Saturday, November 22, 2014

A Resource Worth Sharing

Adoption is a bit pricey. Understatement. Josh and I were fantastically blessed with Squeaks' adoption because we didn't require fundraising. Our bank accounts now look a bit like a six year old's piggy bank, but we had the funds and didn't "need" to fund raise. It would have felt like a lie if we had (just my opinion). This will not be the case with future adoptions (fair warning). It was a bit of a one shot deal.

I do count myself blessed in that I am now much more familiar with the world of adoption than I was before I started blogging. I've watched and helped friends go through the fundraising process, and I have come across some wonderful organizations that make fundraising part of their business. Subsidy Shades is one of these organizations that we can put to good use for future adoptions. And in the meantime, shop for awesome sunglasses! 

I first found out about them from the fantastic birth mom that started Adoption: Share the Love. I saw her adorable little reds sporting their super cute shades and loved that they were also supporting adoption. Cuteness and a good cause!

Here's a bit about the husband and wife team who started the company:

"In February 2013 a tiny bundle of joy arrived in the lives of Robert and Melissa, weighing in at an itty bitty five pounds. Her name is Jacqueline and she cost them a small fortune. Jacqueline's sweet birth mother is a mother to four children and had major health complications during her pregnancy. Being the adoptive parents Robert and Melissa were responsible for all of her costs during that time. In June of 2013, Jacquie’s birth family became homeless on the tough streets of Detroit. With the help of family and friends they were able to fly them in to their home, to live with them while they raised funds to purchase the birth family a residence. In the end, Robert and Melissa were able to purchase the family a home paid for in FULL. Money was tight but she did not let that stop her expand their little family of three. And in January of 2014 Melissa's crazy idea became a reality. Since then she has been able to help raise funds for her adoption as well as many others. {Robert and Melissa are currently matched with a birth mother who is pregnant with a baby boy due this holiday season} GOD IS GOOD."

Melissa is a full time student, mom, wife, and adoption-supporting-sunglass-saleswoman-superhero. 100% of sales go toward funding adoptions. Yep. 100%. All of it. I love that! And they will happily donate a pair of shades to any adoption auction. You can follow Subsidy Shades on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest for updates, new styles, and general adoption happiness.
A few of my personal favorites. So many cute styles to choose from!

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