Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Color Spotlight: Rosaline

Rosaline is such a lovely color. If you could color meekness, gentleness, femininity, it would be Swarovski's Rosaline Pearls. So soft and able to compliment so many of the shades that we offer!

On the right, is pictured a single Rosaline pearl for a momma's first baby girl. Absolutely perfect! What could be better than baby pink?!

It's also a color that mirrors a natural color that occurs. Remember Lyndsey? Her sister-in-law found a pearl from Hawaii that is the same color as Rosaline and had it made into a nest to announce Lyndsey's first baby!

This soft pink color has always been absolutely necessary to have. It's just a perfect, beautiful color to have to represent those sweet daughters and granddaughters! No matter what changes there have been, this light shade of pink has always stayed, and it always will.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Celebrating our Anniversary Month with...

Pretty self-explanatory. From Monday, September 16th to Friday the 20th, order a first Nest or Sweet Pea Pod at regular price, and then get another for half off! This will include chains too!* The sale will be applied to your least expensive item(s), and you can order different items. For instance, you don't have to order two Nests or two Pods, but can order one of each.

*Chains must be ordered with a Nest or Sweet Pea Pod.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Upgrading to Brilliant Silver

I'm so absolutely amazed at God's faithfulness as he has provided for our family's adoption through A Nest by Design. It was a year ago this month that I wanted to make a birthday present for my sister to include her two children that just came home from Ethiopia. I had the idea to make a nest pendant that could hold eight "eggs" to represent all her children in a way that was simple and unique.

We were just about to finish up our home study, and I knew that I could help our family by blessing other moms with special jewelry.

It grew from there.

I have always been looking for ways to make this jewelry better, prettier, more customizable, and this is the final piece of the puzzle. Starting September 1st, all of the jewelry made will be out of sterling silver wire. Because of the increase in quality and cost (and after much debate and advice-seeking), chains will be sold separately so that I can keep the same price point for those who would rather use their own chain.

What I love about this upgrade is how bright and brilliant the sterling wire is! As I've experimented with it, I'm super excited to make orders that will come in because the wire makes dazzling jewelry. The chains are a great find too. As much as I loved the look of the snake chains, I'm really excited to share the rope chains with you all. The different facets of the chain catch the light, and add a bit of sparkle- without looking too sparkly.

I don't have the photography skills to really show how bright and shiny with contrast is between the old materials and the new sterling materials. I'm very, very pleased with this switch!

I'm also glad that now everything is more hypoallergenic for those who have metal allergy issues. Although there's always going to be someone who has severe allergies with metals, most people can wear sterling silver, and now there's no need to worry about any nickel content. If you have a naturally more acidic ph balance to your skin, you'll be much happier with this switch as well!

There you have it! I have needed to post this for a long time, but the beginning of September, with school starting and all, has been quite full. Believe me. It's not for lack of enthusiasm that I haven't posted about this upgrade!

Monday, September 9, 2013

Featured Family Update: Nate and Carrie

This is one of the most fun parts of having Featured Families! We get to celebrate when we hear of an update, and I am so excited that Nathan and Carrie, our first Featured Family from June, have accepted a referral for a 20 month old little girl!


You can read about their experience from Carrie's perspective on their blog. I don't know about you, but when I read it, I think the room got a little dusty. But maybe that's just my bad housekeeping. Either way, get ready to be blessed and celebrate with this precious family that will hopefully bring her home from China in about 6 months.

I love what Carrie writes:

We read through the information first 
and then looked at the pictures.
When we opened her picture I literally gasped- it took my breath away-there she is the one that is missing from our family! 
I have read and heard that before about people who find their own children that they just seen them and in their heart they knew…
I never understood that until now.

Thank you so much for supporting A Nest by Design. Every purchase helps families get one baby step closer to building their family through adoption. It's never an easy road, but it's always worth it. I'm super excited to see how Carrie will want to design her nest! Don't worry, I'll share that too!

Sunday, September 1, 2013

September's Featured Families

Fate. Chance. Serendipity. Coincidence.

Some may call it this, to have two families with stories like this month's Featured Families, to be paired with one another this month.

I don't. 

