Thursday, September 23, 2010

Roxana's Auction

 Tickets are $5/1 or $20/5. 100% of ALL proceeds will go to buying food and things this family is in need of! ( You can read more about Roxana and her family in several posts below.)

You can e-mail me to let me know how many tickets you want and how many tickets you are placing per item or items.Or you can leave a comment here under this post. You can place as many tickets as you want on any item/s. You can pay for your tickets through pay pal. E-mail me at to let me know how many tickets you want and I will send you an invoice or give you my account name.

I want to give a BIG SHOUT OUT to everyone who has donated items for this auction! We have 11 different lots up for auction. Whooo Hooo! Thank You so much for your giving hearts toward Roxana and her family! I am touched by every one's generosity as I know Roxana and her family will be too! I will ask that all donations be held until after this fundraiser is over and sent to the winner instead of sending it to me.

Now on to the Goodies!


1. Tammy Patterson donated these 2 Guatemala shirts. These t-shirt are beautiful and soft!
Tammy and her family are selling these t-shirts to help raise money for their adoption of sweet Bella from Taiwan. So if you do not win this auction you can still purchase one through them to help them bring Bella Home. They also have these shirts for Taiwan too. You can find These t-shirts on Face Book under Simply Love Taiwan.
The front of this t-shirt says simply love. This is a Women's size M. It has turquoise lettering and some in the scrolling too.

Back of Women's Shirt

2. Child's Guatemala T-shirt is a Youth Medium (Back view)

Front of Child's t-shirt

3. This Head Band w/ removable Sun Flower Hair Bow is one of mine from
It will fit infant - teen. The flowers can be worn in hair separately. You can also change the bows or flowers with this head band to match other outfits. This Headband is part of my Fall Line.
I am also giving 10% of all my sales to Roxana and her family until this auction is closed.

4. This Infant Hat Set will Newborn to 1 year of age. This is also one of mine from http://cutiepatutu,  The Flower is a Hair bow and is removable to we worn in the hair or can be changed out to have another bow put on the hat to match any outfit. This Hat is part of my Fall Line.

5. Amy Ruston from has generously donated an outfit of your choice. If you win this auction you will be able to chose a beautiful custom fit outfit from her site for your child.

6. Gina Whaley from  has donated this awesome Men's Guatemala T-shirt. This is an XL. My husband has the t-shirt and I love it! It is so soft! What a way to make a statement! If you don't win this t-shirt don't worry she has plenty more so stop by and see what else she has. She has them on Sale this month!

Back of T-shirt

7. Mary Beth Wells from  donated this wonderful book called "Sophia Alexandra's Story  Guatemala Bound, America Bound"

 She also has $15 dollars off her dolls this month in which she will donate $5 per doll sold to Roxana. She has dolls from all over the world not just Guatemala as shown. So stop by and check them out! This will make a great Christmas present for your little one! Make sure you tell her you are shopping to help Roxana!

8. A 4t Halloween Jumper made from bright holiday cotton prints and featuring an elastic back band for a range of fit. Donated by Suzanne of Stelluna Styles. Check out her Etsy shop at  where she sells custom made clothing to help her daughter's birth family receive a monthly food shipment.

9. Lisa Spiegal-Grim donated these 3 Yummy items from Tastefully Simple  . I am a big fan of their Oh My Chai! Here are the products that Lisa has donated. 1. Bear Bread Mix 2. Potato Cheddar Soup Mix 3. Garlic Garlic Spice. Stop by the website to see larger pictures and to see what other yummy products they sell!

10 & 11.  Holly from

has donated 2 $25 gift certificates from her company. These will count as 2 different items.You can stop by her website here and check out all her things.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

On-line Auction And An Update

I was sent this picture of Roxana's mom getting some food that I had purchased for them last week. I can't wait to see the pictures of them receiving all the other things that were bought through all your donations. I sent the first batch of donations in yesterday.


I am working on an on-line auction with the help of Melissa Draper to help buy more things that they are in need of. I am gathering donations for this auction. If you have something that you would like to donate to help raise money for this family please let me know   If it is possible for you to ship your item to the winner of the purchased item that would be great! All I need to get this auction going is a picture/s of the item/s that you are donating.

Once I receive the pictures of the items being auctioned I will start posting them. We have a lot of good stuff so far! I can't wait to share it all with you! The tickets will be 1 for $5 or 5 for $20. I hope to start putting the items on my blog in the next couple of days.

