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Monday, January 24, 2011

Two Drawings

Are y'all ready for a chance to get a great deal AND help a wonderful family adopt two orphans? 

I couldn't be more excited about this year's adoption fundraiser drawing! Watching a loving family open their home to an orphan is one of the few things that brings tears to my eyes.

Meet Steve and Nicole. 

Ladies, you know that girlfriend you have that blurs the lines between being a friend and a sister? That's who Nicole is to me. She's been there for me when I needed her most, engaged in more deep and encouraging conversations than I could count (while consuming an Olympic-sized pool worth of Starbucks), watched me give birth, and been such a part of my life.  To know Nicole is to love her. When my sister-in-law hung out with her for the first time, she later told me that Nicole was "one of the most genuine people I've ever met."

 Nicole and her husband Steve, who happens to be my hubby's good buddy, have two wonderful kids. I'll never forget listening to my phone message one Saturday in June.

"Alyssa, we need to talk.  There's something I need to tell you."

She and Steve felt that God was calling them to adopt, not one, but two kids. So this year, a little boy and a little girl from Ethopia will hopefully joining their family. Right now, their life is filled with all the work of an adoption process which of course involves high costs. 

So to help raise money for their adoption, we are doing two drawings. 

The winner of each drawing will be able to get a photo shoot and the CD of the processed images for $350. A regular sitting fee is usually priced between $100-$200 and the price of the cd is $500. So winning the drawing gives you a major discount! The photo shoot can be used for family, kids, couples, high school seniors or a newborn portraits.

Best of all, EVERY PENNY will go toward the adoption fund for this family.

There are two drawings this year because the wonderfully talented Janelle Bradshaw (who also happens to be Nicole's sister) has agreed to help out. One drawing will be for a session with her and one for a session with me. 

Janelle's work is gorgeous! She has done our family photos for a couple of years now and took the photo above.  You can view her photography HERE and HERE

Please note that Janelle is in Gaithersburg, Maryland and I am in Fairfax, Virginia. We're both willing to drive but obviously within reason. So keep this in mind when choosing which drawing to participate in.

Now for the details and rules!
 Please read them carefully before submitting your name:

*By entering your name in the drawing, you are agreeing to pay if you are chosen
*If you want your name put in the drawing, email me at: by midnight on Monday, January 31st.
*Please specify in the email whether you would like your name put in Alyssa or Janelle's drawing (or you can double your chances by placing your name in both!).
*The winner will be chosen randomly and announced on this blog.
*The $350 is due within two weeks of the announcement of the winner.  If the winner does not pay in this period of time, a second name will be drawn; and the first will no longer be eligible.
*After you have paid, you will be mailed a gift certificate for a session and CD for you to use at your convenience. There is no expiration date.
*New and returning clients alike are both welcome to submit their names.
*The gift certificate may not be used for appointments that are already scheduled.

So start submitting those names, and let a friend know about it, too. Let's help Steve and Nicole bring their kids home!


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Mom of four, genuinely happy wife, photographer (though who's not these days), decorating wanna-be, coffee addict, laundry mountain climber, recipient of grace through faith.