Wednesday, November 13, 2013

the r house couture giveaway!!

Alright, everybody! I’ve got some praise to give.

Back in June I made an Etsy purchase from the r house couture shop. This was when Nate and I were at a tough spot (one of many) in our adoption process. All of our paperwork and interviews were done, and we knew that our profile book had been presented to several expectant mothers who had chosen other adoptive families. We were thinking about networking with another agency, but didn’t know how that would affect the progress we had made with our first agency. We had no idea how much longer we would be waiting or how many more times our profile would be presented. I was starting to feel defeated. I needed some little reminder to just hang on.  Enter my new favorite piece of jewelry:

Sometimes I hesitate to order jewelry online, mainly because it’s difficult to judge the size and quality of a piece without actually being able to touch it. However, I don’t regret placing this order for one second! I’ve worn my necklace almost every day since it arrived, and I have never received so many compliments on any other piece of jewelry. It’s durable but elegant, handmade and high quality, and I think it’s obvious that the piece holds special meaning to me. Perfect!

Let me give you some background.

When Nate and I started our adoption journey I was desperate to connect with others who were on the same path as us. I read countless blogs from beginning to end, and the authors’ first hand views are what helped me to understand the adoption community and process. Somewhere along the line I discovered the R house blog. Forgive me, I don’t remember exactly how I “met” this blog but I fell in love pretty quickly! Imagine my delight when I discovered that the author had an Etsy shop! I logged on and started “favoriting” items right away.

I also learned that the r house couture is a hand-stamped sterling silver jewelry company that was formed by three amazing women who were brought together because of their involvement in the adoption community, where they remain very active. They specialize in making gifts for situations where it is hard to find the right words. They also have a clothing line AND an all-natural soap and body products line called Spotted Owl Soaps. They’re unstoppable!

Because I’m a big believer in giving praise when it’s due, I’ve decided to do my first giveaway!

To be entered for a chance to win this gorgeous piece (above) from the r house couture, simply comment on this post and/or the post on our new Facebook page. One comment per person on each page will be entered in the drawing. Winner will be randomly selected on Friday, 11/29 – hello Black Friday!

On top of this awesome giveaway, the r house has graciously offered 10% off any item from their shop to Until Forever… readers between now and December 13th (the last day their shop is open for the year – get ‘em while they’re hot!). All you need to do is click the “apply shop coupon code” link at the top right of the checkout screen and enter the code “SIMPLICITY” before submitting your order.

I’m not looking to gain “followers” or “likes” as a result of this post, and I’m not receiving any type of “kickback” on purchases made – I just want to showcase a product that I have been extremely pleased with and the hard work that went into it. Perhaps this piece will bring the same joy to the winner that I’ve had from wearing my necklace.

Comment away and good luck!


  1. Nate and Katie this journey has been so amazing to unfold. Karli is truly blessed to have you guys as her parents. I cam see why this piece of jewelry is so important to you. Its so beautiful and explains so much of your story
    Love you both

  2. My husband and I are also waiting to be matched, we've been active since February 2013. We've been shown many times, but not to that "right person" yet. In reading your blog I have been able to share your frustrations and joy and it's always nice to know that we're not alone in this journey.

  3. It's beautiful and so is your story. I've been following your blog since I joined The Bump forums. My husband and I have been waiting over a year and a half to be chosen. Reading about others who have been blessed through adoption gives us hope.

  4. Karli is such a lucky little girl to get to be a member of your family! We are so happy you were matched!

  5. Katie, I am so excited to see how your family grows with this new addition!

  6. What a beautiful necklace, and beautiful story. My husband and I are waiting to be matched now. We've been waiting for two months, and have no idea when we will be chosen. But this already feels so much different than trying to conceive for all of those years. Why? Because I have real hope this time that there will be a baby in our family soon. And that feels so good. I'm excited to see how this journey unfolds and I really appreciate being able to read about your experience. Thank you for sharing.

  7. Hi Katie. Such a pretty necklace, and a good shop to keep in mind for my holiday shopping! Thanks for the tip. It's always nice to be able to shop with a cause!