I believe that everything happens for a reason. I think that for the most part, the way things work out in life, the moments we go through and especially the people we meet... are all part of a much bigger plan.
Today I want to introduce you to Jamie and Josh. I met Jamie for the first time last year while at our friend Becki's awesome crafting event, and we immediately hit it off.
Soon, our families were introduced to each other, and I can't tell you how stoked Jamie and I both were to find out exactly how much our non-gaming, non-sports playing/watching, pro-DIY'ing, pro-cooking/foodie, super-family-involved husbands had in common! :)
Now, I have to introduce you to Zoe (pronounced Zoey). This is Jamie and Josh's daughter... and Aubrielle's all-time bestest little friend (that isn't a cousin... but might as well be. ha!). These two are the coolest little chicks that you ever did meet. They never fight, are constantly giggling, dancing and playing when they're together, and can spend days with each other, just to turn right around 10 minutes later and ask either Jamie or I, "Mom, when can I play with Zoe/Aubrie again!?" ha! I love these two.
...sweet baby Evie!
It's a moment I will cherish forever, and something I will never, ever forget. The overwhelming feeling of love was so strong in that airport, and I can't tell you how happy and relieved ALL of us were to see that precious little baby finally home, safe and sound.
Oh my word, I could love on this angel-girl all day long. She's perfect, and after being around her more, and seeing how happy both she and her beaming new parents are, the only thing I have to say is... ADOPTION ROCKS! It's meant to be. It changes lives. It saves, and heals.It is so amazing to see what it's like for families and couples to be able to finally welcome home a new child into their lives after all of the heartache of infertility, and time and sacrifice of saving up the money to even afford adoption, or procedures like In Vitro Fertilization.
WORDS FROM JAMIE - shared via the Small Fry blog:
"In the middle of October we returned home with our 5 month old daughter Evie from Ethiopia. It has been an amazing experience to be able to go back to Africa to bring home another daughter. It took over 21 months and two visits to Ethiopia to receive a referral and bring her home. She was very sick and malnourished when we met her (four pounds at twenty days old!) and we were worried she wouldn't even make it. Now she is home with us and thriving. We have been so blessed to have these two girls in our lives. Having a family on our own is a blessing that many of us do not have. Adoption can make it possible for families to be together. Many people do not understand just how difficult adoption can be. You must prove that you can be a good parent and the costs to do this can be staggering. I am so grateful for Sage & Harper in supporting adoption and helping families who could not afford the costs to be able to bring their children home. My family would not be complete without my daughters."
This week one of my favorite small business, Sage & Harper, who donates a portion of their proceeds from each of their stunning, high-quality bags to Pound the Pavement, has teamed up with the Small Fry girls and Brickyard Buffalo to spread the word about this charity that sponsors couples struggling with funding their adoption or In Vitro treatments.
I LOVE my Sage & Harper bags! And now they've created this perfect, new messenger bag together, and are selling it with the hopes that others will be inspired to purchase and support couples like Matt and Stephanie! All sales from the proceeds of THIS bag, will go to help them!
So if you're in need of a cute new bag, or know someone this Christmas who would love something special like this, head on over and lend your support!