I wanted to wish you a beautiful 2019 filled with fun projects, new ideas, nurturing relationships and exciting adventures. May this year be a year where your days are intentional, your relationships genuine and life is slowed down, just a little, in order for you to appreciate the simple gift of being alive.
Wishing you a Christmas and New Year filled with love and hope. Let us rejoice in the precious gift of our Savior, Jesus Christ. And let us slow down to remember the gift of life and hope. Hug your loved ones, smile to strangers and be kind to one another.
"Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other." -Romans 12:10
* Images are courtesy of ©Samaritan's Purse International
I wanted to post this early in order to give you breathing room during this holiday season to hopefully take part in Operation Christmas Child. Send the simple gift of a shoebox filled with gifts for a child in need this Christmas season. This is a great way to get your children involved and have them live out the true meaning of kindness. Children can track where their gifts end up and even make a new pen pal from across the globe! How fun! I hope that you'll get involved and participate. Visit here for more details to begin or check your local community/church to see if they are already involved to pick up your shoebox and list. The last day to pack a shoebox is November 19. God bless and have a wonderful holiday season.
Hey there! So what comes to mind when you think of summer (I'm so looking forward to summer and it already feels like summer here in central California!)? When I think of summer...I think of watermelon, the sun, sprinklers, ocean/sandy beaches and the cool water that we jump in or drink in; days of relaxing in the warmth and feeling grateful for a slower pace season. For those of you that may not know, a few years ago I signed up to become a Compassion Blogger in order to use my blog as a tool to spread the important message of gifting love to children in need. Therefore, I'm grateful I was able to respond to Compassion's writing prompt for this month about water and what life would be like without it for a week. I can already imagine how uncomfortable I would be, how limited cooking meals would be, how smelly my family and I would be, how challenging it would be to wash our dirty hands and feet, since I love to be outside gardening and watching my kids play in the dirt and mud. I know my initial reaction would be one of panic if I turned on the water and nothing came out. I know I would feel a sense of relief as soon as I get clean water again. But that feeling of panic would only be brief since I know that clean water will soon be available to me because in the U.S clean water is readily available. Whereas, there are billions of people all over the world without access to basic clean water; something I have taken for granted. Read more about the staggering statistics of water around the world and if you would like to help others receive access to clean water, please donate to The Water and Sanitation Fund through Compassion. Thank you for reading my words and until fingers meet keys. . . enjoy your day!
When I took this photograph, I wanted to play with perspective and I got really low to the ground to capture my son being carried by his gracious cousin during a day at the river. In looking at this image, I am reminded of how it is important for us to help carry one another's burdens or, simply, to lend a helping hand.
“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.”