May 1, 2019

WE'RE ADOPTING: A New Journey Begins


God has put it on our hearts to grow our family through domestic infant adoption!

Just before our 2nd miscarriage, God quietly planted a seed in our hearts to adopt & over the last few weeks that desire has only grown & taken root. After much prayer, counsel, & research we took a big leap of faith and sent in our first official paperwork last weekend! We couldn't be more excited for what's ahead!

So: why adoption? Well, there are MANY reasons we want to adopt, but the biggest reasons are: 1) God has adopted us into His family & He specifically calls us as Christians to care for the fatherless (James 1:27) ❤️ 2) We have always hoped for a large family & over the course of the last 6 months, God was creating a space in our lives and hearts for a child that didn't have to be ours by blood. We realized that our dream of a big family doesn’t have to just happen through biological children (although we still hope & pray for more), we could grow our family through adoption!

Our hope, prayer, & anthem is that this entire journey will be a redemptive, faith-building, & God-glorifying experience start to finish that we can share with you!

We would be lying if we said that we weren't a little intimidated to share that we are going to need people coming alongside of us in order to bring our baby home. The simple truth is that we can't do this entirely on our own - although you can bet we are putting every dollar and every effort in possible to bring our baby home! But we realize that by sharing our need, we are also sharing an opportunity to choose life & join us as we take a stance against abortion in one of the most tangible ways possible. Pro-adoption is another side of being pro-life. Without adoption, what would happen to these babies? To us, saying we are pro-life means welcoming & raising a little one as our own whose biological mother selflessly chose life for her child. But for you, maybe being pro-life means volunteering at a local pregnancy support clinic. Maybe it means standing outside of Planned Parenthood to share some truth about abortion. Or maybe it’s as simple as making a donation - ANY size - towards adoption❤️ When we think of it in that light, we are genuinely excited to be allowing others this opportunity to choose LIFE with us.

Our GoFundMe Fundraiser:
"Choose Life with the Graefs"

Stay tuned for updates via Instagram, our GoFundMe, and this blog, and please, please, please keep our little one in your prayers! It's amazing to think that our baby is probably already growing in his/her mother's womb ❤️

THANK YOU so much for the love and support and excitement for us as we begin this incredible journey! We feel so so privileged to be a part of such an amazing community and are truly humbled to call each of you "friend."

February 7, 2018

Lavender Linen Spray

So I decided that I would throw this recipe on the blog since I've been asked about it a few times since posting to Instagram! It's suuuuuuper simple and smells amazing! I keep it bed-side so that I can just spritz the sheets and pillows right before bed.
Also I just want to note that the witch hazel is REALLY important. I've tried making linen sprays before without it and there is just no substitute. It really is a key ingredient!

Lavender Linen Spray:

- 2 oz glass amber spray bottle (the darker colors are best)
- 10 drops Lavender Young Living Essential Oil (or 5 drops Lavender and 5 drops Cedarwood)
- 2 teaspoons witch hazel (which comes to roughly halfway in the bottle)
- fill the rest with water

Shake well before use. Store away from sunlight.

That's it! Like I said - so simple, right?

Let me know if any of you decide to try it out or if you have any variations to this linen spray!