You will be able to pay for these tickets through pay pal.

All this month I am donating 10% of all Sales to Roxana's Family. I have posted some new hats that are ready for shipping. You can stop by here to check them out 

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Praising God.......

THANK YOU ALL SOOOO MUCH FOR YOUR PRAYERS AND DONATIONS! I could not have done this without you! The money that was need for a few things to help Roxana and her family has been raised! I am sending all the money tomorrow to Mayan Families through Pay pal. So here is what were were able to buy this family!

~ $170 for a bed that will sleep 3 people. We were able to get them off the dirt floor!
~ Food for a month. This means Beans and Corn. Its NOT like the US! A $150 will not feed a family of 6 here in the US for a month.
~ $100 for Traditional Mayan Clothing for Roxana that she was in much need of!
~ $50 for a water filter.


They are still in need of some blankets, and I would like to raise money for more food, a couple of months to pay their electricity bill that cost $8 a month, and $25 for a Family Health Care Pack..... It has things like soap, toothbrushes,  toothpaste, dish and clothes detergent in it. I will be doing an on-line auction to raise the money for this so if you have anything you would like to donate please let me know!

I will be posting more on this soon........

Friday, September 17, 2010

GOD Is Moving..........

God has been really moving in helping me raise the money to buy the things Roxana and her family are in need of. Here is what we have raised so far. I say we because I can tell you are praying with me!!!

So far we have enough money to buy the family food for a month, water filter, and the traditional clothing that Roxana needs.

We still need to raise $83.50 for a bed that will sleep 3 and costs $170. We are almost there!!! Whoo hoo!!! But, please keep praying that we can raise these funds quickly!!!! If you would like to donate and help Roxana's family please e-mail me at Any amount is very much appreciated!

This is one of the pictures Roxana has sent me. It is a picture of where she lives w/ a letter that she wrote in Spanish.


Thursday, September 16, 2010

4 Years Ago Today....................

After 11 1/2 months of struggling with her adoption and my 6th trip to Guatemala Sara Ava came home to her forever family! I can't believe she has been home 4 years already! Wow.......Time Flies!!! Happy Gotcha Day Sara Ava!!!! We love you so much! You are a very special and beautiful little girl! God could have not blessed us anymore! It is a privilege that God chose us to be you parents!

Here are some more pictures that I took from Folly Beach..... You all getting tired of them yet??? lol...

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

UPDATE On Roxana's Family

I just sent the Family $100 for food for (what I thought was for ) a month, but it is $150. So I am $50 short. Here is an email I just received explaining what is needed most. If you want to help let me know. See Below for what I hope to raise to help this family and the prices of each item.


Dear Mary Ann,

Thank you so much for wanting to help them.

Roxana and her family need so much but their greatest need right now is food.

Then it would be clothing for Roxana, she wears traditional clothing and she really doesn't have much to wear and what she does is not in very good shape.

They also need another bed for three more people to sleep in. It would greatly improve their health to get off the floor.

It is very difficult for the father to work catching fish in the lake as the lake has been polluted by cynobacteria and nobody is eating the fish that is caught there.

Thank you so much for wanting to help them, it will make a huge difference to their lives.

If you would like to send the money through paypal you can go to our website.Here is the connection. or you can send a check to

Mayan Families.

P.o. Box 52,

Claremont NC 28610

Once again, thank you, this family will be so appreciative.

Warmest regards,



I looked up on the Mayan Family Website for these prices but here is what I hope to raise enough money for.

~ Another $50 for Food
~ $170 for a bed that 3 people will sleep in.
~ $100 for traditional  Mayan Clothing for Roxana
~ $50 for a water filter since their water comes from the lake.

So that is a total of  $370.00 .

We have given all that we can other then my 20% off of hat sales and the 100% sales that come off of my Halloween Fairy Tutu Set Costume, that I hope to sell. Please say a prayer that I have good business in the next week or so.

If you know of a way to help me raise this money please let me know or if you would like to donate to Roxana and her family e-mail me and I will let you know how.

