Monday, February 23, 2015

World Down Syndrome Day

Introducing our newest shirts in time for World Down Syndrome Day!!! The are many different styles and colors to choose from. Here is a sneak peak. Scroll to the bottom of this blog post for all of the shirts available.


Everyday, I feel incredibly blessed to be the mama to 2 AMAZING little boys with Down syndrome! The absolute JOY they bring to our lives is beyond anything we could have ever anticipated! Our lives are so much much better....just from knowing them.  Ryder has been home from Ukraine for 2 1/2 years now, and Anchor has been home from China for 7 months now. My heart melts every time I hear them call me mama or every time they wrap their arms around my neck to give me a hug. I feel overwhelmingly grateful that I have the amazing privilege of calling these boys my sons. We cannot imagine our lives without the incredible joy they bring us every single day.

On the other side of the world, an equally AMAZING little girl waits. She waits for a family of her own. She waits to finally be CHOSEN! She isn't the cute, squishy toddler anymore, and truthfully, she isn't so little anymore. She is a 12 year old beautiful girl who has waited SO LONG for a family to finally call her their own. She waits because she was born with Down syndrome. We cannot wait to be her family. We already have our approval from her country, and we are planning to travel in less than 4 weeks. The only thing standing in the way is raising the rest of the funding required to bring her and her 10 year old, soon to be brother, with a severe, life-threatening heart defect, home. We have approximately $14,000 left to raise and very little time to do it due to us medically expediting to get our son the medical care he needs for his heart.

Right down the road from us, there lives another AMAZING little girl with Down syndrome named Isabella. My aunt and uncle adopted her from Ukraine about 2 1/2 years ago. Adopting Bella has been a complete joy in their lives. She is growing and learning each day, and her perseverance is an admirable quality about her. There is not a person that she has met that she does not LOVE. She is always smiling, passing out kisses, and her mama asks God each night how did she get to be so lucky to have this little girl as her daughter. And, half way around the world, there is another 7 year old little girl who has lived her life without a family by her side.....all because she, too, was born with Down syndrome. She has no idea that this family loves her so much, and they are working so hard to bring her home. They cannot wait to welcome her into their lives and hearts.

The proceeds from these shirts will go towards bringing both of these AMAZING girls home to their families. It's a win win situation. You can help spread Down syndrome awareness and just how AMAZING our children with Down syndrome are, all while helping bring two incredible girls with Down syndrome home to their families who love them so much.

Now, for the details. These are all incredibly high quality shirts. They will likely be the softest shirts you have ever owned.

The first design is "Keep Calm". These are available in Adult and Youth Sizes. They are also available as a front design only or a front and back design.

These are the adult "Keep Calm" shirts available. The t-shirts, v-necks, and raglans are all an extremely soft triblend material. The adult t-shirts and v-necks are $26 with free domestic shipping and the raglans and dolmans are $29 with free domestic shipping. All of the Keep Calm shirts, except for the dolman, are available as a front and back design for only $1 more per shirt.

These are the youth "Keep Calm" shirts available. They are available in sizes Youth XS - Youth XL. The unisex youth shirts are an extremely soft triblend material and the youth girl's fit shirts are a soft poly/cotton blend material. They are all also available in a front design only or a front/back design. The youth shirts are $25 with free domestic shipping, or $26 with free domestic shipping for a front/back design.

The second design is "Extraordinary". These are available in Adult and Youth Sizes. They are a front design only. These are the adult shirts available in this design. They are available in sizes Adult S - Adult XXL. The t-shirts and v-neck are $26 with free domestic shipping. The raglans are $29 with free domestic shipping.


These are the youth shirts available in the "Extraordinary" design. They are available in sizes Youth S - Youth XL. The unisex shirts are an extremely soft triblend material, and the girl's fit shirts are a soft poly/cotton blend material. They are $25 with free domestic shipping.

