Thursday, July 11, 2013

Sharing My Heart

So, this grow your blog giveaway is blowing my mind. 

Seriously, all these people from across our country giving whom I've never met donating their hard-earned dollars to help bring my little girl home. 
I've cried and smiled and been shown the hands and feet of Christ through each donation. 

If you've given and entered to win, thank you. 
I can't wait to see where the total will land come next Monday. 
And I really can't wait to see who the winner will be! 

And don't forget-- once you've donated ONCE you can earn entries every day by sharing about this giveaway!

One of my favorite things about this journey to our girl is that God is placing people in my path who share my heart and desire to do my part to help with the orphan crisis our world is facing. 

And today I'd like to introduce you to my new friend, Angie. She has a really cool thing going on to help bring HER baby home to her. 

In her words, here is a slice of her story: 

In 2012, on a warm Saturday morning in November, my husband and I waited anxiously in a bright orphanage.  At 9 am, that November in Taiwan, it was our turn, our time to become parents.  The director arrived, carrying a serious(ly adorable) 6 1/2 month baby boy into the room. I burst into happy tears. Quiet. Happy. Tears. After months of waiting, piles of paperwork, and an indescribable amount anticipation, we were finally in Taiwan, holding our son for the first time.  

As most adoptive parents will tell you, the months of waiting, pictures, and videos could not prepare us for the incredible love we felt that morning in November. As we looked into our son’s curious eyes, we knew he would not be the last child we adopted. We did something crazy, in fact. Something inspired by our awesome God, who calls us to do things that seem crazy to many in the American world. We reapplied to adopt again, with our agency, that very month. Our son is going to be a big brother!

Now, we spend our days chasing, laughing, gardening, giggling, and dreaming. Life is pretty beautiful. Last month, we also announced the grand opening of an etsy shop, The 1500 Tree Project. On the surface, the 1500 Tree Project is a way to fund our second adoption. 1500 trees made. 1500 trees sold. One fully funded adoption. But really, it’s so much more than that.

 It’s cutting leaves out of colorful paper while my son toddles around the living room, babbling away. It’s thinking about designs as my husband plucks away at his bass guitar, practicing a bluegrass tune. It’s piecing together a tree when we chat about our days and our prayers, with the low hum of the baby monitor buzzing in the background with our toddler’s sleeping breaths. The 1500 Tree Project is love and hope, poured into a little 6×6 canvas. Joy really is the heartbeat of our shop and the spirit I pour into every piece I produce.

And we would love for you to join this journey with us. 

Pray with us! Pray for the financial means to bring our child home, a favorable legal process, and the wisdom to parent our children well.

Buy a Tree! Join The 1500 Tree Project by purchasing a tree from our shop today.  They are $25.00. We are stepping out in faith and pray for financial provision. Airlines won’t fly us around the world for free, doctors need paychecks to buy their children dinner, social workers like money to purchase a cute top from time to time, and even orphanage nannies deserve a little monetary compensation for countless 3 am feedings. Purchasing a tree is the simplest way to support our adoption financially!

Share our Story! Like us on facebook! Pin us on pinterest! Follow us on Instagram!  Share this post with your friends! Put us in your e-mails, your church bulletins, your bible study handouts, your weekly newsletters. And, if you are a blogger…we would love to write a guest post for you, too!

To celebrate our adoption, and thank McCall for allowing us this guest post, we are offering a 10% coupon code to Lee, Me, and the Girls: Finding our Way readers! When you check out on etsy, use the code: OURWAY to receive your discount. Valid one week only!

Where will you fall in The 1500 Tree Project?

Much love,


It takes a village, friends.

Happy Thursday to you and you and you.
We're headed to a home study visit. Please pray I don't throw up....or put my foot in my mouth...or both.
That would be bad. 


  1. OH THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!! This is SUCH a beautiful post. I am praying like crazy for your home is going to go great...remember that even if you throw the clean laundry on a pile on the floor in the closet, you will pass, HA! ;-)

  2. Yay!! We LOVE Angie and her project!! So exited to see her here! And so happy your "grow your blog" giveaway is going so well!

  3. I just wanted to let you know that many of the links within your post lead to my blog page instead of to the 1500 Tree Project.


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