Friday Favorites #5

On this first Friday of February I have decided to make all my favorites start with the letter “F”.  I figured it would be fun and far more fetching than former favorite posts of mine.  See what I did there?

First up let’s talk FUN earrings!  You have probably noticed that I hardly wear earrings in my pictures on the blog.  Here’s the deal, I love accessories but my hair is long and big earrings seem to constantly get tangled in my hair and smaller earrings just aren’t noticeable.  These Nickel & Suede earrings are perfection!  They are large enough to be seen but lightweight and because they’re leather they aren’t getting tangled in my hair!  I bought the medium sized cork and gold.  LOVE!

Faith, hope, and love are next on my list. For this you’ll need to hear a little backstory. In June 2016 the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando was the scene of a horrific massacre. My friend’s husband was the first responder who happened to be working off duty in the club that night as he had many nights before. Needless to say his heroic actions resulted in many lives saved but his own emotional recovery was difficult. However,  over the course of the year Adam Gruler’s faith saved him and he had renewed purpose. Now he and his wife had 6 boys between them from previous marriages and had planned to adopt a girl before the Pulse nightmare. Obviously those plans got put on hold. Then last Summer Adam and his wife Jaimi shared their story at church (you can see the video here) and Adam revealed his plans to go to seminary! He found his purpose; why God spared his life and how He would use Adam. I was blown away. Until I got a call from Jaimi one day shortly afterwards. I’ll never forget her saying, “You’re gonna think I’m crazy” and my reply, “Are you adopting twins?” Actually yes, twin girls and their older brother! Immediately I told her how happy I was and that we needed to have an adoption shower! The picture below is me, Jaimi, and our friend Nancy at the adoption day party!

So yes, my friend and her husband now have 9 children ranging in age from 6 to 20. They’ve appeared on TV locally and nationally. See the Today Show spot here. This week they were invited to attend the State of the Union Address in Washington, DC. With her permission I’m sharing a picture of Adam & Jaimi in DC this week.

Faith, hope, and love changed the lives of this precious family! Siblings who just last year at this time were in different foster homes are now surrounded by a loving family! Their leap of faith has resulted in twin girls attending their first Daddy and Me Dance and a little boy who wanted to be a Cub Scout now has a dad who serves as Den Leader!

But my favorite story involving these sweet kids is from shortly after they moved in with Jaimi and Adam. Jaimi brought the three kids to church one Saturday night and we sat together. During the praise and worship portion I ended up holding one of the girls as we sang and danced. This precious angel says to me, “oh this is my favorite song!” I say, “oh really?” To which she replies, “Yes! It’s about God. And Jesus!” I die. In just a few short weeks my friends had made such an impact on these sweet children. So the take away here: with faith, hope, and love anything is possible. I hope you’re inspired!

Favorite #3 is Five! I posted FIVE times this week! Isn’t that crazy? ICYMI check out Monday’s post here , Tuesday’s post here , Wednesday’s post here and Thursday’s post here. The flexibility in my new job is allowing me to live a more balanced and happy life!

Favorite #4 is this look with my new favorite cowl neck tunic. I hope you get your hands on one of these because it is super soft and cozy! I love it with my favorite distressed denim from Old Navy. Take a look!

Four favorites is fine with me so I’ll wrap it up here but I look forward to seeing you back here next week!

XO,
Kellyann

38 Comments

    • Kellyann
      February 2, 2018 / 5:36 am

      Thanks Nancy, it really is such an amazing story and they are an amazing family!
      xo,
      Kellyann

  1. Jaymie Ashcraft
    February 2, 2018 / 8:07 am

    Love that you got the earrings!!!! Have a great weekend!
    Jaymie

    • Kellyann
      February 2, 2018 / 12:24 pm

      Yes, finally, right Jaymie!!! I swear you majorly influenced me!!
      xo,
      Kellyann

  2. Andrea
    February 2, 2018 / 8:12 am

    Oh Kellyann, that story about Adam and Jaimi made me cry, how inspiring and it continues to amazing my heart and to praise Jesus when blessings such as these arise form the rubble! I LOVE your earrings and have been wanting to buy from them, but I wondered about the size, the medium are perfect! Thank you dear friend for being a support to me, and to others around you. I appreciate you to the moon and back! Have a GREAT weekend!

