Help us bring Christina Home!

9/15/2012 UPDATE:  We are about halfway to our estimated airfare cost for Christina!  Donate to help us reach the $500 it will cost us to buy her a plane ticket!

The first picture we ever saw of Christina

Pick a song, help bring Christina home!

On September 30, 2012 I will be running my very first 50 mile race.  I have been training for 6 months to prepare my body and mind for this challenge.   I am excited and nervous -- this is by far the most difficult race I will have ever attempted.

With a donation to Christina's airfare, you can join me on the trail!  Help me pick the tunes I will listen to while on the trail for hours and hours and hours...(my estimated finish time is between 11 and 12 hours, so that makes for A LOT of songs.)

The money you donate will go directly to the airplane ticket we will purchase for her when we finally are able to bring her home.  We will have very little notice, maybe 2 weeks, making her one-way ticket extremely expensive.  All money will go towards her ticket.  So you literally will be helping to bring her home!  We are hopeful we will get the call to pick her up by the end of 2012.

Here's how it works:

Pick one song:  $10.00     Pick three songs:  $20.00     Pick ten songs:  $50.00

(or feel free to give any amount you choose above and beyond, I won't complain, and I might even let you pick more songs !)

In the comment section below, tell me which song(s) you want me to add to my playlist.  (Please include song title and artist)  Then click the donation button below and donate by credit card (or you can send me a check to the address listed below). I will add the song(s) to an official playlist, which I will display on this website, once the donation has been completed through Paypal (or I receive the check).

If you want to see what kinds of songs I listen to when I run, click here for my top 50 running songs.

Once the song(s) has been added to the official playlist, I have to listen to it while running my race. Your song could be the song that gets me through the rough spots!  Or, I could curse your name.  (Do you really want to be the one responsible for me throwing in the towel at mile 48 because of that terrible Justin Bieber song?!?) It's up to you!  Truth is,  I am thrilled to have the opportunity to run to songs that inspire and motivate you.  Your songs will help me get to that finish line.

Duplicate songs are fine, by the way.  Just because someone else picked the song you were dying to choose for me doesn't mean you can't pick it too.  Nothing like a little repetition to keep your feet moving forward!

On race day, I will send updates of the songs I have listened to through Running by THE BOOK Facebook posts.

So give to a great cause and help me finish my race!  It's a win-win!

As an added bonus, for every song you add to the playlist you will be entered into a drawing for awesome Haitian gifts and Running by THE BOOK items (to be displayed later on this site).  The person who donates the most money will also receive a gift from Haiti.

OR send a check to:
Corinne Baur
c/o Running by THE BOOK
PO Box 270014
Louisville, CO  80027

A few pictures of our sweet little girl!

Isn't she beautiful?

Such a fun, smart, sweet little girl!

Sad at the orphanage without us.

But she lights up when we visit! She needs to come home.
*We would not trade a penny of our investment towards bringing Christina home.  But adoptions are extremely expensive; most cost between $20,000- $30,000.   While we have been blessed financially, we still have two large payments to make to our adoption agency and our home study agency.  Your donation towards her airfare is HUGE.  Thank you for helping us in any way you can!


  1. How fun! Ok Corinne, these will give you a boost... All from Louis Mhlanga: World Traveler. All on ITunes.
    Song One: Shungu Iwe
    Song Two: Hona Ka
    Song Three: Gumbo Muchochocho
    I know, I know, none are in English. But super fun to listen to. Enjoy!

    1. Thanks Marie! Can't wait to listen to them... I will add them to my playlist. And THANKS for the donation. Very, very kind and much appreciated.

  2. This was fun! Thanks for letting me be in your head while you're running :)
    1. Jason Gray - Good to Be Alive (free right now on
    2. tobyMac - Me Without You
    3. Tenth Avenue North - Strong Enough to Save
    4. Michael Franti - Say Hey
    5. Matt Maher - Rise Up
    6. Matt Maher - Your Grace is Enough
    7. Madisa - Good Morning!
    8. Keane - Somewhere Only We Know
    9. Francesca Battistelli - Emily
    10. Casting Crowns - Courageous (Ellie's choice)

    1. Awesome! Thanks so much -- these are gonna be fun to listen to!

  3. Here ya go!
    1. Stand Up - Sugarland
    2. Pigeon John - The Bomb
    3. Owl City - Gold

    1. Thanks so much! Can't wait to add these songs to my playlist. So nice of you guys to donate!

    2. BRIAN!!! You stole The Bomb from me! :)

  4. 1)Remember Surrender by Sarah Groves
    2)Every Teardrop is a Waterfall by Coldplay

    And just because SOMEONE had to...
    3) Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepsen

    You're welcome for that last one. :)

    1. Really, Call me Maybe? I am so getting back at you for that one :)