Friday, September 28, 2012

Our Home: Fall Decor

I LOVE fall. I also LOVE decorating for any and all holiday/season in life. I LOVE to have it be different every year. This year I wanted a mix of shine and wood. I found the pumpkins for around $3 each at Michael's, added some branches from the yard, and used what I had lying around to create this year's fall mantle. I love in incorporate vintage and the treasures we find while out thrifting into our home. You will see old and new all over the Van Camp house!

My 5 year old helps me and give me design direction as well! It was her idea to add the owl! :)

A peak into our Fall home...
Our 2012 Fall Mantle

I found a Uganda produce feedsack at a thrift store recently! (perfect since that is where we are adopting from)...I turned it into pillows!

in the kitchen

on the front porch
 I hope you are having as much fun decorating for fall as I am! :)

Our Home: Emmeline's Room

My daughter, Emmeline, has just transitioned into her big girl toddler bed! This is a peak into her room!

I made the artwork, and those are some lovely free printables from Pinterest!

This dressed we found on the side of the road before Emme was born, just added some chalkboard and white paint the the drawers!

Our Home: Avenell's Room

My daughter, Avenell, knows that a time soon is coming when she will be sharing her room with her little sister and possibly another new sibling, depending on who we bring home. We have started the transition now in her bedroom. We found a loftbed (in peices) on Craigslist for free. We needed to paint the bed and buy a mattress. We also needed to build these stairs as my petite girl could not climb her way to the top just yet. If you knew my obsession with chalkboard paint then it will not surprise you that the stairs are chalkboard!
Other than that we worked with what we had. Soon Emmeline will be in a toddler bed on the bottom bunk, but for now, Avenell is loving her new room!
the stairs as you walk in

The bed on top


Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Guatemala Names

Image rights to Caroline's Promise: the adorable girl on the right is one of our sponsor girls, Maria, at the Casita Adonai school! 

Tonight I am cutting out and working on 18 pairs of sheep legs and ears. Why? Please read here.

I asked you to join me in prayer over the kids in Guyana and asked you to please pray with us for them by name. I really would love to know if you are partnering with us to do so!

Below is the list of names for the kids in Guatemala who will receive their sheep in October.
image belongs to Caroline's Promise, sweet ones at Casita Adonai school

May the Lord meet these little ones right where they are and pour His love on them. May a softie, made with them personally in mind, be a reminder of how God cares for them.

How the sheep will fly to Guatemala! :)


Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Guyana Names

" He knows his sheep by name and leads them out." 
John 10:3

If you have not heard, please read here all about our next mission with Caroline's Promise to send personalized sheep to children in Guyana and Guatemala.

I am asking that you would partner with use in prayer. Below are names of the kids in Guyana who will be getting a sheep. As I make each of these softies I think about that little one and lift them in prayer. Would you do the same?

Please pray over each name with me, pray that the Lord would remind them of His love for them, that their hearts would love Jesus more than anything in this world, that their needs are met, that they have hope in the hopeless, that their eyes would be opened to what a GREAT God protects them.

In homeschool this week we are memorizing this verse, and it reminded me of these kiddos:
"...The Lord is faithful and will give you strength and will protect you from the evil one." 2 Thess 3:3

May the Lord meet these little ones right where they are and pour His love on them. May a softie, made with them personally in mind, be a reminder of how God cares for them.


Thanks for praying, friends!

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Softies Project: Guyana and Guatamala

I am so excited to introduce you to Caroline's Promise!!

They are they next organization we will be working with for giving out personalized softies to the children in Guyana, South America at the Ruimveldt Children's Home & Care, and to the little ones graduating from Preparatoria class at the Casita Adonai school in Guatemala!

Each child will be getting a sheep with their name on it!

Want to know why we are giving out sheep? Please read how it started here at this post.
To some, toys are not necessisty, not a basic need. They are right. But to a child who has been abandoned or who has nothing to call his/her own, a toy, with their name on it, means the world. My prayer is that each child in that one orphanage will know they are valuable, cared for, loved, and prayed over.

There are about 20 kids in Guyana who will each get a sheep with their name on it. Here is some info on this project:

Caroline's Promise has partnered with The Ruimveldt Children's Home & Care Center in Georgetown, Guyana since the home was built.  We sent a short term mission team to help clear the land that eventually became home to 20 children.  Our Guyana Country Coordinator served on staff for several years and now visits weekly to maintain a relationship with the children and staff.  The kids range from two years of age up and will more than likely remain in the home until they are adults.  Local churches support and direct the home and Caroline's Promise is blessed to help with special projects.

We are also working with a school in Guatemala:

Caroline's Promise partners with the church, Iglesia Adonai in Guatemala City as they seek to minister to orphaned and vulnerable children in a difficult community.  We administer a child sponsorship program for the 125 children, grades preschool - 5th who attend their school, Casita Adoani.  Caroline's Promise partners with the church to provide training, support, short term teams and anything else needed to help this church and school thrive.  Current plans include construction of a new school that will accommodate more children.  In the Summer of 2012 a sewing ministry was established to train the mothers and provide an opportunity for them to start their own business.

We are really excited to partner up with Caroline's Promise and loving on these amazing little ones through softies.

If you would like to be a part of this next mission, you can be praying for each of these children by name (I will be posting their names here shortly), and continuing to support Dunlap Love. We are so thankful for your continued support and we can't wait to share more of this project with you!