For me design has always been a living, breathing process. From inspiration to the moment that it's shared. It's a color, a brush stroke that is evoking an emotion or conjuring up a memory… and the coolest part is that any piece that I create will mean something different to EACH person who sees it!
These designs in my shop have been largely inspired by MY experience of adoption, but I have been pleasantly surprised from the beginning by the way these words go beyond adoption and speak to all kinds of different experiences.
Almost right off the bat we noticed that the "Love is Waiting" shirt made a beautiful maternity shirt! A different kind of waiting, but waiting all the same! The shirt also spoke to friends who had struggled quietly with infertility for years. Some might even proudly wear the shirt in commitment of "waiting" for marriage. In each situation, the phrase "Love is Waiting" brings hope that one day the wait will over and redemption will flood and fill all the cracks and smudges along the way.
I'm so excited to introduce a new design and new phrase that has a similar message of hope and redemption. "Beauty Will Rise" references Isaiah 61:3 -
3 To all who mourn in Israel,[a] he will give a crown of beauty for ashes,a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair.In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the Lord has planted for his own glory.
Adoption brings so much joy and paints a beautiful picture of the Gospel, but there is brokenness. There is loss. There is hurt. We are honored to get to walk this path together with the confidence that every time we encounter despair, we can trade it for festive praise! Joyous blessing! That BEAUTY WILL RISE from ashes!
I know that there are so many experiencing loss, hurt, and despair. Maybe it's part of your adoption journey, but maybe it's something else entirely. A miscarriage, an illness, a broken relationship. I hope you are encouraged by this verse and this piece of art. That on the other side of your mourning, something beautiful will be born!