Mix & Match Adoption Group!

Okay, friends…I’m doing something new today that I am TOTALLY excited about!!

I am opening up a closed Facebook group to support, encourage, help, mentor, motivate and love on families who have adopted, are in the process of adopting or want to begin the process.

I get emails every single day from sweet women looking for advice, encouragement and prayers, so I thought, you know what?  I need to enlist a whole army to aid and support these mamas.  I am not an authority on adoption, but as a community, I thought we could really be beneficial to so many.  If you’re a part of the foster care system, please join too!  I know there are so many women out there that need a safe place to ask questions and get a little lovin’ from other ladies who’ve been in their shoes.

So, here’s how it’s going to work.  If you would like to be added to the Facebook group, I need you to email me a little bit about yourself and why along with your name on Facebook (so that I can easily find you and add you), PLUS please click HERE and ask to join.  I want this to be a legit group where people feel safe and not a place for curious voyeurs.  I will go through the emails (probably won’t have time to respond) and add people.  Make sure you don’t forget to request to join along with sending me your email!

I really want to support the adoption community…whether you’re currently a mama to adopted kids, in the process or just have it on your heart.  Email me!  mixandmatchadoptiongroup@yahoo.com (Please note the new email address for this group!)

Also, if you know someone else who should be a part of this but they’re not blog readers, send them my way!  The more, the merrier!

Here is our verse for the week…

…ah!  Yes!  This is one of those that I have memorized but forget where in the Bible it is (Romans 6:23!).  So, now, hopefully, we can all memorize it.

Don’t forget, Wednesday is our first What’s up Wednesday of 2018.  The bonus question this month is “What’s your favorite soup recipe?”.  🙂

One final thing, if you want to go back and read through some of my older adoption posts (or if you’re sending someone to the new group who doesn’t know my story), here you go…

To see some other post adoption posts, just look below…

Madeley Post Adoption: Month 15

Madeley’s Gotcha Day {1st Anniversary}

Madeley Post Adoption: Month 11

Madeley Post Adoption: Month 10

Madeley Post Adoption: Month 9

Madeley Post Adoption: Month 8

Madeley Post Adoption: Month 7

Madeley Post Adoption: Month 6

Madeley Post Adoption: Month 5

Madeley Post Adoption: Month 4

Madeley Post Adoption: Month 3

Madeley Post Adoption: Month 2

Madeley Post Adoption: Month 1

Meeting Madeley for the first time: HERE

All of our China travel posts: HERE

To see more about our journey to adopt Ashby, see below:
Ashby’s Gotcha Day {Third Anniversary}

Ashby Post Adoption: 2.5 Years

Ashby’s Gotcha Day {Second Anniversary}

Post Adoption: Month 21

Post Adoption: Month 18

Post Adoption: Month 15

Ashby’s Gotcha Day {First Anniversary}

Post Adoption: Month 11

Post Adoption: Month 10

Post Adoption: Month 9

Post Adoption: Month 8

Post Adoption: Month 7

Post Adoption: Month 6

Post Adoption: Month 5

Post Adoption: Month 4

Post Adoption: Month 3

Post Adoption: Month 2

Post Adoption: Month 1

Meeting Ashby for the first time: HERE

All of our China travel posts: HERE



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  • Alexis deZayas January 29, 2018 at 4:38 am

    What a great idea, Shay!! Love that this will bless so many families. Happy Monday!

  • Erika Slaughter January 29, 2018 at 5:20 am

    I LOVE this and am so excited about it!!

  • Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog January 29, 2018 at 5:26 am

    The group is a lovely idea for all those who are aspiring to adopt. I know it’ll be success, Shay! 🙂

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

  • Elspeth Mizner January 29, 2018 at 5:32 am

    Great idea! Love your verse of the week!

  • Sheaffer Sims January 29, 2018 at 5:38 am

    What a wonderful thing to do! Amazing idea!

  • Narci January 29, 2018 at 6:29 am

    Amazing! This is such a great idea!

