Friday, March 13, 2015

Introducing Spring's Featured Families

This is seriously the best thing I get to do through A Nest by Design. Ever. Each winter and spring, I get to support families that are in the midst of their adoption journeys. Thirty percent of all purchases made in their honor will be donated to their adoption funds. No strings attached. I just really like supporting adoption, and this is one of the ways I can do that. Starting A Nest by Design was a way to bring my daughter home, and I just have to pay it forward. I have to. Period.

This spring, there are four families that will be doing adoption fundraisers this Mother's Day. I'm a little nervous because Mother's Day is such a brief season. I mean, people don't think about it until May. When you're making custom, one-of-a-kind jewelry, that's just not enough time! So we're thinking about Mother's Day EARLY! This momma needs time to bless the other sweet mommy's out there! So let's support these amazing families, and get those orders in FAST. That can be your Mother's Day gift to me!

Place and pay for an order by April 30th, and I'll get you your pretties in time for Mother's Day- sound good? Great.

Now, let's meet these amazing families, shall we?

The Crain Family
Meet Joshua, Mallory, Eden and Israel Crain. At a young age, God placed adoption on Mallory's heart, and while they were still dating Joshua and Mallory agreed that adoption would be a way for them to build a family. Eden and Israel were two blessings to start their family, and then it became clear that it was time to turn towards adoption. Initially, they thought their adoption journey would take them to Africa, but as the time drew near to begin the process, it became clear that Haiti was where they would find their children. The Crain family is awaiting a referral for a sibling set, and they have heart for special needs especially. 
The Crain family is adopting through Lifeline Children's Services.

The Mogford Family
Meet Joe, Ashley, Grace, Owen and Rory Mogford. Their adoption journey is one with twists and turns, all displaying God's faithfulness. Ashley's zeal for adoption was stirred when her brothers were adopted when she was eight and eleven years old. Two years ago she and Joe started the adoption process, only to discover that Ashley was pregnant- so it had to be put on hold! When they were ready to start back in on the process, their oldest son had some health issues that needed to be addressed- so adoption was put on hold again! Now as a family of five, they are ready to add to their nest through domestic infant adoption. Through is all, God has been faithful to write a beautiful story for them.
The Mogford family is adopting through Bethany Christian Services.

The Stoneking Family
Meet Robby, Stephanie, and Noah Stoneking. Their story began almost 5 years ago when Robby and Stephanie got married and immediately began discussing adoption as a way to grow their family. In November 2014 they went full throttle into the process of a domestic infant adoption. After the heartbreak of two miscarriages, they knew for sure that this was the time to move forward with adoption- which was always on their hearts to begin with! They are excited for their son, Noah to be as much a part of the process as possible, and although they don't know how long the wait will be, they feel like things are moving fast! 
The Stoneking Family is adopting through Catholic Charities.

The Stout Family
Meet Eric, Laura, and Emory Stout. The Stout family knows that God doesn't call us to something and not provide the means to do it. They found their daughter in May 2014, and have been fundraising to bring her home. Audrey came to the orphanage at a year old, and is now five. She was born with a congenital heart defect. Eric and Laura are just months away from bringing her home from China, and still have about $10,000 to go, but they have no doubts that God will provide somehow, just as He has every step of the way. Not only is He taking care of the finances for the Stouts to get to Audrey, but he has taken care of Audrey as she has waited for her forever family. He won't stop now.
The Stout Family is adopting through World Association for Children and Parents (WACAP)

Monday, January 26, 2015

Color Change!

For a while I have not been as content as I would like to be concerning certain colors. If someone wanted Night Blue and Dark Purple, the two colors were too close to tell them apart easily. If someone ordered Lavender and Light Grey, again, they were a little difficult to distinguish on a first look.

When I chose my colors from Swarovski's line of crystal pearls, Dark Purple was the best choice to represent amethyst for February's birthstone, but now, just this past summer, Swarovski has released a new color: Blackberry.

Guess what?! It works GREAT to use as February's birthstone. You can tell the difference between it and Night Blue, and it coordinates beautifully with the other tones, especially in my birthstone lineup.

Mauve was a color I considered before, and it works better with the change to Blackberry. It is so pretty! Really, EVERYTHING from Swarovski is gorgeous, so I can't go wrong, but it's important to me that when you are ordering, you can't make any mistakes because everything will look lovely together- you know?!

Now, I also have been kind of itching to add a dark grey or black- especially to create a color scale similar to what I have with the browns. Folks will often want to use two neutral colors to represent boys and girls, but maybe they don't care for brown tones, but would rather have grey tones. Well, now we have it! Welcome, Mystic Black and Dark Grey! I honestly didn't think I would choose to add black, but when I held it up for comparison to the others- it was a no-brainer! And Dark Grey?! Um, it is stunning. This is totally a color I have been missing. It completes the palette of colors that occur naturally in pearls.

Seriously though... 

I am super excited to offer 20 colors, all of which I feel SO much better about. Pictures don't even do these colors justice. But trust me when I say that this Mother's Day there will be some very happy mommies!

*Note: I still have Dark Purple and Lavender in stock, for those of you who just HAVE to have those colors (and I don't blame you! I still love them. It's super hard to say good-bye to them!). But I will not be re-ordering them. So when they are gone, they will be gone.

Many Blessings,

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Featured Families are Back!

I am so excited to be able to support these four families this holiday season! Thirty percent of every purchase that is dedicated to one of these families will help their adoption fund. 
Each one has special story that I summarize briefly. 

