I did not realize it then, but this trip to Rwanda back in 2011 would forever change my view of the world and my heart for the world. It was a trip I was unable to forget. The most beautiful memory being the kindness and overwhelming joy of the communities and people there in Africa. There was overwhelming hospitality at every corner, even with no financial status to show off within the hospitality. It was the purest and most powerful form of giving I have ever witnessed. And yet, we also saw real need. Not need as in I need to fit into a certain social status need, but true life/death need. It dug deep into my heart and hasn’t let go. It has since grown. And while Africa has SO many things it in fact doesn’t need. And while it is NOT our job to come in and “fix” things the American way (Which is really not fixing anything at all- there are far more things that we can learn from Africa than I believe they can learn from us), I do believe in simply listening to the call of the Father upon the Fatherless. And Burundi specifically is just one of those places where unfortunately there are a lot of children who are in need of parents. They are quite thriving in so many aspects I am sure, but within the aspect of family, they are suffering. And because of this, we feel called to sacrifice all that we have, so that even one child might be able to have a family to grow up in. And with this being said, we do believe that the BEST option for these children is finding a home within Africa, within their own culture and heritage and traditions. Yes we believe wholeheartedly in that, but we also know that realistically there are still more in need. And rather than spending their life in an orphanage we want to say “we are here. We are far from perfect. We know this is going to be hard for you too, in fact much harder for you, but if you want us, we are here”. This is our calling, this is what we are saying yes to, and this is where our roots for this shop began. *Ps. This is NOT our future child, this is a beautiful child we met in Rwanda in 2011. And secondly, how handsome is my man Josh in this picture?! 😍 goodness I am blessed!