Tuesday, October 8, 2013

MAMAprenuer Series: Kate of The Adopt Shoppe

Last but certainly not least in our line up of amazing women of the MAMApreneuer series is Kate of The Adopt Shoppe. I first found Kate on Instagram, her amazing love for God and adoption drew my heart right in.  You will love her story as much as I do, pinky promise. 

When Becky e-mailed me, I immediately felt surprise and.......alarm!  Why was she asking me?  Couldn't everyone see that I clearly don't have it all together?  Because I don't.  But I can tell you what I do know.

Let me back up and tell you a little about myself and how The Adopt Shoppe began.

I am Kate.  I married my amazing husband Jason 14 years ago.  We married young and had only been married a year and a half before we decided we wanted to start having children.  I wish I could say adoption was immediately our plan, but it was not.  It wasn't even on our radar.  We lost 2 sons before we had our daughter Madison.  I also wish I could say that my faith was so strong during the losses of our sons.  But it was not.  I was young.  Losing 2 baby boys within a year almost killed me.  I was terrified the whole time I was pregnant with Madison.  And again with Mason 2 years later.  But by God's grace, all went relatively well and we were blessed with a daughter and a son.  We were through having kids.  The high-risk specialists I saw told me I could not have more children.  If I tried, it would kill me and the baby.  So that was that.  And I was okay with that!  We had the perfect number of children anyway, right?  And we had a boy and a girl.  What more could we want?  But as Mason got older, God opened my heart for more children.  But wait--- what??  More children?  I couldn't have more!!  We started looking at adoption.  And I was quickly overwhelmed.  Mostly by the cost.  I'm at stay-at-home homeschooling mom and my husband is an evangelist/church-planter.  We had NO extra money sitting in the bank {or under our mattress}---much less an extra $30K!  My mom has always been creative and crafty and has made things.  So I thought I'd try to make something to sell to raise money for our adoption! 

The Adopt Shoppe started very small.  I made some necklaces and posted pictures of them on my personal Facebook.  I mostly sold to my friends and family.  Eventually I started a FB page and Etsy store for my shoppe.  God has blessed us again and again and with the money from my shoppe we have adopted twice.  Never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined God would bless my family like He has.

Now, about how I juggle it all--I'm still working on balancing that.  I closed my shoppe before we went to go get Max.  But earlier this year, I missed making things and reopened a limited shoppe.  Basically, I make things as I have time and list them.  But sometimes it still gets out of control!  I have a hard time telling people "no", and I want to do adoption fundraisers for everyone that needs one!!  I'm working on setting more boundaries to allow more dedicated time for my family.  I homeschool my older 2 children and my little 2 are always into everything, so there's always that to work around!  And I know the dynamics will change as my children grow and get older.  I just try to be adaptable and embrace the changes.

What I've learned from all of this is that with God all things are possible.  I started The Adopt Shoppe just 3 short years ago.  It's definitely been a learning/growing/stretching process.  And it's one that the whole family is involved in.  I feel like it's a ministry that God has given me and I pray that all I do brings glory to Him.  Because that's all that matters.  

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  1. What an amazing ministry God has given you! Your family is beautiful, I'm so happy for you.


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