  • Tish Ferry January 29, 2018 at 6:48 am

    Love this idea! While we have not felt God calling us to adopt, it is very much something on our hearts! We have several close friends who have adopted and it is such a blessing! To those families and also to us as well. Adoption is a beautiful gift and I am so excited to see God use you and others through this group!


  • Erin Port January 29, 2018 at 6:52 am

    What a great idea :). Thanks for thinking of all of us! xoxo ERIN

  • Courtney January 29, 2018 at 7:09 am

    Wonderful idea, Shay!

  • sydnee January 29, 2018 at 7:16 am

    Love the positive impact your adoptions are bringing to this virtual community!

    x S | Design by Sydnee 💗

  • Mallory January 29, 2018 at 7:19 am

    This is a fantastic idea! So glad you are sharing a safe place for people to ask questions and talk about concerns!

  • Heather S January 29, 2018 at 7:32 am

    Love this Shay!! We have prayed about adoption all throughout our many years long battle with infertility. We finally WON!! our battle a few months ago but adoption is still in the cards for us for a sibling for our son and a second child of our own.

  • Lindsay January 29, 2018 at 7:37 am

    I love how the name that you’ve used for years (mix and match mama) really couldn’t be more fitting for adoption. God makes families so many different ways through birth, adoption, fostering, etc. I am sure this Facebook group will be a blessing to many!

  • Sara mayo January 29, 2018 at 7:43 am

    I willing ready and available to help anyone. Adoption was the BEST!!! Thing I’ve done and so excited to help any one I can👏🏼🙏🏻💕
    Sara mayo

  • Angela Ellingson January 29, 2018 at 7:50 am

    This is such an incredible idea!!

  • Laci January 29, 2018 at 7:51 am

    Great idea!

  • Lindsay D. January 29, 2018 at 7:55 am

    What a great idea!!!

  • Amanda @ That Inspired Chick January 29, 2018 at 8:00 am

    Oh perfect!! I know this will be such a great community for everyone!! That Inspired Chick

  • Tracy January 29, 2018 at 8:35 am

    Love this! I think there’s a way for you to have people answer a few questions when they request to join the group. I’ve had to do that with groups I’ve joined. I’m not sure how to set that up but I’m sure you could google it. Might be easier for you to manage than doing the emails. Just a thought!

  • Alyssa January 29, 2018 at 8:41 am

    Love this idea! We were traveling this weekend and saw your precious parents and Samuel at Rainforest Cafe. Wish you would’ve been with them so I could have said a face-to-face thank you for always sharing your heart and most importantly Jesus through this blog. LOVE following along and being encouraged. XOXO

  • Kendra January 29, 2018 at 8:50 am

    Oh girl what a great idea! So excited for all those Mamas to have a place to go! Happy Monday!

  • Amanda @ Cupcake N Dreams January 29, 2018 at 8:52 am

    What a great resource! The light you shine on the adoption community is inspiring Shay!
    Amanda @ Cupcake N Dreams

  • Christina L January 29, 2018 at 10:23 am

    What a great idea!!! 🙂

    Also, I’ve been getting tons on ads when viewing your posts on my iPhone and iPad do you know how to stop this? It’s becoming very distracting 🙁

    Thanks, Christina:-)

    • Mix and Match Mama January 29, 2018 at 12:12 pm

      I just started using a new ad network and we’re working out the kinks! Sorry ’bout that!

  • Lizzie @ This Happy Life January 29, 2018 at 1:28 pm

    That’s so awesome of you Shay!!

  • Carly January 29, 2018 at 10:17 pm

    Shay, this is such a great idea. I hope your blog continues to have the occasional adoption post or update. I am not in a position to be a parent to anyone right now but I never thought of adoption until I stumbled on here one day. It’s been an inspiration to be reminded on what we could be missing.

  • Sarah January 30, 2018 at 2:23 pm

    This is genius! Thank you, for your beautiful heart!!