Sunday, June 13, 2010

Heartbreaking Video Everyone Should See

So I have another video (at the bottom of this post) to share with you but this one is very VERY hard to watch so I will say make sure you have Kleenex handy to watch this (there is a happy ending though). This video was filmed in Uganda and there are more like it on YouTube if you choose to watch more. I hesitated to watch it at first because I have a hard time handling sad stories especially when it comes to children but this is the reality of what is happening in other countries and basically sums up why we have chosen Ethiopia to adopt from.

I know we have all seen the commercials and heard about how there are starving children out there. For some reason it just doesn't hit you until you see something like this. I look around at all we have and everything that we don't use or need and it makes me realize that if we took all that we have spent on these surplus of "things" that have been bought just because and instead spent it on food, clothes, medicine and support to build shelters so many lives could be changed. When Jalen gets sick we can buy medicine and take him to the doctors, we are fortunate to never have to wonder if we will be able to buy food to feed him or if he'll have a clean and safe place to grow up in.

We take so much for granted and we hear it all the time but what can be done to make a change now? We have made it our mission to cut back and save so we can provide at least 1 child with a better chance at life and hopefully in the future we will be able to help more either through more adoptions or by continuing to raise money to help fund the needs for many of these children. There are many people, churches, and organizations that are out there doing the same thing and some needs are being met because of this but just imagine if we all just gave up a little bit and passed it on to those who truly need it. I think a big problem is not that people don't want to give but they don't know how to or where to. Can you just box up your old clothes and some food and send to a random address in a third world country and hope that it will be passed around to those who need it? I don't know the answer to this but I do know there are avenues to help if you want to and it can be as easy as "googling" the words "help children in Africa" (or whichever country you choose). There are websites you can pay $10 to provide a mosquito net to prevent malaria as a child or adult sleeps, you can pay $25 to provide a water filter so one person can have clean water for LIFE! There are also people traveling back and forth doing missions and in the process of adoptions that are taking items as they go to hand out on the streets (granola bars, medicine, vitamins, clothes, etc) and I have come across all of this just by spending a little bit of time searching on the internet.

If you would like to help in anyway you can but need help figuring out how, let us know and we will try to help. I do have the link attached onto the right column of this website and will be posting more links so it is easy for anyone to find. I also have other adoption websites posted in case you would like to read what other families are doing. Some of them are pretty amazing and have influenced us as we begin our journey.

With Love,
Joely, Jason & Jalen

Friday, June 11, 2010

Mary Kay and T-Shirts Coming Soon!

Mary Kay orders are in and will be sent out tomorrow! We have extended the t-shirt ordering to go through the weekend and the t-shirts will be printed next week and shipped to me soon after so you all should be receiving your orders very soon. Thank you to all who order thus far and if you haven't ordered yet and want to, we will be running the t-shirts again in another week or two, also you can always order Mary Kay by clicking on the link I have posted in the right column of this blog.

We didn't advertise or get the word out much about the t-shirts this go-around but are planning to do so next time to hopefully increase the amount we are able to sell. Because the t-shirt orders for this time weren't too huge, they will be digitally printed on the shirts versus screen printed. If we can get more orders placed next time around they will be screen printed. To be honest I don't know what the difference will be but they should both look great! I will take pictures of all of us wearing our shirts when we get them so you can see what the finished product looks like.

Many of you have asked how you can help and honestly the best way is to just help us get the word out about what we are doing. Please feel free to email our blog to anyone you know, the best advertising is always word of mouth and we appreciate those of you who have already helped up by doing that.

Again we couldn't do this without all of your help and support.

Amesegënallô (AH-mah-say-guh-NAH-loh)
that is Thank You in Amharic (the main language spoken in Ethiopia)

Sunday, June 6, 2010

And the winner is...

Congrats to Jason's cousin Wendy O'Neal in Arizona who won our t-shirt contest and thank you to everyone who participated and posted our info on your Facebook status.

There are only 4 days left to order a t-shirt that you will receive this month so if you would like one, please click on the button in the upper right hand corner of this blog.

THANK YOU to everyone who has helped us in raising money to be able to adopt a child in need from Ethiopia. Whether it has been through pure donations, Mary Kay orders or buying our t-shirts, we appreciate it so much! We are trying to raise the money that we will need to cover the costs due within the 1st 90 days of applying which is approx $9,440 and even though we have a ways to go, every little bit has helped.

We are planning on doing the t-shirt sales every month and are planning to change up the design next time around so if you aren't able to get one this time around, don't worry we will offer it again soon.

Whether you have supported us emotionally or financially, we appreciate it all! Just by spreading the word about what we are doing and passing along our website address to other friends and family means the world to us and again we thank you so much!!!

I added a list on the side of this blog to acknowledge those who are helping us achieve our financial goal to make this adoption happen, without you there is no way a typical family could afford to save a child internationally. If you prefer your name not be added please let me know.

Again, thank you indefinitely!
With Love,
Jason, Joely and Jalen O'Neal

Tuesday, June 1, 2010


From now until this Saturday, June 5th, cut and paste the following message into your status update on Facebook or post it to your blog:

Help the O'Neal Family promote support for adoption & raise money to adopt a child from Ethiopia & buy a t-shirt at

...and your name will be drawn to win a shirt of your choice. Make sure you comment to this post or email me at so I know that you did it. If it turns out well, I will have multiple drawings.

Shirt sizes range from an infants size 3-6 mths to adult size XXL

Thanks for your support!