Friday, December 30, 2011

Year at a Glance

Last year I did our "Year at a Glance" and I'm so glad I did.  I had fun looking back at it this year.  So here is our Year at a Glance for 2011.


*Addilece had breathing problems flashing both Tony and I back to our childhood.


*Being able to meet life size versions of Mater and Fin thanks to friends at State Farm. (Sponsors of Cars2)


*Tony's birthday!


*Tony's brother's wedding reception

*My entire family was together.

*My brother gets married.

*Our first camping trip.  We enjoyed the weekend in St. Louis.


*Our annual trip to the Pumpkin Patch.

*Tony's brother got married.



*Tony's brother gets married.

Sunday, December 25, 2011


Our Christmas video was set on private (on purpose) but I didn't think about the fact that this meant you couldn't see it.  So here you should be viewable now.  (If not try this link)


Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas from our family to yours!


May you tell if from the mountain because Jesus Christ IS born!
God Bless!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Monday, December 12, 2011

A Wiser Christmas Idea

I love teens who are passionate about serving God and loving on orphans....teens who GET IT.  Suzanne's daughter Grace is one of them.  Check out her blogpost about her tree with a purpose and some great Christmas ornament ideas.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Monday, November 28, 2011

You Can Help: A Wise Christmas

Christmas is the time of year when most of us spend the most money during the year.  First watch the video about Advent Conspiracy.

This year consider changing a few of the gifts you purchase in order to have your money work for those in need also.

147 Million Orphans: This organizations sells clothing, bags, and jewelry.  50% of everything sold goes to clean water, feeding programs, education programs, and more.  My brother-in-law bought me a shirt here last year and it was my FAVORITE gift.

Gobena Coffee:  Named after the 70 year old man who took care of their daughter, Gobena sells organic and fair trade coffee.  100% of their profits go to children in Ziway Ethiopia.

Orphaned NO More, 3,000 Bracelets:  The name of this comes from how many bracelets it would take to bring their child home.  Since this family brought Sophia home the baton has been passed.  I can personally attest that these bracelets are beautiful as my sister-in-law gifted me one last year!

One Twenty Seven: Adorable hair bows.  100% of the proceeds to go Lifesong for Orphans.  Again helping in Ziway Ethiopia. 

TOMS: TOMS one for one campaign gives shoes to children in need.  For each pair you buy, one pair is donated.

World Vision: The World Vision catalog provides you with items that you can give to others: animals, clean water, medical care.  These gifts can be for US children or Orphans and Widows.  Give this gift in honor of someone.