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Review: Girls of American History
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» A Day with Show Hope
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» REVIEW: Holiday World (Santa Claus, IN) 70th Birthday Season
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» Love is Blind
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» REVIEW: GRACESHIP – LAPTOP BAGS
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» Until Joshua has a family
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» Charleston: 3-Day Family Vacation
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» Finish What You Start (My Seminary Journey)
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» Look Up
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» Review: Santa Cruz Organic Agua Fresca

Review: Girls of American History

Many of you may be preparing your curriculum for the upcoming school year. It’s often quite a challenge to select curriculum that is both interesting and challenging at the same time. We do not homeschool but we do add quite a bit into our Summer enrichment. This Summer we added the Girls of American History lessons into our Summer learning and exploration. And don’t be fooled by the name, this curriculum works for both genders, in some units more than others. Girls of American History was written by a long-time homeschooling mom of five, and she nails it! “Girls of American History was created to be used with the popular American Girl historical, fictional series. Each unit in Girls of American History is meant to[…]

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» A Day with Show Hope

Our friends at Show Hope invited us over for a few hours last week. Mostly because our kids are cute… but we are also adoption grant recipients and live nearby. After we crashed their offices and our kids talked to EVERYONE and touched EVERYTHING we’re pretty certain we’ve taken that friendship to the next level. The kids had such a good time just being themselves, trying on the cute t-shirts and playing a game of red light green light with some of the staff. We are honored to help show off these fun t-shirts that benefit families in the adoption process, and ultimately the children that become part of those families. We know without a doubt that our family would not be the big, bustling beautiful[…]

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» REVIEW: Holiday World (Santa Claus, IN) 70th Birthday Season

Disclaimer: The folks at Holiday World kindly provided our family admission for this review. As always, the opinions are my own. We were excited to visit Holiday World for a second year in a row! The kids were a little taller so they were ready to experience some new rides that they weren’t able to ride last year. In addition, Holiday World is celebrating its 70th season this summer (2016). The pictures of our fun trip speak for themselves. Here is a list of “what’s new” for this special season: Continuing the park’s birthday theme, new menu items: Birthday Cake Fudge, Birthday Sundae, Birthday Confetti Cake Flurry, and Birthday Cake Ice Cream Dip The Legend “reborn,” with more than $2 million in track improvements to[…]

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» Love is Blind

I am so thrilled to share two family stories with you today. I sat down with two mom friends who have also said yes to adopting a blind child. Every day we fight against the stigma and misconceptions surrounding the blind community and wanted to share our perspectives with you. Below you’ll find questions followed by insights from both Meredith and Jennifer. Hopefully this will help if your family is considering adopting a blind or visually impaired child. Bonus: I am also happy to report that both of these precious children are now with their families! In fact, Meredith is in China preparing to meet Lili as I write this.  Interview with Meredith: Isn’t it beautiful how adoptive families connect? How has observing other families[…]

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» REVIEW: GRACESHIP – LAPTOP BAGS

 

Earlier this year, I started working full-time with One Orphan and more recently, decided to go back to school to complete my masters degree. Because I work remotely from my home office, aka Starbucks, Dunkin’ and the public library… I have been looking for the perfect stylish bag to carry my laptop, iPad, Nalgene and everything else I need for a full work day. My research led me to GRACESHIP.

 

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GRACESHIP bags are Vegan Certified by PETA and Fair Trade Certified by the Fair Trade Federation. They are also certified by the Women’s Business & Enterprise National Council where at least 51% of the company is owned, operated and controlled by women. (whoop!)
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GRACESHIP offers various models but I was drawn to the New York Laptop Bag. I love the simplicity and clean lines. My days are no-fuss, so my bag needed to reflect that as well.

