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So. Incredibly. WORTHY. 
Worthy of life, family, inclusion, love, laughter, safety, a home, a chance to SHINE!  The list could go on... There are between 950-1000 children with Down syndrome waiting for a family on the shared list. Each one of them worthy. You have the opportunity to do something about it. If you don’t feel called to adopt, could you advocate for just one of these vulnerable children? 
#downsyndromeawareness #morealikethendifferent #savedownsyndrome #afamilyforeverychild #onelessorphan #theluckyfew #worthy #wecouldhavemissedthis #t21 #t21rocks #downsyndromeadoption #foreverfamily #lovemakesafamily
So. Incredibly. WORTHY. Worthy of life, family, inclusion, love, laughter, safety, a home, a chance to SHINE! The list could go on... There are between 950-1000 children with Down syndrome waiting for a family on the shared list. Each one of them worthy. You have the opportunity to do something about it. If you don’t feel called to adopt, could you advocate for just one of these vulnerable children? #downsyndromeawareness  #morealikethendifferent  #savedownsyndrome  #afamilyforeverychild  #onelessorphan  #theluckyfew  #worthy  #wecouldhavemissedthis  #t21  #t21rocks  #downsyndromeadoption  #foreverfamily  #lovemakesafamily 
This family right here. They are precious. AND they’re working to adopt Chester (age 4) and Emma (age 2) from Liberia but they’re $27,000 short. Let’s help ‘em out. All purchases in October fund a grant to bring them home. 
#twolessorphans #liberiaadoption #onelessorphan #fairtrade #shopintentionally #shopwithapurpose
Our new Pendant Earrings. #fairtrade and #handmade in India

#fairtradefashion #madeinindia #madeinindia🇮🇳 #adoption #onelessorphan
Before and after...2 years old to 8 years old. The difference is dramatic. 6 years ago, this is what she looked like. At 2.5 she was so so painfully small. 19 lbs and we dressed her in 12 month baby clothes and 6 month shoes and she could only walk well on flat surfaces (she was scared to walk on grass because she had so rarely been on it). Her limbs were so thin and her belly so big. Her hair was...lifeless. They had cut it (and all the kids) short for easy care and it was like 124 different lengths and a mousy, dull color. She had a huge bruise (now a scar) on her forehead and a bald spot from self soothing. It seems like a different child from another time. We never could have imagined how quickly (and at the same time how hard and slow) a home and feeling love and acceptance from a family could transform a shell of a child into a vivacious, fiercely loving and protective little girl. If you have a family in your life who has adopted or fosters, please, please give them your support. They need it. If you know someone in the process, support them however you can. These kids desperately need a home of their own. No child should face this. If you want to help prevent kids from becoming a statistic support a child through World Vision or Compassion or another organization. If we all just did a little, we could do so much to change the world for kids. <3 #reminiscing #onelessorphan #adoption #adoptionrocks #adoptionislove #family #clickinmoms #storyteller #say1000words #gillettewyphotographer
Before and after...2 years old to 8 years old. The difference is dramatic. 6 years ago, this is what she looked like. At 2.5 she was so so painfully small. 19 lbs and we dressed her in 12 month baby clothes and 6 month shoes and she could only walk well on flat surfaces (she was scared to walk on grass because she had so rarely been on it). Her limbs were so thin and her belly so big. Her hair was...lifeless. They had cut it (and all the kids) short for easy care and it was like 124 different lengths and a mousy, dull color. She had a huge bruise (now a scar) on her forehead and a bald spot from self soothing. It seems like a different child from another time. We never could have imagined how quickly (and at the same time how hard and slow) a home and feeling love and acceptance from a family could transform a shell of a child into a vivacious, fiercely loving and protective little girl. If you have a family in your life who has adopted or fosters, please, please give them your support. They need it. If you know someone in the process, support them however you can. These kids desperately need a home of their own. No child should face this. If you want to help prevent kids from becoming a statistic support a child through World Vision or Compassion or another organization. If we all just did a little, we could do so much to change the world for kids. <3 #reminiscing  #onelessorphan  #adoption  #adoptionrocks  #adoptionislove  #family  #clickinmoms  #storyteller  #say1000words  #gillettewyphotographer 
Hey Friends!! ❤️
We are selling t-shirts to raise money for our adoption. There are so many styles (sweatshirt, tank top, youth, etc) and so many pretty colors to choose from! 
We hope you purchase a shirt, but if you are unable to, please share this with anyone you know who would be interested! And please keep Baby H and us in your prayers. 🇮🇳💚👶🏾 link to purchase in my profile!! •
#sweethomealabama #alabama #adoption #india #indiaadoption #indianadoption #lovemakesafamily #rolltide #wareagle #auburn #huntsville #birmingham #mobile #tuscaloosa #onelessorphan
Hey Friends!! ❤️ We are selling t-shirts to raise money for our adoption. There are so many styles (sweatshirt, tank top, youth, etc) and so many pretty colors to choose from! We hope you purchase a shirt, but if you are unable to, please share this with anyone you know who would be interested! And please keep Baby H and us in your prayers. 🇮🇳💚👶🏾 link to purchase in my profile!! • #sweethomealabama  #alabama  #adoption  #india  #indiaadoption  #indianadoption  #lovemakesafamily  #rolltide  #wareagle  #auburn  #huntsville  #birmingham  #mobile  #tuscaloosa  #onelessorphan 
This stunning young woman and her child were embraced by one of our US sponsors last February. It is amazing to see the transformation that encouragement, love and support can bring to one family. #onelessorphan #wepreventorphans
This stunning young woman and her child were embraced by one of our US sponsors last February. It is amazing to see the transformation that encouragement, love and support can bring to one family. #onelessorphan  #wepreventorphans 
Sitting on the rockers talking about life with Owen. When a little child halfway around the world prays for a family you better believe that God hears. #chinaadoption #onelessorphan
Sitting on the rockers talking about life with Owen. When a little child halfway around the world prays for a family you better believe that God hears. #chinaadoption  #onelessorphan 
This happens tomorrow night 5-8pm! Don’t miss out and don’t forget to say you are there for spirit night! #donthavetocook #vannfamilyadoption #onelessorphan
“We care for orphans not because we are rescuers, but because we are the rescued.” -David Platt
Our family is adopting from India!! The first adoption update is on the blog. Link in bio.
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#adoption #indiaadoption #thegospel #wearetherescued #loveothers #carefororphans #orphancare #liveoutyourfaith #onelessorphan #medlinadoption #davidplatt #theapiaristswife
Happy first day of school in Congo and for all of the Mwana families in our community! There are some big smiles and proud faces for these new school supplies and a brand new year ahead. Children, we pray you will learn and grow this year, confident in who you are as a precious child of God and dearly loved by your Mwana family. .
To learn more about our sponsorship program which funds school supplies for families like Mama Henrietta’s, click the link in profile.
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#holisticorphancare #orphancare #orphanage #familypreservation #familyreunification #onelessorphan #empoweringwomen #selfsufficiency #empowerment #motherandchild #orphanprevention #womenempowerment #humanitarian #humaninterest #christianresponse #hopefull #hopeandafuture #educationispower #educationiskey #powerofeducation
Happy first day of school in Congo and for all of the Mwana families in our community! There are some big smiles and proud faces for these new school supplies and a brand new year ahead. Children, we pray you will learn and grow this year, confident in who you are as a precious child of God and dearly loved by your Mwana family. . To learn more about our sponsorship program which funds school supplies for families like Mama Henrietta’s, click the link in profile. . . . Mwanavillages.org/sponsor . . . . #holisticorphancare  #orphancare  #orphanage  #familypreservation  #familyreunification  #onelessorphan  #empoweringwomen  #selfsufficiency  #empowerment  #motherandchild  #orphanprevention  #womenempowerment  #humanitarian  #humaninterest  #christianresponse  #hopefull  #hopeandafuture  #educationispower  #educationiskey  #powerofeducation 
@kimcharie ~ thank you for blessing us with family portraits and for meeting us at the airport at 7am on Thanksgiving Day almost a year ago! You are an amazing friend and I am so grateful for you!!!!!
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#internationaladoption #adoptionmatters #adoptionadvocate #chinaadoption #james127 #specialneedsadoption #supportadoption #onelessorphan #newelladoption
Dear church,
Stop gathering around the name of Jesus while ignoring the ways of Jesus. 
Remember the poor.
Visit the prisoner.
Feed the hungry.
Clothe the naked.
Welcome the stranger.
Deliver the oppressed.
Serve the least.
And rise for the marginalized.
He waits for us there.
