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5/21/15

In Honor of Our Matthew: A Chance to Help the Hidden Treasures Without Families

This isn't the norm for Hidden Treasures.....BUT.....  It isn't the norm to have children leave for Jesus's arms SO .....

Balloon release after his funeral.

His headstone can't be placed until July,
but his grave is decorated for Memorial Day.

 


The fact is that it happens though, because of THAT PLACE....yet there are children trapped there, who unlike Matthew have NEVER KNOWN LOVE....  So while we wait for Mikah's family's auction, I want to use the opportunity to advocate for those who have no family coming....  I asked that in memory of Matthew people donate to the children who are still there, those who need hope still.  We have had some money donated and that isn't assigned to a specific child.  We've tried to determine how to use that money.....  The best we can figure is that it needs to help them all. 

We want people to see THEM...and the money to help them.....  So we are going to try to get all of the children left waiting there to a $250 grant to help with their adoption.....  Plus you know that once chosen you have a COMMUNITY BEHIND THEM!  These children NEED OUT! 


This is Zayne.  He is only a year old.....  You can read more about his needs and help him reach his $250 goal by clicking and donating HERE
 
This is Joseph and he is only 2 years old.  You can read more about his needs and help him reach his $250 goal by clicking and donating HERE
 
This is Sabrina and she is only 2 years old.  You can read more about her needs and help her reach her $250 goal by clicking and donating HERE
 
 
 
 

When  THE THOSE THREE CHILDREN have met their goals of $250 in their grants, THEN THE NEXT THREE CHILDREN in the same orphanage that hides these treasures.....will also be BUMPED up to $250 with the $300 that we have designated.   Those three children are:
 
 
Saleena is only 2 years old and you can read more about her and her needs
 
Paul is 3 years old and you can read more about his needs
 
Tiya is 8 years old and you can read more about her needs
 
I know many people have asked what they can do for our family.  When you lose a child/sibling/huge piece of your heart....well nothing changes it....  We know he is happy and healthy now though.  No one will ever hurt him again.  That horrible place will never even cross his mind again and he will never live with the beating that occurred in his birth home and the horrid neglect that then occurred as he lay for years without movement or treatment in that bed of that orphanage.  He was surrounded by love here for the time we had him and that is something that we want for these six kids in a family of their own.....  Please someone go for them.  Give them the life that Johnathan, Charity, and Keith are now enjoying and thriving in here.... 

In honor of Matthew help us get the grants of these kids to $250 and share their faces until the whole world sees....ESPECIALLY THEIR MAMAS!  (If anyone is interested in adopting ANY of these CHILDREN please email Shelley at shele337@gmail.com for more info)

****Things are super super busy here, so I'm going to set a goal of adding that $100 to those three accounts on June 1st!  Can we get the other three accounts to their goal by then????  Could we even exceed the goals by that date when I go to add the money????  I will do an update to this post then with the result!!!****



5/6/15

Meet Our Next Hidden Treasure and His Family.....Amazing Mikah's Family

This is Mikah, a 13-year-old sweetheart with bright eyes and a gorgeous smile! He is diagnosed with hydrocephalus and cerebral palsy, and has suffered neglect and malnutrition for most of his life. He was recently transferred to the same group home as Brandon (from the last auction), and his family is working hard to raise the funds for his adoption.  I actually met Mikah during my first trip to meet Matthew, Johnathan, and Charity.  He reached up to touch the face of the friend who was with me as we were going in from outside one day.  He was SO gentle.  The thought of him in that group home with the people who abused him for years takes me to a point of utter despair.  This is a child so full of innocence and joy...who had just gotten to the point of feeling safer and starting to grow and thrive....... 



  Mikah is being adopted by Jordan and Bethany Whiteley of Grand Rapids, MI. They have 2 biological children, Jimmy (5) and Katherine (3), and are thrilled to be adding Mikah to their family! Jordan and Bethany didn't have any plans for adoption of any kind until earlier this year, when they learned about Mikah and the awful situation he was in. They could not turn away from his sweet face and beautiful smile, and God guided their hearts to commit to adopting him!



Jordan and Bethany have experience caring for a child with medical and special needs, (their daughter Katherine spent a lot of time in and out of the hospital as a baby) so they feel well prepared to care for Mikah, and look forward to helping him reach his full potential. They cannot wait to finally get him home and make him a loved member of their family!

The auction for Mikah and his wonderful family will be next up in JULY!  (Yes, you read that right....July.... I've decided to wait till July for a couple of reasons. 1.  We are still trying to find our normal after Matthew left us for Jesus's arms and I don't know that I am going to have the time or brain power in just a couple weeks to put another one together.  2.  Doing one in June would mean that one is going to fall in December...while doing one in July makes it fall in November.....  November means items have time to ship for Christmas and December means that they are likely NOT going to make it.  I can tell you from the time it took to get payment from all the donors this time that I am going to lose my mind trying to pray that items arrive and it still won't happen for a December auction.  I value the sanity I have for my kids and try hard to make sure I'm doing my best for the auction too....November works MUCH better...) 

