I’m happy you’re here. I’ll go first: I’m a full-time journalist turned work-at-home writer. I’m hitched to a shaggy-haired pastor and we’re smitten with two wild + crazy boys: Joseph (4) and Asher (1). I drink strong coffee, I like pretty things, and I believe there’s beauty in the broken.
I hope this little space will encourage you to find worth and live a story worth sharing.
What is Many Sparrows?
This little corner of the Internet aims to encourage women, spurring them on to find worth and live a story worth sharing.
God tells us He cares about the little things — even down to a teeny, tiny sparrow. And if He cares about a little bird, how much more does He care about us — who are worth far more than many sparrows? Let’s dwell in the truth that He loves us with an arms-stretched-out kind love. Let’s rest easy, knowing we’re valued, loved, and worth more than we can even fathom.
I’m a person who’s blemished and blessed. All good things in my life flow from Jesus. My mission is to reflect his generous, grace-filled love with all my heart, soul, and mind. I’m passionate about shedding religious cliches and living an authentic, Kingdom life. Sometimes I get frustrated and often times I fail. I’m a work in progress.
Find Your Worth & Live a Story Worth Telling
My heart is to use this corner of the Internet to make much of Jesus. To use my words to reflect the creator of all things who gives extravagant grace, who radiates beauty and light in a very dark world.
I’m a mama of two little boys, and sometimes I just need a space to talk about things like shift dresses and wedge booties and dry shampoo. Let’s share our secrets, shall we?
Motherhood is messy. My hope is that my words + stories can be an encouragement to you in your parenting journey.
- Thank you to all of my amazing friends who generously contributed items from their closets. Without them, this sale would have been 1/15th of the size! I’m grateful for such sweet friends. And it’s a bonus that they happen to be very well dressed.
- Thank you to each person who bid, and bid, and bid some more for our sale. Some of you I know, but many of you I don’t. Thank you for being part of our story.
- Thank you to the generous ladies behind Graystitch, Rapped with Luv, and @FabFindsFash. You ladies went out of your way to donate and offer to bless our family. Your kindness does not go unnoticed.
- Thank you to all of you who shared about the sale on your blogs and social media accounts. The Internet can be used for good.
Now: Joseph wants to share a special number with you. Because of your closet contributions and purchases, our grand total is…
Whoa, right? We are so grateful, and this will definitely help us as look to our upcoming adoption fees. When you gather ladies to shop for a cause, amazing things can happen! When I started getting the wild idea to make this happen, I wasn’t sure what it would look like — I’ve never seen anything quite like this before! (In fact, Instagram kicked me off on Monday night because I posted too much!) You ladies showed up and gave out of your hearts and I’m definitely a little bit teary. At the end of this story, there is a little one (or little ones) who will be part of our family, forever. I’m not sure my mama heart can express what that means to me!
Now it’s time to write invoices and email winners and pack and ship! If you won an item, you’ll receive an email from me within the week — hopefully this weekend. Then, there will be directions for shipping and payment.
As we walk into the unknown and trust God that he will form our family in the ways only He can, we go through all of the paperwork and processes to ensure this adoption is done correctly and ethically.
We’ve just completed our home study, the giant 500-billion-page document written by a social worker who has poured over every detail of our lives to ensure that we are approved to be an adoptive family.
Adoption, as I’m sure you’ve probably heard, can be costly. Social workers, attorneys, agencies — each are compensated to ensure things are handled the right way. We’re a young family that has been saving for a second adoption since we completed our first. Every Christmas gift, every extra bit, has gone into a special account for “someday.” And someday is here!
My husband is a pastor who took on an extra job as a high school speech coach this year, and I’m a freelance writer/editor who has taken on extra projects to make this adoption a reality. We are also trying to think of creative ways to tackle the fees.
Here’s where the fun part comes in: We’re hosting a GIANT shop-our-closets sale this coming Monday, April 27 at 7 p.m.
These shop-my-closet sales have become so popular on Instagram, and I love them! (I love scoring thrifted treasures — you can have on-point style on a budget!)
