Adoption, Inspiration

INSPIRATION :: Update on the Adoption Fundraising Auction (to be hosted on Mom’s Best Network!)

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Tina, my friend who’s adopting from Ethiopia, has been messaging me little updates as she moves along in the process, and let me tell you — my eyes have not been dry. I can’t share specifics, but God’s provision in every step has been nothing short of miraculous. God just keeps answering prayers. Part of me is in complete speechless awe, and part of me just says, “Yup, that’s my Jesus!”

While I can’t share the little personal details (the adoption is still mid-process), I can tell you Mom’s Best Network has generously agreed to host a fundraising auction for the Jensens! The auction will be held on the Mom’s Best Network Facebook page, May 1-6!

This is really big news, as the Mom’s Best Network platform will provide fantastic publicity and a far greater reach than I would be able to offer personally — it’s so thrilling and truly an answer to prayer!  There will be all kinds of fantastic items up for auction, and all proceeds will go to the Jensens — I encourage you to go like the page now so you don’t miss the auction when it happens!

Can I ask you to share this information with anyone you know who has a heart for adoption?

Or perhaps you’re a brand, a shop, or a handmade vendor, and you want to donate an item. It’s free publicity and link-back for you, and it’s EVERYTHING for one little child. You won’t even have to ship your item until later, when we contact you with the winning bidder’s shipment information.

Just email me (oaxacaborn at the following information:

• A photograph of the item(s) you wish to donate to the auction
• A brief description of the item(s)
• The starting bid amount(s) in $ USD (usually the retail value)
• Links to your Facebook page, website, and/or shop
• Your name and the best email address to reach you

(A few technical details — the bidding process will occur online, on the Mom’s Best Network Facebook page. Bids will be in the form of comments on the product photo. When the auction ends on May 6th, we will contact the winning bidder to obtain shipping information, and will then pass the mailing address on to you. And if you’d like to read more about the Jensen family, you can peruse their personal blog here.)

You guys, I’m believing that God will use this auction to provide far above and beyond what the Jensen’s need to complete this adoption. I know, I’m dreamin’ BIG here. But I believe. Tina was telling me yesterday, “I want to share with families that feel led that it [adoption] can be done even with our income. God provides so much and usually not the way you think!”

Let’s see what happens! Who else is excited?! Now let’s go share this post! ;)

Adoption, Handmade, Inspiration

INSPIRATION :: How YOU Can Help an Air Force Family Adopt a Child

I want to introduce you to my sweet friend Tina and her beautiful children (her Air Force husband, Erick, is not pictured). I’ve known Tina since I was, oh, maybe 11 years old or so? She runs Green by USA out of their home in South Dakota, he’s nearing deployment again, and they are part-way through the process of adopting a child from Ethiopia.
Tina Jensen image by OCD Photography
Jensen children image by OCD Photography
Recently, she held an online auction stocked entirely from items donated by friends and family — and all the winning bids combined resulted in $700 toward their adoption fund! There’s another auction coming up in April, and I want to help her make this one even more successful than the last.

I know many of you who read this blog own small businesses or have a handmade shop. Can you help me by donating an item to the auction?

It’s very easy to participate. Just email me,, the following information:

  1. A photograph of the item you wish to donate to the auction.
  2. A brief description of the item.
  3. The starting bid amount in USD $.
  4. Links to your Facebook page, website, and/or shop.

We will send you a link to the online auction when it is live (sometime in April) so you can spread the word to your circle of friends. Once the auction has ended, we will let you know the name and mailing address of the winning bidder, so you can package and ship the item on to them. That’s it!

And if you don’t have any items to donate, would you be willing to share this post instead?


Image Credit: Justine Luetschwager of OCD Photography

Inspiration, Little Style

products i love: etsy shop ‘strawberry poppins’

how cute is this little handmade dress from the darling etsy shop strawberry poppins? the only thing better than these amazing clothes is the reason why marie has started this shop. (the excerpt below is directly from her etsy bio) —

In January 2012, my family and i will be moving to Moldova, Eastern Europe. Moldova is the poorest European country and our desire is to serve the people there. 90% of sales will go towards our moving costs, flights, living expenses, etc. Additionally, 10% of sales will go to another cause very dear to our hearts – – orphan care and awareness. Please visit if you are interested in learning more about this cause. [read more]

Pillowcase Dress for little girls - Strawberry Poppins on Etsy(image via strawberry poppins on etsy)