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Sunday, June 26, 2011

"Running back to Russia" Adoption Silent Auction

When someone is expecting a baby, there are some things that we can do to help. Usually it involves throwing a baby shower and giving diapers and clothing, etc. While these items are much appreciated, they are different from the support that you are giving us at this time. With your financial support, you are actually helping us be able to bring Calvin and Silas INTO our home. YOU are making this possible. We have only spent a few days with each of them, but they already feel like part of our family. We pray for them everyday. We look at their pictures and memorize their features. We look around the house and try to imagine them here with us. I want you all to know that we are overcome with all of the support that you have given us in this adoption of Calvin and Silas. Your encouragement, love, knowledge and friendship are deeply appreciated. You are all AMAZING! Thank you! And with that, I’d like to welcome you to our “Running back to Russia” Adoption Silent Auction!

To be honest, I hate asking for money and I struggle accepting it. But I have been overwhelmed by the generosity and support of family, friends and even strangers as we work to bring Calvin and Silas home from Russia. I am excited to offer such amazing items in return for your support!

Here is how it will work:

Each auction item will be listed in a separate post (so be sure to keep scrolling so you don't miss anything!). At the bottom of each post, the current auction price will be listed. If you wish to bid on an item, simply post a comment with the amount you wish to bid.

I will try to update the auction price as often as possible, but please be sure to check the comment section to ensure that you are bidding high enough to become the highest bidder.

The auction will run from 8am, EST, on Sunday, June 26th until 10pm, EST, on Sunday, July 10th. At the close of the auction I will post a list of the winning bidders and ask that you contact me so that I can get your contact information in order to ship your item(s) or pass your information along to those who have donated items to the auction.

You will have two payment options. The first is to pay via Pierce Family Adoption Chip-In which uses paypal. It is located on the left-hand side of this blog. The second option is to send your payment by personal/bank check or money order.

I would like to extend a BIG thank you to all of those who have donated their time and talents to making this auction possible: and, of course, my incredible family, for their support as I pulled all of this together! We appreciate each and every one of you SO much!

In addition to the auction, we will also be doing a GIVEAWAY and it is completely free (and easy) to enter!!! To enter the giveaway: simply post our auction information to your Facebook page, Twitter or Blog to help us get the word out! Leave a comment on THIS POST to let us know that you have shared the news and your name will be entered into the giveaway.

And just what are we giving away?? The winner of our giveaway will have the privilege (at least, I'd like to think it's a privilege) of choosing one type of cookie listed on my Warrior Kitchen blog. I will bake one dozen cookies of your choice, package them, and ship them to you. Or if you are local, I will deliver them to you. Click here to see your yummy options.

And without further ado, let the Pierce Family Adoption Silent Auction Begin!

Customized Letters

Customized wall letters that spell a name, donated by Shelbee. This could be a child's name for a child's room, nursery, etc. Or I could make a families last name for the living room, etc. The winner would tell me what letters and color scheme/theme they would like.


Haircut in OH

Kera has donated a haircut. She lives in Dayton, OH. Please bid only if you live near or will be visiting the Dayton area.


Thirty One Items Voucher

Donated by Christy: www.christybusbey.com
Thirty One Gifts: Celebrating Encouraging and Rewarding Women, one purse, tote bag, home accessory and piece of stationery at a time.

A $25 voucher for Thirty One items! Click here to see items.

Some examples of items on the website are:



Choffy is made from 100% organic cacao (cocoa) beans roasted and ground to create a rich drink that provides long-lasting energy and whole-body wellness. Not only does Choffy taste good, it’s really good for you. It contains no sugar, dairy, or chemicals.

Choffy is richer and more robust than hot chocolate, and brews just like coffee. It has a strong, intense taste on its own; some people prefer to drink it that way. Others love the deep chocolate flavor that’s revealed when you add a little creamer. Be creative!

Unlike coffee, Choffy supplies you with long-lasting energy throughout the day without the crash, jitters, or other negative effects of caffeine. Which means you can drink as much as you want, whenever you want. So if you wake up craving a cup of Choffy, it’s only because it tastes so good!