-Unknown

L0353ab are a brother and sister hoping to spend Christmas together. He cares for her and she... well, she tried to cut her bangs recently. (as you can see) Read more about this adorable pair at www.p143.org/pre-registration

#everynation #endsoftheearth #totheendsoftheearth #everytribe #shorttermmissions #makedisciples #grace #faith #walkbyfaith #goyetherefore #compelled #engage #equip #empower #restoringthewholechild #tbri #trustbasedparenting #justicefororphans #orphansnomore #exorphan #exorphans #oneless #onelessorphan #growdeep
Dear church, Stop gathering around the name of Jesus while ignoring the ways of Jesus. Remember the poor. Visit the prisoner. Feed the hungry. Clothe the naked. Welcome the stranger. Deliver the oppressed. Serve the least. And rise for the marginalized. He waits for us there. -Unknown L0353ab are a brother and sister hoping to spend Christmas together. He cares for her and she... well, she tried to cut her bangs recently. (as you can see) Read more about this adorable pair at www.p143.org/pre-registration #everynation  #endsoftheearth  #totheendsoftheearth  #everytribe  #shorttermmissions  #makedisciples  #grace  #faith  #walkbyfaith  #goyetherefore  #compelled  #engage  #equip  #empower  #restoringthewholechild  #tbri  #trustbasedparenting  #justicefororphans  #orphansnomore  #exorphan  #exorphans  #oneless  #onelessorphan  #growdeep 
Making up for missed birthdays. #frazieradoption #nomorefatherless #onelessorphan 📷: @iamnickfloyd
It was a big day for these five Mwana families! Mwana supports these families’ school aged children with school fees and supplies. What could be more fun than back-to-school shopping with new supplies, backpacks, clothes and more!? To our sponsors, this is what YOUR support is doing! It’s because of you that we are able to provide such a wonderful day to kick off a new school year in Congo! If you’d like to learn more about becoming a sponsor for a family like this, click the link in profile. .
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#holisticorphancare #orphancare #orphanage #familypreservation #familyreunification #onelessorphan #empoweringwomen #selfsufficiency #empowerment #motherandchild #orphanprevention #womenempowerment #humanitarian #humaninterest #christianresponse #hopefull #hopeandafuture
It was a big day for these five Mwana families! Mwana supports these families’ school aged children with school fees and supplies. What could be more fun than back-to-school shopping with new supplies, backpacks, clothes and more!? To our sponsors, this is what YOUR support is doing! It’s because of you that we are able to provide such a wonderful day to kick off a new school year in Congo! If you’d like to learn more about becoming a sponsor for a family like this, click the link in profile. . . . . . Mwanavillages.org/sponsor . . . . #holisticorphancare  #orphancare  #orphanage  #familypreservation  #familyreunification  #onelessorphan  #empoweringwomen  #selfsufficiency  #empowerment  #motherandchild  #orphanprevention  #womenempowerment  #humanitarian  #humaninterest  #christianresponse  #hopefull  #hopeandafuture 
Someone is celebrating her birthday, today! Lyla is 4! #nomorefatherless #frazieradoption #onelessorphan
REAL TALK FOR A MIN: 
It’s crazy to think how everything works together. I have been saying this verse over and over in my head the entire time we are working through this adoption process. This was the verse I prayed through my engagement and wedding and now how much more beautifully it applies as I have to wait for my child to come home to me. 
NOTHING. Absolutely nothing about this process is fast. We had our last homestudy meeting tonight (🙌🏼♥️) but man it feels like there is SO much more than needs to be done before we grow our family again. 
So much of me wants to be impatient, restless, and anxious- but there is almost one thing each day that makes me just take a step back and ENJOY THE PROCESS. I won’t get these days back. 
I know my baby will come home when it’s time for them to. This mama just needs to rest and #enjoythejourney. 
Thank you for all your encouragement and prayers- if you haven’t read our story or had our chance to donate the links in the bio. ☀️
#myliusadoption #indianadoption #adoption #onelessorphan #bepatient
REAL TALK FOR A MIN: It’s crazy to think how everything works together. I have been saying this verse over and over in my head the entire time we are working through this adoption process. This was the verse I prayed through my engagement and wedding and now how much more beautifully it applies as I have to wait for my child to come home to me. NOTHING. Absolutely nothing about this process is fast. We had our last homestudy meeting tonight (🙌🏼♥️) but man it feels like there is SO much more than needs to be done before we grow our family again. So much of me wants to be impatient, restless, and anxious- but there is almost one thing each day that makes me just take a step back and ENJOY THE PROCESS. I won’t get these days back. I know my baby will come home when it’s time for them to. This mama just needs to rest and #enjoythejourney . Thank you for all your encouragement and prayers- if you haven’t read our story or had our chance to donate the links in the bio. ☀️ #myliusadoption  #indianadoption  #adoption  #onelessorphan  #bepatient 
Among our Mwana team are several women with quite a testimony. These are women who came to Mwana Refuge not to seek employment but to seek help in crisis. Some came to abandon their babies. Some came widowed and homeless. Some came forced into prostitution. But then they saw hope: they were shown our Fathers love, were told they are worthy, and were shown a new path. These women now serve as caregivers, cooks, housekeepers for the Refuge. They are mothers caring for their own children, nearly orphaned. This is family preservation, orphan prevention, one small step toward self-sufficiency. .
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Photo credit @whitrunyon 
#holisticorphancare #orphancare #orphanage #familypreservation #familyreunification #onelessorphan #empoweringwomen #selfsufficiency #empowerment #motherandchild #orphanprevention #womenempowerment #humanitarian #humaninterest #christianresponse #hopefull #hopeandafuture
Among our Mwana team are several women with quite a testimony. These are women who came to Mwana Refuge not to seek employment but to seek help in crisis. Some came to abandon their babies. Some came widowed and homeless. Some came forced into prostitution. But then they saw hope: they were shown our Fathers love, were told they are worthy, and were shown a new path. These women now serve as caregivers, cooks, housekeepers for the Refuge. They are mothers caring for their own children, nearly orphaned. This is family preservation, orphan prevention, one small step toward self-sufficiency. . . . . . Photo credit @whitrunyon #holisticorphancare  #orphancare  #orphanage  #familypreservation  #familyreunification  #onelessorphan  #empoweringwomen  #selfsufficiency  #empowerment  #motherandchild  #orphanprevention  #womenempowerment  #humanitarian  #humaninterest  #christianresponse  #hopefull  #hopeandafuture 
We introduced you recently to Mechach, a fourteen year old boy who had been living on the streets for several years and was just two weeks ago reunified with his family. Family reunification is a process more than an event, and in the past few weeks Mwana has had the privilege to come alongside the family to develop plans toward self-sufficiency. | Some aspects of our support are more immediate and practical, such as providing mattresses and water filter which not only address real needs but affirm the family’s dignity and worth. Other aspects are with a long term view in mind. Mechach will enroll in a mechanics training program, with his family contributing a small monthly amount to maintain a sense of buy-in. We are providing medical care for his father who has been unable to work due to several acute medical conditions. We are connecting them to a local church. | Family reunification done right is holistic in nature, requires smart investigation, thoughtfulness, an openness to the family’s desires, and a seeking out of other community-based solutions.
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#holisticorphancare #orphancare #orphanage #familypreservation #familyreunification #onelessorphan #empoweringwomen #selfsufficiency #empowerment #holisticcare #orphanprevention #empoweringfamilies #humanitarian #humaninterest #christianresponse #hopefull #hopeandafuture #selfsufficient
We introduced you recently to Mechach, a fourteen year old boy who had been living on the streets for several years and was just two weeks ago reunified with his family. Family reunification is a process more than an event, and in the past few weeks Mwana has had the privilege to come alongside the family to develop plans toward self-sufficiency. | Some aspects of our support are more immediate and practical, such as providing mattresses and water filter which not only address real needs but affirm the family’s dignity and worth. Other aspects are with a long term view in mind. Mechach will enroll in a mechanics training program, with his family contributing a small monthly amount to maintain a sense of buy-in. We are providing medical care for his father who has been unable to work due to several acute medical conditions. We are connecting them to a local church. | Family reunification done right is holistic in nature, requires smart investigation, thoughtfulness, an openness to the family’s desires, and a seeking out of other community-based solutions. . (Français ci-dessous) . . . . . #holisticorphancare  #orphancare  #orphanage  #familypreservation  #familyreunification  #onelessorphan  #empoweringwomen  #selfsufficiency  #empowerment  #holisticcare  #orphanprevention  #empoweringfamilies  #humanitarian  #humaninterest  #christianresponse  #hopefull  #hopeandafuture  #selfsufficient 
October 1st is just around the corner and that means DOWN SYNDROME AWARENESS MONTH💛💙 We would love to get our GoFundMe to $3000 by then. We need $151 to go before we meet this goal. We are also hoping to have some updates by then too!!! If you have a few dollars to spare, the link is in our bio💛

#shouttheirworth #downsyndrome #adoption #t21love #theluckyfew #onelessorphan
October 1st is just around the corner and that means DOWN SYNDROME AWARENESS MONTH💛💙 We would love to get our GoFundMe to $3000 by then. We need $151 to go before we meet this goal. We are also hoping to have some updates by then too!!! If you have a few dollars to spare, the link is in our bio💛 #shouttheirworth  #downsyndrome  #adoption  #t21love  #theluckyfew  #onelessorphan 
What a difference six years make for a little girl! #ZoeFaces #OneLessOrphan #DrakeCity #TBSaturday
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happy gotcha day!!💙💛🇺🇦 Timothy Jack is ours!!! #onelessorphan #ukrainehasmyheart
Ok I don’t know if I have shared this aspect of what my business is and will do, but I want to be completely real and vulnerable. 
Long post alert lol 😂 
I said YES to time freedom that allows us to homeschool our son and be present for the 4-5 years we have him solely to ourselves before he goes off in the real world. (Ahh can’t believe we have had him for almost 2 years 😭) This has been exactly what our family needed but didn’t really fully KNOW what it would do. 
