shop sponsorship: the pendergrass family

If you follow me on Instagram or are my friend on Facebook (or know me in real life, because we're more than the sum of our social networks!) then you already know that I've opened an Etsy shop. I'm selling headbands for babies, kids and adults, and the very best part is that a portion of each sale is given to a family working to adopt. Adoption is something that has always been heavy on my heart. Tom and I have always known that we would adopt, and we cannot wait for the day when we finally do. One of the things we love most about our church is that adoption is such a real part of our community. It has been such a blessing, and such an eye opening experience, to watch firsthand as families walk through this amazing and challenging process. When I decided to finally take the plunge and open my shop I knew that I wanted it to have a purpose beyond just providing adorable accessories. I wanted my small business to make a difference somehow, and I couldn't think of a better way than by supporting these families. That's why each month Seven Days Shop will sponsor a different family, as well as feature a headband inspired by their story. $1.50 from the sale of each regular headband, and $3 from the sale of the featured one, will be given to that family.

In October and November Seven Days Shop will be sponsoring the Pendergrass family.

Daniel and Carrie are some of the most loving, generous and genuine people I have ever been blessed to know. Their two oldest, Luke and Ella, are incredibly sweet. When I first met them they were in the process of adopting two little ones from Congo. International adoption can be a long and complicated process, and at that time Daniel and Carrie hoped they were nearing the end. Then the Congolese government shut down all adoptions. Hundreds of children with U.S. visas and families waiting for them were suddenly stuck in limbo.

 It's been a year since the shut own, and little progress has been made. While the Pendergrass' have been able to bring home their son Abel, their daughter Macy is still stuck. Stuck in one of the poorest countries in the world. Stuck in a place stricken by decades of civil war. Stuck across the world from her family that loves her and desperately wants her. 

Since Abel has come home I've had the chance to watch him grow physically, mentally and emotionally. Being with his family has given him a safe place and taught him what unconditional love looks like. He has blossomed into the friendliest, funniest, most loving little boy. 

Carrie recently had the chance to travel to Congo to meet Macy for the very first time. She spent ten days getting to love and hold her precious daughter, but because of the shut down she was forced to leave her behind with a foster family. Daniel and Carrie don't know when they will finally be allowed to bring Macy home. 

The longer Macy remains in her foster home, the more the financial burden grows for the Pendergrass'. It's my hope that over the next two months the proceeds from Seven Days Shop can help ease that burden. Please take a few minutes to browse the shop, consider making a purchase, and tell your friends.

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