50 More Bracelets SOLD! Wow!

You guys are knocking my socks off! We are so delighted to see you spreading the word about these beautiful bracelets!  Since I posted on Monday, we have sold 50 more bracelets! I love seeing your pictures and posts of you wearing your new bracelets proudly and encouraging others to get their own. I am touched by your support and generosity. Thank you.

If you haven’t gotten your bracelets yet, we still have a little over a week until our fundraiser is over. Help us sell them all!

Bracelet Sales Progress Thermometer

84 bought, 66 to go!

Thank you so much for all who have supported us and these hard-working Haitian artisans. Your contribution is making a difference!

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Bracelets for Sale!

Photo of Bracelets

I am so excited about this fundraiser! It is a win-win situation. While helping fund our adoption, you are helping Haitian artisans provide food, clothing, housing and education for their families. They use recycled magazines and cereal boxes to make unique beads to create this jewelry.  We are partnering with The Apparent Project. Half of each sale goes toward our adoption and half goes back to our beloved Haiti. These make fabulous gifts for family and friends or would be a great thing for you to wear to remember to pray for Haiti and for our family. Each bracelet costs $8 (add $3 for shipping any quantity) and includes a label with the artisans name and a snippet of their story.

Photo of Labels

You should watch this! Your purchase makes such a difference!

Please contact us if you wish to make a purchase. Please include your name, email address, quantity you wish to purchase, shipping address and phone number. We will contact you to arrange payment and delivery. If you would be willing to spread the word, we’d appreciate that too! Thank you.

Our Family Will Soon Be Growing!

Those of you who know us well, know our family has been growing steadily since Ben and I got married in 2003. However, this time, our growth will be a little bit different.

A Photo of Us at Children of the Promise

Us at Children of the Promise ~ Lagosette, Haiti

Ben, Cody and I took a trip to an orphanage in Haiti earlier this year and we’ll never be the same. Spending a week with orphans gives you a perspective you won’t have otherwise. These kids have no one. NO. ONE. They are spending their days in waiting. The nannies do their best to love and take care of them but it pales in comparison to the love, stability and provision a home and a family can give them. Our hearts were broken for these sweet babies and babies all over the world who need a family who will welcome them and love them. It is not their fault their parents died or their family members can’t provide for them. They need rescue, love and Jesus.

A photo of our hand prints.

We left a mark on their wall, they left a mark on our hearts.

We want to share our home and all that God has given us with a child who doesn’t have a family. We believe God has called His people to take care of the fatherless and we count ourselves blessed to have been adopted into the family of God. We couldn’t leave those beautiful children in Haiti and not do something about it. Since returning from Haiti, we have begun the adoption process and are following God’s leading as he directs us to the child we will soon welcome into our family.

Will you join us on this journey? We are blessed to be a part of the body of Christ and in an amazing support system of friends and family. We are excited to see how God is going to work out the details. Please be praying for us.

We will be keeping our blog updated so you can see pictures, learn about the current status of our fundraising, hear about ways in which you can pray, share in our joys and find out more about our adoption process.

Thank you for partnering with us. We are so excited!

Hoekstra Family Reunion

Last week we spent a few days in Cadillac with the Hoekstra (my mom’s side of the family) family. People came all the way from Florida and Texas to spend the week up North. It was such a wonderful week. We made great memories and will cherish them until we meet again. We don’t see these family members often but when we do it’s fun and memorable. So thankful for the time we could spend together. Love these people!

Collage of Family Pictures

Hoekstra Reunion 2014