Thursday, June 20, 2013

Anna's Story, Adoption, & a GIVEAWAY!

Meet Anna.
pastor's wife and multiple sclerosis patient. lover of running, coffee, africa, pottery barn, the bible, flip flops, cooking, worship music, sunshine, orphans, adoption, and the days at home with my 2 little kids

i'm the homeschooling momma to Grant,
 a laid-back just-turned 6-year-old
who happens to have juvenile rheumatoid arthritis.

and our 4 year old  daughter, Grace Abigail.

i love {real sugar} coke, africa, orphans, sweet tarts, Italian food,
to run, cook, browse Pottery Barn's catalogs, wear flip flops, and stay up late.
later than i should.

i start my day with my Bible and coffee.
with lots of half and half.
{or, shh! don't tell - heavy whipping cream}.
i have this etsy shop, that bloomed out of a hobby.
i love instagram. a lot.
i am @seemommarun and my shop is @simplybeautiful100.
i love making all-natural bath and body products. truly.
they WORK, and there's no i-have-no-idea-what-those-ingredients-are in them!
it makes me happy to mail out spa packages.
they come packaged way cute. it'll make your day. promise.

i write about faith, family, and living with multiple sclerosis at Just as I Am.
{i was diagnosed a year ago. MS is scary, but my Savior is Bigger}.


This picture, which I love, has one child missing from the picture- their third little love is waiting for them in Uganda. Anna and Matt have been raising money to bring their son home for two years, and they are finally getting close to the finish line.

Meet M :)

Anna's shop, Simply Beautiful, is raising money to bring this sweet boy home.

Two weeks ago, Anna launched a campaign to sell 100 body butters in 10 days. And the Lord blew her goal out of the water. During that 10 day campaign, Anna nearly doubled her goal and was able to sell lots of other products with the body butters! During that two week period, Anna raised $2000! GOD IS GOOD!

Anna's response to God's sweet faithfulness:
A week and a half ago, we said we were all in. We told The Lord we would follow, wherever He would lead. We went ALL IN to adopt this sweet boy, that we have fought so hard for to adopt over 2 years. As The Lord opened doors, we said yes. We'll go. He's ours. We said yes, But didn't know where the money would come from. {we were homestudy ready, just waiting on the ransom $$$ to move forward}. A week and a half later, y'all have loved, shared, prayed, and bought so much body butter and other products that you blasted my first goal out of the water, and we are only 35 body butters -did you read that!?! - 35 body butters! Away from having the entire $2K needed for our next step. God has truly done amazing things. Amazing things, indeed.

That week, she and her husband wired $2000 to the adoption agency in Uganda.

Now, Anna and her husband are preparing for their next big step- raising another $2,000 for their next wire transfer. They know that God has set a plan for their family and fully believe that the money will be provided. 

Perhaps you can be a part of M's journey home by finding a product from Anna's shop to purchase for yourself or a friend! I have tried 5 of her products and absolutely love every single one of them! She just opened a brand new site with lots of new scents like the chai latte or thin mint lip balm! The best part is, her site charges a $6 flat-rate shipping, no matter how many products you order. And actually, the best part REALLY is that every penny supports her family's mission to bring M home.

Products I've tried:
Body Butter- made my skin feel so soft and made my legs super shiny!
Lip Balm, grape scent- loved the application and scent!
Lemon Sorbet Shea Lip Scrub and Balm- two products that left my lips feeling SO SMOOTH!
Juicy Lime Sea Salt Foot Scrub- a pedicure in a bottle. seriously. Your feet will thank you.

Products I CAN'T WAIT to try from the new site:

This week, Anna is giving away one of her amazing body butters to one of you! The winner will get to choose the scent. :)

To enter:
1. Visit Anna's site and leave a comment below this post with the body butter scent that you would choose if you win. 
2. (optional) Receive an additional entry for following the blog on Bloglovin', Facebook, or Twitter. Just leave a separate comment letting me know how you follow!
3. (optional) Receive an additional entry for leaving a separate comment about WHAT YOU BOUGHT and if you earned the free lip balm! (see below*)

**Comments do not have to be left back-to-back, but do need to be separate in order to count as separate entries.**

The giveaway runs through next Thursday the 27th. The winner will be announced the following morning.
winner chosen via

*Along with the giveaway, Anna is throwing in an extra surprise for you guys! Everyone who places an order by tomorrow night will receive a FREE lip balm with their purchase! So make sure you visit her shop today and stock up on some goodies for yourself and your friends!

Can't wait to hear what you guys think about her products!

Anna wants me to let you all know that she is currently running on a 3-week turnaround. She is working hard to make that window shorter but is SO thankful for all of the orders!



  1. Following via all three, plus email!

  2. I'm really not sure which scent I would choose, if I would go with the new scents of Amazing Grace or Juicy couture or go with the older scents like Gardenia or Lavender or something like that. I'll have to definately decide when and if I win lol.

  3. I follow you via facebook with susan.broughton.9400 and twitter @susanbroughton5 and email and bloglovin at susanbroughton31 Thanks!

  4. Love, love this story! If I won, I would try the Breathless.

  5. ...and I just bought my mother-in-law and myself the body butter, foot scrub, and pedi in a jar!