If you asked me 18 months ago what this opportunity would do for my family, then I would tell you pay for my products and make a little money for extra curricular activities. BUT I didn’t know the legacy it would leave for my family. 
Children coming from difficult home situations and orphanages are exposed to life they should NEVER be EXPOSED to. It is heartbreaking to think that an innocent child has gone through so many horrific experiences and has to be an adult once walking and talking. 
With that being said, my “silly little” skincare business has provided us with the funds necessary to add on the necessary pieces to allow our son and us to heal. Here is a little sneak peak into our busy lives—- 2 therapy appointments a week (individual and family) and now a 3rd type of therapy. (You can say we met our deductible real quick 💰💵). This “silly little” skincare business is creating a LEGACY for my son to heal from his past so that he can have relationships with others and break the cycle by providing a need. We are able to bond as a family and heal together. 
So last week at Convention, they brought out 3 underpoverished teens to share their stories of how the Prescription for Change Foundation provides an opportunity for them. You can imagine how I am reacting.... 😭😭 plus add a little hyperventilation. 
To hear the stories of being the first person to graduate high school in their family AND be he valedictorian or the opportunity to stay in high school versus having to get a job to help mom out because a father died leaving their family without resources. This really put my WHY back into perspective. All I could think about was how MY son is beating the odds. More in the comments
Ok I don’t know if I have shared this aspect of what my business is and will do, but I want to be completely real and vulnerable. Long post alert lol 😂 I said YES to time freedom that allows us to homeschool our son and be present for the 4-5 years we have him solely to ourselves before he goes off in the real world. (Ahh can’t believe we have had him for almost 2 years 😭) This has been exactly what our family needed but didn’t really fully KNOW what it would do. If you asked me 18 months ago what this opportunity would do for my family, then I would tell you pay for my products and make a little money for extra curricular activities. BUT I didn’t know the legacy it would leave for my family. Children coming from difficult home situations and orphanages are exposed to life they should NEVER be EXPOSED to. It is heartbreaking to think that an innocent child has gone through so many horrific experiences and has to be an adult once walking and talking. With that being said, my “silly little” skincare business has provided us with the funds necessary to add on the necessary pieces to allow our son and us to heal. Here is a little sneak peak into our busy lives—- 2 therapy appointments a week (individual and family) and now a 3rd type of therapy. (You can say we met our deductible real quick 💰💵). This “silly little” skincare business is creating a LEGACY for my son to heal from his past so that he can have relationships with others and break the cycle by providing a need. We are able to bond as a family and heal together. So last week at Convention, they brought out 3 underpoverished teens to share their stories of how the Prescription for Change Foundation provides an opportunity for them. You can imagine how I am reacting.... 😭😭 plus add a little hyperventilation. To hear the stories of being the first person to graduate high school in their family AND be he valedictorian or the opportunity to stay in high school versus having to get a job to help mom out because a father died leaving their family without resources. This really put my WHY back into perspective. All I could think about was how MY son is beating the odds. More in the comments
There is joy and sorrow mixed in the pictures of Mama Marguerite and her children. What these photos show is a woman determined to provide for her family: proudly caring for what little she has (notice the mattresses, some made of straw, neatly made up); learning and practicing basic principles of hygiene (notice the filter and hand washing station she received months ago). But what these pictures don’t show break our hearts. Mama Marguerite has four more children who have died. Two of these children pictured were twins whose other twin has passed away.
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When we consider how to best steward our resources, we think of families like Marguerites. “Measurable successes” takes on a new level of profundity when you think of the direct link between water filters and saved lives. “Expansion of services” becomes personalized when you think of the hundreds of other faces of mothers and children who have endured loss like these have. Knowing and seeing the joy and sorrow steels us to press on, press on.
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Won’t you join us in this hard, beautiful, important work?
There is joy and sorrow mixed in the pictures of Mama Marguerite and her children. What these photos show is a woman determined to provide for her family: proudly caring for what little she has (notice the mattresses, some made of straw, neatly made up); learning and practicing basic principles of hygiene (notice the filter and hand washing station she received months ago). But what these pictures don’t show break our hearts. Mama Marguerite has four more children who have died. Two of these children pictured were twins whose other twin has passed away. . When we consider how to best steward our resources, we think of families like Marguerites. “Measurable successes” takes on a new level of profundity when you think of the direct link between water filters and saved lives. “Expansion of services” becomes personalized when you think of the hundreds of other faces of mothers and children who have endured loss like these have. Knowing and seeing the joy and sorrow steels us to press on, press on. . Won’t you join us in this hard, beautiful, important work?
What makes holistic orphan care so difficult is that there are so many interconnected components. Women who have experienced trauma or abuse, who suffer from mental illnesses or have been orphaned themselves often lack the support needed to successfully parent and provide for their children. In turn, this creates more orphans, and the generational, cyclical crisis continues. Mwana is committed to holistic care not only for the orphaned and vulnerable children we serve, but for the vulnerable women who stand behind them. This is one critical component in family preservation. In a few weeks, a team from the US will be traveling to Congo including mental health and social work professionals who will not only work directly with some of these women and children, but who will also train our staff to meet some of the unique challenges they face.
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#holisticorphancare #orphancare #orphanage #familypreservation #familyreunification #onelessorphan #empoweringwomen #selfsufficiency #empowerment #motherandchild #orphanprevention #womenempowerment #humanitarian #humaninterest #christianresponse #hopefull #hopeandafuture #cyclicalorphancrisis #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealthmatters #traumarecovery
What makes holistic orphan care so difficult is that there are so many interconnected components. Women who have experienced trauma or abuse, who suffer from mental illnesses or have been orphaned themselves often lack the support needed to successfully parent and provide for their children. In turn, this creates more orphans, and the generational, cyclical crisis continues. Mwana is committed to holistic care not only for the orphaned and vulnerable children we serve, but for the vulnerable women who stand behind them. This is one critical component in family preservation. In a few weeks, a team from the US will be traveling to Congo including mental health and social work professionals who will not only work directly with some of these women and children, but who will also train our staff to meet some of the unique challenges they face. . (Français ci dessous) . . . #holisticorphancare  #orphancare  #orphanage  #familypreservation  #familyreunification  #onelessorphan  #empoweringwomen  #selfsufficiency  #empowerment  #motherandchild  #orphanprevention  #womenempowerment  #humanitarian  #humaninterest  #christianresponse  #hopefull  #hopeandafuture  #cyclicalorphancrisis  #mentalhealthawareness  #mentalhealthmatters  #traumarecovery 
Please continue to share💙💛 Let’s bring a sweet and worthy child HOME. Link in bio. #adoption #childrenbelonginfamilies #onelessorphan
Six years ago today, our family changed (for the good) forever, thanks to Zoe. #GotchaDay #DrakeCity #OneLessOrphan
10 hours left to get your #hopechangeseverything t-shirt!  All funds help #annabethlouise become a big sister! #onelessemptychair #onelessorphan #internationaladoption #hopechangeseverything #thomasfamadoption ((Link in profile))
Grant application is now open. 
Good luck. 
One17.org/apply
Grant application is now open. Good luck. One17.org/apply
I dreamed for so long about her- her little toes and fingers, her sweet lips and adorable cheeks, her big brown eyes... for so long she was only a dream.
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She been home for five months now. Some days it feels like she’s been with us her whole life, and other days I still can’t believe she’s here after a nearly five year long adoption process. ✨
That sweet little footprint belongs to my daughter. Okay, I’m gonna go cry now. Happy tears. ❤️
I dreamed for so long about her- her little toes and fingers, her sweet lips and adorable cheeks, her big brown eyes... for so long she was only a dream. ✨ She been home for five months now. Some days it feels like she’s been with us her whole life, and other days I still can’t believe she’s here after a nearly five year long adoption process. ✨ That sweet little footprint belongs to my daughter. Okay, I’m gonna go cry now. Happy tears. ❤️
This my friends is what God can do!! We’re celebrating #gotchaday !! #bringinghomeleah #onelessorphan #onehappyfamily #onefaithfulgod #littlesister
An enormous heartfelt thank you to everyone who generously gave, shared, liked, and encouraged this sweet family through this adoption fundraiser!!! You are ALL a huge blessing and together we’ve made a dent in their expenses. Every adoptive family totally gets it. How incredibly helpful this is. 
Thank you!!!! One fewer orphan! (Notice how I didn’t say one less.). 😝  #onelessorphan #adoptionfundraising #adoption
An enormous heartfelt thank you to everyone who generously gave, shared, liked, and encouraged this sweet family through this adoption fundraiser!!! You are ALL a huge blessing and together we’ve made a dent in their expenses. Every adoptive family totally gets it. How incredibly helpful this is. Thank you!!!! One fewer orphan! (Notice how I didn’t say one less.). 😝 #onelessorphan  #adoptionfundraising  #adoption 
Hi all!! We’ve got another cool fundraiser for our adoption!! Another awesome mom has offered to make these cool decals for us and send us the profits!!! They are $10. Let me know which one(s) you’d like. You can send money through Venmo or PayPal or cash or check. Whatever works for you! Thank you!!
