Family Updates

LEMONADE STAND SATURDAY!!! A Tobey Kid Event!!!

When we first started throwing around ideas of how we were going to raise the money to bring Luke home forever, the Tobey kids were excited to get in on the action! They came up with a great idea to have kids and families around the city or even country do their own Lemonade Stand for Luke! And even came up with a graphic that you can print and post on your stand!

We thought this was such a great idea and wanted to incorporate the Lemonade theme into the entire event! Besides who doesn’t love a good glass of lemonade and here in Florida it’s pretty much always a good time to drink Lemonade since it’s a million degrees outside all the time!

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So recently when Brenda went to see Luke she had a glass of lemonade with him and took this adorable photo together! We love how the Tobey’s are involving their kids in this project and they want to challenge you to be a part of the fun this Saturday, November 10th!

Come be a part of the fun HERE and don’t forget you can also buy a virtual glass of lemonade HERE!

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It's Lemonade For Luke Kickoff Day!! (A Love Swarm)

In case you haven’t noticed, it’s been a little quiet around Promise Love the past few months! We hit our goal with the Smith’s and they are all riding around in vehicles that fit their beautiful families and that was so exciting!!

And then we heard of an amazing family, the Tobey’s, who have been waiting SIX years….Yes, I will say that again….SIX years to bring home their son, Luke, from Haiti. Luke is currently in an orphanage and Brenda (mom) met him when she was on a medical missions trip there 6 years ago. She is a nicu nurse here and often takes medical missions trips to Haiti with a team to help babies coming into the orphanages. If you missed the story and this beautiful family, please be sure to watch it HERE….it is truly an amazing God story!

After we shared that story with you, things got a little hectic with our lives and work and kids. But we are ready to kick back into high gear and get this little boy home to his forever family! God surely knows they have all waited long enough!

So the next 7 days…ONE WEEK…is dedicated to this LOVE SWARM!! Whats a Love Swarm you ask? Well just like bees swarm to build their colonies to produce something sweet like honey, we want to swarm this family with love so they can continue building theirs and bring this special little guy home forever! But it takes alot of us to do that!

Will you help us swarm them with LOVE?!

Here’s how you can get be a part of the swarm!

  1. Go like our facebook event Here!

  2. Buy a glass of Lemonade!!!

  3. Host a lemonade stand in your neighborhood this Saturday! (printables loaded on the fb event page)

  4. Share this page this event and challenge 5 or more friends to buy a glass!

Thats it! And by the end of the week, watch how much love is swarmed on the Tobey family! Check back here for updates, videos and announcements throughout the week!

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Welcome The Tobey Family to the Promise Love Foundation!!!

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Please say a HUGE "Welcome" to our newest Promise Love Family....The Tobey Family!!!!  We just love this family and their unique story and heart for foster care and adoption and we know you are going to love them as much as we do!

What is very exciting for Us is The Tobey's are OUR VERY FIRST family to be in the process of adopting INTERNATIONALLY from Haiti!

We are super excited to walk alongside them at a time where they have felt like the journey has been a long, tiring one!  They have been working hard to bring their son, Luke, home for the past 6 years!!!

Will you please join their journey and help bring Luke home!  Watch their story and donate here!!

Smith Family Vehicles!!

Guess who can all ride together now?  Jacob & Peggy with their 4 littles and Lauren & Thad with their 6 big kids can travel as a family with their new vehicles!  We are able to raise $30,000 and help with a majority of the cost of getting them these vehicles.  THANK YOU to everyone who donated, shared their story, and prayed for their family.  We are so grateful for you and your heart to support families!!!!  

The Official Smith Family

We are excited to share that April 23rd, was adoption day for the Smith Family.  Thad & Loryn, and Peggy & Jacob are so grateful for this new step in their journey as a family and everyone's love and support.  We have raised $30,000 of their $40,000 goal to date and hope to complete fundraising for them the end of this month, there's still time to  donate here!

