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Africa_Coloring-1It seems funny to have a girls clothing line when you have 2 boys right? What you didn’t know was I actually have 3 girls too. 3 girls and 3 boys. To be exact, 3 girls and 5 boys. Confused yet? Above is my Nancy. She lives at the Mighty Acorn House in Kitale, Kenya. She is 6 and every bit as crazy as Gabe. She is also every bit as sweet as Gabe. There was a moment, a moment when Nancy was scared and unsure. She grabbed my hand and it was then I knew she was mine. I can’t explain it. Was it the comfort she was seeking, the trust in me she was feeling or the way I protected her? I’m not sure. But she’s my girl.

It’s nice to be home from Africa. I love it there so much. I adore my girls but miss my boys! This last trip I brought Nancy, Sherry and Veronica into town. I kept looking at my friend, Becky, for affirmation on what I was doing. The girls were so quiet. Becky assured me they were in awe struck. They had never been into town to shop. They had been “pushed” away cuz they were street kids. Not allowed in shops. It was beautiful to watch them try on shoes, pick out fabric for dresses and get ice cream. For them to be respected by others was life changing. For them to be treated as an equal was monumental.

Africa_NancyLove-1The Mighty Acorn Foundation has changed my life  It has changed the lives of my friends and family. It has changed the lives of over 100 kids in Kitale, Kenya. Thank you. Thank you for supporting us.

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and a HUGE thank you to all your girls who are wearing the Trunk Show Knot Dress proudly. We have raised over $70,000.00 for the Mighty Acorn Foundation. If you haven’t purchased your Trunk Show Knot Dress there’s still time!  For those of you who do not know much about Mighty Acorn Foundation. We were established in 2012 and is currently working in Kitale, Kenya. We are fighting to restore hearts, ignite dreams and empower the futures of children across the world.  Just look at Nancy. A year ago we had to explain to her what it meant to dream and  just last week she was coloring dream pages with Alicia.

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And a huge thanks to Megan Fogel for the great photos.

     
Stacey C - May 3, 2014 - 7:35 pm

How beautiful! My husband and I look forward to bringing our two daughters and son to see our third daughter in Kitale. Can’t wait to schedule a facetime or Skype =)

KaMarlowete - May 3, 2014 - 2:31 am

This obligation to help feels overwhelming at times. And I often get frustrated. I’m a graduate student as is my husband. We have two children. We don’t have real jobs yet, we’re not finished with our degrees. We’re not even sure where we’re going to end up after school, how on EARTH could we possibly help other people? People who so desperately need help and whom we feel a drive to help? It feels insurmountable, but then I discovered MJC. First for the clothes and then for the real meaning behind it.I’m glad I discovered the philanthropy of MJC without being directed to it. I will always have that “AHA!” moment where I realized I was helping people just by being a conscientious consumer, and it doesn’t come from someone trying to sell me something, it came from a link on this blog. Thank you for helping us to help others.

Gran - May 2, 2014 - 9:17 pm

This brings tears thinking of that trip to town and how much affirmation of worth it brought to those girls. And to know that 70,000 has been raised with this knot dress. Blessings!!!

Emily H - May 2, 2014 - 9:17 pm

I absolutely love your blog. Such beautiful words and beautiful children over there. Thank you for helping them learn to dream big. Much love.

Mama Hope - May 2, 2014 - 8:22 pm

Your story is a good one. A very good one. And it is illustrated in living color! Even when you stay inside the lines … you really don’t.

Stacie Petta - May 2, 2014 - 7:09 pm

First of all that is awesome and so touching how you have “adopted” that little girl and others! Their life will be forever changed because of you and others! And man, $70,000 – that’s super duper!!! Think of all the possibilities….

amy - May 2, 2014 - 3:48 pm

Such a beautiful project! God bless!

Janella McGarry - May 2, 2014 - 3:30 pm

Thanks so much for sharing! Your pictures and stories you share are truly inspirational! So happy to hear you have little girls and boys, you have much to offer them. Keep being you and spreading the LOVE!