Shine Like Stars

Shine like stars in the universe as we hold out the Word of life (Phil. 2:15)
We're not trying to be rock stars but just shed some light on a sad and lonely world. Stay tuned for how God works through weak and tired, sometimes really cranky vessels.

Friday, February 20, 2009


Our shirts are in! My brother in law, Dan, did an awesome job designing these shirts for us (he and my sister are travelling right now to get my nephew in Ethiopia). As you can see, the shirt has Africa is filled in with all sorts of words relating to our adoption. Love, family, adoption, patience, hope, 7,346 (miles from Dearborn to Ethiopia), AGCI (our agency), Hannah's Hope (our agency's orphanage), a couple key Bible verses for us, Home (the e in home is pink and is where Ethiopia is in Africa), fir-kir (means love in Amheric).......

Also, we have 50 Jerry Schroeder (another artsy b-i-l) cd's to give away. He's giving the proceeds to Father's House International in Ghana. So we'd like to pass a cd on to you with your shirt:)

We are doing this because it's super expensive to adopt, yet we totally feel called to do it. The Lord has showed us how close adoption is to His heart, we have all been adopted into His family. We feel blessed to have our faith stretched in this process. Last year when we started, we had a little bit of money saved up for it, but as the process continued we were surprised at how quickly we needed to come up with lots of money. I was super stressed about it for a couple weeks, but as the months went on we were amazed at the Lord's provision. He provided extra jobs for both Michael and I. Seriously, it's amazing, we've already paid $11,000. We usually, like most people, have just enough money to pay our bills so this is really incredible for us. He has used this process to build our faith.

Generally, I hate having fundraisers, I hate asking people for money and I feel ackward receiving money from people, so this is a real stretch for me. I'm amazed at people's generosity though and I hate to have my pride stiffle that. So I'm swallowing it here and letting you know that if you'd like to contribute you can by buying a shirt. But if you can't or don't, we still love you and we'd love your prayers more than your moolah:) I've also added a donate button on the sidebar because some super generous peeps asked me to--thanks guys!
If you're interested in buying one you can buy through paypal or if you live close, let us know and we'll deliver:)


  1. Lauren, I am not sure i knew you were in Michigan. We were with AGCI also and live in Grand Blanc. We adopted a daughter a bit over 18 months ago. Maybe we've connected and I have forgotten! LOL!. This is such a possibility too!
    jen in mi