Why is America Blessed?

This is the question I can’t stop thinking about.

Why does North America have so much, while the rest of the world has so little?

The little trip my hubby and I took at the beginning of the month wasn’t a romantic getaway. It was an informational meeting with an amazing Christian charity that works in Africa. We wanted to learn more and we did. We don’t know if we have a future with this group, but we are asking God and we’re trying to be patient.

In one of the sessions, they had every person take a colored piece of paper from a closed box. Our classroom was divided into groups based on our colored slips of paper. The medium-sized groups with 10 or more people signified the countries with world’s most wealth, America one of them.

In the far corner of the room, sat the group with the smallest amount of wealth: Africa, a continent with more than a billion people with the smallest amount of money per capita in the world.

It was shocking to see the room divided so unfairly and heartbreaking to know that this wasn’t a game. It was real.

Why is America so blessed? What are we to do with our wealth? We are a nation possessed with achieving more and more and more. I know no one likes these kind of questions. They make us feel uncomfortable. I have always thought that every pay raise, every unexpected check in the mail, every extra in my life was God’s blessing. God’s blessing for me. Now, I’m not so sure. Why would God want me to have more and more and MORE, while so many have nothing?

Every good gift comes from God above, but gifts are meant to be given.


I received this comment yesterday and thought it was thought-provoking: “Yesterday I read a post on Get Rich Slowly about how frugality is great, but really there’s nothing wrong with buying lots of nice things for yourself as long as you can really afford them. When I’d finished the article, I thought, “Is there no room for giving in this?” I believe there IS something wrong with lots of spending, even if I can “afford” it. Because maybe I have what I have not because I earned it, but because God blessed me with it. And maybe He expects me to share it, even just a little. But probably a lot.”

Why do you think America is so blessed?

Is it so we can build a greater country or is it for us to help that poor continent and others like it in the corner of the room and make HIS glory known?

WFMW: Summer Swimming Tip

This tip is brought to you by my smart 10 year old daughter:

When you are getting out of the pool and your swimsuit is really wet and your cold or you need to dry off to go home, wrap your towel tightly around your body-as tight as you can. Hold it closed with your arms and scrunch down all the way to the ground, keeping your arms pressed against your body, while kneeling.

It really does wring out your suit quickly!

I wouldn’t know. I tried it, but fell and couldn’t get up.

But it works for her!

What works for you? View WFMW guidelines here. Don’t forget next week’s (suggested) theme is: “Share your favorite summer recipe(s)!”

