Monday, December 14, 2009

***Canceled*** Nikon D3000 Camera Raffle

Yikes, apparently we have unknowingly violated a paypal policy for accepting donations for a raffle! We had no idea that a fundraiser like this would be considered a form of gambling and therefore be considered illegal. I saw the raffle idea on another adoptive family's blog and thought it was wonderful, but I guess it's not so wonderful in Arizona! We apologize for not researching this before starting it and we're so embarrassed.

Therefore, it is with sadness that we are forced to cancel this raffle as we definitely do not want to do anything illegal. If you would still like to contribute to our adoption fund, please contact us directly at theholthouseraffle (at) gmail (dot) com. If you already made a donation and would like a refund, please contact us and we would be happy to refund your donation. Thank you again for all your support and please forgive our ignorance. (Apparently ignorance is NOT bliss this time :) We remain confident that when the Lord closes one door He opens another, so now we wait for a different door!

On Tuesday night, we received a phone call from our adoption agency letting us know that the birth-mom we met with the week before Thanksgiving wants to place her child with us! We can hardly believe it and we're still in shock but words cannot express our excitement! We're going to be parents once again and this time it will be a BOY! It seems unreal and I just sit while my daughter is playing trying to imagine what life will be like with a newborn in our home... amazing!

The birth-mom is due on January 17th but because of her young age will likely deliver early. That leaves us less than 6 weeks to get ready for another baby! (Now I understand why the Lord created pregnancy to last 9 months to give us enough time to prepare!)

This happened much faster than we anticipated and therefore we are trying to raise the necessary funds very quickly. I saw this adoption fundraiser idea on another blog and loved it, so now it's my turn to offer you a chance to win a brand new Nikon D3000 DSLR camera or a Kroger $50 gift card!!!

What can I win?
*First Prize:
a brand new Nikon D3000 10.2MP Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX VR Nikkor Zoom Lens camera that retails on Amazon for $549.95! (This is the newest entry level DSLR camera from Nikon that is user friendly and still has all the bells and whistles. I have a Nikon D70 that my hubby found on Craigslist for my birthday and I am in love with it! I'm dreaming of this lense someday!)

*Second Prize:
$50 Fry's gift card good at any of the Kroger chain stores (including Kroger, Dillon's, Food 4 Less, Fry's, King Soopers, Tom Thumb, Ralph's, etc.)

How do I win?
1. Purchase your raffle tickets for $5 each.

2. The raffle will close on December 31, 2009 at 11:59 PM and the winner will be announced on the blog on January 1, 2010. What a wonderful way to start out New Year's!

Questions or Direct Donations?

Please contact us at theholthouseraffle (at) gmail (dot) com with any questions or donations.

Want to win additional entries???
*Purchase 5 tickets and you will be given one additional ticket for free.
*Buzz about this raffle on your blog or Tweet about it and send me a link for 2 additional tickets. Please send the link(s) to theholthouseraffle (at) gmail (dot) com.
*If you don't have a blog, send an email to at least 5 other people and cc: theholthouseraffle (at) gmail (dot) com for 1 additional ticket.

Thank you so much for partnering with us during this time in our life. We feel so supported and loved and could not imagine doing this without so much support and encouragement!


The Parke Family said...

That is wonderful news Becca! I will continue to keep your family in our thoughts and prayers for sure!

Stephanie Nixon said...

Becca...just looked at your blog and saw the amazing news!! We're thrilled for your guys - can't wait to see you next Friday and hear more about it.

Cindy said...

On a side note...loving the blog design and the "Blessed Beyong Bargains" makes me smile. Sending more blessings your the Johnson family.

Megan said...

Becca - this is amazing news! We'll continue to pray for you and your family during this wonderful time.

The Lenning Family said...

Congratulations on this wonderful news. We enjoyed reading and purchasing raffle tickets, what a great idea. You are all in our constant prayers.

Amy said...

Wow Becca! That is amazing!! I'm so incredibly excited for you!

Anonymous said...

God will provide in another even better way!!!!