Two T-shirts

Remember that daydream I blogged about a couple of months ago?

It had to do with t-shirts.

These two to be exact:

Dont Quit Your Daydream Tshirt | The Lettered Cottage

Here I Am Send Me Tshirt | The Lettered Cottage

I’ve got oodles of other designs floating around in my brain and on my computer, but I’m just going to start with these two. I’m going to put ‘em up for sale next week, and just see how it goes. Who knows- it may be really fun and turn into a new Lettered business, or it may be a one-time thing, in which we discover that we totally stink at packaging and shipping shirts!

The folks at Mammoth Printshop will be printing this first batch for us, and we’ll offer small, medium, large, x-large for $24, and xx-large for $26.

Here I Am Process

I’m going to put them up for sale here on my blog for one week, starting next Monday the 10th. I’ve been praying for weeks about how to best use any proceeds we receive, because sharing them has been on my heart from the start.

Fast forward to yesterday morning.

Kevin woke up before the sun because he was scheduled to play and sing at all three services at church. I woke up after the sun, and as I was getting ready, I had another conversation with God about what to do about these shirts…all the while, this blog post sat unfinished on my computer screen across the room.

I sat amongst friends at the 11 o’clock service while our pastor shared a message about Nicodemus and his face to face time with Jesus. About ten minutes into the sermon, he read Luke 3:11 and my jaw landed squarely on the Bible in my lap:

John 3 11

My eyes filled with tears, and I couldn’t nudge Kevin quick enough. He was in the seat next to me, and we exchanged smiles after he looked up from reading that sentence in my Book. :-)

Seeing that verse made it crystal clear that we were to split the proceeds and help another child who doesn’t currently have a family or home. So here’s what we’re going to do: We’ll use half of the proceeds from next week’s sale to help cover some of our upcoming adoption costs, and we’ll share the other half of the proceeds with another family that is in the process of adopting. Kevin and I sat down to pray about who “the other family” was this morning, and one couple quickly sprang to our minds. They’re names are Neal and Stacy, and they live in Prattville. I had the pleasure of meeting Stacy at a women’s event at our church last year. She is so precious and kind, and she’s documenting their adoption journey at if you’d like to swing by and say hello! I haven’t told her about our fundraiser plans yet, but I did text her this morning and asked if it would be okay to share her blog address here today. She texted back and said yes (yay!) and also mentioned some incredible news. She and her family finished and mailed off their dossier THIS MORNING! When I read that, I knew instantly that God had put them on our hearts for more than one reason, and I was so thankful to be able to celebrate that HUGE accomplishment with her today!!


So with that, I extend a very heartfelt thanks in advance to anyone interested in buying a t-shirt next week. Your contribution will help bring two babies home from two different orphanages in Haiti, and for that, we will all forever be grateful! XO

PS- If you’d like to watch Pastor John’s message about Nicodemus, just click the play button below!


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  1. Lexie says

    Awesome! I LOVE your designs-and am very touched by your charity. Can’t wait to buy one!!!

    Question: What size are you wearing? Also,they look to be a lightweight material, similar to “slub” cotton-is that correct?

  2. says

    These shirts are so cute and I can’t wait to purchase one so I can help you and your friends with this beautiful journey! God bless you guys!

  3. Karie says

    Every single blog post I read from you does nothing but inspire me! So with that I just want to say THANK YOU!

    Enjoy your week and good luck with the T-Shirt sale!

  4. says

    This is just so amazing and literally brought tears to my eyes! As a family currently in the adoption process, I personally know how difficult and rewarding this path can be. I will definitely be back on the 10th to purchase a shirt! God Bless!

    The Holland Family

  5. Karen Brown says

    I’ve been following your blog the last few years. You are both so awesome!! I can feel your spirit radiate through your posts and wish you all the best with your adoption and the many projects you have. I would love to purchase some of your shirts. Can you tell me how to order?

