashville area

Posted in Uncategorized by Laura on November 5, 2009

advertisements12professional photo session – Nashville/Huntsville area (Tennessee)
retail value $160-$200

This service is generously being offered by Kelsey Lantz. Laura has written about Kelsey on the adoption blog and how she has been such a huge support and resource. She graduated from St. Olaf last year and now lives in Tennessee (so this offer is for the Nashville/Huntsville area only). Please check out her photography blog – she is very talented. I hope she will photograph our kids someday.

to bid on this item:
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Lifetime Fitness 7-day pass & 2 personal training sessions

Posted in Uncategorized by Laura on November 5, 2009

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Lifetime Fitness 7-day pass & 2 personal training sessions – Target Center location

This service is generously being offered by Liz Innvaer, who is the sister of one of Laura’s best friends from high school (Katie Innvaer). Liz is super nice and friendly – we imagine she’s an outstanding trainer. Thank you so much, Liz!

to bid on this item:
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help w/holiday decorating

Posted in Uncategorized by Laura on November 5, 2009

IMG_6219help with holiday decorating
Northfield/South Metro area

This service is generously being offered by Laura’s Hill Kitt staff from last year (2008-2009). They would like to come to your home and help you decorate for the holidays in whatever context that means to you – putting up Christmas lights, other external decorations, stringing garland, etc. This group of individuals is one of the greatest I have ever worked with. I promise you with my whole heart that they will do a great job and do it with a smile.

to bid on this item:
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primary color painting

Posted in Uncategorized by Laura on November 5, 2009

DSC08572primary color painting

This item is generously being offered by Lauren Cikara. Lauren was a graduate student with Laura at UWL and is a wonderful friend and lots of fun. Lauren loves to create art and wanted to offer some of her pieces for us to auction. This is a 16×12 canvas painted with acrylic paints (black, blue, green, yellow, red, orange). The great thing about abstract art is that the owner can hang the piece whichever way their heart desires. Laura will retrieve this painting for you when Lauren travels to Minnesota near the end of December.

to bid on this item:
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cobblestone painting

Posted in Uncategorized by Laura on November 5, 2009

DSC08575cobblestone painting

This item is generously being offered by Lauren Cikara. Lauren was a graduate student with Laura at UWL and is a wonderful friend and lots of fun. Lauren loves to create art and wanted to offer some of her pieces for us to auction. This is a 12×8 canvas painted with acrylic paints (blues, greys, brown, black, mustard, red). Laura will retrieve this painting for you when Lauren travels to Minnesota near the end of December.

to bid on this item:
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butterfly painting

Posted in Uncategorized by Laura on November 5, 2009

DSC08576butterfly painting

This item is generously being offered by Lauren Cikara. Lauren was a graduate student with Laura at UWL and is a wonderful friend and lots of fun. Lauren loves to create art and wanted to offer some of her pieces for us to auction. This is a 16×12 canvas painted with acrylic paints (red, orange, yellow, black). Laura will retrieve this painting for you when Lauren travels to Minnesota near the end of December.

to bid on this item:
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high-resolution graphic print – “Connection”

Posted in Uncategorized by Laura on November 5, 2009

ConnectionLoReshigh-resolution graphic print – “Connection” – 6.5″ x 6.5

This item is generously being offered by Laura’s great friend Megan Flaherty. Megan is an artist/graphic designer. For those of you that were at our wedding, she made our programs. She has offered this high-resolution graphic print – one of her personal creations. This design (showing an adult holding a child) seems fitting for our auction.

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high-resolution graphic print – “Stolle”

Posted in Uncategorized by Laura on November 5, 2009

StolleLoReshigh-resolution graphic print – “Stolle” – 5″ x 5″
can be printed in any dark color

This item is generously being offered by Laura’s great friend Megan Flaherty. Megan is an artist/graphic designer. For those of you that were at our wedding, she made our programs. She has offered this high-resolution graphic print – one of her personal creations. We love this design, don’t you?

to bid on this item:
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custom-painted Baggo Board set

Posted in Uncategorized by Laura on November 5, 2009

5776_615387566525_30401839_35888354_1413904_ncustom painted hand made Baggo Board set – Northfield/Twin Cities area
retail value $150
[this photo is an example of one of Kris & Lisa’s Baggo Board sets]

This item is generously being offered by our good friends Kris and Lisa Jensen (and son Everett). Laura and Lisa were in graduate school together for a year at UWL. Baggo Board is a bean bag toss game. Winner chooses logo. We are very much looking forward to meeting the Jensen family halfway to collect this from them. So winner, in addition to getting the Baggo Board set, you are giving us the chance to see our friends – they are very dear to our hearts and we miss them all the way in Illinois.