We will have a July Auction for Mikah's family and then plan to also have auctions in September with plenty of time to ship items for fall, Halloween, or even Thanksgiving.  Then we will have another auction this year in November that will have plenty of time to ship wonderful Christmas items!  Then we will be back ready in January with time to ship for Valentine's items with plenty of time.....  That schedule just seems to give a much better allowance for shipping times for upcoming holiday items to be included among other things in our auctions! 

Thanks so much everyone and watch for upcoming updates on the auction for MIKAH'S FAMILY! 

4/28/15

Final Tally and Explanation of our Lateness

So sorry to be late with giving a final tally on this auction......  I will also have the info on June's family up for you very soon.  It seems that restarting the auction was a lot more complicated.  Many people assumed that I had the information from previous auctions and so it took everyone a little getting used to, in that I had to request all those addresses again that many were used to the Amy already having.  That took some extra time.

Our sweet Matthew also left our arms for Jesus's arms on the 18th of April.  His time in Pleven left him with too much neglect and the beating in his birth home had been too severe when he was 4 years old....7 years later that old blood was just not able to be cleaned out of his head so all we were able to do was love him and keep him comfortable as he left for a place of eternal comfort.  He will never again be in pain now, but we are definitely missing him here.

We wanted to keep things going as best we could, because his time there only reminds us of how much the children need out of that place......

For that reason we are thrilled to announce that between the PayPal donations and an offline donation made by the auction participants the total for the Hidden Treasures Auction this time was $2726 and Brandon's family is ready financially to go just waiting on a date for trip #1!!




4/9/15

Preliminary Total and Request

So we have a "Preliminary Total" of $1,902 for this auction which is HUGE and we are so very thankful for everyone's help!!!!  This is going to put Brandon's family within just hundred dollars of being fully funded for their adoption.  :)  Every adoptive family knows how big that is and what a relief it is.  They will be able to raise the rest of the funds without worrying about it so much because of the generosity.  We'll have a "final total" later, since donors often add a few extra dollars when they round up as they donate.  Its just always amazing to me what God's people can do when they come together to change lives!!  I can't wait to post an update of him when he lands and he and Reed are HOME.  I will be at that airport homecoming personally and will be sure to update everyone since they live locally and they have to let me.  ;)  For now all I have is a picture of his big smile that I know he'd give if he knew all the love that has poured out for him this past seven days!




****I do have one request as I'm continuing to notify bidders, IF you did not email the auction with the name you were bidding under PLEASE go ahead and do so still.  It is much harder to try to track down the bidders without that email.  It slows down the process and makes it where I'm bouncing between Facebook and email lists and begging others if they know.  Some of these names I "know", but I "know" multiple people by that name and I'm trying to guess which one it may be.  If you know me, then you know I have a house full of kids, so you don't want me to be crazier, right?  ;) 

Thanks everyone!  <3 

4/8/15

THANK YOU SO MUCH!

Thank you so much for making this auction such a great start back for Hidden Treasures and a big success for Brandon and his family.  I will be contacting winners and giving payment information.  Then I will post again when all the payments come in with a final total as well!

4/5/15

Set of Two Hairbows Made by Sweet 9 Year Old

Set of Two Hairbows Made by Sweet 9 Year Old




This set of two hairbows are made of sparkly ribbon, and measure 3 inches across. They were made by 9 year old Bethi to help bring home Brandon. 



Thanks so very much Bethi and Bri!

Please be sure to email redeeminghiddentreasures@gmail.com when you decide to place your first bid. Please include your full name, and the name that you will be bidding under. Thank you!

4/4/15

Purple and Blue "Jeweled" Hair Ribbons Made by Two Sweet Sisters

Purple and Blue "Jeweled" Hair Ribbons Made by Two Sweet Sisters

 
 
These purple and blue "jeweled" hair ribbons have a fun swirly design on them! Two sisters, Abbi (6) and Emmi (4) worked together to make this set as a way to help Brandon :). They measure about 4 inches across.
 
 
 
 
Thanks so much Abbi, Emmi, and Bri!
 
 
 
 
Please be sure to email redeeminghiddentreasures@gmail.com when you decide to place your first bid. Please include your full name, and the name that you will be bidding under. Thank you!

4/2/15

Embroidered Hummingbird Tablecloth

Embroidered HummingbirdTablecloth



This small table covering measures 24 inches across and is perfect for Spring! It has four embroidered hummingbird scenes on it.



  Thanks so much Jennifer!


