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helping out

because there’s this…


Please take a sec to visit Jeannett over at Life Rearranged ~ so worth it, and we’d so want the same support for our own child, grandchild, niece/nephew, neighbor’s child, best friend’s child…


p.s. see the post before this one?? Sweet Hannah is helping with donations! You can buy some of her jewelry and help out, too!!!

so grateful

for He is gracious and compassionate,
slow to anger and abounding in love
Joel 2:13

Qualities I’m so grateful my Creator possesses.

…and qualities I love to see in people that surround me.
Likewise, I’m sure I can work on this more in my life.

Favorite Things {Nester Link-up}



This is most definitely one of my fave giving gifts this year. Little Miss is getting the Just Like Me doll she’s been wanting for a year now… These matching big girl/doll tutus are sure to be a hit!! And under $15 – Win! Grab it quick in the next two days from Sassy Steals.


CAN’T live without my eos egg/ball (whatever you like to call it) ~ the only lip that won’t chap my lips worse, like most other brands I’ve used (boo). And yes, we call it lip, any and all balms or chapsticks are called “lip” in our home! I can’t remember which of our kids started calling it by that name first. But it stuck! (pun totally intended)
The colors are yum-a-licious. Stocking stuffers!





(to show you a few)

A fave cleanser of mine. I keep this in my shower and it is soooooo silky smooth. Very mild, refreshing smell. Just right.

20121216-115157.jpg A “new to me” etsy shop this year!

And I can’t believe I almost forgot my fave book!!!

Read a chapter here. This is my favorite Bible study this year. If you haven’t read the book yet it would be a fab January read!



What are some of your faves this year?

Visit Nester for loads more favorites and to link up!

Yana Update (Praises overflowing!!)


Friends, I am thrilled to link you to this wonderful news about Yana!!!!!

If you haven’t read the original post yet, read here.

Thank you to those who have read, prayed, donated, left comments and emails…
You are a blessing and EVERY GIFT COUNTS!!

Keep praying and giving and spreading the word!!!!

Love to you all. This is what it’s all about : )

Every Gift Counts {Day 14}


Can you help?

Bloggers are uniting to Make Christmas Count for Yana this year (and hopefully many years to come)…

Every dollar counts!

Here’s the scoop:

First, read Jeannett’s original post about Yana.

Second, pray about helping – which should really be first, but I thought you’d like to know what you’re praying about – any amount.

Third, donate as you feel led!

Fourth, spread the word. This is crucial to raising as much as we possibly can for this sweet baby girl. Here’s how to share the love.

Jeannett works so hard on her blog to be a voice for the suffering. She’s amazing.

Please visit her blog Life Rearranged to learn as much about as possible about her efforts in the past and present, not to mention her own family’s journey. You will truly be inspired.

Jeannett is even offering a beautiful giveaway(s) for everyone’s efforts. Completely unnecessary – but if it motivates 10, 25, 50, 100 (?) more people to donate and spread the word, then it’s worth it. Check out the Spread The Word Giveaway here as well.

For all her efforts and love she shares with us daily…
Congratulations, Jeannett – You’re in the Spotlight!!



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Pick Your Plum


Have mercy – LOOK at the PYP deal today! Can you say *cute advent idea with the kids?!?!* At least it’s inspiration to DIY, if anything…

Could prob find something similar at an office supply store. But if you live in the middle of who-knows-where {like myself} this is such the easier route to go. Add some number stickers and wah- la! Instant advent pockets for tucking in typed messages/activities to do!!

Project Baby Bilum {Day 7}


(A bilum is a woven satchel commonly worn throughout Papua New Guinea.)

Adriel, from Mommyhood Memos, is one of the most dedicated women I’ve come across in this blogosphere. She is on a mission to not only *gather clean birth kits for the women in rural Papua New Guinea* but, in addition, she’s determined to help mamas properly care for their newborns after they arrive. Here’s where Umi Slings help play a big part. In her words:

Umi’s village—Bamio—is a village of roughly 500. I don’t know exactly how many of those 500 are mothers – I know for certain that many of them are children… and those children definitely came from mamas. And nearly all of those mamas are responsible for harvesting food for their families.

Next year I would like to bring baby slings for the women of Bamio so they have an alternative to leaving their newborns behind while they work to provide food for their families.

Babies are seriously starving, left at home, not receiving anywhere near eight feelings a day, let alone four. Can you imagine?

Adriel discusses in detail how the slings she wishes to provide for these women need to be a specific style. Read more about that here (Scroll down to where it says “Why a ring sling?”).

This is what it boils down to ~ we are beyond privileged here in the United States (nothing you haven’t heard before, I realize) and there are always ways we can be reaching out to share the love. Would you prayerfully consider helping someone less privileged this Christmas?

If you would like to contribute to Adriel’s efforts, here’s how you can help:

1.Pray first. Always.
2.Please read Adriel’s full post (and links in her post) to get a greater understanding of her work.
3.Buy an Umi Sling.
Scroll down on this page to where it says “Here’s where it gets really, really awesome.” You will learn about Megan and how she’s making it super easy for all of us to contribute!!


… can we start with giving these babies the gift of their mothers back? Because in those early days, a mother’s milk is a baby’s life.

Meet baby girl Umi, inspiration for the Umi Sling:


Because of all her good will…
Congratulations, Adriel – You’re in the Spotlight!


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