The third design is "My Heart Belongs". These are available in adult sizes S-2XL. They are a front design only. The t-shirts are $26 with free domestic shipping. The dolmans and raglans are $29 with free domestic shipping. The t-shirts, and raglans are a unisex fit and the dolman's are a women's fit.

I hope you will consider buying one or a few of these shirts to help spread awareness of just how awesome are children with Down syndrome are.....all while helping us bring our AMAZING daughter and her AMAZING cousin home!!!!

You can purchase the shirts using the drop down buttons on the right side of our blog. Orders will only run for 1 week (until Monday, March 2nd) to allow for time for them to be printed and shipped out in time for World Down Syndrome Day.

NOTE on sizing. All of the adult shirts are a unisex sizing, except for the dolman's. They are a women's fit sizing. They are the hardest shirts for me to describe the fit. Some people say they run true to size and others feel they run small. They are extremely roomy on top no matter which size you order, but they are fitted at the waist. I order up 2 sizes in this shirt because I like a little extra room around my waist.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

My Heart Belongs to a Heart Warrior

The order has now been turned in. You heart families are AMAZING!!!!! Nearly 100 orders in less than 24 hours!!!!!! Thank you all SO MUCH for sharing our shirts and purchasing them!!!! Not only will you be spreading CHD awareness, but you will be helping our son come home to the love and medical care that every child deserves!!!!! THANK YOU!!!!!!

I recently designed some Heart Warrior shirts to help spread CHD awareness, as well as raise some funds towards the remaining funds we need to raise to bring our son with a severe unrepaired heart defect home from China. I had several people request an adult shirt, and so I got to work designing a shirt that would be perfect for anyone whose life has been touched by a heart warrior. These are not only for those of you whose heart warriors are still fighting their battles on this earth, but for those of you whose heart warriors are no longer in your arms. Although my son Isaac is no longer in my arms, he will always be my amazing heart warrior. I am SO SO proud of how hard he fought, and I am so proud of my heart boys who are still in my arms. I know all of you feel the same way about the amazing heart heroes in your life, whether they are still in your arms, or not. 

And, so, introducing, "My Heart Belongs". They are available in raglans ($30 - front and back design), v-necks ($26), and t-shirts ($24). There are 2 different brands of raglans, so please read about those at the bottom of the post. The raglans are $30 each with free shipping. Please note, the pink sleeved raglan is only available in a size L and XL, all other raglans are available in size S-XXL. You can order the shirts using the drop down menus on the right hand side of the blog.

These shirts are also available in a very soft marble triblend v-neck (front design only). The v-necks are $26 with free shipping. The available colors are marble navy, marble maroon, marble white, and marble charcoal and the sizes available are XS-XXL. 

They are also available in a triblend t-shirt. The t-shirts are $24 with free domestic shipping. The available t shirt colors are triblend red, triblend navy, and triblend berry and the sizes are S-XXL. All shirts are unisex sizing.

There are 2 different brands of raglans available (Canvas brand and LAT brand). I personally prefer the Canvas, but they don't have that brand available in toddler/youth sizes. So, if you are wanting a raglan that will be an exact match to the Heart Warrior shirts you ordered for your heart warrior (Heart Warrior shirts available here: Hero Hearts for Brave), you will want to order the LAT brand. The main differences are that the LAT brand is a poly/cotton blend, while the Canvas is a triblend (poly/cotton/rayon), so the Canvas brand is a thin and extremely soft shirt. The LAT brand is still very soft, it is just not quite as soft. Also, the Canvas hems are a finished hem, and the LAT brand has a serged hem. They both look great and are almost identical in price, it just depends on what you prefer.You can't go wrong with either brand.

Canvas Brand (available in triblend navy sleeves and triblend red sleeves - don't have a mock up of the triblend red, yet)

LAT Brand (available in vintage navy sleeves, vintage red sleeves, and vintage pink sleeves, although vintage pink is only available in L and XL)

Please consider ordering a shirt (or a few). Not only would you be spreading CHD awareness and how proud you are of your heart warrior, but you would be helping us bring our son home to love before it is too late!