Monday, March 24, 2014

T-Shirt Flash Sale!


One of our Instagram friends designed these awesome t-shirts! Our family will earn profit for each t-shirt sold between now and this Thursday (3/27/14) at midnight! Both child and adult sizes available. We understand not everyone is in a position to purchase a shirt, we’d love it if you’d consider sharing it on your wall. Thank you for helping us get one step closer to bringing home Baby Beavers!

Kid sizes XS-XL and Adult sizes S-XL are $24 including shipping. Adult XXL & XXL are available for $27 shipped. T-shirts are a preshunk 100% ComfortSoft Cotton.

To order: PayPal “gift” your payment to sarahlongrdh@yahoo.com Please indicate sizes, your shipping address, and “Beavers Family” in your comments so that we receive the funds from your order.


We would like our child to see all of the people who have been praying and supporting our journey to bring them home! If you order a shirt we would LOVE for you to send us a picture so that we can compile a photo album for their nursery!

Monday, March 17, 2014

First Canvas Release!!


Thanks so much for stopping by to check out our Canvas Release! We are beyond touched and humbled by the love and support we have received since our first blog post. We've received so many encouraging comments, emails, texts, and phone calls from you all. God is doing amazing things in our lives and we are so blessed that you are a part of it!

Below are the canvases that are available today. There are the first four canvases in the 12 set series, Seasons For Siblings, as well as a traditional camera, an Instagram-style camera, and the crochet hook with a ball of yarn.

For ease in order tracking, all sales have been moved to our Etsy shop:

https://www.etsy.com/shop/seasonsforsiblings


Again, thank you for being here! We appreciate each of you greatly.


Blessings,

Donna




Friday, March 14, 2014

A New Journey

Many of you have witnessed our path. You've prayed, cried with, and supported us through extremely painful curves in the road. We wouldn't be where we are first without God's love and grace; and secondly, without our family and friends.

The process of adding to our family has tested our faith, our sanity, our hearts in ways I didn't previously know existed. And I assure you, I'm no stranger to going through the "stuff". I survived growing up with alcoholism. I've lost both my parents. I've gone through a painful divorce. I've survived bankruptcy and foreclosure. I've been betrayed by people I loved. I share that, only to adequately express, the road of infertility is painful - more painful than all of those things combined. 

Being a mommy has been my greatest desire since childhood. My beloved grama and I would play house almost daily and I was always "Shawna" with 6 babies in my stroller. If someone asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, the answer was always "a mommy."

Fast forward a few years and there is still no desire greater than having a house full of children to love and nurture. Those of you that know us personally or have watched Jaiden grow up via Facebook and Instagram know that he entered our lives as a gift. We had tried for the first 5 years of our marriage to have a child. One day, without any medical intervention, we were miraculously expecting. He's been a gift from God from creation and the little boy with dark brown eyes & spunky personality has been touching our hearts ever since.

For the past four years we've struggled to have another child. We've tried fertility medications. We've gone through two IUI processes. We've done a cycle of IVF. We've cried. We've prayed. We've begged and pleaded. We've cried some more. God's answer has quietly been "No".

I won't lie. I've had some pretty mean words for Him. I've questioned Him, His Plan, and even why He gets to make all the rules for MY life. I've admitted things that have made family members close to me duck and cringe for fear that when He takes me out with a bolt of lightning, they may be taken out also, simply for standing too close to me. Luckily, I serve a pretty forgiving God and I know He both understands my pain and grieves with me.

For the last 6 months, we've been prayerfully considering our options and asking God to lead us where He wants us. Make no mistake, infertility will never make sense to me. There are people that hurt, neglect, and mistreat children daily. For God to allow them to have children effortlessly, yet tell us, the people who treasure and marvel at our child's every breath, "no" - we've come to trust that there HAS to be a reason for that. A reason greater than either of us can currently see or understand.

After standing still and trusting Him, we've been led towards adoption - International Adoption. We haven't decided which country, we're still praying and listening. We know and trust that God already has the perfect child/children picked out for us. We're just waiting for Him to lead us to them. While we wait, we are attending classes, filling out our paperwork and fundraising so that we are ready when He calls.

Many of you have asked how you can help. First and foremost - prayer. We know that to get to the other side of the bumpy road called Adoption, we can only do so with Him. We covet your prayers.

Secondly, fundraising. Many are unaware, but the costs for an International Adoption are roughly $45k. I've witnessed so many amazing women fund raise for their family's adoptions over the last few months. Together with my sister-in-law, we've created canvases for fundraising. 

We both love to decorate our homes for the seasons and holidays. Those of you that have been in our homes know we change our whole decor to celebrate each holiday and season. It has become Jaiden & my tradition to pack away one holiday's treasures and put out the next - together.

We've created 12 different canvases, each representing the particular month's element and added a saying that inspires us. For example, February is hearts with the phrase Love is Patient. 

Each canvas has a branch inspired by Psalms 128:3 -
"Your wife will be like a fruitful grapevine within your home. Your children will be vigorous young olive trees as they sit around your table."

We're limiting each style to 250 canvases. They will each be numbered on the back so you can see your place in helping us add to our family. Before we release them, we're having a giveaway for a free February inspired canvas on Instagram. For each person that shares our giveaway picture with the hashtag #seasonsforsiblings will be added to our drawing. 

It is our hope that the more people that share in and watch our journey, the more Glory God will receive for His work in our lives. 

Thank you for being here.

Blessings,

Donna