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*Updated with Winner* Congrats to reader Sara (findinghisjoy@gmail.com)!

You march to the beat of your own {pink} boots:

I started this blog when you were 8 months old.  Since then…

Oh and you don’t mind getting your way:

Today, you are 4. You are ours.

(And yes, you still have to take naps, but not today).

Happy Birthday, *Pocket Change!

*nickname given to her by her Daddy the night she was born, 8 weeks too early and just the size of pocket change. You can read her birth story, Her Name is Grace Because He is Amazing.

To celebrate, I’m giving this lovely DaySpring piece away today:

You can read about this lovely item here. $65 value

** we also call her the dog’s name…sometimes

To enter, just wish E. Grace a happy birthday!

WFMW: Group Deals are HOT

I’m sure by now you’ve heard of or signed up for Groupon. It’s amazing online deals for local cities! I’m hooked and have saved a bundle.

I was excited to hear about another similar site called Mamapedia-sweet deals at 50% off –customized for Moms!

It’s easy to use!

“We’ve partnered with some of the most in-demand businesses and providers to bring you incredible discounts on the products and services you know and love. From family-friendly restaurants to children’s museums to spa days, Mamapedia Sweet Deals help make life easier and more enjoyable for busy moms and their families. Best of all, they help you stick to your budget and boost your savings—and that’s a perk every mom can appreciate.” -Mamapedia

Check out today’s deal and sign up to get future deals in your inbox. You can snag them or pass on them.

Yesterday, I got a subscription to Family Fun Magazine for FREE! If you sign up, you get a $5 credit and the magazine subscription is half price at only $5, so I got it FREE! Makes a perfect last minute gift. The deal is still going if you want to snag it!

Group deals work for me! What works for you?

Please note: Wednesday, Dec. 22 and 29, we will be having WFMW. We will start off January 5th with a themed edition: What Doesn’t Work for You!

[trying a new linky program...if it doesn't work, it doesn't work for me!]



The Crisis-Part II

[part 1]

I never planned to care about orphans or their plight.

I’m just a regular mom, with a mortgage and carpool, who loves sweet tea and home decor.

But caring for orphans was God’s plan for me.

And before you sigh in relief…….

it is God’s plan for you.

Every believer in Christ should be actively involved in the global orphan crisis. We should all ask God, “Should we adopt??” If the answer is no, than that is just the beginning–not the end.

If we believe the Word of God, James 1:27, “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world” then we all have a responsibility.

True religion: That’s what summed it up for me. If I want to follow Christ, then caring for orphans, widows, the poor, is a basic requirement of Christianity.

In conjunction with the Idea Camp, here’s part one of an interview they did with my husband and I:

!C//ORPHAN – Kristen Welch from The Idea Camp on Vimeo.

[part III: What Can We Do to Help The Orphan Crisis-coming soon]

Advent(ish)

My favorite, favorite, favorite time of  the day in December is lighting our Advent wreath during dinner and reading together from The Book.

It’s never perfect, usually loud, mostly messy, sometimes holy and always memorable.

Our youngest (turning 4 this week!) usually recaps with her own interpretation. (I’m pretty sure when she starts talking about Adam and Eve, she’s preaching, but when she mentions Ariel-it’s a stretch).

What are you enjoying most about this season?