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In the Guest House with Rebecca Byrd of Palm Avenue

Posted on November 16, 2011 in More Fun by | 2 comments

Each & every store in our family of Signature Stores has a unique history… but today, we’re happy to share the very unique & inspiring story of Rebecca Byrd, owner of Palm Avenue.  Rebecca & her husband have a brood of 4 beautiful children who live a happy & typical life in Greensboro. But the story of how they came to be a family of 4 is not so typical.  Hear from Rebecca and stick around for the end where you can find out how to buy a custom designed Murfee to benefit the cause Rebecca & her family now hold very close to their hearts- we think you’ll see why…

I joined Jane Stephens and her group from Amani Foundation for a “vision/mission” trip to Kenya in 2006. My sister Claire and my brother Frank joined me on my travels. Our goal was simply to be educated on the plight of orphans in Kenya due to famine, AIDS, and tribal conflicts – upon our return, we planned to share our stories to benefit the cause. 

It was on this trip that I discovered much more than I had come for. I had found, who would come to be, my two youngest children- “Praise” & “Elvin,” as they were called in the New Life Home in Nakuru. They absolutely stole my heart. I shared with my siblings that I felt called to adopt these 2 babies. (of course they thought I’d lost my mind!) This was a very emotional trip and upon my return to the states, I kept being haunted by these babies and the feeling that they should be in my life. 

So… it was after a year of adoption red tape, that my family and I returned to Kenya to adopt them. We lived in Kenya for 7 months and worked very closely with Amani through the New Life Home. It is amazing all they do to be a voice for these abandoned babies. They have drafted legislation, educated church leaders about the “good” of adoption, and feed, cloth, love and find homes for thousands of babies – all on a shoestring budget. There is so much need across the Afican continent, and I feel we all need to do our part to help these neighbors.

I invite you to become a part of the conversation and the solution. Join Amani in the fight for life and justice for these most vulnerable babies. I worked with Lilly Pulitzer to design a Murfee scarf print inspired by all things beautiful in Kenya. It is a land of intense natural beauty and wonder. The famous Acacia trees dot the savannah landscape and the amazing animals like the  lions, elephants, zebras, giraffe, and flamingos try to find refuge from the hot sun.  We also included the rustic handmade huts that many Kenyans still live in today. Kenya’s natural beauty is it’s ticket to a promising future so it’s in that optimistic spirit that I’d like to share it with the world. I certainly hope you’ll consider purchasing an Amani Children’s Foundation Murfee where a portion of the proceeds will go to this amazing organization that is most certainly changing lives – my life is a testament to that every day. 

This beautiful Murfee will be available tomorrow at all of the Palm Avenue locations.  The ladies would also happily take a call from you to place to order!

Raleigh, NC – 919-828-2980
Greensboro, NC – 336-292-9584
Charleston, SC – 843-577-5219
Savannah, GA – 912-692-1171

Francis Nairobi Kenya

Posted on November 30th, 2011 at 12:03pm

Jambo The Byrds
Reading through your blog makes feel as if you are still around, when i recall all the hustlers during your stay here and the long court process,the bonding you had with two kids really testified your in born love to the kids. this reminds me of a comment you made about how Praise looked like one of your close relative.may God grant you grace sufficient to bring all the success needed in this noble task.

Mary your house help is always grateful for your recommendation which has seen her daughters educate one in the through University and the another one is almost done with her college.
God bless

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smile kenya

Posted on January 5th, 2012 at 9:54am

Thanks for saying this…”invite you to become a part of the conversation and the solution. Join Amani in the fight for life and justice for these most vulnerable babies. I worked with Lilly Pulitzer to design a Murfee scarf print inspired by all things beautiful in Kenya. It is a land of intense natural beauty and wonder. The famous Acacia trees dot the savannah landscape and the amazing animals like the lions, elephants, zebras, giraffe, and flamingos try to find refuge from the hot sun. We also included the rustic handmade huts that many Kenyans still live in today. Kenya’s natural beauty is it’s ticket to a promising future so it’s in that optimistic spirit that I’d like to share it with the world. I certainly hope you’ll consider purchasing an Amani Children’s Foundation Murfee where a portion of the proceeds will go to this amazing organization that is most certainly changing lives – my life is a testament to that every day”…It’s so informative and encouraging.

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