  1. Whos Talking About You? – BloggingWithAmy
  2. Nikki (banana cryogenics)
  3. FUN FAMILY GAME (Smockity Frocks)
  4. Julie From Inmates
  5. Blogger HTML Gadget fix
  6. Playing Cards with Kids – LifeasMOM
  7. Many Little Blessings {Make Ahead Christmas Gifts}
  8. Ways to Earn
  9. Making a Freezer Cooking Plan
  10. The Diaper Diaries (diaper pails)
  11. How to Create a Party Bin (itscome2this)
  12. Bacon Wrapped Corn – Lynns Kitchen Adventures
  13. Fiddledeedee (Coupon Clipping Help)
  14. Use Grub Hub for Ordering In
  15. Parenting Miracles (Sunscreen HELP! Please?)
  16. Jazzed Up Flip Flops!
  17. MainlineMom – Early to Bed, Early to Rise
  18. How to Publish a Calendar in iCal @ Carrie Actually
  19. Travel Tips
  20. Gen X Moms – Finding Good Deals
  21. Cutting a watermelon with less mess! Crystal & Co
  22. Kara @ Home W/Purpose (Cleaning With Steam)
  23. Muses of Megret (Prettier dish washing!)
  24. Peace Creek on the Prairie (Frugal Garden tip)
  25. Your Birthday Book: A Keepsake Journal – janna
  26. Loving My Domestic Life – Grocery Shopping Tip
  27. Tips for Family Camping (Mulberry Spot)
  28. Covert Teaching (Reading to Wiggly Children)
  29. Operation De-Clutter
  30. ElizabethG (Quick Food Waste Reduction Tips)
  31. Activities for Toddlers – onereddaisy
  32. Summer Snacking at Fiskerelli Bellies
  33. The Pizza Cutter Advantage – Cutting Toddlers Food
  34. Make Your Own Lemonade Concentrate!!!
  35. momstheword(Sibling Rivalry and Bickering)
  36. How to make great hamburgers @ frugalcrunchychristy
  39. Organized Buttons
  40. Coconut oil GIVEAWAY
  41. EASY Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream!!
  42. GROCERY CART CHALLENGE (reuse lipstick tubes)
  43. Eos Mom (party at Peter Piper Pizza)
  44. Milehimama (Easy way to clean up car sickness)
  45. Working on my Marriage-Wk 3 @ Creative2xmom
  46. Homemade Puffy Paint
  47. Desperately Seeking Coffee – How to Dice a Tomato
  48. Letter to Your Loved Ones @ Delighting in the Day
  49. Spray Painting Furniture
  50. Raising Arrows {How do YOU wash girls hair?}
  51. Marriage Advice– Maria D. @ DownrightDomesticity
  52. Entertain kids with loo roll marionettes!
  53. Get them crafty in the kitchen, make no sew apron
  54. Craft Room Makeover
  55. Molly Green (Q & R)
  56. Perfect Pancakes
  57. iDreamofClean (10 Habits of a Clean Home)
  58. Washer Bracelets
  59. Addicted to Bags!
  61. Finding Time for Prayer (Carol @ simple_catholic)
  62. Rainy Day Entertainment For Kids-A Busy Mom of Two
  63. Candi (Must-haves for sick kids)
  64. Candi (How to Ripen AVOCADOS)
  65. Alicias Homemaking (Freezing Ground Beef)
  66. Easy Kids Craft: Peg Dolls
  67. Golden Rules: If your kid gets lost
  68. Tightwad Tuesday now at Tea Time with Annie Kate
  69. Crochet Pattern – Red White & Blue Cozy
  70. Stars on a Stick @ HowDoesShe
  71. Water Park @ HowDoesShe
  72. Red White and Blue Cupcakes @ HowDoesShe
  73. Frugal, fashionable kids swimwear @ BelleSqueaks
  74. The Caffeinated Globe ~ INN STYLE ELEGANCE AT HOME
  75. Oversized Rosette Pillow by Patrice @ LTC
  76. Foam Roller Massage for Back Pain (Melissa @ CI)
  77. Annie Kate(Before You Throw it Out, Take it Apart)
  78. Songberries~Recipe Tip
  79. Frugal Entertainment: 10 Ideas for Balloon Fun
  80. Kids at church-Backwards Edition @ somuch 2 say
  81. Sherry @ Lamp Unto My Feet (Cheap College Books)
  82. Irish by Marriage (Cheap Hair Bows)
  83. Morristribe: Eliminate Distractions, Get More Done
  84. Moms In Need of Mercy (Make an Exercise "Menu"!)
  85. Celebrating an Anniversary on a Tight Budget
  86. Ice Cream Tip @ Tuffet
  87. Erin @ LTC-Tray Dress Up
  88. How to Grill Chicken Breast & Not Dry It Out
  89. FOR THE LOVE OF NAPS – easy gift idea
  90. Little Shelf Revamp
  91. Lindas Lunacy – Salt Water System-Swimming Pools
  92. Parsley Facial Toner – Homemade Mamas
  93. Homemade Air Freshener – Homemade Mamas
  94. Not Having Children (The Local Cook)
  95. monkey bars & skirts
  96. Tips for the end of pregnancy from a 10 time mom
  97. Mary @ Giving Up on Perfect: scrapbooking giveaway
  98. Coffee Filter Butterflies
  99. Diaper bag alternative @ Moneyless Mommas
  100. Big Brother & Sister Bags
  101. WOW . . . Flag Cake!
  102. Book Page Necklace
  103. Cleaning Silk Plants
  104. Impress Your Kids {summer camp situpons!}
  1. Redone $10 Bookshelf @ Potholes and Pantyhose