    • Layla says

      Thank you so much, Karen! I appreciate your kind comment so much!
      I’ll publish a post next Monday with instructions on how to order the shirts! :-)

  6. Jeanna says

    I would love to order a shirt! You didn’t mention if they were cotton or a blend, and do the sizes seem to run true, or a little smallish, etc? Thanks so much :)

    • Layla says

      Thanks, Jeanna! I’ll include all that info in the “launch” post I publish next week. I’m wearing a medium in the photo (so is Kevin), and they didn’t shrink much at all after we washed them. #Yay :-D

  7. says

    LOVE! That is the first word that came to mind when I was reading your post. It describes how I feel about this post and it describes what you are doing.
    I cannot wait to order some shirts! My daughter in law will love the daydream one as much as I will. ( I want both!)
    Thank you!

  8. Susan Sykes says

    Yay!! On my birthday! I know what I’m buying myself! Y’all have such an encouraging and inspiring story. XOXOXO – Susan

  9. says

    Beautiful! I love your heart and how God is speaking to you. He is amazing! I will be ordering a shirt for sure. ♥ I have a good friend that adopted a precious boy from Haiti, so my heart is so full of excitement for you.

  10. Loraine Good says

    Love reading the posts on your house updates and your precious child. Will you ship to Canada? Keeping you and your husband in prayer as you faithfully follow the path the Lord has set before you.

  11. says

    I still have chills! Isn’t that the best? To wonder and then look down and see that? OH MY! I had a wonderful idea for tees a few years ago and would love to move on it some day. I have an Etsy shop now so that keeps me busy along with my family/mom duties. I checked into a shop nearby and will probably hit the idea again. You know–someone smart once said “Don’t quit your day dream”. :) Love the shirts! I may have to try one of those. It is appropriate for me and all my creative ideas.

  12. nancy says

    This might sound a little crazy but what size(a) are you wearing? It will help me pick the right size, I think.

  13. Sherri Farrell says

    Love the shirts!!!! Can’t wait to order!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What an answer to prayer!!! Blows me away every time!

  14. Tesa says

    Love your blog, love your story, and love your t-shirts! I am ready to order as soon as they are available. And I especially love the clarity with which God spoke to you through His Word yesterday — that’s a goosebump moment!

  15. says

    So love these shirts and planning on the “don’t quit your daydream” <3. Will these be unisex or women/male sizes.

  16. says

    I want one or two of those wonderful t-shirts! I love them…and this has to be a ‘God thing”…isn’t HE marvelous!? Will watch to see when they are available for buying.

  17. Tammy says

    What a beautiful idea! I teared up at the bible verse….I will be ordering a couple of shirts!( Kevin did a wonderful job yesterday BTW)

  18. Shelley Drummond says

    Layla! I love your passion. It feels awesome when God uses you to shine and show HIS love. You are beautiful!


  19. Jackie says

    Love the shirts! I’ll definitely be ordering at least one next week! What a wonderful idea! <3

  20. says

    Layla, I love those shirts and I will def buy two. Before I even got to the end of your post, the minute you said you were wondering what to do with the proceeds , my very first thought was to use it for your adoption and for another baby. Except in my mind I thought adopt another for you. But using it to adopt for another family is just as good! I can’t wait for your post next week letting us order. BTW, what size is your shirt you are wearing and what size in misses do you normally wear? I’m trying to decide what size I will want.

  21. Kathy says

    This is one of your most awesome post yet! I got tears when I saw the verse. God will do awesome things when we just slow down and listen. I will definitely be ordering Tshirts and also sharing this post and Monday’s post so that I can let all my friends in on this opportunity!

  22. Lacy says

    Hey! (So this is random!) My husband and I were on a getaway in prattville this weekend. We ended up going to church on a whim that Sunday at 8 following breakfast. It was your church! Neat! Great church family you have. Everyone was so friendly. We are also in the process of adopting-think we have several mutual friends-which is how I found your blog. Excited about the shirts!

  23. Michelle says

    I love reading your post. This one brought tears to my eyes. I love the t-shirts and can’t wait to order mine.

