I'm a redeemed child of God and the momma to four vivacious daughters. I'm passionate about finding hidden blessings in the trials of life, living it out in an honest and open way, while encouraging those around me to believe in better.

9 Jan

teacher gift :: note folio

I’m all kinds o’ excited to share this project and gift today! Mainly because it includes some of my own crafting! And just as important – it includes the support of a crazy, wonderful organization – GlobalGiving!

A beautiful friend gifted me with one of these lovelies a couple of years ago, and I’ve been yearning to create one myself ever since. Well, I finally bit the bullet and did me some sewing!!

I made a total of seven folios … counting teachers, aids, and tutors, we had 5 “teacher” gifts, plus I made a couple more to give to friends.

I love, love, love the way they turned out! And as soon as I get some more time, I think I may be making a few more … you know, just to have on hand!

{folio pattern by JCasa Patterns}

Posted in charity, craft, creative, gift idea, giving

20 Dec

would you, could you help?

For as little as a one-time $4.00 gift, you could help a child in need this Christmas.

Giving through Compassion’s Christmas Gift Catalog provides an opportunity for the churches they partner with in South America, Asia, Central America and the Caribbean, and Africa to personally hand these gifts to a child in poverty, to meet their need, and to tell them Jesus loves them.

My goal is to raise $100.00 through this gift catalog. That goal could easily be met if just:

  • 10 of you donate $10.00, or
  • 5 of you donate $20.00, or
  • 2 of you donate $50.00, or
  • a very generous someone donated $100.00

Would you … could you … help these children in need?

Take a look below at some easy giving options, if one catches your eye and seems doable, click the photo and it’ll take you directly to Compassion’s donation page. You can also go to their catalog and read about other giving opportunities.

I’m praying through our giving these children might know the love of Jesus …


Posted in charity, compassion, gift idea, giving

25 May

kisses from katie :: giveaway

What would cause an eighteen-year-old senior class president and homecoming queen
from Nashville, Tennessee, to disobey and disappoint her parents by forgoing college,
break her little brother’s heart, lose all but a handful of her friends {because they think she
has gone off the deep end}, and break up with the love of her life, all so she could move
to Uganda, where she knew only one person and didn’t even speak the language?

A passion to follow Jesus.

It’s not often a book touches me so profoundly. But this one did. To my very core.

Kisses from Katie, written by Katie Davis, is a story of being the hands and feet of Jesus … no matter the cost. At nineteen, Katie finds herself the mommy to fourteen beautiful Ugandan children. Reading her story inspires me to be a better mommy, Christian, and all-around person.

I loved this story so much, that I’m reading it to my girls. After the first night of reading it to them … just the foreword mind you … Piper grabbed the book, poured over the photos and stuck it in her backpack to read at school.

When I realized what she’d done, I told her she’d be ahead of us and bored when we were reading it together. She assured me that wouldn’t happen and instead, she’d pick up on something she might’ve missed the first time reading it.

There’s no way one can read Katie’s story and not be touched. It’s one of those books I want to buy stacks of and give to everyone I know!

Well … I didn’t buy stacks, but I do happen to have a few that have found their way into our home. And so lucky readers … I’m having a giveaway just for you!!

Giveaway details:

Two winners will receive one copy of Kisses from Katie.

~ leave a comment {any ol’ comment}
~ tweet the giveaway {but come back & leave a comment}
~ facebook the giveaway {but come back & leave a comment}
~ blog the giveaway {but come back and leave a comment}

Now through Monday, May 28 – midnight {est}

Posted in charity, giveaway, missions, resources

10 May


Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.
Speak up and
judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.
Proverbs 31:8-9

I am convicted y’all! My heart strings have been pulled, leaving my heart wide open.

I’ve been following the stories of the Compassion International bloggers, and it’s kinda wrecked me up. They’re in Tanzania right now. Visiting, ministering, loving, and then sharing their stories with us.

Stories of how important it is for these children and their families to have sponsors. Stories of children waiting over a year for a sponsor. Stories of how much these children LOVE their sponsors. Stories of sponsors meeting their sponsored child.

Just 38.00 dollars a month. 38.00 can give hope, education, and a future to a child in need. But more importantly, sponsorship tells of Jesus’ love for them.

My heart is heavy for these beautiful, brown, and helpless children a world away from me. I’m doing what I can … spreading the word, urging you to sponsor a child, and urging you to spread the word. Won’t you?

Posted in charity, children, missions

8 Dec

hairbrushes and lunches

I have a couple of things to share with you today.  Both relate to Tuesday’s post … another “hairbrush” story … and I’d also like to share the reason we were making “lunches” for church.

Let me start with the lunches.  I mentioned in my 1000th post {hee! my 1000th!} that the girls and I are giving in other ways this Season and one of the things we’re doing is making lunches for church.  “Say what?”

Our church is continuously involved in various organizations, missions, and ministries.  One of those is called “Room in the Inn.”  They provide food and shelter for homeless people during the winter months.  Our church teams up with them every Thursday night and provides dinner and a bed {cot?} to 12-14 homeless individuals.  We do this right at the church and a team of volunteers come in to help provide.  Where do the “lunches” come in?  The next day as they’re leaving, the church sends them off with a bag lunch.  Because the recipient is “out in the elements,” we’ve been asked to bring the lunches in plastic bags.

The girls and I have volunteered to do this for the next three weeks.  It’s a touching, and important teaching moment with the girls.

Wynter, especially has been touched by this.  She’s so bent on helping others … not wanting anyone to be in need.  Someone asked Piper recently to share something about each of her sisters {I was there listening}.  Her simple, direct, and accurate description of Wynter touched me.  “Wynter sacrifices for other people.”

And now for the other part of this post … another hairbrush story!  First … thank you so much to those of you who shared a story … they touched and encouraged me!

The story I want to share isn’t my own, it comes from a previous pastor of mine.  And I may get a few of the details wrong, I’ll admit that up front … but the foundation of the story will come through.

This is a “hairbrush” story gone wrong and it’s impact will remain with me forever.

In his youth, my pastor worked for his dad at an auto dealership.  One day on his way to lunch {or maybe an errand}, he passed a parked car with a man sitting inside.  God loudly told pastor to speak to this man, possibly witness to him.  Pastor refused.  Made excuses and ultimatums, “if he’s still there on my way back, I’ll talk to him.”  Well … the car {and man} had left by the time pastor walked past that way again.  If I remember right, pastor may have even sighed with relief at not seeing the car.

Back at work, the dealership received a call.  There’d been an accident on the interstate.  The dealership also handled those things in the small town.  Pastor was sent on the call, and as he drove on the interstate, approaching the accident … he immediately recognized the car.  It was a tragic accident and the man didn’t survive.

And so …

Who knows … literally, who knows why that story ended the way it did.  God knows.  He knew from the beginning.  But look … something that happened years ago, is speaking to you today.

What I know for sure is … the more you are obedient to the small things He’s asking and calling you to do, the stronger His voice becomes.

Let me encourage you with this … don’t let that small whisper become a hairbrush story gone wrong.

Posted in charity, giving, inspiration, wynter