Saturday, June 2, 2018

Dream Givers...

Dream Givers...

...provide opportunities

...are always learning

...have the will to try

...grow through failures an adventure

...flow with creativity

...have a sense of humor

...are patient


...celebrate today

...set goals for tomorrow flexibility

...cover everything in prayer to God

Psalm 37:4--5
"Take delight in the Lord, and He will give your your heart's desire.  
Commit everything you do to the Lord, trust Him, and He will help you."

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Beach Towels to the Rescue!

Bathroom idea for towels that have a hard time drying out after use:  If you live in a place that is humid and hot, swiping out bath towels for beach towels might be a great solution for you!  Often times, the thick bath towels remain eternally damp and start to smell bad in humid areas.  Summer beach towels come in many colors, designs, and sizes, often at a reasonable price.  The beach towels dry faster in humid places than regular towels so this has worked well for us with our kids.  Whether you live by the beach or not, this colorful and fun idea may be just what you need to start off your family's summer right!

Monday, May 21, 2018

Sand Toys!

A basket for another load of laundry?  Not this day!  Today you want to take the family to a sandy beach area!  Where to stash the sand toys?  A large laundry basket will work--mine are taller so they take less space in storage (our garage) and in the back of our van.  A smaller car might need a smaller basket.  The water and sand can escape while the toys stay together in an easy garage to car and back to garage container.  Perhaps leaving this in the back of the van during the summer months is an option for you--you will always have it handy for that last minute stop at the park to burn some energy time.

A great place to buy very inexpensive sand toys is at the Dollar Store.  Strainers, scoops, bowls, etc all for a dollar and sometimes these items last longer than other pricier, plastic options. 

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Compassion Sunday 2018

Compassion Sunday is a day to match children with monthly sponsors.  Compassion's mission is to release children from poverty in Jesus' Name.

Since 1952, Compassion International has embodied Psalm 19:17--"Whoever is kind to the poor, lends to the Lord and He will reward them for what they have done."  In 2017, 1.8 million children received care from Compassion.  The following video shares one child's story...Hilda.

I first learned about Compassion International when I was in college.  Our Christian Campus Fellowship group sponsored a child.  Since then, our family has sponsored several children throughout the years.

Compassion provides food, clothing, shelter, education, health care, and ways for a family to generate an income.  By providing practical services, Compassion invites sponsored children to place their faith in Jesus.

Our family has traveled to China and Mexico.  We have seen a child placed on a dirty, busy sidewalk begging for money for whoever had placed that child there and who would collect that money later in the day.

I also understand personally what it is like for a child to have little to no education.  Simple things like notebook paper or a math book are treasures to those who have gone without.

After returning home from a Mexican orphanage, my youngest happily said to me as he was walking out the door to go to school, "Mom, I have clothes, shoes, a hat, a coat, gloves, my backpack, my lunch--we have so much!"  Yes, we do!

For just $38 a month, a sponsor can open a new world to their child.  You can write to your child--whether through snail mail or on-line--and they will write back to you.  Periodic reports from the pastor or community leader will be sent to you with updates about your child, their community, and the country in which they live.  You can even visit your child face to face--see where they to to school and what they like to eat.

Please visit and sponsor a child today!  Each child has only one sponsor--you can build a relationship with your child and they with you.  Maybe there's a country that you are interested in?  Perhaps a child is the same age as your child? 

By sponsoring a child through Compassion, you will change their life.  You will offer to them an invitation to know Jesus--who changes lives forever!

Monday, May 14, 2018

Two for One--Hand Towels and Wash Rag combos to the rescue!

A little change can sometimes make a big difference!  I began a new way of folding my towels and wash rags.  This is so easy!

Take the hand towel--could be kitchen like this one or a bath hand towel and fold the wash rag into it.
Then place in a basket with fold facing out to grab easily.

Easy!  And so fast grabbing a fresh towel and wash rag.  I also feel that this saves room because I have just one stack (9 kitchen towel/wash rag combos for the week since I do a fresh one daily) otherwise I would have a stack of towels and a stack of wash rags to store.  This new way, everything is one-grab and nicely fits in my basket. 

Special Mother's Day!

I had a wonderful Mother's Day with my family!  I was able to see one chick last weekend, so my mama heart is very thankful and happy.  How much God has blessed me and entrusted to me!  My t-shirt says, "God's got this!" 

I'm also in charge of this amazing author/artist--quite the responsibility!  The perks are that I get the inside track to her work.  Check her out at:

Hope your Mother's Day is special because you are special to so many!

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Only one life...CT Studd

“Two little lines I heard one day,
Traveling along life’s busy way;
Bringing conviction to my heart,
And from my mind would not depart;
Only one life, twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.
Only one life, yes only one,
Soon will its fleeting hours be done;
Then, in ‘that day’ my Lord to meet,
And stand before His Judgement seat;
Only one life,’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.
Only one life, the still small voice,
Gently pleads for a better choice
Bidding me selfish aims to leave,
And to God’s holy will to cleave;
Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.
Only one life, a few brief years,
Each with its burdens, hopes, and fears;
Each with its clays I must fulfill,
living for self or in His will;
Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.
When this bright world would tempt me sore,
When Satan would a victory score;
When self would seek to have its way,
Then help me Lord with joy to say;
Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.
Give me Father, a purpose deep,
In joy or sorrow Thy word to keep;
Faithful and true what e’er the strife,
Pleasing Thee in my daily life;
Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.
Oh let my love with fervor burn,
And from the world now let me turn;
Living for Thee, and Thee alone,
Bringing Thee pleasure on Thy throne;
Only one life, “twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.
Only one life, yes only one,
Now let me say,”Thy will be done”;
And when at last I’ll hear the call,
I know I’ll say “twas worth it all”;
Only one life,’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.”
- C.T. Studd