auction introductions #3

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

let more introductions commence.  i cannot even handle the amazingness of all of this. 
get excited.

meet my friend ashley from
shop | instagram

ashley is one of those uber talented people.  todd and i met ash & her husband when we working in SLO doing ministry.  their friendship was such a blessing to our family... and let me tell you, they (she and her hubby) are some of the funniest people i have ever met in my entire life.  her signs are absolutely adorable.

color selections available.

color selections available.

next let me introduce you too

i am not completely sure how i stumbled upon lauren's awesome shop, or even when i first found her blog.  perhaps it was because she was in the process of adoption from DRCongo or some sort of connection that i am not thinking of, but her story spoke deeply to me.  

you could get this fabulous t-shirt for yourself.  i mean seriously... isn't it amazing.

okay, another meeting
you don't want to miss this one.
we figured out yesterday that we have a friend in common.  when i first introduced myself to Olivia, she mentioned that there are a few kiddos from DRCongo that she absolutely adores.  friend who have adopted from there and she fell in love with there kids.  well it just so happens that one of those sweet littles actually was in the same transition house as my boys and we have become friends via a common bond.  i just love watching things work together like that.

this amazing piece is in a 6" vintage hoop.  i can just see this sweet piece hanging on a gallery wall, or sweetly placed in a special little girls room.  i wish i had this talent.

meet the ooohhhh so cuteness behind
i just have to share with you what it says in her shop... because she introduces herself beautifully.

Hello! Welcome to my sweet little shop! I love creating dolls and other sewn items for the people you care about. For every doll that is bought from my shop, I donate a doll to a local charity called CASA. They provide help and support to abused and neglected children. With every purchase, you are bringing comfort and love to a child you care about and one that could really use a friend. What could be better than that?!

seriously?  what could be better than that?  

is donating a doll that is already created of your choice.  here are two of my favorites that she has listed in her shop right now. aren't they the cutest little things ever?  

auction post #2: more items for the auction

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

are you ready to see a few more things?
my head is about to explode because of all of this.
i am a little bit freaking out and trying so hard to figure all of this craziness.
how to run an auction is crazy.
but i am beyond grateful for those who have donated to our auction.
so let me introduce a few more items to you... and their amazing artists.

meet the awesomeness that is

oh to be as creative as lindsay.  what a dream that would be.  when she said she would donate two pieces... she was so encouraging.  there were no words to describe how awestruck i was.  God gave her the perfect words to say to me that day.

can you even handle the wonderful that this print makes you want to take.

i never grew up singing hymns.  this was one of the first hymns i was introduced too.  it is also one of my favorites.

let me introduce you also too
who is an ambassador for Noonday Collections

steph and i "met" about 2 1/2 years ago when we were running a fundraiser with give 1 save 1 to help fund our plane tickets to bring ty & levi home.  we instantly clicked... she has such a beautiful heart for others.  i love how she advocates for others with a passion that points people to jesus.  she is an adoptive mama of a little boy name jacob & just had sweet baby charlotte.  

these sweet bangles are made in Haiti.  how perfect is that?

meet the talent behind

her talent amazes me completely.  her blog is filled with fun DIY stuff... beautiful design... amazing pictures... and talent that continues for days & days.  wow.  she truly is amazing.

11x14 print

another chance to get your hands on some essential oils.
meet a dear friend of mine...

sandy has become a very important part of my understanding of oils and the uses of the oils to help my family live better.  she is an adoptive mama of a little girl who jeremy has become very good friends with since we have moved to idaho.  i deeply cherish her friendship. 

Physicians Kit
he Family Physician® Kit is a collection of ten nurturing essential oils, including six single oils and four blends. 
Includes 5 mL Essential Oils: Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint, Melaleuca, Oregano, Frankincense, Deep Blue®, Breathe, DigestZen®, and On Guard to help families address a multitude of health issues.

 meet the talented group of

oh... this next company who donated.

i am in love & awaiting the day when they add a little bit bigger sizes to their t-shirt collection.
i have high hope that it will one day happen.