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Nike Bauer Vapor XXXX hockey stick

Posted in Uncategorized by Laura on November 5, 2009

IMG_8190Nike Bauer Vapor XXXX hockey stick – retail value $200

This item is generously being offered by Matt Greer, Laura’s cousin. Matt graduated from UMD last year where he was a Bulldog Hockey captain, and he remains one of the nicest guys around. We are touched by this charitable offer. Stick info: one-piece graphite, left hand, 87 flex.

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knitted baby blanket

Posted in Uncategorized by Laura on November 5, 2009

IMG00024knitted baby blanket
[photo is the same blanket Jamie made for her niece Natalie]

This item is generously being offered by Jamie Bacigalupo. Sam and Laura grew up with Jamie at Christ Lutheran Church, and she is such a spirited woman. It is a soft, cream, patterned squares hand-knit baby blanket. A cuddly blanket perfect for your own baby or great as a gift for someone special.

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Yin & Yang serving platters

Posted in Uncategorized by Laura on November 5, 2009

32300147_265x265yin & yang serving plates – retail value $25

This item is generously being offered by Mara Bryan. Mara is a friend from UWRF, who also worked in residence life. Mara used to work for a company that sold products for the home, and she mailed us these cute serving plates to auction off (perfect for Thanksgiving).

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mountain reindeer tumblers

Posted in Uncategorized by Laura on November 5, 2009

IMG_81874 mountain reindeer tumblers – retail value $20

This item is generously being offered by Mara Bryan. Mara is a friend from UWRF, who also worked in residence life. Mara used to work for a company that sold products for the home, and she mailed us these adorable glass holiday tumblers to auction off.

to bid on this item:
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embroidery work from El Salvador

Posted in Uncategorized by Laura on November 5, 2009

embroidery work from El Salvador
[photo has been updated to a picture of dear Emily and the actual embroidery]

This item is generously being offered by Emily Salava. Emily has been working as a member of the Peace Corps in El Salvador since she finished graduate school with Laura in 2008. Emily will be visiting Minnesota near the end of December so the embroidery work will come to you at that time. It can be used to keep tortillas or bread warm or as a decoration. It cost $4, but they only make about $6 a day. Emily said that the women in her village do beautiful embroidery and she’s happy to support the women and their crafts.

to bid on this item:
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wallet – strawberries

Posted in Uncategorized by Laura on November 5, 2009

IMG_8168handmade wallet – strawberries – retail value $10

This item is generously being offered by Emily Ronning. Emily worked at UWRF when Sam and Laura were involved with Residence Life there. She was the reason Laura went into Student Affairs and continues to view her as a role model. Emily is super crafty, selling items online and at craft sales – she’s a quilter too! The wallet has a pocket on the inside and on the back.

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wallet – blue flowers

Posted in Uncategorized by Laura on November 5, 2009

IMG_8171handmade wallet – blue flowers – retail value $10

This item is generously being offered by Emily Ronning. Emily worked at UWRF when Sam and Laura were involved with Residence Life there. She was the reason Laura went into Student Affairs and continues to view her as a role model. Emily is super crafty, selling items online and at craft sales – she’s a quilter too! The wallet has a pocket on the inside and on the back.

to bid on this item:
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if Sam or Laura don’t know you personally, please include your email address

wallet – neutral flowers

Posted in Uncategorized by Laura on November 5, 2009

IMG_8166handmade wallet – neutral flowers – retail value $10

This item is generously being offered by Emily Ronning. Emily worked at UWRF when Sam and Laura were involved with Residence Life there. She was the reason Laura went into Student Affairs and continues to view her as a role model. Emily is super crafty, selling items online and at craft sales – she’s a quilter too! The wallet has a pocket on the inside and on the back.

to bid on this item:
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wallet – red flower

Posted in Uncategorized by Laura on November 5, 2009

IMG_8167handmade wallet – red flower – retail value $10

This item is generously being offered by Emily Ronning. Emily worked at UWRF when Sam and Laura were involved with Residence Life there. She was the reason Laura went into Student Affairs and continues to view her as a role model. Emily is super crafty, selling items online and at craft sales – she’s a quilter too! The wallet has a pocket on the inside and on the back.