  24. Jane Crawford says

    Would you please send out a reminder on the 10th about the t-shirts so I don’t forget to order one! Thanks

    • Layla says

      Hi Jane! Yes- I’ll be publishing a post all about the shirts and how to order them that day. Thank you for asking! :-)

    • Layla says

      I’ll publish a post about them next Monday with details on how to order. Thank you for asking, Lisa! :-D

  25. LeAnn Camp says

    Layla, these t-shirts are perfect for my son and daughter-in-law! They feel led to go live in Japan as missionaries, and are trusting in God for His provision. Your shirts will be reminders to them to have faith! I will be ordering one of each. :-)

  26. Julie says

    Beautiful….the shirts and your heart for Him. I have had similar experiences seeking direction and His purpose and sometimes He answers in the most poignant and tender way. I consider these grace-filled glimpses through the heavens to see Him more clearly. Scripture is alive and active!

  27. Tami B. says

    Thank you for sharing this video. I watched it in its entirety and prayed along with the pastor. Theis video blessed me and renewed in me a longing that has been tugging at me for a while now.
    Now about these t shirts – are they 50/50 cotton? Just want to know if I should buy true to my size or one size up just in case the shrink!

    Thanks again for this post. I have been blessed.
    Xoxo from the Midwest.

  28. Dana says

    Layla, you are an INSPIRATION! My family is on a journey of our own, much different than yours. However, BOTH shirts speak volumes to & about our two daughters. GOD shows his presence in so very many ways. I cannot wait to order! Blessings to you and Kevin on your journey:)

  29. says

    Layla, as so often happens, God kinda hit me up side the head with this post and with Pastor John’s sermon. It spoke to me this morning and was exactly what I prayed for last night. I can see why you love your church and wish I was able to hear Pastor John every Sunday. You are blessed indeed. Can’t wait to order a shirt as well!

  30. says

    I love this :-) I love how God works. How He whispers in our hearts and then gives us the clarity right when we need it. I am an adoption T-shirt junkie. I don’t think I hardly wear anything else now a days.

  31. Chris Ackford says

    I would like to order two xxl shirts. I just know you are going to do well with this new ‘business’. Although I live in Canada I have a Michigan address which I will supply you with when the time comes.
    Chris Ackford

  32. Debbie Brack says

    I love to see how God shows Himself! My husband and I have recently moved back to Oklahoma from Texas, and even though we left wonderful family (including 2 grands), friends and church, we have seen God show us over and over the reasons we are where we are! We have already made great friends, moved into a small fixer-upper (LOVE!) and found a church home. God is good! I love your t-shirts and know it’s going to be a wonderful venture!

  33. Donna says

    I love how God speaks through His Word! I hope you never doubt how intimately involved He is in your life! Continue to obey what He shows you and He will reveal more! The shirts are beautiful. I’ll be buying some too.

  34. Beverly says

    I know what’s going in mine and my hubbys’ Easter baskets this year! Love, love, love, THEM! And to know that it is going to help 2 families makes it that much special. God’s preparing me to go on my first mission trip to Haiti in January 2015 and I know ministering to kids is where my spiritual gifts are so these shirts just tug at my heartstrings!

  35. Tania Russell says

    Wonderful!!!! I’m in!! Please set aside a size small of the “don’t quit your daydream” T! What day will you post them for sale?

    You and Kevin are truly inspiring!

  36. Stacy Doolittle says

    That’s wonderful Layla! I can’t wait to order a shirt and am honored to be just a tiny part of your wonderful story!

  37. Lin says

    I have a feeling that you will have more requests than shirts and that is such a good thing! What a wonderful thing to be able to help 2 children and their families. Count me in!

  38. Beth F. says

    Stories like yours give me the chills knowing that God is working in the lives of those He calls His own! He is always on time! I wish you and Kevin the very best in your new venture and remember…if He brought you to it, He will see you through it!

  39. Lisajane says

    what a wonderful thing to do
    can I get one to New Zealand?
    I feel drawn to not giving up on my day dream…
    LJ x

  40. Catherine Greer says

    Hi Layla,

    Please, please set aside a Daydream shirt for me in the equivalent size of Men’s size Small (for my 13 year old son)! He always says to me, “I just love to daydream” and I say, “That’s when God is going to give you your BEST ideas.” I really don’t want to miss out on the first batch of the t-shirts, so please set one aside if you can! I have a feeling they may sell out in a flash…

    Hugs and what a fabulous idea…plus what a beautiful product!