Choffy has much to offer beyond flavor alone. It is truly good for you! It comes in a 12 oz bag. And I'm including one of their divine vegan, glutten and dairy free truffles. A chocolate fix for only 20 calories. Donated by Melisa.


Hawaiian Gift Box

Hawaiian Gift Box donated by Stacey (who lives in Hawaii!)

This box includes 15 items:
  • Surf's Up mug
  • Island Heritage mug
  • Pineapple coconut pancake mix
  • Coconut syrup
  • 6 piece hot pad/towel set
  • Tropical jam set
  • Chocolate Covered Macadamia Nuts
  • Chocolate Covered Toffees with Macadamias
  • Hershey Kisses with Macadamia Nuts
  • Island Princess Mimi Meles Toffee
  • Chocolate Macadamia Nuts
  • 4 sample Mauna Loa Nut
  • a Hula Girl magnetic shopping list.


Homemade Lemon Curd and Scones

Homemade Lemon Curd and Scones by Paulette.

Traditional English scones are a sweet biscuit and usually use currants. I used orange flavored cranberries and orange zest in these delicious scones. A combination of real butter, milk, sugar and flour give these scones a wonderful crumb. Add to that a traditional lemon curd made with eggs, sugar, butter, lemon juice and lemon zest and you're almost ready for tea. Scones make a great breakfast or dessert.

The winner of this auction will get 8 scones and a pint of lemon curd.

Cranberry Scones
Lemon Curd


Long Turquoise and Wood Necklace

The necklace is 30 inches with a 2 inch extender chain. It is made of blue-green turquoise nuggets and dark chocolate colored wood beads, finished with a silver lobster clasp :) Donated by Trinkets N Treasures.


Sea Glass Necklace

Sea Glass Necklace donated by Shannon.

This exquisite example of hand-crafted jewelry features a striking beach glass setting. The elegant curves of beach glass, also known as sea glass or memaid's tears, are shaped naturally through the course of several decades. Most of my sea glass is handpicked from the shores of Lake Erie, where the ebb and flow of the waves smooth the rough edges of glass shards into beautiful gem-like pieces. If you like to learn more about beach glass, please visit my website:



Ribbon Gift Collection

Ribbon Gift Collection donated by Sarah.

It's the gift that's more than a gift card! A Ribbon Gift Collection not only promises your recipient will receive a gift they love, but gives them an experience they'll remember – choosing for themselves!
The Ribbon Variety Gift Collection offers dozens of current, popular gift items, with something for everyone. Enjoy the convenience of a gift card, with a personal touch. Variety gifts include everything from electronics and gourmet goodies, to travel gear, and more. You’ll see the name brands you know and trust, like Cross®, Conair®, Unlisted® by Kenneth Cole®, Proctor Silex®, Royal®, and Eureka®.

It can be hard to find just the right gift for a special occasion – or a special person. Ribbon makes giving that perfect gift simple and enjoyable because there’s no shopping or guesswork involved. You just choose one of the Gift Collections and, your recipient gets to pick their own special gift from a selection of up to 40 items.  Ribbon is a simple and convenient solution to giving that perfect, unique gift they won’t expect. They’ll get their Gift of Choice delivered right to their door – with no shipping fees!

Ribbon Gift Card Ensemble comes with a Gift Card and a beautiful print Album that fit in a shimmer envelope for an elegant presentation. The Album showcases a selection of the gifts available to your recipient, while inviting them to view the most current selections and redeem their Gift Card for the gift of their choice.

You may view the products for this gift card here.


European Bangle Bracelet #1

European bangle bracelet #1 donated by Adrienne. More of her jewelry is found here and here.
This is sterling silver plated, with 4 charms each. Other European beads can be added, or changed out easily to customize each of these. It is 8" long including the Pandora style clasp.



Monster donated by Diana.

He's hand made, approximately 14" tall x 9" wide. Made of polar fleece and stuffed with fiber fill. Eyes are safety style eyes. Washable, whackable in times of stress, and has big arms for giving big hugs when needed.