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PLF Family Update on the Longs

With a home full of love and laughter, Evelyn and Zack Long are so grateful to have been blessed with their adopted children Carson, Stella, and Jackson, in addition to baby Judah. They began adopting over four years ago, and since then they've loved seeing their children initiate prayer, smiling until their adorable dimples show, and greeting dad when he comes home from work with excited hugs. Evelyn and Zack can't imagine their lives without their children- there's always something new and exciting going on!

 The Longs credit the Promise Love foundation as a source of support through their adoption process, and encourage anyone who wishes to help families like them to go out and donate to the Promise Love foundation today, through Give Day Tampa Bay!

PLF Family Update on the Boyers!

In October of 2015, Josh and Cricket Boyer partnered with us and opened their hearts to a new addition to their family: a sweet newborn girl named Breeja. Since then, Breeja has grown into a rambunctious, lovely little lady who loves bouncing around with her brothers and cuddling with her parents. Blaine and Braden adore their sweet sister, and Breeja loves her home with her loving parents and siblings to play with!

The Boyer family made us this adorable video in order to encourage everyone to give to families, like the Boyers, by supporting the Promise Love Foundation on Give Day Tampa Bay, an occasion in which over five hundred nonprofits will join together for a 24 hour online giving challenge on May 1st. If you enjoyed hearing about the Boyer family’s story and wish to contribute to families like them, make sure you mark your calendar for Give Day Tampa Bay on May 1st!

Eliana is home!

After about a month in the NICU little miss Eliana is home!  She was born 8 weeks early at just over 3 pounds and she is doing very well at home with Mary Jo and Gil!  They've had lots of love and visitors as you can see:-)  They have just over $12,000 left to raise to meet their adoption goal.  We thought today was the perfect day to give you an update as it's World Adoption Day! Will you celebrate with us by donating to their adoption?  DONATE HERE

Thank you all for your love, prayers and support of Mary Jo and Gil we know they have felt it the whole time!!!  

Welcome to the World Eliana Isabel

Mary Jo and Gil had a little surprise happen last week! On 9/15/17 little miss Eliana Isabel decided to come 8 weeks early.  She was a born at 3 lbs 4 oz and 16 inches long and is doing well and Mary Jo and Gil are officially parents!!  They got to meet her yesterday, here's a little video and photo of her.  They chose the name Eliana in December last year before they were matched and before they knew if their baby would be a boy or a girl.  It means, "My God Answers", and He did!  She will have to stay in the hospital in Panama City for a few weeks until she is 5 lbs.    If anyone has a contact of somewhere they could stay up there during that time, they would be so appreciative.  They still need about $22,000 to reach their adoption goal, so if you would like to be a part of their story donate HERE!!  We so appreciate your continued support and prayers for them.  Congratulations Mary Jo and Gil we are SO incredibly happy for your family of 3!!!

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Mary Jo and Gil are Matched!

Guess what?  Mary Jo and Gil are officially matched with a birth mom!  She is due on November 29th with a little girl:-) We need you to keep up the prayers for them through this journey as well as donating to their adoption goal which they are $24,584 away from reaching.  Help them reach this goal by donating HERE!! Thank you all for your love and support it means so much to them and us!! 

Long Family Official Party of 5 Update!

Today was the day! Adoption day for Evelyn & Zach's 3rd adopted child, 3 year old Carson!  So we wanted you to give you a little fundraising update!

So far we have raised $1171 of the $5000 goal that they need to complete this adoption!

That's $3829 that we are hoping to raise in the next few weeks.  You can help this family by donating here

I can't tell you enough how amazing this family is. Please partner with us to bless them by completing their fundraising goal.  God has put them in our path and on our hearts to help as they so selflessly help children who need a forever family!   Thank you so much for all of you who have walked along side them and donated already. 

Update and Another BIG suprise for the Long Family!!

      You may remember our Valentine's Day surprise where Carrie and I went to Zack and Evelyn Long's with a BIG check for the remaining balance of their adoption of little miss Stella!  Stella has been doing amazing as a part of their family, and the Long's finalized her adoption just a few weeks ago!  Here's a photo of everyone there to see them officially become a family of 4.

