i almost said no

For World Adoption Day, I'm joining forces with Noonday Collection for an adoption fundraiser, benefiting adoptive mamas in Iowa and women around the world. Now faith is assurance of things hoped for, a conviction of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1

http://symona.ru/symona/html/latinskiy-alfavit-tablitsa.html латинский алфавит таблица When I saw the text pop up on my phone, I flicked it away.

It wasn’t asking anything bad, of course. Actually, it was a sweet offer from an even sweeter friend.

“Can I host a Noonday adoption fundraiser for you?”

http://xn--c1acm6b.xn--p1ai/zxyvi/uvdsuvh34/metafizicheskaya-tablitsa-luizi-hey.html метафизическая таблица луизы хей I almost said no. I almost said no because I feel self-conscious about fundraising. But as any adoptive parent will tell you, adoption is expensive. And when you’re on a pastor/freelance writer salary, even as much as you scrimp and save and take on extra work, you just can’t get that adoption saving account high enough on your own.

http://oglion.ru/pozdravleniya-so-svadboy-docheri-ot-mami.html поздравления со свадьбой дочери от мамы I’m a big fan of Noonday Collection. (My husband can attest to that — I ask for it every Christmas.) The jewelry is my style and I’ve always loved that the business was started by an adoptive mom. The heart of the business, though, is what seals the deal for me: Men and women working for fair wages, so that financial stability would never be a reason for their children to become orphans.

So, in a moment of conviction, I grabbed my phone and texted her back.

“Yes, thank you.”

http://www.jesussepulveda.com/wp-includes/widgets/sitemap17.html структура памяти в психологии I’m excited about our trunk show because my two friends joining forces to host the party are also in the adoption process. It’s humbling — and empowering — to link arms with other women, looking to a brighter future, even from our little corner of Iowa.

For World Adoption Day, I'm joining forces with Noonday Collection for an adoption fundraiser, benefiting adoptive mamas in Iowa and women around the world.

красивое поздравление для подруги So, consider this your invitation. Your invitation to check out the stunning fall + winter Noonday Collection line. Items are certified fair-trade, created by artisans around the world. Jewelry and accessories always feature natural resources used from each country of origin.

It’s tough to think about where our favorite items come from. For the past couple years, I’ve been (imperfectly) making the slow transition to ethical fashion. This means I often buy thrifted items, with the occasional fair-trade splurge. :)

эриус сироп для детей инструкция Thankfully, Noonday has gorgeous items in every budget, and I got to play dress up with my Noonday ambassador friend stash as she prepares to host our show.For World Adoption Day, I'm joining forces with Noonday Collection for an adoption fundraiser, benefiting adoptive mamas in Iowa and women around the world.

http://xn--999-5cdjmgoc.xn--p1ai/wp-includes/theme-compat/sitemap31.html расписание автобусов красноярск уяр автовокзал Here are a few looks we put together. Above, I’m wearing: The earrings are the Ombre Prism style ($38) and I love how they catch the light. Bracelets: La Noche ($38), gorgeous glass beads, made in Guatemala; Cosmos ($52), thread, metal, and glass, made in Guatemala.

Noonday Ombre Prism Earrings, Arctic Dreams Cowl, Cosmos bracelet, For World Adoption Day, I'm joining forces with Noonday Collection for an adoption fundraiser, benefiting adoptive mamas in Iowa and women around the world.

The scarf is the so soft Arctic Dreams cowl, which is new just for the Noonday winter line. It’s warm + cozy, and 100 percent alpaca, handmade in Peru. It’s one of the higher-level items, so ask your hubby to order this for you for Christmas (you have until Oct. 31 to order!).

Tamia Bib Necklace. Making Noonday necklaces in Ecuador. For World Adoption Day, I'm joining forces with Noonday Collection for an adoption fundraiser, benefiting adoptive mamas in Iowa and women around the world. Many Sparrows blog.

Above, I’m wearing the Tamia Bib necklace ($78) made of tagua seed from Ecuador. My friend Sara actually traveled to Ecuador with Noonday and worked with an artisan to create that necklace. Incredible, right? Seeing that photo makes it so real, thinking of the beautiful hands that worked on each piece before getting to us.

Making necklaces in Ecuador. For World Adoption Day, I'm joining forces with Noonday Collection for an adoption fundraiser, benefiting adoptive mamas in Iowa and women around the world. Many Sparrows blog.

Tamia Bib Necklace. Making Noonday necklaces in Ecuador. For World Adoption Day, I'm joining forces with Noonday Collection for an adoption fundraiser, benefiting adoptive mamas in Iowa and women around the world. Many Sparrows blog.

http://mma-club.ru/ilmenskiy-zapovednik-prezentatsiya.html ильменский заповедник презентация I paired the necklace with the Addis Bracelet ($30) made from upcycled artillery shells from Ethiopia and the Monaco Bracelet ($38) from India, made from ethically harvested bone and brass from India. You’ll see that I’m also wearing these charming silver Cubed Studs ($38) from Peru: mamas, these are perfect for grabby toddlers. And they’re so versatile, too!

Sojourner Bag Noonday Collection. For World Adoption Day, I'm joining forces with Noonday Collection for an adoption fundraiser, benefiting adoptive mamas in Iowa and women around the world.
гардеробная в мансарде своими руками The look above was a bit my style, and a few steps out of my comfort zone, too. I automatically gravitated toward the Sojourner Bag ($198). Total swoon – it’s made of leather and wool from India. But, the Indigo Silk Scarf + Waterfall necklace combo isn’t something I would probably do if I didn’t have a style-savvy friend encouraging me to try it. I’m also wearing the Moonrise Cuff ($72) made of horn and metal from Vietnam, Silver Steps ($34) black and silver wrap bracelet from India. I’m also wearing the Streamline earrings ($52) from Peru.

For World Adoption Day, I'm joining forces with Noonday Collection for an adoption fundraiser, benefiting adoptive mamas in Iowa and women around the world.

http://stroj-material.ru/stroj-material/system/slozhen-li-koreyskiy-yazik.html сложен ли корейский язык Above: Some affordable bracelets ($14!) for any budget.

новая почта адреса When you shop, you can feel good about your purchases, knowing that you’re getting high-quality items, and that you’re supporting:

1) three families in the process of adopting here in Iowa

2) countless Noonday-employed women and families around the world

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For World Adoption Day, I'm joining forces with Noonday Collection for an adoption fundraiser, benefiting adoptive mamas in Iowa and women around the world.

shop our closets for adoption

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проверить вид на жительство на действительность 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. http://ekspress-pereezd.ru/foramen-v-natalnoy-karte.html форамен в натальной карте 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.

shop our closets for adoption adoption auction instagram fundraiser @craigsadopt Many Sparrows Blog adoption fundraiser thrifted clothes #shopmycloset #adoptionauctionThese 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!

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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.

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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.)

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Need reminders of the sale? Let’s connect on Facebook. Questions? Shoot me a message — I’d love to hear from you! If you feel led to give, you can make a donation to our adoption here.

Thank you for entering into our story.

be the 3 percent: a leadership lesson we all need

Go Blog Social blogging conference for Midwest Bloggers at Berg Event Space in Kansas City April 2015. Kayla Craig | Many Sparrows Blog.

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Go Blog Social blogging conference for Midwest Bloggers at Berg Event Space in Kansas City April 2015. Kayla Craig | Many Sparrows Blog.

Because I have an awesome husband willing to take the reigns at home and lovely bloggin’ mama friend (here’s lookin’ at you, Erin!) down to make the trek with me, I was able to sneak in a lovely little getaway. (Annnnd, I chopped off six inches from my hair a day before I left. Successful lob? You be the judge.)

I found myself immersed in the gorgeous Berg Event Space in KC’s Power & Light District, scribbling notes (and, let’s be honest — lots of tweeting) inspired by some on-point girl bosses.

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повесть о хорошем человеке An unofficial theme emerged at Go Blog Social 2015: Authenticity. Here’s what I learned:

http://vh161718.eurodir.ru/doki/mon-kafe-tver.html мон кафе тверь As women, we wrestle with authenticity. It’s tough to be vulnerable — it’s uncomfortable to put ourselves out there. But when we do? Big things happen, friends.

Go Blog Social blogging conference for Midwest Bloggers at Berg Event Space in Kansas City April 2015. Kayla Craig | Many Sparrows Blog.

http://kbs-wcb.org/images/vijesti/zakon-nyutona-dlya-vyazkogo-treniya.html закон ньютона для вязкого трения I came to the conference weary about my online presence. I wondered if I was just adding to the noise. (Switchfoot has an old song with lyrics, “If I’m adding to the noise, turn off this song.”) and that’s kind of how I was feeling. I doubted that my words mattered.

http://www.virtualplusdigital.com/videos/clases-de-yoga/ekonomist-v-stroitelstve-dolzhnostnaya-instruktsiya.html экономист в строительстве должностная инструкция And then Alissa Circle, co-founder of Pollinate Media, kicked off the conference with so much truth.

  • “You have a story to tell. Tell it. Don’t try to mimic someone else.”
  • “Don’t play the comparison game — write what you’re passionate about.”
  • “Be authentic. Write about what you love — that’s the greatest thing about blogging.”

менеджер ит проектов Alissa gave tangible, real-life tips for work-at-home mamas. Her advice for scheduling your day and making yourself — and your family — a priority was so life-giving to me as I navigate that mythical work-life balance as a freelance editor/part-time journalist/blogger/mama to littles/pastor’s wife/small-town dweller/ALLTHETHINGS.

Meggan Wood, creator of the absolutely lovely Lily Jade designer diaper bags, left me encouraged that you can create beautiful things without sacrificing the heart and soul behind your work.

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Go Blog Social was a little fist-bump and small rest from a pretty wild and crazy life. The one-on-one girl time I got with my friend Erin refreshed my soul. Being in a room full of creative women living life on purpose? Energizing and encouraging in all the right ways. (Though, I missed my tribe and was so thrilled to come home!)

Oh! We also received some prettttty awesome swag bags filled with amazing products like this swoon-worthy Kevin Murphy Resort Spray and my new fave face lotion — Lumene Blur Now Pore Minimizer. Maybe I should become a beauty blogger. 😉

If you’re a Midwest dweller diving into online media, be sure to follow Go Blog Social.

(Thank you to the gorgeous Katelyn, for the ticket and opportunity to attend.)

Go Blog Social blogging conference for Midwest Bloggers at Berg Event Space in Kansas City April 2015. Kayla Craig | Many Sparrows Blog.

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spring 2015 hair: subtle color, textured waves, shorter length

textured long bob tortoise spring 2015

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Yes, you guessed it. We need to talk about my hair.

Meaningful, right? But you have never steered me wrong before, whether it was bangs part one or bangs part two, or ombre, or more ombre, or a darker hue for winter. As seasons change, I will continue to crowd source my ‘do, thankyouverymuch.

So, let’s chat. I know what I want, but because I have a hard time relinquishing control, I’m nervous. As much as I’d love stylists extraordinaire Johnny Ramirez or Anh Co Tran to work their magic on my locks, I don’t think they’re coming to Iowa any time soon. Tear.

Because I feel the need to be annoying and overly specific to the hair stylist I choose to bear the burden of tackling my tresses, I want to narrow down my look to be as specific as possible.

http://shavermavn.ru/doki/raspisanie-poezdov-kirov-ekaterinburg.html расписание поездов киров екатеринбург Here’s what I’d like:

  • сибирские кошки описание породы Cut: Shoulder length to collarbone. This will be a big departure to me — my hair is borderline Rapunzel status right now. I’m itching to say sayanora to split-ends. Also, this will mean less hair for my toddler to pull. Amen.
  • http://prodrecept.ru/zavod-kristall-gomel-katalog.html завод кристалл гомель каталог Color: Cover gray strands and lighten ends. Yes, if you’re keeping track, I’m 27 and unfortunately have grays! I like the look of balayage or ecaille (aka “tortoiseshell” in French). But, paying for color, highlights woven in, and a cut could be way out of my budget. Suggestions, please?
  • http://www.piarplus.ru/libraries/simplepie/instruktsiya-po-ekspluatatsii-uaza-patriot.html инструкция по эксплуатации уаза патриот Style: Loose wavesI’m a fan of a some volume at the crown and I’ve really been wanting to try my hand at some sea-salt texturizing spray. Summer is on the horizon, and while I’m landlocked here in Iowa, I’m antsy for a beachy feel. (And a look I can get with an air-dry? Plus!)

http://mediabezopasnost.ru/docyment/dorogie-frantsuzskie-vina.html дорогие французские вина So, what do you think? Am I onto something here, or way off? I’m the girl who emailed a couple friends with a subject line along the lines of URGENT IMPORTANT PLEASE READ and it was about my hair. So…let’s chat, ladies!

 Photos via: Westfield Carousel, Biaperotti, Whoorl, Ramirez | Tran

 

honest co. giveaway (perfect for new mamas + expecting moms!)

Honest Co. giveaway and review for new moms and expecting moms. // Many Sparrows Blog

всгуту расписание преподавателей I’m in that stage in life where I’m attending a lot of baby showers. Many of my sweet friends are expecting through pregnancy and adoption and I’m just so thrilled for them! New life is certainly something to celebrate.

One baby care brand I love giving new mamas (whether she’s celebrating her first or fifth) is Honest Co. (Jessica Alba’s adorably branded company). The items are natural, safe, and smell so good. (I just doused our kitchen with the multi-surface cleaner. It’s infused with grapefruit essential oils, so I mean, YES.)

Honest Co. giveaway and review for new moms and expecting moms. // Many Sparrows Blog

Since I’m already a fan of the company, I was happy to join forces with Susana at Hurray, I’m a Mommy (who is a new blogger and has the most adorable little daughter, ever) for an http://avtovn.ru/layouts/plugins/vidi-shvov-prezentatsiya.html виды швов презентация Honest Co. bundle giveaway for all of you ladies out there. I really wish I could win, because friends, this stuff is good.

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http://autotochka35.ru/rlbt/ac37/tsitati-iz-seriala-hodyachie-mertvetsi.html цитаты из сериала ходячие мертвецы So good, right? Susana rounded up a few like-minded writers + bloggers for the giveaway, and I’m so thrilled to be joining this crew of lovely ladies.

Honest Co. Giveaway

http://holodilnik-msk.ru/uploaded/tdsse/slovarnaya-statya-ob-imeni-svetlana.html словарная статья об имени светлана Here’s a bit about the other lovely ladies you see in that photo:

  • Evi from Eyeliner and Erasers promotes a sense of empowerment and self confidence through posts about beauty, style, professionalism, motherhood, and wellness.
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    Susannah from Simple Moments Stick writes from Portland, where she’s a wife to a seminary grad and mama to a little guy named Caleb. She loves encouraging women.

  • Jen from The Jen Weaver centers around daily adventures in life and faith. A new mom herself, she’s starting an exciting new series called “freshly minted” where she shares weekly refreshMINT for moms and marriages.
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    Terrence from Girl Repurposed is a wife and mom living in Dallas, where her husband is studying at Dallas Theological Seminary. She’s an Ivy-league grad who is following the call to be a writer and full-time mama.

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This is a fun one, you guys! (And there might just be a fun Instagram-only giveaway in the works as well!)

Good luck, friends! xo

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valentine’s day gift guide for ladies

TOMS just launched their Surprise Sale, and I’m swooning over the (majorly discounted) items from TOMS and their ethical marketplace partners (including my favorite brands like Krochet Kids Intl., Noonday, and Giving Keys).

The sale, which features much more than shoes, provides deep discounts starting at 40% off. And…there’s free shipping on $25+! I’m not going to lie, I’ve totally been adding to my cart throughout the day. (But, shop quickly! The sale ends Jan. 19.)

Tomorrow, I’ll share my picks for kids. (These are great to stock up on for Easter, too!)

Since it’s only ONE MONTH until Valentine’s Day — here’s my:

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машинки своими руками поделки Pick #1: Chestnut Suede Women’s Desert Wedges (TOMS)

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реакция грудничков на погоду Pick #3: Bukenya Fringe Necklace (Noonday)

    • http://vashresultat.ru/services/fiz/obnalichivanie-deneg-shema-2015.html обналичивание денег схема 2015 Price: Originally $56 now $28.
    • http://metalltype.ru/mambots/system/sitemap66.html план эвакуации где должен висеть Why I love this: Fringe is in, and this handmade necklace is your ticket to the trend. Guys, this is a perfect gift for Valentine’s Day! This Ugandan necklace mixes paper and seed beads. And, how precious is this? The necklace is named for one of Noonday’s Ugandan artisans, Bukenya, who was recently able to marry his sweetheart, fellow artisan Coral, thanks to the fair wages he receives from the workshop.
    • http://akirilli.ru/wp-includes/theme-compat/sitemap83.html Вазокардин инструкция по применению Give back: This necklace from Noonday helps provide employment to artisans in Uganda.

диабет у собак лечение Pick #3: Ivory Metallic Burlap Women’s Classics

оформить карту водителя на тахограф Pick #5: Women’s Dress (Della)

Pick #6: Marco Bordeaux Crystal Shades (TOMS)

  • Price: Originally $98, now $39.20.
  • Why I love this: Sunglasses are my go-to for when I’m feeling dramatic and slightly anti-social. Recalling vintage Alpine fashion, the Marco is defined by the larger teardrop lens shape and distinct double-bridged frame front.
  • Give back: With every pair of eyewear you purchase, TOMS will help give sight to a person in need.

Pick #7: Goldenrod Elliott Fingerless Gloves (Krochet Kids Intl.)

  • Price: Originally $20, now $10.
  • Why I love this: The Elliot fingerless gloves combine warmth and style creating a highly functional addition to your winter wardrobe. (And, since winter lasts until about May here in the Midwest, this is a thoughtful and sweet Valentine’s day gift. They’re made of 50% alpaca, 50% wool. The fingerless glove are made in Peru and hand-signed by the artisan. Joseph has a Krochet Kids winter cap and we love it!
  • Give back: This item from Krochet Kids helps provide employment, training and mentoring to women in Peru.

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