Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Exciting Announcment and GIVEAWAY!

We are SO excited to announce that we have added a new Joy in the Journey team member!
Sarah Habuda is the newest member to our team.  Sarah is amazing and brings a super fun dynamic to our group.  Our ministry is growing so quickly and it became very clear to us that we needed to add a fourth member.  When we began to pray and think about who that fourth member could be and what we needed from them....Sarah was the first name to come to mind.  I know that you all will grow to love her as much as we do.  Please make her feel welcomed to the ministry!


My name is Sarah and I am so blessed to become the newest member of the Joy in the Journey team. I am a Jesus follower who is passionate about loving God and loving people. I have a huge heart for adoption, orphan care, and supporting and connecting with adoptive families.
My husband Matt and I have been married for 10.5 years. He makes me laugh, gets my weirdness, encourages my heart, helps me pursue my passions, and is an amazing father to our children.

We talked about adoption before we were ever married…in fact it was part of our conversations before we even started dating! We always knew adoption would be part of our family, and we are so humbled and thankful for the story God has authored for our family.
I have two of the cutest, sweetest, silliest, and most energetic toddlers in the world! Our sons were adopted from Taiwan, are 14 months apart, and are biological siblings. Levi is 2.5 and came home when he was 6 months old. Ethan is 15 months and just came home at the end of September when he was 13 months old.
We are in the middle of the transition period and life at our house is crazy, messy, and exhausting (anyone want to share some toddler sleeping tips?), but yet also full of sweet cuddles, laughter, and joy. We are so blessed and thankful. After teaching elementary school for 9 years, I am grateful to now be a stay-at-home momma to my boys! I am so thankful to my adoptive mommy friends who are helping me navigate motherhood and who encourage and support me, who pray for me, and who laugh and rejoice with me.
It is my prayer that the Joy in the Journey ministry…the blog, the retreat, the community….will help adoptive, foster, and interested mommas to connect with others who also passionately love the Lord and who are walking similar paths. Our desire is that this will be a safe place where we can be real, cultivate relationships, grow and learn, and where we can support, uplift, and encourage one another. It is my prayer that together we will pursue true Joy.
I truly hope that “Joy in the Journey” will not just be a name or catch phrase, but rather reflective of how we… mommas whose lives have been blessed by adoption and foster care…live each step of this life long adoption journey. Let’s walk it together!

In honor of our newest team member we are doing an amazing GIVEAWAY. Look below to find out more details!
She has done it again....Kate Clayton with The Adopt Shoppe has graciously offered to giveaway an amazing globe necklace in honor of Sarah.  Check this out...

Winner gets to choose one of these three necklaces!!  FYI...these went live on her ETSY site last night and she sold out in like 1 minute.  It is a HOT item!!
Here is how to enter:
Go to our FB page and "Like" the page (1 entry)
"Share" this blog on your FB page (1 entry)
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VERY IMPORTANT:  For ALL enteries please comment on our FB status where this blog is posted that you did the above things (that includes following Twitter and Pinterest).  If you don't comment you will not be entered!
Winner will be announced Friday, December 20 at 2:00pm.