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Easy Links - Breaking Free Brandon Auction

4/1/15

Blonde Collector Doll from 1997 Still in Trunk (Beautiful)

Blonde Collector Doll from 1997 Still in Trunk (Beautiful)

Starting Bid $20
 




This doll is still in its trunk with an extra outfit and shoes that have never been touched.  Bubble wrap and plastic are still in place (The handle on the trunk is broken though)....  This is a beautiful doll in new condition.  Beautiful for a collector or to make a child very happy.  :)


Thanks so much Alyx!



 Please be sure to email redeeminghiddentreasures@gmail.com when you decide to place your first bid. Please include your full name, and the name that you will be bidding under. Thank you!

Porcelain Doll with White Dress and Hat

Porcelain Doll with White Dress and Hat
Starting Bid $20

 
This beautiful porcelain doll is wearing a beautiful white dress and hat.  Beautiful collector's edition doll!

Thanks so very much Alyx.

Please be sure to email redeeminghiddentreasures@gmail.com when you decide to place your first bid. Please include your full name, and the name that you will be bidding under. Thank you!

Set #1 of 8 Notecard Made by Already Home Hidden Treasure


Set #1 of 8 Notecards Made by Already Home Hidden Treasure





These are hand-made by Krassimir - a set of green set - painted in cooler colors than the other set, but otherwise the same. They are blank inside, and have a label on the back as shown in the photo.  What a TREASURE this is!

Thanks so much Krassimir!


Please be sure to email redeeminghiddentreasures@gmail.com when you decide to place your first bid. Please include your full name, and the name that you will be bidding under. Thank you!






Set #2 of 8 Notecards Made by Already Home Hidden Treasure

Set #2 of 8 Notecards Made by Already Home Hidden Treasure









These are hand-made by Krassimir - a set of eight yellow note cards (painted in reds on cardstock) with envelopes. They are blank inside, and have a label on the back as shown in the photo.  What a TREASURE this is!

Thanks so much Krassimir!


Please be sure to email redeeminghiddentreasures@gmail.com when you decide to place your first bid. Please include your full name, and the name that you will be bidding under. Thank you!

Hand-Made "Library Tote"

Hand-Made "Library Tote"



This is a pink/black home-made tote - we call them our "library bags" because they are a great size for filling up with books. It is fully lined, and has an extra reinforced layer at the bottom. The base is 6" by 10.5" and it is 13" tall, plus handles. The front of the bag has a small extra pocket good for tucking in a few smaller items (library card, chapstick, gum...).

Thanks so much Andrea!



Please be sure to email redeeminghiddentreasures@gmail.com when you decide to place your first bid. Please include your full name, and the name that you will be bidding under. Thank you!

$25 Starbucks Card #1

$25 Starbucks Card #1





This is a Starbucks Gift Card for $25.  Perfect for a gift (Thinking Mother's Day anyone?) or to use for your own Starbucks habit or treat while helping Brandon come home! 


Thanks so much Maureen!



Please be sure to email redeeminghiddentreasures@gmail.com when you decide to place your first bid. Please include your full name, and the name that you will be bidding under. Thank you!

$25 Starbucks Card #2

$25 Starbucks Card #2





This is a Starbucks Gift Card for $25.  Perfect for a gift (Thinking Mother's Day anyone?) or to use for your own Starbucks habit or treat while helping Brandon come home! 


Thanks so much Maureen!



Please be sure to email redeeminghiddentreasures@gmail.com when you decide to place your first bid. Please include your full name, and the name that you will be bidding under. Thank you!

$25 Starbucks Card #3

$25 Starbucks Card #3





This is a Starbucks Gift Card for $25.  Perfect for a gift (Thinking Mother's Day anyone?) or to use for your own Starbucks habit or treat while helping Brandon come home! 


Thanks so much Maureen!



Please be sure to email redeeminghiddentreasures@gmail.com when you decide to place your first bid. Please include your full name, and the name that you will be bidding under. Thank you!

Amazon Gift Card for $25

Amazon Gift Card for $25




This is a Gift Card for $25.  This is perfect to give as a gift or just to use for normal purchase and help support getting Brandon home at the same time.


Thanks so much Anonymous!



Please be sure to email redeeminghiddentreasures@gmail.com when you decide to place your first bid. Please include your full name, and the name that you will be bidding under. Thank you!

Summer Days with the Moodys, Book 5

 Summer Days with the Moodys, Book 5



This is a Children's Book.  "The fifth book in the series continues following the life of the Moody family. Join the Moodys on not-just-another summer. Life is always full to the brim and interesting!"  I'm told this book could be of particular interest to our homeschooling families, as it is about a homeschooling family.  It is written by Sarah Maxwell.

Thanks so much Tanya!




