11.11.2013

Adoption Rocks! + Sage & Harper Bags

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.
Josh and Jamie started their family after they were married and had two of the cutest boys; then a little over three years ago they had the amazing experience of bringing home their first, adorable daughter, and Aubrie's dearest friend Zoe, from Rwanda. Now just shy of a month ago, after a ton of anticipation, OUR little family had the opportunity to actually be part of the most amazing event, of when Josh and Jamie were able to welcome home another new family member into their lives, who was born in Ethiopia...

...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!
xoxo

19 comments:

  1. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU Shelley! Your heart is huge and we feel your love for such a special cause!

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  2. I LOVE adoption. I wish it was more affordable. We have adopted our only daughter and it was truly an amazing experience. Thank you for sharing their story.

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  3. Incredible post. What an amazing family. As the mother of an older adopted daughter, I can tell you adoption is life changing. Our daughter joined our family as a foster child at age 7 (we were able to adopt her two years later and now she is 10 (we are celebrating her 1 year anniversary later this month!). She has made our lives so much fuller and everyday we learn something new about her and ourselves. Adoption does rock!

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  4. What a Wonderful Thing it is that people want to help and be supportive and show love for one another. What an inspired post! Thanks! The Girls are Beautiful and the bags are beautiful too! :D

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  5. I was so impressed that I showed up to your yard sale to benefit adoption over the summer, and Jamie was so sweet to introduce me to her family. I'm ecstatic that the sweet baby girl she told me about is home, and happy :). What a special friendship. I look up to you ladies so much.

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  6. My husband and I have struggled with infertility or 10 years. We have never been able to conceive a child of our own. We pray that in the next 5 years the doors will be open for us to adopt through the foster system here in the states. We can't wait to be parents, but we are also praying for peace if we don't become parents. Adoption is amazing. Thanks for sharing this wonderful story!

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  7. I loved this story. My husband and I recently had our first daughter. We both know we want to expand more in a couple of years and are heavily debating adoption as a way to complete our family. Those girls are adorable!

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  8. I have followed your blog for over a year now, watching you transform your home, watching your beautiful daughters grow, watching your struggle with and triumph with weight loss, being envious of the talent you an Cason seem to just ooze from your pores, building the nerve to do some fun DIY-ing of my own (Starting with the entry closet this month inspired by your Entry closet transformation from long ago) but not one time, no matter what I saw, read, or was inspired by have I left a comment. I am not a comment snob, I have plenty to say (Just ask my Husband and kids!) But I guess I just never really felt the need to shout out before.
    Well Mr & Mrs Smith and your beautiful Children, I am shouting now. This is the most amazing thing I've seen on your blog. I know families who have been completed by this wonderful struggle/gift that is adoption. It's a blessing for so many.
    I've just found my Christmas shopping all in one place. I am buying a Messenger bag for my Mom, Mother-in-Law, Sister, Best friend, Best friends Daughter (Who has 2 beautiful ADOPTED special needs children of her own), Dear sweet friend who has adopted 2 gorgeous, happy little girls from China, one for my Daughter and one for myself. I truly do hope they sell out of these bags and have to make more over and over and over again.
    Thank you Smith family for being such an inspiration to so many!

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  9. I have followed your blog for over a year now, watching you transform your home, watching your beautiful daughters grow, watching your struggle with and triumph with weight loss, being envious of the talent you an Cason seem to just ooze from your pores, building the nerve to do some fun DIY-ing of my own (Starting with the entry closet this month inspired by your Entry closet transformation from long ago) but not one time, no matter what I saw, read, or was inspired by have I left a comment. I am not a comment snob, I have plenty to say (Just ask my Husband and kids!) But I guess I just never really felt the need to shout out before.
    Well Mr & Mrs Smith and your beautiful Children, I am shouting now. This is the most amazing thing I've seen on your blog. I know families who have been completed by this wonderful struggle/gift that is adoption. It's a blessing for so many.
    I've just found my Christmas shopping all in one place. I am buying a Messenger bag for my Mom, Mother-in-Law, Sister, Best friend, Best friends Daughter (Who has 2 beautiful ADOPTED special needs children of her own), Dear sweet friend who has adopted 2 gorgeous, happy little girls from China, one for my Daughter and one for myself. I truly do hope they sell out of these bags and have to make more over and over and over again.
    Thank you Smith family for being such an inspiration to so many!

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  10. I love reading this! We are also a mixed race family. There is nothing more wonderful than the first time they place your beautiful baby in your arms. Congratulations to them! Mine are now 12 and 11.

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  11. What a wonderful story… thank you for sharing! Adoption is wonderful, and I think whether or not you can have children it's an option everyone should consider. :)
    Congratulations to Jamie and Josh!

    Brandi @ Nest of Bliss

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  12. Some people choose to adopt even if they can have biological children because God calls us to care for the orphans. Adoption doesn't just happen bc of infertility issues. There are so many orphans in this world and we are all called to care for them in some way. Especially through adoptions with families with biological children too.

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  13. Beautiful post! My husband and I have been struggling with starting a family for almost 3 long years now. Adoption may be in our future, but the costs are just staggering. :( It's so unfair.

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  14. This is my first time reading this blog and what a great introduction! Your friends are truly blessed with a beautiful family. How awesome to share such a wonderful memory. Can't wait to go back and read more of your older blog posts!

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  15. This is awesome! I love the pics of Aubrie and Zoe on your IG feed! I feel like I know those cute little ladies! Adoption and the internet are amazing! xoxo

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  16. I LOVE this! My husband and I welcomed a baby girl from Ethiopia to our home last August. Adoption does ROCK and I love that you are spreading awareness :)

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  17. What an amazing story. Love it. The girls are gorgeous. It's so nice that you all have a bonded friendship, that means the world today. Thanks for sharing. :)

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  18. Love this and ADOPTION our four children are adopted and there is nothing in this life that means more to us then family!!! Beautiful post and family!!

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