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Josh and Katie’s Surprise!


My friends are bringing home their new baby boy! I’m so excited for them! Most of my sales commission from my first month with Usborne went to their adoption fund, and now two months later, they are bringing home Titus. This was a surprise adoption! You can read all about it on Katie’s Blog. They need to raise more money to cover the costs of adopting Titus. Take a look at this post from April, the matching grant is over, but, you can make a tax deductible donation HERE.


New: Birthday Parties!

As I continue my Wilton cake decorating classes at the North Aurora Micheal’s with an awesome instructor, Julie, I am gaining confidence in my abilities. I now feel confident I can throw a wonderful Birthday Party. I was on my church’s planning team until it was disbanded a few years ago, so I have planning experience beyond my own children’s parties. I will make a fabulous cake for the birthday boy or girl or twins! I love to make over the top, one year old cakes for smashing photos! Here’s one of V (love that sweetie!).

If you are looking for a great photographer for such a venture, check out my friend Katie. She is very gifted (she did the picture above).

She also took this picture during V’s sixth month shoot.

Here is one of V’s three month pictures Katie took.

And this one is of V at less than a week old. I can hardly believe it’s been over a year! It was also taken by Katie.

Katie loves doing newborn shoots and is very good at them. All the proceeds from her photos go toward her adoption fund! She and her husband, Josh, were just matched with a birth mom! Want to support them? Host any kind of Usborne Party and I will donate 1/2 my commission to their adoption fund! You can also buy a box of Cards for a Cause! Just use the “Contact” link on the upper right and let me know which box you want! Be sure to tell your friends and pass this along on Facebook! Can you tell I’m super excited for them to adopt?!?!?

Back to the One-Year-Old parties, the cost includes several baby/toddler books. If kids are invited, they will each go home with a book, if not, more books for the birthday boy/girl! If there is an older sibling he/she will get several gift wrapped books.

I can do a tiered cake like I did for V’s one year:

I have this gazebo, although I haven’t had the fondant course yet, so I can’t do the cake pictured with the gazebo. I have not been able to use it yet and I’m excited to!

My First Cake after my second lesson in course 1. I thought it was okay then, but now….. I can do much better!

Don’t forget my cake from Elise’s party!

Andrea’s Party!

I had Andrea’s party last night. It was so much fun! Thank you to all who came. We had wonderful conversations. I made a new friend who has adopted an older child (which is Jason’s and my hope). I believe all of us made new friends! We also eat some yummy food! Andrea and I have a close mutual friend, Katie. Andrea asked if I would be interested in donating some of my commission to the adoption fund as I did for Elisabeth’s party. I’m happy to say some more is being added to their fund! I’m so excited to see their new little one (s)!

Elisabeth’s Party Tonight!

I’m so excited for Elisabeth’s party tonight! She has three boys 5 and under. You can check out her blog about her sweet middle son, Wesley here. What’s better than helping Elisabeth get free books for her boys? Helping Katie bring home her next child(ren)! I’m giving my commission from tonight’s sales to their adoption fund!!!!

Katie is a close friend. She’s a wonderful mom to two girls and a son and hopefully soon another one or two! I was going to say her two most recent posts made me cry! They were so touching. But there’s a new post! So I’m going to read it after I finish this post, workout, shower, eat lunch, prepare for the show tonight….hmm, hopefully I’ll get to read it today! I’m so excited for Josh and Katie to adopt! Josh is the lead pastor at our church. Our first Sunday was the Sunday he joined Tab on the pastoral team. Now Tab is in CA. We miss Tab and Sung, but are glad for their friendship and obedience to follow God’s call.

Yeah, I’m super excited for Josh and Katie to adopt! Come tonight and support them and Elisabeth! If you can’t make it, you can order online! The commission will still go to Josh and Katie!