Friday, November 30, 2018

Upcycled, handmade artisan ornaments!

ViBella means "beautiful life" in Haitian Creole, and it is a life-changing job creation ministry that  gives hope, encouragement, education and employment to artisans and their families.





I made this cutesy video to showcase some of their handmade Christmas ornaments. Please take 10 seconds, and tell me which decoration you like best. 

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=276325479606547&id=158073581431738


Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Im Back. And How YOU Can Help End Human Trafficking

Hey Blog World. I haven't been very active on the blog over the last year or so. Life got I'm the way, plus I forgot my password and couldn't access this account. However, now I'm back!

I'm passionate about helping others, and just stumbled across this great cause.



Modern day slavery is no joke. If you'd like to help END human trafficking, please help with a small donation. For the next 12 hours or so (there's a timer on the website) all donations will be matched x4! AND you'll get exclusive discounts and promo codes to dozens of ethical, fair-trade companies who are employing at-risk women! It's a win-win for everyone. You can choose to donate to a specific organization, or donate to "everyone" who is working together to end human trafficking.



Please go to https://www.charidy.com/unitedforfreedom for more info.
Thanks for considering this worthy cause.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Pregnancy and Infant Loss

1 in 4 women experience pregnancy and/or infant loss. It is a sad but true reality of our broken world.



It's been over 10 years since my own miscarriages, but I would not wish that pain and heartbreak on anyone.

Tonight there will be a "wave of light", when people all over the world light candles at 7pm local time, to honor those born too early and children gone too soon.

Today I am especially remembering 3 babies who were gone far too soon: 1. my infant brother Daniel, 2. Baby Benjamin, born still and into the arms of Jesus, and 3. Baby Amber, who went to sleep one night, and woke up in heaven.

If you or someone you love has experienced a similar loss, please don't keep your grief bottled up inside. Find support and encouragement in the fact that you are NOT alone, and remember that every life is important.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Kindness

My husband is a very private person. He does not like to call attention to himself. He often does nice things "in secret", as it says in Matthew 6:3-4. Today, in a situation at work, he demonstrated this very well. I am proud of him.

"But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you."

Here's to all the "secret Santas" who continue to spread the message of God's abundant love and mercy, during this Christmas season and throughout the year. 

Friday, August 18, 2017

Marching

A 6year-old's version of current political events: this afternoon he asked if the "marching parade" (protesters) was going to go down the street past his school, and if we could be in the parade with them. I explained it wasn't a fun parade and that it might not be a safe place for young kids. When I asked what he thought they were "marching" for, he said they were "fighting for the statue of Liberty." (Liberty and freedom, perhaps?)

Sometimes I have no idea how much these kids understand, and other times I am blown away by their perspective. Sometimes I don't know what to say about our broken world. Other days I have lots of things to say but no time to write it down.