Prayer Request

This is an e-mail that I woke up to this morning. (Below Pictures)

Please pray for Roxana and her family. Make sure you stop by the Mayan Families website that is posted below to read more about the flooding and to  view all the pictures of the slide shows. I will be donating 100% of the sales to the Fairy Princess Costume I have posted on Cutie Patutuz  and I will also be giving 20% of my hat sales for this month. We will be sending in money now for food. But, I would like to raise enough to get them what they need the  food, blankets, shoes, and clothing. If you would like to help let me know

Roxana's father is missing a foot and is crippled. Roxana sends us pictures she draws and writes us letters telling us about her father all the time. There are 9 children of which 4 of them are still at home.

Dear Karlton and Mary Ann,

I am writing with an update of your sponsored student, Roxana

As you are probably aware, Guatemala has been suffering a series of disasters.

The recent flooding and mudslides have caused a lot of hardship.

Unfortunately, Roxana and her family were badly affected.

They live in a valley below San Jorge and all the mud and rivers ran into the area where they were living.

They had to evacuate for several days.

The family is very poor even at the best of times. The father cannot work and the mother makes beaded jewelry that she sells for $3 US per week.

The family does not have enough to eat normally and now it is even worse.

There are very few tourists now and there are no sales for the mother.

The mother is very worried about not having enough to eat for the children.

I am sorry that this is not a happier update.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me,

Warmest regards,


Sharon Smart-Poage


Panajachel, Guatemala C.A.



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Friday, September 10, 2010

I'm So Excited!

I want you all to meet my New Sponsor Amy Ruston. Amy is a fellow adoptive Mama to another precious Guatemalan Beauty! Like us and a lot of Adoptive Families their family was left with a lot of Adoption debt. This Spring Amy launched her Company Beautiful Brown Eyed Girl Boutique, to help pay that debt. She hand makes boutique quality children clothing. She does make boys clothing too, so make sure you stop by her blog and check out all her adorable clothing! Amy also donates 10% of her earnings to Mayan Families. This group is especially close to my heart. We sponsor a  Mayan Little girl so that she can go to school. We also donate to a lot of needs that they have. So I am stoked about working with Amy! I am looking forward to working with her in the very near future too so stay tuned....................

But for now stop by her blog here

She also has a home on my sidebar.

Here is just a tease of some of the things Amy makes.

Oh yeah! When You order something from her make sure you mention you found her through our blog.. Thanks Guys!

FFF's "My Handsome Boys"




Thursday, September 9, 2010

Halloween Costumes, Hats, Infant Hats, and Headbands.... Oh My!

I have a few new posts over at Cutie Patutuz so make sure you stop by to see what I have that is new! I have new infant items in!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Cross Country

I am finally getting around to blogging about the boys 1st Cross Country Race from last Tuesday. Today they have their 2nd meet, but it is away. I usually do not go to the away games, since they have to ride the bus.

The first picture is of the boys lining up for the horn to blow.

 This was Jordan at the beginning of the race. He was about 4th for our team, where he remained. Jordan ended up placing 13th over all.. He ended up with a time of 22:50, for a 3.1 mile race. (their races are always a 5K ... 3.1 miles)Way to go Jordan!!! He has improved his time by a lot from last yr.

Here comes Josiah across the finish line. This was his first race with the team. Josiah is a 12 yr old (7th grade) running with 9th-12th graders.
 He placed 7th for our team and 23rd over all. His time was 28:06. Great job Josiah! His coach said he is already improving a lot so I can't wait to see how improves through the year!

Wish them Luck for tonight's race they are going to need it! We were all sick over the weekend and I am afraid it is going to take a toll on them.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Infant to 10/11 yr old Fall Flower Head Bands

To read more stop by here  You can e-mail me at if you see anything you want. These Head Bands are very comfy and will not squeeze your little one's head.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

I Did It!!!!

I just finished running my goal of 70 miles in the last 4 weeks. I barely didn't make it last month, but was bound and determined I would this month! It was pretty tough in this heat the last week. We have been in the high 90's. I had a couple of asthma attacks and ended up sick with a stomach ache yesterday, while running. But I made it! Now I am upping my mileage for the next 4 weeks.

I have been running 17.5 miles a week. I give myself an A+  for finally making my goal!

Now I will be getting ready for another 5k next month. The Boys Cross Country Team is having a fundraiser and is inviting the community to run with them in one of their races. Can't wait!!! Even though my boys will blow me out of the water!

Friday, September 3, 2010


Something to make you smile!

This picture was e-mailed to me the other day and my kids and I loved it! Wanted to share it with you. How can you look at this picture and not smile! Thanks Aunt Glenda for that e-mail.