I call it Providence. I didn't even know that these families would be paired. I had no idea that their stories would be side-by-side. I didn't plan it. It just happened. 

I kind of think it happened this way for a reason. 

A Nest by Design was started because I wanted to earn money for our adoption. After a few months, I just didn't want to keep the blessing to myself, so that's when I got the idea for sponsoring different adopting families. I wanted to get adoption stories out there. I wanted people to see others that are following a path that is not for the faint of faith. My hope is that reading about these families, and knowing our story will inspire someone to take that leap into expending their heart and family through adoption.

It's an honor to share these stories with you, and it is a joy to share with you Brandon & Emily and Bryan & Lauren.


Brandon and Emily have walked an unexpected road. They always thought that they would have 3 children. After a very difficult, and dangerous pregnancy with their sweet Lily, Emily was told that it would be unwise to have any more children biologically.

That was it
For a long time they mourned the loss of having any more children. Emily couldn't hold babies without crying, so she quit holding babies, even her own nieces and nephews.

Brandon gave up his desire to have a son of his own, along with teaching him how to hunt, play sports or any other thing that fathers and sons may do.

In 2011 their pastor and his wife shared with them that they were beginning the process of adopting from Ethiopia. Brandon especially wanted to travel with them and photograph their experience, and he wanted Emily to join him. After much hesitancy, and even fear, she agreed to go.

Theirs was a trip that would change their world forever. There was one special little boy at the orphanage that completely stole their hearts. After leaving him behind on the third day, they were having dinner with their pastor, his wife, and the man in charge of Ethiopian adoptions through Adoption Associates. Brandon and Emily mentioned how much they were taken with this particular boy, that if they could, they would bring him home with them the next day.

He asked if they were serious because, "I can make it happen."

They realized that they were serious. It was time for them to step out in faith!

As it turned out, this little boy was already referred to another family, but to Brandon and Emily's amazement, the family declined him!

They forged ahead, doing everything required to complete their home study, and dossier, and have *just* brought Silas home! Being a Featured Family will help pay for those final travel expenses as well as other legalities making Silas's adoption final.

God has called us to adoption. That is very clear. We are excited to be following his lead in our lives.
We feel the most important thing one can impart on our children is God’s love & living it out daily in front of them.


I don't think I can share about Bryan and Lauren without first prefacing it with how encouraging their story has been to myself as we are on our own adoption journey. We've shared how we had a failed placement back in May, and I personally have struggled to get my feet back under me and ready to move ahead in our journey.

But after reading Bryan and Lauren's story, the tears flowed as I realized that our quest towards our child has been a smooth course compared to the ups and downs of their path to E.

Bryan and Lauren have known throughout their relationship that their family would need to be built though adoption, and 6 years ago their journey began when when they thought that they would be bringing home a child between the ages of 0-12 months at time of referral. They also thought that they would be adopting from Nepal or India, but those doors also closed.

After filing signing their first contract, they have been waiting to meet their first little one(s) from Ethiopia. We know God goes before us and their hearts have grown just as their parameters have expanded over the past 3.5 years. A variety of experiences have led this couple to expand their parameters to include HIV/AIDS as well as other special needs and older children. This allowed them to move forward in pursuing a little girl with their agency who happened to be an older child. Unfortunately, in autumn 2012, just days before leaving to meet their daughter in Ethiopia, due to circumstances beyond their control, they were unable to bring her home. They continue to pray and love that sweet girl.

Little did they know that by expanding their hearts to older children, it would be paving the way for them to be ready to see the face of their son on a photo listing from a different agency and in a different country only months later. For the past 9 months they have been working to bring home their 5 year old son, E, from Ghana.

They are now, unexpectedly, doing concurrent adoptions(!!!), which means that their second adoption for E’s future sibling(s) is mostly paid for, but this first adoption to bring home their son has been all from scratch! After spending a lot of time together in Ghana, this family of three knows they are a perfect fit and they appreciate your prayers as they step through the final stages to bring E home.

The opportunity as a Featured Family will help as them as they work through the US Immigration side of  E's adoption and final travel steps to bring him home to be with his forever family.

Two amazing, stories that you get to be a part of when ordering from us. Visit our website to place an order to move these families further in their adoption journeys!