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Auction 1: Autographed Picture of John Lackey, Red Sox Pitcher!

John Lackey Autograph

Have you been enjoying how well the 2013 Red Sox have been doing?

We have, too!

And thanks to a generous donation by the Boston Red Sox, we have an autographed picture of John Lackey available to help raise funds for 4 Paws for Ability in Team Jacobly’s name! Due to the nature of this donation and auction the Red Sox do not provide certificates of authenticity. The photo will be mailed to the winner of the auction in the mailer it came to us in as well as protective packaging to prevent bending in shipping.

Help us finish our fundraising and bring Jacob one step closer to his much needed service dog!


  • Comment to bid. Enter your name and email address of preference and comment with your bid. Please pay heed to comments entered before yours. All comments are timestamped, so in the event of a dispute I will side with the comment stamped first.
  • Bids are in increments of $10 and start at $100. Seller will pay shipping to winner.
  • Upon close of the auction at 8pm EST on 10.30.2013 the winner will be notified and arrangements will be made for payment. Donations can be made by check, PayPal or FirstGiving to complete the transaction and item will not be mailed til the donation is verified.
  • If someone wishes to forgo bidding and purchase the autographed photo outright the price is $300. Please comment stating you wish to do this and contact me at mamabear@jbearandme.com.


Auction Reminder!

Our Auctions are still up! Tonight, John Lackey is pitching Game 2 of the World Series for our Boston Red Sox! Let’s cheer on the home team AND help Team Jacobly reach its fundraising goal!


Let’s not forget our fabulous tea auction as well! We’re so close people, a little over $500 from our $13,000 goal… Let’s finish this and get J his dog!

Auctions! @RedSox and @ThesaurusTea fans take note!

Good evening everyone!

We have TWO fantastic auctions to help finish our fundraising going on right now! You can find them here: https://www.jbearandme.com/Auctions-for-Team-Jacobly

Auction 1 is an autographed picture of Red Sox pitcher John Lackey, a part of Bearded Vengence as our Red Sox go from Worst to First and head to the World Series!

Auction 2 is a gift basket from Thesaurus Tea! Our friends from Montreal have generously donated a basket of tea to the winner of this auction. You can even mix and match your preferred teas from their varied and wonderful selections. That, and who doesn’t like dinosaurs? Check them out at http://www.thesaurustea.com

Auctions will run until 10/30/2013. Details are in the auctions and if you have any questions, please email me at mamabear@jbearandme.com. If you win and wish to make your donation tax deductible please contact me for details so we can get the donation made in J’s name while you still get your deduction.

Also, if anyone can tell me why my site is running poorly, I’d really appreciate it!

Setback of the Fundraising Setback

How is that for a headline?!

In talking with Karen at 4 Paws the exact place where we each zigged where the other was zagging has been recovered. There was indeed a special donation made in September that puts us at $12,000. We are a lot closer to done than I was believing us to be at this point yesterday and the light is still there, clear as day, at the end of the tunnel.

Thank you everyone for your support. From the bottom of my heart, thank you. I cannot say that enough!


Fundraising Setback

Just when we thought we were done, we’re not.

I get our totals on the first and fifteenth of each month. I write in for them and generally receive them quickly. The 9/1 totals never came, but I did get the 9/15 totals promptly. I asked questions about the numbers, specifically whether or not certain donations had been added, and was told they had not yet. So I did my math accordingly and got our $11,744 total.

It turns out almost $2,000  in donations was double added due to this miscommunication.

Here I was, thinking we were done or if not, ever so close to and this news crushed me. I won’t lie. I was at OT with J-bear when it happened and I had to go sit out in the car and cry my heart out. This could not be. I am the one who knows best how terrible I am with math and accounting, so I was so diligent with each total and number I got. I did the math a hundred times, how could this be?

One simple miscommunication. That’s all it took.

Our total is at $10,100. I feel like it might as well be at zero, I took it so  hard, but it is not at zero. Last night, I heard from the Red Sox that we shall be receiving a John Lackey autographed photo to auction off for our cause. Our friends at Keefe’s Martial Arts here in Stoneham have generously donated 3 introductory courses, each with a free uniform, that are worth $300 a piece that we are going to auction off as well. We have back up on our back up, but I hope you can all understand why I am feeling incredibly low about all of this.

It’ll get better, and we’ll get there, it’s just painful right now.

Layers of Tired

Is there a such thing as being exhausted to death?

Cause if there is I feel three seconds from it.

I have no idea what’s going on. Is it the new routine? Is it seasonal? Is it illness? Is it something I am not guessing? Has J perfected siphoning away what little energy I have left?

I don’t know what the answer is but I do know that I sat down at around 9:30 this morning thinking I was going to just rest a second and didn’t move til almost 1:30pm. This is not necessarily good. I have stuff I need to be doing, places I need to be going and projects I need to be working on. My boy may go to school but that doesn’t mean mama gets to slack.

Yet slack I have. A lot.

I hope to have a great fundraising update very very soon but I have to wait til the end of the month for it. I am not avoiding anything, I think we have amazing news to share once we get it but I am not about to say anything final I get a complete confirmation from the Powers that Be.

Hope to have better posts soon.

Pittered Pattered Pooped

We have yard saled our last yard sale.

I am tired, everyone. Very, very tired.

But! Thanks to the generosity of friends, our yard sales combined total is around $450. I am on edge right now waiting to hear whether or not we have broken $13,000 yet. I know we are so very close, and I know that we will break it oh so very soon.

Monday I hope to post the last few items we have for auction to finish our fundraising effort. I have to pick them up from our extremely kind donor and then all the details will be here! The auction will be run on Facebook and all the details will be available once it’s set up.

Everyone who has supported us these past few weeks especially: Thank you. None of this could have happened without your kindness.

I’ll likely thank you all a few thousand more times too so before I get to typing too crazily here I’m going to go off and chase the boy.

Fundraising Update


Did you all read that? Let me state that again


If I did my math correctly, which it appears I have, this is where we stand as of TODAY. This includes all current fundraisers, our yard sale, and our FirstGiving totals.

There are not words for my awe, shock and absolute excitement that we can see the end of our efforts. We still have to fundraise for our travel, but we will have near a year for that and far less to raise.

This is amazing.

And this is all thanks to you. With all of my heart, thank you to our generous donors, our loving friends and family, our amazing supporters far and wide… We are almost finished with this part of the journey! I cannot wait to share the day we know when we will be travelling to Xenia, OH, to meet our new family member and watch J’s life change forever.

Yard Sale Aftermath

We did it! We survived our yard sale. Through the generosity of the Carpenito family, who allowed us to invade their space (which we are still invading, and will fix that soon!) and made generous donations of items alongside our many fabulous donors we raised $300 yesterday for Team Jacobly!

I have so much more to write and no time with which to write it.

Tomorrow I hope to have an updated total on our efforts for everyone. Stay tuned and most especially, thank you to everyone who so wonderfully supported us yesterdays.

And thank you to Papa Ginos for lunch. Which was purchased. But was still good. Cause, pizza.

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