So I’m on a new adventure…not really having all the answers, and not really knowing how this will go, but one thing I know: the King has entrusted me with a few creative talents, and they are to be used to show God’s love all over the earth! So I’ve made myself a little tag line: living love beyond borders. The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 13:13, “Now these three things remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.” I am called to live love wherever I go, with whatever I put my hands to. Love really is that simple.
So here I am, with these two hands that can sew and make pretty things, and take pretty pictures, and a passion to make a difference in bringing forever families together as well as spreading the love of Christ to the nations. Without knowing exactly what the future may hold, I can start with my small, and give using fabric! What fun!
SEWWWW…Here’s the scoop. Every item purchased from my new “Adopting Nations Shop” and 100% of the proceeds from my photography will be used towards missions work, both locally and internationally, as well as supporting waiting adoptive families who are endeavoring to change the lives of littles forever. Each month I will feature a different family and 20% of every purchase made with directly benefit that family. I also work closely with Reach Ministries International, which reaches out to young people in Mid-Michigan, as well as takes teams internationally to do missions work. I have been on many of these trips myself and am going to Cambodia in June again! This will be my 4th time to the nation of Cambodia! (be on the lookout for Cambodian fabrics! I usually buy fabrics from wherever I visit! pssst..there’s fabric directly from Hawaii in my shop right now, as well as handmade batiks purchased from Ghana!)
And this all begins…….NOW!
I am happy to introduce you to my Michigan friends, Jared and Tara Kram and their beautiful daughter Savannah. They are going to be my featured family for April. I met this sweet family during our OWN adoption of our two boys from the Democratic Republic of Congo. They were in the process with us, using the same agency, and we figured out we lived in the same state, so we were instantly friends…because if you’re adopting internationally, you have to have a certain tenacity and passion for changing the world….and that’s my kind of people! And you have to be a little bit crazy too. 🙂
This precious family however, after the suspension was enacted, made the tough decision to leave the DRCongo program and pursue the adoption of a little girl in Sierra Leone. They’ve been working so hard to do justly and walk humbly and are fighting to bring their sweet girl forever home!
A note from Tara:
“We have been in the process of adopting since July 2013 and are still trying to get our little girl home. The journey has been long, but we know it will be worth it in the end. We know that this is how we are supposed to grow our family despite the obstacles we have encountered in the past two and a half years. We’re not there yet, but God has moved mountains already to keep the process moving and we are trusting that he will continue to do so. We have been to Africa twice already and will need to go two more times before our daughter comes home. The hurdles of passing court in Africa and then being approved by the U.S. government are daunting, to say the least. We are praying they go smoothly and quickly so our daughter can join us this summer. Thanks for being part of our “village” to support our daughter and family!”
It’s been a LONG wait for them….an arduous journey, and I know this journey all too well. Would you join me, and surround this family with crazy love, just as you did ours? The cost is great. Yes, financially, it is VERY great, but the cost emotionally, mentally, and yes even physically sometimes is enough to make you want to crawl in a hole and never come out. They need prayer, encouragement, and their hands lifted up so the sun will stand still for them! And if you are able, please support this family financially. They have a donations page which you can directly support them through. Another option too, is to purchase something from my store! 20% cash goes directly to their adoption costs. This family is amazing and I’ve known them for a few years now and sat in their home and have seen their heart. I personally cannot wait for their daughter to play together on the sugar sand Michigan beach with our two boys. That day is coming! Thank you all for supporting and living love with whatever you have! For those of you that know me, I am no longer using my etsy store (to save on fees!). I am doing everything through my OWN STORE online! You can connect to my store by clicking on the store tab, or click here: Adopting Nations Shop.