Choose Joy Event and Giveaway

*This giveaway is CLOSED and the winner has been notified.


Mr. R and I are always on the lookout for a good adoption and/or infertility conference.

We are so thrilled to be attending the Choose Joy one-day conference in Laguna Hills, CA next weekend …as well as a little getaway to the sun and sand.

There will be speakers from all walks of life with different stories …who have all decided to CHOOSE JOY in the face of adversity. Check out the classes:

  • Blending Bios and Adopted children & Transracial Adoption {Jamie Fink}
  • Having a Heart of Hope: Overcoming the Hurt from Infertility {Lesli Westfall}
  • God’s Heart for the Hurting; Waiting Hurts, Waiting Perfects {Rachel Goode}
  • Fundraising for Adoption {Kathleen Ellis}
  • Infant Loss & Miscarriage {Julie Carson}
  • When Adoption is your First Choice {Chrissie Rouse}
  • Foster Care {Allison Dalke}
  • Living Hannah’s Prayer {Amy Srch}
  • Living in 2 Week Seasons; Waiting in the Lord’s Timing {Beth Lauder}
  • When Adoption Fails {Dena De La Toree & Lisa Frattone}
  • Open Adoption {Lesily Davis}
  • Special Needs Adoption {Lyndsay Boulton}
  • The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly of International Adoption {Vanessa Clairmont}
  • The Ethics of Infertility {Scott & Marlo Kurz}


This is Emmy. Choose Joy is her event. Isn’t she adorable? My sisters-in-law met her at Swiss Days (a handmade market in Midway, Utah) this summer and put us in touch with one another. (Because now my whole family is like one big adoption connection magnet.)

Emmy is an infertility survivor and an adoptive mom who wanted to reach out to others and lift them up–especially those involved in adoption or working through infertility. (Don’t worry, I will be sharing her dramatic and awesome and totally inspiring story with you all next week. Don’t miss it!)

Emmy’s Choose Joy Event will include a luncheon and a dessert, and at the end they will be raffling off a cash prize to help someone grow their family. AMAZING, right?

In order to raise money for the cash prize to be raffled off to someone at the conference, there will be an Instagram Auction. If you have a heart for families hoping to grow their families through infertility treatments or adoption and would like to donate something, shoot me an email and I will get you in touch with Emmy. You do not need to be a Choose Joy attendee to donate to the auction or to bid on an item during the Instagram Auction.

To bid on something, simply check @itsjustemmy’s Instagram feed on Monday for details on how to bid and items to bid on.

You may even want to bid on this baby from The R House Couture:

Tickets are on sale for $30 through the 25th of January (TODAY!).  After that the price goes up to $40, so don’t delay!  Please visit the website for all the details on the location and schedule, bios on each speaker, and to register for the event.

Today I am giving away Choose Joy conference pass! Join us for a day of inspiration and hope if you are in the area, if not, make a little trip out of it and come for the sunshine too.

All you need to do to enter this giveaway is leave a comment. That is all. Tell me why you or someone you love would like to go. Emmy would like you to know that if you have already purchased a ticket and you win the giveaway, your money will be refunded. That way, no one misses out on the sale price.

Giveaway closes February 4, 2013.

I hope I see you there!


Disclaimer: I was given free conference tickets in exchange for this post. 


  1. rychelle says

    i would love to attend this event! since i’m just starting out on the adoption journey, there is plenty for me to learn. (and, it just so happens, i’ll be in so-cal that weekend! kismet?)

    • Lindsey says

      AWESOME! Totally Kismet!

      You should totally get a sale ticket today just in case you don’t win …although we are now the only entry! LOL Cannot wait!

  2. says

    My mom would love that!

    p.s. got the posiclicker (that’s what my husband and I call them: positive clickers) today! Thank you! It’s amazing what thinking positive can do for your day :)

  3. says

    I love the positive and uplifting event theme/name! I am always looking for a good reason to visit my native land! I will totally come from AZ.

  4. Sarah says

    Count me in! I love a good adoption conference especially when I don’t have to be part of the planning. ;) California here I come!

  5. Another Shane says

    Megan would love to have a day with her adoption girls and get to visit her bro! Adoption events are so uplifting!

  6. Heather says

    Ooooh, I would LOVE to go! I am about as FAR from CA as you can get (SoFlo) and I would absolutely love the chance to get out of here and hang with some adoption-friendly peeps! THANKS!