$15 gift card
choose your own design
you get to choose whichever t-shirt you want.  this is the one that i want so badly... for ty.  when he first came home, our wonderful caseworker emailed me and said she was listening to the song that says "child of the one true king" and just really felt it was ty's song.  and even now, when i comes on, he says... "it's my song".  one day he will rock this shirt too.

auction feature #1

Monday, February 23, 2015

are you ready to start meeting the auction awesomeness?
oh you have no idea how excited i am right now.
i love these generous people.
i seriously just squealed and clinched my fists.

here are 3 of our donors... & 5 things we are going to be auctioning off starting next week.  HOLY MOLY!!!!  NEXT WEEK!!!!!!  get ready to bid MARCH 3rd. 

meet my dear friend
lisa leonard
lisa is by far one of the most gracious and generous people i have ever had the pleasure of working alongside.  we became friends when our husbands were pastors together in san luis obispo and i started working with her roughly a month or so later.  she has such a heart for other people it inspires me deeply.  she just spent some time in the dominican republic with compassion international bloggers.  i truly love her heart.  she has donated three necklaces.  OH MY WORD!  i am truly blessed by this amazing gift.

 petite original
customize a petite original necklace.
how adorable is this necklace?  it has always been one of my favorites.

customize this amazing necklace as well.  
this is one of my all time favorite classic LLD necklaces.

customize this sweet necklace as well.
i cannot get over how simply beautiful this necklace is.

meet my new friends at

these sweet girls inspire me deeply.  i am in love with their book Happy Handmade Home and they graciously have donated this to our auction.  if you have not yet picked it up, you now can join our auction and get yourself a copy & help bring our girl home from haiti.  sounds like a win-win to me.  i promise this book will not disappoint.  

they have inspired me to step out of the notion of perfection and live in the beauty that creating something beautiful can hold.  i will share my newest project, taken from their inspiring book soon.  i am in love with how it is turning out.

meet someone who feels like an old friend...

somewhere around the time ash started school i stumbled upon the dear lillie blog.  i was in awe of the beauty that she created in her home.  it was breathtaking.  i just wanted to live in her pictures and sit on her comfy couches and get inspired by her amazing style in her home.  ahhh.  it is truly breathtaking.  you need to check it out for yourself.

dear lillie has donated this beautiful print to our auction fundraiser.  i dare you to read it and not sing the song and not smile as you do.  i seriously cannot do it.  it makes me want to bust out a ukulele and learn to play... and sing on a beach somewhere. 

dear anonymous.

Monday, February 9, 2015

dear anonymous donor.

you have blessed us.  deep down in our souls.  a blessing that we have been talking about for days and likely will continue to talk about for even longer.  it is far beyond what words could ever describe... but my tears showed the overwhelming nature of your gift to our family.

what you may not have known, was that this last week i reconciled a lot of fear.  fear over who God wants me to be.  fear about adopting again.  fear over not having enough to give.  enough to continue on.  fear of not being enough.  you were unaware of the changes that were taking place in my heart and soul.  i could not shake this feeling of doubt; doubt that maybe God was saying wait.

so i prayed.

i prayed that God would show me direction.  that he would remove barriers.  that he would give me opportunities to see truth, to rid my heart of fear.  i asked him to show up in a big way.  in a way that would allow my fear of having enough for our next step in our adoption process to be obliterated completely.

that is when you followed your heart.
your anonymous gift.
it wrecked us.
and it gave me hope.
it gave affirmation.

confirming that in this moment, we were doing the right thing.  moving in the right direction.  pursuing the right path for our family.  the simple words that were in your message were perfect words.

In love He predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of His will, to the praise of His glorious grace, with which He has blessed us in the Beloved.

this reminded me of truth and not the lies i continued to hear in my heart.  we know God is going to continue to wreck us with grace and mercy in our process and continue to show us his purpose for our adoption.  we cannot even fathom the amazing journey he is taking us on.  thank you for being apart of our journey.  thank you for blessing our family.  thank you for giving us affirmation through tangible blessings.  thank you.  we wish we could thank you in person... but you didn't leave your name, therefore we are left to try to thank you this way.  God used you mightily this weekend.  i just wanted you to know.

all of us.