The Jacobson Family
The Jacobsons are a long two and a half years in to their adoption journey to bring home a child (or children) home from Uganda. After one referral not working out, they now wait to be matched again. They are committed to adopting debt-free with Bethany Christian Services, and are so excited to add to their family!

 The Lee Family
After being blessed by adoption two times, they are on their third adoption journey to bring two more in to their nest from China. After some unique experiences and circumstances, they are now working with CCAI Adoptionservices to bring their two children home and ask for prayer as they navigate international adoption- which is new to them!

The Ray Family
This couple started their adoption journey by signing with an agency to adopt from Ethiopia. After doing so, they saw their son was waiting for them with another agency. So they are now pursuing concurrent adoptions! They are working to bring their son home through Children's House International as they also wait for their referral with their original agency.

The Garrott Family
This precious family was formed in perfect timing. As they were looking to be certified as a foster family, the Garrotts became aware of their son's situation, and sweet little Spencer came home when he was six months old. Now they are working to adopt him privately.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Finally Finalizing

Next week our family will make Kara's adoption official as we have our finalization court date. Thank you is hardly enough to convey what we would like to say. 
To all of you who have been Featured Families, purchased, and shared about this jewelry: Kara is home because of you and your support!
We will continue to support adoption through A Nest by Design! Stay tuned for how you can help us help other adopting families!

Monday, June 2, 2014

A Very Special Pod

Dual Sweet Pea Pod
I just had to share with you one of my most favorite designs that I have ever made. Ever.

What makes it so special to me is what it represents and the extraordinary mother who wears it.

This is worn by a mother who is parenting four children. She was pregnant against her choice with twin boys, and chose to carry them to term and make an adoption plan for them.

Birth mothers are silent heroes.

My prayer is that more and more they will be given a voice because they have demonstrated such magnificent love for the children they have borne. Their stories are so important to be told, and it's vital to helping the cause of adoption and for the unborn.

This birth mother chose life. She chose it even though it cost her great pain, and in the midst of her grief and hurt, she didn't think of the lives of her unborn children as less because of the circumstances of their conception.

So it was a supreme pleasure to figure out how to celebrate the lives of all her children. They are all precious sweet peas! Four are being raised by this mother, and two are in the loving arms of another. Each one is precious. Each one has value.

As you can see, I was able to make two pods attached together. And it turned out better than I could have hoped!

Each piece I make has someones story. What an honor to be able to share this story! I have been so blessed to be allowed to make jewelry as unique as your family.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

June's Featured Family

Peter and Amy

It's so fun to introduce Peter and Amy to you as our Featured Family for June. I first became aware of Amy as an adoptive mom when I first started making jewelry because she was one of my very first customers! I got to make her a nest with two cream pearls and one brown, and I still totally remember making it for her! I'm hoping she will need a nest with four real soon!

In 2010 Peter and Amy brought their son home from Ethiopia, and that's when their hearts completely opened to the need for adoption. There was no doubt in their minds that they would adopt again. In their hearts they were already set down the adoption path again, but they would need to wait! God was about to bless them "hard and fast" (as my father-in-law likes to say)! They welcomed two more biological children to their family in a very short time frame, and they went from having 0 to 3 children in 24 months!

Not too long ago, one of their sons was started to express that he wanted a brown baby to join their family, but it wasn't the time yet! 
"His heart was moving and our hearts were moving 
but the answer was still to wait."

Then in September of 2013, it became clear that it was time to MOVE! And they have! The family has been working to raise funds for a domestic adoption, and they are so thrilled to finally see the dream for this child that they had back in 2010 start to unfold! Already they have had their profile seen by several birth mothers, and they could be matched any day!

"We can't wait to meet this
precious, dreamed of, and very loved baby!"

Purchases this month will help them on their adoption journey.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Well, Hello! Meet March's Featured Family!

David and Karen

My friend Joe often talks of living an extraordinary life, and overboard life- one in which you step out in faith, out of the boat, and trust Jesus to hold you up. And whenever I think about extraordinary, David and Karen's step of faith is going to come to mind from now on as one of those extraordinary ways that God calls people to adoption!

Here's their story:

Two years ago David and Karen went to live in Peru, thinking it would just be a fun adventure. But as it turns out, it would completely change their life!  During that year in Peru, they were connected with an orphanage near near their home, and on Saturdays they would spend time with the kids there. 

"We’d often joke with each other about which 
ones we’d like to adopt. But somewhere along the way, it stopped being a joke."

As soon as David and Karen moved back to the States, they began the process to adopt a sister and brother from that very orphanage! But God had even more in store for them. Soon they heard word that a family who had been planning to adopt another sibling set from that same orphanage had backed out. 

They were asked, "Would you consider adopting those kids?" Their first thought: “Oh no! We’re going to have to choose between them!” Karen's mom was visiting at the time, and proposed, “Why not adopt all four?”

At first David and Karen enjoyed a good laugh!

"But the idea grew on us, and now we can’t imagine our family any other way."

This extraordinary couple hopes to travel to Peru in May or June 2014 to pick up ALL FOUR kids: two 15-year-old girls and their brothers (ages 12 and 13). Wow!

We want to be praying for them as they prepare to travel, and as the kids come home. This month you can help them with some final costs with your order. We're close enough to Mother's Day, that it really isn't too early to snag a personal and beautiful gift for a mom in your life! (Or treat yourself!) It is a privilege to bless David and Karen in this way, I hope that you all will help spread the word about how we can help them!

Follow their story more on their blog!