     BUT.....that's not the end of their story!  Just a week or so after this finalization with Stella, they got a call out of the blue, asking if they would be willing to take Stella's 3 year old brother.  After much thought and prayer, they decided to accept placement of Carson just a couple of days ago. This means that Stella and her little brother will get to grow up together as a part of the Long family.  
     As you know, the cost of an adoption is not easy to come up with especially when it's unexpected, so we are asking for you all to walk alongside this amazing family and give as they have given their hearts to these beautiful kids so willingly! 
    They need $5000 to pay for this adoption that will not only keep these siblings together but also change their lives forever.  We are so honored to get to know this sweet forever family and are encouraged by all they are doing to help kids!  Let's get this done, come join us!  DONATE HERE!

Happy Mother's Day - Boyers Story

To celebrate Mother's day weekend we wanted to share with you what the Boyer's family of 5 now looks like and how it came to be.  Happy Mother's day to all you moms, grandmas, foster moms and people who have taken on the role of mom for a child.  We know this holiday isn't a happy one to everyone, so to those of you who aren't moms yet and long to be so badly, we want this story to give you hope that it can and will happen!!!!  A huge thank you to James Blankenfeld for the is amazing film:-) 

Photos with Santa 2015

Photos with Santa were a hit:-)  There were some lovers and haters of santa, some of our favs are below. Thank you all for coming out and supporting adoption through Promise Love Foundation.  Our biggest thank you goes to Bronwyn Fowler, and her amazing ladies from High Hopes in High Heels.  We could not have pulled it off without their time and hard work, THANK YOU!!  This event raised over $1300, and this along with other donations received, allowed us to actually exceed the goal amount for the Pucovsky family’s adoption. We also want to thank our event contributors and venue that made it all possible!

Santa | Venue | Creative Loafing | Face Painting | Sarah Sinteff | Santa’s Chair | Tufted Vintage Rentals | DJ | DJ Astylez | Linens | Core Concepts | Photography | Carrie Wildes Photography

The Official Team Pucovsky! #GIVINGTUESDAY

Today we are celebrating #GivingTuesday!  Its a day that people around the country will give back during a time of year where our focus should be on giving to those we love and also those who are in need of help.  

A few weeks ago we posted about The Pucovsky family! They are in need of that help today!  We have ONLY $1890 to raise to complete the adoption of Zaniya, their 14 year old daughter.  In just a few short weeks we have been able to raise $1610.  If today, 38 people gave $50 we would accomplish our goal!  Will you partner with us today? Donate Now!

There is no better day than today to give back to a family who has literally changed the course of a young girls life and given her a forever family after much heartbreak.  And the joy they have brought to her is written all over her face!

We had the honor of spending time with them at their home, at events and now at their adoption finalization of Zaniya.  Check out their story here if you missed it!  I can honestly say, they are a rare kind of family.  They are full of love for each other, for their heavenly Father and for kids in need.  They have willingly and openly opened their home to this beautiful girl and they have BIG plans to help more in the future.  We can't wait to see the rest of their journey!

But first, enjoy some pictures from their adoption finalization that happened last Tuesday.  It was such a blessed and beautiful event to watch!   They had so many friends and family their to support them and The Heart Gallery presented Zaniya with her framed photo, which will now be retired from the gallery. 

Teens often get overlooked or age out of the foster care system, never having a family to call their own.  We pray this may inspire other families to take the risk on adopting a teen.  Everyone deserves a family to call their own!

The Official Team Street!

11.24.15 Jen and Ryan had a full courtroom of friends and family to celebrate Grant's adoption day!  Holly, Saul, David and I, and all of our kids were honored to be there with them. It's always just some of the best moments life has to offer.  Grant's first birthday was a few days later so we also got to see him smash his first cake, he loved the frosting:-) Tomorrow is Giving Tuesday and we have another adoption finalization to share with you and how you can get involved and continue helping make these moments possible!  

Welcome Pucovsky's to the Promise Love Family!!!