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$25 Candle Store Credit #1

$25 Candle Store Credit #1




This is for credit to this amazing candle store in the amount of $25.


Thank you Susanna!





Please be sure to email redeeminghiddentreasures@gmail.com when you decide to place your first bid. Please include your full name, and the name that you will be bidding under. Thank you!

$25 Candle Store Credit #2

$25 Candle Store Credit #2




This is for credit to this amazing candle store in the amount of $25.


Thank you Susanna!





Please be sure to email redeeminghiddentreasures@gmail.com when you decide to place your first bid. Please include your full name, and the name that you will be bidding under. Thank you!

Breaking Free Brandon Auction is Up and Running!!!

Ok, so the "Breaking Free Brandon Auction" is up and running full force.  There could be some late additions, as I will still add any items that come in and I had heard we still had some other things coming....so we will see! 

There will be a linky tool coming, but it is nearly 3am and I am TIRED.  These kids will still go full force for April 1st so I have to get a little sleep.  Keith turns 8 today and Ahnja turns 13, so they will wake up ready to go! 

While we party, we need you to BID!  Make sure to check out the GOLDENDOODLE PUPPY that is here partying with us, because he would make a great addition to any family who wants a wonderful pet or dog to train as a service dog.  We got ours to train for our kids and are keeping one of the puppies for that purpose as well. 

Oh and guess what....Brandon's new Mommy is coming over this evening to hang out with us and bring me some Easter candy we ordered that will make our kids' Easter baskets great and help Brandon come home as well. 

So GO BID!

12 Week Old Goldendoodle Puppy

12 Week Old Goldendoodle Puppy
Starting Bid $200





This GORGEOUS BOY is running about my house being spoiled immensely by my house full of children....  We have the father and mother (both Goldendoodles) here as our pets and both are amazing with our children.  He is doing well on housetraining with both puppy pads and going outdoors.  He has had two rounds of shots already, has been wormed regularly, comes with a collar, toy, blanket with scent, and his health register with his shots listed. 

He will NOT be mailed of course, but also can NOT be shipped by air.  He will need picked up at our home in southern Ohio.  Goldendoodles are very special dogs and can be extremely great for special needs children, families, and for service dogs. 




Please be sure to email redeeminghiddentreasures@gmail.com when you decide to place your first bid. Please include your full name, and the name that you will be bidding under. Thank you!

Necklace #2 from South Africa

Necklace #2 from South Africa







This necklace was bought in South Africa and is made from paper beads that have been coated for durability. 

Thanks Abbie!




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Necklace #1 from South Africa






This necklace was bought in South Africa and is made from paper beads that have been coated for durability. 

Thanks Abbie!




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Ukrainian Style Pysanky Easter Eggs #2

Ukrainian Style Pysanky Easter Eggs #2 






This is for one dozen white eggs in multi-color designs.

Pysanky are created using melted wax that is drawn on to the surface of the egg with a stylus. The egg is dipped in multiple dye baths with layers of wax being added between each color. When the wax is melted off the egg, the finished design appears.
 
The shells have been emptied through a small hole on the bottom. I think the traditional method is to leave them raw, and eventually they dry out, but this would be problematic for shipping! I will be able to do a dozen white eggs, so you may want to auction them as two separate sets, brown ones and white ones.
 
 
Thanks so much Britta!
 
 
 
Please be sure to email! redeeminghiddentreasures@gmail.com when you decide to place your first bid. Please include your full name, and the name that you will be bidding under. Thank you!

Ukrainian Style Pysanky Easter Eggs

Ukrainian Style Pysanky Easter Eggs





This is for one dozen brown eggs with red & blue designs.

Pysanky are created using melted wax that is drawn on to the surface of the egg with a stylus. The egg is dipped in multiple dye baths with layers of wax being added between each color. When the wax is melted off the egg, the finished design appears.
 
The shells have been emptied through a small hole on the bottom. I think the traditional method is to leave them raw, and eventually they dry out, but this would be problematic for shipping! I will be able to do a dozen white eggs, so you may want to auction them as two separate sets, brown ones and white ones.
 
 
Thanks so much Britta!
 
 
 
Please be sure to email! redeeminghiddentreasures@gmail.com when you decide to place your first bid. Please include your full name, and the name that you will be bidding under. Thank you!

Flavored Chew Stixx

Flavored Chew Stixx



These are multi-flavored chew stixx that are perfect for kids with special needs and sensory issues. 



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Size 3T Candyland Smocked Dress

Size 3T Candyland Smocked Dress




This dress is in very good used condition and is a size 3T.  It has ladybugs on the smocking. 


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Young Living Stress Away Roll On

Young Living Stress Away Roll On





Young Living Stress Away Roll On. The winner will receive a new and sealed 10 ml. bottle.

Thanks so much Sharon!


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