Hi all!! We’ve got another cool fundraiser for our adoption!! Another awesome mom has offered to make these cool decals for us and send us the profits!!! They are $10. Let me know which one(s) you’d like. You can send money through Venmo or PayPal or cash or check. Whatever works for you! Thank you!!
This little lady and I did an impromptu video session earlier while cleaning up the kitchen from lunch. You can catch it in my story today, if you want some toddler inspired laughs! I think she is a total crack up! .
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Goodness. I know I share our story often...but it’s our story and I’ll share it the rest of my life....for His glory. There are so many emotions when I think about her start at life. The enemy would have loved nothing more than to keep her orphaned. But God! I’m so grateful that the Lord orchestrated everything and hand picked us to be the family that loves her forever. .
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My parents are constantly telling me that she’s JUST like I was as a child. #blessher #strongwilledgirls .
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She keeps us on our toes 10x more than both boys put together. She’s strong. She’s sassy. And her eyes sparkle with a love for life! She’ll change the world for Gods glory one day. In fact, she already has. Thank you, Jesus, for allowing her to call me Mommy. The tragedy that’s connected to me being her Mommy is never lost on me. I love you, Addy girl! And yes - Jesus made you pretty! 👧🏾🙌🏻🙌🏾
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#ourstoryhisglory #blessedbyadoption #adoptivemom #orphannomore #onelessorphan #ethiopian#ethiopianadoption #internationaladoption #shewillchangetheworld #strongwilledchild #bornleader #kitchenconversations #myaddygirl #mompreneur #nevermissamoment #ownyour24 #laboranddeliverynurse #youthpastor #oklahomagirl #entreprenuerlife #toddlermom #toddlermomlife
This little lady and I did an impromptu video session earlier while cleaning up the kitchen from lunch. You can catch it in my story today, if you want some toddler inspired laughs! I think she is a total crack up! . . . Goodness. I know I share our story often...but it’s our story and I’ll share it the rest of my life....for His glory. There are so many emotions when I think about her start at life. The enemy would have loved nothing more than to keep her orphaned. But God! I’m so grateful that the Lord orchestrated everything and hand picked us to be the family that loves her forever. . . . My parents are constantly telling me that she’s JUST like I was as a child. #blessher  #strongwilledgirls  . . . She keeps us on our toes 10x more than both boys put together. She’s strong. She’s sassy. And her eyes sparkle with a love for life! She’ll change the world for Gods glory one day. In fact, she already has. Thank you, Jesus, for allowing her to call me Mommy. The tragedy that’s connected to me being her Mommy is never lost on me. I love you, Addy girl! And yes - Jesus made you pretty! 👧🏾🙌🏻🙌🏾 . . . #ourstoryhisglory  #blessedbyadoption  #adoptivemom  #orphannomore  #onelessorphan  #ethiopian #ethiopianadoption  #internationaladoption  #shewillchangetheworld  #strongwilledchild  #bornleader  #kitchenconversations  #myaddygirl  #mompreneur  #nevermissamoment  #ownyour24  #laboranddeliverynurse  #youthpastor  #oklahomagirl  #entreprenuerlife  #toddlermom  #toddlermomlife 
We have received our LOA (Letter of Acceptance) from China, which means that we will be traveling, Lord willing, in the next two months. As we finalize paperwork and begin travel plans, I have had several people remind me to BE ON GUARD against the Enemy’s attacks during this season. He hates family, hates our adoption as children of God, hates all the reconciliation that this whole thing brings. That being said, as I stared at this number (the amount we will be paying minus all the generosity of the people who have given!), I suddenly felt anxiety grip my soul. By the grace of God, would we be able to pull from savings and pay this amount? Yes. But, if I’m just plain honest, I would love for this money to go toward all the things ahead- therapies and care for our son, all the things our girls already need. That being said, I feel stirred to lay it out one more time that there is still room to give. We are humbled and tearful by the undeserved gifting that has already happened. I can’t tell you how overjoyed it makes my heart to see people steward their money toward the Gospel and things that truly matter. From the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU. If you are someone who sees this number and longs to participate in #onelessorphan from a personal level, we would be sincerely humbled and honored if you make the choice to give. Link in profile. To God be the glory!
We have received our LOA (Letter of Acceptance) from China, which means that we will be traveling, Lord willing, in the next two months. As we finalize paperwork and begin travel plans, I have had several people remind me to BE ON GUARD against the Enemy’s attacks during this season. He hates family, hates our adoption as children of God, hates all the reconciliation that this whole thing brings. That being said, as I stared at this number (the amount we will be paying minus all the generosity of the people who have given!), I suddenly felt anxiety grip my soul. By the grace of God, would we be able to pull from savings and pay this amount? Yes. But, if I’m just plain honest, I would love for this money to go toward all the things ahead- therapies and care for our son, all the things our girls already need. That being said, I feel stirred to lay it out one more time that there is still room to give. We are humbled and tearful by the undeserved gifting that has already happened. I can’t tell you how overjoyed it makes my heart to see people steward their money toward the Gospel and things that truly matter. From the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU. If you are someone who sees this number and longs to participate in #onelessorphan  from a personal level, we would be sincerely humbled and honored if you make the choice to give. Link in profile. To God be the glory!
Introducing our September featured family...Corey & Kelsi Lacey already have 4 beautiful children but have a lot more love to give so they are adopting a sibling set from South Africa. BUT, they need our help! They have $37,000+ in remaining fees to bring them home. Shop our store or donate in September to fund a grant for this deserving family! 
#adoptionrocks #onelessorphan #fairtrade #handmade #southafricaimports
Introducing our September featured family...Corey & Kelsi Lacey already have 4 beautiful children but have a lot more love to give so they are adopting a sibling set from South Africa. BUT, they need our help! They have $37,000+ in remaining fees to bring them home. Shop our store or donate in September to fund a grant for this deserving family! #adoptionrocks  #onelessorphan  #fairtrade  #handmade  #southafricaimports 
Guess what day it is⁉️
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They’re on the way to the airport!!!
We’re praising Him this morning for His timing and perfect will! All you prayer warriors lift them up!! 💛
#bringinghomeleah #liftthemup #chinabound #onelessorphan #givinggodtheglory
🗣 HURRY AND REGISTER! Tournament is THIS SUNDAY (9th), and you have to register beforehand to make sure you get into Lanier Islands free of charge! Don’t delay, register TODAY!! REGISTER: http://www.peachstatecornhole.com/tournaments/789145-love--cornhole-tournament

Help The Vann’s give a child a forever home and enter for a chance to win a #FREE Yeti Cooler just for registering!! #OneLessOrphan #OneLessOrphanOneBagAtATime
🗣 HURRY AND REGISTER! Tournament is THIS SUNDAY (9th), and you have to register beforehand to make sure you get into Lanier Islands free of charge! Don’t delay, register TODAY!! REGISTER: http://www.peachstatecornhole.com/tournaments/789145-love--cornhole-tournament Help The Vann’s give a child a forever home and enter for a chance to win a #FREE  Yeti Cooler just for registering!! #OneLessOrphan  #OneLessOrphanOneBagAtATime 
This picture is worth more than a thousand words. These four women each came to Mwana pregnant and desperate, each in different circumstances but each ready to abandon or abort their babies. These four women are now stable, loving and proud mothers who serve on our Mwana staff. Sahara, Ghoretty, Deborah and Imelda, we are SO proud of you, and our Mwana Family is better with you ALL in it.
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Une image vaut mieux que mille mots. Ces quatre femmes sont toutes venues jusqu’à Mwana alors qu’elles étaient enceintes et désespérées. Chacune d’entre elles est arrivée dans des circonstances différentes mais avec la même idée : celle d’abandonner leur bébé ou de l’avorter. 
Ces quatre femmes sont maintenant des mères équilibrées,
aimantes et fières et ont intégré le personnel de Mwana. 
Sahara, Ghoretty, Deborah et Imelda, nous sommes SI fiers de vous et notre famille Mwana est encore plus belle maintenant parce que vous en faites TOUTES partie.
