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While countless bloggers support Compassion International year round with posts about their experiences sponsoring Compassion children and supporting other Compassion initiatives, September is a special time.  All month long thousands of posts will be written, images will be pinned, tweets will be sent, and Facebook status updates will be posted, all with the purpose of releasing children…

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I will never forget the first moment that I boldly communicated that my calling in life was to be a mother.  During a bit of downtime in a college creating writing class, the professor asked us – a motley crew of students from various programs and majors – to share what we hoped to be…

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A message from Shaun Groves, Compassion International: Five years ago the first bunch of Compassion Bloggers stepped off a plane in Uganda. Jet-lagged, nervous, battling bats and a dial-up internet connection, they used their collective online voice to speak for Compassion’s children. Hundreds were sponsored. And Compassion said, “Let’s do that again!” So we did….

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National Women Build Week Twitter Party

With flowers blooming and a warm breeze in the air, spring has finally made her grand entrance.  That means that it’s nearly time for Habitat for Humanity’s National Women Build Week, May 4-12, which challenges women to devote at least one day during this week to help build affordable housing in their local communities. In…

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The summer before ninth grade, one of my closest friends was diagnosed with abdominal cancer.  Thirteen years old and scared, I felt completely helpless.  I organized a group of friends, and meeting at my house, we planned a school dance to raise money to fight our friend’s cancer.  We secured a free DJ from a…

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The Bravado Designs 20th Anniversary celebration continues with a holiday party focused on giving back.  As you recall, Bravado Designs has partnered with design icon Rebecca Minkoff to create a Limited Edition Collection of Nursing Tanks benefiting Jessica Seinfeld’s nonprofit, Baby Buggy. Baby Buggy provides families in need across the country with essential equipment, products,…

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With less than three weeks until Christmas, Samaritan’s Purse is inviting us to give hope this Christmas. Please join us next week for a very special chat about keeping Christ in Christmas, teaching our children to serve with a giving heart and more. The Samaritan’s Purse Gift Catalog offers 53 gifts that bring hope to hurting people around…

Hickory Farms Giveaway

This time of year there is so much focus on both gift giving and giving back that it can become overwhelming both to plan as well as to budget.  Like most people, I try to use some of my holiday budget to make end of year charitable contributions both by donating money as well as…

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It’s About Giving Compassion In...

Please join me for a very special hour on Twitter next week.  We’ll be tweeting with Compassion International about giving back this holiday season with a focus on how to support others without breaking the bank.  I’m happy to announce that @TheSamiCone, a Compassion blogger, will be joining us as a special guest as we…

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Right now Compassion International is in Peru with a team of bloggers, all of them experiencing the same heartbreak and hope that I experienced last May when I joined Compassion in Tanzania for a week to learn first hand what they are doing to release children around the world from poverty in Jesus’ name.  Tonight,…

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Like most of the country, Superstorm Sandy left me feeling paralyzed and helpless, so close to New Jersey and New York and yet unsure what I could do. Yes, there are many opportunities to donate money, but I also felt compelled to box blankets and toys and clothing and ship them to…where? As a family…

Thanksgiving Meal Hero Contest

When I was a child, Thanksgiving and Easter were held in my parents’ home while Christmas was celebrated at my aunt and uncle’s home with my grandmother helping to cook the Christmas day meal. As family members have passed on and my parents have gotten older, holiday celebrations have shifted.  Easter is a small affair…

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Kleenex Gives Back

Kleenex brand has partnered with Laura Posada, wife of Major League Baseball’s Jorge Posada and mother of two, to create a clever post-season program that supports a great cause. The post-season can be rough, so Kleenex has created custom tissue boxes with their favorite MLB team for sad fans.  I’m a sucker for fun variations…

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Project Linus

When my daughter was born two months premature, the NICU nurses kept both of us afloat. They sat and talked to me for twelve or thirteen hours a day and they cared for Emma above and beyond their obligations, creating little signs for her isolette, loving on her like she was theirs, reminding her that…

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What to Do with Extra Halloween Candy

Every Halloween my kids go through the neighborhood and collect a giant stash of candy, and every year we ask them to choose a couple favorites and turn the rest over to us.  Typically we donate the extra to our church, but this year we also have an especially huge amount because of a low…

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How to Help After Superstorm Sandy

I live smack dab between Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, MD, so we have been prepping for Hurricane Sandy since late last week. The grill was tied to the deck rail so we didn’t have it shimmying across the deck like it did in Hurricane Irene, the cushions from the patio furniture stored safely, the kids’…

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Bravado Designs Designed for Good Twi...

The Bravado Designs 20th Anniversary celebration continues! Bravado Designs has partnered with design icon Rebecca Minkoff to create a Limited Edition Collection of Nursing Tanks benefiting Jessica Seinfeld’s nonprofit, Baby Buggy. Baby Buggy provides families in need across the country with essential equipment, products, clothing, and educational services for their infants and children ages 0…

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Compassion Blog Month Twitter Party

While countless bloggers support Compassion International year round with posts about their experiences sponsoring Compassion children and supporting other Compassion initiatives, September is a special time.  All month long thousands of posts will be written, images will be pinned, tweets will be sent, and Facebook status updates will be posted, all with the purpose of…

In Which My Daughter Becomes My Hero

My daughter was born with a full head of hair despite being born 8 weeks early.  People told us it would all fall out and her real hair would grow in later, but people being people, they were wrong. I always assumed I would have a boy first so was surprised when I found myself…

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Stand Up To Cancer TONIGHT

I was going to write a post about the loved ones I have lost to cancer. I thought maybe I’d write about my own terrifying fear of melanoma. But the truth is that cancer has touched every single person reading this post. You don’t need my story. You have your own. Every day cancer kills…