Wednesday, November 30, 2011

I'm Dreaming of a White {Wreath??}

We live in Virginia which means we rarely see snow... but a girl can dream, right? And as I had visions of snowflakes dancing in my head, I decided to bring the snow to me (even if it is faux snow. Plastic snow to be exact.)

I was tired of last year's wreath. It was very traditional. I wanted something fun... funky... and even something that could hang around through the winter, instead of being forced out shortly after we say "au revoir" to 2011.  

So I hit up The Dollar Store and Michaels (Where else? Hold your tongue if you are one of the lucky few that get to experience the greatness that is Hobby Lobby.) 

After a couple hours of quality time with my trusty hot glue gun, I was left with this:
(Please excuse the cruddy picture quality. I took them with my phone)

This project was so easy and so quick that I was able to get two wreaths done in one evening.

So here's how the wreath making went down.  
You'll need 
  • 1- styrofoam circle- Dollar Store or Michaels. 
  • 4- packs of Large Dollar Store plastic snowflakes. They come three per pack for $1
  • A bunch of small/medium plastic snowflakes. They come 6 per pack for $1

Using your hot glue gun, put the 12 large Snowflakes on first, in two rows.  This will act as a foundation.

After that, glue on rows upon rows of the medium snowflakes  (approx. six rows but just eye it and keep stacking until you are satisfied with how it looks.)
Then slap on a bow and it's ready to adorn your door. 

I'll snap a pic of the wreath on my front door tomorrow, if I get home before it gets dark.

Happy wreath making!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

It's National Adoption Month: And We Were Scammed

Hi Friends,

It has been awhile (3 months to be exact) since I checked in with you.  Life got overwhelming, and unfortunately, blogging, which is one of the things I enjoy and find relaxing, just seemed like too much of a task when the whirlwind of life swept in.  I should have checked in and told you that I'd be back in a bit, but it really wasn't an intentional break. It just happened.

Here's why life became a bit overwhelming:

  1. It all began with the absence of the hubs.  He was gone for 3 1/2 weeks visiting his parents and family.  
  2. The hubby's absence spanned the timeframe of Hurricane Irene's visitation.  We all thought the storm was going to be detrimental to Hampton Roads.  It took a lot of prep work to get the house ready before I camped out at my parents house for a few days.  Luckily, there was no damage and the storm didn't live up to the anticipation (thank goodness!)
  3. Work! For two months, I was the busiest I have ever been at work. In October, CBN celebrated their 50th broadcast anniversary and I was very involved in that celebratory weekend... in addition to my normal producing schedule. 
  4. Brandon got into Physician Assistant school.  He begins school the first week of January 2012... so that means BIG changes for The Cozy Cape Couple. I'll be back later this week with those details. 
And Adoption...
Now for the main reason for this post.  As if ALL of that wasn't enough to overwhelm even the strongest of people, we went through a pretty devastating and trying time regarding a potential adoption last month.

The short of the situation was that we were promised this baby through a private adoption...

but we never got him.  In fact, baby Jeremiah doesn't exist.

The birth mother, who at the time used the name DeAmber Dotson (we later found out her real name is DaVanna Dotson), told our attorney that she lived in Virginia Beach, Virginia.  DaVanna said that her aunt in Oklahoma had helped her set up a private adoption with another couple.... but when she got to Oklahoma to visit her aunt and give  up Jeremiah, she wasn't happy with the potential adoptive parents.  It was at that point that she said she needed some money for gas, formula, diapers, and a car seat so she could return to Virginia Beach and give us custody of Jeremiah when we went through the adoption process.  At first, none of this raised any red flags in our minds because it is fairly normal protocol to cover travel expenses when a private adoption arrangements are being made.

Well, after a crazy two days of texts with DaVanna and friends ripping apart our guest room to make way for a nursery, I began to get suspicious. DaVanna avoided contact with my attorney... the same attorney DaVanna had contacted originally to set up the adoption; Davanna asked for more money, which I refused to give to her; and DaVanna avoided answering specifics on her location even though she claimed she was in the midst of the long drive from Oklahoma to Virginia.

In the end, there was no baby, no private adoption potential and DaVanna had never left the state of Oklahoma.  I knew that if she had pulled the scam on us, she must be preying on the emotions of other couples wanting a child, so I went to the Oklahoma News Channel 6 in hopes that other couples would come forward.  Well, the story aired and 7 other couples, plus us, came forward and are willing to testify.  DaVanna was arrested and is awaiting trial.

Here is DaVanna being arrested:

And here is her mugshot:

Authorities believe there are many more couples that have been scammed by Davanna so CBN News told our story in hopes that the national exposure will build an even stronger case.

Here's the CBN News story:

If you or anyone you know has been scammed by DaVanna, please contact Detective Lynn Hamlin at 918-680-3114.  November is National Adoption Month.  Please help spread the word so authorities can build a very strong case.

I have amazing friends that were with me every step of the way.  They got angry with me... they got sad with me... and they tracked this girl down with me.  Most people aren't that lucky, so I say thank you to my friends... you know who you are!

We will be parents one day.  I'm just sitting back and waiting to see what God has in store for us.

P.S. If you want to see the News Channel Six story that helped put DaVanna behind bars, follow this Adoption Fraud link (the embed code isn't working).