Friday, May 25, 2012

2 less

Look at this sweet family!  

 Stephen and Susan have been blessed with 6 beautiful daughters and now they are saying YES and opening their hearts and arms to 2 beautiful children in Haiti who are no doubt longing to be a part of a wonderful family like this.  I bet those 2 children are gonna have 7 mamas :)!  Please consider making a small donation to help them bring their children home.  They need to raise $2000 by June 20th.  Anybody who has walked this journey knows that those big numbers become just numbers.  Please consider letting yourself be used to help them reach this goal. You will get a chance to win a Kindle Fire, but really I just want you to help them because you can't wait to see 2 precious haitian children in their next family photo!  The link below will take you to their fundraiser and their blog so you can learn more about their adoption journey.  I'm so excited to see 2 more precious children become a part of a family forever and a part of our community!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

lemonade, gardens, and cross eyed bubbles

Saturday morning Noah came running up to me and began begging me to go the store and buy all of the supplies he needed for a lemonade stand.  I quickly shut him down and told him we would have to plan ahead and do it another time.  Well, if you know Noah, he wasn't discouraged by my unwillingness to cooperate.  That just meant he had to explore other options for getting his way.  So, he recruited some friends and they convinced one of the more flexible and supportive mothers in our neighborhood to go buy them the supplies :).  To my defense, because I need one, I did go buy them additional supplies when they ran out!  These kids had a plan.  They knew it was tournament day at the baseball park beside our house and they were determined to capitalize on it.  They decided to give all of their profits to their sweet friend, Riley Dreyfus, who is currently raising money for Bring Love In through her very own organization, Hope for Hearts.  You should definitely click on the links and check out both of these fabulous ministries!  Riley is selling some AMAZING cookies to raise money to help Bring Love In furnish houses that will provide homes for orphans AND widows.  Did I mention that Riley ships her cookies?  And that they are only $10 a dozen?

This was just the beginning.  The kids ended up raising $70 dollars!

Sophia was a loyal customer.

The community garden is looking GOOD!  So far we've eaten squash and cucumbers and I'm anxiously waiting for my green tomatoes to turn a beautiful shade of red.  Mine and Tesney's spot is definitely the most sickly looking little plot, but oh well.  We'll learn as we go :).

Front porch basil!

And finally, this picture was just too funny not to share!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

meal planning

Ok, this is a little bit random, but I am really excited about this meal planning site!  Meal planning has become very necessary with 6 people to feed 3 or more times a day, but I'm not very good at it.  I've tried lots of methods and finally found one that is working for me.  It's easy to import my recipes and the recipes I find online.  It generates my grocery list.  I'm paying 3.25 a month.  I love it.  And if my friends sign up we can share recipes with each other!  So this is me selfishly suggesting you try it out.  You get a free 30 day trial!  Click on the banner below!

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