Adoption is expensive….like, incredibly so (the average is about $40,000, but it can exceed $50,000). But we refuse to let the high cost scare us away from following God’s plan for our family. So we’re humbly asking for your support and trusting that God will provide!
In order to raise money to fund our adoption, and relieve some of the financial pressure so we can love the expectant mother and her baby that we get matched with well, we’re selling these T-shirts that my wonderfully talented friend designed for us.
About the Design
The flowers illustrate how beautiful things can grow from brokenness- from the mess and dirt in life. Not only does this perfectly embody our own journey of coming to adoption from the brokenness of recurrent pregnancy loss, but it also epitomizes adoption as a whole. Yes, adoption is a beautiful, redemptive thing, but it comes from pain and loss- the broken relationship between a child and their birth family. For those of you who don’t know already, the triangle is the adoption triad – the symbol that represents the three parties involved in adoption. And the word warrior…. well, that’s a long story.
When I started thinking about the word or phrase that represents our journey, what came to mind was the word “warrior.” When we lost our first baby and I shared his story, someone commented on that post calling me a warrior. There was something about that word that made me feel strong in a time when I felt so weak- like I had failed as a mother because I couldn’t keep my baby alive. And over the course of losing three more babies, I have only come to realize more and more the strength it takes to go through miscarriage. It takes a warrior to carry a baby in your womb for any amount of time and then have to say goodbye to that baby. But those of us who have walked through miscarriages are not the only warriors. The people who come alongside us in our grief to support us are warriors. The couples who long for a child, but have to endure negative pregnancy tests month after month are warriors. The parents bringing little ones into this world and raising them to be good humans are warriors. The parents raising children that don’t share their DNA, and honoring those children’s birth families in the process, are warriors. The children who gracefully balance the terrible loss of their first family with deep love for their adopted family are warriors. And in my heart I believe birth mothers are warriors, even though I know they may not feel like it at the time, just as I didn’t immediately after our losses. To bravely and selflessly place your child in the arms of another family in order to give them their best chance… now that’s a warrior.
So how do you get a shirt? I’m glad you asked! You can purchase a Warrior T-shirt (or two or three) through our page on Bonfire. Our adoption fundraiser will run from January 3rd until January 23rd. At the end of the three weeks, all the shirts will be printed and shipped out directly from Bonfire.
If you have connected with us in any way through my sharing our story, I hope you’ll consider supporting us, whether that’s through prayer, helpful advice, or purchasing a shirt. If you purchase a Warrior T-shirt, I hope you’ll rock your shirt, snap a picture, and tag #TeamPetersonBaby so we can thank you personally for your support.
If graphic shirts aren’t your thing, but you still want to help, we will have an option to donate a little later in the process (we need to finish our home study first).
Psalms 33:16-18 says “No king is saved by the size of his army; no warrior escapes by his great strength…But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love.” This verse reminds us that even as warriors, we can’t do anything alone. We are dependent on the Lord in all things, and He will come to our aid when we put our hope in Him.
My hope is that this shirt can be worn by anyone to honor whatever it is that makes them a warrior. And I hope it serves as a reminder that, even though we are strong, we can’t get through this life by our own strength. We need to support each other and we need to put our hope in our Heavenly Father.
In vibrant health,