Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Spirit Lead Me

Exciting things are beginning to happen in our adoption journey to Brave and Ever! We are on a race to bring Brave home, and we are fully aware of how desperate the situation is!

As I think of the journey we are on in our lives, both the past journeys, and the present journey, the words to the song "Oceans", by Hillsong, settle deep into my heart.

You call me out upon the waters
The great unknown where feet may fail
And there I find You in the mystery
In oceans deep
My faith will stand

Your grace abounds in deepest waters
Your sovereign hand
Will be my guide
Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me
You've never failed and You won't start now

So I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise
My soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine

Those words have proved so true. In the midst of the deepest waters, in the most difficult of times, in the times when I have been surrounded by fear and overwhelmed with grief, it is in those times that I have felt His presence and His grace in a much more real way. This path that we have walked has not been easy, but it is through those hard times that we have learned the most about God, about trust, and about love, and about faith. When all else fails, He will never fail. It is because of this that we can face whatever may lie ahead on this new journey. The road ahead of us with Brave may be long, and it will likely be hard, but it is there in those difficult times when my greatest fear will meet his overwhelming grace. He has never failed us, and He won't start now. And so....

Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior  

Our newest fundraiser to bring Brave and Ever home: 


Now, for the details. You can purchase the shirts on the right hand side of this blog. All shirts include FREE DOMESTIC SHIPPING!!!! These are GREAT high quality shirts. I will take orders for approximately one week. The order will be turned in on Friday, December 12th, and then I should receive the order about 1 week after the orders end. I will then ship them out to you the next business day.
Heather Navy V-neck
Unisex Sizing
$25 with free shipping

Marble Red Dolman/ Marble Blue Dolman/ Navy Dolman
Women's Fit 
$29 with free shipping

To me, this shirt runs small, so I size up two sizes with this style of shirt. 

Grey/Navy Triblend Raglan
Unisex Sizing
$29 with free shipping

White fleck/Navy Triblend Raglan
Unisex Sizing
$29 with free shipping

Dark Red Triblend and Navy Triblend Sweatshirts
Unisex Sizing
$39 with free shipping

Please consider buying a shirt and helping us bring Brave and Ever HOME!!!!!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The Rescued

Sometimes, people are under the impression that there must be something special about families who willingly choose to adopt, especially when we are talking about adopting children with special needs. But, I want to set the record straight......there is absolutely nothing special about us....NOTHING! We are not heroic. We are not rescuers. We are not deserving of praise or special recognition. We are just parents who realized what an incredible blessing children with special needs are to a family. We are just parents who decided to say yes to following God's heart in caring for His children. We are just parents whose hearts were broken by the things that break God's heart. 

“We learned that orphans are easier to ignore before you know their names. They are easier to ignore before you see their faces. It is easier to pretend they’re not real before you hold them in your arms. But once you do, everything changes…” – David Platt, “Radical”

Adoption is not a call for special families, but a call for willing families. It is a call for families who realize the depths of what God did for us when He adopted us.

"God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure." Ephesians 1:5

"I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you." John 14:18

"So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God's Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, "Abba, Father."" Romans 8:15

God loved us. He chose us. He didn't leave us where we were. He came to us. He met us in our deepest need. He wanted us. He pursued us no matter the cost. He adopted us into His family and gave us His name. He gave us all of the rights as His son and His daughter. 

Adoption is a small tangible representation of what He did for us. It has NOTHING to do with us, and EVERYTHING to do with Him!

And now, introducing our newest fundraiser to help us bring Brave and Ever home. Each shirt has been hand designed with one of my favorite adoption quotes. There are several different styles available. These shirts are very high quality, and each shirt includes free domestic shipping!

Now for the shirt details. All prices include FREE shipping withing the US. You can pay for and order the shirts on the right side of our blog. The shirt orders will run for one week. Once the order ends, it will take approximately 2 weeks for the shirts to come in so that I can ship them out to you. Thank you for helping us bring BRAVE and EVER HOME!!!! The details, pricing, and size chart for the shirts are below.

"The Rescued"   Flowy Draped Dolman Sleeve Tee
Women's Fit
$29 (with free shipping in the US)

Here is a size chart for the Dolman. I feel like this shirt runs small. I typically order up two sizes on this shirt for the fit that I like.

"The Rescued" Gray/Navy Triblend 3/4 Sleeve Raglan
Unisex Fit
$29 with FREE domestic shipping

"The Rescued" Navy Triblend T-Shirt
Modern Fit/ Unisex Sizing
50% poly, 25% cotton, 25% rayon
$25 with FREE domestic shipping

"The Rescued" Cardinal T-Shirt
Unisex Sizing
100% superior combed and ring spun cotton
$25 with FREE domestic shipping

Thank you for helping us bring Brave and Ever HOME!!!!!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Bravely Ever After

I plan to open a website soon to sell some handmade items to help us bring Brave and Ever home. I felt it only fitting to name it Bravely Ever After.

We can't wait to bring Brave and Ever home, but with this being our 3rd adoption in the last two years, totaling 6 less orphans, we need all of the help we can get. If we didn't need to get Brave home so soon to the medical care he so desperately needs, we could take our time raising these funds, but we are now in a major rush.

With Christmas around the corner, I hope that some of these designs will appeal to you. I will mainly be focusing on items made with burlap. I love the look and feel of burlap and felt it offered a unique product, and I hope you agree.

I will be starting with selling these 8.5x11 burlap prints. All of these prints have been hand designed by me one piece at a time. There are many different designs to choose from, and they look great by themselves or framed in a collection.

Each print will be available for a $15 donation with shipping included. Until I get the website up and running, you can purchase them by clicking on the Donate button on the top right of the blog and leaving me a note as to which print(s) you would like.

Here are the designs currently offered. Stay tuned for more designs, as well.

Completely customizable "Love Knows No Distance" real burlap print. You choose the country and the location of the heart. I currently have Ukraine, China, Bulgaria, and the continent of Africa. Although not pictured, I also have designs available for Russia, Serbia, Lithuania, and Latvia. These designs can also be done without the heart, if you prefer.


"You Make Me Brave" real burlap print. 

"Be The Good in the World" real burlap print.

"Spirit Lead Me" real burlap print. "Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders." ~ Hillsong

"Love is Patient ~ I Corinthians 13" real burlap print. 

"Love ~ Camera" real burlap print. "Love captures us in a moment, & changes us forever."

"Psalm 18:32-33 Deer" real burlap print. "It is God who arms me with strength, And makes my way perfect. He makes my feet like the feet of deer, And sets me on my high places."

"We Adopt" real burlap print. "We adopt not because we are rescuers. We adopt because we are THE RESCUED" ~ David Platt.


"Hope as an Anchor" real burlap print.

"Fix My Eyes" real burlap print. "Love like I'm not scared.Live life for another. Fight for the weak ones. Speak out for freedom. Find faith in the battle. Stand tall. Fix my eyes on You." ~ For King and Country

"Anatomical Heart Psalm 31:24" real burlap print. As a heart mom, this verse means so much to me. "Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart, All you who hope in the Lord."

"You Make Me Brave 2" real burlap print. "You make me brave. No FEAR can hinder now the LOVE that made a way." ~ Bethel Music

"Be a Light" real burlap print.

Again, each print is available for a $15 donation with domestic shipping included (click on the top right button on this blog). Please leave me a note as to which print(s) you would like. Please consider purchasing some prints to help us bring Brave and Ever home!!!!