There is no better way to celebrate National Adoption Day, then to announce our next Promise Love Family!   The Pucovsky's are truly one incredible family and we are so excited to be able to introduce you to them!!!  They are Paul (dad), Ivanka (mom), Oksana (5), Neveah (4) and Arabella (3) their newest addition Zaniya (14).

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They currently have a small goal of $3500 to complete what they owe for the adoption of Zaniya which will be finalized THIS MONTH!!!  We need to get this amount raised in just a few short weeks, but with God all things are possible!  Help us get them there, DONATE NOW!! 

After 3 failed domestic infant adoptions, this family wasn't sure where God was leading them, but they knew their hearts were called to adoption and God had a waiting child for them. At a match event for Eckerd Community Alternatives earlier this year, Paul, Ivanka and there 3 beautiful biological daughters attended, they truly learned the need for adoptive placement for teens.  It was there that God sent a young 14 year old girl to follow them around all day.  They really connected with her and felt this may be the child God had for them.  They went home and prayed it over and decided to take a step of faith and start paperwork to bring Zaniya home forever!

She was placed in there home almost 3 months ago and is thriving and has even accepted Christ as her Savior, during this time!  While Paul and Ivanka recognize there is still a long road ahead of healing for their sweet girl, they said the love for her has come immediately.  She is a gift from God to them and during the time Zaniya has been with them, they have begun taking her and many other young teenage girls to church for youth group and mentoring them.   They are currently becoming licensed foster parents as well, so they can take pregnant foster teens in their home.  This family is truly living out what the church is called to do and we feel honored to help them in a small way on their journey! 

We can't wait to see what God has in store next for this family!!!  Welcome Pucovsky's!!!

The Official Team Boyer

The Boyers are an official family of 5!!  Tuesday was miss Breeja's adoption day!! We were also able to write the final check that met their fundraising goal as well!! Thank you all who have supported them on this journey.  Cricket and Josh, we were truly honored to be a part of it and are so excited for your sweet family!! 

The Boyer's are officially a Family of 5!!

Both Boyer babies are here and doing great!!!  This family of 3, jumped to a family of 5 in a span of just 2 weeks!  One beautiful little girl, Breeja Ruth was born (via Cricket and Josh's heart) on July 17th and Breydon Daniel (via Cricket's tummy) came just 13 days later!  That's 2 babies, just 13 days apart!   If you have been following their story, you know that Cricket and Josh have overcome many obstacles to bring these 2 precious miracles into their family!   If you haven't read their story, it's a must read!  Check it out here

We are so excited to announce that we are in the FINAL STRETCH of fundraising for this amazing family and need your help to bring these babies home forever before their BIG adoption finalization!

WE ONLY NEED A TOTAL OF $1699.00 and they have met their GOAL!!!  This is so exciting and a blessing from GOD!    

To help the Boyers, you can always donate here on our website or come out to our PDQ event in Wesley Chapel on October 29th from 5-9pm to meet them personally and support their family!  We will have raffles, free face painting for the kids and lots of yummy food and fun!  The best part is you can love on this sweet family and their beautiful babies in which you have had a part in bringing home!  Can't wait to see you there!

Here's what Cricket had to say about their experience and what God has blessed them with!

"We can't express how grateful we were to be there for Breeja's birth. I was even in the delivery room and shared the honor of cutting her umbilical cord. We were able to immediately bond with our gorgeous daughter and feel tremendously blessed to still be a part of her selfless and brave birth moms life.

We are doing really, really well now that we're all finally home as a family of 5 and are just so grateful that Lord has completed our family in this beautiful way. We couldn't be more proud of our sweet babies and we have more love for them than we ever thought possible. Big brother Blaine has really stepped into his role nicely and adores his tiny brother and sister. He is such a nice helper!

Physically, I'm having a slow recovery but my heart is overflowing with joy and it makes the physical difficulties a blur in comparison. We are definitely quite tired and not getting much, if any, sleep. But that's to be expected with two newborns begging for constant cuddles...which we can't get enough of by the way."