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A Home for Used Toys

Last fall I wrote about ideas for what to do with gently used toys that your family no longer needs or wants. In the past I’ve been frustrated to find that many organizations only accept donations of unopened toys when I know that there are many years of use left in the toys we have…

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Blogust, the Blog Relay for Good

All bloggers know that comments count, but for the month of August, comments can count to save lives.  Each day of August a new blogger is writing a post in the blog relay to support [email protected], and for each comment made on a Blogust blog post throughout the month, an anonymous donor will donate $20…

Free Haircut (for a cause!) Reminder

Last week we partied on Twitter with JCPenney and The Moms to kick off a month of free haircuts at JCPenney Salons.  Today is the day!  Take your kids into JCPenney Salon today for a free child’s haircut and JCPenney will donate $1 to the Boys and Girls Club as well as 4H.  What’s better…

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Fruit For All Project and Giveaway

Nestle’ Juicy Juice, Feeding America, and celebrity mom and anti-hunger advocate Samantha Harris have joined forces this summer to put up to 35 million piece of fruit in the hands of children and families in need.  All summer (through August 31st), every time Juicy Juice is purchased, a piece of fruit will be donated to…

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Compassion International Twitter Chat...

When most people think of Compassion International, they primarily associate the organization with the child sponsorship program.  However, Compassion works to provide relief from poverty in Jesus’ name around the world in a variety of ways.  One such program, the Child Survival Program, helps save the lives of babies and mothers in poverty utilizing local churches…

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10 Days to Fight AIDS

Everyday 1,000 babies are born with HIV. Every. Day. By 2015 that number could be nearly zero, and I want us (yes Us, you and me) to be part of that change. For the next ten days from June 1st to June 10th, (RED) is running the (RED)RUSH to Zero (#REDRUSH) campaign, and we can all do…

Wordless Wednesday: Join Me in Tanzania

While in Tanzania with Compassion International, I met my newest sponsored child, Meke.  I would love for you to see just a glimpse of my time with Meke, including the time I had to show her pictures of my life here in the United States, the things that are the same – rolling hills of…

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Wordless Wednesday: Tanzania

I spent last week sharing just some of the incredible stories of the people I met during my time in Tanzania with Compassion International, but I wanted to also share the beauty of the country… There are no trees like this in my backyard… Flamingos, visible from miles away like pink flower petals floating on…

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Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day to all of the amazing mothers and grandmothers I met last week… Thank you to Keely Marie, who took many of these photos and many of the other amazing photos featured in last week’s Compassion International trip images.

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Reflections: Compassion Blogging Trip

Every night of this trip, all of the Compassion bloggers have come together to share stories, snacks, laughter, tears, check facts and spellings (Kiswahili – oh my!) and do what we love most – write.  I have been so blessed to share this week with five amazing bloggers whose styles and perspectives differ greatly from…

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Best of Resourceful Mommy: Resourcefu...

During my time in Tanzania with Compassion International, I will would like to share some of my favorite posts from the past. ~Originally posted 11/15/10~ I’m going to apologize in advance.  You’re probably expecting the type of witty, touching, or simply resourceful post you’ve come to expect from my wife.  Not today.  Today you’re stuck with…

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R Baby Foundation Twitter Party

In 2006, Rebecca Rabinowitz was born four weeks early and was sent home with her parents after five days in the NICU.  The next day Rebecca was severely congested and had difficulty both eating and breathing.  Her parents took her to their pediatrician and the hospital emergency room every day, and each day day she…

World Water Day

Today is World Water Day – Change Begins with a Drop Today, people from all over the world are celebrating World Water Day, an observance begun by the United Nations in 1993 to advocate for the sustainable management of our most precious natural resource – fresh water sources. I am the type of person who…

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The Organized Give Twitter Party with...

Did you know that sixteen million children in the United States are food insecure, according to the USDA?  I’m so thrilled to tell you about an amazing giving campaign called The Organized Give and how its founder, The Stow Company, is working with Kids’ Food Basket to make a difference in the attack against childhood…

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Help Fix Fatao’s Heart

There has always been a connection for me between the heart and Compassion International.  When I first wrote about Compassion three years ago, I titled the post “A Story of a Woman and Her Heart.”  In making the decision to join the Compassion Bloggers this May in Tanzania, I had to let go of what…

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Friday Featured Giveaway: LeapFrog Do...

As many of you know, I began my professional life as a teacher, first teaching English and literature to 6th, 7th, and 8th graders and eventually ending my time in the field of education teaching 8th grade English along with 7th and 8th grade drama.  Along the way I tutored kids in everything from basic…

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Teaching Kids to Give This Holiday

I like to joke that my kids are spoiled, but not spoiled rotten.  The fact is that in some ways they live a life of excess.  Just last year they went to Walt Disney World three times – twice for work-related trips with me, and once for a fun weekend getaway.  I’ve never said no…

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Give Hope This Christmas Twitter Chat

With less than two weeks until Christmas, Samaritan’s Purse is inviting us to give hope this Christmas. Please join us this Wednesday evening 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 45 gifts that bring hope…

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Living Font: Blessed So We Can Be a B...

“To love another person is to see the face of God.”    – Les Miserables I’ll admit that starting out today’s Living Font post with a quote from a musical instead of scripture is a little strange.  And yet after today’s sermon, these are the words that were ringing in my head.  I remember being…

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Glad to Give Twitter Party

The hottest item to give and exchange this holiday season is cookies. That’s because each cookie sent, sold or exchanged means more funds donated by The GLAD Products Company to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer for pediatric cancer research.  It’s easy to get involved and help GLAD® meet its goal of exchanging one million cookies in…

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30 Day Giving Challenge: Donating Gen...

This month I’ve been finding ways to give of my time, talents, and money every day from supporting friends to teaching Sunday School at my church.  With the holidays right around the corner, now is the perfect time to give the gently used toys your children no longer want or play with to children in…