  2. Coupon Binder @ Once A Month Mom
  3. Frozen Treats for Busybodies
  4. Call the Company!
  5. Superchikk (Portable Potty)
  6. KILL ANTS IN YOUR HOUSE! (Kitchen Stewardship)
  7. Jenny @ The Zepf Life(being a yes mom)
  8. Everythingmoms- 4th of July craft for kids!
  9. Brandi (ABC Note Card Notebook)
  10. Washing thick kids hair (Eden @ Mothers Who Know)
  11. Abbi (My source for parenting advice)
  12. Frugal Fashionista
  13. Postpartum Depression
  14. Thrift Stores and Garage Sales-What I look for
  15. Feeding Four – tick removal & *GIVEAWAY*
  16. Homestead Momma (Kids Craft Tub)
  17. Better is Little – Schooling Year Round
  18. Tina Gray {dot} Me – greasy tea towels
  19. Thriftstore item to look for/selling online
  20. Summer Lists with the kids
  21. lace accent shirt tutorial
  22. Saidah @ A Proverbs Wife: Stockpiling Cosmetics
  23. Organic Freezer Jam (with recipe)
  24. Dont Wash Your Hair! (Bitterroot Mama)
  25. Fabric Wall Art #2
  26. Hummingbird Homemaking (Easy to Clean Shower)
  27. My Purple Brick Road – How We Learn Spelling Words
  28. Jenny @ Just Jennifer
  29. Hand painted numbers on flower pots
  30. Low Fat Cupcakes
  31. PURSE ORGANIZATION (Chic Critique)
  32. Applesauce Chicken and a $40 CSN Stores GIVEAWAY
  33. Make a Compost Bucket
  34. Headboard shelf
  35. Kaye (Save A LOT of Time/Heartache on Meal Plans)
  36. Sunflower Cupcakes — Prairie Cottage Rose
  37. Olivia @ Of Such is the Kingdom (Live Abundantly!)
  38. Barb @ The Forever Neighbor (Wii)
  39. Jen @ Bigler Beat (Car Box
  40. Julie Stiles Mills (expense audit saves $$$$!!)
  41. Cool Mac and Cheese @ Todays Obsession (Kim)
  42. Picking/selling blueberries (WayMoreHomemade)
  43. FREE Printable 4th of July Cupcake Toppers
  44. Google Calendar & iPod Touch (My Daily Round)
  45. Save YourMoney! (The Duklings at Camian Academy)
  46. Upcycle Old Sock into iPhone Cozy
  47. Budgeting
  48. Traveling With Kids Tip @ Parenting in Blue Jeans
  49. Saved Quarter – High end Make-up for free
  50. Blissful Beth (Make Breakfast Overnight)
  51. Protein Myth-Vegetarian& Cheap PennilessParenting
  52. Tutorial: How To Sew "Mommy Bag" (Frugal Granola)
  53. In Everything (walking in the shade)
  54. Becca – Our Crazy Boys
  55. *She Sparkles ~ 4th of July Family Fun!
  56. One Chicken: Endless Possibilities @ LMH
  57. Rachel @ Must Share. . . . (free books)
  58. Mamas Laundry Talk (How to get ironing done)
  59. Pantry Cookin Mama (Ingredient Replacements)
  60. Great family game/pizza box stained glass!
  61. My Recipe Binder {Like a Bubbling Brook}
  62. Taras Faves – Saving on Kids Dance Classes
  63. Teaching children manners
  64. A Slob Comes Clean -Staying on Top of Dirty Dishes
  65. PJs All Day (A Little Laugh)
  66. My garden. . . Mulching
  67. Totallyscrappy (Summer Salad)
  68. Odd Mom (Shaving Tip)
  69. Training Kids to Work (Homemakers Cottage)
  70. When a hurricane comes (ilovemy5kids)
  71. Butterfly Garden: great kid entertainment
  72. Amyswandering (Make an Online Cookbook)
  73. Twenty Trucks For Boys
  74. Dr. Bronners Magic Soap & All Purpose Cleaner
  75. Color Hunt – ACTIVITY MOM
  76. GroovieMom-CaKe BaTtEr Ice Cream 4 the 4th!
  77. Less Stressed Mom – Car Bucket
  78. Animal Conglomerates Funny Craft
  79. Super Easy Freedom Cake
  80. The Prudent Pantry (Is Your Baking Powder Fresh?)
  81. Towel Rice Warmer @ Pony Tails & Fish Scales
  82. When They Just Want to Rip Up Their Math Homework!
  83. Penny Raine
  84. Reversible Baby Dress
  85. Ode to Trash Day
  86. Barbie Beach Birthday Bash~Link Party Thursday!
  87. Turn Trash into a Garden Treat!! Savin Some
  88. Talking with Kids About the Gulf Oil Disaster
  89. OLbD- Organized 4th of July
  90. Shelley @ MAHM (admitting our difficulties)
  91. Health Insurance Wont Pay? Dont Give up Yet!
  92. Feels Like Home (preschoolers having fun @ beach)
  93. Chair Fit for a Queen
  94. What I look for @ Garage Sale/Frugal-Living-Skills
  95. 4th of July Flag Treats
  96. When Free isnt Really Free!
  97. Soaked Wheat Bread w. o a Bosch
  98. Forget your craft projects?
  99. Jennifer @ McQuill-land (Preventing Swimmers Ear)
  100. How to STUDY THE BIBLE With Colored Pencils
  101. Nifty Tips and Tricks for Cleaning Vintage Bottles
  102. Easy Peasy Chocolate Pie @ Domestic Dame
  103. Make Up Organizer
  104. List of Fourth of July Recipes-Red, White, Blue
  105. This linky list is now closed.

