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)

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