Saturday, June 25, 2011

more than eggs.

We were on a mission this morning.
The destination: a small farmer's market at North Hills shopping center.
The goal: to find a local farmer selling eggs.

{We watched Food, Inc last week & it has changed our life}

As we were talking with the nice lady behind the booth about the eggs and her farm, I spotted a tent--brightly colored and quite inviting. The sign read, "Cupcake Kids". I've read about this amazing organization before within the world of adoption blogs. {This incredible organization raises money for the imprisoned children in Africa by selling cupcakes.} After we finished our conversation with the nice farm lady, we headed over.

Right away the guy behind the booth started talking to us about this organization. When he paused I quickly explained that I was somewhat familiar with it as we're in the midst of adopting from Ethiopia...

He replied...."We are too."

We talked to him & his wife for quite awhile.
We talked of adoption, adoption support groups in Raleigh, their recent trip to ET to meet their sweet daughter, church, our "stories" and so much more.

We walked away with huge smiles. Really, God?!?

Today was about so much more than a dozen eggs.
Finding an adoption community of believers in Raleigh has been heavy on my heart.

And, God met us right where we were--at little farmer's market, right here in North Raleigh.
The road of adoption isn't always easy. At times the wait is grueling, but it's moments like these that I can't help but praise God, for He is at work---He has heard our prayers and in His time, His perfect time, they are being answered.

So, Hemphill Family---it was a pleasure meeting you. Your little girl is adorable. You've already blessed our life in big ways. We'll be praying you through as you wait to to bring your little one home!

Friday, June 24, 2011

best part of the day...

...was the text from from Jim & Jen {I was at work}
with the latest news.
Two more referrals were given today, 
which makes us...
it's a beautiful thing.

happy weekend, y'all!!!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

I thought I was being all savvy figuring out another paypal button for the necklaces & bracelets....

....but, I was humbled once again in my lack of technological skills.

So, if you're attempting to purchase one of these:

you can pay via cash or check {message me for mailing details....} OR pay using the "DONATE" paypal button on the sidebar.  PLEASE let me know if paypal still isn't working for you!!!  So grateful for your support.  LOVE these products--and I know you will too!  {necklace= $20, bracelet= $10} shipping included!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

It's a new day!

ah, I'm back to my optimistic self today--and it feels so good. It's amazing what a little r&r, time at the gym, and a glass of wine can do :) My spirits have been renewed and it's a welcome change from yesterday.

Exciting news on the fundraising front---we're partnering with 147 Million Orphans !!! This incredible organization was created by two moms who have a huge heart for orphan care. Their fun, unique and message-filled gear helps bring light to the orphan crisis.

We're selling Magazine Bead Necklaces made by the women of Uganda. These incredible necklaces are handmade using recycled paper. By purchasing one of these {stunning!} necklaces you'll be helping women maintain sustainable income for their families. A portion of the sale also goes back to our adoption. You can make a difference--in the lives of many. $20.

The silicone cuffs share the bold statement of the orphan crisis and "speak up for those with no voice!" Help us share the message--for only $10.

To maximize the savings we're pre-ordering the items. Purchase yours today using the "donate" paypal button on our side bar! 

***Purchase a necklace, silicone cuff, One Less tee, or coffee NOW through JULY 4 and you'll be entered to win a $50 Visa Gift Card!!!

Thank you for your continued support--for loving us--and the orphans and oppressed of this world.
Continuing to wait, hope, and trust....
In His grip,

Monday, June 20, 2011

today's reality.

We started this journey during a time in our lives when we were content with life in and of itself. We were enjoying time spent together, soaking up our days with just us--dreaming of the future, the "what-ifs" and kids, someday. We didn't decide to adopt due to infertility, but simply because God was moving in big ways and clearly made His will known for our lives. There was no better time to start the grueling process than that day. We looked with great anticipation for the day our home would be filled with little feet and little people's laughter, but we were content with where we were. Life has kept us busy and our minds occupied--and for that I'm grateful.

However, heart is struggling. Today the wait is tough. The finish line seems unreachable and the tears are not far off. Maybe it's purely due to exhaustion after a weekend of work or because we're nearing the 11 month mark. Maybe it's just today, for reasons beyond my understanding. Maybe it's because we have seen a picture of a little guy we thought God was calling us to and our court date should have been issued any day now. Maybe it's because it was Father's day yesterday and I so badly wanted to celebrate Jim with a picture of Zeke in hand. Maybe it's because it was Z's birthday Friday and the cake I had planned to bake didn't get done or because the special date is written in pen on my calendar and it's a daily reminder of what won't come to be.

....maybe, just maybe, it's a combination of the reasons above and today it just feels good to cry.

A dear friend sent me these quotes this morning--they're so good for my heart to hear and my soul to ponder.

Even the saddest things can become, once we have made peace with them, a source of wisdom and strength for the journey that still lies ahead.
Frederick Buechner

Shattered dreams are never random. They are always a piece in a larger puzzle, a chapter in a larger story. The Holy Spirit uses the pain of shattered dreams to help us discover our desire for God, to help us begin dreaming the highest dream. They are ordained opportunities for the Spirit to awaken, then to satisfy our highest dream.
- Larry Crabb

Grateful His mercies are new every morning.
with love,

Friday, June 17, 2011

then & now.

Wednesday we celebrated our fourth anniversary!
 [see more about that here]

It's mind boggling to think how drastic our lives have changed in the past 10 1/2 months.
It's almost humorous to think back to our anniversary last year.  We had no idea that six weeks later God would call us to international adoption and our dream of adopting "someday" would turn into "now".

What a reminder that He is in control.
He's holding our future in His hands...
...and at the right time it will come to be.

That alone gives rest to my soul.

Saturday, June 11, 2011


As of Friday,
we're number...


we're pressing on.

grace & peace,

{looking for info on our big giveaway?!?! click HERE}

Tuesday, June 7, 2011


Perhaps it's nesting--
[or wishful thinking!]

but, it's time to clean out our closets!
From NOW until the 4th of July for every "One Less" t-shirt you buy....

OR bag of coffee purchased from our Just Love Shop--

you'll be entered in a drawing to win a
$50 Visa gift card!!!!!!

One item equals one entry.
The more you purchase--the better your chances are for winning the gift card!!!!

[Limited t-shirt sizes available]
7 Small
1 Large
2 Extra Large

{see side bar to order and pay via paypal}

The winner will be drawn at random and announced bright and early on July 5.

Please leave a comment on our blog or email me at: emily.hapner @ with the number of items you purchased to ensure the correct number of entries with YOUR name on it!

Thanks for your support, friends!
let the good times begin.

Friday, June 3, 2011

welcome summer adoption auction!

The Chase Family
is hosting an adoption auction
to help bring their kiddo{s}
home from Ethiopia.

AMAZING items.
Incredible cause.

 We were blessed beyond measure with your generosity
with our auction---will you consider sharing the love and helping our dear friends?

it would mean the world to us.

we're all in this together.

Team Chase 4 and Counting

today till friday.
let the bidding begin!

praying it's a success
and our little ones will come home soon.