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#holisticorphancare #orphancare #orphanage #familypreservation #familyreunification #onelessorphan #empoweringwomen #selfsufficiency #empowerment #motherandchild #orphanprevention #womenempowerment #humanitarian #humaninterest #christianresponse #hopefull #hopeandafuture
This picture is worth more than a thousand words. These four women each came to Mwana pregnant and desperate, each in different circumstances but each ready to abandon or abort their babies. These four women are now stable, loving and proud mothers who serve on our Mwana staff. Sahara, Ghoretty, Deborah and Imelda, we are SO proud of you, and our Mwana Family is better with you ALL in it. . . Une image vaut mieux que mille mots. Ces quatre femmes sont toutes venues jusqu’à Mwana alors qu’elles étaient enceintes et désespérées. Chacune d’entre elles est arrivée dans des circonstances différentes mais avec la même idée : celle d’abandonner leur bébé ou de l’avorter. Ces quatre femmes sont maintenant des mères équilibrées, aimantes et fières et ont intégré le personnel de Mwana. Sahara, Ghoretty, Deborah et Imelda, nous sommes SI fiers de vous et notre famille Mwana est encore plus belle maintenant parce que vous en faites TOUTES partie. . . #holisticorphancare  #orphancare  #orphanage  #familypreservation  #familyreunification  #onelessorphan  #empoweringwomen  #selfsufficiency  #empowerment  #motherandchild  #orphanprevention  #womenempowerment  #humanitarian  #humaninterest  #christianresponse  #hopefull  #hopeandafuture 
Proud Gigi alert!!😘 Mac brought the first spelling test of the year home with a big 100% at the top! Proud of all my grands but this kid didn’t know a word of English a few years ago so this is extra special. Imagine if he hadn’t been adopted? The opportunities he would have missed out on! Adoption changes lives.  Got any room in your heart and home for another kiddo that desperately needs a family?❤️
#grandkidsarethebest #spellingchamp
Proud Gigi alert!!😘 Mac brought the first spelling test of the year home with a big 100% at the top! Proud of all my grands but this kid didn’t know a word of English a few years ago so this is extra special. Imagine if he hadn’t been adopted? The opportunities he would have missed out on! Adoption changes lives. Got any room in your heart and home for another kiddo that desperately needs a family?❤️ #grandkidsarethebest  #spellingchamp 
CALL TO ACTION! Dieuveille safely arrived in Nkayi and has gotten settled into his new home with Mama Rebecca, Amour and Merveille! You all have been incredibly supportive to inquire about, pray for and rally around Dieuveille as he begins this new chapter. We are doing a quick sponsor drive as a way to involve YOU in setting him on the right path. We’re looking for 4 new sponsors: one for his $20 monthly school fees; a second for his $15 monthly private tutoring fee; the third at $40 for our additional food budget at the Mwana Nkayi Refuge, and a fourth at $20 monthly for medical consultation and new crutches. If you’d like to give a one-time gift toward these expenses, we will count all donations today AND tomorrow toward Dieuveille’s expenses! Link in profile!
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#holisticorphancare #orphancare #orphanage #educationchangeslives #educationchangeseverything #onelessorphan #selfsufficiency #empowerment #orphanprevention #womenempowerment #humanitarian #humaninterest #christianresponse #hopefull #hopeandafuture #foster #fosterson #fostercare
CALL TO ACTION! Dieuveille safely arrived in Nkayi and has gotten settled into his new home with Mama Rebecca, Amour and Merveille! You all have been incredibly supportive to inquire about, pray for and rally around Dieuveille as he begins this new chapter. We are doing a quick sponsor drive as a way to involve YOU in setting him on the right path. We’re looking for 4 new sponsors: one for his $20 monthly school fees; a second for his $15 monthly private tutoring fee; the third at $40 for our additional food budget at the Mwana Nkayi Refuge, and a fourth at $20 monthly for medical consultation and new crutches. If you’d like to give a one-time gift toward these expenses, we will count all donations today AND tomorrow toward Dieuveille’s expenses! Link in profile! . . . #holisticorphancare  #orphancare  #orphanage  #educationchangeslives  #educationchangeseverything  #onelessorphan  #selfsufficiency  #empowerment  #orphanprevention  #womenempowerment  #humanitarian  #humaninterest  #christianresponse  #hopefull  #hopeandafuture  #foster  #fosterson  #fostercare 
Micah had a blast in #WindsorValley yesterday. #MicahFaces #OneLessOrphan #DrakeCity
We designed these t-shirts to help raise funds for our adoption. Help us bring our girl home from Ukraine to Texas! #adoption 👆link in profile #internationaladoption #ukraine #orphan #onelessorphan #reecesrainbow #fundraiser #bonfire #tshirt
Today marks ONE MONTH home with our Luke. I feel like I have a front row seat to countless little miracles everyday. This may seem like a braggy post but I want God to receive all the glory. I am in complete awe of how Luke has embraced our family, a new culture, a new routine and a new language. I can see how he is understanding more and more of what we say. He nods his little sweet head yes when he understands what I am saying. His vocabulary is growing each day...he knows his colors, can count to ten, names almost every vehicle by name (some of his favorites include motorcycles, fire trucks and helicopters). He says “help please,” “thank you mommy,” and “sorry”. He really loves holding hands at dinner and praying...he waits in great anticipation and shouts out “Amen!” He feeds the dog, lets the dog out, puts silverware away. His favorite things include dance parties with Anna and David, chocolate ice cream, swimming, riding his bike like a fearless ninja, playing guitar and singing at the top of his lungs, watching Panthers football, greeting Daddy when he gets home from work, playing baseball, painting, and his newest endeavor just today: riding a zip line. I had prepared myself that it might take some time for our love to grow. But God likes to do abundantly more. It’s safe to say I’m obsessed with this kid. 
#adoption #chinaadoption #onelessorphan
Today marks ONE MONTH home with our Luke. I feel like I have a front row seat to countless little miracles everyday. This may seem like a braggy post but I want God to receive all the glory. I am in complete awe of how Luke has embraced our family, a new culture, a new routine and a new language. I can see how he is understanding more and more of what we say. He nods his little sweet head yes when he understands what I am saying. His vocabulary is growing each day...he knows his colors, can count to ten, names almost every vehicle by name (some of his favorites include motorcycles, fire trucks and helicopters). He says “help please,” “thank you mommy,” and “sorry”. He really loves holding hands at dinner and praying...he waits in great anticipation and shouts out “Amen!” He feeds the dog, lets the dog out, puts silverware away. His favorite things include dance parties with Anna and David, chocolate ice cream, swimming, riding his bike like a fearless ninja, playing guitar and singing at the top of his lungs, watching Panthers football, greeting Daddy when he gets home from work, playing baseball, painting, and his newest endeavor just today: riding a zip line. I had prepared myself that it might take some time for our love to grow. But God likes to do abundantly more. It’s safe to say I’m obsessed with this kid. #adoption  #chinaadoption  #onelessorphan 
Please meet new mother Versalut and her precious newborn baby, Esther. We met Versalut just a few weeks ago as she was late in her pregnancy, alone without support or means and needing immediate medical attention. Esther was born with low birthweight and needed some additional medical support. We are this evening welcoming both mother and child to the Mwana Refuge for several weeks so Versalut can learn critical skills of nursing, hygiene and caring well for her new baby. In Congo, there are many misconceptions about the importance of a mother’s milk, and taking the time to train these new mothers lays the groundwork for a more stable and healthy life together. Thank you for welcoming and praying for Mama Versalut and baby Esther! .
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Nous vous présentons Versalut, une nouvelle maman et Esther, son adorable nourrisson. Lorsque nous avons rencontré Versalut il y a quelques semaines, elle était presque à son terme, seule, sans aucun soutien ni ressources et avait besoin d’être soignée sans délai. 
Esther est née mais son poids était insuffisant et lui fallait des soins médicaux supplémentaires. 
Ce soir, nous accueillons mère et fille au Refuge Mwana pour les semaines à venir afin que Versalut y apprenne les gestes élémentaires d’hygiène pour prendre soin de son bébé. 
Au Congo l’importance de l’allaitement n’est pas toujours bien compris. D’où l’utilité de prendre le temps d’éduquer ces jeunes mamans pour poser les bases d’une vie plus stable et plus saine. 
Merci d’accueillir Versalut et Esther et de prier pour elles !
