Beauty in Bolivia and in Your Home

photo credit: Grain and Compass

Here is a lovely opportunity for you to find unique gifts for your friends while caring for children from “hard places” in Bolivia. How amazing is this:

The Restoration Shelter is a home for adolescent girls between the ages of 14 and 18. Adolescents who have suffered abuse or violence or are at risk of ending up on the streets are derived to the Shelter by local child protection authorities. At the Shelter the girls receive the love and support of a psychologist, a social worker and several educators. The Shelter’s objective is to bring healing and hope. An educator works to get the girls back to school. The social worker looks to restore broken family relationships. With the educators the girls learn certain handicrafts, how to cook and other daily life skills. In the case that a young woman cannot return to her family, the Shelter looks for opportunities for them to receive technical training which will allow them to support themselves once they leave the Shelter.

Here is a fantastic opportunity to help this program while finding unique fine art gifts for your friends and family. This is what the photographers from Grain & Compass have to say about The Restoration Shelter run by Mosoj Yan,

Why not purchase a gift that gives twice? Through December 15th, all the proceeds from our fine art print shop will be donated to Mosoj Yan, an organization in Cochabamba, Bolivia. Mosoj Yan works to holistically rehabilitate young girls who have suffered violence and sexual abuse. This is an organization that is close to our hearts – you may remember that we traveled to Bolivia last year to capture and tell their story. Mosoj Yan has a desperate need of $4000 to cover their costs for the end of this year, and we’re hoping to make even just a small dent in that number.

They’ve got some beautiful prints, including this one that hangs in my friend, Emily’s kitchen. Prices start at only $12.00; be sure to take a look.


If you read the comments on my blog, you likely have met Emily, who spent six months in Bolivia working with The Restoration Shelter and loving these girls.  She used to be a blog friend until a few years ago when she became a real life friend who has visited us, spent holidays with us, and loved on my children.  She is getting her doctorate in Psychology, with a particular interest in children with trauma histories, so we have long conversations about children from “hard places” and their families.


If you would rather give directly to The Restoration Shelter, you can visit their fundraising page here. The campaign ends Dec. 15th, so please don’t delay if you would like to support this amazing program.

I’ve been looking at the prints on the Grain and Compass site, and I’m eyeing the photo of the sea glass float – I may need it in my house.


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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. Emily
    December 11, 2013

    I love you 🙂

    1. DFNY
      December 11, 2013

      Beautiful photographs, Emily. My BIL is from Bolivia and returns there annually. I hear Bolivia is quite beautiful. I know that the people certainly are. Thanks for your work and for sharing information on this organization.


  2. Asharae Kroll
    December 11, 2013

    Thank you so much for sharing this! Mosoj Yan does such incredible work in Bolivia and they have restored the lives of so many hurting girls. We love being able to share their mission with others!


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