AHOPE: Store Photo Shoot

The end of Rusty’s Boy Scout Eagle project is in sight! Coordinating a photo shoot with a commercial photographer has been his focus for the past several weeks. Today he got all of the store items boxed up and ready to go. Several friends are volunteering to help and a great photographer is donating his time. We hope this will give the AHOPE Store a more professional look which will help us raise funds even more successfully.

Thank you to everyone who has placed an order for the new shirts. The design is fantastic! We are especially eager to get them on youth groups or other small groups. If you have any suggestions for us, please email me at thankfulmom@gmail.com. If you are involved in a youth group, Sunday school class, service organization, or anything similar, we would love to give you a special deal on a group order. We would also love to see employers supporting AHOPE by letting their employees wear these shirts on World AIDS Orphan Day (May 7). Our goal is to get people familiar with the AIDS orphan crisis and share the amazing work that AHOPE is doing to care for these children.

AHOPE is very dear to my heart! If you are a blogger, please help us spread the word and join us as we care for the children of AHOPE. It would also be a great boost for Rusty to finish his Eagle Project with such a successful campaign.

Order shirts or other wonderful items by going to the AHOPE Store.

Post-script: I just reread this hoping to catch any glaring grammatical errors. As I was reading, I felt compelled to say, please do not forget the most important thing of all, AHOPE is saving the lives of children. I know these children. I have held their hands, kissed their faces, sung with them, and prayed with them. They are beautiful, wonderful children many of whom would not be alive without the care provided by AHOPE. If you don’t want a shirt, consider sponsoring a child, a much larger financial commitment to be sure, but another way that you can connect, give, and make a difference in the AIDS orphan crisis.


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Let me introduce myself. Russ and I are the parents of twelve children by birth and adoption, and sometimes more through foster care. I'm the creator of One Thankful Mom which has been as much of a gift to me as to my readers. In 2011 I became a TBRI® Pracitioner* and have lived and breathed connected parenting ever since. I'm deeply honored to be the co-author, together with the late Dr. Karyn Purvis, of The Connected Parent; it is her final written work. I love speaking at events for adoptive and foster parents. I'm also the co-founder of The Adoption Connection, a podcast and resource site for adoptive moms. I mentor and encourage adoptive moms so you can find courage and hope in your journeys of loving your children well.


  1. Jillian and Crew
    February 13, 2009

    I added AHOPE side logo to our blog and did a post about it showing the Tshirts, plus we ordered some.

    Thanks for sharing this with us, they are doing amazing things!! We are so happy to be a SMALL part of the BIG picture.

    Many people are checking our blog often since we just got back from Ethiopia a couple weeks ago, I hope they all see it and order!


  2. blessedmomto7
    February 13, 2009

    added to my blog and will be ordering shirts 🙂

  3. Tisha
    February 14, 2009

    Thank you Lisa. You’re right, sponsorship is such a great way to make a difference as we often ask ourselves what can we do to help? It’s a small commitment on our part that can make a huge difference! Thanks again.

  4. Ann
    February 15, 2009

    I never buy anything online (except books) and rarely buy anything for myself. Guess what? I just bought a t-shirt! I can’t wait to wear it! Rusty, you did an AWESOME job! The words on the back make the AIDS orphan crisis REAL to everyone who reads it.
    Thanks! Ann

  5. nancy
    February 22, 2009

    my tee arrived yesterday!!! THANKS!


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