#holisticorphancare #orphancare #orphanage #familypreservation #familyreunification #onelessorphan #empoweringwomen #selfsufficiency #empowerment #motherandchild #orphanprevention #womenempowerment #humanitarian #humaninterest #christianresponse #hopefull #hopeandafuture
Please meet new mother Versalut and her precious newborn baby, Esther. We met Versalut just a few weeks ago as she was late in her pregnancy, alone without support or means and needing immediate medical attention. Esther was born with low birthweight and needed some additional medical support. We are this evening welcoming both mother and child to the Mwana Refuge for several weeks so Versalut can learn critical skills of nursing, hygiene and caring well for her new baby. In Congo, there are many misconceptions about the importance of a mother’s milk, and taking the time to train these new mothers lays the groundwork for a more stable and healthy life together. Thank you for welcoming and praying for Mama Versalut and baby Esther! . . . Nous vous présentons Versalut, une nouvelle maman et Esther, son adorable nourrisson. Lorsque nous avons rencontré Versalut il y a quelques semaines, elle était presque à son terme, seule, sans aucun soutien ni ressources et avait besoin d’être soignée sans délai. Esther est née mais son poids était insuffisant et lui fallait des soins médicaux supplémentaires. Ce soir, nous accueillons mère et fille au Refuge Mwana pour les semaines à venir afin que Versalut y apprenne les gestes élémentaires d’hygiène pour prendre soin de son bébé. Au Congo l’importance de l’allaitement n’est pas toujours bien compris. D’où l’utilité de prendre le temps d’éduquer ces jeunes mamans pour poser les bases d’une vie plus stable et plus saine. Merci d’accueillir Versalut et Esther et de prier pour elles ! #holisticorphancare  #orphancare  #orphanage  #familypreservation  #familyreunification  #onelessorphan  #empoweringwomen  #selfsufficiency  #empowerment  #motherandchild  #orphanprevention  #womenempowerment  #humanitarian  #humaninterest  #christianresponse  #hopefull  #hopeandafuture 
We invite you to become learners who advocate and thus TRANSFORM the lives of others! We are excited to launch the LEARN page on our website. Our Mwana Family around the world has shown us that you CARE DEEPLY about ethical orphan care and that YOU want to be educated on the complex issues of the orphan crisis. This page is a compilation of articles, podcasts and essays which give a closer look at the orphan crisis. From adoption to trafficking to birth family care, we invite you to dive in! Link in profile.⠀
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Photo credit, along with articles and podcasts linked, thanks to the incredible @thearchibaldproject
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#holisticorphancare #orphancare #orphanage #familypreservation #familyreunification #onelessorphan #empoweringwomen #selfsufficiency #empowerment #motherandchild #orphanprevention #womenempowerment #humanitarian #humaninterest #christianresponse #hopefull #hopeandafuture #adoption #adoptionrocks#adoptionjourney
We invite you to become learners who advocate and thus TRANSFORM the lives of others! We are excited to launch the LEARN page on our website. Our Mwana Family around the world has shown us that you CARE DEEPLY about ethical orphan care and that YOU want to be educated on the complex issues of the orphan crisis. This page is a compilation of articles, podcasts and essays which give a closer look at the orphan crisis. From adoption to trafficking to birth family care, we invite you to dive in! Link in profile.⠀ .⠀ Photo credit, along with articles and podcasts linked, thanks to the incredible @thearchibaldproject . . . #holisticorphancare  #orphancare  #orphanage  #familypreservation  #familyreunification  #onelessorphan  #empoweringwomen  #selfsufficiency  #empowerment  #motherandchild  #orphanprevention  #womenempowerment  #humanitarian  #humaninterest  #christianresponse  #hopefull  #hopeandafuture  #adoption  #adoptionrocks #adoptionjourney 
For 17 years we prayed to make another child’s life complete. Instead you gave us the gift of completing ours. Happy 2 Year Gotcha Day! #onelessorphan
For 17 years we prayed to make another child’s life complete. Instead you gave us the gift of completing ours. Happy 2 Year Gotcha Day! #onelessorphan 
@faith_ferrante & @frankieferrante  are adopting a little girl from China! While we know this is a beautiful and exciting time in their lives, it’s a huge financial responsibility. This is a fundraiser they are doing to help them along the way. Please consider contributing! We just ordered ours and we can’t wait to wear them for our niece! 💖 #onelessorphan #adoption #cantwaittomeetyouprincess MudLOVE.com/ferrantefamilyadoption
@faith_ferrante & @frankieferrante are adopting a little girl from China! While we know this is a beautiful and exciting time in their lives, it’s a huge financial responsibility. This is a fundraiser they are doing to help them along the way. Please consider contributing! We just ordered ours and we can’t wait to wear them for our niece! 💖 #onelessorphan  #adoption  #cantwaittomeetyouprincess  MudLOVE.com/ferrantefamilyadoption
I’ve been a little mia lately because we are in a really busy & exciting season. If you didn’t know, the profits from my Etsy shop go straight towards our international adoption fund, which has been on hold with Katie being born and the move. •
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Now that we’re all settled in Georgia and Katie is over 1, we have been working hard to get blood tests, physicals, fingerprints FBI clearances and everything else that comes along with updating our paper work! Our social worker comes over tonight to update our home study and from there, we wait on immigration paperwork and will begin compiling our dossier. •
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It feels great to finally be moving forward in this process. I am so thankful for each purchase made in my shop as it truly helps us feel closer and closer to bringing our child home from Colombia! 🎉
I’ve been a little mia lately because we are in a really busy & exciting season. If you didn’t know, the profits from my Etsy shop go straight towards our international adoption fund, which has been on hold with Katie being born and the move. • • Now that we’re all settled in Georgia and Katie is over 1, we have been working hard to get blood tests, physicals, fingerprints FBI clearances and everything else that comes along with updating our paper work! Our social worker comes over tonight to update our home study and from there, we wait on immigration paperwork and will begin compiling our dossier. • • It feels great to finally be moving forward in this process. I am so thankful for each purchase made in my shop as it truly helps us feel closer and closer to bringing our child home from Colombia! 🎉
Papa Jean visited this morning with our sweet Ethan, a little boy who came into our care as a newborn and was reunited with his grandmother a couple of years ago. Jean told us that as soon as Ethan saw him, he jumped up and down and thought a party must be happening! While he is happy and growing in his family, like many Congolese families, their means are scarce and they live with very little. Our ongoing relationship with Mwana children who have been reunified with their families is very important, and we are able to assist in small ways like providing clothing, medicines and assisting with school fees when necessary. Our sponsorship program allows for sponsors to come alongside families in the community such as this to fill in some of these gaps that make all the difference in quality of life and long-term self-sufficiency. To learn more about our sponsorship program, click the link in profile.
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#holisticorphancare #orphancare #orphanage #familypreservation #familyreunification #onelessorphan #empoweringwomen #selfsufficiency #empowerment #motherandchild #orphanprevention #womenempowerment #humanitarian #humaninterest #christianresponse #hopefull #hopeandafuture
Papa Jean visited this morning with our sweet Ethan, a little boy who came into our care as a newborn and was reunited with his grandmother a couple of years ago. Jean told us that as soon as Ethan saw him, he jumped up and down and thought a party must be happening! While he is happy and growing in his family, like many Congolese families, their means are scarce and they live with very little. Our ongoing relationship with Mwana children who have been reunified with their families is very important, and we are able to assist in small ways like providing clothing, medicines and assisting with school fees when necessary. Our sponsorship program allows for sponsors to come alongside families in the community such as this to fill in some of these gaps that make all the difference in quality of life and long-term self-sufficiency. To learn more about our sponsorship program, click the link in profile. . #holisticorphancare  #orphancare  #orphanage  #familypreservation  #familyreunification  #onelessorphan  #empoweringwomen  #selfsufficiency  #empowerment  #motherandchild  #orphanprevention  #womenempowerment  #humanitarian  #humaninterest  #christianresponse  #hopefull  #hopeandafuture 
My new fave baseball cap has a clover on it - the same as my daughter’s name! My hubby brought it back for me from a work trip & it’s been my go-to hat ever since.
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You see, in the back of my mind, I always wanted a daughter & to name her Clover, ever since my mom read me a book when I was little with a character named Clover.
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I just didn’t realize then that my daughter would be born on the other side of the globe & I’d have to go to the ends of the earth to bring her home! Every time I wear this hat it reminds me of my childhood dream & how it came true, but in a completely different way than I had imagined it.
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If you’re struggling with a dream that seems out of reach, just know that God’s ways are indeed mysterious. Your road might be the less traveled one, with twists, turns, & yes, some heartbreak... your road might not be the one your friends or family members are taking... but I bet it will make you stronger, more appreciative, & more able to see and recognize that big beautiful dream when it does show up in your life. In my case, in a small room in a Taiyuan, China Civil Affairs building, in the form of a crying 3 year old who needed a mama!
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Here’s to baseball caps & dreams! Can I get a 🙌🏼? -Allie
My new fave baseball cap has a clover on it - the same as my daughter’s name! My hubby brought it back for me from a work trip & it’s been my go-to hat ever since. ☘️ You see, in the back of my mind, I always wanted a daughter & to name her Clover, ever since my mom read me a book when I was little with a character named Clover. ❤️ I just didn’t realize then that my daughter would be born on the other side of the globe & I’d have to go to the ends of the earth to bring her home! Every time I wear this hat it reminds me of my childhood dream & how it came true, but in a completely different way than I had imagined it. 🌏 If you’re struggling with a dream that seems out of reach, just know that God’s ways are indeed mysterious. Your road might be the less traveled one, with twists, turns, & yes, some heartbreak... your road might not be the one your friends or family members are taking... but I bet it will make you stronger, more appreciative, & more able to see and recognize that big beautiful dream when it does show up in your life. In my case, in a small room in a Taiyuan, China Civil Affairs building, in the form of a crying 3 year old who needed a mama! ✨ Here’s to baseball caps & dreams! Can I get a 🙌🏼? -Allie
There is an estimated 153 million orphans in the world.  We have felt the burden on our hearts to bring a child into our home and to be an #OrphanNoMore  We are in the 2nd phase of our #ChinaAdoption and we are raising money to help offset the cost. With your help, there will be One Less Orphan ❤️ *Link in Bio* #LongIslandToChina #onelessorphan #adoption #internationaladoption
Buy a really cool T shirt and help our family adopt a child from China with congenital melanocytic nevus! 
