Wednesday, October 16, 2013

A Praise and a Plea

I have some very exciting news to share with you guys... we think we have what we need to fund our adoption.

Well, let me clarify... with the garland instasales I will be having soon, and a couple of fundraisers that friends are currently running for us {10% of all October sales from She Does Justice and 50% of all sales from this Scentsy fundraiser}, we think we will hit our mark.

Because I am striving to be very transparent with this adoption {in hopes of encouraging some of you out there to heed the call}, I want to explain how this has all worked. The biggest chunk we are using to fund this adoption is a loan we are taking out of my husband's 401k account. Apparently the stock market has gone up recently, and we can now take more out of our account than we had originally planned. Next, we took some cash out of a credit card that is allowing us no interest through March of 2015. An interest free loan?  Sure!

Finally we have done some serious fundraising!  We have had not one, but two t-shirt campaigns which raised a total of about $3300. We have received large donations from a few friends totally another $1300. Sweet Amy Lou Hawthorne made a print out of one of my Instagram quotes and raised $400 from the sale of those prints. And then my amazing friend Kate sent me some of her fabulous necklaces and I raised over $1200 from selling those bad boys.  Oh, and how could I have forgotten Amy from Evy's Tree who raised $300 from selling her hoodies... the BEST hoodies ever. 

And then I have done these Exchanges.  First we had the Hoop Exchange, which raised about $1400, and then we had the Garland Exchange, which raised over $3000 plus an extra $1200 that I have already made selling the donated extra garlands that some participants made for me {plus some hoops that Richelle Paris and I made}.

Are you adding all this up???  If you are you should be at about $12,100 in just under two months.  That is amazing... I don't care who you are.

I don't think I can describe to someone that hasn't experienced it what it is like to know that friends and strangers are all cheering you on and sacrificing their money to bring your baby home.  It's overwhelming and humbling and amazing.  Period.  The end.

Now, in case you haven't picked up what I've been putting down... I LOVE ADOPTION. And I love helping other people adopt.  When I started doing these exchanges on Instagram I had about 1300 followers, and in the last several weeks that has grown to over 3000!  And since in the last several weeks I have mostly posted about adoption and adoption fundraising, I have to assume that most of these people love adoption too.  {Or at least love helping others.}  The adoption community is very strong on Instagram, and I have been so privileged to be a part of it. 

So last month when a follower on Instagram emailed me to ask if I would mind her copying the exchange idea for their own adoption I said... I can do you one better.

Now that we have reached our goal I would like to continue doing exchanges to help other families meet their adoption needs.  Starting with sweet Kate and her family.

Meet Kate and the rest of the Rallis family:

Hi, I'm Kate and I am married to my childhood friend, Mr. Sideburns. He also goes by Jason, but that's not as fun.

Mr. Sideburns is a gift to my soul. He leads me well, cares deeply for my needs, and gives me cute babies. Eight years ago, when we started planning our future together, I was very honest with him about my intentions. As it turns out, we had the same thing in mind: adoption.

This Friday will be our four year wedding anniversary and we have so much to celebrate. Our oldest son, Firecracker, will be three in November and our little guy, Sunshine, turned one in August. You can read more about my tribe on my blog, Sweet Goings.

We have prayed about adopting a child for years, but it wasn't until January of this year that we fully had peace to move forward. The outpouring of support and love has been amazing. We cannot thank Emmy enough for hosting this exchange, and all of you who plan to participate. This is the Kingdom stuff that gets me super giddy and makes me so proud to belong to Jesus.

Our family has one goal: to refuse small love. We thank you in advance for helping us to pursue this big love designed by our big God.

You can also watch this sweet video of them announcing their big news:

Rallis Adoption Announcements from Jason Rallis on Vimeo.

You can read even more about the Rallis family on Kate's blog: Sweet Goings

I hope you are just as excited to help Kate and her family welcome their daughter as you have been to help me and my family! 

Next Monday, October 21st we will kick off the next exchange: A Handmade Christmas.  It will be run very similarly as my last two exchanges.  I will still be hosting it and collecting the donations, but the funds will be going to the Rallis family adoption fund instead of to ours.

If you are a family in need of adoption funds, please stay tuned.  I need to pray about how exactly God wants me to do this, but I will likely put together a little application for families that would like to benefit from an exchange.

Thanks for letting me share my heart with you all.  And thanks for coming along side me to support the Rallis family!

Now come back Monday and sign up for the exchange here!


  1. This is incredible. I love that you are giving back! Right now, I'm crocheting to raise money for our adoption, and hope that once we can say the words 'we're fully funded' I can give back by crocheting for other families. I'm going to message you personally, but wanted to say it is beautiful to see how the Lord has worked in your own life, and how He is using you in others now. He is a Father to the fatherless. And He is proving that to us over and over and over in our own journey, which has just begun.

  2. Actually...if you could message me, that would be great! I can't figure out how to email you through your blog ;)

  3. Chill bumps! I can only hope when we take our first step towards adoption, that we can be as blessed! You being so transparent and open has truly encouraged my husband and me and let us know that we can fund an adoption. Thank you so much!

  4. This is so awesome, and I can't wait to be a part of this exchange!! We should be traveling next month to bring home our China doll, and meeting other families that support adoption is so great! ♡
    -Erin xoxo

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