The video above says it all but just in case, its features include:

  • Adjustable and removable crossbody shoulder strap
  • Cushioned computer compartment protects laptop or tablet up to 15.6”
  • Sleek magnetic snap closure to secure your computer
  • Interior charger pocket that zips
  • Cell phone pocket
  • Multiple business card pockets
  • Two pen holders
  • Convenient key ring
  • Pouch for papers
  • Soft chocolate colored lining
  • Gold hardware made from the highest of quality

HANDLE SIZE: Double handles with 11.5” drop
DIMENSIONS: 14.25″ W x 12″ H x 6″ D
LAPTOP SLEEVE: 14.25″ W
WEIGHT: 3.0 lbs

Conclusion

At first, I wasn’t sure about a high-end vegan leather bag… After using this bag for about four weeks now it has softened just as real leather would. It is durable, and believe me I’ve moved enough to put it to the test. I’ve also received several compliments on it as others have observed me pulling everything but the kitchen sink out of this versatile bag.

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Disclaimer: The folks at GRACESHIP kindly provided a bag for this review. As always, the opinions are my own.

» Until Joshua has a family

I’ve advocated for many children over the years. And I continue to do so, both professionally with One Orphan and as part of my normal life. It’s become as natural as breathing. There are so many kids that have woven themselves into my heart. I desperately want a family to step forward for them. There is no plan B for the kids I’m sharing about. It’s a family, or life in an orphanage. So here’s Joshua. The child I can’t shake. The child that keeps me awake at night. He’s not my son, but I’m certain I’m supposed to introduce him to his parents. In fact, there is a team with him THIS WEEK. I just received a picture of him and there are updates[…]

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» Charleston: 3-Day Family Vacation

We were so eager to get our Summer started that we skipped the last week of school and headed straight down to Charleston. Our kids are in 1st and 2nd grade so we felt great about skipping the movie marathons and parties that make up the last four days of school. Things will change as they get older so we’ll take the chance to play hooky now! Charleston is an 8.5 hour drive from the Nashville area. It seems that all ocean-front destinations are no less than an 8-hour drive so we’ve accepted the distance and loaded up on movies and snacks for the kids on many occasions. Additionally, Charleston is so much more than a beach destination. The Holy City is full of history,[…]

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» Finish What You Start (My Seminary Journey)

Photo: Elliott and I at the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary campus, November 2007 I have a funny story for you. It may or may not be known that after receiving my Bachelors in Elementary Education from Clemson University I headed down to New Orleans to pursue a Master’s degree in Missiology. Calvin moved there shortly after (because he loved me) and moved into an apartment about 20 minutes from where I was attending school and living. Things were looking pretty great and we were looking forward to engagement, marriage and on-campus (cheap) married housing. The weather had other plans. Hurricane Katrina swept through just weeks later and Calvin and I found ourselves displaced. We both lived and worked in Charleston, SC for a year,[…]

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» Look Up

This is a devotional I shared at Together in the Trenches Retreat. I thought there might be someone reading today that needs these words as well. I’m a mom. A mom who constantly questions whether I’m getting anything right. I’m scared, confused and worn out right along with everyone else. Isn’t it funny how God uses us despite our short-coming and fears? I hope these words of encouragement and pieces of God’s word bring you some rest today. Mothering children who have experienced trauma and pain in the early stages of life is difficult, to say the least. It’s downright lonely and crippling at times. You find yourself in a rotating pattern of drowning and clawing back up to the surface for a breath of[…]

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» Review: Santa Cruz Organic Agua Fresca

We recently had the opportunity to try out Santa Cruz Organic Agua Fresca drinks. The light and refreshing drinks are vegan, gluten-free and Non-GMO Project Certified. And the ingredients are super simple,  water, organic juice/fruit purée and a bit of organic sugar.  Aqua Fresca is currently available in three yummy flavors—Pomegranate, Mango Passionfruit, and Grapefruit. I chilled the bottles and had them waiting for two of my kiddos to try out after a long day at school. They really enjoyed the light taste and just the right amount of sweetness. We also made popsicles, and they turned out great! At $3.40 a bottle, and sometimes on sale at Kroger, I have a feeling we will be turning to Agua Fresca many times as the long hot[…]

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