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#adoption #chinaadoption #china #thismoment #chalkboardscript #tshirts #tshirtfundraiser #adoptionfundraiser #onelessorphan #nevus #melanocyticnevus #congenitalnevus
💥💥💥So this happened . . . It’s officially official and we FINALLY have a birth certificate to prove it! 🍾💗🍾💗She’s Tayla Landry Reagan Swager and she’s been a blessing beyond anything words could ever describe. Adoption is an indescribable journey of emotional highs and lows that are difficult to articulate. I wouldn’t trade a moment of it. Ok . . . Maybe one or two I would, but not many!!! 😂🤣😂. Swipe for more. #myjoyinthejourney2018 #taylalandry2018 #onelessorphan #adoptionrocks #paperpregnant
💥💥💥So this happened . . . It’s officially official and we FINALLY have a birth certificate to prove it! 🍾💗🍾💗She’s Tayla Landry Reagan Swager and she’s been a blessing beyond anything words could ever describe. Adoption is an indescribable journey of emotional highs and lows that are difficult to articulate. I wouldn’t trade a moment of it. Ok . . . Maybe one or two I would, but not many!!! 😂🤣😂. Swipe for more. #myjoyinthejourney2018  #taylalandry2018  #onelessorphan  #adoptionrocks  #paperpregnant 
Long hours working at the new boutique are a little more bearable when this crew shows up to visit!❤️
#myfam #surprisevisitors
Long hours working at the new boutique are a little more bearable when this crew shows up to visit!❤️ #myfam  #surprisevisitors 
Guangzhou is a breath of fresh air! It’s tropical-ish here, I had a burger and a sweet tea!, we’re getting to spend time with other adoptive American families, our hotel room is cooler, it’s less crowded, the breakfast buffet is grander, and Fei Yu learned to give me a kiss💋. She sings “Jesus Loves Me,” gives her Baba high-fives, and greets everyone she meets. And most importantly the girl loves a hair bow. 
We have a Consulate appointment tomorrow I think, a Visa appointment Tuesday, river boat cruise tonight, touring a temple & museum tomorrow, and heading to Hong Kong Thursday to begin our trek HOME! 
I’ve seen so many pictures of families posed on these same stairs with their children while waiting for our turn. I doubted our promise would be fulfilled and I have a sleeping miracle laying next to me. God is good in the waiting, God is good in loss, and God is good in abundant blessings. I can say that because he’s sustained me in every season. All the time God is good. 
#internationaladoption #chinaadoption #wecouldhavemissedthis #pandapartyof3 #onelessorphan #FeiYudoesTifton #jamesdoeschina @mock.james
Guangzhou is a breath of fresh air! It’s tropical-ish here, I had a burger and a sweet tea!, we’re getting to spend time with other adoptive American families, our hotel room is cooler, it’s less crowded, the breakfast buffet is grander, and Fei Yu learned to give me a kiss💋. She sings “Jesus Loves Me,” gives her Baba high-fives, and greets everyone she meets. And most importantly the girl loves a hair bow. We have a Consulate appointment tomorrow I think, a Visa appointment Tuesday, river boat cruise tonight, touring a temple & museum tomorrow, and heading to Hong Kong Thursday to begin our trek HOME! I’ve seen so many pictures of families posed on these same stairs with their children while waiting for our turn. I doubted our promise would be fulfilled and I have a sleeping miracle laying next to me. God is good in the waiting, God is good in loss, and God is good in abundant blessings. I can say that because he’s sustained me in every season. All the time God is good. #internationaladoption  #chinaadoption  #wecouldhavemissedthis  #pandapartyof3  #onelessorphan  #FeiYudoesTifton  #jamesdoeschina  @mock.james
Squeezing in as many happy moments with them as possible ❤️ .
If you haven’t met Jason and Charlie, you really should.
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Jason is beyond cheeky, but makes up for it with his infectious laughter & sense of humor.  He’s so bright and melts hearts when he looks up at you with those adorable eyes, places his hand on yours and sweetly asks, “Katy... can I have your phone?” 😂. Jason is a master negotiator and when he sets his mind on a goal, nothing can stop him! .

Charlie is one of the gentlest souls I’ve ever met. He feels things deeply for himself and others. So much so that he apologizes every time he runs into you in Mario Kart. Charlie LOVES learning and is also very smart. It has been incredible to watch his confidence grow in the last few months as he continues to overcome obstacles & not let his physical limitations stop him. #adopt #onelessorphan #actually2lessorphans #sfcv #weloveourkids
Squeezing in as many happy moments with them as possible ❤️ . If you haven’t met Jason and Charlie, you really should. . Jason is beyond cheeky, but makes up for it with his infectious laughter & sense of humor. He’s so bright and melts hearts when he looks up at you with those adorable eyes, places his hand on yours and sweetly asks, “Katy... can I have your phone?” 😂. Jason is a master negotiator and when he sets his mind on a goal, nothing can stop him! . Charlie is one of the gentlest souls I’ve ever met. He feels things deeply for himself and others. So much so that he apologizes every time he runs into you in Mario Kart. Charlie LOVES learning and is also very smart. It has been incredible to watch his confidence grow in the last few months as he continues to overcome obstacles & not let his physical limitations stop him. #adopt  #onelessorphan  #actually2lessorphans  #sfcv  #weloveourkids 
Well bath time and pool time have been a bust so far but our cuteness factor is killing it🌟#chinaadoption #internationaladoption #wecouldhavemissedthis #pandapartyof3 #onelessorphan #feiyudoestifton
Our 3 1/2 year adoption journey is finally at a close. It’s official. Judah is now a LEE! #onelessorphan
Our 3 1/2 year adoption journey is finally at a close. It’s official. Judah is now a LEE! #onelessorphan 
Hoping our first flight tonight goes as well as our morning has!  #internationaladoption #chinaadoption #wecouldhavemissedthis #pandapartyof3 #onelessorphan #FeiYudoesTifton @mock.james
Fei Yu said what’s up y’all I’m comin’ for ya in 10 days!👋🏼🇺🇸 #internationaladoption #chinaadoption #onelessorphan #wecouldhavemissedthis #pandapartyof3 #jamesdoeschina #FeiYudoesTifton
Sorry Tom Cruise. You have nothing on this stud!! Can you hear the air guitar?? 😍 #internationaladoption
Sorry Tom Cruise. You have nothing on this stud!! Can you hear the air guitar?? 😍 #internationaladoption 
A no make up, unflattering photo that brings me so much joy. We have been home three glorious days. I’m not going to lie, it’s been really tough. Jon and I both came home sick. And after the travel and jet lag, we feel like we have been hit by buses. It feels similar to having a newborn in the house. We are up all hours of the night, rocking, soothing. Luke is doing great overall but nights are hard. I think that is when he grieves. So grateful to friends and family for bringing meals and moral support! Clinging to the hope that He doesn’t call the equipped, He equips the called. Holding sacred these moments as we transition to a family of five. There is so much beauty in the hard. 
#adoption #onelessorphan #chinaadoption
A no make up, unflattering photo that brings me so much joy. We have been home three glorious days. I’m not going to lie, it’s been really tough. Jon and I both came home sick. And after the travel and jet lag, we feel like we have been hit by buses. It feels similar to having a newborn in the house. We are up all hours of the night, rocking, soothing. Luke is doing great overall but nights are hard. I think that is when he grieves. So grateful to friends and family for bringing meals and moral support! Clinging to the hope that He doesn’t call the equipped, He equips the called. Holding sacred these moments as we transition to a family of five. There is so much beauty in the hard. #adoption  #onelessorphan  #chinaadoption 
This girl💝. We’ve never been more tired or hot and wooing her heart sure isn’t easy. Now is a good time to take up coffee☕️ Her heart is broken and being put back together all at the same time, but she is brave. This mighty girl is my hero💪🏼. Today we made paperwork official, bought some undies (surprise! she’s potty trained!👏🏼) took her passport picture, and now she’s napping on me. 
We have a big day tomorrow seeing the Terracotta Warriors in 10000% humidity and I’m wearing her in a carrier so that should be relaxing. 
#jamesdoeschina #internationaladoption #chinaadoption #onelessorphan #wecouldhavemissedthis
This girl💝. We’ve never been more tired or hot and wooing her heart sure isn’t easy. Now is a good time to take up coffee☕️ Her heart is broken and being put back together all at the same time, but she is brave. This mighty girl is my hero💪🏼. Today we made paperwork official, bought some undies (surprise! she’s potty trained!👏🏼) took her passport picture, and now she’s napping on me. We have a big day tomorrow seeing the Terracotta Warriors in 10000% humidity and I’m wearing her in a carrier so that should be relaxing. #jamesdoeschina  #internationaladoption  #chinaadoption  #onelessorphan  #wecouldhavemissedthis 
NEW Fundraiser!!!! Get your DS Awareness hat today!💙💛 Information for ordering in blog (link in bio) or comment below!👇🏼👇🏼
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On Sunday, July 29, 2018 Shively James Mock was born into our family by the power of the Holy Spirit. The Lord lavished his love on us like he told me he would!💝
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He is the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them— he remains faithful forever. He upholds the cause of the oppressed and gives food to the hungry. The Lord sets prisoners free, the Lord gives sight to the blind, the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down, the Lord loves the righteous. The Lord watches over the foreigner and sustains the fatherless and the widow, but he frustrates the ways of the wicked.
‭‭Psalm‬ ‭146:6-9‬
#sheshome #jamesdoeschina #betterthanme #onelessorphan #pandapartyof3
On Sunday, July 29, 2018 Shively James Mock was born into our family by the power of the Holy Spirit. The Lord lavished his love on us like he told me he would!💝 . He is the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them— he remains faithful forever. He upholds the cause of the oppressed and gives food to the hungry. The Lord sets prisoners free, the Lord gives sight to the blind, the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down, the Lord loves the righteous. The Lord watches over the foreigner and sustains the fatherless and the widow, but he frustrates the ways of the wicked. ‭‭Psalm‬ ‭146:6-9‬ #sheshome  #jamesdoeschina  #betterthanme  #onelessorphan  #pandapartyof3 
We are thrilled to introduce you to our son, Luke Xin Kaczmarski! We arrived home from China late last night and are settling in as a family of five. “Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us. To Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”
‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭3:21‬ ‭ESV‬‬
I plan on sharing much more about our precious Luke and our trip to China, but for now my main priorities are playing blocks on the floor and sleeping! Thank you to our incredible friends and family who have prayed with us and carried us through this journey with such love and provision. I am in such awe of having my family together at last! There is officially one less orphan in the world and one more Kaczmarski!