to bid on this item:
please leave a comment on this entry including your name and bid
if Sam or Laura don’t know you personally, please include your email address

wallet – pink flower

Posted in Uncategorized by Laura on November 5, 2009

IMG_8169handmade wallet – pink flower – retail value $10

This item is generously being offered by Emily Ronning. Emily worked at UWRF when Sam and Laura were involved with Residence Life there. She was the reason Laura went into Student Affairs and continues to view her as a role model. Emily is super crafty, selling items online and at craft sales – she’s a quilter too! The wallet has a pocket on the inside and on the back.

to bid on this item:
please leave a comment on this entry including your name and bid
if Sam or Laura don’t know you personally, please include your email address

knitted scarf, handbag or mittens

Posted in Uncategorized by Laura on November 5, 2009

knitted item of your choice – handbag, scarf, or mittens
[photo is an example of Sarah’s handiwork]

This item is generously being offered by Sarah Ziger. Sarah was a year older than Laura at SLP High School and they were clarinet players together. I haven’t seen her in 9 years and was touched that she wanted to contribute!

to bid on this item:
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mittens

Posted in Uncategorized by Laura on November 5, 2009

IMG_8191mittens – retail value $25
[this is Laura’s own pair, shown as an example]

This item is generously being donated by Anne Bacigalupo and Kris Kennelly. The Bacigalupos are very good friends of ours from Christ Lutheran Church. Anne was also Laura’s supervisor when she worked at Casual Corner back in the day. Anne’s sister Kris makes these mittens out of sweaters – they are very warm and cute. I wear mine everyday. The winner can choose a base color (black, blue, grey, brown..) and your mittens will be sent to you.

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24 handmade Christmas cards

Posted in Uncategorized by Laura on November 5, 2009

clip_image00124 handmade Christmas cards
[this is an example of one of Kimberly’s cards]

This service is generously being offered by Kimberly Dahline. Kimberly is a friend of Sam and Laura’s from Christ Lutheran Church. She is well-known for her creative cards.

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glass stenciling art

Posted in Uncategorized by Laura on November 5, 2009

glass stenciling art
[this photo is the actual piece being donated]

This item is generously being offered by Amanda Meyer. Amanda is currently one of Laura’s Resident Assistants in Ytterboe Hall. She is a gifted artist and offered to share her talents with us.

**NOTE : the previous picture (“Silver Girl”) was noted on the blog as not being the actual piece. Amanda finished the piece and we changed the photo to reflect it. Break dancers – awesome.

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handmade knitted scarf

Posted in Uncategorized by Laura on November 5, 2009

scarfhandmade knitted scarf
[photo is just an example – this scarf will be DARK BLUE & GREEN]

This item is generously being offered by Molly Smith, Laura’s cousin. She is a freshmen at the University of Iowa Molly, you’re so sweet and wonderful. She is going to give us the scarf on Thanksgiving, so we will get it to you that week!

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handmade hobo bag

Posted in Uncategorized by Laura on November 5, 2009

dsc00207handmade hobo bag
[this is an example of one of Erin’s bags]
[actual bag will be ZEBRA print]

This item is generously being offered by Erin (Fransen) Loosbrock. Erin was one of Laura’s Resident Assistants at UW-River Falls and they have remained close friends.

to bid on this item:
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handmade hobo bag

Posted in Uncategorized by Laura on November 5, 2009

dsc00205handmade hobo bag
[this is an example of one of Erin’s bags]
[actual bag will be PINK w/WHITE POLKA DOTS]

This item is generously being offered by Erin (Fransen) Loosbrock. Erin was one of Laura’s Resident Assistants at UW-River Falls and they have remained close friends.

to bid on this item:
please leave a comment on this entry including your name and bid
if Sam or Laura don’t know you personally, please include your email address

knowledge of baby names

Posted in Uncategorized by Laura on November 5, 2009

IMG_8172knowledge of baby names

This item is being offered by Sam and Laura, the parents-to-be, and is geared more toward our family and friends. We plan to keep our names a secret until after we bring our child home, but this one lucky (and curious?) person will be the only other to have the privilege of knowing our baby names for a boy or a girl. And yes, our names have been picked out. You have to promise to keep it a secret!

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1st phone call about Baby

Posted in Uncategorized by Laura on November 5, 2009

IMG_8178first phone call about Baby

This item is being offered by Sam and Laura, the parents-to-be, and is geared more toward our family and friends. If you win this, you will be our first phone call when we receive the news that a child is waiting for us.

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the end!

Posted in Uncategorized by Laura on November 4, 2009

This is the end! Keep checking back daily to see bidding.

THANK YOU ALL, WE LOVE YOU AND ARE BLESSED TO HAVE SUCH GIVING & SUPPORTIVE FAMILY & FRIENDS!!

Counting down the days…

Love,
Laura & Sam


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