domestic adoption

Noonday Giveaway (for the Ragan Family Adoption)

It is Wednesday! Which means the week is halfway over, I feel like days fly by so quickly lately. Maybe it is due to summertime, I don't know. I am not complaining though. Anyways, I am so excited about this giveaway!!! I could do a little happy dance right now I am so pumped. Many of you may remember the Ragan Family from a couple weeks ago.
Remember these guys? Well they are adopting a little boy or a little girl from the U.S. and are so excited about it! If you want to hear more of their story and heart behind adoption please watch their video in the post I mentioned up above...and grab some tissue because if you are anything like me you will need it to catch the tears! 

Kaylee and Colton are raising money to make this adoption possible and to bring their baby home! This is where is gets good, eekkk! I am hosting a Noonday Trunk Show this coming Sunday, and 30% of all merchandise sold goes directly to the Ragan Family Adoption!!! And the best part is that ANYONE can purchase items, you do not have to come to my house to buy something and support this family. 

So let me break it down...

Noonday, ever heard of them? They are a jewelry and accessories company that gives back in big ways. "Together with the Noonday ambassadors across the country, we offer you the opportunity to use your purchasing power to create change in the world {while looking really good along the way}. Your fashion sense can now restore dignity to abandoned women in Ethiopia, empower communities in Ecuador, and create business opportunities for Ugandans." Noonday sells beautiful necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and more, all made by artisans in third world countries. Some of the money from every item bought goes back to these artisans to create a sustainable lifestlye for them and their communities. HOW AWESOME?! Here are some of my favorite pieces! 
I own the earring in the top left corner, and I wear them all the time! Isn't their stuff just so beautiful? Most is all made from materials unique to the area. So some bracelets and necklaces are made from rolled up paper beads, or seeds, or recycled gun metal, or bones of animals! So cool!

HOW CAN YOU HELP THE RAGANS?

Well, let me tell you. If you would like to purchase an item from Noonday, for yourself or for someone else, just follow these simple steps to insure the credit goes to the Ragan Trunk Show!

2. Shop around, pick out your items, and proceed to check out. 
3. In the box asking for an Ambassador Name, put McCall Aldridge.
4. In the box asking for Trunk Show Name, put Ragan Trunk Show
5. Check out, and wait for your gorgeous pieces to arrive in the mail. 

I hope some of you go and check out this awesome company, and choose to buy something! You will get to not only give back to the women who made the piece you purchase, but also to a family who is adopting a little boy or girl. So double giving...pretty neat if you ask me. 

So now for the giveaway, I am so thankful for the online community I have found myself in. Each of these women below have been such a blessing to me, and have given in order to purchase this necklace we are giving away. The necklace will be purchased through the Ragan trunk show so part of the money given to buy the giveaway necklace is going directly to the Ragans! This Noonday necklace is new this year, and one of the best sellers, meet the Del Mar Necklace, and your giveaway co hosts!


Thank you so much for participating in the giveaway! It is such a joy to watch others invest and show interest in this adoption! The Ragan's appreciate it so much! 

Check out my sweet sponsor this month, Jenni of Frankly My Dear!



The Ragans- An Adoption Story

I cannot put into words how excited I am to share this post with you all. I have mentioned little bits and pieces of what I do for my job here in Starkville. However, what I have not ever mentioned on my blog is anything about the AMAZING people that I get the privilege of working with. Not only are these people my "co-workers", but they have become our church family and closest friends. 

With this being said, I am overjoyed to introduce you all to some of our closest friends here in Starkville, the Ragans. Kaylee and Colton Ragan have become dear friends of ours and are members of our church, as well as co-workers in ministry with me. This family has the biggest heart for spreading the Gospel and making the name of Jesus known. They are new-ish parents to one adorable little boy, and the Lord has now called them to the journey of domestic adoption. 

Part of my "mission statement" for this blog is that I will strive to affirm and encourage others in their relationship with Jesus Christ. So today I am allowing you to meet some of our dear friends, hear some of their story, and give to their adoption if the Lord calls you to.

Meet the Ragans!






(sorry the pic is a little grainy)

We love this precious family! They have been friends to Ben and I since we were engaged; they welcomed us into their home during that season and have loved us so well. Kaylee and Colton lived in the apartment we live in before we did; they are the ones who introduced us to our sweet first home! They were some of our first friends to have a baby, and it was so incredible for us to watch Kaylee and Colton become new parents to sweet baby Collins. We love Collins too! :) Can't wait to be those old folks one day that tell him we were there the day he was born! So special!




So let me tell you a little bit more about this family. Kaylee and Colton love Jesus, and they love people. Anyone that knows this couple will tell you that they love people intentionally, deeply, and with all that they are. The Ragans radiate Jesus Christ to all they interact with, and that is such a sweet thing to witness. Kaylee and Colton desire to see the Gospel proclaimed in all the Earth, and this year they have felt that this means domestic adoption for their family of 3.

I can remember when I first heard Kaylee talk about this call to adopt that they felt the Lord calling them to. It brought me to tears. To hear her speak about their heart for adoption moved me. I hope you will all watch the video below to hear Colton and Kaylee put this into their own words. The Ragans feel adoption is a way to demonstrate the Gospel to the world. As the Lord awakens us to a desire for him and calls us to himself, we become his children. We are given a new name, identity, and we are loved deeply by our father. In the same way that marriage is a picture to the world of the Lord's covenant with his church, so is adoption a picture of the Lord's deep love for those He calls his children. This incredible couple is going to domestically adopt a little boy or girl that they have not met yet, and this child will fully be a Ragan. They may not share the same blood, but the way the child will be loved, invested in, and nurtured will be in the same way their biological son, Collins, is. (This moves me to tears even as I type this, this is how our Savior loves us!!)

I have been longing to write this post and share this family and their heart with you! Below is a short video of Kaylee and Colton (and Collins and Millie, their pup) talking about this journey and how you can help! I would love if you watched this and helped this family in some way. Their homestudy has been complete, and now they must raise the money necessary to fund the adoption before they can be matched with a family. Would you be willing to help this amazing family bring baby Ragan home?



I was so privileged to get to put my little tidbits of Photoshop knowledge to good use in designing the logo for the Ragan family, and they turned it into a puzzle like Kaylee explained in the video. So how can you help fund their adoption? Buy a puzzle piece...for just$25, and your name will be written on the back as a constant reminder of the love of brothers and sisters in Christ. Just click the link below, and to give you can click on the gray box at the bottom of the page, OR by clicking the orange "donate to our team fund"...the most important thing is just make sure you specify to give to the Ragans specifically! What a wonderful way to show baby Ragan a physical picture of the body of Christ coming together. The best part of the body of Christ is that we are family, whether we know each other or not...whether we meet each other this side of heaven or not, we who claim to follow Christ are part of the body, and this is an opportunity to meet a need for members of the body! Let's show the love of the body to this wonderful family! 


You can follow Kaylee and Colton on Instagram or Facebook for updates on their progress! 

We love you Ragan clan and are so privileged to call you dear friends and family in Christ Jesus!

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