#adoption #chinaadoption #bringinghomelukexin #onelessorphan
We are thrilled to introduce you to our son, Luke Xin Kaczmarski! We arrived home from China late last night and are settling in as a family of five. “Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us. To Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” ‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭3:21‬ ‭ESV‬‬ I plan on sharing much more about our precious Luke and our trip to China, but for now my main priorities are playing blocks on the floor and sleeping! Thank you to our incredible friends and family who have prayed with us and carried us through this journey with such love and provision. I am in such awe of having my family together at last! There is officially one less orphan in the world and one more Kaczmarski! #adoption  #chinaadoption  #bringinghomelukexin  #onelessorphan 
Saturday mornings are meant to slow down. And I am grateful for this moment right here.
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We have needed this moment right here. Everyone home, everyone in the big bed, everyone feeling good, everyone just being. .
It hit me the other day how fast this summer has gone by. I feel like it has been non-stop. Not exactly the summer I was hoping for, but I am grateful for this slow moment right here.
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I hope your Saturday brings you relaxation and rest!!
Saturday mornings are meant to slow down. And I am grateful for this moment right here. . We have needed this moment right here. Everyone home, everyone in the big bed, everyone feeling good, everyone just being. . It hit me the other day how fast this summer has gone by. I feel like it has been non-stop. Not exactly the summer I was hoping for, but I am grateful for this slow moment right here. . I hope your Saturday brings you relaxation and rest!!
Saturday mornings are meant to slow down. And I am grateful for this moment right here.
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We have needed this moment. Everyone home, everyone in the big bed, everyone feeling good, everyone just being.
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It hit me the other day how fast this summer has gone by. I feel like it has been non-stop. Not exactly the summer I was hoping for, but I am grateful for this slow moment right here.
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I hope your Saturday brings you relaxation and rest!!
Saturday mornings are meant to slow down. And I am grateful for this moment right here. . We have needed this moment. Everyone home, everyone in the big bed, everyone feeling good, everyone just being. . It hit me the other day how fast this summer has gone by. I feel like it has been non-stop. Not exactly the summer I was hoping for, but I am grateful for this slow moment right here. . I hope your Saturday brings you relaxation and rest!!
We made it to Beijing! I’m not certain what day it is right now and I’m not feeling great, but Beijing did not disappoint.

We climbed part of the Great Wall, ate at the Jade Factory, went to the Summer Palace, on a dragon boat ride, had a traditional Peking Duck dinner, and are packed and ready to check out of our hotel in the am to head to Shively’s province tomorrow. #nochill

We’ll sightsee and shop tomorrow before we fly out, and then get ready to meet our baby girl! 
PS- In Nov 2015 when I came to China we stayed at this same hotel, went to the Great Wall, ate at the same restaurants. I didn’t know then that I’d be back, bringing my girl home. Today was a full-circle day and I’m so stinking thankful for it. The Lord writes stories we couldn’t write for ourselves.  #wecouldhavemissedthis #internationaladoption #chinaadoption #adoptionrocks #adoptionislove #onelessorphan #lovemakesafamily #mykindredstory #jamesdoeschina #pandapartyof3 #waitingonlittle🐼
We made it to Beijing! I’m not certain what day it is right now and I’m not feeling great, but Beijing did not disappoint. We climbed part of the Great Wall, ate at the Jade Factory, went to the Summer Palace, on a dragon boat ride, had a traditional Peking Duck dinner, and are packed and ready to check out of our hotel in the am to head to Shively’s province tomorrow. #nochill  We’ll sightsee and shop tomorrow before we fly out, and then get ready to meet our baby girl! PS- In Nov 2015 when I came to China we stayed at this same hotel, went to the Great Wall, ate at the same restaurants. I didn’t know then that I’d be back, bringing my girl home. Today was a full-circle day and I’m so stinking thankful for it. The Lord writes stories we couldn’t write for ourselves. #wecouldhavemissedthis  #internationaladoption  #chinaadoption  #adoptionrocks  #adoptionislove  #onelessorphan  #lovemakesafamily  #mykindredstory  #jamesdoeschina  #pandapartyof3  #waitingonlittle 🐼
Happy first birthday to my baby girl Avery May! We have prayed for years for the day we got to hold you in our arms. And now we can’t imagine life without you. Aunt Bekah loves you so much! #adoptionisbeautiful #onelessorphan
Happy first birthday to my baby girl Avery May! We have prayed for years for the day we got to hold you in our arms. And now we can’t imagine life without you. Aunt Bekah loves you so much! #adoptionisbeautiful  #onelessorphan 
“Being humble means recognizing we are not on Earth to see how important we can become, but to see how much difference we can make in the lives of others.” - Gordon B. Hinckley
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As I sit here attempting to write this post, pondering our incredible @maebesewshop fundraiser, my eyes are overflowing with tears. Tears of an abundant amount of GRATITUDE. My heart could not possibly be more full...full of an incredible amount of LOVE.
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I wish I could adequately express in words just how grateful we are to our incredible #bringinglittlesisterhome village. To all that placed orders, donated to our @reecesrainbow and Gofundme accts + shared the news of the fundraiser to help spread the word. We are blessed beyond measure to have the village that we do lifting us up + helping us along the way. Natalie @maebesewshop + I have both felt emotional numerous times over the wealth of support that was shown during our July fundraiser week. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Because of all of you, we were able to hit our goal for our July fundraiser🙌🏻🙌🏻 Dozens of bows, a handful of blankets + 28 dolly’s were purchased(sweet Natalie is beyond busy hand stitching + sewing her heart out ❤️). Because of all of that we are that much closer to bringing our little girl home 💕
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Thank you does not seem to do justice, but it’s what we have right now, so THANK YOU from the very depths of our hearts. THANK YOU for loving our little angel right along with us + THANK YOU for being an important part in making a difference in the lives of others and helping the world to have #onelessorphan we ❤️ you ALL!!
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And to @maebesewshop my sweet friend, not even sure where to start. Thank you for being you, for sharing your talents + creativity with others to make a difference + help get so many precious little babies to their forever families. You came into my life at a time when I was feeling at my lowest in this hard journey, and when I needed you the most. Thank you, thank you for being a part of our village. Love you 😘😘 #bringinglittlesisterhome #downsyndromeadoption #internationaladoption #chinaadoption #adoptionrocks #thankfulgratefulblessed
“Being humble means recognizing we are not on Earth to see how important we can become, but to see how much difference we can make in the lives of others.” - Gordon B. Hinckley ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ As I sit here attempting to write this post, pondering our incredible @maebesewshop fundraiser, my eyes are overflowing with tears. Tears of an abundant amount of GRATITUDE. My heart could not possibly be more full...full of an incredible amount of LOVE. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I wish I could adequately express in words just how grateful we are to our incredible #bringinglittlesisterhome  village. To all that placed orders, donated to our @reecesrainbow and Gofundme accts + shared the news of the fundraiser to help spread the word. We are blessed beyond measure to have the village that we do lifting us up + helping us along the way. Natalie @maebesewshop + I have both felt emotional numerous times over the wealth of support that was shown during our July fundraiser week. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Because of all of you, we were able to hit our goal for our July fundraiser🙌🏻🙌🏻 Dozens of bows, a handful of blankets + 28 dolly’s were purchased(sweet Natalie is beyond busy hand stitching + sewing her heart out ❤️). Because of all of that we are that much closer to bringing our little girl home 💕 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Thank you does not seem to do justice, but it’s what we have right now, so THANK YOU from the very depths of our hearts. THANK YOU for loving our little angel right along with us + THANK YOU for being an important part in making a difference in the lives of others and helping the world to have #onelessorphan  we ❤️ you ALL!! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ And to @maebesewshop my sweet friend, not even sure where to start. Thank you for being you, for sharing your talents + creativity with others to make a difference + help get so many precious little babies to their forever families. You came into my life at a time when I was feeling at my lowest in this hard journey, and when I needed you the most. Thank you, thank you for being a part of our village. Love you 😘😘 #bringinglittlesisterhome  #downsyndromeadoption  #internationaladoption  #chinaadoption  #adoptionrocks  #thankfulgratefulblessed 
These are the kind of projects I love. Praying for the parents who will sit in this chair & rock their little one to sleep.
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#onelessorphan #adoption  #youareloved
These are the kind of projects I love. Praying for the parents who will sit in this chair & rock their little one to sleep. . . . #onelessorphan  #adoption  #youareloved 
Even if you cannot donate, it would be a HUGE help if you could share our page!!! Every little bit helps. Who will help us break $0?? 💙💛🙏🏼
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Cousin time at Grandma Jo's house #ZoeFaces #DrakeCity #OneLessOrphan