Main Dish - Local only to FL

Donated by me (Jill) :)

I will make your choice of any main dish (any main dish, soup, vegetable, bread, etc) recipe listed on my WARRIOR BLOG. This is only for people who live local here in FL. Look through the blog for something that interests you! I do not want to boast, but I am a good cook! :)

Some examples include:


Teddy Bears

Teddy Bears donated by Diana

This is a collectible set of original Furskins Teddy Bears circa 1986. Both are in excellent (near mint) condition. . They are each approximately 8" tall x 6" wide and stand on their own. All clothing and accessories included.


Little Red

Little Red donated by Paulette.

Red is a girl who can take care of herself. When faced with a crisis she makes the best of it. And she's frugal too. Here she is taking the head of the wolf to mom to make some stew.
Little Red is a cloth doll with cloth over clay construction for her head. Her face and body are hand painted, and made of an original pattern by Paulette Burton, also known on the internet as Craftewoman. Made in the Gothic style, she wears her signature red cape trimmed in braid over a black and white dress. Gothic Little Red Riding Hood is a one of a kind doll who will never be duplicated.


Pink Necklace

Donated by Miryam.

Miryam makes many types of jewelry. Here is a set she donated for this auction. She can be contacted at for future orders. Just let me know at jilldpierce at yahoo dot com.


Baby Sign Language Starter Kit


Your little one has a lot to say, and with sign language, you don't have to wait for her first word to know what's on her mind. The Baby Sign language Starter Kit makes it fun and easy for you and your baby to learn simple signs you can use to communicate before she learns to talk. The products in the kit can be used by the parent alone or the by parent and child together. Includes, DVD, CD and flashcard set.

Also, anyone who bids can email smile@signingtimeacademy.com for a 10% discount code for Signing Times as another way to thank you for supporting our adoption.


Haircut in FL

Aubrey has donated a haircut. She lives in Melbourne, FL. Please bid only if you live near or will be visiting the Melbourne area.


Baby Girl Hair Clips

Baby Girl Hair Clips donated by Adrienne. More of her jewelry is found here and here.

There is 1 set (2 clips) of the baby girl hair bows:


Precious Moments

Precious Moments donated by Diana.

Collectible mint condition authentic "Precious Moments" figurine - "Make a Joyful Noise" circa 1989. All original packaging and tags included - Hand painted bisque porcelain. Ornament sized (approx 3.5" tall x 3" wide).


Robot, Monster, or Cupcake Shirt

Robot, Monster, or Cupcake Shirt donated by Valerie.
A custom t-shirt (robot, monster or cupcake) I can do any color/size.


Mookite Necklace

Necklace donated by Adrienne. More of her jewelry is found here and here.

This is a Mookite Necklace (the Mookite stone is from Australia). It is 19" long with a Tibet silver clasp and a hand carved antler charm. The antler charm was carved by Marti Hicks a local Utah artist specifically for this necklace. The engraving depicts a 9 year old boy going though right of passage in an Anasazi native american tribe. This right of passage is when his spiritual descendants are declared and his lineage is made known until him, after he fights in a mental and physical battle to prove himself. I thought it was particularly beautiful because I know that when your boys arrive in America they will be sealed to your family, after a long fight to find love and acceptance in an orphanage.


Dessert - Local only to FL

Donated by me (Jill) :)

I will make your choice of any dessert (pie, cookies, cakes, brownies, etc) listed on my WARRIOR BLOG. This is only for people who live local here in FL. Look through the blog for something that interests you! I do not want to boast, but I am a good cook! :)

Some examples include:


European Bangle Bracelet #2

European bangle bracelet #2 donated by Adrienne. More of her jewelry is found here and here.

This is sterling silver plated, with 4 charms each. Other European beads can be added, or changed out easily to customize each of these. It is 8" long including the Pandora style clasp.


Felt Cookie Sampler

Felt cookie sampler donated by Valerie.

9 felt cookies: 3 chocolate chip, 3 iced sugar cookies with sprinkles and 3 M&M.