Thursday, October 28, 2010
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
conner in front of the tree
So last year, we told mom she was out of control and the gift giving needed to stop. haha. Who would have ever thought children would tell their parents to stop giving them presents!? My brothers and I (along with our spouses) had discussed the fact that we are literally searching for things for our parents to buy for us just so they could wrap it up and put it under the tree. Ridiculous if you ask me when their are so many people who don't even have one single Christmas gift.
My mom proposed the idea of giving to this organization in Nicaragua that my home church supports. My mom goes to Nicaragua every year, sometimes twice a year, to hand out gifts, food and other resources to the people in this village. It is incredible to hear the stories of these orphans who literally live in a dump and survive off other people's trash. Think about THAT next time you throw things away! In the past few years, I haven't been healthy enough to travel to Nicaragua with my mother but this coming year I hope to go with her to see first hand how these families and espcially how these children live.
These children are in line to receive toys, clothes, etc. Notice the housing in the background. Just pitiful.
So what is our present this year? We are buying a house in Nicaragua. What? Yes. It may sound strange but for Christmas this year our family is pooling our money and are putting it toward the construction of a home for a family without a home in Nicaragua. For about $1800, the mission team from my home church can construct a basic one room house complete with a concrete slab and a metal roof. That might not sound like much of a house to you but that is more house than most of these people have ever seen before. It might just be the best $1800 that our family has ever spent.
this is what a typical home looks like in their villiage.
Here is a family standing in front of a newly constructed home that my home church built.
See how different the homes are. You can clearly see how the one on the right is more solid and sturdy. It actually is made out of concrete and is on a solid concrete foundation, unlike their homes constructed out of scraps of metal they find in the dump.Why am I telling you this? Not to gain any sort of recognition or to sound super holy, but to challenge you to do the same. Do you find yourself thinking WAY to hard to come up with a decent Christmas list from your parents or in-laws? Or perhaps you LOVE making out your Christmas list - you may already have made one out but it is full of things you don't *really* NEED. Think twice about the money you spend this Christmas and spend it on someone in NEED. Just give up ONE Christmas gift on your list and ask for a donation instead to your favorite charity. There are countless way to give this Christmas, I challenge you to give from your heart. I love this picture of my mother. She is happiest when she is giving to someone in need. Love you, mom! Can't wait to go to Nicaragua with you!
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Friday, October 22, 2010
Anyway....here are my random thoughts for today::
- This week I finally went to the new Anthropologie and it is everything I imagined it would be. Now I don't have to wait til I go to Dallas to get my Anthro fix! If you are wondering what to get me for Christmas (and I know you have been) then an Anthro gift card would be PERFECT! Thanks! ;)
- tonight we are going to dinner with my parents and B's parents which has only happened twice this whole year: Easter & 4th of July - so this is a special occasion. I'm not exactly sure WHAT the occasion is but family doesn't need a reason to get together to eat, do we? My precious nephew, Landon, is coming too... oh, and his parents. :)
- I have many many MANY photoshoots to edit! So many that I am overwhelmed! I guess that's good though. Business is picking up! :)
- this coming week we will be dog sitting for one of my favorite dogs, EVER! Meet DUKE! :) Expect a blog post about this little guy. He's so smart and knows so many tricks! Can't wait for him to meet our boys!
- hopefully we can work in some pumpkin carving this week, too. :)
- I'm nervous about Saturday's game with LSU playing Auburn. It's a big game! Can't wait to cheer on my Tigers. You better believe that me and Conner will have on our jerserys!
- tomorrow morning I am headed to the pumpkin patch with my nephew Landon. Hopefully we'll get some great Fall pics! Can't wait to share them with you!
Are you spending time with family this weekend? I sure hope so! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!
Monday, October 18, 2010
This weekend was packed FULL of their wedding! You know how it goes: rehearsal, rehearsal dinner, pictures, wedding and then everyone's favorite- THE RECEPTION! By far, the highlight of my weekend was dancing with my girls to Pat Green, dancing with Wally Hall, seeing Ethan breakdance ALL NIGHT LONG on the dance floor and watching Whitney dance on Brad. Hilarious night! I forget how much I love to dance (even though I have absolutely no coordination).
Congratulations, Whitney & Brad! I hope you are enjoying your honeymoon!
Thursday, October 14, 2010
I hope y'all are having a great fall and a happy PUMPYKIN season! :)