Best of 2011

2011 has been an amazing year! I’m so thankful for new readers, but especially the ones who have stuck with me as my blog and life have changed so much.

Did you know that readers of this blog, turned supporters-of-Mercy-House have given in donations, purchased from the Mercy Shop, more than $120,000 in just 2011!! We’ve been able to do so much in a short time and have begun saving for a permanent future home.

Thank you for being a part of something so much bigger that this little blog! 2012 is going to be astonishing!

I thought it would be fun to highlight my most popular posts over the last year:

January: I Hate Your Blog
February: In a Shocking Turn of Events, I’ve Become the Older Mom
March: My Book: Don’t Make Me Come Up There!
April: You Are My Community
May: The Most Amazing Gift, You Won’t Believe It!
June: 100 Ways to Make a Difference As A Family
July: When Changing a Life Changes Yours
August: The Last Day of Summer
September: How to Make A Burlap Wreath
October: Be A Courageous Parent
November: The Best Idea I’ve Ever Had (This post received more than 115,000 views and keeps growing!)
December: Fifty Parenting Ideas You Won’t Regret

Happy New Year, friends!


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    I’ve been following your blog for awhile. When the youth group at my church asked for ideas of an international charity to support, I immediately thought of Mercy House. It’s up to the youth group to make the decision, but I was happy to make the suggestion and spread the word. Thanks for sharing your story and touching so many lives with your words and actions. Here’s to a great 2012!

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    Hope you have a blessed and Happy New Year!

    I have been wanting to create some handmade crafts and sell them; donating 25% of each purchase to the buyer’s choice of a few different Christian organizations. Mercy House would be among the choices, but I am so unclear on how to do that in such a way that people would confidently know for certain that their money got to where it was suppose to go.

    I’ve googled it, and even contacted another of the organizations that I want to support, but they said that there wasn’t any way they could help with that(they are pretty large)

    Kristen, how am I able to do this so that everyone can confidently know that a portion of their money goes to Mercy House or another one of the choices I want to provide?

    Do I just ask them to donate directly and then when I see their receipt, go ahead and deduct that portion from their cost? Is there another way?

    I’ve wanted to ask you for a while, but I know how busy you are, so I tried to do the research first but have come up empty-handed.

    Please let me know?

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