shop our closets for adoption

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

парма 2м инструкция 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. дидрогестерон инструкция по применению 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!

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

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.

vi bella jewelry santa fe necklace ethical jewelry shop our closets for adoption adoption auction instagram fundraiser @craigsadopt Many Sparrows Blog adoption fundraiser thrifted clothes #shopmycloset #adoptionauction

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.)

vi bella jewelry santa fe necklace ethical jewelry shop our closets for adoption adoption auction instagram fundraiser @craigsadopt Many Sparrows Blog adoption fundraiser thrifted clothes #shopmycloset #adoptionauction

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.

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

textured long bob tortoise spring 2015

мыски кемерово расписание автобусов Friends, it is time. It is time to have an ever-important, life-altering conversation.

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.

страны и столицы австралии и океании список Here’s what I’d like: чебоксары арена расписание хоккея 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


31 days of living free: words matter (and a letterpress giveaway!)

Rooted in Love Living Room

shake your ass перевод When we were in the thick of adopting Joseph from Nigeria, we were intentional about being sensitive to the language we used. соцсети украины список Words matter.

When we created a t-shirt design to help with adoption fees, we settled on an image of a tree with visible roots. As God began to form our family, we sensed that no matter how our family grew or what paths we journeyed together, схема строения сердца земноводных we must be rooted in love. 9 лдц мо рф расписание врачей For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. где находится черкесск показать на карте  I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, дни начала месячных значение being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, связь характера с болезнями to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. [Ephesians 3:14-21]

Rooted in Love // Words Matter Letterpress from Incourage and Dayspring // Many Sparrows Blog #wordsmatter

герои рассказа гроза A few years later with two little ones now tucked into our nest, our prayer for our home is the same as the ones we prayed as the young newlyweds who were beginning to follow God across the globe to a little boy waiting for a family. We continue to pray that our hearts would be deeply rooted in the unfathomable deep and wide love of our creator.

где маршрутка екатеринбург Being rooted in love means that love touches every word we say.

Words matter.

Rooted in Love // Words Matter Letterpress from Incourage and Dayspring // Many Sparrows Blog #wordsmatter

I want to be a family who dwells in the richness of love. I want to be a family who abides in truth and walks in manner worthy of the calling. суп постный с клецками I want to be a family rooted in love.

Rooted in Love // Words Matter Letterpress from Incourage and Dayspring // Many Sparrows Blog #wordsmatter

When I had the opportunity to create a word out of Letterpress Blocks for our home ( прутья из нержавеющей стали keep reading, because there’s a $50 giveaway for you to build a word of your own!), I started overanalyzing everything, because I’m me.

What single word would I declare on my family?

I fancy myself a bit of a wordsmith, but inspiration didn’t strike.

Although I walked by that big piece of tree art hanging on my living room wall every day, I forgot. I forgot about being rooted in love. Because the rhythms of every day schedules and calendars and expectations and disappointments wedge its way into our home and into my heart and suddenly I forget about the anchor for my soul.

Rooted in Love Living Room Decor // 31 Days of Living Free from Many Sparrows Blog // #wordsmatter Incourage Letterpress Decor образец характеристики на пмпк ребенка дошкольного возраста Rooted.

That word has so much power, doesn’t it? No matter what storms come, we can’t be torn away from the Hope we have.

Our family is planted firmly and we may falter but we will never fall out of His reach.

WORDS matter letterpress blocks план самообразования учителя обществознания 2015 2016 Words matter.

The Word was with God and the Word was God.

What word has God placed on your heart? On your home? On your your family?

Rooted in Love // Words Matter Letterpress from Incourage and Dayspring // Many Sparrows Blog #wordsmatter // Birch Branches, Typewriter, Fruit Crate, Globe, Mason Jar, Vintage Books, Living Room Decor

вышивка крестом кофейная тема схемы I’m thrilled to join forces with (in)Courage and Dayspring to offer Many Sparrows readers the opportunity to win a $50 credit to customize a word from the Words Matter Letterpress Block line. The drag & drop site makes it easy to play around with the letters to create a word that fits with your personal style and home aesthetic. дельта g в химии таблица (Also, these letters are handcrafted and ethically-sourced in India. Could they be any more swoon-worthy?) 

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This part of 31 daily posts of living free. aquasafe tetra инструкция Living freely is something we do momentarily, but to fully live free? That’s a transformation — a total change not only in what we’re like, but in who we are. You can find all the 31 Days of Living Free posts here. Disclaimer: Affiliate links used when applicable. (in)courage and Dayspring provided me a credit to create my own Letterpress Block word.

graystitch review {and bibdanna giveaway!}

Family photo outside young family adoption graystitch bibdanna infinity scarf bowtie

I’m so thrilled to share Graystitch with you today. Graystitch is an indie handmade accessories shop (home of the bibdanna, mama infinity scarf, and bow tie we’re rockin’ in that photo!) and I think you’re going to swoon over the style and heart behind the Graystitch biz. And, keep reading, because we’re giving away two of signature bibdannas so your little ones can be stylish, too!

Graystitch Bibdannas Etsy Shop Review

Let’s start at the beginning: Graystitch began at the beginning of this year as a mom’s desperate solution to her son’s drool. I really wish I’d have discovered bibdannas sooner, because not only are they so stinkin’ cute (hipster babies!) but they really do serve a purpose, too.

Graystitch Bibdannas Etsy Shop Review

“I purchased many bibdannas from the Internet, but none of them we’re exactly what I wanted…so I started the journey towards the perfect Bibdanna,” Jaime says. “Graystitch bibdannas set themselves apart from the competitors by having an adjustable neckline so they can fit from 3 months to 3 years.”

Graystitch Bibdannas Etsy Shop Review

So, what exactly is a bibdanna? A printed reversible bib that’s stitched to look like a bandannas when snapped into place. They have two layers of soft (and absorbent!) cotton flannel, which come together in a stylish yet functional solution to your little ones drool. Asher is teething right now and is a dripping machine, so ours has definitely come in handy.

Graystitch Bibdannas Etsy Shop Review

The bibdannas are adjustable for maximum use and are typically designed for 3 months through toddlerhood. (Have a newborn? Just let them know and they’ll add another snap.)

Graystitch Bibdannas Etsy Shop Review

Graystitch started as bibdanna, but has branched out to include everything. (Can we just pause for a minute to soak in how stinkin’ cute my kids are? Okay, proceed.)

adorable child in a bow tie

Jaime, the mama behind the brand, whips up bows, bow ties, diaper covers, shorts, diaper bags and fabric bunting. She’s fun and creative and is happy to create custom items: “I love sewing and love making exactly what you’re looking for, so please don’t hesitate if you have a vision and want me to create it!” 

Graystitch Bibdannas Etsy Shop Review

Graystitch generously sent over a little family set for us. These accessories would be perfect for those of you who are planning a summer/fall family photo sesh. (It makes that stressful coordinating/outfit planning a breeze!) Joseph’s bow tie simply came together with velcro, and I loved the look of the infinity scarf. Jaime has an eye for picking coordinating fabric. Asher’s bibdanna had a really soft minky material on the back, and I could definitely feel the quality of the product. And, for what it’s worth, my kids loved wearing this stuff! I think they knew they looked handsome, and Joseph even asked that we send some photos to his friends Gideon and Viola.

You know I’m a fan of a deal, and Graystitch gives you a boutique look with an affordable price tag. Jaime is also offering a 10 percent off Esty code for Many Sparrows readers: Just enter “MANY10″ in the checkout!

  • Mama scarves (custom order): $13
  • Bow ties (custom order): $8
  • Bibdannas (regular): $7
  • Bibdannas (with minky backs): $10

Graystitch Bibdannas Etsy Shop Review

Graystitch mostly sells on Instagram and on Etsy. (Hint: Follow Graystitch on Instagram!) Jaime shares flash sales along with current & custom projects. And mamas from all over the world send in photos of their little ones rocking bibdannas, and those snapshots are so stinkin’ adorable.

I’m thrilled to join forces with Graystitch to give away a bibdanna to not just one, but two winners! If you have a little lady or fella in your life, you’re going to want one of these. They’d also make super thoughtful baby shower gifts.

We’re giving away these two bibdannas:

cute bibdanna giveaway

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Disclosure: These items were provided by Graystitch, but all views and opinions are my own.

the elgantees giveaway winner is…

yellow flower close up on road

Thanks so much to everyone who entered the Elegantees giveaway. (And wow, there were a lot of you!)

I’m a fan of ethically-minded fashion, and I’m thankful to get to use this little corner of the Internet to share opportunities to use purchasing power for good. (And have you been following Noonday + IJM’s #styleforjustice posts? Good stuff, ladies!)

From some handmade indie businesses to an absolutely amazing social enterprise, I have more reviews and giveaways coming up that you’re definitely not going to want to miss.

But for now, let’s draw a winner, shall we?

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Congrats, Whitney! I’m sending a code for $20 your way to buy yourself a new Elegantees shirt. Go do some shopping that you can feel good about! And thanks, Elegantees, for hosting this giveaway. :)

(Didn’t win? No worries! Use the special Many Sparrows code “SPARROW” for 10% off your purchase.)

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