(click image below)
the AdoptTogether allows people to donate to
our adoption and it becomes a tax deductible gift.
our goal is to raise $20,000 to help off set a majority
of our adoption costs.
we are currently at $6,107

doTerra raffle giveaway awesomeness.

Friday, January 16, 2015

raffle is closed.
our winner is...
Matt Johnson
our first ever fundraiser to bring our daughter home is up and ready.
click the picture and it will take you to the RAFFLE giveaway awesomeness.

Emergency Preparedness Kit 
retail value: $600

Being prepared for emergencies gives you and your loved ones the feeling of safety and security. Provide your family members with peace of mind with the dōTERRA® Emergency Preparedness Kit.

This kit includes:
• 15 mL bottles of the oils that are essential for every home: Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint, Melaleuca, Oregano, Breathe, DigestZen®, On Guard, Frankincense, TerraShield®, AromaTouch®, Purify, Clove, and Lemongrass
• 5 mL bottle of Deep Blue®

• Fractionated Coconut Oil
• wood storage box
• diffuser
• Family Physician® Audio CD.

fundraising update.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

i just wanted to share with you some of the amazing things that we have had donated in the last (7 days).  kind of crazy that 7 days ago we had nothing... and now we have some amazing artists who are donating.  i cannot even explain my gratitude in words... it just comes out tears.

click the names... they are linked to their gifts for the most part.

Lisa Leonard Designs |  3 necklaces
A Beautiful Mess |  amazing book
Dear Lillie |  over the rainbow print
Lindsay Letters |  print 1 & print 2
Jones Design Company | glory print
Noonday (Stephanie Nunes) |  jewelry
Noonday (Amber Cok) |  jewelry
My SUPER talented friend Amy Mackey
The Sign Cafe |  2 fabulous signs.
Mercy Ink | Give Your Life Away t-shirt
doTerra Family Physicians Kit | Sandy Clark
Snake River Nets | hand crafted fishing net

We are also going to be able to raffle off an amazing kit from doTerra.  

The Emergency Preparedness Kit includes: This kit includes 15 ml bottles of the oils that are essential for every home: Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint, Melaleuca, Oregano, Breathe, DigestZen®, On Guard, Frankincense, TerraShield®, AromaTouch®, Purify, Clove, and Lemongrass, with a 5 ml bottle of Deep Blue®. This kit also includes a Fractionated Coconut Oil, wood storage box, diffuser, and a Family Physician® Audio CD.  Valued at $600.  

they made me real.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

my heart has forever been changed.  adoption has changed it deeply.  it has wrecked me completely.  these two beautiful lives that have joined our crew have completely changed me.  i am so thankful beyond words for that.  i am glad that i am not the same.

they made me real.
they made me see jesus differently.
they made me understand my faith.
they made me know myself.
they made my hurts become exposed.

adoption is change.  lots of change.  not all of it is good, but most of it has been good for us.  it has been a beautiful thing for our family.  hard of course.  but good too.  we have not talked a ton with the kids about our haitian adoption, but tonight something changed.

all four kids wanted to know a little bit about haiti after they sat and discussed what they should name their new sister.

we started our haitian search by watching audio adrenaline's song Kings & Queens which had so much meaning when they first came home.  both the boys would climb up into my lap, not being able to speak very much english, and watch this video over and over and over.  tonight, levi sat on my lap asking questions about haiti.  all four kiddos gathered around the computer.  talking to one another. dreaming of their sister.  talking names.  the happenings of haiti.  the earthquake they saw pictures of on the screen.  the beauty of the country.  their sister became real to them tonight.  it may have been one of the most amazing things i have ever experienced.

she became real... yet still a dream.
she became a pursuit... yet it seems like it is far off.
she became apart of our family... yet she does not know us yet.
one thing i know for sure... she is a child of God.
and for that i prayed today in the carpool line.  i prayed for her heart.  for her heart to heal.  for her heart to already to start to connect.  to become apart of yet another family.

the adoption process is so slow.  but we are moving.  trusting that God has our daughter held close.  knowing that there is hope in this crazy insane plan God has for our lives.  in it simplicity... the idea of her waiting for us became real tonight.


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