A Big Girl’s Dream…

A guest-post from my friend Jasmine
(her journey is close to my heart)

Don’t all little girls dream of becoming a mommy one day?

I clearly remember when my kindergarten teacher asked us young’uns to draw a picture of what we wanted to be when we grew up… the sky was the limit and many of the children were quite creative– robots, astronauts, dinosaurs, princesses, and even lions!

I drew myself as a mommy.


My mom and I



It has been almost 20 years since I drew that simple picture. And that is still this big girl’s dream.


In May 2007, my husband and I married. We had goals, ambitions, dreams… If you had asked us five years ago where we would be in five years, we would have told you still happily married…my husband would be the hard-working daddy providing for his family and I would be the stay-at-home-wife and mother of his sweet babies…




You know, in the Bible, when God speaks through Isaiah and says,

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.  (Isaiah 55:8-9)

Well, 2012 marked five years for us, that still-happily-married-couple. Only we never thought that we would be where we are now. God chose to takes us down a road that starts with ‘i’ and ends with “why?”.

Infertility.


It’s not something most couples worry about, especially not young whipper-snappers like us. But, nonetheless, it is part of who we are and we have grown in ways we never would have if it wasn’t. God had other plans for us and those plans happen to include adoption.

Adoption. I love the way that sounds. It makes me all warm and fuzzy inside. :)

$20,000. Gulp. Growing our family through adoption isn’t cheap. That is a big number for this family. My husband is the self-employed, sole provider in our family. I am a full-time homemaker. And that number… well, it’s a lot for one young man to save by himself. So, as his help-meet, I felt compelled to help him. I prayed for opportunities to contribute to our adoption savings – God heard me. Seriously, God is so good!


One thing I have learned throughout our infertility, and now adoption, journey is that opening up and allowing others join/help you isn’t so bad after all. Pushing aside fear and pride has made for wonderful relationships and blessings. And those relationships and blessing have presented themselves in many ways…


Items donated for a successful yard sale, multiple $100 donations here and there and a simple, home business opportunity… Lilla Rose.





If you haven’t heard of Lilla Rose, you are missing out.  Lilla Rose makes elegant, well-made, unique hair clips and other jewelry and accessories.


The main reason I decided to become a consultant is that I can earn money that will go directly towards our adoption fund, without interfering with my homemaking duties. Caring for my family and home is a top priority, and Lilla Rose allows me to contribute to my adoption without compromising what is most important to me.


My hope is that through this home-business, God-willing, I would be able to save up a good portion of our initial adoptions fees and gain new friends to join us on our adoption journey. What a blessing that would be!

As a thanks to Kara for letting me share our story and a thanks to you for taking time to read it, I’d love to give you the opportunity to try a Lilla Rose Flexi Clip and be a part of our adoption! Take a moment to enter the Lilla Rose Flexi Clip giveaway to win an item of your choice valued up to $16 (there will be three winners)!  Entry is easy with Rafflecopter.  Please browse the store - I know you will love the products. Thank you so much for supporting us!

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  • http://www.toodarnhappy.com/ Kim Hall

    Thank you for sharing your story. It can be so hard to let go of pride and let others help, can’t it? When we do, though, God works in amazing ways. Praying for you both and your adoption.

    • http://www.likeamustardseed.com/ HappyMrsBass@LAMS

      Kim… yes it can! I can’t wait to see where God leads us. Thanks for your prayers!

  • http://blog.jennimullinix.com/ Jenni Mullinix

    Love the Celtic Knot clip! btw, we hope to adopt in the near future as well. Just waiting for God to give us the go-ahead!

    • http://www.likeamustardseed.com/ HappyMrsBass@LAMS

      Jenni… I hope you get to adopt! I can only image the blessing it will be. :)

  • Julia Gibson

    I enjoyed reading your story. It takes alot to share something like this with strangers. Just yesterday, I told my story of infertility and how we got to where we are today. Fortunately, God blessed us twice (with “help” we had twins.) Good luck and God bless.

    http://www.momontherunx2.com

    • http://www.likeamustardseed.com/ HappyMrsBass@LAMS

      Julia… Isn’t God amazing? How wonderful to have been blessed with those precious gifts! I’ll be sure to read your infertility story. :)

  • http://wholenewmom.com/ Adrienne @ Whole New Mom

    I like the simple band black nickel in extra small and the celtic knot. Thanks!!

  • Diane Tolley

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful story and for allowing us to support you! Beautiful, beautiful hair accessories and necklaces at the site. With two daughters, three daughters-in-law, and eight granddaughters, this is the perfect site for me! I will be visiting often.

    • http://www.likeamustardseed.com/ HappyMrsBass@LAMS

      Diane… Thank you for reading my story :) I hope your family will be blessed by the great Lilla Rose products!

