Growing Up Too Fast

[This is a post for moms about their daughters]

Have y’all noticed how early girls are hitting puberty?

I’m not just talking about how quickly our society is pushing them to grow up with inappropriate fashion and romance story lines on the Disney Channel, (that’s all true, but for another post) I’m talking about their baby bodies changing too quickly.

I thought nine and ten was young, but apparently, according to this health article I read yesterday, it’s happening to seven and eight year olds! According to the study, 18% of Caucasian girls and 43% of African-American girls are going into early puberty by age 8!

“For the 11-year old that looks like she’s 15 or 16, adults are going to interact with her like she’s 15 or 16, but so are her peers,” Biro said. Girls who develop early “look physically older,” he said. “It doesn’t mean that they’re psychologically or socially more mature.”

Obesity and diet are  likely the culprits, but not necessarily. What do you think it causing it?

My hubby and I recently watched a couple of documentaries on America’s food industry. Oh my! Not only did it turn our stomachs, it was very eye-opening. Now, I am NOT a health nut (insert sweet tea here). I love sugar and Southern food and no one has ever mistaken me for a Nutritionist.

I’m not about to jump on some bandwagon, but I do care about my kid’s health and I certainly want to hold off puberty until my children are mentally ready for it. For the last month, we’ve made a concentrated effort and have substituted fresh veggies/fruit for canned,  grass-fed beef for corn-fed and hormone-free chicken.

I think it’s sad that it’s more expensive to eat healthier. And I don’t know if this is the answer to stopping early puberty, but it’s worth a try.

What do you think is causing this and what can we do about it?

WFMW: Teaching Kids Phone Numbers

After 6 years with the same home phone number, I changed it.

(It’s a long story which involves me in a panic, overreacting and changing it and then telling my family about it. But those are just details).

There weren’t any numbers left in our area, so we even got a new area code, TWO months ago.

I’m the only one who knows the number. It’s been very hard for my kids to learn.  I saw this idea in the latest edition of Family Fun Magazine and I think it’s going to work!

Beaded bracelets with our new number (to wear only at home):

It works for us!

What works for you?

You can view the WFMW guidelines here.

Back-to-School [with Purpose]

School Supplies on yellow background

Today, I’m talking about my first day of the fifth grade over a new Back-to-School launch sponsored by Dayspring.

I had my first pimple, first pair of eye glasses and a huge desire to fit in –all in the same day.

P.S. I closed comments because I’d love for you to comment over there and tell me your thoughts on sending your kids to school with purpose (smile).

[Back to School] Do-It-For-Others Project: Shoes

School starts in our part of Texas two weeks from tomorrow!

We have ONE thing left on our back-to-school shopping list: new shoes.

We’re using last year’s backpacks and we brushed up wardrobes at our local kid’s resale shop.

But shoes? I like my kids to each have a new pair. But it isn’t their only pair: They have church shoes, Crocs, flip flops and play tennis shoes.

Recently, I read in a magazine that the average woman has 19 (nineteen!) pairs of shoes.

I can’t help but think of the estimated 300 million people around the world who will wake up tomorrow without a pair of shoes to protect their feet from injury and disease.

Several months ago, I learned that one of my readers from the United States moved to South Africa with her husband with one goal: to provides shoes for people who didn’t have any by starting Samaritan’s Feet South Africa. I was so impressed by their simple goal and profound leap of faith that I decided WE MUST HELP THEM.

Guilt aside, is it really right that I have racks of shoes in my closet while so many people have none?

I’m happy to announce that our newest DIFO project is collecting new shoes for the people of South Africa! The shoe drive starts today and runs thru the end of September.

Dirty feet Pictures, Images and Photos

There are several ways for you to be a part of this shoe drive:

  • Shop for and mail a new pair of shoes to the address below
  • Order a pair of shoes from an online store and have it shipped to the address below (see online deals below)
  • Donate (tax deductible) a financial gift for a pair of shoes here

What will your donation do?

Samaritan’s Feet South Africa is working to make a difference in the lives of kids and adults in need of shoes throughout sub-Saharan Africa. At our Shoes of Hope Distributions, we partner with local organizations, churches and schools to achieve three specific goals:

  1. We TOUCH each person, by washing their feet.
  2. We TEACH each person a message of hope.
  3. We TREAT each person to a new pair of shoes.

Address to ship shoes to:

We are THAT family

8000 Research Forest Dr

Ste 115-110

Spring, TX 77382

**Online stores like JCPenney have great sales on shoes right now! As a matter of fact, you can shop here at the kid’s clearance shoe section, enter this code TEN2YOU which will get you $10 off your $10+ purchase for a sweet deal! Plus, right now, there’s FREE SHIPPING!  You can purchase a pair of shoes for less than $5!! PLEASE NOTE: ONLY ONE COUPON PER PERSON CAN BE USED.

**So many deals to combine at Famous Footwear!!! First off, all shoes are B1G1 50% off!  You can shop from the sale section where shoes are already marked down up to half price.

-Use code: SCHOOL3 and get 20% off your entire purchase!

-Free shipping applies when you buy 3 or more pair.  Two pair is $4.50 shipping
(thanks to Moms by Heart
for sharing the shoe deals!)

*updated* Walmart has .97 cent shipping and Old Navy has some good shoe deals. Let me know if y’all find other online deals and remember you can make a secure monetary donation here.

Mostly kids shoes are needed right now, boy or girl (especially kids size 3 or 4 up to women’s 6) and Samaritan’s Feet only accepts NEW shoes. Thank, y’all!

Please leave a comment if you’ll pick up/send a pair of shoes!

DIFO Pillow Case Project GRAND TOTAL

I’ve been counting and recounting, checking and double-checking.


I’m blown away by the number of pillow case dresses we made as a community to dress little girls in Africa!

The grand total………………………………………………………………………


Thank you. A million times to the dozens and dozens of seamstresses who created dresses and for everyone who sent supplies!

My daughter and I are just about done sorting them by size and packing them in zip locks to be shipped this week.

Please don’t miss out on the NEW PROJECT that will be announced in a couple of hours: Shoes (to go with all those pretty dresses!)