A great friend of ours and adoptive mother, Allison Beago Skinner, has recently started a Lia Sophia business. She is going to donate her earnings from this party to Baby Duraes’ adoption. Now is a great time to start your christmas shopping.

I’m so excited to help Amanda and Dave bring home Baby Duraes.The October special helps everyone get more for less! Buy two full priced items and buy up to 4 more items at 50% off. The 50% is taken off of the most expensive items!!! For additional bookings, I will donate 25% of my earnings to the Baby Duraes fund!
Remember that lia sophia offers a lifetime replacement guarantee.

We’ve been matched, it’s time to celebrate!!!!!!!!!

Wow, the last few days have been INCREDIBLE……  Dave and I recently found out that we have been matched with a baby boy who is due around thanksgiving.  If everything goes as planned we will be parents in 7 weeks!!!!!!! Let’s just say this went a lot faster then we thought it would.

In addition to being matched Dave and I have realized how truly blessed we are.  You always hear about the negative things people do well I’m here to say that there are some really awesome people out there.  Chris Egan took the lead and along with many people we know and amazingly several people we do not know he was able to raise 65% of the amount needed to complete our adoption.  Thank you to everyone that came to the dinner last night!  We can never truly thank you for all of the support you have given us.

Wow,7 weeks, we have so much to do to prepare and we still need your help.  We are still in need of $7,000 to bring baby Duraes home.  Please send this to everyone you know, every penny helps. We truly could not do this without all of you.
One great way to contribute is to go to our online auction @ www.32auctions.com/BabyDuraes

Check out our Online Auction

Check out our awesome auction. The proceeds are going towards the adoption of Baby Duraes. Items include:
– Autographed Ty Lawson Denver Nuggets Jersey
– Autographed Nene Denver Nuggets Sneaker
– 7 day vacation of your choice
– 2 photographer packages


Check it out for more details!!!! Please share this with all of your friends.


Thank you to all of our donors!!!!
Denver Crown Limousine, Kronke Sports & Entertainment, Klocke Photography, Pierce Photography, Choice Hotels, Royal Gorge Route Railroad, Krista Bruckner

We’ve been approved!!!!

It is official! We received our official Home Study approval in the mail yesterday.  Even though we could not think of any reason we wouldn’t be approved there is always that voice in the back of your mind saying, what if……

Dave and I have a gift card to Del Frisco’ that we have been waiting to use to celebrate our approval.  Just need to make the reservation.

Supporting an Adoption

Via – A Step Ahead Adoption Services

Friends and family – here are some tips to help you help us during our pre-adoption phase:
~ DO accept our decision to adopt without question.
~ DO accept our choice of child regardless of his/her race, heritage, age, social background, etc.
~ DO remain positive and enthusiastic during waiting periods.
~ DO offer to give practical help if you don’t mind giving us your time.
~ DO respect our choice not to disclose details about our personal life and our decisions.
~ DON’T tell us that if we adopt a child, we will get pregnant and have a child of “our own.” Adoption does not cure infertility, and our adopted child will be our own child!
~ DON’T react as if adoption is a “second best” or “noble” choice.
~ DON’T question our capability or readiness to parent a child.
~DON’T incessantly ask for news while we are waiting to adopt – you can be sure that we will tell everyone when there is news to share.
~ DON’T probe about the details of our child or birthparents—we will tell you what we are comfortable sharing.

Here are some tips to help you help us during our post-adoption phase:
~ DO be happy for our new child and us.
~ DO respect that we need quiet time with our new child to bond and adjust.
~ DO understand that we might not be able to fulfill your needs as quickly as we did before we became parents.
~ DO respect our style of child rearing.
~ DON’T feel sorry for our adopted child.
~ DON’T make demands for our attention or our time during our adjustment phase.
~ DON’T criticize our desire to have and maintain a relationship with our child’s birth family.

Home Study

So Dave and I have been very, very busy getting all of our paperwork completed for our home study.  When they say there’s a lot of paperwork they are not kidding. On top of the paperwork we’ve had to have a background check, get our fingerprints done and medical physicals….. I’m exhausted!

Dave and I have our last visit with our home study social worker today.  Once we get her approval and our fingerprints and background checks come back we can start sending our profile to potential birthmom’s.

Once we are matched with a birthmom we then have to pay the entire adoption fee up front.  This is why we need your help.

We’d like to give a great BIG THANK YOU!!!!!! to all those that have donated so far.  We truly couldn’t do this with out you.