    • Kellyann
      February 2, 2018 / 12:27 pm

      Thanks sweet friend. It is such an incredible story and I’ve been wanting to share it for some time but it just didn’t feel right until now. Jesus really makes beautiful things from horrible tragedies if we’re open and accepting. It’s such an honor to know these people. My favorite thing is to encourage and love others, no matter how I need to do it, it fills my heart. Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy not having to go to work Monday!!! Woo hoo!
      xo,
      Kellyann

  3. February 2, 2018 / 9:19 am

    What a beautiful story- I can’t imagine what that family has been through- so glad to see good coming from it.
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    • Kellyann
      February 2, 2018 / 12:24 pm

      Oh yes, seeing something so beautiful coming from so many tragic events is just incredible. I so love these people!
      xo,
      Kellyann

  4. jodie
    February 2, 2018 / 11:03 am

    What an incredible friends family you have Kellyann!! I always think of my friends as part of my family, because you hold them dear so much!!
    Happiest of Fridays my fierce friend!!
    XOXO
    Jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

    • Kellyann
      February 2, 2018 / 12:23 pm

      It is such an honor to know them! It’s hard to feel worthy sometimes, but they remind me that nothing is too great to overcome. I hope you have a wonderful weekend my friend!
      xo,
      Kellyann

    • Kellyann
      February 2, 2018 / 12:22 pm

      Thanks Laura, it really is so inspiring and they are just the most wonderful and fun loving people!
      Hope you have a wonderful weekend!
      xo,
      Kellyann

  5. February 2, 2018 / 11:30 am

    Excuse me while I go pull myself together. What a beautiful story. I sit here in tears. When that precious little girl said that to you I bet your heart nearly busted wide open. Thanks for sharing! They sound like remarkable people. And you go woman…5 posts this week. Woohoo! Happy weekend sweet friend! XOXO OH…BTW…love those earrings. I’ve considered the cork too. I have one pair in Champagne Shimmer. They are the lightest weight earrings and I adore them. I kinda want the leopard or camo. ☺️
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    • Kellyann
      February 2, 2018 / 12:19 pm

      Isn’t that story just incredible? I am in the presence of such greatness when I am around these people I don’t even feel worthy! I’ve been wanting to share their story for some time and this week I just felt God tell me to do it NOW. When she said “It’s about God. And Jesus.” Oh I nearly died, really the way the Lord is using these people, I am in awe.
      Okay let’s talk superficial. Yes, I want these earring in leopard or camo too. Actually I think I need many pair, they are my new obsession!
      Have a wonderful weekend my friend!!!
      xo,
      Kellyann

  6. February 2, 2018 / 11:48 am

    Love this and your fun earrings!

    • Kellyann
      February 2, 2018 / 12:19 pm

      Thanks Johanna!

  7. February 2, 2018 / 12:03 pm

    What a sweet and precious story of how God’s love for us will shine through if we trust him and follow his lead. Amazing family and I really needed some sweet news like this today!

    • Kellyann
      February 2, 2018 / 12:21 pm

      I know, right? I swear, one of my favorite hymns is “He makes beautiful things…” and this story is such an awesome example of it. I am glad this sweet news was what you needed today sweet friend!
      xo,
      Kellyann

  8. February 2, 2018 / 4:14 pm

    What an amazing story! So inspirational… and I love that they are adopting twins. I think big families are so amazing. I know we are always supposed to let God carry us when in a hard or difficult situation, but it is easier said than done. So glad he was able to do this and is also inspiring others as well. I have longish hair, too and I feel that my earrings hardly ever show up in photos as well. But, I still wear them! Lol!! Lately, I’ve just been into my diamond studs, tho. I just got some Nickel & Suede earrings for Christmas and I keep forgetting to wear them, thank you for reminding me! I love them!