As you’ve seen in the past, thinking creatively about our closets is something that is close to my heart. (Remember this closet-clean-out fundraiser sale I held for our Nigerian-American friends’ adoption?) Shopping consignment is an ethical, sustainable choice — not to mention, affordable!
Think of this sale as us doing the dirty work for you — all you have to do is sit back and bid away — knowing that 100 percent of all money is going directly to our adoption account. You’ll get some crazy-awesome deals, and you’ll be entering into the work God is doing to provide waiting little ones a permanent, loving family.
- I gathered more than 10 of my most stylish friends of all shapes and sizes, and together, we cleaned out our closets.
- We have around 200 gently-worn items in quality brands (think J. Crew, Banana Republic, Gap, Free People, Anthropologie, Sevenly). Basically, my basement looks like an amazing women’s boutique right now. You’re going to want this stuff!
- We’re selling it ALL (think 25+ dresses, 75+ tops, skirts, ethically-made jewelry, scarves, heels) in a HUGE Instagram auction-style fundraiser to combat adoption fees.
- To join in on the sale: Follow us at @craigsadopt, and get those bidding fingers ready!
- Each item will have a fairly low starting bid price, though we hope you have fun and bid generously! The sale will go on for 24 hours.
- To bid, you must have a PayPal account. If you don’t, go sign up here!
We want others to know that adoption is worth it, because at the end of the journey, there’s a child who is going to feel a family’s love and there will be a family whose lives are changed by the love of a child.
Giveaway time: We’re giving away the gorgeous Santa Fe necklace below, ethically handmade from women in Haiti through Vi Bella ($35 value). Share about the image above on Instagram with the date/time (Monday, April 27 at 7 p.m.) and tag us in the status (@craigsadopt) for an entry, and tag friends for more entries. (We’ll draw a winner Tuesday, April 28 – no purchase necessary, U.S. residents only.)
Thank you for entering into our story.
Every morning, I stumble out of bed, grab my Coke-bottle glasses, and shuffle my way across the hardwood floors into the kitchen. Our four-year-old waits patiently for his oatmeal, and his hand always seems to find mine as I make breakfast in the early morning hours. I pour myself coffee as our two-year-old, his bedhead just as wild as his little heart, comes hustlin’ out of his room.
Motherhood, you guys. It’s chaotic and sleep-deprived and sweet and 100 kinds of awesome.
I became a mom in a fashion that only God could create. I was a young, twenty-something newlywed learning more about the world, and more about its creator, every day. We were stumbly and we weren’t perfect, but we couldn’t help but sense that God was leading us both down a path to parenthood that, in the world’s eyes, was a bit unconventional.
My husband and I both started to feel the tug on our hearts for children who didn’t have families. We both grew up in safe and loving two-parent homes, and we couldn’t shake the idea of little ones not growing up without the structure and nurture a family provides. We knew we couldn’t do everything, but we could be open to doing something. We prayed, and asked God to lead.
One billion “only-God” stories later, and we were getting off a plane, welcoming our incredible one-year-old son into our arms, forever. Joseph joined our family via adoption from West Africa (you can learn much more about that here), and our lives have been so radically blessed by his presence. We grieve for what he lost with his fist family, but we praise God that he writes beautiful stories from brokenness.
Fast forward two years, and we welcomed a second son into our lives, this time the old-fashioned way. Asher fits into our family perfectly, and it’s a joy to see my sons grow and learn and play and explore life together.
And now, our hearts are open to more. And we continue to believe that God will form our family once again through adoption. There are children here and abroad waiting for safe and loving homes, and it’s at the core of our heart that we might have the privilege of being a family for another little one (or ones). This time our process will happen in the U.S. We’re not quite sure what this adoption will look like, though we know we want to be a family for a waiting child.
Over oatmeal and apple juice in sippie cups, we talk about adding a new brother or sister to the mix. “I know, Mommy!” Joseph says, scooping in another mouthful of breakfast. “We’re going to have two sisters! And name them Mommy and Daddy!”
Tomorrow, I’ll be sharing how you can hop on board to help us tackle some adoption fees — and score some serious style deals in the process!