Wednesday, February 2, 2011

why i'm in it.

If you and i were skyping today, this is what i would look like.

and yeah, those are blue sweatpants.

and really, i think its time we had a chat. I realized that many of you might not have known why yesterday's post was important to me.
though its been alluded to in interviews, and spoken of in my etsy profile, i want to tell you the most important reason i started my shop.

i want to adopt a child.

i could write about this for 80 pages because its something i care about so much, but suffice it to say that i want to care for someone who doesn't have anyone else to take care of them.
and almost all of the moolah that i make at Adelaide's goes straight into saving up for this goal.

and i wanted to tell you this, dear readers, because as much as i fantasize about this being a vintage fashion blog, let's face it, i am helpless against making it personal. (exhibit A, exhibit B, exhibit C)

what this announcement means:
-i will be working on adelaide's homesewn part time this year, as i work on finishing our house and other preparations.
-i hope by telling you, it will spur me on into working on the research and prep-work needed to start the process
-that i am indescribably thankful for your patronage of my shop, and your general support of it (even if you've never made a purchase).

what this does not mean:
-that i'm quitting my shop, yes, my hours will be less, but i hope to put out even better work for you this year than ever before. albeit slower.
-that i want to you to buy stuff from my shop just to support this. i don't want you to buy stuff from my shop just because you feel like you "should" or to be nice. i want you to really love the items you purchase and have them be things you'd really use.
-that i am am mother teresa. i have hesitated from telling you this for so long because i don't want you thinking i'm a great person. I am, in fact, a super selfish person. but i hope by God's grace to learn how to be an unselfish mom.
-that this is going to become an adoption blog. adoption blogs are great, but this is not one. My blog will continue to, whatever it is now. (not saying i'll never mention the issue again:).

feel free to message me with questions, concerns, advice, at
i've really enjoyed this chat.
i hope you have too.
let's skype again soon!

i would consider it a personal favor if you watched this video. i know that its not the exact situation of a lot of kids, but the main point is true: kids need homes. dude, just watch it. i have NEVER asked you to watch a video before and probably never will again :)

thanks for reading,


  1. maybe it's my little hangover this morning, but this sweet & heartfelt post made me tear up some.

    you are just a really beautiful person, aren't ya?
    ya are.

  2. I agree with Lauren, I wish you all the best with this and I admire you so much for starting this process! you will be a fabulous Mum I am sure hey you have the sweatpants may as well put 'em to good use! love your blog m'dear! xxx

  3. ha! (at Lauren's comment) because I was just going to write that I got all teary and really moved by this. You're so lovely.

    I wish you tons of luck and I really think it's wonderful what you want to do, I hope the process goes quickly and smoothly for you and hubby :)

  4. inspiring and noble. I wish you all the best as you begin your journey! x

  5. This is so beautiful and moving. Wishing you all the best! xx

  6. This is so touching, Maria! It's very nice to let all of your etsy shop fans and blog readers know what you're all about. MUCH nicer than an impersonal "fashion blog". That's why everyone admires you and this blog, because you're so honest and true. You are the BEST!!! Much love! <3

  7. i find some comfort in knowing that of the many children in need, some will be fortunate enough to be loved by folks who wanted them so badly - who will take the time and the energy to provide them with a life full of experiences and kindness that will hopefully help heal them and let them know that they were never a "mistake".
    it is a big responsibility, but who could ask for a greater gift?! :) best of luck!

  8. it is a lucky child who will land in your arms, Maria. xo

  9. I am so excited that this is the year that you and Steve are going to pursue this dream of starting a family! I am so happy for you.

  10. I wish you the best! You come across as a kind and genuine person and that is one of the reasons I love your blog.

  11. The video made me cry.. In the UK it is so difficult to adopt a child, but I too would like to do it.
    Good luck. x

  12. i want to echo everything that was said by the comments before me... you are a wonderful person. and this video really made me tear up.

    i'm glad you wrote about this... i remember reading little bits of info in your profile & such, and i've always wanted to know more about you wanting to adopt. it's just lovely :)

  13. Yay! I haven't told anyone about this but we are in training classes currently so that we can adopt a boy aged 8-11 years old. We are SO super excited and I am SO super excited for you!!! I hope this works out! It's a lot of work but wow! It's wonderful! Best of luck to you! Kelley

  14. Sounds like, God has a higher vision planned for you, one you can't fully see yet. This is going to be good, in so many ways...

  15. Hey lovely! I'm just sending you a lot of love and support during this journey. Just keep trusting in yourself and Steve and take one day at a time.

    Now I wish I could take you out for a cup of tea. I'm around virtually, though!

  16. your sincerity, love for God, and your husband will make you such a wonderful compassionate mom! i am so blessed by this post and excited for your journey! it will be God's fingerprints from beginning to end and I can't wait to watch it!!! xoxo

  17. Dear Maria, you will be a wonderful mom. I really love your blog. It's honest and real and from your heart and I am inspired by that. It's one in a million, like you! You are and will be a great success in all you do. I have known that I've wanted to adopt since I was 15. I hope to one day go through the same journey you're going through right now. My best wishes to you and your husband!

  18. From the bottom of my heart, I wish you much much luck with your shop and your future adoption.

    I have added you, and your shop, to my blogroll x

  19. Aww, Maria I'm so excited for you and your new journey. xoxo

  20. I share in your deep ache for the children waiting for homes. You are going to make some deserving child a wonderful mother! You don't need to be perfect to be a mom, just having an open heart is a huge step in the right direction! Best wishes to you and your future child.

  21. thanks for being so open and vulnerable in the post! it's very apparent that you are going to be the best mom and that you, your hubs, and your future child will be extremely happy together. I am so excited to see what lies ahead of you this year! Sending you lots of love and prayers from CA!

  22. Adopting a child is indeed an honourable thing to do but why do you have to save up money to do so? Are there regulations on this where you live? I know that in the UK there's certainly none! Have you thought about fostering as well? xx

  23. Hi Maria, what a precious and sincere post. I'm sure that you will be a fabulous mother! We were in the process of adopting after having our first child (Regan) 6 years earlier. Right in the midst of beginning the adoption process I found out I was pregnant with 2nd child. I'm quite aware of the heart ache that's felt of wanting a child....and it is heart ache. I didn't have Regan until I was 34. Good luck to you and your husband! The child you receive shall be lucky and blessed!

  24. i am so excited for you!!! adoption...that's a big deal.

  25. I know I don't know you personally, but from what I gather, I think you'll make an amazing mama! I *do* hope you share details of your process along the way and I just know in my heart that someday we'll be seeing pics of you, your hubby and your child someday on this very blog! :)

  26. This is the first time I have seen this post. I watched the video and am crying. It makes me want to adopt even more kids.
    Amazing, this post was about a year before your little boy's due date!