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com
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    • Kellyann
      February 3, 2018 / 9:48 am

      You know, I’ve been wanting N&S earrings for a long time and finally just ordered these. I love them but realize they’re almost the same color as my hair!!! Ha! I really need a darker color so they’ll show up. Oh well back to the shopping cart.
      My friends story is one I was so happy to share – I do hope it inspires others. I wanted to adopt a child but my husband didn’t; they adopted 3 and make it look so easy! The power of God’a love!
      xo,
      Kellyann

  9. February 2, 2018 / 5:25 pm

    What sweet and wonderful friends you have that were able to open their hearts and homes to children in need like that. Their story really touched me.

    • Kellyann
      February 3, 2018 / 9:45 am

      Oh, I am so happy you enjoyed their story – such a wonderful testimony! They are incredible people, so full of grace and love, I’ll tell ya, they are never overwhelmed or anxious – it’s amazing!
      Thanks so much for reading.
      xo,
      Kellyann

  10. February 2, 2018 / 6:43 pm

    That adoption story is beautiful! And I love the tunic!

    • Kellyann
      February 3, 2018 / 9:43 am

      Thanks so much Angela!
      xo,
      Kellyann

  11. February 2, 2018 / 9:45 pm

    What a touching adoption story, and how thoughtful of you to have an adoption shower! And on a less serious note, I always forget I’m wearing earrings when I wear leather because they are SO lightweight! Love the pair you chose!
    Gina || On the Daily Express

    • Kellyann
      February 3, 2018 / 9:42 am

      Thanks Gina, yes, such a touching story and they really are incredible people!
      I think I may be addicted to these earrings – so lightweight I could easily see how you’d forget you’re wearing them!
      xo,
      Kellyann

    • Kellyann
      February 3, 2018 / 9:41 am

      Thanks, such an incredible story and I was happy to share!
      xo,
      Kellyann

  12. February 3, 2018 / 3:15 pm

    Oh. My. Heart. What a beautiful story. God works in the most amazing, mysterious, jump up and down crazy ways — I know as much as those babies are being blessed, their new family is receiving even more of a blessing.

    I’m a huge fan of N&S earrings. They’re just so darn cute.

    • Kellyann
      February 3, 2018 / 6:17 pm

      I know, right? And yes, you’re right about my friends feeling so blessed, I know they can’t imagine their lives without them. God makes beautiful things out of tragedies and ugliness, this story is such a testimony to that fact. Yet in all of this I think about the biological parents of these three children; surely they’ve seen them all over the news and I am wondering how they feel. I pray they feel and know they did the right thing by giving these children up but I’m sure it still hurts in a way I’ll never know.
      xo,
      Kellyann

    • Kellyann
      February 5, 2018 / 2:37 pm

      Thanks my friend, I know some pretty awesome people!
      xo,
      Kellyann

  13. February 5, 2018 / 10:46 am

    What a lovely story! This is a great post and I love your outfit too! Happy Monday!
    Cheryl

    • Kellyann
      February 5, 2018 / 2:46 pm

      Thanks Cheryl, it is a pretty amazing story with such a happy ending for all!
      xo,
      Kellyann

  14. Ronna
    February 6, 2018 / 8:57 am

    Thanks for sharing such a wonderful story of how God used such a terrible tragedy in your friends life. My son is in law enforcement and sees some terrible things. Love how you use your blog to share the Love of Christ to the world. God Bless you!

    • Kellyann
      February 6, 2018 / 3:04 pm

      Awww thanks Ronna! This story is such an amazing example of Christ’s love for us and how even in tragedy something beautiful can take place. God bless your son in law, my brother is a deputy and I know each day they put their lives on the line and see so much – it certainly takes a very special person to do that job.
      I so appreciate your sweet comment!
      xo,
      Kellyann

  15. February 6, 2018 / 11:01 pm

    How wonderful of your friend to open their hearts and home to bless these children. It takes special ppl to do what your friends have done.

    • Kellyann
      February 7, 2018 / 8:31 am

      Yes, it sure does and I know they feel so blessed by these sweet children. They are amazing!
      xo,
      Kellyann

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