Saturday, February 11, 2012

in business

button hairband and stretchy knit hat by Baruch's Lullaby

Some businesses are strictly business. Others are more of a hobby...others are mostly ministry. Some are a blend of various passions and pursuits beyond the bottom line. For our family, Baruch's Lullaby has been a source of extra giving to causes we care about and also a way to knock out extra principal on our mortgage like nobody's business.

At least, until we went crazy.

Crazy love, you know.

Besem Natural Scents: 3-pack pillar combo natural palm/beeswax candles 

Crazy about two kids who need a home and a family...and we want to be that for them. Home. Family.

Besem Natural Scents: big bar of cinnamon spice cold process soap
So the mortgage has been put aside (well, we still make payments, you know, just not the extra!) and the giving is still there, but everything is focused on these two kids, bringing them home, paying the ransom for them. We've cut out Chinese food date nights and learned how to make sushi at home (fun! and not nearly what you think it costs!). I haven't cut my hair in over a year (and it was over a year before that, too) because I just can't bring myself to spend the money on a haircut that I may or may not I've lived with a continuous up-do, with hair almost constantly up in a clip and my feathers sticking out every which way. I'm used to it, and I guess my friends and family are, too. :) We splurge on coffee every once in a while...maybe every couple of months. But mostly, we make our coffee at home.

Good Neighbor's Candle Co.: 3-wick soy candle in bowl, your choice of color and fragrance
I want to be very honest and careful here...but we need to recognize that these are not big sacrifices. We have so much. A ridiculous amount of "much" that most people - 80% of people across the globe today - could never even dream of. We have so much food that it gets left on plates to be scraped into the garbage, or forgotten in the back of the produce drawer in the bottom of the fridge until it's only good for the compost pile. So having sushi date-nights at home and fasting from haircuts is really, really minor in the great scheme of things. It's really...sorry to say it, but...not even what you could label as crazy. :) Just small steps that help us put that little (or "much") extra aside to pay for a plane ticket, or apostille, or the ridiculous amount of postage that we've gone through in sending paperwork all over the country.

Good Neighbors Candle Co.: french vanilla soy candle
Anyway. I came here not to get on a soapbox (though I do like it up there!), but to tell you that some other businesses have partnered with us to bring our kids home. Want to meet them?

Besem Natural Scents: big bar of lavender harvest, handmade cold process soap
Besem Natural Scents is a fellow adoptive family, and they make wonderful candles and soaps - I've used their natural shampoo bar (on my loooong hair!) for the last two years, and love it. Buy anything from their shop and enter the code "Shannon adoption" in the notes to seller, and they will donate 25% of the purchase to our adoption.

Good Neighbors Candle Co.: 6 oz. soy candle in tin with hemp wick, Irish moss
Good Neighbors Candle has sponsored a couple of our auctions, and one of their candles caused a serious bidding war. But you don't have to fight over them now! Buy anything from their shop and they will donate 20% of the purchase to our adoption with the code "baruchslullaby" in the notes to seller.

MYSAVIOR Photography: ballerina greeting card featuring the artwork of Arona Designs

MYSAVIOR Photography and Arona Designs have teamed up to create this card, and the profits of every sale of it are donated to our adoption. I just love those gals...thanks, Sue and Lizzi!

Baruch's Lullaby: thumbless knit baby mitts, size preemie to 6 months

And then there's this goofy little place called Baruch's might have heard of them? They're a little nuts, but they've got cute kids and some new products - you really should go check them out! 100% of profits (minus tithe, of course) goes toward bringing home those kids. So send your friends. Send your neighbors. Ask us for extra business cards to hand out and we'll send you a bushel full...and you'll send us over the Eastern Europe. ♥

Baruch's Lullaby: stretchy knit neckwarmers/earwarmers


Becky K. said...

Great! I've been holding onto a tiny seed amount that came in earlier but I hope that we can see a whole lot more come in for your tiny tots. Getting to see little Katie in person and growing so well is inspirational. I am so thrilled that things are opening up and soon lots of little ones will walk, be carried or roll into their forever homes!!

I encourage all of the readers here to get behind this special mission. While we can't all go and bring home the children, most of us can be a part of it through prayer and our financial resources.

Mukkove Johnson said...

I love your heart and your perspective. You are so blessed to be walking where God has called you.

AlaskanColleen said...

Wow. You can really write an inspiring post!thanks for sharing your adoption adventure with us.

Kathleen said...

You always bring a smile to my day!

luvncrafts said...

Very inspirational. I am praying about your adoption. So glad these sellers have offered to help you out!!