  • Barb Spencer

    Thank you for sharing your story, Jasmine. As an adoptive parents, we can so empathize with you. We will be praying that God provides everything you need as you and your husband seek to provide a home for a little one. Blessings, Barb

    • http://www.likeamustardseed.com/ HappyMrsBass@LAMS

      Barb… I appreciate your prayers and encouragement! I know God will provide everything we need, He is so good!

  • http://twitter.com/KarenYates11 KarenYates

    So grateful for your vulnerability in this post, Jasmine. I grieve with you that you’ve had such a long journey to start a family. We adopted our son from Ethiopia in 2008, and he’s been a joy. Praying for you as you embark on this faith journey. You are going to be a great mama.

    • http://www.likeamustardseed.com/ HappyMrsBass@LAMS

      Karen… Thank you for your encouragement! I love to hear of other successful adoption! xo

  • Lauren Holmes

    I love this! Best of luck with your adoption and business. :) Lauren, lholmes79.wordpress.com

    • http://www.likeamustardseed.com/ HappyMrsBass@LAMS

      Thank you Lauren!

  • Dawn

    Best of luck with your adoption journey. I have three lovely nieces because of adoption and can’t imagine our lives without them.

    • Jasmine

      Dawn… Thank you! How great to hear of your lovely nieces :) My sisters can’t wait to aunts to our adopted child :)

  • Jessica @ Muthering Heights

    Best wishes with your business, and the adoption!! :) If you’d like another avenue through which to raise money, I know of a rockin’ coffee company that offers fundraisers…and the owners LOVE to help with this sort of thing! ;)

    • http://www.likeamustardseed.com/ HappyMrsBass@LAMS

      Jessica… Thanks! And I’d love to learn more about the coffee fundraising…sounds delicious! (meetthebasses @ yahoo . com)

  • Mary A.

    I love the O-rings- beautiful way to make a pony tail look better!

  • http://lgwilliams.blogspot.com/ LeAnn Williams

    This was a sweet story. I really think it is wonderful to be a stay at home Mom. I was able to do that most of the time. I am a nurse; so there was a few times that I had to work. Adoption is such a blessings to so many babies and those wonderful parents who want to raise them. I will take a peek at Lilla Rose.

    • http://www.likeamustardseed.com/ HappyMrsBass@LAMS

      LeAnn… Thanks for taking time to hear my story! :) And for checking out Lilla Rose.

  • Anna-Marie

    Off to go look at the site now and will purchase something to help in your adoption fund. Bless both you and your husband for wanting a child and willing to raise one not of your own. I greatly admire people who adopt.

    • http://www.likeamustardseed.com/ HappyMrsBass@LAMS

      Thanks so much! It is appreciated more than you know!

  • Crosstraining

    oooh i’m so excited for you!!!! But I Dont have any hair basically… lol!
    I will be praying for you all! xox June

    • http://www.likeamustardseed.com/ HappyMrsBass@LAMS

      Thanks June! :) Prayers are always welcomed and appreciated!

  • Jill

    I love the Etched Clusters Headband!

  • Mrs.Z

    I love LillaRose and would love to support your adoption this way!! We have two little ones we adopted and I seriously cannot imagine our lives without them. :) Congratulations on your decision and prayers for the future!!

    • http://www.likeamustardseed.com/ HappyMrsBass@LAMS

      Mrs. Z… I didn’t know you adopted! Awesome!!! Thanks for supporting us :)

  • Amber

    I bought from the party she had a few days ago, but not the June flower one, which I adore! I regret not buying it to be honest!

  • http://www.workingkansashomemaker.com/ Nicole

    It’s wonderful to hear about your journey Jasmine! I look forward to updates as God moves this child He has set aside for you into your lives- and then more in the future!! :)

    • http://www.likeamustardseed.com/ HappyMrsBass@LAMS

      Thanks Nicole! I look forward to seeing how God moves as well!

  • Lisaj

    Oh my goodness I am missing out, I have never seen Lilla Rose before. Love it, bought and will visit monthly for the special. Thank you for sharing your touching story. It feels good to be able to help others. I hope your dreams come true. I love my kids, and cannot imagine life without them. Yah bless you.

    • http://www.likeamustardseed.com/ HappyMrsBass@LAMS

      Lisa… I SO appreciate your support! Thank you, thank you!

  • Julie S

    Jasmine, have you heard of “Show Hope”? Marybeth & Steven Curtis Chapman help financially with adoptions. It’s worth a look. When my husband and I resolved to adopt and let God lead the way, I was pregnant the next month. This was after 4 years of fertility stuff. We figured that God was just telling us, “In My time”. May God bless y’all greatly.

    • http://www.likeamustardseed.com/ HappyMrsBass@LAMS

      Julie… Thanks for reminding me – I have heard of Show Hope, but honestly, I kinda forgot about it. And isn’t it funny how God works! :)

  • Shaybplus3

    I have loved the celtic cross and the blue dangles as well. They are gorgeous!

  • Jills Home Remedies

    Love the bobby pins!