Craig and Rachel Robertson, Founders
200 Million Flowers, Inc. was founded by Craig and Rachel on June 1, 2011. The concept and inspiration for the project started as the couple began to nourish a strong calling to make an impact on the world around them and create a legacy of service for their daughters, Mollie Ann and Emma. At the time, Craig had over a decade of experience in family law and Rachel was a veteran recreational therapist serving vulnerable people. An adoption agency and ministry to the fatherless was a logical point of synergy for the couple’s talent and passion.
When asked in an interview recently about the founding of 200 Million Flowers, Rachel said:
The short answer is that we want to live a more meaningful life, one where when we get to heaven, God will say ‘Well done.’ We have lived comfortably in a nice neighborhood. We have two healthy children who attend a great school. We have an awesome family and many friends. Craig has a thriving family law practice and by most standards, we are living the American dream. We wanted to be a part of something of epic proportion aimed at saving many lives. We are serious about making the story of our life about something bigger than us –bigger than what our energy and creativity could make happen. We are beginning to learn that ‘love’ is an action word, and if we want lots of love in our life, we have to take on God-sized projects. The name of the organization was inspired by Orphanology, a book by Rick Mortan and Tony Merida. The name for 200 Million Flowers combines a statistical representation of the global orphan crisis, which is debatable, with a quote from Mother Theresa saying, “How can there be too many children, it’s like saying there are too many flowers.” We don’t think there are enough flowers.
Rachel is an Arkansas Delta girl. She has a heart for widows and orphans and is a dedicated volunteer at the Southern Christian Services for Children in Youth’s PALS home in Jackson, which has become an outreach partner for 200 Million Flowers. A 1998 graduate of Mississippi State University, she later received her Master’s in recreational therapy from the University of South Alabama. Her most important job is being a mom to Mollie Ann and Emma, who attend Jackson Academy. Rachel loves Isaiah 61 where Jesus later read in the synagogue, “Give them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.”
Craig is the founder of Robertson + Associates and loves his job. He was the first Executive Director of 200 Million Flowers. A baseball player at Mississippi State University, he is a graduate of the University of Mississippi School of Law. Craig has never practiced anything but family law, and he has tried cases in almost all of the chancery court districts in Mississippi and has significant experience in adoption from the legal standpoint. He is an innovative problem solver, and Super Lawyers magazine has recognized him every year since 2008. He is board certified in family law by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and was selected to be included in The Best Lawyers in America. In 2011, Craig was chosen by the Mississippi Business Journal as a Top 40 Under 40, which recognizes the state’s 40 up-and-coming business leaders under the age of 40. Craig is a frequent lecturer for continuing legal education programs, and has made presentations in family law at the University of Mississippi and the Mississippi College School of Law.
Craig and Rachel live in Ridgeland, Mississippi with their girls and their dog, Wilson. They love to read, exercise, garden, collect art, drink wine, travel and get together with friends new and old. They are excited about the future of 200 Million Flowers.