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Friday, August 26, 2011

Update on the Rosie Project

I received confirmation from WorldHelp today that they are able to receive donations for the cleft palate surgeries for Rosie.  (Please see prior posts for information on this project.)

To contribute directly to World Help, send a check to the following address and be sure to write on the check and include a note that this is for the Rosie Project.  When sent in this manner, all the money will go directly towards Rosie's surgeries.  In the event someone should step forward and contribute the full amount for her surgery, any monies already collected or additional monies will go towards cleft palate surgeries for another child in need.



World Help
P.O. Box 501
Forest, VA 24551

I have also started a Rosie project facebook page.  If you do contribute directly to World Help, I would love it if you would send me a message or post on the Facebook page about your contribution so we can track the progress as it happens.  If you wish to remain anonymous but are willing for us to post your information, then please let me know and I will not mention you by name.  If you don't want to be "noticed" at all, I completely honor and respect that decision as well. 

If you wish to send contributions directly to me, you can do so by sending them to the following address:

Tammy Cupp
1103 Quick's Mill Rd.
Staunton, VA 24401

Donations made directly to World Help are tax deductible. 

Most of all, we covet your thoughts and prayers. 

Thank you so much!

Tammy

Edited 9/31:  World Help has now made it possible to donate directly online.  Go here to donate

Thursday, August 25, 2011

New Photo of Vida

New Photo of Vida taken with my camera phone this morning.  I am auctioning Vida to raise money to help pay for cleft palate surgeries for a baby in Guatemala.  Please see previous post for details! 

I am also working with World Help to hopefully set up a way to make donations directly to them for the surgeries.  Otherwise, if anyone is interested in sending a donation, you can get in touch with me and I will send you my address. 

I know not everyone is able to contribute and others may have projects/ministries that they are already supporting.  We would covet your thoughts and prayers and love to have you share the information with others.  You never know when someone might see Rosie's story and feel that participating in this project would be a blessing to them and to her. 

Thank you and may you feel God's blessings upon you. 

Monday, August 22, 2011

Online Auction of a Registered Jersey Heifer for Charity

I recently made a trip to Guatemala and while I was there I met a beautiful little girl named Rosie. Rosie is about four months old and always happy and smiling. She has big, beautiful, dark eyes and thick, dark hair that I loved to run my fingers through. I fell in love with little Rosie and although her smile is already gorgeous, I would love to be able to help her get the surgeries she needs to correct the cleft palate with which she was born. The cost of the surgeries (three of them) will be $6500. I have already saved $500 toward this goal but I have a long way to go yet.



As I was contemplating how to help Rosie, it came to me that there was a very special little heifer calf that was born on a special day that was meant to help.

Before going to Guatemala, my small registered Jersey cow gave birth to a heifer calf on the 16th of July. The 16th is a significant day for me because my son, Joshua, passed away on the 16th. Each month, when the 16th of the month comes around, I can either choose to focus on the positive or I can choose to let the day get me down. On July 16th, when the little heifer calf was born, I chose to see her birth as a blessing and I rejoiced in the joy of the day in spite of the pain. I wanted to name the calf a Spanish name in honor of my upcoming trip to Guatemala. My focus this year has been on life. Back in January I decided that rather than have a New Year's resolution, I would have a word that I would focus on for the year. I thought that the word life, translated into Spanish would be a wonderful name for my new heifer calf born exactly 34 months to the day after my son passed away.



When I named my calf La Vida, I did not realize that the mission we would be visiting in Guatemala was named Esperanza de Vida. In English this means "Hope of Life". How fitting that my new heifer calf was named Vida and the mission was named Esperanza de Vida!

In contemplating what I could do for Rosie and in thinking about this gift that had been given to me right before my trip, I came to the conclusion that La Vida was on loan to me for a short time so that I could sell her and use the money to help Rosie.

As those of you know who have followed my blog for a long time, or who know me personally, I don't sell heifer calves. I keep them and raise them up as replacement heifers for my herd. I have never been able to part with one of my babies. However, Rosie's surgery is much more important than my keeping Vida and I know this is how it was meant to be.

So, what I am going to do is offer Vida up for bid. Since I have never done something like this before, I will do my best to make this go as smoothly as possible and present all the information for those interested, but if I miss anything, don't hesitate to ask for clarification.

I started with a minimum bid of $450 and have already had a bid of $500. The bidding will be in increments of $25. I will take bids now until the 16th of October 2011. At that time, she will be 3 months old and I will take her off her momma and begin weaning her. Depending on how well she does, she should be weaned by the first of November or so.

Price will include health certificate for any out of state buyers. She will be up to date on vaccinations and will have her horns removed. Buyers will be responsible for their own shipping and transportation costs. Buyer will be responsible to pick up and pay for heifer no later than the middle of November or the heifer will be sold to the next highest bidder.




The dam is registered as Aspen Grove Drake Hershey and the sire is Keystone Duke Braveheart. Heifer will be registered with the American Jersey Cattle Association.

The dam is an easy keeper and a sweet girl. She was sold to me because she was too small to fit in with the herd, being shorter and more petite than the rest of the herd. The dam gives about four gallons of milk a day on a grass based feeding program. She is fed a small amount of grain in the stanchion while being milked. Dam has a very nice udder.


I will take bids either by comments to this post, or by email, or on my facebook page.



Thank you for your consideration and I would love if you would share this post with everyone you can. My goal is to make as much money as possible from this sale in order to help Rosie get the surgeries she needs.
I will update here from time to time so that folks know where the bidding is currently. 

If you would like more information on my trip to Guatemala, you can watch this video  or you can view my trip blog



Additional information received today (8-29) from the Vetrinarian from whom I bought Vida's dam regarding the sire of the heifer calf being auctioned:

Tammy, For those who are interested in La Vida, the sire, Keystone Duke Braveheart was just tested genomically (DNA test) and the results place him in the top 10 bulls currently being marketed. He will be going to Genex to be collected and marketed. La Vida should be a nice purchase for the winning bidder.

BIDDING HISTORY
Updated 8-22-2011 with a bid from Helen for $600.00 (8-22-2011)
Updated at 6:49 pm (same day) with a bid from Marion for $625.
Updated 8-2-2011 with a bid of $ 650 from Deanna
Updated 8-2-2011 with a bid of $675 from Dr. Parks
Updated 8-3-2011 with a bid of $700 from Deanna
Bid of $725 from Dr. Parks
 $800 fromDeanna
Updated 10-2-2011 with a bid of $825 from Dr. Parks
Updated 10-2-2011 at 5 PM with a bid of $1000 from Deanna.