The Rusted Chain {Giveaway}

*Updated with Winners* Congrats to Jessica and Krys!

So true:

Image of How Great Is Our God necklace

The Rusted Chain is one of my new sponsors. I met the sweet owner, Beki on Twitter ages ago (the Intenet makes instant friendships, no?)

Her awesome company raised $3000 for Compassion International for Haiti. I love that.

Oh, and her jewelry is amazing and she’s one of the most reasonable hand-stamped jewelry makers around!

Some of my favorites:

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The Rusted Chain creates jewelry with a purpose. Beki is a mom, a blogger and a blog reader, just like us. Please visit her site and tell me what speaks to you! TWO readers will be entered to win a $25 gift certificate.

This giveaway ends on Thursday.

My Weekend: It Deserves a List

  • My baby had tubes put in her ears and her adenoids removed on Friday morning. I don’t like things like this.
  • The medical staff let her take some comfort items back to the OR, but the doctor had to stop mid-procedure to put the pacifier in the crying baby doll’s mouth. I think they have a new policy now. We like to shake things up.

  • I learned that a large majority of kids come out of anesthesia hysterical, kicking and fighting. My kids is above average.
  • Her recovery started out rocky when the nurse at the hospital mistakenly gave us the wrong ear drops.
  • I learned if you put nasal spray in newly tubed ears, it burns very badly.
  • My 3 year old could win an Olympic event in SCREAMING.
  • It turns out I like the World Cup. Even when Africa wins.
  • I sent my darling older kids to four days of church camp early Saturday morning. But I’m channeling my sorrow by gutting their rooms of all random paper crafts hoarded from year 2004.
  • P.S. I never thought I’d be the Mom who puts her son’s clothes in zip lock bags with a label for each day.

  • But I TOTALLY am.
  • The camp has strict rules about head lice. If they find it, the children aren’t allowed in. I thought about scheduling a quick visit to the dentist. But thankfully, we passed!
  • My toddler is trying on her role as an only child. She likes it, but I miss her brother and sister.
  • I found out my 4 year old iPhone does not float in the commode. Don’t ask.
  • How was your weekend?