  41. Darlene says

    Wow, that was powerful! I believe God just dropped that sign squarely in your lap! Talk about a clear sign. It just couldn’t be any clearer. I bear witness to that! So excited for you & I will continue to pray for God to continue to bless you & meet your every need. I love the shirts & definitely want to purchase the daydream one. Such a good reminder. I can’t help but think you guys are on to something! God has so many unique ways in which to provide for & bless His children. Blessings to you both!

  42. says

    Love that you followed the prompting of God. Love that you are helping another family adopt a child. Love the tshirts…. Keep following Him…. and thank you for sharing your walk.

  43. Toni says

    I will order shirts for sure. There is nothing better when you hear His message direct to you, especially when you have prayed to hear it. His touch guided me to get my First Responder’s license and I will take EMT next year.

  44. Maria Magdalena says

    Thumbs up to this! :-)
    It´s always fun & interesting to read your blogg… have caught more than one idea… ;-) All the very, very best to you & your loved ones!

  45. Emily R. says

    I missed this post the first time – so glad you linked over from the blinds post! I have a feeling you’re going to run out of these beautiful T-shirts QUICK. Such a lovely idea! And that blue color is just amazing. :)

  46. Elizabeth Joy says

    That is so fabulous. I had goosebumps from your post and how God answered your prayer. Absolutely amazing! Thank you for sharing and bless you on your journey!

  47. jodi says

    Layla~ I LOVE LOVE LOVE these and can’t wait till Monday! I am so excited to help contribute!

  48. Sheila says

    Awesome story and great design on T’s! Any thought to ‘women’s tapered fit’ or V-neck?

  49. Ter'e says

    Your personal messages always gives me some sort of little blessing. I look at you and Kev as “conduits”. Today I went back and read the Comments. WOW! What a powerful following you have. Thanks to all of you who have such a strong spiritual message. You never know who’s heart you touch. Some of us need an extra nudge now and then.

  50. says

    Count me in for a t-shirt. I’ll look for details next week. I love the day dream shirt. I have a “very” small handcrafted jewelry business and that t-shirt is so me. If you don’t mind when you do this I will spread the word on my fanpage, personal fb page and blog. I have been a reader of your blog forever and just think you guys are wonderful. You both are truly blessed. Claire

  51. Jackie says

    I have a feeling you are going to sell out of those T-shirts! We adopted two boys from Russia in ’08 and ’10, so we are passionate about adopting. My two oldest boys will rock the shirt your husband is wearing! Planning on purchasing two! ~Jackie

  52. Rebecca says

    I would really like to get 2 of this 1 XL and 1 L when you get them up and running. It may just be a flash in the pan but I me and my sister would love them. Are these men’s sized t’s or women’s sized t’s Thank you in advance


    • Layla says

      Hi Rebecca! They’re unisex t-shirts, and they run pretty true to size. (They don’t shrink much at all after you dry them). Thank you for your interest in them…I appreciate it so much! :-D

  53. Christina says

    What a wonderful and blessed idea. I can’t wait to order one and help a child who needs it. ♥

  54. Janna says

    For some mysterious reason, I ‘m catching up on everything going on with you and your t-shirt(s) post just floored me! As i type, I’m talking to God about “A fish and 5 loaves” miracle for my family. During a time when I absolutely should not be spending, I’m being lead to do just the OPPOSITE. A few scriptures are coming to mind and I’m stepping out on faith and pushing the proceed to check out button. Thanks for offering opportunities for God to be magnified in your life and mine.

    • Layla says

      Janna- your comment just warmed my heart so much!!! I am in the middle of a Bible study about Gideon and I was just doing some homework about “loaves and fishes” last night!
      Thank you SO much for your encouragement…I will be saying a special prayer for you today! :-) XO

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