Sunday, December 12, 2010
Meet the Jenkins family. They are currently in process of brining home a toddler from Ethiopia. Debi makes these amazing ornaments. Check them out. She can even customize them.
Friday, December 10, 2010
Check this out:
This is an Inca Steps necklace which is made in Equador from nuts off the tagua palm tree. TOO cool.
Check out the paper mache bracelets:
And these fabulous arm warmers are made in Peru and are currently on their way to my house!
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Thanksgiving is always hard because if any amount of people you love live close by, then you race across town or state to have breakfast/lunch/dinner with everyone you know. With this being the first year our kids were home, EVERYONE and their dog wanted to have a meal with us. Which is great, but to two kids who ate small portions maybe twice a day, this concept was really over their heads and I really wanted to cook my own turkey.
So that's what we did. We visited with family, I took the day off from cooking and on Friday, I got up while everyone was invading the toy aisle at Target, and I bought a turkey for .25/lb. and we had our first four-some feast, a week after everyone else.
What do you do that is unique to your family and how did the tradition start?
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
You see, my friend Alecia leaves in 12 days for Russia. She is taking her husband and three small children and getting on a plane to bring home two angels, a 13 year old boy and a 6-8 year old girl.
But my friend Alecia may not be able to get on that plane. And only one thing is stopping her. Money. They have 12 days to raise $19,000. In order to save on costs, they went through a facilitator instead of an agency, which saved them a ton of money. But with fees, tickets, travel costs and immigration paperwork, it still adds up. This amazing family has applied for grants and loans, only to be denied because they didn't go through an agency. Does that infuriate you? It does me. And it should you.
Now, adoption is tricky and hard and a complete miracle of redemption. But it is also expensive. Emotionally, physically, and financially draining. Raising a teenager is no easy business, but signing up for a teenager, well, that's just God at work. I don't think I'm that brave. And I can't imagine sitting across town wondering about my two children across the world and wondering how tomorrow I'm going to be thankful. I know I'm not that brave. Our God is the God of miracles and tonight, while I know we all have a million things to do, re-printing this post, donating some $, getting on our knees and begging the God of heaven to come down and provide for what He favors and shouting that this Thanksgiving, we're going to be thankful that two more children have found their forever home! I AM that brave!
You can go here and read the Horner's story. You can go here to shop my Etsy store and 1/2 the proceeds will go to their adoption.
Monday, November 22, 2010
Want to be a whistle blower for peace? Check out www.fallingwhistles.com , which sells apparel and these fabulous whistle necklaces. This organization fund raises for children in the Congo which have been affected by the civil war in that area.
Also check out http://krochetkids.org which is an organization which empowers women in Uganda to use their skills to support themselves and their families. So far this organization has empowered and sustained 87 individual women in Uganda!
Thursday, November 18, 2010
From amazing creations like Chocolate Almond Coconut Crunch to good ol' standbys like Peanut Butter each order is one dozen cookies of your choice, wrapped for $30. Go to www.cookiesforkidscancer.org to order or to get all the details to host your own bake sale.
It's usually a great fail-proof idea to stock a few bottles of wine as last minute "oh crap we forgot them and they are standing at our door" gifts. But what could be better than a bottle of wine whose ENTIRE profits benefit local charities of your choosing? Well that a spirit with THE spirit! Check out www.humanitaswines.org to learn more about what they do and how they do it!
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
But back to shopping.
These ROCK Awesome scarves are handmade and provide an opportunity for women who have been rescued from prostitution in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and teaching them a trade. Each of the scarves are $22 and include shipping. And my FAV thing is that each scarf design is named after a woman who has benefited from the program.
Here's a video about the program:
Now look at these cool scarves:
Remember that the Tee of the Week this week is the Boulton Family, whom I have grown to adore because they are fundraising to bring their HIV+ Ethiopian princess home. These shirts are fantastic and would look great under your new scarf. Go here to order.Your $22 includes a ROCKIN' tee and shipping!
I've had several people send me a link this week inviting me to check out these scarves. So I did some research and fell in love. FashionABLE is a division of Mocha Club, which if you don't know about Mocha Club, go here and educate yourself. It is one of the organizations that hubby and I have been contributing to the longest.
Come across some other Gets That Give that I should know about? Know a possibility for Tee for the Week? Email me and let's turn giving into getting for someone who you may never meet until we get to Heaven.
Monday, November 15, 2010
These baby bibs are all handmade and are $12 and that includes shipping. But you better hurry because this is a limited shipment and there are only 15 left.
Check them out here:
Also, don't forget the Tee of the Week this week is from the Boulton Family who are fundraising to bring their Ethiopian princess home. Each tee is $22 and that includes shipping. Go here, and grab them up!
Friday, November 12, 2010
One of my favorite parts of each morning is a great cup of coffee. The hubby and I love trying different flavors, from different regions and from different regions. We only have one requirement: giving back must be part of their business model.
The following list is our favorites and ones that we have personally tried:
1.) 963 Coffee
Located at http://963missions.com/coffee/
This organization is committed to helping provide a fair wage for the coffee grower and aiding organizations as a fundraising opportunity for mission trips and other fundraising initiatives. This Cinnamon Creme Brulee blend is on its way to my door as I type. Yum!
2.) Saint's Coffee: http://www.saintscoffee.com/
This organization is near and dear to my heart. My first cup of Ethiopian Sidamo was ordered from Saint's Coffee. The hubby's newest obsession is the Pumpkin Spice blend in whole bean. We actually race each other to the coffee pot in the morning. Your purchase of each bag feeds an orphan for a month.
3.) Just Love Coffee http://www.justlovecoffee.com/
I just love this organization. It is a coffee roaster that aids families in the adoption process a way to creatively fund raise. Each fundraising family gets to hand pick the products that they sell and are designed a page with their offered products which is t-shirts, hats and bumper stickers are for sale in addition to coffee.
Meet the Webb family. They are currently in the process of adopting from Ethiopia and have a Just Love Coffee page. You can buy coffee (Just Love has added a Fa la la la brew...just sounds great!) and support bringing an orphan into a family. www.justlovecoffee.com/webbadoption
4.) Land of A Thousand Hills http://drinkcoffeedogood.com Our friends gave us a bag of A Thousand Hills for Christmas yesterday and we were hooked. They even have a Chocolate Mint brew for the holidays. Chocolate + Mint + Coffee+ Buying with a Conscience = AWESOMENESS!
Coffee with 100% of the profits to benefit orphan care across the globe. Simple. Beautiful. Tasty and always a staple at the Andrews house. Gotta love it.
It is no secret I LOVE t-shirts and our t-shirt sales were such a fun way to fund raise for our adoption. So each week, I will scower the Internet, take suggestions and free samples to be bribed :) for the T-shirt of the week.
This week meet the Boulton Family. I chose their t-shirt because I LOVE green and this shirt popped out to me. The Boulton's are fundraising to bring home a toddler, an Ethiopian princess who is HIV+. Each tee is $22 and includes the price of shipping. You can purchase and read more about their incredible journey here
Thursday, November 11, 2010
So in order to get started you are going to need something very comfortable. Check these out: